The left image is proposed to depict Vitale Murray Heber (1806-1867). The image has been cropped and flipped horizontally from Grice Library of Congress Daguerreotype Image 1373, a ninth-plate Daguerreotype. [Unidentified woman, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly left] | Library of Congress (loc.gov) The right image is identified as Vitale Murray Heber and is from an engraving from a photograph. PHOTO: Vilate Kimball, Daughters of Utah Pioneers KIM0013 or Church History Library PH 3355 fd.1 item.2; see frontis of Orson F. Whitney, “Life of Heber C. Kimball.” published by the Kimball Family, 1888. frontis. online at: https://archive.org/details/LifeOfHeberC.Kimball/page/n7/mode/2up
Dear Geneva City Council:
The Geneva Pharmacy at 501 East State Street is for sale for $400K. It opened less than a year ago. The for-sale ad does not suggest that the business is being sold as a going concern.
By the way, the for-sale ad lists a drive-thru on State as an amenity. Of course, you denied the Geneva Pharmacy applicant a drive-thru because one of you lives up the street. Somehow the truth is always the first of the many casualties when the City of Geneva acts. The applicant said his business plan would not work without a drive-thru. He was right.
Thanks only to inflation, TIF 2 “worked” at 501 E. state…the property tax doubled from 2002-2021 even in the face of the “Great Recession.” Last year TIF2 took $4K of the $7k total property tax while the schools got $2K. The Geneva Tax Assessor now lists the fair cash value as $247K. But the TIF only worked to fund your slush fund. The only other thing that “incremented” was the tax bill of every City of Geneva property owner and many others outside the City.
So the news is not good. You might recall that I suggested that the pharmacy use was ill-advised and inconsistent with Geneva’s Comprehensive Plan. Plus another drive-thru was the last thing needed on East State Street. (How’s that Dunkin’ coming?) May-13-Public-Comment (geneva.il.us) But with the 2023 end of TIF2 fast approaching and the cash burning a hole in council members’ pockets, you greased through a TIF grant of $93.5K by amending text in the B3E zoning ordinance specifically for this one applicant (“spot zoning” in its purest form). See: Geneva OKs two TIF projects worth nearly $200,000 (dailyherald.com)
The applicant paid $265K for the property in 2021 (see tax bill) and claimed he invested $517K total in it, plus the $93.5 TIF2 gift for a total of $610,500.00. The applicant hopes to get back $400K for a 900-square-foot building.
So “but for” the TIF gift from the City of Geneva taxpayers (plus the money stolen from the taxpayers living outside the City but within other Geneva taxing bodies like school, library, and park districts), this fiasco might have been avoided. Geneva Pharmacy is yet another example of “Cummins’ Rule” which states “When the City of Geneva gets involved, it makes losers out of everyone.”
Please suspend all further activity in TIF2 and refund the remaining balance, if any, to the other taxing bodies in 2023 at its expiration. Help make Geneva affordable again.
ps: Let us hope that another even heavier shoe won’t drop due to this blunder. (See: Has Geneva TIFed Away Both Net Tax Revenue and the East Side CVS Pharmacy? – Rod’s Ramblings and Ruminations (genevanotes.com))
Jedediah Morgan Grant’s migration from New York to Utah typified the “chain migration” west of families and closely-knit New England Communities. Wilford Woodruff and Grant left Nauvoo together in May 1844 to go east to campaign for Joseph Smith’s bid for U.S. President. They stopped to visit Jedediah’s father Joshua at the latter’s farm near Galesburg in Knox County Illinois. Here Woodruff recalled that his own father and Joshua’s father (also a Joshua) were classmates back in Connecticut.
May 11, 1844 ~ Saturday
11th We travled across the prairies this day to Br Justice Ames on Ceder Creek within 3 miles
of Galesburg, it was the first time I had been on his farm he had a plesent place of 100 acres & 40 acres in corn & wheat they all appeared glad to see me we spent the night with them I talked with them untill about midnight. In the morning before we left, we lade hands upon Br Justice Ames & his Son Christopher Ames & ordained them unto the office of Elders. distance of the day 20 miles
May 12, 1844 ~ Sunday
12th Sunday we parted with Br Ames family He accompanied us on our way 12 miles to the big mound & we parted with him & he returned & we continued on to walnut grove & stoped at Br John Gaylords & fed the Horses I accompanied Br Grant to his fathers house He found them well except his mother was some out of health his father Joshua Grant was a school mate of my fathers in Connecticut told an anecdote concerning a coon & a cheese after spending 2 hours plesantly & dining with them we took our departure & rode to Fraker’s Groove & spent the night with Br Austin Grant & Gideon Gillet distance of the day 31 miles
May 13, 1844 ~ Monday
13th [FIGURE] I wrote a letter to Mrs Woodruff & sent By Elder Grant informed her to write to Kirtland we had a rainy morning, we parted with Elder Grant and rode to Toulon and spent the night with Br Adam Perry held a meeting with the Saints & appointed a meeting at the Court House at 2 oclock on the morrow distance of the day 9.
Grice daguerreotypes have sporadically appeared on the internet and in museum exhibitions. For example the web site, 35 Vintage Photos Show Styles of Victorian Men in the Mid-19th Century ~ Vintage Everyday, include the two Grice images shown below, Reverend Arthur Buckminster Fuller (1822-1862) and Brigham Young (1801-1877). A current exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Called to the Camera: Black American Studio Photographers – New Orleans Museum of Art (noma.org), displays Grice’s portrait of Reverend Fuller’s 1844 fellow Nauvoo visitors, Reverend Augustus Conant and Betsey Kelsey Conant.
August 23, 1844 ~ Friday
23rd [FIGURE] Mrs Woodruff and myself visited Br
and Sister Stodard and Br and Sister Foster and
obtained our miniatures by the ingennuety of Br Foster at the apparatus of his Darroutype [daguerreotype] we both obtained a good likeness.” Page 320 of Journal (January 1, 1843 – December 31, 1844) | Wilford Woodruff Papers, Please also see: William Woodruff or Yet Another Nauvoo Francis Grice Doppelganger? – Rod’s Ramblings and Ruminations (genevanotes.com)
For additional information about the Grice Daguerreotypes in the Library of Congress, please see: 1) All Twenty-Five Men in the Library of Congress Francis Henry Grice Daguerreotype Collection with Their Identities as Proposed by RBN, Details Elsewhere on this site – Rod’s Ramblings and Ruminations (genevanotes.com); and 2) Francis Henry Grice’s Daguerrean Views – Rod’s Ramblings and Ruminations (genevanotes.com)
For a chronology of the images of Joseph Smith, see: Images of Joseph Smith – Mormonism, The Mormon Church, Beliefs, & Religion – MormonWiki. The half-portrait of Joseph Smith attributed to David Rogers (not to David White Rogers) was not executed until September 1842.
Early Life of Eliza Snow
“Eliza was born January 21, 1804, in Becket, Massachusetts, to Oliver and Rosetta Snow. She was the second of seven children. Her younger brother Lorenzo Snow later became the fifth President of the Church. The Snow family valued learning, and Eliza was a brilliant student. By the time she joined the Church in 1835, she was famous for her poems. Her autograph book includes signatures from the likes of Queen Victoria of England, Victor Hugo, Susan B. Anthony, and President Abraham Lincoln.
Conversion and Marriage
It was in Mantua, Ohio, where Eliza grew up, that the Snow family heard the restored gospel and was baptized. Shortly after her baptism in the spring of 1835, Eliza moved to Kirtland, Ohio, to teach the daughters and nieces of the Prophet Joseph Smith. During this time she developed a deep love for the Prophet and a fervent testimony of his divine calling. She was sealed to the Prophet on June 29, 1842. After his martyrdom, which grieved her deeply, Eliza became a plural wife of President Brigham Young, who held her in the highest esteem. She never had children. Eliza died in Salt Lake City on December 5, 1887.” Relief Society General President (churchofjesuschrist.org)
The City of Geneva has awarded itself a do-over of Ordinance 2022-10 (see agenda for Oct. 3, 2022. – “Ordinance 2022-40″). In March 2022-10 was passed creating Special Service Area #34 for Emma’s Landing to protect Geneva from the consequences of flooding resulting from that Special Planned Unit Development. Floods seem likely if Emma’s planners function at the same level as the Geneva City Council.
But here’s the thing. According to Geneva Municipal Code “11-9-3: – INITIATION: The owner of the property for which a planned unit development is sought may initiate a request for a special use planned unit development.” (Ord. 95-28, 5-1-1995). The City Council tripped on the starting line and face-planted long before the SSA became an issue. Mostly in secret and while disregarding 11-9-3, the City clandestinely chose the Burton Foundation (a one-person operation) to be the unlawful non-owner “requester” for its already guaranteed LIHTC PUD. In the process, the Council secretly tossed out a better candidate in MVH, who even wanted to make a counteroffer to the Burton greased ambush, but Geneva ignored MVH’s plea for fairness.
The provision that the actual property owner apply for the PUD is sound. The applicant should have skin in the game, or else a procession of carpet baggers will take flyers on obtaining a low cost buy option while the resident taxpayers pay more than half of the application costs for these outsiders through bloated municipal salaries and consultants.
Of course, only a privileged few knew anything about this until at least a year after the fact. Now City of Geneva comes with a fairy tale about a mistaken signing of the PUD plat by a surrogate claiming ownership of the property. Finally, City of Geneva is willing to go on public record that it was the owner of Emma’s Parcel. By Code the owner must “initiate a request for a special planned unit development.” The Mayor, without approval by his minions of the Council, filed a “correction” with the County Recorder. No lawful request for a PUD was ever made by anyone. It was all winks and nods and smoke and mirrors, as per the Geneva Way. Remember Geneva “waived” its fees (and sandbagged its way to bonus points from the Illinois Housing Development Authority for it.) Geneva also duped IHDA into believing it donated Emma’s Site. Without these stolen “strokes” Geneva and Burton would have lost the match. Actually, they should have been DQ’ed and banned from further play.
Putting the fine points of the Royal & Ancient Rules aside, this was government of the government, by the government, and for the government. The phantom “request” for the PUD was made by the City Council as the applicant owner, and then the City Council acted as the judge and jury. The City Council lied and claimed that there were no other parties interested. The Council lied when it claimed Emma’s would be taxed like any other Geneva private property. In fact, Emma’s will be the only property in Geneva taxed differently (2005 Illinois 35 ILCS 200/ Property Tax Code. Division 11 – Low-Income Housing” “…local assessment officers must consider the actual or probable net operating income attributable to the project,”). All this impairs the funding of the SSA, which is predicated on a much different taxing scheme based on income, not market value. These perjuries alone should have resulted in sanctions (if not a sentence) by the judge, but the Council was and is the judge.
Every property owner in Geneva Township and even some nearby will see his or her taxes go up as a result of this swindle. Residents near Emma’s Landing may see their property values permanently impaired by the banditti vigilantes carrying bogus council badges. Some lower-income households may be taxed out of their homes. Some of these victims can’t even vote for a new mayor or alderman, as they do not live in Geneva.
Don’t let the City of Geneva into your foursome – their bets all come out of your pockets, and the City keeps score. The taxpayers deserve a mulligan on Emma’s Landing.