Perkins Hall Players perform ‘Stay Off My Property’ June 20
WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Historical Society's Perkins Hall Players performs "Stay Off My Property! McCullom Lake 1940" at 7 p.m. June 20 at the old Seneca Township Hall, on the southwest corner of Garden Valley and Franklinville Roads. The program is free and open to the public.
In 1940, Theodore Breyer purchased 160 acres with only 3 acres on dry land, the rest covered by McCullom Lake. He prevented others from using the water covering his land by erecting "no trespassing" signs in the water and reporting trespassers to the police, reasoning that McCullom Lake was not a navigable lake. It was swampland on which he paid taxes. He felt he owned the lake bottom. As private land, it was not subject to public use. Several residents of three subdivisions sued Breyer as developers had assured them they had lake access usage with their property.
Does Breyer own McCullum Lake bottom? Can he keep residents and the public in general off lake property claimed by him? Come hear the "friendly debate" featuring cast members McCullom Lake Village President Terry Counley as Breyer; as well as Norm Vinton, Bill Busse, Leon Von Every, Don Perkins, Jerry Draffkorn, Karen Scully, Shirley Leader, Marty Lenzen and Sandy Ciampi.
Period clothing is encouraged. Light refreshments will be provided. No restrooms will be available. For information, call 815-923-2267.
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