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Button House open to public Sunday

Published: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 11:36 p.m. CDT

McHENRY – When Samantha McCollom Button died at age 102 in 1934, she was one of the last two Civil War mothers in the country.

An Ohio native, Button’s family moved to the area when she was 6 years old, settling near a lake that bears a slightly altered version of their name, according to a synopsis prepared by the city’s Landmark Commission.

The oldest of Button’s three sons, Clinton Rorer, enlisted in the 8th Regiment of the Illinois Volunteer Calvary in early 1864 and died of an illness in August of that year.

Button first moved into the house at 3715 Waukegan Road in McHenry in 1851 and later returned to it after the death of her second husband, staying there until her death in 1934.

The house will be open to the public Sunday afternoon following a 1 p.m. short presentation of a newly designed plaque to the owners of the home.

Re-enactors in Civil War dress will explain some of the period’s history.

Information about the Landmark Commission is available on the city’s website,

Forms will be available Sunday for those interested in applying for a plaque for their property.

– Emily K. Coleman

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