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Local Family Calls West Chicago Home for Many Generations

Sue and Al Dieters are accustomed to people dropping by their home on East Washington Street as they pass on foot or in the car, to comment on how quaint the one bedroom bungalow is from the street view. Recently, the home also caught the attention of a national magazine, The Country Sampler, which featured it in a four page spread in their September issue – proof once again that West Chicago is a haven of hidden treasures.

Enter its front door via the lovely porch and visitors will find classic country charm. Sue, who enjoys decorating and admits to being "really good with a glue gun", started collecting antiques as a young woman out of necessity. Since then, her ability to spot an item in a resale shop or estate sale is second to none and her skills in accessorizing her finds both inside and outside of the 1,000 square-foot house is worthy of the attention she is receiving. For the Dieters' family, who has remained in West Chicago for many generations, the recognition has provided an opportunity to contemplate on the quality of life it has enjoyed and confirmed what may be the bigger story - West Chicago is one of those communities you just don't want to leave.

"My father and grandfather both were employed by the EJ & E Railway. I appreciate the railroads," said Sue. She and her husband raised two children and were very active in the high school athletic associations. "The schools are so diversified that my children were ready to go out in the world. I am so proud of that." Even still, both children returned from college and put down their own roots in West Chicago. "It's got everything here for them."

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