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Bertram B. “B.B.” Udell, who published a free weekly newspaper in Wilmette from 1913-1933 Photo Courtesy of Wilmette Historical Museum
John Jacoby, Contributing Columnist
John Jacoby, Contributing Columnist
5:35 am CDT July 30, 2014

One of Wilmette’s colorful historical characters is Bertram B. Udell (1877-1956). He owned the Wilmette printing firm that preceded today’s Mid-Central Printing, and he published a free weekly newspaper, “Wilmette Announcements.”

“B.B.” was the son of a downstate printer and newspaper publisher. As a young man, he came to the North Shore and operated a commercial print shop at various sites, eventually at his home at 302 Park Ave., Wilmette. He started publishing his newspaper in 1913 and continued until 1933.