Dr. Byron Stolp was the first resident physician in Wilmette. A traditional family doctor, he was honored and respected by its citizens. He was active in civic affairs in general, but was particularly prominent in the field of education. Dr. Stolp served on the Wilmette School Board for 14 years, and the grade school at 10th St. and Central Ave. was originally named the Byron C. Stolp School.
Dr. Stolp was involved in a number of secondary school referenda which sought to establish a secondary school in New Trier Township. One of these attempts, which lost by 3 votes, would have annexed a portion of Wilmette to Evanston. Had it succeeded, some of the formerly Wilmette students, who would have become Evanston residents, would then have been eligible to attend an existing Evanston High School.
Ultimately, in 1899, a referendum to provide secondary education to students in Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka and Glencoe succeeded. Dr. Stolp was elected as a Trustee to the first New Trier Township High School Board which, during its first year, held meetings in his office in Wilmette.
In 1917 St. Stolp died in an automobile accident en route to care for a patient.