When World War II struck the United States in 1941, Chicago area men and women answered Uncle Sam's call to service. Joseph, unable to serve in the armed
services, oversaw the Boeing Airplane Factory in the evening and continued running the real estate office during the day. The stress of the war and post-war years
stretched Joseph and the company thin, yet both endured the difficult times.
The 1950s brought a sense normalcy to not only the country, but the real estate industry also as more and more people sought their dreams. A sense of regularity
fell upon the business. The building, however, experienced a minor tragedy. In 1954, a milk truck crashed into the real estate office, located at the lively intersection
of Devon and Talcott avenues, leaving broken glass and plenty of spilled milk. No one was seriously injured and despite the damage, Joseph often recalled the event
with a smile.
The year 1959 saw Joseph Jr., the eldest of the family, take up the family business. A decade later, Joseph Sr.'s second son, Donald, joined his father and brother.
Then, in 1976, the man who helped start Sebastian Co. Real Estate and spent 46 years running the business retired, handing the company over to his sons.
A new decade dawned in 1980 and with it an addition to the Sebastian Co. Real Estate office. With greater space came a renewed vitality, fresh agents mingled with
seasoned veterans and Sebastian Co. Real Estate thrived. As it did ten years earlier, in 1994 the building underwent a second remodeling. The brothers Sebastian --
Joe Jr. and Don -- updated their father and grandfather's modest, wood-framed office into the modern, twenty-first century real estate office it is today.
Sadly, in September 2000, Joseph Sr. passed away. He was 90. Joseph Sr. was not only an exemplary businessman, but an outstanding human being as well. In
addition to fathering five children with his wife of 60 years, Magdalene, who passed away in 1996, Joseph Sr. enjoyed many memories with his fourteen grandchildren
and twelve great-grandchildren. Today, the extended Sebastian family has grown to sixteen great-grandchildren.
When not building a family or business, Joseph Sr. helped build a community. He served as Maine Township Constable and later justice of the
peace. Joseph Sr. witnessed nearly an entire century with Sebastian Co. Real Estate, the decades of experience and knowledge he accrued are passed
on to every man and woman employed by the company.
In the Fall of 2002, Don's oldest son, Don Jr., began his career with Sebastian Co. Real Estate joining his cousin, Joseph Jr.'s daughter, Karen. The addition of the
fourth generation brings not only a renewed legacy of local, family-based service, but also a youthful perspective for the new century.
As president and managing broker of Sebastian Co. Real Estate, Don Sr. continues this legacy his father and grandfather brought to the Chicagoland area. To this day, Sebastian Co. Real Estate
maintains the same foundation of loyalty and integrity embedded in the company 76 years ago. It's an office rich with history that constantly
strides towards the future in an effort to help its customer and community.