August 17, 2014

If you were in Schaumburg, Conant or Hoffman Estates High Schools in the 1970s, I’d like to pick your brain.

I recently stumbled across a newspaper article from a 1979 issue of the Voice that discussed an oral history project that was happening at Schaumburg High School.  In this particular article, students–and sisters–Cathy and Mary Edlemann were interviewing Herman Redeker who was descended from the family who owned a good portion of the Spring Valley property.oralhistory

I know there were other oral history projects done in the area because William Thies, another long time Schaumburg Township farmer was also interviewed.  His daughter is aware of the project and has told me about it.

The library is trying to track down the schools that did the projects and any of the students who participated.  Ideally, we would like to have a copy of the cassette tapes that hold the oral histories.  It would be a great addition to our collection and provide us with insights we may not be aware of.

If you can help, please contact Jane Rozek, Local History Librarian at jrozek@stdl.org or 847-923-3331.


August 10, 2014

Our guest contributor this week is Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian.  This column originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen, the village’s newsletter.  The column appears here, courtesy of the Village of Hoffman Estates.

With the closing of Burger King on Higgins and Roselle Rd, I’m reminded of so many of the restaurants we’ve had in our downtown area in the vicinity of Higgins, Roselle and Golf.  Please help with some you may remember by e-mailing me the places you ate at. Burger King

You’ll have to forgive me if I also include some places in Schaumburg, in the Higgins, Roselle & Golf  part of town we seem to be half in  Schaumburg and half in Hoffman Estates.  Some time you’re not sure what town you’re in.

As I look at my list I realize how many are gone.  Do you remember Derby Street on the southeast corner of Golf and Roselle Rd.  How about Cals Roast Beef on Higgins Rd. just west of Spring Mill Rd. They used to have a huge steer out in front.  It later became Arby’s.  Who remembers The Ground Round? That location has seen many different restaurants. At one time we had Naugles.  It had really good Mexican food.  That same location had a really nice restaurant called Spring Garden.  It had every kind of food you could think of from breakfasts to dinners and ice cream sundaes and sodas.  Do you know what’s there now?  It’s the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on the west side of Roselle just north of the Walgreens at Roselle and Higgins.  I think the first one was Ground Round followed by the others.

Another location was originally a small grocery store but became the Amber-Rose Inn, later to become Caesar’s Pizza, one of the best loved pizzas in Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates.  It was torn down and the most recent building is a doctors building (on the north side of Higgins Rd. just east of the intersection of Higgins and Golf).  You’ll find Dunkin Dounuts and a drive up coffee shop in this area.  That’s Schaumburg territory.

Other fun places to eat that are now gone were up and down Golf Rd.  I’m sure you haven’t forgotten Barnaby’s nor Dover Straits.  They’re some of the most recent to go.  These have been long gone.  Do you remember any of them?  Lums with hot dogs steamed in beer, Steak and Shake that became Entenmanns Bakery (that’s gone too), the Black Pearl, Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips or Baker’s Square.Matchbook 8

If you’ve lived here a long time and grew up with these restaurants, you’ll probably remember Hippo’s.  It was located in Schaumburg at Plum Grove Rd and Higgins.  It was here for many years but we have a McDonalds on that spot now.  Before Hippo’s built their restaurant, they started out as a hot dog wagon or truck at the Shell station that was located at the intersection of Higgins and Route 53 when there was a 4 way stop, no traffic lights, no Woodfield either.

One thing for sure, we never had a hard time finding a place to eat.

I hope you’re planning on coming to our Museum program on Sept. 27th from 1 till 2:30 pm in the village hall.  We’re calling it “Growing Up in Hoffman Estates or What I didn’t tell my Mom”.  We want to hear all the naughty things you did as a kid in Hoffman Estates during the 50s, 60s, 70s and more recently. Bring a friend who was your cohort.   We’ll have birthday cake for our 55th anniversary and share lots of good stories, ones that will curl you mother’s hair.   E-mail me at eagle2064@comcast.net if you can come.

Pat Barch
Hoffman Estates Village Historian




August 3, 2014

spring valley logo 1The Boeger family from Germany were the first to till the land at the Heritage Farm at Spring Valley.  They and their descendants farmed the property for close to 100 years.  If you’re interested in learning more, the Heritage Farm is offering a drop-in program that will go into detail on the first farm family of Spring Valley.  Through the help of the farm’s collections learn who they were, where they came from and how they were significant to the history of Schaumburg Township.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 for ages 12 years and older.
Heritage Farm at Spring Valley, 201 S. Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg
Price is $2 per person.


August 3, 2014

The Schaumburg Township Historical Society will sponsor an open house of the Schaumburg Center School on Sunday, August 10, 2014.  The open house will be held from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.  The schoolhouse is located on the St. Peter Lutheran Church property.

Constructed in 1872–and first called Sarah’s Grove School, it is believed to have been the first of five public schools in Schaumburg Township. It was later renamed Schween’s Grove School and called Schaumburg Centre Public School until 1954. For 82 years, the building served as a one-room schoolhouse, and was the last active one room schoolhouse in District 54.

With the widening of Schaumburg Road, the building was saved from demolition and temporarily placed on the grounds of the Town Square Shopping Center in 1979. It was permanently relocated to the St. Peter Lutheran Church property in September, 1981. It has been fully restored as a museum and is under the auspices of the Schaumburg Township Historical Society.


July 27, 2014

Barry ManilowWhen Poplar Creek opened in 1980, Barry Manilow was in the lineup for three nights and then he disappeared for two years.  In June of 1983 he came back with a bang–and he didn’t even have an album to push.  He appeared for a record four shows with a strong lineup of songs from all of those popular albums from the 70’s and 80’s.  Only Bette Midler came close to being as popular with her three shows in July.

The 1983 season of summer opened with The Beach Boys–an appropriate choice.  There was a mix of solo acts and group acts with even some comedians thrown in for good measure.  David Brenner, who recently passed away in 2014, was the opening act for Melissa Manchester and Gary Shandling, another Tonight show favorite, opened for Donna Summer.  Interesting that these two acts were on back to back nights.

It was also apparent the disco sound was waning with only Donna Summer booked to satisfy that genre.  Country  was still popular judging by the appearances of the Charlie Daniels Band, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and The Oak Ridge Boys.  oak ridge boys

The number of acts continuing their run of appearing at Poplar Creek every year since it opened dropped from seven to six in 1983.  The six who appeared included The Beach Boys,  Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Willie Nelson, Jefferson Starship and Santana.  Only Anne Murray dropped out from the year before.  Which one of these six would not appear in 1984?

The year ended with a two-day run of The Moody Blues.  Was there anyone you were able to see in 1983?  Did they put on a good show?  Anything memorable?  Share it with us!

June 5                                                 The Beach Boys

June 8                                                 Waylon Jennings

June 11                                              Darryl Hall & John Oates

June 18                                              Shirley Bassey

June 19                                              Chicago

June 21                                              Charlie Daniels Band

June 22, 23, 25 & 26                       Barry Manilow

June 27 & 28                                     The Grateful Dead

July 2                                                  Kool & the Gang

July 6                                                  Joni Mitchell

July 7 & 8                                           Engelbert Humperdinck

July 9 & 10                                         Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

July 11                                                Eric Clapton, The Blasters

July 12                                                Donna Summer, Gary Shandling

July 13                                                Melissa Manchester, David Brenner

July 14, 15, 16                                  Bette Midler

July 17                                                Donny, Marie and the Osmond Brothers

July 18                                                The B-52s

July 19                                                Air Supply

July 20                                                Paul Anka

July 21                                                Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band

July 22                                                Al Jarreau

July 23                                                John Denver

July 29 & 30                                      Tom Jones

July 31                                                Peter, Paul & Mary

August 2                                            Peter Gabriel, The Call

August 3                                            Loverboy, Quiet Riot

August 4 & 5                                     James Taylor

August 7                                            Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson

August 10                                          Utopia

August 11                                          The Animals

August 12 & 13                                 Willie Nelson

August 14                                          Talking Heads

August 17                                          Merle Haggard

August 18                                          Jefferson Starship, Patrick Simmons

August 21                                          The Oak Ridge Boys

August 24                                          Elvis Costello

August 25                                          Kenny Loggins

August 26                                          Sheena Easton

August 27                                          George Benson

August 28                                          American Philharmonic Brass Ensemble  (12:30 p.m.)

August 28                                          Jackson Browne

August 29                                          Men At Work, INXS

September 2                                     Heart

September 3 & 4                              Asia

September 5                                     Culture Club

September 10                                   Santana

September 15                                   Neil Young

September 16 & 17                         Moody Blues


Compiled by Jane Rozek, Local History Librarian, Schaumburg Township District Library


July 20, 2014


Woodfield Mall has never had a formal food court.   In the early 1970s, though, there was a restaurant that came mighty close to the real thing.  It was called International Park and was owned under the auspices of International Cafes Inc.

As a result of a bit of give and take in the comments on the Woodfield Mall Opening Day posting, a couple of posters provided us with additional information.  Kassie said that stepping into the International Park restaurant on the lower level next to the ice skating rink gave you many dining choices.  A Coney Island section enticed you with a selection of hot dogs and cotton candy.  There was a hamburger grill, a counter for Chinese food, another area for standard American fare and yet another spot that gave you the chance to indulge in Italian favorites.

Peggy said the restaurant was owned by Don Linn.  Both women are former employees and, between the two of them, mentioned that he owned other stores at the mall including The Alley, Luv Is and Rags to Riches.  Cindy, who also worked for Mr. Linn, said he owned a candle store next to the The Alley called Light My Fire.  She said that as an employee in the early 70’s, they were required to work The Alley, Luv Is and Light My Fire on a rotational basis.

The chef was Joe Trocolli and he was in charge of the kitchen.  The restaurant opened in August or September 1971 and, according to their ad in the Daily Herald, International Park was their “new concept operation.”

Peggy also shared these photos with us from the International Park.  The first shows a group of employees relaxing after a long shift at the restaurant.  Clearly, red and white striped shirts and aprons were part of the uniform.

This is a scan of her pay stub.  She was paid $1.70 an hour and managed to get 34.75 hours during the pay period.  This was in January so the mall was doing well during the long winter months.  image (2)The store endured until late 1976 or into 1977.  The last mention I could find was in a November 1976 classified ad looking for new employees.  Maybe someone else can contribute more information to the story of this early food court-styled restaurant at Woodfield Mall?

Many thanks to Peggy and Kassie for sharing their memories and photos from their days of working at International Park.  Contributions such as theirs make this blog fun and valuable to the Schaumburg Township memory bank.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library



July 13, 2014

Back in April, I posted some photos of matchbooks from restaurants of Schaumburg Township’s past.  Soon another frequent blog reader passed on some of the matchbooks he had in his collection.  You can see them below.

I’m not familiar with Perry’s and I had no idea there was a Connie’s or a Jake’s in Schaumburg Township.  And Lucky’s and John’s Garage?  Well, they were favorites for families visiting Woodfield.  Sante’s and Spring Cove were very traditional family restaurants.  Does anyone remember the similarly-styled, similarly-named Spring Garden on Roselle Road? Lastly, there was Hippo’s, the restaurant that strikes a cord with everyone.

Good things CAN come in small packages.

Matchbooks 1

Matchbooks 2

My thanks to Jay Campbell for passing on the matchbooks!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian




July 6, 2014

The Schaumburg Township Historical Society will sponsor an open house of the Schaumburg Center School on Sunday, July 13, 2014.  The open house will be held from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.  The schoolhouse is located on the St. Peter Lutheran Church property.

Constructed in 1872–and first called Sarah’s Grove School, it is believed to have been the first of five public schools in Schaumburg Township. It was later renamed Schween’s Grove School and called Schaumburg Centre Public School until 1954. For 82 years, the building served as a one-room schoolhouse, and was the last active one room schoolhouse in District 54.

With the widening of Schaumburg Road, the building was saved from demolition and temporarily placed on the grounds of the Town Square Shopping Center in 1979. It was permanently relocated to the St. Peter Lutheran Church property in September, 1981. It has been fully restored as a museum and is under the auspices of the Schaumburg Township Historical Society.


June 29, 2014

What was it like growing up in your neighborhood?  As kids, spending time outdoors and playing with our friends was a lot of fun.  In today’s world, kids don’t always do the same things we did as we grew up.  Of course it depends on your age.  Through the years, how kids play has changed. 0441

During the 50’s and 60’s and 70’s, as the village was being built, playing outside was great fun.  If you lived in a neighborhood where the houses were being built, unending adventures awaited you when you got home from school.  You’d hurry home to change your clothes because your mom would kill you if your school cloths got ripped or dirty.  Not that you cared, but Mom sure did.

There were always strict orders to stay out of trouble and be home in time for dinner.  Many moms didn’t work and you would tell her were you were going and the fun began the minute you ran out the door.

The first place you’d go to were the homes being built in your neighborhood.  You had to check out the work the men had done during the day.  Was the house almost finished?  Climbing around the piles of wood and inspecting everything was your job.  Sometimes you’d find some nails that had been dropped on the ground.  If there were a few scraps of wood that the men had left on the ground, they’d be great to use to build something. Each day you always seemed to find small treasures.

The houses weren’t the only fun places to play.  You had the pile of dirt to climb on and slide down.  If you were daring enough, you’d jump down. You sure looked a mess when you got home. Good thing you changed your cloths.0442

If you lived near a farm you had fun running through the rows of corn.  It was scary because sometimes you got lost.  Did you ever pick a few ears of corn?  Mom said not to, but did you? It never tasted good. The farmer feed it to the pigs.

Before you knew it, it was time for dinner.  What would you do after dinner, maybe a little jump rope fun with your friends, or a game of baseball with the kids in the neighborhood? School work always came before any TV.  You’d hurry to get it done so you could watch your favorite programs.

Growing up for many of us didn’t include computers, smart phones or DVD’s.  As the years go by we see many changes in how kids have fun.  Don’t you enjoy telling those stories of what you did growing up?

Would you like to share your stories of growing up in Hoffman Estates?  I’m looking for anyone who grew up in Hoffman Estates during the past 55 years to come share those stories on Saturday, Sept. 27th at village hall from 1 till 2:30 pm. 

We’ll have a group of volunteer “kids” who will be our Hoffman Estates Museum’s living history panel.  The museum wants to celebrate our 55th birthday by bringing back those who grew up here.  Come join us for “Growing up in Hoffman Estates or What I Never told Mom”.  Call or e-mail me at 847-755-9630 (evenings) or eagle2064@comcast.net.

Pat Barch Hoffman Estates Historian






June 22, 2014

The St. John United Church of Christ at the corner of Roselle and Algonquin Roads, invites you to join them for Pioneer Day on June 29, 2014 from 9:30-4:00.  They will be celebrating their 1846 founding by stepping back in time at this free event with a variety of activities and vendors.

The day will begin with a 10:30 a.m authentic 1846 church service

This will be followed by:

  • Church Tour & Pipe Organ Tour
  • Walk the Labyrinth Guided Cemetery Walk featuring Margaret (Sunderlage) Berlin, Catherine (Meyer) Hunerberg and William and Louise Helberg will be presented by the Schaumburg Township Historical Society
  • Family Games hosted by the Volkening Heritage Farm
  • Women’s Bake Sale
  • Pioneer Settler’s Pack Presentation hosted by the Raupp Museum
  • Childrens’ School Tent
  • Horse Shoeing
  • News of the Day, Circa 1846
  • Bread Making Demonstration
  • Circuit Rider Comes to Town

Local vendors who will be showing their wares and conducting small raffles include:

  • La Spiceria
  • Wool spinning by From Sheep to Shawl
  • Knife sharpener
  • Soapmaking by Scenter of the Mind
  • Gourds by Kristine
  • Diantha the Weaver
  • Artemas the Tinker, Itinerant Repairman

Music will be performed by the Fox River Trio and Roger Kotecki.  A German heritage food tent serving traditional German fare will also be part of the festivities.

This free event will introduce you to life in the rural Palatine/Schaumburg Township area.  The church is located at the corner of Algonquin and Roselle Roads.  A $2 parking donation would be appreciated.


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