TREASURES OF HOFFMAN ESTATES

September 14, 2014

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

There are many interesting locations in the village that you may not be aware of.  Some of them have been written about before, others may not be known to many of you.

The Village of Hoffman Estates is a blend of what’s left of the rural history and what has become our sprawling suburban town.

It’s like a “did you know” list of trivia that everyone seems to enjoy.

Shoe FactorySo, did you know that on the south side of Shoe Factory Rd., about a mile east of Bartlett Rd., you can find a model airplane flying field?  When the weather permits, model airplane enthusiasts will be busy flying their planes, sometimes having races, or just showing off their latest upgrades to the others who will do the same.  It’s open to the public and the owners of the planes always seem happy to answer questions and show you their prized models. As seen from the air the planes look small but once you see them on the ground they’re really quite big.  It’s a great place for everyone in the family, especially the kids.

hoffman estates village hallDid you know that the old village hall that was located on the corner of Gannon and Golf Rd. held a special distinction?  It was the first building in the country to be built and designed for those with handicaps.  The building, that became our second village hall in 1972, was completely accessible to anyone with handicaps.  I believed that it was the first building of its kind in the state but have since learned that it was the first in the nation.  It’s gone now, with an Audi dealership at that location.

SAMSUNGDid you know that the village has won many Governors’ Home Town awards over the years?  The one that really brought the community together was won in 1993 for the work done to renovate our first village hall that was a farmhouse built in the mid 1840s.  Rather than tear the old building down, the village brought together the local trade’s people and other local community organizations to remodel, furnish and paint the old village hall.  It became the Children’s’ Advocacy Center.  Today it still has many of those early tradesmen actively keeping the building in shape.

Sunderlage SmokehouseDid you know that the only building in the village of Hoffman Estates that’s on the National Register of Historic Places is a small smokehouse? It’s believed to have been built in the 1840s.  It’s located behind the Sunderlage Farmhouse that was built in 1856.  The smokehouse was built before the house since preserving food for the family was so necessary.  The large house came later.  It is quite unusual for such a small building to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places but it represented a unique design for such a necessary building.

Lion BridgeDid you know that the Lion Bridge, built in 1906 over Poplar Creek at Rt. 59 and Rt. 58, isn’t on the National Register of Historic Places but is considered an historic bridge by Bridgehunter.com listing historic & notable bridges of the U.S.  It is listed as the Old Sutton Rd. Bridge.  It was built in 1906 by Cook County and Hanover Township.  Much research has been done, but it is not known who designed and built the bridge.  When you are at the intersection of 59 and 58, look at the southeast corner to see this bridge that is still used by horses, bikes and pedestrians.

Please don’t forget to come to our Museum program on Saturday, Sept. 27th from 1 to 2:30 pm.  We’ll celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Village of Hoffman Estates.  Our program is titled “Growing Up in Hoffman Estates or What I Didn’t Tell my Mom”.  Contact me at Eagle2064@comcast.net if you can join a panel of “kids” who will spill everything about growing up in Hoffman Estates.

Pat Barch
Hoffman Estates Historian

SCHAUMBURG CENTER SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

September 7, 2014

Schaumburg Center schoolThe Schaumburg Township Historical Society will have an open house of the Schaumburg Center School on September 14, 2014.  The open house will be held from 10:00 to 2 p.m.  This is the final tour of the year.

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.

LOOKING FOR A FARM PHOTO FROM HOFFMAN ESTATES

August 31, 2014

Did you by chance live in Parcel C in early Hoffman Estates?  In the early 1960s?  Barn graphic

Daniel Sedory, one of the blog readers, and I are looking for a photo of the barn that still stood at that time just north of Alcoa Lane.  It was probably part of the Heide farm.  Or, if you want to go further back and are part of our German farm families, it might possibly be part of the Linnenkohl or Wille property.

Daniel was your average, curious boy at the time and even found this part of a German Lutheran paper while poking around in the barn.

Der Lutheraner

If your family lived on Alcoa–or even north of Golf Road on Amhurst Lane or Cambridge Lane–and you may have taken a picture from your backyard looking towards that barn, we would love to hear about it.  Maybe you had a pool set up in the backyard or were having a birthday party or family gathering and that barn was in the background?  Or, maybe you were taking pictures of your first, brand new home and wanted to proudly share the photos with family?  Or it could be possible you’re a Heide, Linnenkohl or Wille descendant and have some of the family photos of the old homeplace.

If any of these situations are the case and you’re willing to share the photo(s) with us, you can contact me at jrozek@stdl.org or 847-923-3331.  We appreciate any assistance you can give us!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian

SCHAUMBURG CENTER SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

August 24, 2014

The Schaumburg Township Historical Society will sponsor an open house of the Schaumburg Center School  during Septemberfest 2014.   The open house will be held from 9:00 to 4:00 p.m on August 30-31 and September 1.   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.

LOOKING FOR ORAL HISTORIES DONE IN THE 1970S

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.

REMEMBERING THE GOOD PLACES TO EAT IN HOFFMAN ESTATES

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
eagle2064@comcast.net

 

 

BOEGER WHO?

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.

SCHAUMBURG CENTER SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

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.

POPLAR CREEK’S 4TH SEASON–1983

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

AN EARLY FOOD COURT AT WOODFIELD MALL?

July 20, 2014

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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

 


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