July 24, 2016

When the Hoffman Estates Police Department was doing its patrols in the 1960’s, the village was divided into four area zones.

Pat Barch, Hoffman Estates Historian, graciously passed on a list of the businesses that were located in each zone.

Based on the businesses I am familiar with and where they were/are located, I have come up with a rudimentary description of each Area.  I have also placed an asterisk (*) next to the businesses I am unfamiliar with.

If any of these businesses ring a bell, I would be happy to update the list.  Please leave a comment or contact me by the email listed below.  I appreciate any assistance you can provide!


Southwest corner of Higgins and Roselle Roads.  Hoffman Plaza.  East side of Roselle Road between Higgins and Golf.

Abco Job Center*
Barton Stull*
Burger King–on north side of Higgins Road, just east of Roselle Road.Burger King
Car Wash–on south side of Golf Road, just east of Roselle Road.
Clothes Basket*
Colonel Sanders–(KFC?) on south side of Higgins Road, just west of Roselle Road.  Correct?
Currency Exchange–in Hoffman Plaza.
Dog ‘N Suds–on west side of Roselle Road, just north of Bode Road.
Duco Engineering*
Guido’s–on west side of Roselle Road, between Bode and Higgins Road.
Hoffman Plaza–on east side of  Roselle Road, between Golf and Higgins Road.
Hunt Construction*
Irene’s Rainbow Inn–on west side of Higgins Road at Roselle Road.
Jerome Fabrics*
Jewel-Osco–in Hoffman Plaza.  See above.Hoffman Plaza
Jupiter Cleaners*
Kinney Shoes–on south side of Golf Road, just east of Roselle Road.
Neff T.V.–on west side of Roselle Road, just south of Higgins Road.
Pete’s Barber Shop–on west side of Roselle Road, just south of Higgins Road.
Plaza Shell–on the northeast corner of Higgins and Roselle Road.
Post Office–in Hoffman Plaza.  See above.
Ralston T.V.*
Ray’s Heating*
Rice Heating*
Robert Hall–on the southeast corner of Higgins and Roselle Road.
Russell’s Barber Shop*
Texaco–on the northwest corner of the Bode and Roselle Road intersection.
United Rent-All*
V & S Hardware*
Value Land*
Dr. Waxler*


West side of Roselle Road, north of Higgins Road.  Golf Rose Shopping Center.  [Are there other locations?]

American Loans*
B & K Realty*
B.P.A.A.*  (Does anyone know what this stood for?)
Bakery*–I think this is the Golf Rose Bakery in the Golf Rose Shopping Center.  See below.
Baskin Robbins–in the Golf Rose Shopping Center.  See below.
Dr. Bennett–Dentist*
Brass & Glass*
Budget Rent A Car*
Century Towers*
Cherry’s Shoes*
Citgo–on the southwest corner of Roselle and Golf Road.
Deanna’s School of Dance*
Diamond Cue*
Drake’s Male Fashion*
Firestone Tire–on the west side of Roselle Road, between Higgins and Golf.
Golf Paint, Glass & Wallpaper*
Golf Rose Barber Shop–in the Golf Rose Shopping Center.  See below.
Golf Rose Plaza–on the west side of Roselle Road, between Higgins and Golf.
Grants–in the Golf Rose Shopping Center.  See above.
Heritage Trace Apts.–on the south side of Higgins Road between Roselle and Golf.  (Now known as Steeple Hill Condominiums)
Heathron Beauty Salon*
Ho Luck Chop Suey*
Hoffman Lanes–on the north side of Higgins Road just west of Roselle Road.Hoffman Lanes
Hoffman Rosner Corp.–on the west side of Roselle Road, between Golf and Higgins.  Across from Firestone.
Law Offices*
McMahon Real Estate*
National Foods–in the Golf Rose Shopping Center.  See above.
Omega Sports*
Orchid Cleaners*
Prairie Ridge Apts.*
Record Newspaper*
Sentiment & Sweets*
Shakey’s Pizza*
Snyders Drugs–in the Golf Rose Shopping Center.  See above.
Sorority House*
State Farm Insurance*
Suburban Bank–on the west side of Roselle Road, just south of Golf Road.
Thunderbird Theatre–in the Golf Rose Shopping Center.  See above.
Dr. Udesky–Optometrist*
Union 76 Gas Station–on the northwest corner of Higgins and Roselle Road.


Higgins Road on the north side, west of the intersection with Golf.

Dale House*
Enco Station*
Hilldale Village*–apartment complex on the north side of Higgins Road at Huntington Boulevard.


Higgins Road on the south side, west of the intersection with Golf.  Higgins Road on the north side, west of the intersection with Huntington Boulevard.  Central Road.  Algonquin Road.

Barrington Square–on the north side of Higgins Road between Governor’s Lane and Barrington Road.Barrington Square
Clayton Corp.*
Mobil Station*
Moon Lake Village–apartment complex on the south side of Higgins Road at Moon Lake Blvd.
Standard Station*
Thomas Engineering–at Central Road and Ela Road.
Winston Knolls–on the north side of Algonquin Road between Ela Road and Windemere Lane.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


July 17, 2016

During Schaumburg’s 60th anniversary year of 2016, we will take a look back at the Schaumburg  you’ve known for the last six decades.  Every month there will be a posting on 3 village happenings for each decade the village has been in existence.  Maybe you remember some of the events and have something more to add to a few of the items?  Send in your comments!

60 Years Ago In 1956

  • The Schaumburg Transportation Company on Roselle Road appealed to the Illinois Commerce Commission for a temporary permit to establish a bus route between Roselle and Palatine, via Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg.  The plan was to have morning and afternoon buses that would accommodate passengers on the Milwaukee Road line in Roselle and the Chicago and Northwestern line in Palatine.Schaumburg Transportation
  • Another petition was filed with Cook County to rezone a 38-acre parcel of land from agricultural to industrial.  The parcel was on the west side of Rodenburg Road, north of the Milwaukee Road line.  The farm was owned by Marvin A. Anderson and the intention was to develop a ready-mix, concrete plant to occupy a portion of the property.
  • School District 54 began placing ads in the local papers advertising for new teachers.  Superintendent Robert Flum had already signed three new teachers for the 8 room school house on Schaumburg Road–two of them through the classified ads.  To encourage application, he even gave his home phone number to the paper so that any potential candidates could contact him more easily.

50 Years Ago in 1966

  • On July 23, a benefit called The Shindig was held to raise money for the Schaumburg Volunteer Fire Department.  For the second year in a row, the event was held on the parking lot of the Weathersfield Commons Shopping Center.  A square dance, called by Bob Kim of the Plaids and Calico dance club of Hoffman Estates, was a highlight of the Shindig with records being played during intermission.  Sandwiches and drinks were also sold.  Five local organizations, including the Weathersfield Homeowners Association, Junior Woman’s Club, the Moose, the Jaycees, and the Lions Club all participated in the gala.  The year before had seen 2000 people attend.
  • The new $40,000 fire station opened to the public on July 7.  The station was located just east of the Weathersfield Commons Shopping Center and was under the auspices of the Roselle Fire Protection District.  The 40-acre property was purchased from District 211 and the building begun in the fall of 1965.  The village of Schaumburg was not scheduled to take the department over from Roselle until 1967 when it had both the budgeted funds and had set up the structure of its own district.
  • A builder announced plans to begin a new subdivision in the village.  Frederickson and Co. was planning a 300-400 development on the 160-acre site immediately south of Lexington Fields, between Route 53 and Meacham Road.

40 Years Ago in 1976

  • Franklin Weber Pontiac at 100 W. Golf Road sponsored their “Price Chopping Sale” on their Grand Prix, Catalina and Le Mans models–to name a few.  They mentioned in their ad that they were open on Sundays.Franklin Weber
  • Polk Bros., at 900 E. Golf Road, was advertising their Zenith Premier Days with a full case of 48 oz. bottles of Bubble Up with a purchase of $50 or more.  [The Polk Bros. chain went out of business in April 1992.  It was one of five stores left at the time.]
  • The Schaumburg Township Public Library was looking for interested parties, 16 and older, to join a new Game Club.  Potential games to be played were backgammon, chess, Scrabble, bridge and others.

30 Years Ago in 1986

  • Village trustee, Carl Niemann, and fellow members of the Community Planning and Development Committee, asked village planners to inventory the historic structures in the Olde Schaumburg Centre district and make a plan for saving them.  The intent was to avoid destruction of historic buildings such as the old Schaumburg bank that had been moved from the northeast corner of Schaumburg and Roselle Road to a Town Square location along Roselle Road.  It was torn down in 1982.Bank
  • Village officials decided to put aside their plan to funnel traffic from Schaumburg High School to Braintree Drive and instead pursue the installation of a traffic signal at Grand Central Lane.  Cook County had been reluctant in the past because the traffic counts did not warrant a light.
  • Fretter Superstores, at 820 E. Golf Road near Woodfield, had an “Everything on Sale” sale.  [Fretter was very similar to Polk Bros. in that they sold appliances and electronics.

20 Years Ago in 1996

  • Martin Conroy, Schaumburg’s first Police Chief, died on July 21, 1996 at his home in Florida.  Mr. Conroy was appointed chief of police on March 15, 1960 and served in that role until his retirement in 1981.3267
  • The village announced that they would be hiring a part-time employee to oversee operations at the Schaumburg Regional Airport nearly eight months after it opened.  The employee would deal with the administration of the airport as well as working with the operating company who were soon to be hired.  Northwest Flyers and Saxon Aviation were operation companies being considered.
  • It was announced that Maggiano’s Little Italy was considering its second suburban location in Schaumburg.

10 Years Ago in 2006

  • Sam & Harry’s, a steak chain based in Washington, D.C., opened its first Illinois location in the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center.  They specialize in surf ‘n turf dishes.
  • Woodfield Mall was the number one tourist destination in Illinois–over Sears Tower, over Navy Pier, over Lincoln’s Home and over the Shedd Aquarium.  Between four and five million visitors came annually to take in the shopping and restaurants.
  • The village held an open house for the public at the new Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center on Saturday, July 29.  Guided tours were offered every 30 minutes from the front entrance.


July 10, 2016

Our guest contributor this week is Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian.  This column originally appeared in the June 2016 issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen, the village’s newsletter.  The column appears here, courtesy of the Village of Hoffman Estates.

The old telephone book from 1956-57 has a history of its own. It has only 91 pages, the left side page was advertising and the right side had the names, addresses and phone numbers. Pages 64 to 91 were advertising. Not anything like the larger fatter books that followed with the growth of our suburban population.

As you flip through the pages you notice notations in the margins and names that are underlined or perhaps marked with an X. The phonebook was donated to the village by the Davey family. The markings were for special friends or neighbors or members of the organizations they belonged to. I started looking at the book page by page not wanting to miss any interesting notes that may have been added to the book.

On page 3 was a list of the important phone numbers to have at hand in an emergency, Fire, Police, Ambulance & Oxygen and a blank line for your Physician’s phone number. The schools were listed on this page also, “New Parcel “B” School” that hadn’t been named yet in time for the printing of the phonebook. It would be named Fairview School. The other schools were Twinbrook School & Schaumburg School. No High Schools were listed. We didn’t have Conant High School until 1964.

Page 5 gave the list of officers and district representatives of the Hoffman Estates Home Owners Association along with a history of its founding and accomplishments. The homes were divided into 15 districts. This group brought order and organization to our new town of Hoffman Estates.

The Woman’s Club information was on page 7. “A new organization dedicated to the interests of women, has been organized in this community.” This sentence was followed by the plans for the future of this new group.

Only three religious groups were listed on page 7 and 9, Countryside Universalist Fellowship meeting in a school in Roselle, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church meeting in Twinbrook School and the Twinbrook Hebrew Center meeting in the parcel B school as yet unnamed (it would be Fairview School).

The advertisements in the book tell a story of their own. Many men and women did business from their homes such as electrician’s, carpenters, beauticians and insurance agents. The local drug stores, Rexall and Walgreens were in Roselle. Grocers, such as Pik-Wik Food Store, Harve’s Food Mart, and French’s Super Market were also in Roselle. The two dairies that delivered milk in Hoffman Estates were Ludwigs Milk Company in Elgin and Hedlin’s Richer Milk in Chicago. The one restaurant and bar that was located in town at Roselle & Higgins was the Rainbow Inn. Their ad promised mixed drinks, Schlitz on tap, Sam’s Pizza and Italian dinners & sandwiches. The McArthur Bros. were the proprietors.

There were no area codes, just 4 numbers. The Allen family’s phone number was 3383. How easy was that to remember unlike our 12 digit numbers of today? Only the businesses had numbers beginning with Twinbrook 4. Lawrence 9 was a Roselle phone number and Flanders 8 was a Palatine number. The phone book had all the original addresses before they were changed in the early 70s.

It was fun to look into the past.

Pat Barch, Hoffman Estates Village Historian


July 3, 2016

Festival of Arts Cookbook 1

This book landed in the Donations at the library and made its way to my desk.  In addition to browsing the book and the recipes, I was intrigued with the organization on the cover–Schaumburg Festival of Arts.  That was new to me.

In doing a bit of research, I discovered that the Schaumburg Festival of Arts was organized in 1970 with two main objectives.  The first objective was to find ways that allowed both Schaumburg and area residents to express themselves artistically.  The second was to finance a Schaumburg Civic Center that would serve as a location for various cultural events and entertainment.

In early January 1971, it was announced by Chairman Sonja Leraas and Honorary Chairman Mayor Robert Atcher, that a grand festival would be held on the weekend of June 19 & 20.  Most events would be held at Schaumburg High School.

There was quite an ambitious agenda that kicked off with a parade on Saturday morning that would end at the school.  Other events included:

  • Artistic creations would be on exhibit in the parking lot for both days with some available for sale and others available for show.  The works would include paintings, water colors, ceramics, sculptures and crewel work.  Michael Madden, director of the Schaumburg Township Public Library, served as exhibition committee chairman.
  • A children’s play would be presented by the Schaumburg Park District
  • A magic show would be presented by Joe Vyleta of Mount Prospect and billed as Young People’s Theater production and held in the school cafeteria.  Paul Derda served as the committee chairman.
  • Talent ’71, a talent contest for persons aged 14 to 19 was also held in the cafeteria.  Winners would receive prizes.
  • Also on Saturday evening, three, one-act plays would be shown in the cafeteria.
  • The following day, music from 1961-1971, A Swinging Decade, would be featured and dancing would definitely be encouraged.
  • A poetry contest would be held in local elementary schools with the winning poem being printed on the back of the festival’s program.  Winning poems from each school would be given a free ticket to all events with the grand prize winner also receiving $10.
  • A poster contest for junior high students would be used to promote the event in local, cooperating stores.  Winners would also receive free tickets to the events.
  • An “Evening of Plays” was also scheduled.  Raoul Johnson, an assistant professor at Loyola University and the director of the plays, eventually chose two plays to be performed.  The first was “The Brick and the Rose” written by Lewis John Carlino. Ten actors portraying 46 characters would sit on stools using only their voices and facial expressions to act their parts.  The other play was “Next” written by Terrence McNally and featured only two actors.

Some events were free and others, like the dance and “Evening of Plays,” charged a fee.  At the end of the weekend, nearly $1000 in profit was accumulated.  Unfortunately, most of the money raised came from the food sold at the refreshment stand–and the funds raised from the cookbook you see featured here.

“Evening of Plays” proved to be the most well-attended event and word-of-mouth spread so fast that the second night sold more tickets than anticipated.  The actors received a 3-minute standing ovation on Sunday night.  Response was so good that they put on an encore performance the following month at the newly formed Schaumburg Festival Theater.

Unfortunately, the Festival Theater and the Festival of Arts were in existence for only one year.  While the desire was there, the attendance was too low to continue.  Someone, though, liked the cookbook and, in particular, either the Swedish Spritz Cookies or Anny’s Chocolate Graham Chews.

Festival of Arts Cookbook 2

Given the fact that this organization lasted for only a short period of time, it is fortunate that over 40 years later the library was the recipient of a small part of their agenda.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

Articles from The Herald were used to put this blog posting together.  Dates used from 1971 were January 19, April 19, June 24, July 16 and December 17.


July 3, 2016

Sunderlage SmokehouseThe Hoffman Estates Historical Sites Commission is sponsoring a free open house at the Sunderlage Farmhouse, 1775 Vista Lane on Sunday, July 24, from noon to 3 p.m.

Participate in the following events:

  • Take a tour of the historic 1856 Sunderlage Farmhouse and adjacent smokehouse which is registered on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Meander through the variety of vintage ’50s and ’60s cars on display by the Old Timers Cruise Night Club.
  • Enjoy a cool ice cream treat sponsored by the Schaumburg Township Historical Society.

For more information, call 847-781-2606.

Enjoy your step back in time!


June 26, 2016

The Walter and Maybelle Ellis family moved to Schaumburg Township in 1955, just before the boom started.  They, along with their daughters Jean (Mathew Helsper) and Betty (Melvin Helsper) bought property on the southwest corner of Schaumburg and Plum Grove Road from Palmer and Marge Carlson.  The daughters had married two Helsper brothers and the families moved to the corner with the intent of living close together.   Prior to building their homes, it was necessary to get approval from Cook County to have it dubbed the Helsper-Ellis Subdivision.  Once the homes were built, the families quickly became involved with the new village of Schaumburg.

These photos are from the collection of Mathew Helsper who was Chairman of the Schaumburg Zoning Board and a trustee on the Village Board.    They are a great overview–in more ways than one–of how the village evolved.



The photo above shows the layout of the relatively new Weathersfield subdivision taking place.  We are looking south from the intersection of Schaumburg and Springinsguth Road.  The first homes are to the west (or right) of the intersection along Schaumburg Road.  This is the “W” section where all of the streets start with that letter.  The model homes were on Schaumburg Road, next to the intersection.  Notice how the homes are spread out and have larger lawns in this section.

The big box on the southeast side of the intersection is the first Jewel grocery store in Schaumburg.  Directly in front of the store is the Pure Oil gas station.  To the left of that is Fire Station 1.  Both of these buildings are gone but the Jewel building is still a portion of the Weathersfield Commons shopping center even though Jewel itself has moved further west on Schaumburg Road.

The house that is sheltered in trees on the north side of Schaumburg Road, was originally built by Mr. Ode D. Jennings, owner of The Barn property.  Sometime before 1938, Mr. Jennings built the house for his cousin Everett, who served as his attorney.  Miss Irma Fischer who was a secretary in Everett Fischer’s law firm also lived in the house.  This house was later moved down Springinsguth Road to where it still stands today.

There was another, smaller home on the property where Mr. Therman, Ode Jennings’ chauffeur lived.  According to D. Nelson who grew up in the area, this property was eventually sold in the early 1950s to Eve Fasse after Everett Jennings and Miss Fischer passed away.

The Barn property is in the middle of the photo, behind and to the left of the Jewel in a wooded glen.  Bock Park is to the left of The Barn.  Houses are already built along Standish Lane as it runs in a straight line from Schaumburg Road to Bock Park.

Looking at this aerial view, it is possible to see how Weathersfield was built in 20 plus phases.  In fact, you can make out the start of  Weathersfield  Way stretching towards the east.  As land was purchased, new phases were planned and added to the existing development.  Of course, prices went up too!



The view of this photo is looking southwest at the Weathersfield subdivision from the area near Schaumburg High School.  According to a reader of the blog, the timing is 1965-66 because Weathersfield Unit 5 appears to be completed.   Everything from the photo above is also in this photo.

Schaumburg Road is the straight road running through the right side of the photo with Springinsguth Road being the other straight road running perpendicular to it through the subdivision.

Springinsguth Road hits Wise Road, another straight road running east to west in the photo.

Laid out neatly in a grid are parts of the Hanover Highlands subdivision, which can be seen in the upper middle of the photo.

Irving Park Road runs at a curving angle through the middle of the photo.  You can see the unincorporated Spring South subdivision between Wise and Irving Park.  Also, notice the big pond on the left side of the photo.  It is now encompassed by the Ruth McIntyre Conservation Area.

Lake Street is also in the upper portion of the photo, running parallel to Irving Park Road.  And, of course, Barrington Road bisects both of those roads through the entire upper portion.  It clearly ends at Lake Street.The view of this photo is looking due north from Irving Park Road coming in at the angle to its intersection with Wise Road, just east of Barrington Road.



The Milwaukee Road rail line is on the bottom of the photo.  Bisecting it is Rodenburg Road.  Where it hits Irving Park Road, you can see St. John Lutheran Church on the SE corner of the intersection.

Due west of Rodenburg is Long Avenue.

On the far left of the photo, just beyond the intersection of Irving Park and Wise is Hanover Highlands.

Between Irving Park and Wise is the Spring South subdivision.

North of Wise is the Weathersfield subdivision with the Nathan Hale School property on Wise looking like it’s being prepped for construction.  Hale opened in 1969 so we can probably date this photo around 1967 or 1968.

In the upper right portion of the photo is the very wooded area of Sarah’s Grove.  Quite a dense patch of timber, isn’t it?  Timbercrest subdivision is being developed to the south of the trees.

The various parcels of Hoffman Estates are to the north of Sarah’s Grove as are the Highlands in Hoffman Estates.

Note the other two wooded areas.  The portion to the upper left is the Walnut Grove portion of Hoffman Estates between Higgins and the Tollway.

The portion in the upper center is Highland Grove in Hoffman Estates, north of the Tollway.  It is now the Paul Douglas Forest Preserve.



The view of this photo is looking northeast towards the Weathersfield subdivision in the center.  Springinsguth runs through the subdivision with the “W” section nicely built out on the west (left) side of the road.  Clearly, development is very much happening on various sides.

The Hanover Highlands subdivision is also under construction in the southern part of the photo.

Sarah’s Grove and Timbercrest are visible in the upper central portion of the photo with development just beginning.

The Parcels of Hoffman Estates as well as the Highlands are in the top left of the photo.

Looking at these photos, it’s clear how Schaumburg Township was developed in much of a jigsaw puzzle approach.  Putting a piece here and then a piece there depended on when parcels became available from the farmers themselves or from the developers who had purchased the farms as an investment as the area begin to explode.  People like Mr. Helsper, who served on the Zoning Board, Village Board and other commissions, definitely had their work cut out for them!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

*Many thanks to Tom Helsper, Matt Helsper’s son for passing on these photos.  What a great resource!
**These photos were used with the permission of  UTC Aerospace Systems.  



June 19, 2016

During Schaumburg’s 60th anniversary year of 2016, we will take a look back at the Schaumburg  you’ve known for the last six decades.  Every month there will be a posting on 3 village happenings for each decade the village has been in existence.  Maybe you remember some of the events and have something more to add to a few of the items?  Send in your comments!

60 Years Ago in 1956

  • Groundbreaking for the new St. John Immanuel Lutheran School at Rodenburg and Irving Park Road took place Saturday, June 17.  (The school is to the left in this photo from the church’s website.)  St. John Lutheran school
  • The Schaumburg PTA sponsored their annual dance/frolic at the Roselle Country Club on Roselle Road on Saturday, June 23 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.  The Walt Bartelt 5-piece orchestra provided the music.
  • With the new Mobile Dial Exchange becoming operational in Schaumburg Township on June 28, many phone numbers would change.  The new numbers would be listed in the new Roselle, Bartlett and Bloomingdale phone book which also served Schaumburg Township.  The phone book was also operational on June 28.
    Phone book

50 Years Ago in 1966

  • Schaumburg’s Civil Defense budget was listed as being the biggest for surrounding towns.  Harland Hector was Director of the program since its beginning and at this time had 65-70 volunteers under his command.  With an active Police and Fire Department, the squad would be used in time of local and national emergencies.
  • The swimming pool located in Weathersfield opened June 13 with a record crowd registered and a second registration date set for the overflow.  Season passes were $25 per family, $15 for an individual adult and $10 for an individual child.
  • Thirty more elementary school teachers, four or five junior high staff, one principal, a social worker and a special education teacher needed to be hired before the school year started in September.  Assistant superintendent, Wayne Schaible, stated he hoped all would be hired by mid-summer.

40 Years Ago in 1976

  • It was announced that the third building of the Woodfield Park office development would be built at 999 Plaza Drive.  The building was designed and developed by J. Emil Anderson & Son, Inc. of Des Plaines.Plaza Drive
  • The village began the planning stages for a new Comprehensive Plan.  The Plan was to be developed by Nathan Barnes and Associates under the supervision of Village Planner Alan Saunders.  The first Master Plan was a series of maps that “suggest land use in several areas of the village.”  It was prepared shortly after the village was formed in 1956 by Village President Robert Atcher and a group of residents who owned land in Schaumburg when the village was chartered.
  • Burglars broke into the Schaumburg Airport Lounge and stole 60 pounds of spare ribs.  They also opened refrigerator doors and scattered food and utensils around the room. 

30 Years Ago in 1986

  • The Greater Woodfield Festival and Special Events was being in the months of June and July.  Various programs, concerts and events were scheduled in the suburbs of Greater Woodfield.  Schaumburg was scheduled to have the following events in June:  Ramsay Lewis and Colossal Nerve at the Prairie Center on June 21, “Shakespeare’s Friends & Lovers” by the Chicago Shakespeare Company would be held at Spring Valley on June 26, and Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows would appear at the Prairie Center on June 28.
  • The Schaumburg Park District was selling a $5 cookbook with about 250 recipes from staff, families and volunteers at all park district facilities.  They hoped to sell 2000 copies of the book to raise funds to furnish the Vera Meineke Observatory that was being built on the Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary grounds.    
  • Preleasing was beginning at the new Garden Glen apartments on Roselle Road between 21 Kristin Place and the Northwest Tollway.  A six-story building with 156 apartments would be surrounded by manor homes.

20 Years Ago in 1996

  • A 124-unit housing development to be built on the northeast corner of Schaumburg and Roselle Road was being proposed to the village.  (It is now known as Olde Schaumburg.)
  • The last service was held in the 89-year old St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church at Irving Park and Rodenburg Road on Sunday, June 22, 1996.  The congregation would be moving to a new church built across Rodenburg Road.  (This photo is from the church’s website.)St. John Lutheran Church 
  • Governor Jim Edgar announced the Schaumburg Park District would be getting a $273,800 Department of Natural Resources grant to purchase land north of the Metra commuter rail station on Springinsguth Road.  The park will have eight tennis courts, a lighted ball field and ice hockey/special events area, concessions, and a 119-space parking lot.  (This is the current Briar Point Park.  It does not have the ice hockey/special events area.)

10 Years Ago in 2006

  • Nordstrom at Woodfield received a shipment of Heelys wheel-in-the-heel shoes and was able to supply 30 people on a waiting list with the popular new shoes.  (The shoes are still being sold.)
  • Ground was broken on June 20 for Fire Station 5 (now 55) that will be built alongside the public works department at 714 S. Plum Grove Road.Fire station 55
  • The village officially made smoking areas illegal in all office buildings and in the common areas of condominium and apartment complexes.  As of June 14, the only indoor smoking areas allowed were tobacco shops and the smoking sections of restaurants.  

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

The factual items for this blog posting were taken from stories that appeared in the Daily Herald and the Chicago Tribune.



June 12, 2016

Our guest contributor this week is Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian.  This column originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen, the village’s newsletter.  The column appears here, courtesy of the Village of Hoffman Estates.

Before there was a Hoffman Plaza at Roselle Rd between Golf and Higgins, there was a large weed filled prairie that served as the first outdoor party location for the early residents of Parcel B.  Following the 1955 development of the first homes in Parcel A just east of Roselle & Golf Rd, the development called Parcel B, was being built east of Roselle & Higgins Roads.  The new residents decided to get together every Saturday night  for fun and dancing in the weed filled prairie.

Weiner roast

I had a wonderful conversation with Shirley, one of the first residents of Parcel B, who  told me of the neighborhood fun they planned for the open prairie were Jewel now stands.  Now in her late 80s, she told of the happy times they all shared with their neighbors.  The men would begin gathering branches, twigs and any firewood they could find to get the fire hot enough for the sausages, hot dogs and burgers the women would bring out to the fire.  Salads of all kinds were part of the Saturday night get together.  Shirley especially remembered all the delicious cakes, each baker trying to outdo the other.


Shirley kept telling me how much fun it was.  She told me this several times to emphasize how she loved those early days.  The kids and adults would get softball games going.  Later in the evening, with several of the men able to play musical instruments, dancing would begin.  Since there was no park district yet, this was their way of planning fun activities with what that had.  The empty prairie served the purpose.  She said that as the village grew, the Saturday night parties ended but the memories for her remain.

Shirley and her husband Howard started the first business in Hoffman Plaza.  It was a fabric and drapery shop.  Although I didn’t ask her, I would assume that the business did well with so many new homes needing drapes to cover the windows.

Shirley’s husband knew Jack Hoffman, who encouraged them to come out to the town that he was developing and start a new life for themselves.  They took his advice and came to Hoffman Estates those many years ago.  Shirley, now a widow, still lives in the same house that she and Howard purchased in 1956.  She still calls her part of town “Parcel B” as other early residents still do.  Her plans are to live out her life in the town she loves.  Thanks for the memories Shirley.

Pat Barch
Hoffman Estates Village Historian


June 5, 2016

Happy Birthday Schaumburg!  You turned 60 this year on March 7, 2016 and we’re happy to celebrate with you!

In honor of your birthday year, we’re doing a monthly blog posting based on some of our favorite things about you.

This month we’d like you to share your favorite, neat tidbit about Schaumburg that others may not know.  

Maybe it’s a spot others might be unfamiliar with?

Cedarcrest Cemetery

[Sarah’s Grove Cemetery on Cedarcrest Drive]


Maybe it’s a piece of history that is forgotten but interesting to you?


[Remnants of the Redeker peony fields at Spring Valley]


Maybe it’s a business that came and went that you really loved?


[Barry’s Ribs on Mall Drive]


Maybe it’s someone famous who grew up in Schaumburg or lived here for a period of time?

Susan Downey

[Susan Downey–wife of Robert Downey Jr.]


It would be fun to hear what you can add to the conversation!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


June 5, 2016
  • Dates: Saturday and Sunday, June 11 & 12 2016 12:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Location: Heritage Farm
  • Address: 201 Plum Grove Road or 1111 E. Schaumburg Road
  • City: Schaumburg, IL
  • Phone: 847/985-2100Spring Valley

Experience the charm of a community farm fair during the late 19th century. Visitors can stop by the livestock and domestic arts tents to find out who has won blue ribbons and watch as the latest hay mowers and other farm equipment are demonstrated.Join in the fun by participating in various games and competitions.  This recreated historic event will include food, music and more!

Admission is $3/person or $12/family. Children ages 3 and younger are free.


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