November 18, 2018

There is no Park Place and there is no Pennsylvania Avenue in Schaumburg but, in 1983, there was Hippo’s and Woodfield Lanes on a game called “Heritage of Schaumburg.”

It was based on the Parker Brothers’ Monopoly game, and featured an array of 46 businesses and governmental bodies. Moving your game piece around the board, it was possible to “land on” any one of these entities while playing.

Bill Tucknott, who has been an active participant on a number of Schaumburg’s different boards and commissions, shared the game with me. He and his family purchased the game when it was first introduced to the community.

In a December 23, 1981 article from the Janesville Gazette, it states that the game was “the brainchild of David A. Colbert, a young Oshkosh [WI] entrepreneur who is founder and president of Citigames of America Inc.” According to the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institution’s website, the company was founded in 1980 and dissolved in 1993.

Mr. Colbert’s original game was for his hometown, the city of Oshkosh, WI. The company then began soliciting other cities and villages with the hope of designing similar games for towns across the country. The Schaumburg game was copyrighted in 1983 so it would have been one of the earlier games developed.

Based on the Janesville article, which detailed information on the Monroe, WI locale, the game cost $9.95. It was a laminated game board and was suggested for ages 6 to adult. It came with game pieces and money but, unfortunately, those were not to be found with this game. (The money would have been important since the prices of the property range from $1400 to $7600. Not the Monopoly game we’re all familiar with!)

It is quite an interesting to note the local businesses that were willing to contribute advertising money to the game’s developer in exchange for their appearance on the game board. Is it possible the amount they contributed was in correlation to their monetary spot on the board?

Below is a list of the businesses and governmental bodies that appeared on the board. We’ll begin with the Start spot and move around the board from there.

  • Woodfield Bank* (Located on the NW corner of Meacham and Higgins and founded in 1971 at Woodfield Mall.)
  • Kayhan International Limited
  • Moondog’s Comics
  • Collins Fireplace and Patio Shop
  • Sheraton Inn-Walden
  • Discount Sun Drugs
  • Petersen’s Auto Body, Inc.
  • Town Square Grog Shop (Established in 1970 and closed in 1994)
  • B.O.S.S. (Budde’s Office Supply Store, Inc.)
  • Roselle AMC/Jeep Renault
  • Schaumburg Cyclery, Inc.
  • Parks Beautify Community (Schaumburg Park District)
  • Colonial Chevrolet in Schaumburg
  • Hippo’s
  • Woodfield Ford
  • Family Pride Cleaners (In Schaumburg Plaza)
  • The Hobbyist
  • Schaumburg Security Services, Inc.
  • Woodfield Lanes (Established in 1980 and closed in 2001)
  • Joan’s Hallmark Card & Gift Shop
  • Ahlgrim Funeral Directors
  • Woodfield Realty* (Established in 1977 and named because “In Schaumburg, it’s Woodfield.”)
  • Damen Savings
  • SCAN (co-op contemporary furnishings)
  • Osco Drug
  • Dunn-Rite Car and Truck Rental
  • The Daily Herald
  • Jon E. Floria (Solicitor-Barrister)
  • Schaumburg Music Center* (Established by Francis G. Bowen in August 1973. Sold, repaired and rented musical instruments.)
  • STI (Schaumburg Tele-Communications)
  • Mike’s Body Shop
  • Kroch’s & Brentano’s
  • Schaumburg Park District
  • Muffler Magic Shoppe* (Mr. Spaeth opened his doors on January 1, 1982 with the intent to franchise many small shoppes.)
  • Schaumburg Dodge
  • NPS (Northwest Printing Service)
  • Computerland
  • Raycon Lamp & Lighting Gallery
  • Highland Cleaners
  • Ziebart
  • The Right Club
  • Stevens, Maloney Office Supplies
  • Weller’s Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Preferred Travel, Inc.
  • Marty’s (in Woodfield Lanes)

It’s obvious a number of the businesses such as Damen Savings, Woodfield Lanes, Kroch’s & Brentano’s, Hippo’s, Moondog’s Comics and SCAN no longer exist but there are definitely some that can still be found in Schaumburg or the area. Ahlgrim’s, Osco Drug, The Daily Herald and the Schaumburg Park District are the ones I recognize right off the bat as still being in business.

Those with an asterisk were highlighted in the directions for the “Heritage of Schaumburg” game. If you have any details regarding when any of these businesses opened and/or closed their doors, or if they merged or changed names, please leave a comment or send me an email. I’d be happy to update this blog posting.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


November 11, 2018

This is an interior photo of the Sunderlage House in Hoffman Estates taken in the mid-1950s. It showcases the warm, cozy interior of this beloved farmhouse when it was a private residence. If you look closely, though, your eye is also drawn to what look to be murals painted on the walls on either side of the staircase.

This photo was donated to the library by Sandra Volid Bauer, the wife of Peter Volid. Mr. Volid owned the house when the photos were taken. He was not married to Sandra at the time, but he told her later about the murals on the wall.

According to Mr. Volid, these murals were commissioned by Lila Harrell who bought the farm from descendants of the Sunderlage family in the 1930s and owned it until 1952 when Mr. Volid purchased it from her. See the entry above from the 1949 Bartlett/Roselle Telephone Directory that shows her address and phone number.

Ms. Harrell called her home and its surrounding acres “Angelus Farm.” She also modernized the house by putting in electricity and plumbing.  One of her other touches was the murals that were painted on the walls.

Marilyn Lind of the Hoffman Estates Historical Sites Commission, that oversees the home, said that Ms. Harrell was a Chicago-based interior decorator who had an office on Michigan Avenue. It was in Italian Court that was built in 1926 and, according to Paul Gapp, the architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune, was a mixed location of businesses and apartments that “were tenanted by artists, designers and writers.” [Chicago Tribune, September 23, 1990]

Given her involvement in that field, she must have been fairly familiar with the arts world in Chicago. At some point Ms. Harrell hired a Chicago-area artist by the name of Malvin Albright to paint the walls according to Sandra Volid Bauer. It isn’t known if Ms. Harrell specifically instructed him to design murals for the walls or whether that was his idea.

What IS interesting is the artist. Malvin Albright was the twin brother of Ivan Albright, who has a special gallery for his works in the Art Institute of Chicago. Ivan was known for his unusual style that was most noticeable in the painting featured at the end of the 1945 movie, “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” You can see it below.

Malvin and Ivan grew up in Warrenville, IL where their father Adam Emory Albright, a painter himself, purchased an old Methodist church in 1924 to use as the Albright Gallery of Painting and Sculpture. While Adam was more of an impressionistic painter, his sons turned their sights to other styles.

Malvin began his art career as a sculptor but eventually switched to painting with watercolor and oils, signing his work with the name “Zsissly.” According to his obituary in the Chicago Tribune of September 16, 1983, Malvin’s paintings were a lighter contrast to his brother’s darker style. Still, in looking at Malvin’s painting below you can get a glimpse of how their painting techniques were somewhat similar.

Unfortunately, the mural that Malvin painted is not viewable today. In fact, Marilyn Lind said that when she first got a glimpse of the house back in the 1970s, the walls had already been painted over with a solid color. But, in scraping at it with her fingernail, she could tell that the paint that was used was quite thick and that the colors were pale blue, gray, pink and white–which was quite an interesting palette. She could also see the outline of nature scenery, houses and people walking. Today, wallpaper covers the staircase walls.

It seems there are always surprising connections to be found in Schaumburg Township. The area may have been rural for many years, but it was still close enough to Chicago that it was touched by some very interesting people!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

You can take a look at the Sunderlage House for yourself. The next time the home will be open is for the Teddy Bear Holiday Party on December 1 at 1 p.m. More details can be found here.

If you are interested in the Albrights, you might want to check out the Warrenville Historical Society.

[Photo credit of Italian Court to Chicago Tribune]



November 4, 2018

For years the small farm on the southeast corner of Higgins and Plum Grove Road seemed to persevere in spite of the growth around it. If you lived or worked in Schaumburg Township from 1980 to 2000 during the height of office development, you couldn’t help but notice the fields, the barns and the white farmhouse that stood out on busy Higgins Road.

This was the Winkelhake property, purchased in 1848 by Christof Winkelhake, two years before the township itself was established in 1850. Through sheer dint of will and passion, the Winkelhakes managed to maintain their agricultural independence for 150 years, despite all of the development that surrounded their farm.

Christof Winkelhake and his wife, Louise Marie, emigrated here from Germany around 1845, eventually purchasing 80 acres from the government as a land patent in 1848. The property was obtained in two different parcels a little over a week apart on March 1 and 10, according to the Bureau of Land Management’s General Land Office Records.

With their seven children–two of whom were born in Germany and the rest in Schaumburg Township–the Winkelhakes worked their farm, year in and year out. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune from July 27, 1999, Christof had “accumulated 240 acres by the time of the Civil War.”

The 1861 map above shows the Winkelhake property, 160 acres at the time, stretched laterally across Higgins Road. Note that Plum Grove Road came down from the north, through Horace “H.P.” Williams’ property, and ended at Higgins Road. It would be years before this gravel road extended south through the heart of the Winkelhake property.

All of the plat maps from 1861 to 1947 depict Plum Grove as a straight line, moving north/south through the Township. It isn’t until the 1947 map that we see Plum Grove take the slight jog that remains there today. It is my presumption that when it was finally paved it was necessary to go around, rather than through, the farmplace of the Winkelhake farm–hence the curve.

After establishing the farm for future generations, Christof died in 1897 at the age of 82. Both he and his wife, who had died ten years before him, are buried at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemetery. Below is their grave marker with its unique, ornamental finial on top.

The farm passed on to his son, Henry Winkelhake who was born in 1847 and was one of the first to be baptized within the St. Peter Lutheran Church congregation that formed in the same year. When he died in 1907, his two sons, Henry Jr. and Herman, farmed two different parcels, as can be seen on the 1926 plat map below. (Note Plum Grove’s straight, due south direction.) According to this map, Herman was farming the original property and Henry was farming the property that had been acquired on the east side of Plum Grove.

After their deaths, Herman’s sons, Louis and Herman, took over the farming, continuing to milk cows and grow corn, grain and soybeans. They sold off parcels here and there, particularly the portion that had been farmed by Henry on the west side of Plum Grove Road. That was sold to Arthur and Dorothy Hammerstein as their second farm.

When Arthur Hammerstein died in 1955, his wife sold their two farms on Roselle Road and Plum Grove Road. Eventually Palatine Township High School District acquired a portion of the Plum Grove Road farm that they would later use as the grounds for Conant High School, the first high school in the township. Before that was built the school district rented the 38 acres back to the Winkelhakes to farm in 1959. It is quite interesting that the school district was calling it the Hammerstein school site.

After working the farm for many years, Louis left and moved to Milwaukee. Herman continued to live in the white farmhouse, persevering season after season until his son Ron came back to help around 1987. Herman was bound and determined not to sell the property and, in fact, never did. He lived there until the day he died in 1995.

In the photo below, you can see how embedded the Winkelhakes were in Schaumburg Township and St. Peter Lutheran Church. Most of this row consists of the Winkelhakes we’ve been talking about, except for Herman, who was the last to farm. He is buried at St. Peter’s but is not part of this family plot.

By 1997, it was apparent to Herman’s survivors that it was time to sell the beloved farm that had been in the family for 150 years. Over the course of a few years, the family farm became the Morningside subdivision (which is on the homeplace), Bank of America and Sunrise of Schaumburg, an assisted living facility, to name a few.

Do you suppose some of these tall trees that line Plum Grove Road and border Higgins, are leftovers from the oldest family farm in Schaumburg Township? If they are, it’s sure nice to know there are remnants of the farm that still survive.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

This blog posting was written with the assistance of the following:

  • Schaumburg Review, April 3, 1997
  • Chicago Tribune, July 27, 1999
  • A Winkelhake Time Capsule Or a Rainy Spring Day with Ron and Anne Winkelhake by Linda Valentine
  • Larry Nerge, Genealogist




November 3, 2018

Schaumburg Center schoolThe Schaumburg Township Historical Society will sponsor an open house of the Schaumburg Center School on Sunday, November 11, 2018.  The open house will be held from 9 a.m. 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.


October 28, 2018

Our guest contributor this week is Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian.  This column originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen, the village’s newsletter.  The column appears here, courtesy of the Village of Hoffman Estates.

One of the Citizen’s readers recently inquired about Shoe Factory Road. He reads the Historian’s Notebook column and asked if there was really a shoe factory on that road. He’s not the only person to ask about this. Others have wondered about the same thing. It’s an interesting story and the road has history up and down its length from Elgin to Hoffman Estates.

There certainly was a shoe factory on Shoe Factory Road. It was a large building built in 1891. It was owned by George Ludlow & Company and stood at the northeast corner of Shoe Factory Road (later renamed Congdon Ave.) and Dundee Roads. The factory employed 370 employees who made women’s shoes. Later the business was sold to Selz-Schwab & Company of Chicago. During its peak year of 1920, 300 employees manufactured 2,000 pair of shoes a day.

The business was again sold–not to shoe manufacturers, but to clothing manufacturers. Besides clothing, the building was used as the Tiny Tim indoor miniature golf and the State of Illinois Sign Shop before it closed in 1990. The building still stands and has been converted into apartment s & condos.

As Shoe Factory Road travels east through Hoffman Estates several stories about our history linger on with only memories of what was once located along the road.

The Charles Lindbergh one room schoolhouse was eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. It’s unique flagstone design and concrete construction was built to never burn as the two previous schools dating back to the late 1840s had. It didn’t survive the efforts to save it and the Village of Hoffman Estates decided to tear it down in September of 2007. It was located on the south side of Shoe Factory Road near the intersection of Essex Drive. Only memories remain.

The Earl and Elizabeth Teets Farm was the site of one of the most gruesome unsolved murders in Cook County history. Their farm was on the north side of Shoe Factory Road just west of where the road dead ends into Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates. Earl and his wife Elizabeth, along with their son Gary and 4 guard dogs, were shot to death in their farm house. Their bodies were discovered on the night of Jan. 11, 1979. The murders have remained unsolved. Only memories remain.

A drive down Shoe Factory Road will bring you to the Poplar Creek Model Air Plane Flying Field, a fun place to watch the maneuvers of the planes as their owners put them through their loops and great flying skills.

Just east of Route 59 you’ll find the wonderful Great Egret Family Picnic area. The drive down Shoe Factory Road heading west takes you through the Arthur L. Janura Forest Preserves. There’s so much more to the Shoe Factory road than the answer to the question,” Was there really a shoe factory on Shoe Factory Road. “

Pat Barch
Hoffman Estates Historian

Photo credit:  Selz Shoe Factory from Postcards From The Past: A Brief History of Elgin, Illinois.


October 21, 2018

In the year 2000, appropriately enough, outer space came to Woodfield Mall and it came in the form of a new restaurant called Mars 2112. The eatery inherited the space that was originally used for the Woodfield Ice Arena and later Woodfield Mall Cinemas.

Called “Disneyland with dining” by the owner, Pascal Phelan, Mars 2112 first opened in Times Square in Manhattan as a standalone location. Woodfield Mall was chosen as its first shopping center location and it officially opened on October 3 after an $8.5 million startup investment.

The name of the restaurant was based on the year 2112 when it was believed that commercial flights would take passengers to Mars. The interior decor reflected this Mars theme and came complete with giant videos showing customers the terrain of the red planet.

Lava pools, Martian creatures and a shuttle ride for 32 guests that operated between the entrance and the dining room were also part of the experience. The shuttle ride, which was actually a 747 flight simulator used to train pilots, rocked and swayed as if the passengers were on a trip to Mars. The “voyage” lasted 3 1/2 minutes. When you got to the dining room, even the walls were red and cratered. The whole theme was meant to feel as if you were eating on Mars.

And the food? It was upscale, but casual, and ranged from burgers to grilled salmon to ribs, pasta and steaks. In fact, Pascal Phelan, the owner hired a top chef from France to put together the menu as a fusion of American and international cuisine.

It was only in business for one short year, closing in early November 2001. During that time they worked with the community by handing out $30,000 worth of scholarships to ten students from schools in the Northwest Suburbs to, where else? United States Space Camp in Titusville, FL. An appropriate gesture for the students who entered an essay contest answering the question “What is life like on Mars in 2112?”

There was no reason given for the abrupt closure of Mars 2112 but, while it lasted, it made a dramatic impact on the Woodfield restaurant scene. Eating a hamburger and fries on Mars? Who wouldn’t want to give that a try?

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

Photo credit to

This blog posting was written with the help of Daily Herald articles from February 12 and September 28, 2000 and June 12 and November 8, 2001. An October 2000 article from the Chicago Tribune was also used.




October 14, 2018

I’ve seen this booklet before in our collection but never really stopped to examine it closely. When I did, I was amazed at the art work and local history detail that went into creating this publication.

Designed with the intent to introduce Schaumburg to potential businesses, the publication was created in 1985 by Laura Carey and Dave Ogorzaly who were village employees. As Public Relations Coordinator, Ms. Carey designed and wrote the content. Mr. Ogorzaly was the artist who tracked the history of Schaumburg from its Native American origins to the present day. They included so much of the detail that I write about on this blog.

In communicating with Mr. Ogorzaly–who still works for the village–he said the mural was created as colored pencil drawings. He and Ms. Carey had discussions about which scenes and buildings to include, starting with the obvious choices “like the old and new Village Hall, police station, high school etc. We could not leave out the historical landmarks, the Tollway, Woodfield Mall and the larger business developments. Besides these, I kind of went for the newer ones with the most architectural integrity, as well as adding those that featured new services to the Village.”

I also asked how he put it together so that all of those angles of our history were represented. He said he did it through “research, old photos that were available at the time and with help from people like Pastor John Sternberg [of St. Peter Lutheran Church], who were keeping the history alive.”

So, let’s take a look at the history that is represented. It begins with this page.

If you start at the left, the mural begins with Native Americans during pre-settlement days, fishing and hunting along the banks of, what I have to imagine, is Salt Creek. This segues into Horace P. Williams, an early settler who is known to have driven a flock of sheep from Ohio to Illinois in the early 1840s.  We then see the German farmers who also began settling the area at this time. This is followed by the iconic St. Peter Lutheran Church of 1863 and its cemetery. Also tucked in is the 1848 small, frame, original church.

The bubble at the top illustrates the infamous meeting where Friedrich Nerge, after much debate in putting a name to our township, shouted, “Schaumburg schall et heiten!” or “Schaumburg shall it be.” This is also where the village eventually got its name. (Many do not realize the township came before the village.)

We then move to Schaumburg Center at the corner of Schaumburg and Roselle Road. The Fenz general store that stood on the southwest corner is in the middle, the Buttery is featured at the bottom, the one-room, Schaumburg Center School is tucked in at the edge with the old Schaumburg Bank building that stood on the northeast corner below it.

We can also note that the township’s first fire company from 1890 is added as is the term Easy Street. The area–and the Pub–were called Easy Street, not only because some of the wealthier commercial people of the township lived here, but because some farmers built new homes in the center part of the township once they retired.

This second panel of the booklet begins with the incorporation of the village of Schaumburg in 1956. Three buildings that were originally the O.D. Jennings property and later became part of Weathersfield are first, starting with the white Barn of Schaumburg which served as the early village hall. Directly below that is the building that today serves as the offices for the Schaumburg Athletic Association. The Jennings house is to the right of the caretaker’s house. At the bottom are the early homes of Weathersfield.

We then move to the Schaumburg Airpark off of Irving Park Road and Fire Station #1 that was on West Schaumburg Road, close to the intersection with Springinsguth. To the right of the Airpark is the front facade of the Schaumburg Township District Library when it was at 32 W. Library Lane. Below it is the Village’s logo and a representation of Schaumburg’s current Village Hall.

The roads are I-90 and Meacham Road. Notice the south side of I-90 is represented by the water tower that remains on Wiley Road and buildings that are part of the Schaumburg Industrial Park. North of the tollway is the Motorola complex, centered by the tower that is now one of the locations of Motorola Solutions.

The collection of three buildings in the center of the photo represent International Village apartments which was one of the first apartment complexes built in Schaumburg.

The bucolic water and tree scene represents Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary with the bicyclists making their way down one of the many bike lanes in Schaumburg.

Of course, it is impossible not to recognize Woodfield Mall with its anchors that included Marshall Fields, J.C. Penney, Lord & Taylor and Sears. Note that the Woodfield water tower was still painted with its iconic brown and gold colors.

Directly below the water tower is the brick monolith of Schaumburg High School to the left, and the Public Safety Building to the right–exactly as you see them today.

This last panel shows much of Schaumburg’s business history with a few governmental representations sprinkled throughout. From the far left we begin with the Community Recreation Center (CRC) that opened in 1979 at the corner of Bode and Springinsguth. Below it is the Pure Oil campus at Golf and Meacham with its distinctive, circular parking lots.

The blue and white bus is part of the Dial-A-Ride Transportation that the village helped to support and above it is the atrium lobby of the Schaumburg Corporate Center. The next two white buildings at the top are Woodfield Lakes One and Two that are on Woodfield Road. Below Woodfield Lakes One is the brown, Brutalist-style structure that originally opened as Woodfield Bank in 1981 and is now Chase Bank.

In the middle is the Olde Schaumburg Centre Park that was created in 1983 on the northeast corner of Schaumburg and Roselle Road. The red truck towing the float represents the village’s 25th anniversary celebration in 1981.

The bubble at the top begins with the small, brown Schaumburg Metra Station that opened the following year in 1982 and the red brick Commuter Rail Facility that is currently on the north side of the tracks. The two structures in the middle are the Northwest Community Hospital Treatment Center on Roselle Road and the La Quinta Motor Inn on Higgins Road. At the top is the Hyatt Regency Woodfield Hotel and the multi-layered Tishman Building that is now Centennial Center on Golf Road.

The final stretch of the panel off to the right begins clockwise with the Marriott Hotel that opened in 1983, Prudential One and Two that are along Martingale Road, the first Zurich American Insurance building that is now Woodfield Pointe Corporate Center, the First United Richport Center which is the set of shops and offices on the northeast corner of Schaumburg and Roselle Road, the Embassy Suites Hotel and, lastly, the Annex Shopping Center on Golf Road.

It was obvious from the dates attached to the buildings that many of the corporate office buildings went up in the late 1970s and early 1980s. This view of that landscape is also from the brochure. Can you pick out some of the buildings/structures that were featured?

Today, it is clear that, despite the fact the village was almost 30 years old, it was still the beginning of commercial development. The village knew it and put this attractive brochure together as enticement for other potential businesses to come to the area. Judging by today’s landscape, it is obvious they succeeded.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library



October 7, 2018

We drive on them every day but do you know who the main roads of Schaumburg Township are named for?

Here is a list of some of the roads with an explanation of their names. (This is an update of the first blog posting that appeared back in December 2009.)

Barrington Road: Named for the town of Barrington, Illinois that is north of Schaumburg Township. The name was taken from Great Barrington, MA.

Biesterfield Road:  This is misspelled and is named for Conrad Biesterfeld, a local farmer who was also Township Highway Commissioner.

Bode Road:  Named for the Bode family that operated a tavern in early Hanover Township.

Fenz Road: Named for the Fenz family that owned the J. Fenz & Son General Merchandise store on the southwest corner of the intersection of Schaumburg and Roselle Roads.

Gannon Drive:  Named for Hoffman Estates Trustee James F. Gannon Jr. who served on the first Village Board.

Golf Road:  Named for the tiny village that lies between Glenview & Morton Grove.

Groen Lane and Groen Court:  Named for the Groen family who lived in a farmhouse that Fred Groen bought on the future Groen Lane in Schaumburg.

Harmon Boulevard:  Named for Hoffman Estates Trustee John Harmon who served on the first Village Board.

Hartmann Drive:  Named for landowner, Fred Hartmann, and family who owned a farm in the vicinity.

Hassell Road:  Named for Paul Hassell, a Chicago lawyer,  who was a gentleman farmer in the northwestern part of the township.

Higgins Road:  May have been named for F. Higgins who owned land along the road.

Irving Park Road:  Earlier sections of the road, closer to Chicago, were a plank road at one time. Named for author, Washington Irving.

Jones Road:  Originally named Jahns Road for the Jahn family who lived along the road.  Jahns Road is mentioned in a 1956 precinct list of registered voters.  Some time after that an error or change was made and it was renamed Jones.

Lengl Drive:  Name for Frank Lengl, the longtime owner of Lengl’s Schaumburg Inn that later became the Easy Street Pub.

Lunt Avenue:  This street is in an unincorporated development on the west side of Roselle Road at Nerge Road. It was subdivided into lots before 1940 and the street was later extended into the Centex Industrial Park in the southern part of Schaumburg. It refers to the same Lunt Avenue in the Rogers Park Neighborhood of Chicago. This was named for Stephen P. Lunt who was a member of the Rogers Park Building and Land Company, founded in 1873, which developed the community of Rogers Park. See also Pratt and Morse that are in the same neighborhood.

McConnor Parkway:  Named for W.S. McConnor, a Vice-President of Refining and Marketing for Union Oil in the 1970s. Union Oil’s headquarters was in the current Roosevelt University building.

Meacham Road:  Named for brothers Lyman, Harvey, Daniel and Dr. Silas Meacham who came from VT and settled near Medinah on the Cook/DuPage County line.

Mercury Drive: Named for the Mercury Products Corporation that is located on the street.

Meyer Road:  Named for Ben Meyer whose farm was in the vicinity.

Morse Avenue: This street is in an unincorporated development on the west side of Roselle Road at Nerge Road. It was subdivided into lots before 1940 and the street was later extended into the Centex Industrial Park in the southern part of Schaumburg. It refers to the same Morse Avenue in the Rogers Park Neighborhood of Chicago. It is named for Charles H. Morse who was a member of the Rogers Park Building and Land Company, founded in 1873, which developed the community of Rogers Park. See also Pratt and Lunt that are in the same neighborhood.

Nerge Road:  Named for Frederick Nerge, a German landowner, who insisted the township be named Schaumburg at an early government meeting.

Odlum Drive: Named for Gertrude and William Odlum who owned the large farm that was on the NW and SE corners of the intersection of Barrington and Schaumburg Roads.

Plum Grove Road:  The road led to Plum Grove, one of the original settlements of Palatine Township.

Pratt Boulevard: This street is in an unincorporated development on the west side of Roselle Road at Nerge Road which was subdivided into lots before 1940. The street was later extended into the Centex Industrial Park in the southern part of Schaumburg. It refers to the same Pratt Boulevard in the Rogers Park Neighborhood of Chicago. It is named for Paul and George Pratt who were members of the Rogers Park Building and Land Company, founded in 1873, which developed the community of Rogers Park. See also Morse and Lunt that are in the same neighborhood.

Quindel Avenue:  Named for H.E. Quindel who owned the Hardware Store on the SE corner of the intersection of Roselle and Schaumburg Roads that is currently Lou Malnatis. He also built the inn and hotel that later became Lengl’s Schaumburg Inn and the Easy Street Pub.

Rodenburg Road:  A town in the district of Schaumburg, in Lower Saxony, Germany, where a number of early Schaumburg Township residents were from.

Rohlwing Road:  Named for H. Rohlwing, a local farmer, businessman and former Highway Commissioner.

Roselle Road:  Named for Roselle Hough who founded the village of Roselle.

Sarah’s Grove Lane:  Named for the grove of trees that covers both sides of Schaumburg Road near Friendship Village.

Schaumburg Road:  Named for the area in Germany where many of the early German residents were from.

Scully Drive: Named for underground water and sewage contractors, Scully, Hunter & Scully. Neal Hunter was also the president of Lancer Development Corporation.

Seaver Lane:  Named for Hoffman Estates Trustee George Seaver who served on the Village Board in the 1960s.

Slingerland Drive: Named for Walter Slingerland who was one of the first village trustees elected in 1956. He also served as the Building Commissioner, a position that oversaw the entire building process from permit to construction to signing off on the completed structure.

Small Drive: Named for Tom Small, president of Sundance Homes.

Springinsguth Road:  Named for the Springinsguth family who had farms on both sides of Springinsguth Road.

Tower Road: Named for the longtime village water tower that is along Wiley Road that intersects Tower Road.

Volid Drive:  Named for Peter Volid who purchased the Sunderlage Farm from Lila Harrell in 1952 and used it as a country retreat until he sold it to the Robin Construction Co. in the mid 1960s.

Wiley Farm Court and Wiley Road: Named for the Frank and Loie Wiley family who bought a farm in 1944 at Plum Grove Road and the current Wiley Road that runs along I-90. Mr. Wiley served as a trustee on both the first boards of District 54 and the Village of Schaumburg.

Wilkening Road: Named for the Wilkening family who were the longtime German farmers who owned much of the property where the road is today. Siblings Walter and Sarah were the last Wilkenings to reside on the farm along Roselle Road.

Wise (Wiese) Road:  Originally named  for the Wiese family who lived along the road.  During an improvement of the road, the original sign was taken down and, upon completion of the work, the new sign was installed with the incorrect spelling.  It continues to go by the name Wise.

Withaegar Drive:  Named for the William Withaegar farm that was located where the road is today.

There are other streets in the industrial park in the southern part of the township that are clearly named for someone–specifically Estes, Albion, Wright and Mitchell. I ran these names past Mayor Larson to see if he had any clues. It was his thought that Wright Boulevard and Mitchell Boulevard were possibly named as an homage to the Wright brothers and Billy Mitchell who Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee is named for. Because the southern terminus of both streets is at the Schaumburg Regional Airport, I would say this is a distinct possibility. Thank you, Mayor!

If you know the reason behind the names of any others, please let me know!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

Streetwise Chicago by Don Hayner and Tom McNamee was used to write this blog posting. Thank you to them!


October 6, 2018

Schaumburg Center schoolThe Schaumburg Township Historical Society will sponsor an open house of the Schaumburg Center School on Sunday, October 14, 2018.  The open house will be held from 9 a.m. 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.


October 6, 2018

What:  Rededication of the Greve Cemetery Plaque

When: Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

Where:  Greve Cemetery, 1700 Abbey Wood Drive, Hoffman Estates

Who:  Historical Sites Commission of Hoffman Estates

Details:  The new plaque, with corrections and additions, was made because of vandalism to the original plaque. Commission members will be on hand to talk about  the graves.

Further Information: Please contact