FAVORITE FUN THINGS ABOUT SCHAUMBURG: FEBRUARY EDITION

February 7, 2016

valentines dayHappy Birthday Schaumburg!  You’re turning 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.

During the month of February–and in celebration of Valentine’s Day–we’re asking the readers of this blog to share their favorite Schaumburg restaurant to have a romantic meal.  Maybe it’s a let’s-get-dressed-up type of establishment or maybe it’s a place where you went every week, rain, snow or shine.  Maybe it’s where you had a first date or maybe it’s where you met a future spouse.

Here is a suggestion to spark a memory or two.

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If it holds fond memories for you–or you’ve just discovered it–please share your favorite spot!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
jrozek@stdl.org

THE SECOND WEDDING OF THE CENTURY IN SCHAUMBURG TOWNSHIP

January 31, 2016

In April 2011 I wrote a blog posting about the large wedding between Fred Pfingsten and Emma Rohlwing that occurred on September 3, 1903.  It was quite an event, and was so big and festive that it was written up in the Chicago Inter Ocean magazine.  That accounting has stood the test of time and continues to pop up in the German history of Schaumburg Township.

However, while doing a bit of research I recently stumbled on yet another large wedding that occurred just two years later in 1905.  Mr. Henry Lichthardt and Miss Lucy Oltendorf were united in marriage at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Schaumburg Township at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 7, 1905.  (Notice it wasn’t a Saturday or even a weekend day!)

The wedding was a three day event and so big it was reported in not only the Palatine Enterprise but the Duluth News-Tribune, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Freeport Daily Journal, Sandusky Star Journal and Oakland Tribune to name a few.  Clearly, word got around.

Both the bride and groom each had four attendants at the 11:00 A.M. service:  Fred Lichthardt, Della E. Oltendorf, Louis Oltendorf, Martha Rohlwing, Louis Nerge, Sarah Schunemann, Edward Leiseberg and Alma Lichthardt.  The bride wore a blue silk dress trimmed in Battenburg lace and carried a bouquet of “bride’s roses” while her bridesmaids were dressed in white and carried pink roses.  Interesting how over the years the color of the dresses has reversed.  (Unfortunately, we do not have a wedding photo of the bride and groom.  The following photos were extrapolated from a larger photo from the Pfingsten collection.)

Lucy Lichthardt

 

 

Henry Lichthardt

After the service, a long procession of carriages carried the wedding party, family and guests to the home of the groom’s parents, Johann and Engel Lichthardt.  Their farm was two miles south of the church and the gaily decorated carriages that stretched for a mile must have been a sight.  One team of horses “was literally covered with gay plumes and rosettes of fancy ribbons.”  They were led by the Bartlett Blue Ribbon Band in a wagon pulled by a 4-horse team.  This was followed by the bride’s wagon carrying the wedding party, and also drawn by a 4-horse team.  Five more rigs carrying the flower girls and additional family members were next in the procession.  (Below is an example of a local wedding procession that took place in 1909.)

Horses and buggies

Henry and Lucy invited over 250 families–which equaled nearly 1000 relatives and friends.  Four large tents were erected in order to accomodate a buffet meal, dining, cards and dancing.  Mrs. Hartmann was the caterer and oversaw the cooking while other ladies from the township helped serve the meals.  The food on hand included:  1200 pounds of meat, five barrels of sauerkraut, 160 pounds of head cheese (a type of sliced cold cut that includes bits of pork jelled with a delicious broth and firmed in a mold), three tubs of potato salad, 50 kegs of beer and 100 gallons of gooseberry shrub.  This latter item was also served at the Rohlwing/Pfingsten wedding and, according to one of the commenters below, seems to have been a drink that was possibly fermented.

The dining tent could hold 150 people while the card tent was set up with tables for games of pinochle. The dancing tent was 50×80 feet and covered with a smooth dancing floor specially laid for the occasion.  The Bartlett Blue Ribbon Band proved its worth yet again by providing the music for the dancers.

Yet another piece of enjoyment for the bride and  groom was the opportunity to take a ride in a new 25 horsepower automobile driven to the festivities by Louis Althen, president of the Elgin Brewing Company.  He gave them a ride at top speed around the township.

Obviously, not everyone could fit in the tents so the large lawn of well mown grass and the orchard provided other relaxing options for the many guests.  By all accounts the weather was gorgeous and in full cooperation for the three days.  Who could ask for anything more?

Mr. and Mrs. Lichthardt began their married life at a new house on their 140 acre farm.  Love must have been in the air during those three days in September 1905 because Mrs. Licthardt’s sister, Della, married Mr. Licthardt’s brother, Fred, a mere one year later on November 1, 1906!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
jrozek@stdl.org

[Accountings used in the writing for this blog posting came from the September 7, 1905 Duluth News-Tribune and the September 8, 1905 Palatine Enterprise.]

 

CAN YOU HELP IDENTIFY THESE PHOTOS?

January 24, 2016

While preparing a group of photos to be scanned for the library’s archives, I came across these two that were part of a collection donated by the family of John Sternberg, former longtime pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church.  (Thank you to the Sternberg family!)

The photo below shows a group of parishoners of St. Peter’s enjoying some time at a bowling alley.  Judging by the clothes, the time frame is either the 1950s or the early 1960s.  Hoffman Lanes opened in 1961 and I’m hoping this photo shows their interior because that would be a neat addition to the collection.  It looks, though, like many bowling alleys of that time period so it could be any one of a number of bowling establishments.  Can anyone possibly discern which bowling alley it might be?

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This  next photo obviously depicts a very new subdivision in our township.  Distinguishing characteristics are the very young trees in the parkways, the fact that there is curb and gutter edging the street, the subdivision is built on a slope and the car on the right looks like it was probably from the 1950s.  The back of the photo says ca. 1963.  Any ideas about which subdivision this might be?

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As always, your assistance is much appreciated!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
jrozek@stdl.org

 

SCHAUMBURG THROUGH THE DECADES: A MONTHLY LOOK BACK (JANUARY)

January 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 January 1956

  • Schaumburg School which had just opened two years ago in 1954 is already bursting at the seams and is destined to be full by the end of June 1956.
  • The businesses in the village consist of several taverns and a farm supply store.  (The first Lake Cook Farm Supply is below.)
  • Four new members join the Schaumburg 4-H club.  They were Shirley Rohlwing, Norbert Zeyk, Allen Stalesky, and Wayne Deering.

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50 Years Ago in January 1966

  • Campanelli announces the sale of the last home in Unit 5 and the opening of Unit 6 in its Weathersfield subdivision.  Unit 6 includes 400 new homes and all sidewalks and curbs will be installed prior to development of the homes.  This will alleviate much of the dust and mud problems.  Two of the models are named the Colonial and the Sagamore.
  • A new, 2-story library at 32 W. Library Lane is dedicated, replacing the small ranch house on Roselle Road that had served as the library’s first home when the library district was formed.  It is designed by McCarthy-Hundreiser & Associates of Arlington Heights and the director was Colleen Amundson.
  • Senator Paul H. Douglas announces the bidding for a contract branch post office.  An existing business will bid for the post office and furnish the employees and facility.  The public will then be able to mail envelopes and packages, buy stamps and money orders and “Schaumburg, Ill.” might even be used as the postmark.  The village had earlier tried to secure a postal substation through Rep. Donald Rumsfeld and Sen. Everett Dirksen but those efforts failed when they were told there was not sufficient need for postal service in the area.

40 Years Ago in January 1976

  • Martina Navratilova arrives at the The Right Club, a tennis club, in Schaumburg by helicopter.  She hikes through 18-inch drifts in order to eat lunch at the club and hit some balls with a few young people.  She is 19 and had defected to the United States the previous fall.
  • An article on “discotheques” in the Chicago area recommends one spot in Schaumburg–B Ginnings Ltd.  The disco is described as a “large stainless steel sunken dance floor.  Big in the burbs.  Chicago decor with Chicago street signs, L tracks overhead.  Live music.  $2 cover.  Dress code:  Levis okay as long as there are no holes, patches; guys must have collared shirts.”
  • Jett’s Petting Zoo makes their annual appearance at Woodfield Mall with llamas and goats to name a few.B ginnings

30 Years Ago in January 1986

  • A single-engine Piper airplane makes an emergency landing on Irving Park Road at 12:30 in the afternoon on January 11.  It had lost power and was trying to make it back to the Schaumburg airport.
  • The Greater Woodfield Convention Bureau sponsors its first ever, four-day Winter Carnival–complete with a scavenger hunt, crowning of a king and queen, an area hockey tournament, an ice sculpture contest and the world’s largest snowman.
  • Sites for possible Convention Centers are considered at:  Martingale and Old Schaumburg Road, the Fredrickson property at Old Schaumburg Road east of Meacham Road, Martingale Road north of Old Schaumburg Road, the Union Oil property, a site just southwest of Woodfield at Woodfield Road and Mall Drive and at Higgins and Martingale Roads.

20 Years Ago in January 1996

  • The Schaumburg-based chain of Handy Andy announces that they will be shuttering their remaining stores–including the popular store on Golf Road.
  • Motorola presents its first “wearable” cellular phone, the StarTAC,  that is smaller than a deck of cards and can be carried in a purse or worn in a shirt pocket.  It is “aimed at consumers who don’t want to be encumbered with a larger cellular phone.”
  • Schaumburg is one of the towns in the Northwest suburbs to be part of the new 847 area code.Motorola Center

10 Years Ago in January 2006

  • The 2nd Annual Snow Visions snow sculpting competition moves to February when snow making attempts failed due to the unseasonably mild weather.  There were 80,000 attendees at the competition in 2005.
  • Lowe’s hardware chain opens a Schaumburg store in the Prairie Towne shopping center on the NE corner of Schaumburg and Barrington Roads.
  • The Schaumburg Flyers open an auction for three individuals interested in bidding on the opportunity to call the broadcasts of their games for a third of the season.  The minimum bid for calling 32 games starts at $2500.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
jrozek@stdl.org

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

 

 

THE FIRST CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS OF F & S CONSTRUCTION/HOFFMAN HOMES

January 10, 2016

Our guest contributor this week is Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian.  This column originally appeared in the December 2015 issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen, the village’s newsletter.  The column appears here, courtesy of the Village of Hoffman Estates.

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In the spring of 2016, the building located at 1070 N. Roselle Rd. will be torn down to make way for a McDonald’s Restaurant. The building has been the home to many different businesses since it was constructed in 1971. It was constructed by Hoffman Homes, previously F & S Construction, the builders of Hoffman Estates. It was built as the first corporate headquarters in the town that had been named for the Hoffman family. They moved into their new headquarters in 1972.

Jack Hoffman, president of Hoffman Homes, didn’t want to build just homes. He wanted to build a complete community. First and foremost, he wanted to build homes that the returning World War II vets could afford. He knew the town would need shopping and office space, apartments and schools and places to have fun.

The homes started going up in 1955 with Parcel A, then across Higgins to Parcel B in 56 & 57. Twinbrook and Fairview Schools were the first of many schools in the newly developed neighborhoods. Conant High School, the first to be built in Schaumburg Township, was built in 1964.

Shopping was needed and Hoffman Plaza at Roselle Rd. between Golf and Higgins, opened in 1959 with a Jewel Food Store, much awaited by the community that had to travel to Roselle or Palatine to shop. A Walgreens Agency Drug Store (Snyder’s) doctor’s offices and other retail stores quickly filled the Plaza.

To continue the plan for a complete community, F & S. Construction built the Golf Rose Shopping Center across from Hoffman Plaza in 1963. Grant’s Department Store, National Tea Grocery Store and the Buttery Bakery were some of the much awaited new additions to the growing town. The Thunderbird Movie Theater came along a few years later. It was in this shopping center that F & S Construction, now known as Hoffman Homes, chose to build its first corporate headquarters in 1971.

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In doing my research, I had the privilege of talking with Harry Buck, the project manager for F & S Construction. He built the Golf Rose Shopping Center and later constructed the 1070 corporate headquarters. Harry is 90 years old and remembered so much about the building. He told me that it was built without any corners. He recalled calling it the castle since it had a ramp entrance with what looked like a moat below. When I talked with Buz & Ed Hoffman, Jack’s sons, about the building, they remembered calling it the submarine. Everyone was sad to hear that it would soon be gone.

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Harry reminded me that the Medcoa building & apartments at Higgins & Grand Canyon along with the bowling alley were also built by F & S/Hoffman Homes as part of their plan for a complete community. It was great talking to the man who had actually built the 1070 Roselle building.

Pat Barch
Hoffman Estates Village Historian
Eagle2064@comcast.net

FAVORITE FUN THINGS ABOUT SCHAUMBURG! JANUARY EDITION

January 3, 2016

Happy Birthday Schaumburg!  You’re turning 60 this year on March 7, 2016 and we’re happy to celebrate with you!schaumburg snow photo 1

When you were born, you were a village of two square miles centered around the intersection of Schaumburg and Roselle Roads and you had a population of 130 residents.  Over the past 60 years you’ve grown into a village of 19 square miles and an estimated population of 75,000.  It has indeed been “Progress Through Thoughful Planning!”

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

During the month of January we’re asking the readers of this blog to share their favorite winter thing about Schaumburg–past or present.  Maybe it’s a favorite sledding hill, a favorite place you threw snowballs, snowshoeing at Spring Valley, the Woodfield Winter Carnival during the 1980s, reading a good book in front of the fireplace at the library (!) or it’s just a cozy restaurant where you had a warm pizza.  Please let us know about your favorite thing.

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And to get you in the mood, here are a few photos of snowy Schaumburg, starting with the top photo of the Turret House and the Quindel House on Schaumburg Road.  Or, take a look at the Marathon station on the northwest corner of Schaumburg and Roselle Roads during the snowy winter of 1967.  There’s also the Buttery back in 1984 prior to the redesign of the front facade and before the power lines were buried.

We’re hoping for a bunch of good responses so start early and often!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

THE DIVERSE NAMES OF DISTRICT 54 SCHOOLS

December 27, 2015

When the District 54 school district was created in 1952, the board immediately began the process of consolidating the existing one-room schoolhouses into one brand new school.  As a result, Schaumburg School was built two years later, in 1954, on East Schaumburg Road.  At the time it was assumed this school would suffice for township students for years to come.  That presumption lasted for about a year until F & S Construction came to the area and development began to explode in the future village of Hoffman Estates.

The fast-paced development would continue through 1980, and during that time thirty more schools were built in Schaumburg Township.  This amazing number created the largest elementary district in the state of Illinois.   One of the small, but hardly insignificant details involved in the  building process, was putting a name to each school.  If you take the time to notice, the unique and creative names the schools were given by the school boards, administrations and builders during that time period were truly something special.

Many school districts name a school for a location or by sticking with the tried and true like Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington.  Not District 54.  Most of their names are derived from famous people–either local or national–and the sheer variety is quite interesting to explore.

The name origins for the schools can be divided into 10 broad categories.  Listed below are the categories, the schools and a description of who the school is named for.

  1. LOCATION
    A.  Hanover Highlands School.  Named for the Hanover Highlands subdivision of Hanover Park.
    B.  Hillcrest School.  Has been renamed Lincoln Prairie School but was originally named for Hillcrest Boulevard that the school is on.  Lincoln Prairie is named both for President Abraham Lincoln and the prairie ecosystem that was prevalent in this area before any settlement began.
    C.  Twinbrook School.  Named for the area’s first local telephone exchange that was later considered as a name for the future village of Hoffman Estates.  So named because Hoffman Estates was located between Poplar Creek and Salt Creek.Anne Fox005
  2. LOCAL HISTORY
    A.  Anne Fox School.  Named for an early, much beloved teacher of District 54.  (Her photo is to the right.)
    B.  Adolph Link School.  Named for the gentleman who was a local artist, education advocate and a long-time owner of property close to the school.
    C.  Frederick Nerge.  Named for the German farmer/gentleman who is responsible for giving Schaumburg Township its name in 1850.
    D.  Hoffman School.  Named for Sam Hoffman, president of F & S Construction, the developer of Hoffman Estates.
    E.   Francis Campanelli School.  Named for the father of Alfred Campanelli, developer of the Weathersfield subdivision in Schaumburg.
  3. ILLINOIS HISTORY
    A.  Black Hawk School.  Named for the famous Illinois Sauk Indian chief.
    B.  Jane Addams School.  Named for the American settlement activist/reformer who founded Hull House in Chicago.
    C.  Everett Dirksen School.  Named for the Illinois politician who served in both the US House of Representatives and in the US Senate.
    D.  Adlai E. Stevenson II School.  Named for the Illinois politician who served as both governor and ambassador to the UN.
  4. SCIENTISTS
    A.  Albert Einstein School.  Named for the physicist who developed the general theory of relativity.
    B.  Elizabeth Blackwell School.  Named for the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States and to appear on the UK Medical Register.enders and salk
    C.  Enders-Salk School.  Named for John Franklin Enders who won the Nobel prize for developing in vitro culture of the poliovirus and for Jonas Salk who applied the technique to develop large quantities of the virus and, subsequently, the vaccine to fight the virus.  (Enders is on the left and Salk is on the right in the photo.)
  5. POLITICIANS
    A.  Winston Churchill School.  Named for the Prime Minister of England during World War II.
    B.  Dwight D. Eisenhower School.  Named for the World War II general and president of the United States.
    C.  Herbert Hoover School.  Named for the President of the United States.  (Originally named for J. Edgar Hoover, the long-time director of the FBI, the school’s name was changed in 1994.)
  6. MILITARY
    A.  Douglas MacArthur School.  Named for the World War II general.
    B.  Nathan Hale School.  Named for the Revolutionary War patriot who served as a spy and was later executed by the British.
  7. ASTRONAUTS
    A.  Neil Armstrong School.  Named for the first man to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission.astronauts
    B.  Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin School.  Named for the second man to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission.
    C.  Michael Collins School.  Named for the Command Module pilot of the Apollo 11 mission.
  8. ACTIVISTS
    A.  Thomas Dooley School.  Named for the Navy physician whose humanitarian efforts were prominent in South East Asia.  (In the photo below.)thomas dooley
    B.  Helen Keller School.  Named for the woman rendered deaf and blind as a result of a childhood illness who rose above these disabilities to graduate from college and campaign for women’s suffrage and labor’s rights.
    C.  John Muir School.  Named for the naturalist and early environmentalist whose work to preserve wilderness areas led to the creation of  Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks and organization of the Sierra Club.
    D.  Margaret Mead School.  Named for the American cultural anthropologist who wrote Coming of Age in Samoa.
  9. POETS
    A.  Robert Frost School.  Named for the poet who was a four-time Pulitzer Prize winner and was known for reading his poem, “The Gift Outright” at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy.
  10. OTHER
    A.  Fairview School and Lakeview Schools.  Named by F & S Construction Company, the builder and developer of Hoffman Estates.

What an incredible amount of diversity.  I’m quite sure, after a bit of research, that there is no other school district in the United States that has schools named for the first three astronauts to reach the moon.  Who would have thought that two years after the moon landing, Schaumburg Township’s rampant development would create such a neat opportunity?

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

KEEPING UP WITH THE FAST-PACED DEVELOPMENT OF DISTRICT 54 SCHOOLS

December 20, 2015

As fast as they were building houses in Schaumburg Townshp during the 1950s, 60s and 70s, they were building schools too.  It was an amazing time of development for this once rural township and the schools were always full to bursting.  By the time one school opened its doors, another one was needed.  The following list depicts the years the schools were built in the district.

 

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1950s

  • 1954:  Schaumburg
  • 1956:  Twinbrook
  • 1957:  Hoffman and Fairview
  • 1958:  Blackhawk
  • 1959:  Lakeview

1960s

  • 1961:  Campanelli and Hillcrest
  • 1964:  Frost Jr. High and Hanover Highlands
  • 1965:  Churchill
  • 1966:  Dooley and MacArthur
  • 1967:  Fox and Keller Jr. High
  • 1969:  Addams Jr. High and Hale

1970s

  • 1971:  Aldrin, Armstrong, Collins and Dirksen
  • 1972:  Muir
  • 1973:  Eisenhower Jr High and Link
  • 1974:  Einstein and Hoover
  • 1975:  Stevenson
  • 1976:  Nerge and Enders-Salk
  • 1978:  Blackwell

1980s

  • 1980:  Mead Jr. High

Hoffman School

[Hoffman School]

Just looking at the schools and knowing their locations, it is possible to track where the development was occurring in the township.  It started in the 1950s with the building of Schaumburg School.  For years there had been a one-room schoolhouse public school system in the township.  With the movement towards consolidation, Schaumburg School was built as THE school for the students in the  township.  But then Hoffman Estates happened and with that boom came the schools that were built throughout the rest of the 1950s by F&S Construction near Higgins and Golf Roads.

In the decade of the 1960s, growth continued in Hoffman Estates but it also began to spread out a bit into the Weathersfield development in Schaumburg and in the Hanover Highlands subdivision in the southern part of the township.  Many of the Weathersfield schools were built by Alfred Campanelli, the developer of this large subdivision.  This was also the decade when it became clear to the administration and the school district board that it was necessary to build junior high schools to funnel the students through. As a result, not one, not two, but three junior highs were built that decade!  They were spread out to accomodate the students in all areas and to minimize the need for busing as much as possible.

The 1970s saw thirteen schools open, with four opening in 1971 alone.  It was obviously the high point of development.  Houses were now being built in the Elk Grove portion of the township and in the more western parts of Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates.   Clearly the need for elementary schools was back in full swing.  Another junior high was also built to encompass the northwestern part of the township.

Residential growth began to subside at the end of the seventies with one last school being built in 1980. Not surprisingly, it was a junior high that was the final school built in the district. The school was located in the far eastern portion of the township to accommodate the later development of Elk Grove Village and portions of Roselle.

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[Blackhawk School]

By the time the last school opened, the district was made up of 25 elementary schools (Blackhawk had already closed) and five junior high schools. Enrollment peaked in the 1977-78 school year with 17,427 students.

It was an incredible time of growth and development which culminated in the gradual creation of the largest elementary school district in the state of Illinois–a title they still retain to this day.  Some schools have closed over the years and others have had their spaces redesigned.  The district currently has 21 elementary schools, five junior high schools, one early childhood center and one kindergarten through eighth grade school with an average enrollment of around 14,000 students for the entire district.

For those of you who grew up during the madcap years of development, you must have found yourself moving from school to school as the district worked to keep up with the influx of students. What was it like to attend different schools as you progressed through the elementary grades?  Did you sustain your friendships as you moved or were the friendships largely based on the kids in your neighborhood who were in the same situation?  As always, your details help to create the larger picture.  Please share if you’d like!

Next week a look at the naming of the schools…

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

THE ROADS OF HOFFMAN ESTATES

December 13, 2015

 

Our guest contributor this week is Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian.  This column originally appeared in the October 2015 issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen, the village’s newsletter.  The column appears here, courtesy of the Village of Hoffman Estates.

golf roadWith the fall season upon us, it’s hoped that road construction will soon be over.  Our roads grow wider with more stop signs and stop lights. Years ago there were few stop lights.  Even the stop signs were few and far between.

Over the years since the first Hoffman Estates residents moved in in Dec. 1956, one of the most dramatically changed roads has been Roselle Road.   Originally opened in 1851, it only went from Central Road to Bode Road but over the years it would continue north and south for travel to Palatine and Roselle.

In 1956 there were no stop lights in town.  Stop signs were used at major intersections with Golf and Higgins Roads.  Higgins Road traffic didn’t stop at Roselle Road.  If you traveled south on Roselle Road from Algonquin Road, you had no lights or stop signs.  It worked well when you had to get up a good head of steam to get up the hill on a snowy day.  In 1965 when I moved here, coming up that hill from Hillcrest Blvd. was always a challenge in the winter.  Now we have stop lights at Central, Hillcrest and State Parkway.  On bad snowy days you still slip and slide as you start up from each light. Once up the hill to Golf Road and Higgins Road and Bode Road you find more stop lights.  Scooting around town is a little slower in 2015.Old Higgins Road  (Old Higgins Road as it looks today is to the right.)

The horse and buggy days are over but sometimes the time it takes to travel from one place to another is equal to the days of the 1840s.  Recently, improvements to Bode Road (correctly pronounced Bow Dee) have been most welcome.  This is the oldest road in the area, being built in 1840.  Its original name was the Chicago-Elgin Road.  This information was found in the “Early Schaumburg Township Roadways from maps 1842-1970 and comments” at the Schaumburg Township District Library Local History collection.  It’s very interesting reading.  Irving Park Road or Rt. 19 was also known as the Chicago & Elgin Road but that was on a 1904 map.  Bode Road was laid out in the early 1840s as the original Chicago-Elgin Road.  How could it have gone to either town when it now ends at Roselle Rd at the east end and Route 59 at the west end?

On early 1850s road maps in the library’s collection, you can make out the road extending beyond what is now the end of Bode Road at Rt. 59.  This would have been the connection to Elgin.  At the east end of Bode Road at Higgins Road,  early aerial photos of Hoffman Estates under development show the east end of Bode Road slightly turning north as it intersects with Roselle Road.  That early 1850s map shows a road that connects to Higgins Road but does not show the road names.  This would be the connection to Chicago by traveling along Higgins to the city.

Those who traveled these roads back in the 1850s with horse-drawn wagons filled with farm produce and supplies for their farms could never imagine that their farms would disappear to be replaced by what are now known at the “Burbs”.  We travel these roads today hoping that additional widening, paving and repairing will only improve the commute to a faster pace than the horse and buggy days.

Pat Barch
Hoffman Estates Village Historian
Eagle2064@comcast.net

CAN YOU HELP IDENTIFY THESE PHOTOS?

December 6, 2015

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These two photos are part of the library’s collection and appear to be taken in the late 1970s or early 1980s.  The top photo is clearly the St. Hubert’s Teen organization.  My feeling is that it was taken during the Hoffman Estates Fourth of July parade or it could be the Septemberfest parade.  Do any of you out there recognize the float–and possibly the year?

The second photo may or may not have been taken in Schaumburg Township because there are a few extemporaneous northwest suburban photos in the collection.  Taking a deeper look at the photo, it is possible to see that there is a School Zone sign further down on the right side of the road as well as a 20 mph sign that denotes the upcoming school zone.

The school is obviously on the left side of the road and, judging by the tall overhead lights, is probably a high school.  My first thought was Conant but there are no single family homes on the same side of the street as one approaches that school.  That area is all Dunbar Lakes, a townhouse development.

My next thought was the school is Schaumburg High and we are looking east down Schaumburg Road.  Clearly there is no curb and gutter and the power lines were overhead when this photo was taken.  What do you think?  Is that a possibility?  Or could it be a junior high?  Or is it just not Schaumburg Township?

Your thoughts and suppositions would be most helpful!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


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