In December 2015 I wrote two blog postings about the beginning of School District 54 and the variety of names given to the schools within the district. One of the schools is named for Adolph Link, who was active in the formation of the school district. Papers on the naming of the school were recently passed on to me by Sandy Meo who is a long time volunteer with Spring Valley and the Volkening Heritage Farm. They were given to her by Mary Lou Reynolds, the daughter of Adolph Link.
Mr. Link and his wife, Estelle, moved to Schaumburg Township in 1932 with their two children. They lived on the southeast corner of Schaumburg and Plum Grove Roads, near the Redeker farm–all of which is now part of Spring Valley. Both his children and grandchildren all attended schools in the township.
Following his retirement as a commercial artist, Mr. Link continued his artwork. Not only did he like to paint but he was also did “chalk talks” in District 54 schools and became known for creating drawings of local churches that were comprised of the names of the parishoners. Note St. Peter Lutheran Church as such an example. Quite clever, isn’t it?
Mr. Link passed away in 1971 at the age of 86. At the time of his death, his family had lived in Schaumburg Township for almost 40 years.
Two years later School District 54 honored him by giving his name to a new school on Biesterfield Road.
At the dedication, Maynard Thomas, the first principal of the school, served as master of ceremonies. Posting of the colors was performed by Cub Scout Pack 395, Den 3 of Elk Grove Village. The invocation was also conducted by an Elk Grove Village resident– Reverend James E. Shea of St. Julian Eymard Catholic Church. The 5th and 6th grade chorus performed a medley from “Fiddler on the Roof” and the First Grade classes sang “Skip To My Lou.”
S. Guy Fishman, the architect then presented the building to Donnie Rudd, President of the District 54 Board of Education and Wayne E. Schaible, Superintendent of Schools.
Robert Link, son of Adolph Link, was then honored to give the dedication response. As part of his comments he read the following poem written by his father at the age of 83 in 1968.
It is titled “After Being Shut In All Winter”
It really is a big treat
To sit in my wheelchair seat,
Out in our spacious lawn
To watch the goings on
Seeing the trees swing to and fro
As the gentle breezes blow,
And hearing the planes flying high,
Going here and there through the sky,
And watching the autos passing by
With an occasional rider shouting “Hi.”
The landscape is a beautiful green
As pretty as any I have seen.
All nature seems exuberant now
As I feel she should take a bow.
A cardinal alights on a limb
He looks at me and I look at him.
He was born a bird, his mission to fill
To flutter about and give me a thrill.
Glancing down Chicago way
Some twenty five miles away,
Seeing the Hancock building standing high
Into distant horizon’s clear blue sky
I wonder why they build so high
With so much vacant land nearby.
A transistor radio by my side,
Brings me the latest news from far and wide.
And the speeches by office seekers,
Who are eloquent public speakers,
Telling what they will do if they get in,
And admonishing us to help them to win.
While I am a crippled old resident,
I can still vote for a president.
And while I find it hard to walk
Thank God I can still think and talk.
Though I’m old and semi-retired,
Never more have I admired
The way all nature takes a hand
Seemingly, to make living grand
And my many, many loving friends
Upon who much of my joy depends.
Mr. Link wrote this from his home where he could see the Hancock building on a clear day, listen to a transistor radio and wave to people as they drove by. It was the spring primary season of 1968 and even though he was wheelchair bound and semi-retired(!) at age 81, it was clear he appreciated his health and beautiful surroundings. In a District 54 Board-O-Gram from February 9, 1972 it was fittingly stated “His spirit was an inspiration to all who knew him.”
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My thanks to Sandy Meo for passing on the dedication program as well as a copy of the poem, typed by the Link and Reynolds families. It is wonderful to share Mr. Link’s legacy.
The photo of Mr. Link is used courtesy of the Link and Reynolds families.
The photo of Link School is used courtesy of wikimapia.org.