A LOOK AT TWO CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS FROM SCHAUMBURG TOWNSHIP

July 26, 2015

Civil War

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

During the Civil War while many of the men who enlisted to fulfill the Schaumburg Township quota were paid replacements, some local men did serve.  Two local men were members of the 8th Illinois Cavalry:  George Sager, Co. E, 8th IL Cavalry (1843-1879) and John P. Sharp, Co. D, 8th IL Cavalry (1838/9-1862).

John P. Sharp was born in NY and farmed with his father in Schaumburg Township in section 34, in the far southeastern part of the township, according to the 1860 Census and 1861 plat map. He enlisted at Bloomingdale, IL for 3 years in September 1861.  His regiment went by train to Washington City (D. C.).  He was admitted to the hospital in January and died of disease in February 1862.  According to National Park Service information, the 8th IL Cavalry lost 7 officers and 68 enlisted men, killed and mortally wounded and 1 officer and 174 enlisted men by disease.

sager 1George S. Sager was also born in NY and in the 1860 Census he was farming with his father in section 9, in an area north of present day Hoffman Estates High School.  His father and younger siblings are buried at Greve Cemetery in Hoffman Estates.  During his military service he was wounded by a ball in the left thigh at the charge of Barbees Cross Roads, VA. and captured July 3, 1864 at Monocacy, MD, and was prisoner of war in Richmond, VA.  He survived the war but died at 35 leaving a widow and four children.  Her petitions for widow’s benefits attributed his early death to his military service.

Sunday, July 26 from Noon to 4 pm the Historical Sites Commission and the Hoffman Estates Museum will host an Open House at Sunderlage farmhouse, 1775 Vista Lane, Hoffman Estates.  Featured at this event will be the 8th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry who will show equipment and camp life of the Civil War cavalry men.

The Kishwaukee Ramblers will provide musical entertainment beginning at 1:30 pm and the Schaumburg Township Historical Society will have an ice cream social with free ice cream with your choice of toppings.

Many thanks to Nancy Lyons who provided the historic details of the Schaumburg Township men who served in the Civil War.

Pat Barch, Hoffman Estates Village Historian
eagle2064@comcast.net

The Sager tombstone was gratefully added from findagrave.com

SUNDERLAGE FARMHOUSE OPEN HOUSE & ICE CREAM SOCIAL

July 19, 2015

Join the Hoffman Estates Historical Sites Commission as they conduct tours of the Sunderlage Farmhouse at their annual open house.  The 8th IL Cavalry Civil War volunteers will also be holding an encampment on the grounds.  Also included in the event is a free petting zoo of farm animals as well as pony rides.   Cookies and refreshments will be served.

In addition, the Schaumburg Township Historical Society is sponsoring an ice cream social.  Come see how ice cream was made before we had Baskin Robbins or Dairy Queen.    If you enjoy socializing, learning about history and eating ice cream then stop by.  This is free but, as always, a donation will be accepted for the ice cream or our Raise the Flag Fund.

Take this opportunity to view this historical farmhouse and its National Register smokehouse, talk to the Civil War reenactors,  check out the cute animals and eat some delicious ice cream!

When:  Sunday, July 26, 2015 from 1-3 p.m.
Where:  Sunderlage Farmhouse at 1775 Vista Lane, Hoffman Estates

LOOKING FOR COLOR PHOTOS OF SCHAUMBURG FROM THE ’60s AND ’70s

July 12, 2015

 

Arcadia

In 2004, this wonderful book, written by Betsy Armistead and the Village of Schaumburg, appeared on the scene.  It was put out by Arcadia Publishing and is similar in nature to many of the books they publish, with its many photos and captions.

It was an immediate local hit because it was only the second pictorial history of the area in existence.  An easy book to peruse and immerse yourself in, you can quickly bring yourself up to speed on the history of this village.

In wonderful news, another book is now being considered by the Village, with a focus on the modern, suburban era of Schaumburg.

As a result, they are looking for good quality, color photos from the 1960s and 1970s for inclusion.  

In the case of the first book, about half of the photos were gracious donations from the private collections of local residents who grew up and/or lived in the area.  They are hoping that there is more to be found.

So, the question is…

  • Were you and your family living in Schaumburg in the 1960s or 1970s?
  • Maybe your family owned a local business?
  • Were you at a local event like Septemberfest?
  • Did you participate in happenings that organizations like the Jaycees had to offer?
  • Did you go to a Schaumburg public or private school?
  • Did you build a house in Schaumburg or work at a local business?
  • Were you lucky enough to  see someone famous at Woodfield or one of the other businesses?
  • Were you part of the beginning of one of the community’s churches?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions–and you have a photo you would be willing to share for possible inclusion in the book–we would love to hear from you!

The 60’s and 70’s were a time of big growth for this area.  People were proud of their newly built homes, schools and businesses and HAD to have taken photos.  We know they’re out there, it’s just a matter of finding them.   If you have one–or many– to share, please contact me at jrozek@stdl.org and we can get the ball rolling!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

 

SCHAUMBURG CENTER SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

July 5, 2015

The Schaumburg Township Historical Society will sponsor an open house of the Schaumburg Center School on Sunday, July 12, 2015.  The open house will be held from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.  The schoolhouse is located on the St. Peter Lutheran Church property.

Constructed in 1872–and first called Sarah’s Grove School, it is believed to have been the first of five public schools in Schaumburg Township. It was later renamed Schween’s Grove School and called Schaumburg Centre Public School until 1954. For 82 years, the building served as a one-room schoolhouse, and was the last active one room schoolhouse in District 54.

With the widening of Schaumburg Road, the building was saved from demolition and temporarily placed on the grounds of the Town Square Shopping Center in 1979. It was permanently relocated to the St. Peter Lutheran Church property in September, 1981. It has been fully restored as a museum and is under the auspices of the Schaumburg Township Historical Society.

OLD SETTLER’S PICNIC AT VOLKENING HERITAGE FARM

July 1, 2015

Volkening home

Travel back in time and experience the rural community of Schaumburg’s youth.  First generation German immigrants brought their culture and traditions to Schaumburg, including a strong sense of community and fellowship.

Bring a family picnic and partake in the merriment as historical intrepretive staff re-enact a summer day in the 1880’s.

SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2015
Noon – 3 p.m.

Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley
201 S. Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg

Free Admission
*Adult beverages, soft drinks and food will be available for purchase.

For more information, call the Heritage Farm at 847-985-2102 or visit http://www.parkfun.com

 

NEWS TIDBITS FROM “THE RECORD” — A NEWSPAPER FROM EARLY HOFFMAN ESTATES

June 28, 2015

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

It’s always fun to look back at what was happening in earlier years and what food and household items cost then. I went through the old Record newspapers to find some interesting stories. Some you may remember, if you’ve lived here a while.

Some of the shops and restaurants in the area were the Lual Shop, a ladies dress shop, in the Higgins Golf Shopping Center. Irene’s Dining Room on the SW corner of Higgins & Roselle Rd. This would have been where the Rainbow Inn was located. Maybe it took over that location, I don’t know, do you? They had a Sunday special “All the Chicken You Can Eat, $1.25”.

Walgreen’s, in the Higgins Golf Shopping Center, had these items on sale:  Anacin 100 tablets for .86 cents, Wyler’s Lemonade Mix 2 /.19 cents, Diet-Rite Cola 6 pak .49 cents and Nice ‘N Easy Hair Color $1.27.

National Food Stores had center cut rib pork chops for .79 cents a lb., cans of sweet peas or beans 8/$1. Avocadoes, cucumbers, green peppers or artichokes were .10 cents each. If you shopped at National you got S & H Green Stamps. I think everyone saved those stamps.

Used cars weren’t available locally like they are now. The auto dealers were in Elgin, Oak Park and Palatine. In 1966, a 1965 “Olds 88” was selling for $1995. A 1964 Pontiac Convertible “fully equipped” was selling for $1795.

Of course we were making a lot less money then but it’s fun to see what things were selling for in the mid 60’s.

Some of the interesting stories from 1966 were; “H.E. Is Expected to Call Off Township Library Annexation” Cook County had been encouraging local municipalities to annex small parcels of unincorporated land to better serve their need for police and fire protection. Hoffman Estates’ efforts were dropped after the residents along Pleasant Acres subdivision petitioned to remain unincorporated.

With construction booming in Schaumburg Township in 1966, a crippling strike began on April 11th that halted all construction for Hoffman-Rosner Corp. in Hoffman Estates and Campanelli Bros. in Schaumburg. The strike affected the building of the Thunderbird Movie Theater in the Golf Rose Shopping Center and work that was being done on Motorola.

Plans for William Rainey Harper junior college were discussed at the Hoffman Estates village board meeting in anticipation of the planned June 4, 1966 referendum. The college name was chosen to honor William Rainey Harper, first president of the University of Chicago and founder of the first junior college in Illinois.

A news essay in The Record dated May 11, 1966 gave high praise for Hoffman Estates Mayor Roy Jenkins. “Roy Jenkins is sincerely and unswayingly determined to go down in local history as a good mayor and a leader who got things done.” The article went on to say “He has, at the very least, learned the significance of the words of Thomas Payne: ‘For heaven’s sake, satisfy SOMEBODY!’”.

Pat Barch, Hoffman Estates Village Historian, eagle2064@comcast.net

PICTURES OF THE WOODFIELD AREA IN THE 80’S

June 21, 2015

Thirty years ago, in the summer of 1985, Woodfield Theatre was in its prime and was showing two fun, summer blockbusters.  In these photos from contributor Johnny Kunzer, Plitt Theatres 1 & 2 are clearly visible from the parking lot of Woodfield Mall.  The theaters opened in the summer of 1971 and were demolished in 1999.  Cinema 1 originally sat up to 1075 people in comfortable rocking chairs and was a wonderful place to view blockbusters like Back to the Future.  Both theaters had huge screens with 70 mm film features and Dolby stereo sound.

Plitt 1&2

Plitt 1&2

The following two photos are demonstrative of the many office buildings springing up all over Schaumburg in the 1980s.

The first photo shows the first orange and yellow version of the Woodfield water tower.  The photo was taken looking southwest from the Sears parking lot at Woodfield Mall.   From left to right you can see:

  • One Woodfield Place at 1701 E Woodfield Rd is the oldest building in the photo, having been finished in 1974.
  • The then-named Citicorp bank building at 1699 E. Woodfield Road was completed in 1984.
  • Woodfield Financial Center is on the corner of Meacham and Woodfield Rd and was completed in 1985.
  • You can also glimpse the construction of the Schaumburg Corporate Center at 1501 E. Woodfield Road on the far left.   This property was completed in 1986.

Notice the height of the trees for these recently built buildings.

photo 2

 

The second photo is looking down Perimeter Drive towards the north and shows the following buildings from left to right:

  • The NEC building is under construction at 1750 E. Golf Road.
  • The Woodfield Executive Center at 1101 Perimeter Drive is the building most prominently featured and was completed in 1978.
  • The Woodfield Executive Plaza at 1051 Perimeter Dr is the oldest in the photo, having been completed in 1973.

photo 3

 

Great photos taken on a great day in the summer of 1985 with a camera and telephoto lens.  Thank you, Johnny, for a little walk back in time!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

 

SNOWING *SOMEWHERE* IN HOFFMAN ESTATES

June 14, 2015

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On March 26, 1970, the northwest suburbs were hit by a 12-inch blanket of wet snow.  And it didn’t go well for some of the drivers.

This picture was recently acquired and the back of it says, “Spring Snowstorm Clobbers Chicago Suburb–Scene in Hoffman Estates, ILL.”  Can anyone say where this photo was taken?  It’s clearly a gently rolling terrain with young trees and either a fence or barricade in the background.  There look to be a number of spinouts and apparently the snow made things slippery enough that a police car couldn’t maneuver the hill either.  Or a truck for that matter.

I’d be curious to see if anyone recognizes the location.  Please leave a comment if you have a clue!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

SCHAUMBURG CENTER SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

June 7, 2015

The Schaumburg Township Historical Society will sponsor an open house of the Schaumburg Center School on Sunday, June 14, 2015.  The open house will be held from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.  The schoolhouse is located on the St. Peter Lutheran Church property.

Constructed in 1872–and first called Sarah’s Grove School, it is believed to have been the first of five public schools in Schaumburg Township. It was later renamed Schween’s Grove School and called Schaumburg Centre Public School until 1954. For 82 years, the building served as a one-room schoolhouse, and was the last active one room schoolhouse in District 54.

With the widening of Schaumburg Road, the building was saved from demolition and temporarily placed on the grounds of the Town Square Shopping Center in 1979. It was permanently relocated to the St. Peter Lutheran Church property in September, 1981. It has been fully restored as a museum and is under the auspices of the Schaumburg Township Historical Society.

THE GREAT TIMBERCREST/WOODS GARAGE SALE

June 5, 2015

PizzaAmore

 

This marvelous little ad was found by an original resident of the Timbercrest subdivision in Schaumburg. A friend saw the value in it and passed it on to me for posterity’s sake.  And what a neat little find it is.

The coupon was obviously a promotional item celebrating the great Timbercrest/Woods garage sale that has been a yearly occurrence since 1970.  In the first years, the sale was held in May.   In a May 17, 1972 issue of the Daily Herald, it was mentioned that around 30 out of 365 homes joined the event in 1971.  A week later in the May 23, 1972 issue of the Daily Herald, it was reported that around 40 homes had items for sale that year.  Today, according to Rich Gerber, the organizer, there are between 100 and 160 homes that participate and the sale is now held the first week of June.

For many years, the sale was held only on Saturday and Sunday.   In 2009, organizers added Friday to the mix and it’s been that way ever since.  As a result, around 5000 people annually weave their way through the streets looking for new treasures.

Resident Carol Johnson ran the sale for nearly 30 years and when she stepped down in 2003, the annual event nearly ended.  Jerry Thompson stepped in and took her place through 2006.  Since 2007 the huge sale has been coordinated by Rich Gerber, another resident.  His website provides information for this year’s sale.  You can get to it HERE.

The Timbercrest and The Woods subdivisions are reachable on Schaumburg Road, west of Town Square at Branchwood and Hilltop Drive.  They are also reachable on Roselle Road, south of the Town Square Condominiums, at Beech Drive.

And the Pizza Amore angle?  I was told that judging by the writing on the back of the ad, the coupon must have been used in 1985 or 1986.  Checking into an online perpetual calendar, I was able to determine that the dates June 9 and 10 were a Saturday and Sunday in 1984–which fits perfectly for Pizza Amore’s  run in the original Town Square Shopping Center.  They were in that location from 1983 to 1986.  As the contributor said, “My friends and I ate many slices of pizza at Pizza Amore in the 80s!”

Maybe you bought or sold treasures at the Timbercrest Garage Sale?  Or took advantage of that coupon?  If so, pass on the details.  Everyone loves to hear about a great garage sale find!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarain
Schaumburg Township District Library


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