May 1, 2016

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

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

Since spring has sprung, during the month of May, we’re asking the readers of this blog to share their favorite place to enjoy the outdoors in Schaumburg.  

Maybe it’s Spring Valley?Peony picture 2

Or a somewhat hidden park like Oak Hollow that not a lot of people are aware of?Oak Hollow 1

Possibly the Schaumburg Golf Club?Schaumburg Golf Club

The biking paths along many of the streets?

Or, maybe, it’s just your own backyard!

Whatever the case, send in your comments and votes for your favorite little spot of heaven.  It’s always nice to investigate something new!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


April 24, 2016

Schaum TorteI stumbled across this old cookbook from 1938 and discovered a recipe in it that made me look twice.

Schaum Torte

Whites of 6 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla

Beat the whites dry and stiff, adding the sugar a little at a time and then the vinegar and vanilla, beating constantly.

Use a spring form.  Grease and pour in about two-thirds of the mixture.  Form a circle of the remaining third around the edge of the tin.  Bake three-quarters to one hour in a slow oven.  

Serve filled with fresh berries covered with whipped cream; or with fruit ice cream, trimmed with whipped cream.

Basically a meringue dessert, filled with berries and whipped cream, I had to see if this had any relationship to Schaumburg, Germany, our sister city.

In this internet site, I discovered that the dish is popular in Wisconsin and was brought there by German immigrants during the period of 1839-1850.  There are arguments for it originating in both Germany and Austria but most people lean towards Germany.  It is also commonly called “schaumtorte” or “schaumtorten” and the loose translation of the recipe is “foam cake.”

Food was discussed in many of the oral histories that were done with the German descendants who settled here in Schaumburg Township and I do not recall any mention of this dessert.  Cakes? Yes.  Pies? Yes.  Cookies? Yes.  Schaum Torte?  No.

Given the basic ingredients, it would have been possible.  Eggs were a mainstay in the area because everyone had chickens on their farm, most everyone had a small orchard and, with the proliferation of dairy cows, heavy cream would have been available too.  Many made angel food cakes, given the heavy abundance of eggs, and the women beat all those egg whites by hand.  The same would have been necessary for the Schaum Torte.  Good arm muscles would have been key without a mixer or even an egg beater.

And look at the result–

Schaum Torte

Serendipitous occurrences are so much fun to pursue.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

The photo of the Schaum Torte was found on thebakerchick.com.  Thank you for your elegant photo!



April 17, 2016

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

60 Years Ago In 1956

  • Illinois Bell Telephone announced that in June their first ever mobile unit would be deployed to Schaumburg to handle 800 phone numbers in the rapidly growing area.  It would be housed in a steel trailer and have the same type of dial equipment housed in central offices.  Plans were for it to be in place for one year with all emergency calls being handled by the Arlington Heights central office.  A permanent station would be built during that time.  (Does anyone know where that was/is?)Illinois Bell
  • St. Peter Lutheran Church held Family Night on April 20.  Part of the festivities included a movie of their recent bell-raising.  Their old bell was cracked in a fire nearly 50 years before and was lowered in December 1955 and replaced with a bell given to the church by St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Park Ridge.  The old bell would be mounted as a memorial on the lawn.  
  • Walter Slingerland Jr. ran an ad in the April 12 issue of the Herald urging voters to cast their ballot for him for School Board member in the upcoming April 14 election.  [Slingerland and his wife, Helen, built the house that now serves as the village’s Division of Public Health and Nursing on Schaumburg Road in front of the Municipal Center.]Bell

50 Years Ago in 1966

  • Vinton Bacon, Superintendent of the Metropolitan Sanitary District, made a recommendation that the district purchase property on Meacham Road near Schaumburg Road as a future sewage treatment plant.  He also encouraged the board to begin calling the plants “water reclamation plants.”  [Obviously his wishes were followed as the plant’s current name is the Egan Water Reclamation Plant.]
  • The following Schaumburg businesses placed an ad congratulating the Schaumburg Herald on their beginning:  The Buggy Whip, Carmen’s Colonial Restaurant, Hill ‘N Dale, Larry’s Standard Service, Schaumburg School of Music, Schaumburg Transportation Company, Mike’s Barber Shop, Schaumburg State Bank, Jewel Foods, Timbercrest by Mor-Well Builders, Weathersfield Pharmacy, Weathersfield Pure Oil Service and State Farm Insurance.
  • An article in the April 14 issue of the Schaumburg Herald mentioned that the Weathersfield subdivision was named by Campanelli, the builder, after an exclusive village in England.  Campanelli called for all of its developments to be named “Wethersfield” but in Schaumburg “someone ‘corrected’ the legal papers for the Schaumburg development by adding the unwanted ‘a.”  This was according to Campanelli spokesman Joseph Sharkey.  Hill ‘N Dale and Timbercrest both got their names from the rolling, wooded terrain.  The Drumcastle subdivision was given it’s name because “it had a sturdy, masculine sound which implied permanency and security.”

40 Years Ago in 1976

  • An article on the “wealthy booming northern suburbs” in the April 12 Chicago Tribune quoted Richard Batchen of J. Emil Anderson & Son, a local developer, saying “There’s in excess of 3 million square feet of office space in Schaumburg and an estimated 82,000 office caliber people living within a 5-mile radius of the village.”  Batchen also said that without Woodfield Mall there probably wouldn’t have been the office development.
  • At their village board meeting Schaumburg officials gave the Schaumburg Jaycees permission to hold a car wash at Town Square and their annual carnival to be held at Town Square on June 17-20.  [Does anyone remember this carnival and what it entailed?]
  • The Schaumburg Park District sponsored a Park Name Contest to encourage residents to give them ideas for the following parks:  Hoover School park, Aldrin School park, Cedarcrest Sienna park, Albert Einstein park, 40-acre lake site near Walnut Lane, lake park site west of Salem Drive near the new Schaumburg Road police and safety building, the future Salk School park site, the Nerge School park site and the Collins School park site.  [The Park District was as busy naming parks as the School District was naming schools!]

Trickster gallery30 Years Ago in 1986

  • Women’s Workout World opened in the former Lake Cook Farm Supply building on Roselle Road adjacent to the Town Square Shopping Center.  [It would later become a branch of the Chicago Athenaeum and then the Trickster Gallery.]
  • A program featuring author John R. Powers who wrote Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, was rescheduled from the Schaumburg Township Public Library to Schaumburg High School due to the potential crowds that the author attracted.
  • T.J. Cinnamons opened its first Chicago area store in Woodfield Mall.  The store had an open kitchen concept where customers could see staff roll the dough out onto a large baking sheet with about 60 pats of butter.  The dough was sprinkled with cinnamon, rolled into the size of a baseball bat and then cut into 4-inch rolls and baked.  The price for each roll was $1.50.  What a deal!

20 Years Ago in 1996

  • Redbook Magazine named Schaumburg High School one of America’s top schools.  The list included 144 schools across the country and were recognized for classroom innovation, parent/community involvement, extracurricular activities, special-needs programs, significant improvement and overall excellence.
  • The Olde Schaumburg Centre Commission approved the plans of Bolger Development of Elk Grove Village for the four buildings they proposed in the new Town Square Shopping Center going up at the intersection of Schaumburg and Roselle Roads.  Commission members asked Bolger to alter their plans slightly so as to match them more favorably with the buildings in Schoolhouse Square across the street.
  • The new Byerly’s grocery store announced they would open in May.  Byerly’s was part of an upscale supermarket chain out of Minnesota and it was to be located at the corner of Meacham and Higgins Road.  Their intent was to compete with Sunset Foods, Treasure Island, Fresh Fields and Whole Foods.


10 Years Ago in 2006

  • Harper College celebrated Indian-Pakistani Student Culture Night with dance performances, a wedding fashion show and food featuring samosas, kebab rolls, mango juice and Indian rice, provided by Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine restaurant in Schaumburg
  • The new Hanover Park branch of the Schaumburg Township District Library opened its brand new building on Irving Park Road.  It opened just in time for the April 30 expiration of its lease in the outlot strip mall of the Tradewinds Shopping Center.HP Branch
  • A Chicago Tribune story on the huge boulder that stands about four feet tall and four feet wide at the District 54 Nature Center at Frost Junior High pondered the question of how the boulder got there.  “Bulldozers may have pushed it over to this property when they were building houses on the west side,” said Robert Todd, a nature center employee better known as “Prairie Bob.”

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


April 13, 2016

On Sunday, April 24, 2016 the Hoffman Estates Historical Sites Commission will conduct guided group tours of the Greve Cemetery on Abbey Wood Drive in Hoffman Estates.

Groups will be shown the interrelated Greve, Meyer, Ottman and Sunderlage pioneer families buried at the cemetery which is also known as Wildcat Grove Cemetery or Evangelical and Reformed Cemetery.

The event is free.  Tours will start at 1:00, weather permitting.  Call 847-781-2606  for reservations after Monday, April 18, 2016.

Tours are also available for small groups by appointment at other times.


April 10, 2016

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

There were so many fun things to do for children growing up in Hoffman Estates in the early years of the village.

With so much construction going on in the neighborhoods, starting in 1955 and continuing into the 70’s, there were always those wonderful piles of dirt the seemed to draw the kids like magnets.  But our early town had so many fun places to go to.

During the cold days of winter everyone could go ice skating on their local pond.  Some had warming houses to help take the frost from their frozen feet.  If you had enough guys, you could get a hockey game going.  With enough snow on the ground, you could head over to Fleetwing Farm on Central Rd. and go tubing with your friends.

Hoffman LanesHoffman Lanes bowling alley was a busy place for both adults and children.  The adult bowling leagues were filled with moms & dads who enjoyed the competition & the opportunity to meet others.   Saturday afternoons found the kids really getting into their own bowling competitions.

When the Thunderbird Movie Theater opened in the Golf Rose Shopping Center in the early 60’s, the kids headed to the Sunday matinees and gave their parents a few hours of peace and quiet.  Snyder Drugs was right next door to the theater and a great place to buy your candy.

A favorite eating place that the kids really enjoyed was Ground Round on Golf Rd.  Where else could you eat all those peanuts and not get scolded for throwing the shells on the floor?  The burgers were awesome as I remember.  Lum’s Hot Dogs on Golf Rd. was another great place.  Everyone liked the idea that the dogs were steamed in beer.  They tasted great.

In the 70s the hang out that Hoffman High kids liked was Barrington Square.  You could see a dollar movie at the Barrington Square Movie Theater, stop in for a slice of pizza at Garabaldi’s Restaurant and check out the latest albums at Flip Side.  Lines would form outside Flip Side for tickets to the hottest concerts.  A great hang out for the Conant kids was Hippo’s Hot Dogs on Higgins and Plum Grove Roads. They had the best Chicago style hot dog around. Hippos

Fireside_ArenaFireside Roller Rink on Roselle & Higgins, the world’s largest indoor rink, was one of the most popular places in town.  The local schools always had skating parties throughout the year. You never missed one.  They were a blast.

As the kids grew older, they were treated to more great entertainment at the Poplar Creek Music Theater.  In the 80s the 20,000 seat open air theater offered great performances by the most popular entertainers of the day.  Located at Route 59 and the Tollway, the theater is fondly remembered by everyone who enjoyed the music under the stars.

It is all gone except Garabaldi’s Restaraunt.  It’s fun to remember those days.  What do you remember?

Pat Barch
Hoffman Estates Village Historian


April 3, 2016

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

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

During the month of April we’re asking the readers of this blog to share their favorite piece of public art that has appeared in Schaumburg.  

Maybe it’s one of the pieces in the sculpture garden near the village hall?

Or, maybe you liked one of the big chrome pieces that was in Center Court at Woodfield?

How about the big Weber grill at the restaurant by the same name?

Possibly it was one of the heads that appeared outside of the Chicago Athenaeum on Roselle Road? Big HeadsOr maybe it’s this much loved gentleman that you can find in the foyer of the library.

Library sculpture

Maybe you remember one from the past that has slipped into obscurity or there was one in the school you attended day in and day out.  Whatever the case may be, please share with us!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


March 27, 2016

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.3310

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?1510





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.

Link School


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.”

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

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.


March 20, 2016

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

60 Years Ago in 1956

  • The Bobby Rivers Dance Studio of Glen Ellyn announced a branch studio opening in the “Schaumburg Old Public School.”  Classes in all types of dancing would be directed by instructor, Deanna Hacke.
  • The Village of Schaumburg Centre (as it was first called) held their first meeting on March 7 in the “old school house on Schaumburg Road which will be its regular meeting place.”  The first action of the board was to appoint a planning, building and zoning committee.
  • Fred Springinsguth, 93, a former dairy farmer who was the oldest living member of St. Peter Lutheran Church passed away on March 10.

50 Years Ago in 1966

  • Campanelli sold its 1500th home and was at the halfway point to their goal of 3000 homes.  The company speculated there was an average of five members in each family with an estimated population of 6500.
  • The Catholic archdiocese announced there would be a new church to serve Schaumburg.  (This church would eventually be St. Marcelline’s.)st marcelline
  • After opposition from Mayor Atcher and some Schaumburg citizens, the board of Junior College District 301 selected the site of the NE corner of Alqonquin and Roselle Roads as the location for the future college.  The property was occupied by the John Biddle 80-acre farm and a riding stable on 90 acres owned by George Jayne.

40 Years Ago in 1976

  • After 4 1/2 years in business, Woodfield Mall was quite the profitable place.  It was estimated that each parking space was worth $30,000 in annual sales.  Heavy attendance days at the mall could bring in a total of $14,000,000 in sales.
  • Bar Harbour Condominiums opened and were set on a 6 acre lake that, at the time, was spring fed.  A two-bedroom, two-bath unit was going for $41,400 with a monthly assessment of $50.89.bar harbour
  • The villages of Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg were encouraged to set a meeting to discuss the possibility of beginning a combined dial-a-ride and subscription bus service for the towns.

30 Years Ago in 1986

  • Village Manager Stephen J. Atkins proposed that raising the cost of the vehicle sticker fee could help pay for the installation and operation of lights at all village intersections.  It would be a five or six-year program because of the necessity of installing lights at 442 intersections.  At the time older areas such as Lexington Field Estates, Meadow Knolls, Pleasant Acres and the oldest Weathersfield section bordered by Schaumburg, Walnut, Weathersfield and Springinsguth were without lights of any kind.
  • Mobil Oil announced that they would close their regional office at 600 Woodfield Drive which had opened four years prior.  The closing affected 300 employees.
  • Stereo Studio in Wiseway Plaza had a grand reopening sale featuring a Kenwood 44B Rack System and a Kenwood KRC 999 car hifi.Kenwood car

20 Years Ago in 1996

  • The village announced it would be awarding nine scholarships in March to local residents who were pursuing college degrees or job training at any of more than 600 schools in Illinois.
  • Marge Mefford, who worked for the Building Department for 25 years and also served as Schaumburg’s first postmaster in the small postal substation that operated out of the old village hall in The Barn, passed away March 24.
  • Local residents were now able to buy discount theater tickets at a new Hot Tixx location that opened at Tower Records on Golf Road.

10 Years Ago in 2006

  • The village board approved a final design for a mural to be created near the Police Department that would honor Schaumburg’s Fire and Police Departments.
  • The John Barleycorn restaurant at National Parkway and American Lane came up for bid.
  • At the same time, it was announced that the Curragh Irish Pub would close its door on April 2.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

(Photo of St. Marcelline Church is used courtesy of the former Profile Publications of Crystal Lake.)




March 13, 2016

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

The intersection of Higgins and Golf Roads was a busy intersection in the 1930s and 40s as it is today. During the farming days of Schaumburg Township the service station was a necessary part of the community.

The Sunderlage family had a gas station and small grocery store on the south side of Higgins across from what was their granddaughter and her husband’s farm, the Christenson farm. It was a meeting place for the farmers who went there with their milk for pick up by the local dairy.

Another gas station was also located at this intersection serving the motorist with personal service that has long since disappeared. Excellent mechanical work for their cars, a fill up and windows washed was expected when you pulled in but most enjoyed a friendly welcome by the owner, Anton Kosnik.

Anton Kosnik and his family established their home and gas station at Higgins and Golf in 1928. A picture and caption of Anton being presented with a 25th anniversary plaque by Standard Oil was in the Daily Herald on 7/14/60.

The story of this gas station came to my attention this past year with a call from a gentleman who remembered the gas station and the son of Anton Kosnik. He and many of his young friends, who were now gray haired, had wondered about Anton’s son and whether or not he was still alive.

Yes, Anton’s son was still alive. With help from old newspaper stories and a photo, the gentleman’s question could be answered and further information shared with him.

It was another reminder of how the neighborhood gas station was more that a service station. It would become the hang out for customers and their kids. What had happened to the friendly young man? Anton’s son had cerebral palsy and the other kids would always be around if he needed help.

The gentleman who called me asking for help, made me realize how the history that we write about and the resources that we rely on are important to those who remember special people, events or memories from the past.

Many thanks to Schaumburg Township District Library’s historian Jane Rozek who is invaluable in helping with research.

Pat Barch
Hoffman Estates Village Historian


March 6, 2016

Happy 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 March we’re asking the readers of this blog to share their favorite memory about Woodfield Mall.  The shopping center opened in 1971 and has been one of the cornerstones of the community.  People have flocked to the mall for the variety of stores, the restaurants and the various events that have been held in the stores and Center Court.  woodfield main atrium 1971

If you have a favorite memory about Woodfield, please do share it in the comments below.  Maybe it’s a restaurant that is gone but not forgotten?  Or a store that carried your favorite brand of clothes?  Or you were one of the lucky ones who saw John Travolta in his appearance at the mall?  Whatever that memory may be, we’d love to hear from you!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


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