A POPLAR CREEK TICKET MYSTERY

This ticket from a Poplar Creek concert has caused a bit of a mystery.

In the blog post about the 1985 Poplar Creek season, it states that Squeeze appeared on September 6. But this ticket is clearly for a Tuesday, August 13 date.

To try and clear things up, I searched the Chicago Tribune and the Daily Herald once again to see if there were any articles mentioning a rescheduled date. There was nothing to be found in the Daily Herald but there was a mention in Phil Vettel’s “Ticket Booth” column in the May 31, 1985 issue of the Chicago Tribune.

He says, “Those of us who mourned the breakup of Squeeze have double good news today. First the band has reunited [personnel includes Jools Holland, Chris Difford, Glen Tillbrook, and Gilson Lavis] and second, the reunion tour is headed our way–August 13 at Poplar Creek, to be exact. Tickets, at $10 and $15 go on sale today at the Box Office or Ticketmaster.”

So, we are firmly established that the original concert date was August 13.

Somewhere in between, though, the actual date was changed to September 6. There was no mention of this change in either newspaper between the time of the original announcement, and the month of August when the September 6th date began being hyped in various newspaper columns.

It is assumed that the group’s management and Poplar Creek changed the date after the tickets were issued by Ticketmaster. But, interestingly enough, the original ticket was used to enter the show.

In fact, the ticket holder who brought this conundrum to me is very familiar with music memorabilia and said,

  • “If you look at the upper left corner you see the event code as PME0813. This is how the Ticketmaster computer system would identify a show. So this one stood for Poplar-Music-Evening Aug 13. Obviously, if there were two shows that day the afternoon show would be flagged as PMM0813. Then in the bottom left corner you can see the date that I made the purchase, 31st of May, (198)5.
  • The tickets must have gone on sale and then the date was almost immediately updated. I’ve seen some print ads online from the ‘85 season and they all show the Squeeze date in September. But none of the ads have the entry flagged as a rescheduled event.”

My questions to those of you who may have worked for Poplar Creek, or were familiar with Ticketmaster, are the following:

  • How early in the season did Poplar Creek begin issuing their tickets?
  • When a date or performing act changed, how was the ticket holder notified of the change?
  • Why was a new ticket not issued IF the ticket holder was notified of the change?
  • Once the date changed, did Poplar Creek begin selling new tickets with the new date?

If you can help with any of the questions it would be most appreciated. Leave a comment or send me an email and I’ll add the comment under my name. It would be nice to get to the bottom of this!

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

 

“TOP STAR BOWLING” COMES TO HOFFMAN LANES

 

Bowling was a hot sport in the first few suburban decades in Schaumburg Township. The first bowling alley to appear was Hoffman Lanes on Higgins Road in 1961.

Not only was it well used by local residents but, a year later, in August 1962, it was announced that “Top Star Bowling” would be televised from both Hoffman Lanes in Hoffman Estates and Marlborough Lanes in Marlborough, MO, beginning August 28.

Originally known as “Championship Bowling” the reinvisioned show, according to an article in the August 16, 1962 issue of The Herald, was scheduled to feature many of the top bowlers in the field: Don Carter “Mr. Bowling”, Tom Hennessy, Buddy Bomar, Marion Ladewig, Steve Nagy, Harry Smith, Al Savas, Joy Abel, Don Ellis, Dick Hoover, Bill Lillard and others.

The most interesting portion of the show was that Jack Buck, the famous St. Louis Cardinals announcer, was going to call the tournaments. And, if you watch, you can definitely tell that he knew bowling.

Additionally, analysis was provided by Jerome “Whitey” Harris who was the winner of ten national bowling championships.

Take a look at this competition between Bob Chase and Don Ellis.  Or this competition between Marion Ladewig and Joy Abel.

The interesting thing is you get the opportunity to see the interior of Hoffman Lanes in its beginning days. The cameras show us the lanes as well as the crowd and, even the booth where Mr. Buck called the tournament.

And take a look at how they track the scoring–all by hand on a big chart. The writing is meticulous.

The crowd appears to be on some type of bleacher or riser set up to accommodate more people. There also was a standing room only area off to the side. Many of the people in the crowd were obviously wearing their good clothes. It was, largely, not a place to wear your jeans and tennis shoes. Because, after all, the chances were good you were going to be on TV!

Around 250 free tickets were distributed to anyone who wanted one. Thus, if you look close, your parents or your neighbors might be in attendance.

As another article from February 28, 1963’s Herald said, “”Saturday fun for many local residents was seeing themselves on the Top Star Bowling TV show taped several months ago in Hoffman Lanes. Some of the smiling faces were those of Rose Kraft, Ann and John Lynch, Lu Kitler, Lee Dornin, Florence Meier, Jim Gannon and Mark Orlick.”

If you remember watching this show or even remember that your family attended a taping, please leave a comment!

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

My thanks to Tom, one of the commenters on a blog post, who pointed out this bit of Schaumburg Township history. What an interesting story!

 

GRAY FARM PARK AND CONSERVATION AREA

Gray Farm Park and Conservation Area is one of four large, open, designated conservation areas in the Schaumburg Park District. It is located north of Schaumburg Road, between Springinsguth and Barrington Roads. The area comprises 47 acres and contains a fishing lake, a large open marsh, trails, boardwalks, interpretive signs and a wildlife viewing platform.

The Conservation Area is named for Dr. Herbert Gray who was the long time owner of the farm where the Conservation Area is located. Many of the locals in the area–including a number of our oral historians–knew him as Doc Gray.

Herbert Weir Gray was born April 20, 1887 in Chicago to William Perry and Louisa (Weir) Gray. The William P. Gray School in Chicago at 3730 N. Laramie Avenue is named for his father.

According to Doctor Gray’s obituary from the April 7, 1977 issue of the Chicago Tribune, Doctor Gray graduated from Northwestern Medical School in 1913, served as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the school, taught at Cook County Hospital and served as a staff member at Ravenswood Hospital.

He married Marguerite Erisman in 1914 and they had three children together. When he registered for the World War I draft in 1917, he listed himself as a 30-year-old, self-employed Doctor of Medicine in Chicago.

In the late 1920s the Grays bought two farms in Schaumburg Township. In a November 9, 1928 issue of the Herald, it states that ‘Dr. Grey [sic] bought the old Sween [sic] farm from Strauss Bros. and the five-acre woodland tract from Dr. Theobald.” The Strauss Brothers property can be seen in this 1926 map.

This first farm was almost directly on the southwest corner of the intersection of Schaumburg and Roselle Roads. It was a large L-shaped parcel of about 170 acres that covered much of what is today’s Sarah’s Grove townhouse community and parts of The Woods and Timbercrest subdivisions, as well as today’s still developing Coventry Woods subdivision on Schaumburg Road across from the Schaumburg Township offices.

The north part of the L ran along Schaumburg Road and the short part of the L ran along Roselle Road. The wooded portion eventually became known locally as Gray’s Woods, according to the Power Point put together by Herb Demmel of Friendship Village who did a fair amount of research on Sarah’s Grove.

According to Wayne Nebel and Ken Sporleder, two of our oral historians, when the Grays first moved to the area, they built a small brick house in Roselle on Roselle Road. The 1930 census shows that the family was living in Bloomindgale village at the time. Maybe this was before they built their home?

The Grays eventually moved to the farm at Schaumburg and Roselle and lived in the house that was set back off of Schaumburg Road. Later, he rented the farm to the Herbert Knutson family in the early 1950s. By this time he had married Johanna Wald in 1949 and they moved to his second farm.

This second farm that we know as Gray Farm Conservation Area consisted of a 100 acre parcel between Schaumburg Road and Bode Road, just east of the intersection with Barrington Road. In addition, according to the 1956 plat map, he also owned an 80 acre parcel due north of the original 100.

According to the memories of Ken Sporleder, this second farm home was also down a long lane. Mike Gallichio of the Schaumburg Township Historical Society recalls that the home was where Elizabeth Blackwell School is today.

The barn on the Gray farm was to the right of the drive. Ruth Clapper, who grew up across Schaumburg Road, said, “I used to play in the yard with… Dr. Gray’s grandaughter when she came to stay during the summer. You [could not] clearly see the Gray house from the road due to the barn.”

Doctor Gray sold the centrally located farm first as it was developed into the Timbercrest subdivision in the late 1960s. According to a 1966 listing of taxpayers of Schaumburg Township that appeared in the Herald, he was still paying property taxes on the west farm at that time.

A bit later he sold the last of his Schaumburg Township property and moved to McAllen, TX where he died at the age of 89 on March 31, 1977. He is buried at Sunset Memorial Park in San Antonio, TX.

But, his long legacy in Schaumburg Township lives on in the conservation area that is named for him. In fact, you can see how it would have been formed judging by the 1961 topographical map of the Streamwood Quadrangle shown above. The low lying, marshy area of his farm was just to the north of Schaumburg Road.

When the property was ultimately sold for development there were really only two options–drain it or develop a park. Today, the Conservation Area consists of an open marsh, surrounded by a dense outline of cattails. In the summer, the open area is only visible from the playground at Elizabeth Blackwell School by taking the short walk from the edge of the school property to the boardwalk and observation deck. At the deck it is possible to focus in on the nearly dry marsh that is the home of water birds such as egrets and herons. Schaumburg Township is fortunate to have these large green spaces that were once the farms of the area.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE STORY OF HIGGINS ROAD

Our guest contributor this week is Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian. This column originally appeared in the August 2020 issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen, the village’s newsletter. The column appears here, courtesy of the Village of Hoffman Estates.

If you decide to clean out your glove box (compartment), finally doing it because you’ve been putting it off for so long, you may come across an old map of the state of Illinois. If you have a really old car, you may find other unusual things, but what’s important is that old map. Years ago gas stations used to give them out free. Now everyone relies on their GPS or info from their smart phones and front seat drivers for help in finding their way across our highways.

As a youngster, when vacation time rolled around, I recall helping my father navigate the state of Wisconsin with my trusty x marked map. I could follow the highway through the towns I had marked and never had to ask “are we there yet?” I was his back seat driver and learned so much about reading maps. I was always curious about the towns that we drove through and wanted to stop and see what it was like. Over the years my Dad would take us to surrounding towns and we collected wall pennants from each one of them. Now my grand children wouldn’t know the first thing about that kind of map.

I’m still curious about the roads I travel on. One that has a lot of history and is central to our town of Hoffman Estates is Higgins Road. Early records date the road back to 1851. It was identified as the Dundee Road on 1904 maps. Early settlers called it the Chicago-Dundee Rd. Today’s Higgins Road (Route 72) wasn’t opened as a state road until 1924. It runs for 110.71 miles from IL Rt 43 in Chicago to Lanark, IL. A short portion of Higgins Rd. runs along what was once the Galena-Chicago Stagecoach Trail out in Genoa. This was the midpoint of the trail as it made its daily mail and passenger run.

There have been stories that the Indians used it as a trail to hunting grounds along the Fox River in Dundee. This has been said for all the local roads that run on an angle such as Algonquin and Irving Park Roads.

Today Higgins Road can take us to many important destinations. You can head to Chicago, O’Hare Field, Busse Woods, Woodfield, downtown Hoffman Estates, Poplar Creek Crossing Shopping Center, the Arboretum, the Park District’s Recreation Center, Sears Center and the Forest Preserves. Higgins is a beautiful 4-lane divided highway and one of the “main drags” through our village.

If you find a state map in your glove box, save it as it may become valuable some day. Or you may need it if your GPS stops working.

Pat Barch
Hoffman Estates Historian
eagle2064@comcast.net

*The photo of Higgins Road with the Hoffman Estates sign is used courtesy of the Hoffman Estates Museum.

**The photo of Higgins Road being constructed is used courtesy of Lori Freise and the Freise Family.

A RECAP OF “THE RECORD” FROM JULY 30, 1969

This is the seventh in a series of items taken from select issues of The Record which was published every Wednesday at 16 Golf-Rose Plaza in Hoffman Estates. The newspaper covered all of Schaumburg Township. Copies were lent to me by Jack Netter, whose mother wrote for the paper. Unique, interesting articles, ads and press releases will be shared below. This issue is dated July 30, 1969.

  • Schaumburg village trustees approved the final plat for the Woodfield shopping center as well as the final plat of Woodfield Drive which would be the southern boundary of the complex. Foundation work was scheduled to begin September 1 and steel work on October 1. The tentative completion date was set for the spring of 1971. The prime anchors of the mall–Marshall Fields, Sears and J.C. Penney–would each develop their own site. Additional room was set aside for another anchor and 100 other shops. Plans also were made for 10,559 parking spaces. Taubman, the developer, also built the Oakbrook shopping center.
  • October 7 was set for the date for a special election to fill the empty trustee spot on the Schaumburg village board. A vacancy was created by the resignation of Wilfred Meyer who had been elected in April. The October date was convenient because residents of the 13th Congressional district would be voting to choose former Congressman Donald Rumsfeld’s successor.
  • District 54 school board members unanimously decided to name the three new schools slated for completion in September 1970 after Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins. This decision was passed at a board meeting on Thursday, July 24, a mere four days after the walk on the moon and the day they returned to earth. Coincidentally the three schools were designed to be architecturally identical.
  • Plaza Valueland in Hoffman Estates Plaza was advertising travel alarm clocks for $3.88 instead of the regular $8. Costume jewelry was available for .67 and “mod” watches for $4.67.
  • Schaumburg Lions requested a license for their six gumball machines in the village.
  • The Hoffman Estates community pool, originally owned by the Lions club and now owned and managed by the village of Hoffman Estates, had received $18,662.42 in revenue this summer. This number was above the approximately $16,000 received in 1968.
  • Magna Mart at the southwest corner of Roselle and Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates was advertising items from their family center. They included children’s 2 pieces pajamas for $1.50, a Strutco covered wagon grill for $19.88, wash clots for .19 each and Green Lawn grass seed for .77 a bag.
  • A story on the history of the YMCA mentioned that the Twinbrook YMCA organized 28 Y-Indian Guide tribes with about 400 members as its first program venture. Plans for Gra-Y Clubs for boys in the fourth through sixth grade would be organized in the fall.
  • His and Hers Sportswear at the corner of Roselle and Schaumburg Roads was offering their greatest clearance sale with special mention made of Alpaca golf sweaters and knits.
  • On Sunday, July 26, the Schaumburg Fire Department held its annual Shindig. Kathy Rabe who was Miss Shindig rode in the lead car with Mayor Bob Atcher.
  • More than 700 North Suburban Cook County 4-H members were set to descend on the Sundance Ranch on the northeast corner of Golf and Roselle Roads. The 4-H members would be competing for first place prizes and trophies for the 2500 projects they brought with them to the ranch. Highlighting the fair would be the crowning of the fair’s King and Queen. Also appearing would be the Up With People singing group from Palatine.
  • John Mathias, owner of Franklin-Weber Pontiac, was offering a “brand new 1969 Pontiac Catalina 2 door hardtop for $2995 for their first anniversary sale. It came fully equipped with a hydromatic transmission, power steering, radio, deluxe wheelcovers, white  walls, padded dash, padded visors, 2 speed electric windshield washers and washers, seat and shoulder belts and full factory equipment.
  • The Trading Post was looking for someone to take 4-month old free ducks, someone else to trade a 1959 Chevy for a John boat, and another someone to trade a  like new ping pong table for a garden umbrella and patio table.

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

NAMES FOR NEW HIGH SCHOOLS IN DISTRICT 211: CONANT AND FREMD

At a meeting in January 1964, the District 211 school board adopted a policy that schools were to be named after outstanding historical or educational personalities, living or dead. The January 16, 1964 article in the Palatine Enterprise that reported this goes further to say that the two newest high schools in the district were officially named William Fremd High School and James Bryant Conant High School. In their decision, they chose two individuals who were strong advocates of education.

William Fremd High School opened in 1961 and was called Quentin Road High School until the time it was renamed in 1964.

William Fremd was born and raised on Rand Road in Palatine and, according to the 1964 article, was first elected to the Kitty Korner School Board in 1928. This was a one-room school in rural Palatine Township. He served on its District 14 School Board until he was elected to the newly consolidated District 15 school board in 1947. He worked through their initial organization and subsequent growth until he left in 1957.

His longer service, though, was on the District 211 School Board where he was elected in 1937 and served until his retirement in 1972. He passed away in December of that year and his obituary notes that he served as president of the board 10 separate times. In total, he gave 45 years of public service on local school boards.

Even before Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates were incorporated in 1956 and 1959, young people from Schaumburg Township had been attending Palatine High School since the 1930s. During the rural, farming era, students made the decision to attend high school after their 8th graduation from either the public one-room schools or the private Lutheran schools. If they opted for additional education they paid tuition and attended Palatine High School, Arlington High School or Elgin High School, transporting themselves to school without the assistance of school buses.

According to District 211’s history on their website, Schaumburg Township joined Palatine Township High School District 211 in 1954 and high schoolers of the township began attending Palatine High School.

Even after the opening of Quentin Road in 1961, District 211 board members were busily planning for the next school to serve the burgeoning teen population in both Palatine and Schaumburg Townships. According to the article referenced above, voters passed another bond issue in the amount of $3,230,000 just a year later in 1962. Their plan was to build a school for the students of Schaumburg Township on property that had been purchased in 1959.

In an October 30, 1958 issue of the Daily Herald it was reported that the District 211 board agreed to purchase 40 acres “on the 80-acre Hammerstein farm immediately to the east of Hoffman Estates and the Roselle Country Club.”  This was on the west side of Plum Grove Road, just south of Higgins Road and is noted on this 1926 map below as the Henry Winkelhake property.

The farm had been owned for many years by the Winkelhake family who then sold it to Arthur and Dorothy Hammerstein. (The Hammerstein’s original purchase in the village was the farm that became the Hoffman Estates’ first village hall.) When Mr. Hammerstein passed away in 1955, his wife began selling their properties. In the interim, between the purchase in 1959 and construction in 1963, District 211 rented the property back to the Winklehakes for farming.

A May 9, 1963 article of the Daily Herald covered a number of highlights regarding the future James B. Conant High School. The bond issue to pay for the school was passed in 1962 in the amount of $3,230,000. Marvin Fitch of Fridstein & Fitch was hired as architect and created a school that was rectangular in design. According to Pat Barch, Hoffman Estates Historian, Mr. Fitch had already designed Hoffman Plaza as well as a number of schools in Hoffman Estates so he was familiar with the area.

The general contractor was Tonyan Construction of McHenry, IL who came in with a bid low enough to allow for the additions of air conditioning and basement equipment storage in the school. This was fortunate since there were a number of interior classrooms that were without windows.

Construction was scheduled for completion in July 1964, a month or so before school began in September. It was much anticipated because, prior to the opening, freshman and sophomores of Schaumburg and Palatine Township attended Quentin Road School and juniors and seniors attended Palatine High School.

Conant High School was on tap to enroll 1600 students with an upwards possibility of 2500 students. In the first school year of 1964-65, attendance was made up of freshman, sophomores and juniors. Full attendance occurred in 1965-66, the second year that the school was open. This finally allowed for each student in the district to attend all four years of education in the same school. Conant High School couldn’t open soon enough.

First, the school had to be named. It had to have been the coming high school that drove the District 211 school board in January 1964 to establish names for both the Quentin Road School and the upcoming school in Schaumburg. It is supposed that they opted to name one for a local individual with strong education qualifications and one who was more nationally known. William Fremd was, quite possibly, the logical, local choice. And, James Bryant Conant, according to the January 1964 article, was a “nationally known scientist, statesman and educator.”

Conant’s curriculum vitae was impressive. He graduated with a PhD in chemistry from Harvard University in 1916. After his service in World War I he taught and researched chemistry at his alma mater, eventually reaching the position of president of the university in 1933–a role he held until 1953.

During his time as Harvard University president he was appointed to the National Defense Research Committee (NDRC) in 1940 and became its chairman in 1941. There he oversaw such wartime research projects as the development of synthetic rubber and the Manhattan Project which developed the first atomic bombs.

After the war he served on a number of different committees, eventually reversing his opinion on using hydrogen bombs. His governmental capacity expanded in 1953 when, according to his Wikipedia entry, he was asked to become “the United States High Commissioner for Germany overseeing the restoration of German sovereignty after World War II.” His work there was notable and he was eventually named the first ambassador to West Germany–a post he held until 1957.

When he returned to the United States he wrote a number of books regarding the American education system. They were The American High School Today (1959), Slums and Suburbs (1961) and The Education of American Teachers (1963). All were written before the school, for which he is named, opened in 1964.

The years 1961-1964 were remarkable years for District 211 when Fremd and Conant opened. The two schools went a long way towards accomodating the significant growth that was happening in both townships. By naming the schools after men with strong sets of educational credentials, the District 211 School Board demonstrated their commitment to providing excellent schooling to the students in their district.

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

*Top photo of Conant High School with the inset of Fremd High School is credited to the 1969 Hoffman Estates booklet “Cornfields to Community.”

**Photo of William Fremd is credited to Ancestry.com

***Photo of William Fremd High School is credited to the Palatine Historical Society

****Photo of Conant High School is credited to the former Profile Publications, Inc. of Crystal Lake, IL.

*****Photo of James Bryant Conant is credited to Britannica Publications.

*If you can provide details on how James Bryant Conant was chosen by the District 211 School Board, it would be much appreciated.

**Also, if you attended Quentin Road High School between 1961 and 1964 or attended Conant in the first year it would be so interesting to hear any details that you can provide.

THE PARKS OF SCHAUMBURG

There are innumerable parks in Schaumburg Township. Some large, some small. Many were given to the villages when property was being developed. Some serve as community centers, some as neighborhood parks and some as water retention basins too.

While I recognize the names of some of the parks listed below, I thought it might be interesting to throw this out to the readership and see what you can tell me.

If you know who or what the parks are named for, it would be most helpful. Giving a time period when the park opened would be an added bonus.

Any memories you would like to share would be great too!

We’ll start with the parks in Schaumburg and move on to the other villages in the township.

If you’d like to leave a comment, please do so. If you’d rather email me at jrozek@stdl.org, that would be fine too. I will update the list as the comments come in.

In any case, thank you for your local history contribution!

Abrahamsen Park. Named for Schaumburg’s first fire chief, Lloyd Abrahamsen who retired in 1980. The park was dedicated on April 30, 1982.

Atcher Island.  Named for Mayor Robert O. Atcher, the second mayor of Schaumburg. 2005. The water park replaced Atcher Pool.

Atcher Park.  Named for Mayor Robert O. Atcher, the second mayor of Schaumburg. (ca. 1969) Atcher Pool opened in the summer of 1971.

Belle Park

Bock Neighborhood Center. Named for Robert Bock, one of the presidents of the Schaumburg Park District board. He served from 1971-1980. The new pool and recreation center opened in June 1980.

Bock Park. Named for Robert Bock, one of the first founders and board members of the Park District. He also served the first president of the Schaumburg Park District board. It was formerly called Civic Park which opened in 1963. Dedicated as Bock Park in 1978.

Bond Park. Named for Elaine Bond, one of the first founders of the Schaumburg Park District, the first secretary of the Schaumburg Park District Board from 1963-1978 and the first secretary of the Schaumburg Park District office. The park was previously named Webster-Warwick Park for the two streets that intersected at the park. Ca. 1977-1979.

Brandenburg Park. Named for longtime Schaumburg Park District board member, John Brandenburg. Ca. 1991.

Briar Pointe Park

Bunker Hill Park

Campanelli Park.  Named for Alfred Campanelli who developed the Weathersfield subdivision. Date unknown.

Colony Lake Park

Community Recreation Center

Connelly Park

Copley Park

Cove Park

Derda Park. Named for Paul Derda, who served as the first administrator of the Schaumburg Park District from 1968-1978. Ca. 1980

Doherty Park. Named for Mike Doherty, a longtime board member of the Schaumburg Park District. Date unknown.

Dooley Park.  Named for Thomas Dooley, the humanitarian. Adjacent to Dooley School which opened in 1966.

Duxbury Park.  Named for Duxbury Lane where it is located in the Weathersfield subdivision. Date unknown.

Eagle Park.  Likely named for the Lunar Excursion Module or LEM that Buzz Aldrin piloted during the landing on the moon. Buzz Aldrin Elementary School is part of Eagle Park. Ca. 1971 when the school opened.

Einstein Park.  Named for Albert Einstein, the theoretical physicist. Adjacent to Einstein School which opened in 1974.

Falk Park

Freedom Park.  Dedicated to the Iran hostages, the freedom this country represents and to those throughout the world pursuing freedom. Dedicated on April 30, 1982.

Golf & Knollwood Park

Gray Farm Park & Conservation Area

Hilltop Park

Hoover Park

Jaycee Park

Jerry Handlon Administration Building. Named for Jerry Handlon who served as the longtime administrator of the Park District from 1978-2004. Dedicated in 2004.

K-9 Dog Park

Kay Wojcik Conservation Area at Oak Hollow

Ken Alley Safety Park.  Named for Ken Alley, who served as Schaumburg Chief of Police from 1987 to 1994. Park opened in September 1997.

Kessell Park

Kingsport East Park

Kingsport Lake Park

Knollwood Park

Lancer Creek/Twin Ponds Park

Levitt Detentions

Liberty Park

Linden Park

McLemore Park

Meineke Park

Meineke Recreation Center

Merkle Cabin at Spring Valley

Mraz Park. Named for Edward Smith Mraz, the first attorney for the Schaumburg Park District. Date unknown.

Nantucket Park

Olde Nantucket Park

Olde Salem Park

Olympic Park

Park St. Claire Conservation Area

Pat Shephard Center

Paul Revere Park

Pembroke Park

Pochet Park

Polk Brach Park

Prairie Park

Roberts Park

Russ Parker Park

Ruth MacIntyre Conservation Area. Named for the longtime 8th grade science teacher at Frost Junior High who was active in environmental and conservation concerns and created a 13-acre sanctuary adjacent to the school that ballooned to the 36-acre conservation area. She taught in District 54 schools from 1956-1979. Rededicated on September 24, 1994 from Munao Park to the so-named conservation area.

Salk Parks

Savannah Trace Park

Schaumburg Baseball Stadium

Schaumburg Golf Club

Schaumburg Regional Airport.  The Village of Schaumburg purchased the airport in 1994 and gave it this name.

Schaumburg Tennis Plus

Sheffield Ridge Park

Slingerland Park

Sport Center

Sunset Park

Terada Park.  Named for Henry Terada, the Schaumburg Park District treasurer from 1964 to 1971. The park was named in 1971.

The Water Works

Timbercrest Park

Vera Meineke Nature Center at Spring Valley

Veterans Park

Village in the Park

Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley

Volkening Lake

Walnut Greens Golf Course

Woodstock Park

Zocher Park

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

*The top photo is of Atcher Pool with credit to the former Profile Publications, Inc. of Crystal Lake, IL. The photo was used in the 1978 Northwest Suburban Association of Commerce and Industry (NSACI) annual yearbook.

 

WHICH CAME FIRST? THE TOWNSHIP OR THE VILLAGE?

Our guest contributor this week is Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian.  This column originally appeared in the July 2020 issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen, the village’s newsletter.  The column appears here, courtesy of the Village of Hoffman Estates.

In 1848 the Illinois Constitution gave voters in each county the opportunity to adopt township government and so it was that in 1850 Schaumburg Township was established.  A committee was formed and the township’s focus would be to assist the poor and needy, assess real property for the basis of local taxation and maintain the roads and bridges.

Not many really understand what Schaumburg Township is. Before there was a Hoffman Estates or any other towns within its 36 square mile area, it was the only form of government that the local residents turned to. Settling fence line disputes, complaints about the impassable conditions of the roads or just the need for a little money to pay a doctor bill was the day to day work of Schaumburg Township.

The township committee met in one another’s homes in the early years and, later, would have its home in The Buttery located at 105 S. Roselle Road.  When Hoffman Estates’ Blackhawk School at Schaumburg Road and Illinois Boulevard was closed, the township government moved in until they tore down the old school and built their own building at 1 Illinois Boulevard in Hoffman Estates.

There are portions  of seven towns that are within the 36 square mile township–Elk Grove Village Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Rolling Meadows, Roselle, Schaumburg, and Streamwood. The township serves a population of 140,000. The boundaries are Rohlwing Road to the east, Central Road on the north, Barrington Road on the west and, roughly, the Elgin O’Hare Tollway on the south.

Hoffman Estates spreads out not only into Schaumburg Township but into Barrington, Hanover and Palatine Townships.  The townships are the closest form of government next to our own Hoffman Estates government.  The very personal  connections that our townships offer make them a great resource for one to one help with property tax problems, transportation to doctor appointments,  food for our tables and assistance to seniors with insurance questions.  There’s much more to learn about if you just visit your township’s website or phone them for a more personal experience.

We’re into the 170th year of township government here in Illinois but township government began out east in Providence, Rhode Island in 1636 more than 140 years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.  There are 17,000 townships across the U.S. and 1,428 townships in Illinois.

Service to the people remains the primary concern of our townships.  Their services are needed now more than ever.  They’re still there with whatever kind of help we need for our families.

Pat Barch
Hoffman Estates Village Historian
Eagle2064@comcast.net

FROM THE SCHAUMBURG CREAMERY TO THE BUTTERY

With dairy farms proliferating the Schaumburg Township countryside during its rural period, all of that milk had to have someplace to go. As a result, creameries sprang up in various locations so that the farmers could take their milk to market.

There was the creamery on Barrington Road at Buttermilk Corners, the Nebel creamery at Roselle and Higgins, the Wilkening creamery on Schaumburg Road across from the Spring Valley property and this one that still stands on Roselle Road, just south of Schaumburg Road.

While it has often been stated in various documents that this business was in place since the 1880s, this appears to be incorrect based on this 1886 insert from an L.M. Snyder map. While there is a wagon shop and a blacksmith on the west side of Roselle Road, south of Schaumburg Road, there is no business shown on the east side.

In addition, the History of Schaumburg, 1850-1900, originally written in German, states that “The village’s central section includes the following business establishments: two hotels and inns, a grocery, Post Office, telephone office, doctor’s office, blacksmith and wagon-maker shops, steam mills, shoemaker, cabinet maker, agents for farm machinery, schools, butchers, etc.” One would suppose that if there was a creamery, it would have been prominently featured.

Lack of a central location in the township is probably a good reason why several local men contacted Charles H. Patten of Palatine about helping them fund a new creamery for the area. Mr. Patten was today’s version of a venture capitalist who owned other creameries and was experienced in the business.

From a March 27, 1908 article in the Cook County Herald, it is mentioned that the Schaumburg Creamery Company organized March 17, 1908 and elected the following board of five directors and officers: Chas. H. Patten, president; Fred Pfingsten, secretary; H.E. Quindel, treasurer; Wm. Hattendorf and Louis Schoenbeck.

Capital money in the amount of $10,000 was raised and work immediately began under the guidance of Henry Schoppe, with the hope that it would be completed by June 1. Excavation was done for a lower level on the main building that would be equipped with machinery to process the milk and cream, as well as a complete refrigerating plant.

The main building was measured out at 54×32 ft and designed to be two stories tall. It would be constructed of “brick and superstructure wood.” The adjacent power plant would be 48×28 ft.

Because of the gambrel roof and its large three-story form, the building very much resembles a barn. As can be seen in this Allan Gray painting that is in the library, you get a good idea of the two entrances the building had. The earthen ramp in the front allowed horses to pull farm wagons full of milk cans directly into the building, as well as wagons of the finished products of cheese and butter out of the building. An entrance on the lower level was also big enough to allow for wagons to enter and exit the building.

One of the building’s unique features that still exists to this day is the tall chimney. This is original to the building and was obviously there for the cheese and butter making processes.

Plans for operation of the creamery were stated in a March 13, 1908 Herald article: “The milk may be sterilized, cooled and shipped to Chicago, either in cans or bottles; or the cream alone shipped and [the] balance is made into byproducts. A new system may be installed, whereby the skim milk is made into a powder like flour, shipped in barrels and used in large bakeries.”

The creamery did, indeed, open in June just as Mr. Patten predicted and continued for the next 20 years or so. It was a big employer for the area considering labor was required for hauling products to the train station in Roselle, crafting the cheese and butter, stoking the power plant with coal and, even making and storing ice in the winter.

It was managed for 22 years by Charles H. Meyers, per his DuPage County Register obituary of April 13, 1934. Some of the local men listed in the paper over the years who were employed there were Charles Gruber, Arthur Quindel, Fred Botterman, Frank Kappa, R.O. Gerschefske, Fred Nebel and Frank Winkelhake.

The creamery shut down sometime after its annual meeting in 1925 and then reopened again in 1927. After 1928 there is no mention of the creamery operating in Schaumburg Township in the Daily Herald. One has to suppose that, by this time, thanks to motorized travel, it was easier for the farmers to ship their milk directly to Chicago or Elgin.

In fact, in her book, Schaumburg of My Ancestors, Lavonne Presley states, “As the quality of trucks improved, there was a milk stand at the northeast corner of Nerge and Meacham Roads in the late 1920s. The milk cans were placed on the wooden stand and the empty cans which had been returned the previous day were taken back to the farm.” Milk stands like this were likely sprinkled around the township for groups of farmers. With easier transportation, local creameries became an unnecessary function for area farmers who were always looking for the best prices.

It is supposed the building then sat vacant for years, eventually falling into disrepair. This indistinct photo from 1960 is evidence of the state of neglect.

Then, around 1965 or 1966, Robert Ross bought the property and, according to an article in the Daily Herald from January 5, 1967, Mayor Robert Atcher stated, “The award of the year should be given to Robert Ross for renovating a blot on the landscape, the old cheese factory building.” The article further stated that “Ross has been appointed key man for the development of an Old Town and art shops on the west side of Roselle Road.”

This photo from Marion Gerschefske Ravagnie was developed in 1970 and shows the back of the building after Mr. Ross had renovated and restored the building. It is also a great view of the chimney before the addition took place.

One of the first tenants in 1969 was Schaumburg Township, who initially rented one room for their Clerk’s office. By February 27 1970, as reported in a story in the Daily Herald, the Township moved most of their offices there. They remained in The Buttery until late 1978 when they moved into the former Blackhawk School that they bought and renovated.

Mr. Ross, in the meantime, added a lower, one story addition onto the east side of the Buttery in early 1970. He, apparently, was also the one who named his new office building The Buttery. There is no mention in the Daily Herald of that name before his purchase of the building but it’s stuck to this day.

Later, in an entry in the Village’s booklet, Schaumburg: A Walking Tour of Historic and Architectural Landmarks that was published in 1998, it is stated that “the building has undergone recent major modifications including an addition to the east.” This was an addition to the addition and was probably done sometime between 1995 and 1997.

On December 9, 1997 the Schaumburg village board officially made The Buttery at 105 S. Roselle Road a village historic landmark. As stated in their walking tour booklet, “The original building is evident and the reuse as office space has ensured its longterm economic viability.”

Thanks to Mr. Ross and his rejuvenation of a longstanding Schaumburg icon, one of the four known creameries of Schaumburg Township still stands today.

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

 

A RECAP OF “THE RECORD” FROM JULY 16, 1969

This is the sixth in a series of items taken from select issues of The Record which was published every Wednesday at 5 Hoffman Plaza in Hoffman Estates. The newspaper covered all of Schaumburg Township. Copies were lent to me by Jack Netter, whose mother wrote for the paper. Unique, interesting articles, ads and press releases will be shared below. This issue is dated July 16, 1969.

  • The original proposal from the developers of Knightsbridge in Schaumburg included 32 units of two-story townhouses and four six-story apartment buildings. The development was just north of Higgins Road on Jones Road and was planned by H.F.S Construction. The proposal was rejected by the Village Board and, instead, was revised to include 107 single family homes. More than 100 residents had attended an earlier zoning meeting and voiced their concerns which were largely centered around traffic congestion around the one planned exit in and out of the development.
  • The Hoffman Estates Jaycees put out the word that they were looking for their next Miss Hoffman Estates to represent Schaumburg Township in the 1970 Miss Illinois pageant. All young women, 18 through 28, were encouraged to step forward and enter the contest. The pageant was scheduled to be held at the Conant High School gym on August 23.
  • Plaza Valueland in Hoffman Estates Plaza was advertising some of the following sales: Nikoban Smoking Deterrent for $1.47, Bravo Floor Wax for $1.29, 100% Human Hair Wig for $19.88 and Sea & Ski Sun Tan Oil for .97.
  • On Saturday, July 19, one of 10 girls was scheduled to be crowned the first Miss Shindig by Mayor Robert Atcher. She and her court of four runners-up would be given a trophy and flowers at the dance that would be held in the Great Hall. Though this was the first Miss Shindig contest, it was actually the the fifth annual Shindig celebration. The Shindig was a community get together with a parade, dancing, beer, soft drinks and sandwiches. The celebration itself was held at the Weathersfield Commons shopping center.
  • A description of the Hoffman Estates Police Station was included in a an editorial that discussed its close quarters in the Village Hall on Illinois Boulevard. As soon as you entered the door there was a “diner-like counter.” On the other side of the counter was the desk sergeant and a switchboard. Beyond the counter was the Record and Identification room. This “L-shaped cubby hole houses a desk, two chairs, a clothing rack and a stand-up filing system. Behind the stand-up files are the record files.” The editorial encouraged the village to expand the space.
  • Schaumburg State Bank was offering 5% on $1000 with a Golden Income Account.
  • The second annual Hoffman Estates Jaycees carnival was held from July 23 thru July 27 in the Golf Rose shopping center. It featured a carnival as well as a sidewalk sale scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
  • A hearing was being held at Schaumburg’s Great Hall to rezone Meineke Honey Farm’s 30 acres in preparation for a planned unit development. The honey farm was on the southwest corner of the intersection of Golf Road and Plum Grove Road.
  • Zoning was also approved for the planned Centex Schaumburg industrial park that was formerly owned by the Milwaukee Road. Development was expected to be done in six stages over a period of 10 years. The industrial park (in a later photo) was being developed by Centex, Bennett and Kahnweiler, and the Pritzker family.
  • Rather than the Jaycees doing the job this year, Des Plaines resident, John Balma, was hired to paint house numbers on the curbs of Schaumburg during the summer.
  • Herndon Brothers Sinclair station at the corner of Wise and Springinsguth Roads offered a front-end alignment special as well as tune ups and auto repairs, road service and towing. They also dealt in S&H green stamps.
  • Lawrence Koontz, president of the Tropicana swim club, appeared before the Hoffman Estates Village board to discuss noise complaints that had been lodged against them. Residents complained about the excessive noise of bands playing at teen nights and at the recent adult night that lasted until 1 a.m. Parking along Audubon Street was also reported to be a problem.
  • Cherry’s Shoes in the Golf Rose Shopping Center was having a large Rack Sale for flats, heels and loafers for $3 – $5 – $7.
  • Schaumburg Township Library board member, Mrs. Ronald Franck, resigned from the board, creating a vacancy. Anyone interested in serving was asked to contact Harold Bond, acting president.
  • Hoffman Estates president Fred Downey was asked to write Schaumburg mayor Robert Atcher requesting that some action be taken to have Golden Acres Country Club install some type of fencing along the perimeter of the golf course where it bordered houses. Residents had complained that golf balls were slicing through their yards and windows.
  • Franklin-Weber Pontiac at 100 W. Golf Road in Schaumburg was offering “Bang Up Deals” on used cars like a Chevrolet Impala, Pontiac Bonneville, Dodge Polara, Oldsmobile Starfire, Mustang, Pontiac Catalina, Volkswagen and Pontiac GTO. Cars ranged from $995 for a 1962 Oldsmobile 98 to $2995 for a 1968 Pontiac Bonneville.

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

*Credit to homesbymarco.com for the Knightsbridge photo.