Recently I came across some old negatives that were related to Schaumburg Township.   After getting them developed, these are two of the photos that stumped me.  

First of all, it is obvious that the same teacher is in both photos.  The first one was taken outside of a building that has a door that doesn’t look familiar.  (It did not look like a door to St. Peter Lutheran West or East District School.)   The students have on coats and jackets with six of the boys wearing the same sweater.  Are they all members of the same family where the knitter shared a pattern?  Did the same peddler sell the same sweater to multiple families?  Or were they possibly mail-ordered?

The second photo is taken under a tree, next to a fence and with a shed or building in the background.   Neither spot looked familiar to me or others I asked.

Then I came across the photo below that was part of the Luebbers/Sternberg collection and, lo and behold, it’s not only the same teacher but there’s one of those sweaters popping up!  Plus, the date is readable on the slate at the bottom of the photo.  It is 1914 which means the teacher could be long-time Teacher Charles Meinke who taught at  St. Peter West District School from 1903-1937.

I was able to confirm this with a photo that shows Teacher Simon from the St. Peter Lutheran East District School, Teacher Meinke and Teacher Kreutz who is possibly a Roselle school teacher.  (A Daily Herald article from that time period does mention a Teacher Kreutz from Roselle.)  As a result, it is pretty safe to conclude that these photos were taken on the St. Peter Lutheran Church property either near the school or the parsonage.

This set of photos is a perfect example of why there’s always a home for all photos.   Whether it’s your home, your church, your library or a local museum, it’s a good idea to hold onto what you have.  You never know what kind of connections can be made.  Now, can anyone identify any of the  children in the photos?

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


  1. Bob Dohn Says:

    It’s wonderful that our township library has the resources to have someone like Jane Rosek on staff. As a result, a plethora of valuable historical data will be documented and preserved not only for our benefit, but for future generations.

  2. jrozek Says:

    Thank you for the kind words Bob. The comments on this blog by interested residents and readers have added many more details than I could ever research!

  3. jrozek Says:

    I did a little more research on the Roselle History Museum’s Digital Archive and solved the mystery of who that other teacher is. It is Teacher H. Krentz who taught at St. John Lutheran School in Rodenburg (or Schaumburg) from 1906 to 1925.

    Check out the photo that confirmed it for me.

    And notice that there are two more of those sweaters popping up again!

  4. Linda Engelking Says:

    I went to Schaumburg scholl for 1st and 2nd grade. Had Miss Fox for my teahcer, that was in 1955,1956,&1957. Then I went to twinbrook school then to Blackhawk school for 4th,5th,&6th. Then back to Schaumburg for junior high. We were farm kids and were switched to all different schools. My brother and sister went to differnet ones then I did. Strange time. Love these articles. They bring back many memories.

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