This neat photo fell into my lap after a Schaumburg Township History presentation I gave at Spring Valley Nature Center.  It is compliments of Jean and Bill Tucknott who are longtime volunteers.  (Double click on it and you’ll get a larger view.)

The central part of the photo shows the somewhat circular outline of the Pheasant Walk subdivision as it is being constructed during the spring/summer of 1977.  A total of 93 homes were approved for the subdivision that was originally called Arlingdale by the developer and is off of Roselle Road which is in the background of the photo.  (Notice that it is two lanes.)

Hartford Drive is off of Roselle Road at the top of the photo.  It flows into the already constructed Weathersfield Homes with Holyoke Court being in the foreground.  (Notice the  round pool in one of the backyards.)

The Pheasant Walk models are on Hartford Drive right before the turn off for the main part of the Pheasant Walk subdivision.  They are obvious with their already grassed yards.  The back part of the subdivision has a number of already constructed homes.  These are on Long Meadow Drive with a court opening off of it.   Yet to be constructed on Pheasant Walk Drive between the third and fourth house is Slingerland Park which is presumably named for Walter Slingerland, a former Schaumburg Village trustee who also owned the property where the Schaumburg Municipal Complex now stands.

On the opposite side of  Hartford Drive is the Pickwick Place apartment complex under construction.  It is interesting to note the Pizza Hut was already there on Roselle Road along with the strip mall that is also still in existence.  The other distinctive building of note is the barn that is currently owned by the Mennonite Church.  At this point the silos are still in place and the back view of the barn is neat to see.  Hidden in the trees on the opposite side of Roselle Road is what used to be the Emil Licthardt farm.

This photo is a unique capture of a moment in time.  What else do you see on this photo that I haven’t spotted?

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


  1. Dimitre Tomov Says:


    My name is Dimitre Tomov. It was interesting to find this photo of our subdivision under construction. We moved in this subdivision in June of 2012. I looked at the aerial photo and I recognized our subdivision pretty easy. It was easy for me because I have worked as a land planner for several years and I have seen a lot of aerials.

    Thank you for the photo!

    • jrozek Says:

      Hello Dimitre,

      This was an interesting donation to our library by one of the residents. I love aerial photos because they capture a more unique, sweeping look. This one does a great job of showing the village while it was still in the development stages between rural and suburbia.

      I’m glad you found it just as interesting!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  2. Michael Campbell Says:

    I lived on Milford Court, off the image to the south. My memories of this area were of a grassy field with wetland areas where we would ride bikes and catch spotted salamanders. A friend and I used to eat at that Pizza Hut, sit in a corner booth and create all sorts of mayhem. Good picture — good memories!

  3. Dan Says:

    Interesting to note how long that Pizza Hut (which just recently closed) had been open… 35 years minimum assuming it was new in the photo. Directly to the south of the Pizza Hut in the photo here is a vacant lot, which would first be a Brown’s Chicken and currently is Enterprise Rent a Car. I believe the Brown’s opened late 1978-early 1979.

    • jrozek Says:

      Hello Dan,

      I completely echo your thoughts about Pizza Hut. Pretty darned amazing they lasted that long. Barnaby’s still took the prize for longest lasting pizza restaurants but Pizza Hut had a nice long past with Schaumburg Township diners.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian

      • joe Says:

        We used to go to both. Pizza Hut is not as good as they used to be…but nothing could touch Barnebys thin crust. I remember how packed they got on Friday nights and the weekends.

    • Jason Says:

      The man that owned that particular Brown’s Franchise actually lived in the subdivision pictured. On Halloween in ’79 or ’80 I went for tricks or treats dressed as Colonel Sanders and he got a big kick out of it when he came to the door.

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