STREET NAMES IN WEATHERSFIELD

I recently received an email from a friend asking about the origin of the street names in the “W” section of Weathersfield.  In case you’re unfamiliar with the “W” section, this is the earliest part of the Weathersfield development and is on the southwest corner of Schaumburg and Springinsguth Roads. 

Some of the street names there include:  Winthrop, Westover, Wedgewood, Warwick, etc.  It’s rather curious that they all begin with “W” but, because this is the original part of the construction, much care would have been taken with the naming of the streets.  We can assume it was a very intentional part of their plan.

The Weathersfield development was begun in 1959 by Alfred Campanelli who was from Massachusetts.  With so much potential land to use and, with the intent of building a large development, naming of the streets would have been given great consideration.    In a sense, the Campanellis were immigrants moving to a new place and, as so often happens when people venture forth, they bring the names of the old, familiar places with them.  As a result, the names in that “W” section are all locales from the East Coast.

We have other names in the Weathersfield development like Brockton, Concord, Kingston, Duxbury, Dedham, Hingham, Plymouth, Hingham, Salem and Cambridge that are town names right out of the Northeast.  In fact, should we assume that the entire development was named for Weathersfield, VT?

A number of the street names can be attributed to some of the East Coast prep schools like Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, Radcliffe and Groton.  Others like Revere, Carver and Standish are clearly historical figures from early American history.   And, then, there are the personal names like Leila, Charlene, Patricia, Jeffrey, Williams, Andrew and Victoria.  It is possible they are the names of family members or associates.

If you are an original Weathersfield owner or are familiar with the reason behind the naming of one or some of the streets, it would be welcome information to add to this posting.  After all, you have to wonder how Capri, Coral and Clover fit into that New England frame of mind, don’t you? 

 My thanks to B. Lane for her invaluable assistance with this posting.

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13 Responses to “STREET NAMES IN WEATHERSFIELD”

  1. Dan Says:

    Is it known what street is on the cover of the Campanelli brochure pictured above?

    I would love to see some more pictures of Campanelli homes from when they were first built.

    • jrozek Says:

      I’m afraid it is not known which Weathersfield street that is.

      I, too, would love to see more photos of Campanellis homes. Our library’s Local History Digital Archive has a total of two! To view them, go to http://archives.stdl.org/digitalarchive/digitalarchive.asp In the Search box, type in the word Braintree. The photos will come up.

      If you go to the beginning and Browse through the Photos, you can view a number of photos from four different Hoffman Estates subdivisions. The route to take is Browse Photos; Places; Residential Subdivisions-Hoffman Estates.

      I would appreciate the opportunity to scan any early Campanellis photos you may have of your Weathersfield homes–or any other subdivision in Schaumburg Township for that matter! I can be reached at 847-923-3331 or jrozek@stdl.org.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian

  2. Donna Says:

    The street may be Schaumburg Road. The lots from Springinsguth to Webster were labled 1-11 and the homes are all different.

  3. Ed Glennon Says:

    Hi, do you have any history of area now called Hilltop Subdivision, north of Bode Rd (west of Harmon) on Apple St, Peach, and Cherry Court area.

    Was this area farmland before family houses were built on?

    Let me know if you need more details to get more information I am asking about.

    THanks

    • jrozek Says:

      Ed,

      According to the Village of Schaumburg’s list of Planned Unit Developments & Residential Developments, Hilltop subdivision received its final plat approval in 1977 and 1983. I am assuming this means there were two phases of the subdivision.

      In an article from the Daily Herald of September 11, 1975, the county was planning to rezone the area to accomodate “a large project of townhouses, apartments and houses under a planned unit development zoning district.” Interestingly enough, the housing mix required “approval of a specific land plan prior to zoning… [that was] recommended for the large parcel because of ‘extremely bad soil conditions’ in some areas.”

      For many years prior to development, this property was the Fred Volkening farm. According to local plat maps, the Volkening family owned 160 acres along the north side of Bode Road at Springinsguth Road.

      I hope this answers your questions.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian

  4. scott ouimettte Says:

    is it known what is the address of the first Campanelli home sold in the “W” section?

    • jrozek Says:

      Hello Scott,

      Some of the first homes that were built were the model homes and they are on Schaumburg Road, directly on the southwest corner of Schaumburg and Springinsguth.

      This is the information I have on the first people to move in to Weathersfield: (Names deleted) “were the first to move into Campanelli’s Weathersfield subdivision on Dec. 12, 1959. They still call their ranch at 1702 W. Winthrop “home.” (Taken from the Special Souvenir Silver Anniversary Edition from The Voice, week of June 3, 1981)

      I hope this answers your question.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  5. Ronald Gliot Says:

    My folks moved to Wedgewood Ln into our new home in 1960. I can tell you most anything you want to know growing up in that area!!!

  6. Dan Says:

    Ronald, how long did you live in the area? Did you shop at the Jewel in Weathersfield Commons? Any pictures of your new home or of the area from the 60s or 70s?

  7. Ronald Gliot Says:

    Yes and yes…the only place to shop was at WC, and yes I have pictures of our home in 1960. My folks lived there until 1986, and I lived there until 1908, when i moved to a condo at Irving Park Rd and Springingsguth.

  8. Sue Brunson Says:

    We lived at 43 Wellesley Lane in the 60’s. We moved from a Park Ridge trailer court, so I know Mom & Dad felt they’d really made a big move. All of our relatives lived on the north side of Chicago around Logan Blvd. and thought my parents were crazy for moving “out in the sticks”! “Why do you want to go out there – there’s nothin’ but cornfields?” My Dad was a pharmacist & got a job at Snyder Drugs in Hoffman Estates. Mom was a stay-at-home Mom, our Girl Scout Leader and volunteered at school in the office. I remember the name of our home model was “The Bradford”, so it too sounds like an East coast name. The house was a 2-bedroom ranch and we loved the radiant heat in the floors! This is the house that holds all the best growing-up memories for me!

    There was a whole line of model homes on Springingsguth Road. Mrs. Springingsguth was still alive and lived on her farm, I believe.
    Great, great memories of the house and going to school at St. Hubert’s on the bus from 3rd-8th grade. My sister and I rode our bikes everywhere up and down those hills, and everyday rode to get our mail. The subdivision was so new that, in those early days, everyone’s mailbox was lined up on 2X4 posts blocks from your home. Of course, we soon got our mailbox on the front of our house, directly above the milk box – Hawthorne Dairy? We also had great fun riding our bikes on the huge hills of dirt behind our house – new construction behind us, I guess. We’d also rode to “the park”, around the corner and a couple blocks up. Swings, a really tall slide and a merry-go-round kept us busy for hours. Going back to see it as an adult was such a surprise – the slide wasn’t tall at all!

    My sister went to Campanelli. It was a place we’d go ice-skating at every winter, and they’d also show movies for the kids on Saturday afternoons – the old black & white reel-to-reel movies of Gulliver’s Travels, Errol Flynn adventures with pirates – wow – we loved those movies! Jujubes candies were always flying!

    One of our neighbors had a bomb shelter. Our parents were always talking to the other neighbors anout that. The Bookmobile used to come around on Saturdays. We also had the mosquito abatement truck drive by and spray in the summers – I can still remember the noxious fog it left as it drove by. Another neighbor started The Golden Bear Pancake House (in Elgin?), so we always went there after church on Sundays for a special treat…there I had my 1st chocolate chip pancakes! And I still eat them almost 60 years later! In fact, we are still friends with 3 of our Wellesley Lane neighbors after 55+ years!. I’ve driven by our old house, and it still looks very nice, although they’ve converted the one-car garage into additional living space.
    If you like, I will find some old pictures of the house to post.

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