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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11 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.

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