The Schaumburg Township District Library is happy to announce a new exhibit “Greeting Cards of the 50s”  for your viewing pleasure.  Thanks to the Lichthardt family, the library is able to display a portion of the collection of greeting cards received by William and Martha (Kruse) Lichthardt at their home during the 1950s.  The cards were received for many occasions:  Christmas, baby announcements, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and even on the occasion of their silver anniversary.

Their story began when William was born on January 30, 1888 to Fred and Sophia Licthardt.  Martha was born the same year on August 16, 1888 to Henry and Sophia Kruse.

They were married on November 4, 1909 at St. John Lutheran Church in a German service on Irving Park Road in the southern part of Schaumburg Township.  A reception was held before and after the wedding at the groom’s parents’ farm at Barrington and Irving Park Roads.

The tent for the reception was borrowed from the Addison Orphan Home as were the dishes.  The menu consisted of beef, potatoes, homemade cakes and bread, rice with sugar and cinnamon, prunes and peaches.  The luncheon was served in the afternoon.

Their married life began on the same farm and they later had three boys:  Wilbert, Harvey and Melvin.

By the time these cards were given to them, Martha and Bill were living in Elgin.  They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1959 and Martha died two months later on January 30, 1960.  Bill died 11 years later on October 2, 1971.

The display is near the Reference Desk on the Second Floor of the Central Library at 130 S. Roselle Road.  Stop by and see it!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

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