TAKING IT EASY ON EASY STREET IN SCHAUMBURG: PART ONE

In early 1900’s Schaumburg Township there were only a few businesses clustered around the intersection of Schaumburg and Roselle Roads.  Only one of those establishments served food or drink. You may know it now as the Easy Street Pub but, in the vein of saloons and taverns, it went be a few other names–and owners.

As one of the oldest buildings in Schaumburg, the Inn was constructed in the early 1910’s by Henry E. Quindel as a tavern and boarding house for the men who worked to pave Roselle Road. It was also built in anticipation of the North & South Electric Railway that would potentially track down Roselle Road. According to the May 26, 1911 issue of the Herald, “H.E. Quindel has subdivided the 30-acre tract he recently bought off Fred Nerge at Schaumburg Center.”

An article from the July 28, 1911 of the Cook County Herald states “H.E. Quindel’s large new brick hotel and saloon is nearing completion.” An additional issue from December 22, 1911 states, “Down the street is the new Quindel hotel, hall and saloon. It is a brick building and is another evidence that another man viz: Henry Quindel has faith in Schaumburg’s future.”

Charles Krueger was the next owner and it was noted in an edition of the paper that he purchased a liquor license in the amount of $150 for a four-month period beginning in December, 1912. This liquor license purchase continued through 1916 when the recording of liquor licenses in Schaumburg Township ceased.

The business was eventually purchased by Frank Lengl sometime in the late 1910s and he renamed it Lengl’s Schaumburg Inn.  This is confirmed in an article in the Daily Herald of January 19, 1967  that looked back 50 years to January 1917. “The milk producers had a special meeting at Lengl’s Hall Saturday.”

Lengl ran the Inn with the help of his nieces who he sponsored when they emigrated from Germany in the spring of 1929.  Their names were Johanna Heine and Frieda Wiedmann (sp?).  Both young ladies were offered a home and a job.   Frieda eventually married Fred Springinsguth and moved to his farm.  Johanna or “Hanna” as she was known, never married and ran the Inn with Frank until his death in 1965.  She proceeded to run it by herself after that event.

The cousins and Mr. Lengl were assisted by a number of workers over the years, one of whom was Emil Becker who Richard Leonhardt mentioned in his oral history.  Richard also mentioned that Mr. Lengl’s  help occasionally lived in the rooms on the second floor.  (Mr Leonhardt was a foster son of Frieda and Fred Springinsguth who lived much of his life in Schaumburg Township, eventually inheriting their farm.)

The business was also known as Lengl’s Hall, Lengl’s Inn or Lengl’s Wayside Inn.  For many years, a sign on the side of his business read “Lengl’s Schaumburg Inn famous for Steaks, Chickens, Squabs and Ducks.”   The village worked to have this sign repainted on the building and you can see most of it there today.  According to Richard Leonhardt, the inn also served pheasant, venison and pork.  He also said Mr. Lengl raised deer and peacocks in the open pasture to the east of the tavern.  Obviously, the deer were put to good use.  This practice of serving full meals for lunch and dinner endured for a number of years, eventually giving way to just sandwiches.Lengels schaumburg inn

In an October 30, 1951 edition of the Chicago Tribune the following was said about Lengl’s: “Frank Lengl’s wayside Inn, whose barroom is spotless and whose German cuisine was superb until it was abandoned for a line of sandwiches a few years ago. The big back room, with a Lutheran hymnal atop the piano, sees dancing on Saturday nights, but as Lengl Hall, it also is the scene of the town meeting once a year… There are 25 calendars on the walls of the barroom bearing fine pictures of landscapes and lovely faces but little in the way of bathing beauties. Several of them are torn off to the current month; some of them date back as far as five years. There still is wall space for three mounted deer heads, one clock with a polished pendulum and one huge oil of a moose braying across the valley at a distant mountain top. The silent juke box, even if it did not bear a seemingly permanent ‘out of order’ sign, would betray the fact that it is not serviced by the big city big shots for it proffers not one current hit number. This is a place for the philosopher who likes pastoral calm with his glass of beer.”

If you listen to the oral histories on the library’s Local History Digital Archive, you won’t hear too many accountings of members of the German farm families frequenting Lengl’s.  They certainly knew him but drinking or frequenting a restaurant would not have been an option they would have taken advantage of.  On the other hand, there were a number of the gentleman farmers who lived in the area who stopped in for a meal or a liquid refreshment. For instance, musician Wayne King, who bought a farm further south on Roselle Road, was an occasional visitor when he was in the area.  Others mentioned were the Otto Kerns and the Arthur Hammersteins.  The Merkle family who had purchased a part of the Redeker property east of the intersection of Schaumburg and Plum Grove Roads also frequented the tavern.  They came to their farm on weekends and William Merkle in his book, Frank and Leona, describes their visits to the tavern.  You can read about it next week right here…

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
jrozek@stdl.org

3 Responses to “TAKING IT EASY ON EASY STREET IN SCHAUMBURG: PART ONE”

  1. Lauren Lengl Says:

    I enjoyed reading this article! One day I hope I can visit the place.

  2. Jim O'Connor Says:

    I have Frank’s safe which came from the beautiful home with the tile roof a few doors east of the tavern. I want to get rid of it and would gladly give it to someone who would like it.

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