During Schaumburg’s 60th anniversary year of 2016, we will take a look back at the Schaumburg  you’ve known for the last six decades.  Every month there will be a posting on 3 village happenings for each decade the village has been in existence.  Maybe you remember some of the events and have something more to add to a few of the items?  Send in your comments!

60 Years Ago in 1956

  • The Bobby Rivers Dance Studio of Glen Ellyn announced a branch studio opening in the “Schaumburg Old Public School.”  Classes in all types of dancing would be directed by instructor, Deanna Hacke.
  • The Village of Schaumburg Centre (as it was first called) held their first meeting on March 7 in the “old school house on Schaumburg Road which will be its regular meeting place.”  The first action of the board was to appoint a planning, building and zoning committee.
  • Fred Springinsguth, 93, a former dairy farmer who was the oldest living member of St. Peter Lutheran Church passed away on March 10.

50 Years Ago in 1966

  • Campanelli sold its 1500th home and was at the halfway point to their goal of 3000 homes.  The company speculated there was an average of five members in each family with an estimated population of 6500.
  • The Catholic archdiocese announced there would be a new church to serve Schaumburg.  (This church would eventually be St. Marcelline’s.)st marcelline
  • After opposition from Mayor Atcher and some Schaumburg citizens, the board of Junior College District 301 selected the site of the NE corner of Alqonquin and Roselle Roads as the location for the future college.  The property was occupied by the John Biddle 80-acre farm and a riding stable on 90 acres owned by George Jayne.

40 Years Ago in 1976

  • After 4 1/2 years in business, Woodfield Mall was quite the profitable place.  It was estimated that each parking space was worth $30,000 in annual sales.  Heavy attendance days at the mall could bring in a total of $14,000,000 in sales.
  • Bar Harbour Condominiums opened and were set on a 6 acre lake that, at the time, was spring fed.  A two-bedroom, two-bath unit was going for $41,400 with a monthly assessment of $ harbour
  • The villages of Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg were encouraged to set a meeting to discuss the possibility of beginning a combined dial-a-ride and subscription bus service for the towns.

30 Years Ago in 1986

  • Village Manager Stephen J. Atkins proposed that raising the cost of the vehicle sticker fee could help pay for the installation and operation of lights at all village intersections.  It would be a five or six-year program because of the necessity of installing lights at 442 intersections.  At the time older areas such as Lexington Field Estates, Meadow Knolls, Pleasant Acres and the oldest Weathersfield section bordered by Schaumburg, Walnut, Weathersfield and Springinsguth were without lights of any kind.
  • Mobil Oil announced that they would close their regional office at 600 Woodfield Drive which had opened four years prior.  The closing affected 300 employees.
  • Stereo Studio in Wiseway Plaza had a grand reopening sale featuring a Kenwood 44B Rack System and a Kenwood KRC 999 car hifi.Kenwood car

20 Years Ago in 1996

  • The village announced it would be awarding nine scholarships in March to local residents who were pursuing college degrees or job training at any of more than 600 schools in Illinois.
  • Marge Mefford, who worked for the Building Department for 25 years and also served as Schaumburg’s first postmaster in the small postal substation that operated out of the old village hall in The Barn, passed away March 24.
  • Local residents were now able to buy discount theater tickets at a new Hot Tixx location that opened at Tower Records on Golf Road.

10 Years Ago in 2006

  • The village board approved a final design for a mural to be created near the Police Department that would honor Schaumburg’s Fire and Police Departments.
  • The John Barleycorn restaurant at National Parkway and American Lane came up for bid.
  • At the same time, it was announced that the Curragh Irish Pub would close its door on April 2.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

(Photo of St. Marcelline Church is used courtesy of the former Profile Publications of Crystal Lake.)

The factual items for this blog posting were taken from stories that appeared in the Daily Herald and the Chicago Tribune.




  1. deborah miller Says:

    One of the most important things (and I don’t remember the year) was the purchase and developing what would become Roosevelt in Schaumburg.

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