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

  • Groundbreaking for the new St. John Immanuel Lutheran School at Rodenburg and Irving Park Road took place Saturday, June 17.  (The school is to the left in this photo from the church’s website.)  St. John Lutheran school
  • The Schaumburg PTA sponsored their annual dance/frolic at the Roselle Country Club on Roselle Road on Saturday, June 23 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.  The Walt Bartelt 5-piece orchestra provided the music.
  • With the new Mobile Dial Exchange becoming operational in Schaumburg Township on June 28, many phone numbers would change.  The new numbers would be listed in the new Roselle, Bartlett and Bloomingdale phone book which also served Schaumburg Township.  The phone book was also operational on June 28.
    Phone book

50 Years Ago in 1966

  • Schaumburg’s Civil Defense budget was listed as being the biggest for surrounding towns.  Harland Hector was Director of the program since its beginning and at this time had 65-70 volunteers under his command.  With an active Police and Fire Department, the squad would be used in time of local and national emergencies.
  • The swimming pool located in Weathersfield opened June 13 with a record crowd registered and a second registration date set for the overflow.  Season passes were $25 per family, $15 for an individual adult and $10 for an individual child.
  • Thirty more elementary school teachers, four or five junior high staff, one principal, a social worker and a special education teacher needed to be hired before the school year started in September.  Assistant superintendent, Wayne Schaible, stated he hoped all would be hired by mid-summer.

40 Years Ago in 1976

  • It was announced that the third building of the Woodfield Park office development would be built at 999 Plaza Drive.  The building was designed and developed by J. Emil Anderson & Son, Inc. of Des Plaines.Plaza Drive
  • The village began the planning stages for a new Comprehensive Plan.  The Plan was to be developed by Nathan Barnes and Associates under the supervision of Village Planner Alan Saunders.  The first Master Plan was a series of maps that “suggest land use in several areas of the village.”  It was prepared shortly after the village was formed in 1956 by Village President Robert Atcher and a group of residents who owned land in Schaumburg when the village was chartered.
  • Burglars broke into the Schaumburg Airport Lounge and stole 60 pounds of spare ribs.  They also opened refrigerator doors and scattered food and utensils around the room. 

30 Years Ago in 1986

  • The Greater Woodfield Festival and Special Events was being in the months of June and July.  Various programs, concerts and events were scheduled in the suburbs of Greater Woodfield.  Schaumburg was scheduled to have the following events in June:  Ramsay Lewis and Colossal Nerve at the Prairie Center on June 21, “Shakespeare’s Friends & Lovers” by the Chicago Shakespeare Company would be held at Spring Valley on June 26, and Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows would appear at the Prairie Center on June 28.
  • The Schaumburg Park District was selling a $5 cookbook with about 250 recipes from staff, families and volunteers at all park district facilities.  They hoped to sell 2000 copies of the book to raise funds to furnish the Vera Meineke Observatory that was being built on the Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary grounds.    
  • Preleasing was beginning at the new Garden Glen apartments on Roselle Road between 21 Kristin Place and the Northwest Tollway.  A six-story building with 156 apartments would be surrounded by manor homes.

20 Years Ago in 1996

  • A 124-unit housing development to be built on the northeast corner of Schaumburg and Roselle Road was being proposed to the village.  (It is now known as Olde Schaumburg.)
  • The last service was held in the 89-year old St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church at Irving Park and Rodenburg Road on Sunday, June 22, 1996.  The congregation would be moving to a new church built across Rodenburg Road.  (This photo is from the church’s website.)St. John Lutheran Church 
  • Governor Jim Edgar announced the Schaumburg Park District would be getting a $273,800 Department of Natural Resources grant to purchase land north of the Metra commuter rail station on Springinsguth Road.  The park will have eight tennis courts, a lighted ball field and ice hockey/special events area, concessions, and a 119-space parking lot.  (This is the current Briar Point Park.  It does not have the ice hockey/special events area.)

10 Years Ago in 2006

  • Nordstrom at Woodfield received a shipment of Heelys wheel-in-the-heel shoes and was able to supply 30 people on a waiting list with the popular new shoes.  (The shoes are still being sold.)
  • Ground was broken on June 20 for Fire Station 5 (now 55) that will be built alongside the public works department at 714 S. Plum Grove Road.Fire station 55
  • The village officially made smoking areas illegal in all office buildings and in the common areas of condominium and apartment complexes.  As of June 14, the only indoor smoking areas allowed were tobacco shops and the smoking sections of restaurants.  

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

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



  1. Fred Luft Says:

    This is great info. Brings back a lot of memories. Thanks Jane.

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