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 Schaumburg Transportation Company on Roselle Road appealed to the Illinois Commerce Commission for a temporary permit to establish a bus route between Roselle and Palatine, via Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg.  The plan was to have morning and afternoon buses that would accommodate passengers on the Milwaukee Road line in Roselle and the Chicago and Northwestern line in Palatine.Schaumburg Transportation
  • Another petition was filed with Cook County to rezone a 38-acre parcel of land from agricultural to industrial.  The parcel was on the west side of Rodenburg Road, north of the Milwaukee Road line.  The farm was owned by Marvin A. Anderson and the intention was to develop a ready-mix, concrete plant to occupy a portion of the property.
  • School District 54 began placing ads in the local papers advertising for new teachers.  Superintendent Robert Flum had already signed three new teachers for the 8 room school house on Schaumburg Road–two of them through the classified ads.  To encourage application, he even gave his home phone number to the paper so that any potential candidates could contact him more easily.

50 Years Ago in 1966

  • On July 23, a benefit called The Shindig was held to raise money for the Schaumburg Volunteer Fire Department.  For the second year in a row, the event was held on the parking lot of the Weathersfield Commons Shopping Center.  A square dance, called by Bob Kim of the Plaids and Calico dance club of Hoffman Estates, was a highlight of the Shindig with records being played during intermission.  Sandwiches and drinks were also sold.  Five local organizations, including the Weathersfield Homeowners Association, Junior Woman’s Club, the Moose, the Jaycees, and the Lions Club all participated in the gala.  The year before had seen 2000 people attend.
  • The new $40,000 fire station opened to the public on July 7.  The station was located just east of the Weathersfield Commons Shopping Center and was under the auspices of the Roselle Fire Protection District.  The 40-acre property was purchased from District 211 and the building begun in the fall of 1965.  The village of Schaumburg was not scheduled to take the department over from Roselle until 1967 when it had both the budgeted funds and had set up the structure of its own district.
  • A builder announced plans to begin a new subdivision in the village.  Frederickson and Co. was planning a 300-400 development on the 160-acre site immediately south of Lexington Fields, between Route 53 and Meacham Road.

40 Years Ago in 1976

  • Franklin Weber Pontiac at 100 W. Golf Road sponsored their “Price Chopping Sale” on their Grand Prix, Catalina and Le Mans models–to name a few.  They mentioned in their ad that they were open on Sundays.Franklin Weber
  • Polk Bros., at 900 E. Golf Road, was advertising their Zenith Premier Days with a full case of 48 oz. bottles of Bubble Up with a purchase of $50 or more.  [The Polk Bros. chain went out of business in April 1992.  It was one of five stores left at the time.]
  • The Schaumburg Township Public Library was looking for interested parties, 16 and older, to join a new Game Club.  Potential games to be played were backgammon, chess, Scrabble, bridge and others.

30 Years Ago in 1986

  • Village trustee, Carl Niemann, and fellow members of the Community Planning and Development Committee, asked village planners to inventory the historic structures in the Olde Schaumburg Centre district and make a plan for saving them.  The intent was to avoid destruction of historic buildings such as the old Schaumburg bank that had been moved from the northeast corner of Schaumburg and Roselle Road to a Town Square location along Roselle Road.  It was torn down in 1982.Bank
  • Village officials decided to put aside their plan to funnel traffic from Schaumburg High School to Braintree Drive and instead pursue the installation of a traffic signal at Grand Central Lane.  Cook County had been reluctant in the past because the traffic counts did not warrant a light.
  • Fretter Superstores, at 820 E. Golf Road near Woodfield, had an “Everything on Sale” sale.  [Fretter was very similar to Polk Bros. in that they sold appliances and electronics.

20 Years Ago in 1996

  • Martin Conroy, Schaumburg’s first Police Chief, died on July 21, 1996 at his home in Florida.  Mr. Conroy was appointed chief of police on March 15, 1960 and served in that role until his retirement in 1981.3267
  • The village announced that they would be hiring a part-time employee to oversee operations at the Schaumburg Regional Airport nearly eight months after it opened.  The employee would deal with the administration of the airport as well as working with the operating company who were soon to be hired.  Northwest Flyers and Saxon Aviation were operation companies being considered.
  • It was announced that Maggiano’s Little Italy was considering its second suburban location in Schaumburg.

10 Years Ago in 2006

  • Sam & Harry’s, a steak chain based in Washington, D.C., opened its first Illinois location in the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center.  They specialize in surf ‘n turf dishes.
  • Woodfield Mall was the number one tourist destination in Illinois–over Sears Tower, over Navy Pier, over Lincoln’s Home and over the Shedd Aquarium.  Between four and five million visitors came annually to take in the shopping and restaurants.
  • The village held an open house for the public at the new Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center on Saturday, July 29.  Guided tours were offered every 30 minutes from the front entrance.

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:

    Thanks Jane for posting all of this past history. It seemed like it took forever for the Roselle Fire Dept to come to the Schaumburg area. The Roselle Fire Station was then located on the Northeast corner of Roselle Rd and Irving Park Rd. The station was torn down many years ago.

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