SCHAUMBURG TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOLS: DISTRICT 54

The District 54 School was [built sometime between 1870 and 1872] and located in Schaumburg Center on the north side of Schaumburg Road just west of Roselle Road.  [The address was 8 W. Schaumburg Road.]  Today a small shopping center named Schoolhouse Square is located on the original site.  The school was build on land that had belonged to Ernest Schween.

[Over the years, the school was called Sarah’s Grove School, Schween’s Grove School and, lastly, Schaumburg Center School.]

For the reason that many of the teachers in the one-room schools were young women with little experience, the challenges of teaching farm boys in the upper grades was daunting.  If parents deemed the learning environment in a township school was not in the best interest of their child or children, they could appeal to the Schaumburg Township Board.  The board had the authority to allow the children to attend a different township school.  If the board did not approve the transfer, the parents were responsible for tuition to a school outside of Schaumburg Township.

 

…Miss Anne Fox was a long time teacher at the District 54 School.  In 1953 she was teaching the primary grades at the school while Robert Flum was teaching the intermediate students at the District 51 School on Higgins Road.  Miss Fox continued to teach in Community Consolidated 54 Schools for many years.  In recognition of her dedication to District 54, a school in Hanover Park was named Anne Fox School.

[The school stayed in operation–probably because of its centralized location–for many years.]  After the township consolidated the public schools in 1954, the school building was used by private businesses for several years.  The interior of the building was remodeled and adapted for use as a retail store.   Five of the businesses that used the building were the R.I.C. Delicatessen (until 1971), a wrought iron store (1971-73,) Kole Real Estate, followed by FBK Realty that was owned by Jack Keller and, lastly, Koenig and Strey who were the final owners before the building was moved in 1979.]

 

[This is the school’s temporary location on the Town Square property across Schaumburg Road.  It can be seen in the middle foreground of this 1970 photo above.] It was later moved in September 1981 and restored at its current site on the St. Peter Lutheran Church property on East Schaumburg Road.  [The rededication ceremony was held as part of the Memorial Day service in 1985.]

 

Although the school was painted red for a few years, in 2010 it was restored to the original color of white.  In 2013 the school building is owned by the Village of Schaumburg, but is is leased to the Schaumburg Township Historical Society.

The text for most of this blog posting is an excerpt from Schaumburg of My Ancestors by LaVonne Thies Presley, published in 2012.  The book is an in-depth look at Schaumburg Township around the turn of the nineteenth century.  

Her particular focus was the farm off of Meacham Road where her father grew up.  However, LaVonne also took the opportunity in the text to create a detailed examination of the formation of the public one-room schools of Schaumburg Township.  In the upcoming months a posting will be shared on each of those five schools.  But, first, an introduction to the formation of Schaumburg Township public schools

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

4 Responses to “SCHAUMBURG TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOLS: DISTRICT 54”

  1. Mark Vassmer Says:

    CORRECTION In 1958 I lived nearby on the old Mohawk lane (now Mohave). I remember walking over to that building as my mom asked me to get donuts. When they asked me how many, I didn’t know and went home to ask. I also remember a library there. Wasn’t that also in the school house at one time?

    • jrozek Says:

      Hello Mark,

      Isn’t it funny how we take everything so literally when we are kids? Do you know which business was selling donuts at that time? Was it the R.I.C. Delicatessen?

      The first version of the Schaumburg Township Public Library (which is what it was called at the time) was in a small ranch house on Roselle Road. This is a blog posting I wrote about that location. If you remember any details, be sure to add them!

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

  2. Edgar A Feldman Md Says:

    Enjoyed reading about the schools. I was Board President 4 Times between 1974 and 1986 during the era of expansion. We had wonderful teachers and principals and I enjoyed every minute of my tenure
    Edgar A Feldman MD
    Efeld954@ Comcast.net

    • jrozek Says:

      Dr. Feldman,

      It’s wonderful to see you pop by the blog! Thus far, blog postings have been written about all but one of the one-room schoolhouses, Blackhawk School, Schaumburg School and Hanover Highland–as well as postings that list the years that all of the schools opened and another on who or what all of the schools were named for. The latter, in particular, was very popular!

      Thank you for reaching out!

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

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