The Schaumburg Township Historical Society will sponsor its annual open house of the Schaumburg Center School on Memorial Day weekend.  The open houses will be held May 26, 27 and 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Constructed in 1872–and first called Sarah’s Grove School, it is believed to have been the first of five public schools in Schaumburg Township. It was later renamed Schween’s Grove School and called Schaumburg Centre Public School until 1954. For 82 years, the building served as a one-room schoolhouse, and was the last active one room schoolhouse in District 54.

With the widening of Schaumburg Road, the building was saved from demolition and temporarily placed on the grounds of the Town Square Shopping Center in 1979. It was permanently relocated to the St. Peter Lutheran Church property in September, 1981. It has been fully restored as a museum and is under the auspices of the Schaumburg Township Historical Society.


  1. Dan Helsper Says:

    The Schaumburg Center School was converted into a small grocery store for a time during the very early 1960’s. I remember going there with my mom to buy milk in the gallon glass bottles. The milk cooler was straight back in the rear of the store. Once after returning home we discovered a cockroach floating right on top after we removed the little cardboard disc. Us kids were horrified but my mom just sluffed it off. She simply picked it out, threw it away and told us not to worry about it as she poured it out for us to drink. Can’t remember if I drank any…I dout it!!

    • jrozek Says:

      My mother would have done the same thing! Do you recall the name of the store? Was it the R.I.C. Delicatessen?

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian

  2. Dan Helsper Says:

    Another memory of that store. We went there to buy two gallons of milk, and on the way home one of the glass bottles broke on the floor of our 1962 Ford Fairlane. It was a real mess, and after a few days in the summer heat, the stench was horrible. We could not get that terrible smell out of that car for (what seemed to be) years.

    • jrozek Says:

      Been there, done that Dan! This store seemed to be a very early version of a mini-mart. Is that an accurate description?

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

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