THE RECORD: A NEWSPAPER SERVING HOFFMAN ESTATES AND SCHAUMBURG

It was a proud start for The Record on November 29, 1962 when Volume 1, Number 1 of the newspaper appeared on the doorsteps of all homes in Schaumburg Township .

Designed initially as a weekly, it was published every Thursday by Associates Publishing Co., Inc. of 186 Bradley Lane in Hoffman Estates–which was the home in Parcel B of editor, David R. Mann. Richard N. FitzGerald served as the Managing Editor and Rod Botts as the News Editor.

Other employees on The Record’s staff were Jack Fiddes, Jack Dempesey, Bill Oas, Joy Botts, Rod Botts, Les Gargan, John Medved, Darrel Mitelheuser, Bruce Drake and Sam Blandina.

Various articles in the first issue were written on the following topics:

  • The Hoffman Estates Jaycees taking first prize for their snowman float in the State Street Christmas parade.
  • Terry’s Finer Foods and Schmidt Iron Works purchased acreage in Schaumburg’s Industrial Park south of the tollway.
  • There was a possibility that F & S Construction would have to halt construction because Citizens Utilities Company did not have enough water to serve the area. Their next building project was slated for the area west of Jones Road and it was a completely different watershed. (Parcels A, B and C all empty into Salt Creek. The new area they were exploring emptied into Poplar Creek.)
  • District 54 Schools held nuclear disaster drills at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 27. “The drill was a complete success.”
  • The architectural firm of A.J. Del Bianco and Associates was employed by District 54 to build additional schools. They had previously designed Campanelli School.
  • A new township library would be in operation by the middle of December. They had rented a house on Roselle Road, just north of the Marathon service station. (It is shown below.)

Almost as interesting are the ads for various businesses that were willing to take a gamble on the new paper:

  • Hoffman Bowl
  • P&G Restaurant in Hoffman Lanes
  • Peckens TV on Irving Park Road in Roselle
  • Youngs Marathon Service at Roselle and Schaumburg Road
  • Buggy Whip (later the Easy Street Pub south of the intersection of Roselle and Schaumburg Road)
  • Sundance Ranch Western Wear on Golf Road at Roselle
  • Weathersfield Homes by Campanelli
  • Prospect Theatre in Mt. Prospect
  • Pabich Motor Sales–the new Rambler dealer–on Irving Park Road in Roselle
  • The Pizza Cottage on Irving Park Road in Roselle
  • Roselle Jewlers on Irving Park Road in Roselle
  • Hagenbrings Fabrics in Arlington Heights
  • Frank’s Hoffman Plaza Beauty Salon
  • F&S Construction’s 10 exciting 1963 model homes

According to Pat Barch, Hoffman Estates Historian, the newspaper eventually opened an office near the Thunderbird Theater in the Golf-Rose shopping center. In fact, the paper of November 15, 1972 states that they were in “temporary offices at Golf and Roselle Roads.” By that date the weekly paper had been purchased by Copley Newspapers and was now published on Wednesdays.

We do not know how long the newspaper lasted, but the library owns all issues of the newspaper on microfilm from the inaugural one on November 29, 1962 to April 4, 1973.

We are fortunate to have these because they came to us through Fred Downey who lived at 297 Pleasant Street in Hoffman Estates and served as mayor of Hoffman Estates from 1969 to 1973. His name and address are stamped on the front page of the issues.

It is my recollection that Roy Mansberger, who was head of Maintenance at our library in the 1970s and 80s must have known Mr. Downey because of his proximity to our Central Branch on Library Lane. He acquired the newspapers from Mr. Downey and passed them on to our Serials Librarian. She, in turn, sent them to the Illinois State Historical Library to have them microfilmed. In return, they gave us our own copies of the microfilm. This was a common practice that the Historical Library used for many years in order to acquire an extensive collection of local newspapers.

If you have any more details about this newspaper, the people who began it, where its offices were, and how long it was in business, please comment or send me an email.  I would certainly appreciate anything you can contribute.

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

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