HIDDEN PHOTOS FROM HOFFMAN ESTATES’ “COMMUNITY FROM CORNFIELDS” (GROUP TWO)

Last week we posted a series of photos from a small booklet that was published for the tenth anniversary of Hoffman Estates. The 1969 booklet was titled “Community From Cornfields.” This week we’ll continue with photos that are centered around some of the District 54 and District 211 schools, and a few of the larger retailers that opened in Hoffman Estates during its first ten years.

Blackhawk Grade School opened in 1958. It was the second school built in, what would be, Hoffman Estates, following Twinbrook Grade School. A history of Blackhawk School can be found in an earlier blog posting. It closed in 1976.

Lakeview Grade School opened the following year in 1959–the same year the village of Hoffman Estates was incorporated. It was built in Parcel C and is on Lakeview Lane. An earlier blog posting discussed the farmhouse that can still be found directly west of the school. Clearly, the site was optimal for both the house and the school.

Winston Churchill Grade School opened on Jones Road in 1965 to serve the children of the Highlands subdivision.

Helen Keller Junior High opened in 1967 and was the second junior high in the district, following Frost Junior High. By 1969 the school district’s offices had moved into trailers next to the school.

Conant High School opened in 1964 and was the first secondary school in the township to serve students who lived in both Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg. Fremd High School (the insert) opened in 1961. All Hoffman Estates students north of the tollway attend Fremd.

This wonderful photo gives us a bird’s eye view of the first Jewel that opened in Hoffman Plaza in the summer of 1959. It was a much needed grocery store for the new residents of Schaumburg Township.

With that iconic water tower behind the grocery store you can tell that the orientation of the shopping center faces south towards Higgins Road. You can also see a barber shop off to the left with other stores in between. Maybe some of you can identify what they would have been in 1969?

If you know Hoffman Estates history at all, you recognize this building as the Fireside Roll Arena which opened in 1975 after the booklet was published. This is actually its predecessor, the Magna Mart department store, that was built for this location and opened in May of 1968.

Their advertisement in the May 3, 1968 paper said that they had 52 departments that included: clothing, home furnishings, electronics, paint, jewelry, records, sporting goods, patio, family shoes and a snack shop to name a few. They did not last long and seem to have closed their doors sometime in 1970 or 1971 as there is nothing in the paper beyond February 1970. Does that sound correct?

Last, but not least, this gem of a photo captures three businesses that were the heart and soul of early Hoffman Estates.

The brick building to the left is the Thunderbird Theater which opened in 1966. The business in the center of the photo is Grant’s, a one-stop shop department store for the entire family and, off to the far right is the National Food Store. Both Grant’s and National opened in the Golf Rose Shopping Center on October 17, 1963. By the time this photo was taken in 1969, they were fixtures and had been there for six years.

What a wonderful discovery this booklet has been! Next week you will have a chance to take a quiz on the churches of Hoffman Estates. This time, I’m leaving the identifications all up to you!

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

19 Responses to “HIDDEN PHOTOS FROM HOFFMAN ESTATES’ “COMMUNITY FROM CORNFIELDS” (GROUP TWO)”

  1. Burton Padove Says:

    I believe that there was a Tru Value and a physicians office in between the Jewel and barber shop.

    Sent from my IPhone

    • jrozek Says:

      Hello Burton,

      I could not find a mention of a True Value in the papers from 1960-1969 and am wondering if it came after the 10th anniversary? Or, was it maybe, Plaza Valueland that you’re thinking of?

      Was Dr. Ivan Vazquez the physician that you remember? I also found a listing for Dr. DeRamos.

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

    • jkunzer Says:

      It may not be a Tru Value, but there clearly appears to be a hardware store in the Hoffman Plaza photo.

      • jrozek Says:

        I think it’s Twinbrook Hardware because I, too, can see the word “Hardware” on the sign. I know Twinbrook was in Hoffman Plaza at one time and I just found it listed in the Herald in 1969.

        Thank you!

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

  2. Debbie Barile Benson Says:

    Thank you for these pics. My parents moved to Hoffman Estates in 1959. My Dad still lives in the same house on Kingman Lane. Us kids went to Lakeview, Keller and Conant. I remember when Santa was coming he was on the roof of the original Jewel.. I believe he climbed down the fire truck ladder. I remember Ben Franklin store being at the end from the original Jewel. I remember my Mom and our neighbor Nancy walking from Kingman to the farm house that was where Keller is now to get eggs and the corn field across the street from Keller. Fishing and then ice skating on Lakeview Lake/Pond. So many great memories…..

  3. Marcy Goodman Springhorn Says:

    Wasn’t there a Golf Rose Bakery there as well?

    • jrozek Says:

      You are correct Marcy. The first time I see it mentioned in the papers was in 1967. When I knew Golf-Rose Bakery in the mid-1980’s, it was between the Grant’s location and the National location. (Those two stores were both gone by that time.)

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

  4. Randall E. Siemon, P.E. Conant Class of '75 Says:

    Great job.

  5. Joyce (Packard) Colpaert Says:

    Wasn’t there a Ben Franklin in the Jewel strip mall?

    • jrozek Says:

      You are right Joyce. The Ben Franklin store opened in 1959 with the rest of the original Hoffman Plaza. At some point, in the middle 1960s, it moved across Roselle Road to the Golf Rose Shopping Center. Maybe someone can help us with that correct time period?

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

  6. Gary Cannalte Says:

    Great article and pictures! I believe after Magna-Mart there was a Guido’s food store for a short period of time in the building that became Fireside Roller Arena.

  7. Jack Kontney Says:

    Wow, lots of memories. That WT Grant store in Golf-Rose Plaza eventually became a Service Merchandise before the end of the 60s. About halfway between Grant’s and the National, a couple doors south of the bakery, was a liquor store – originally in Hoffman Plaza – owned by Marty Nieman and Paul Resh (and later, by my father, Bob Kontney). At the far north end of Golf-Rose Plaza, past the National, there was a 31 Flavors (and for a while, a record store IIRC).

  8. jkunzer Says:

    One of the storefronts in the Hoffman Plaza photo looks suspiciously like Ray’s Heating & Plumbing. However, I’m not sure they were in business yet in 1959, and it seems strange that they would choose a retail location for that type of business.

    • jrozek Says:

      I checked the Herald and did not see any listing for Ray’s Heating & Plumbing in Hoffman Estates in 1969. Or, they weren’t advertising in the paper.

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

      • jrozek Says:

        Thank you, Mr. Kunzer, for clarifying this point. There are, in fact, two Ray’s that serve Hoffman Estates today but, only one has been here since the 1950s and was serving the area in 1969 when this publication was issued. It is Ray’s Air Conditioning & Heating, started by Ray Harty who also lived in Parcel A in Hoffman Estates. Blowing up the photo does show that Ray’s was located in Hoffman Plaza in 1969.

        Every bit of information helps–especially from those who remember!

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

  9. Kim M. Says:

    I lived in the Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates areas from 1966-1972. I attended Blackhawk and Twinbrook Schools. I still had a child’s rocking chair from Grant’s Dept Store (Christmas gift 1971) until a few months ago. Does anyone remember the Lum’s Restaurant on the north side of Golf just west of Roselle? My stepfather was the manager there in 1969-1970. Near the National store (at the NE corner of building) there was an ice cream parlor, maybe a Baskin-Robbins? There was a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant with a rotating bucket sign on the SW corner of Roselle and Higgins. I took ballet/tap lessons at Hoffman Bowl in 1968 and our recital was at Conant HS. We parked on Illinois Ave at the Police Department to watch the 4 of July fireworks in 1970. Thanks for the photos!

  10. Nina Moore Says:

    Was there a movie theatre nearby Grant Store?? Not the Woodfield one.

    • jrozek Says:

      Nina, you are correct, there was a movie theater near Grant’s Department. It was called the Thunderbird Theater. A short history of it is mentioned here.

      I hope this helps!

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

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