During Hoffman Estates’ 60th anniversary year of 2019, we will take a look back at the Hoffman Estates you’ve known for the last six decades.  Every month there will be a posting on 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 1959

  • A new Lions Club was begun in Hoffman Estates and Thomas Sandow of Roselle was elected president. They had 16 members and was organized through the efforts of the Arlington Heights and Palatine clubs.
  • Our Saviour Methodist Church prepared to celebrate their first anniversary in Hoffman Estates after having been organized March 16, 1958. During the first year the church purchased five acres from the Meineke’s Honey Farm on the southwest corner of Plum Grove and Golf Roads. In the meantime, they were holding services at Blackhawk School.
  • It was announced that F&S Construction would open four new model homes in their Parcel C development. A split level, three-bedroom Lincoln model lead the lineup.

50 Years Ago In 1969

  • The Village of Hoffman Estates made plans to erect an armed forces honor roll board on village property to honor those who died in Vietnam. The village had its first casualty when Alan Ramsey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ramsey, was killed in combat on February 2.
  • Magna Mart and Twinbrook Ace were both selling Scott’s Turf Builder giant triple size bag for $11.95. The ad mentioned that in 1959, this would have cost you $13.50. (It’s a good bet that this went like hotcakes in growing Hoffman Estates.)
  • Suburban Imports Motors was selling a Datsun car for $1896 and advertised it as the “world’s best $2000 car.”

40 Years Ago In 1979

  • Kennedy Brothers and 27 young men from Hoffman Estates High School planned to team up to build a three-bedroom ranch house in the Colony Point subdivision. The plan was for them to work five days a week from 10-12 and 1-3. They were part of the building trades program at the school.
  • The Village Board gave approval for the Mobil gas station at Golf and Higgins Road to become a self-service station. They were also given approval to sell convenience food.
  • The Camp Fire Leaders of Hoffman Estates were scheduled to meet at Lincoln Federal Savings & Loan on Higgins Road on Tuesday, March 20 at 9:30 a.m.

30 Years Ago In 1989

  • The village board voted to ban video arcades and their coin-operated machines. A limited number of machines were to be allowed in bowling alleys, movie theaters, restaurants and convenience stores.
  • The Miss Hoffman Estates pageant was looking for young women interested in participating in the pageant that would be held on April 16 at 3:00 p.m. at Eisenhower Junior High School. The winner would go on to represent the village in the Miss Illinois pageant and, possibly, the Miss America pageant. The pageant chairwoman was Debbie Schoop.
  • In a column in the Daily Herald celebrating the village’s 30th anniversary, a question was posed to Barbara Adrianopoli, the Village Historian, “What is the history behind the abandoned building on the corner of Spring Mill and Higgins Road?” Barbara responded by saying this was the site of the Bowling Proprietor’s Association of America and, at one time, also a temporary site for the Hoffman Estates’ post office. (This was on the southeast corner of the intersection where the First American Bank is today. I have not been able to track down when this might have served as a post office. In a Herald article from January 19, 1967, all of the various sites to that date are listed. There is no mention of a temporary site on Higgins Road, although a sub-station was in B & K Realty at the corner of Roselle and Higgins Road from 1964-1966.)

20 Years Ago In 1999

  • The Hoffman Estates Park District was interested in installing a 6-foot high chain link fence around two holes of the Poplar Creek Golf Course to prevent trespassers from cutting through.
  • The Village of Hoffman Estates moved closer to approving an ordinance that would ban the use of laser pointers by minors under the age of 18 except at home.
  • ComEd reported that they did a major tree trimming project in the Highlands area and repaired a number of wires that had been spliced too many times, straightened and replaced some faulty poles and added fuses to several feeder lines in the Highlands. All of these actions were intended to reduce the number of power outages in the area–particularly during major storms.

10 Years Ago In 2009

  • Garibaldi’s was advertising the special of a 16″ cheese pizza “all day, every day” for $8.95.
  • John Porter Kelley who served as the attorney for the village of Hoffman Estates from 1963 to 1970 passed away on March 22. He also helped found St. Hubert Church in 1960.
  • The Canterbury Fields Park project was scheduled to have its first phase completed by August. The Park District board voted to change the site plan and added a cricket field instead of a softball field due to residential interest.

(Photo of Mr. Kelley used courtesy of the Daily Herald.)

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. Tom Rogers Says:

    The building that they are talking about in 1989 is on the corner where the First American bank is now (SE corner). There used to be a concrete and vertical glass building there opposite the Sante’s (sp?) restaurant.

    • jrozek Says:

      Thank you, Tom, for your input! Because your answer agrees with Marilyn’s, I’m going to update the blog posting.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  2. Marilyn A. Wells Says:

    We moved into Parcel C in October 1957 and my mother lived there till 2016. I did not know there was a split level model in Parcel C. Where were they? Just curious.
    The Bowling Proprietor’s Association of America was on the Southeast corner of Spring Mill and Higgins Road.

    • jrozek Says:

      Hello Marilyn,

      I posted a photo of F&S’ Lincoln model in the blog posting.

      And, thank you for confirming the corner that the Bowling Proprietor’s Association was on. Every little bit helps!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  3. John groth Says:

    I was born in 1960 dad bought the house in 57 we lived at 105 Newton street. I remember all these pictures. That’s for sharing. I move out of Hoffman in 1996 John Groth. I remember playing in the feilds where friendship village is now. I also guarded all 10 years at Fireside roller rink and also worked at Hoffman lanes. Also put up the carnival rides in the Grant’s parking lot. Many great memories.

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