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December 1, 2019

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

  • 200 students were evacuated at Twinbrook School when a bomb threat was called into the school on December 18 as the students were getting ready for their holiday party. Once the volunteer fire department and county and state police checked out the school, teachers retrieved the Christmas grab bag gifts, distributed them to the students and sent them home.
  • Five men were assigned to the village’s new Zoning Commission. They were: Chairman Al Harkins, Henry Biedrzycki, Robert Quigley, Del Allison and Carl Hundrieser.
  • A special census of Hoffman Estates residents that was completed for the purpose of obtaining motor fuel tax funds came in at 7554.

50 Years Ago In 1969

  • It was announced that bids for the construction of the future Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins schools would be opened on January 6. Land for Armstrong School was donated by the Hoffman-Rosner Corporation. Aldrin School land was donated by Campanelli Brothers and Collins School land was donated by the Lancer Corporation.
  • Rite-Way was advertising their specials at Plaza Value Land in Hoffman Plaza. Great deals such as Alberto VO-5 for .59, Rayovac 9 volt batteries for .29, and Jiffy Plastic Food Wrap 2 for .29 were part of the advertisement.
  • Totes “Feather Light Stretch Books” that could be folded up and carried in your pocket were being sold at Cherry’s Shoes in Hoffman Estates for $5.95. You could even buy them in a handsome plaid waterproof travel kit for $6.95.

40 Years Ago In 1979

  • Santa was appearing at Barrington Square Mall every Saturday until Christmas. He would be moving through all of the stores in the mall: Associated Wallcoverings, Barrington Square Barber Shop, Burger King, Cherry Shoes, Citadel Realtors, Dairy Queen, Dominick’s Finer Foods, Edie Adams Cut & Curl, Eye Openers, Flipside Records, Garibaldi’s, Golden Bear Restaurant, JoAnn Fabrics, K-Mart, Magic Years Children Wear, Maloney’s Hallmark Shop, Peter Pan Cleaners, Tub N Towel, Walgreen’s Drugs.
  • Rick’s Kosher Style Deli in Hoffman Plaza was featuring Vienna pure beef products and Rosen’s rye bread that was available on their holiday trays. Marlene’s Gift Showplace offered “Hundreds of unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list.” (This is the first time I’ve seen those businesses mentioned.)

  • Hoffman trustees were asking the Zoning Board of Appeals to change the zoning of a 2.5 acre site at Volid Drive and Vista Lane into a historic district. This was meant to accomodate the Sunderlage house whose smokehouse had recently been nominated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

30 Years Ago In 1989

  • Funeral services for Paul Hassell, a Loop lawyer and gentleman farmer who once owned multiple parcels in what would, one day, be Hoffman Estates were held on December 7. He was 98 years old and a retired partner in the law firm of Eckhart, McSwain, Silliman & Sears. He sold his land in 1960 to F& S Construction.
  •  The Barrington Square 6 theater was showing The Little Mermaid and Paul Newman in Blaze.
  • The Madrigal Singers of Hoffman High School were set to perform at The Benchmark with 15th and 16th century vocal and instrumental music.

20 Years Ago In 1999

  • The Hoffman Estates Park District was scheduled to spend around $40,000 to update the High Point Park playground and gear it towards 2 to 7 year olds.  The playground, one of three in the 43-acre park, is located off Oakdale Road, east of Huntington Boulevard and north of Higgins Road. The park is located east of the Hilldale Golf Club.
  • After operating his furniture store in Elgin for three years, Sergio Tovar opened a new store at 1147 N. Roselle Road in Hoffman Plaza and named it Fashion Furniture. He was a one-man show, working as the store’s manager, salesman and stock boy.
  • A proposal to add on to the Blockbuster and Caribou Coffee on the SE corner of the intersection of Roselle and Golf Roads was tabled until a formal traffic and parking analysis could be completed.

10 Years Ago In 2009

  • At Village Hall a circular brick memorial, centered by five statues of children in action, included bricks that could be purchased for $75 each to commemorate the children of Hoffman Estates residents whose lived had been cut short.
  • At their Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights and Villa Park stores only, Garibaldi’s was offering Select Subs for $4.99 and 14″ cheese pizzas and all new Wraps for $4.99 as well. In addition, a 20% off coupon for $50 worth of catering was available.
  • Even though a number of towns in the area had already addressed the issue of video gambling in licensed bars and restaurants, Hoffman Estates, like Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village and Streamwood, had not yet decided whether they would participate in the new venture or not.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

Photo credit of the Children’s Memorial at the Village of Hoffman Estates is given to the Daily Herald.


November 17, 2019

Our guest contributor this week is Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian.  This column originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen, the village’s newsletter.  The column appears here, courtesy of the Village of Hoffman Estates.

It’s hard to believe that since our incorporation on September 23, 1959, we’ve grown from the 8,000 residents in 1959 to over an estimated 53,000 people who reside in our wonderful village today.

When we began our community we were small, far from the motto Leslie Goetz would create in 1965 “Growing to Greatness.” It was just the beginning. The village consisted of a little more than 2 square miles. We’ve grown to 22.1 square mile in 2019–fantastic growth over the past 60 years. We’ve spread out to Elgin’s boundary in the west and Inverness’ boundary to the north.

We struggled and fought with surrounding villages and others who hoped to build their communities, fighting our way through court after court, even as high as the Illinois Supreme Court, to achieve our dream of becoming a village that would provide a great place to work, live and enjoy life.

Our early police force was housed in the second floor of the Hammerstein Farm House with just a few officers. Today we have the beautiful police headquarters at Higgins and Springmill Road that houses 93 police officers and staff.

In the beginning, our fire department was the Hoffman Estates Fire Protection District that had 38 volunteer firefighters. Now we have 4 fire stations located throughout the village with 93 firefighters to protect us.

From the first Hoffman Plaza shopping center on Roselle Road, to Huntington Plaza on Algonquin Road, to the Jewel Osco shopping center on Palatine Road and Poplar Creek Crossing at Higgins and Rt. 59, as well as many smaller ones throughout the village, we have shopping that’s convenient for everyone.

Since Thomas Engineering set up business on Central Road in 1960, business has been booming ever since. AT&T just down the road from Thomas Engineering will soon be another new world for our village. Prairie Stone Business Park, south of Higgins Road & west of Rt. 59 is home to Sears Headquarters, the Sears Arena and to corporation after corporation–too many for me to mention here.

Many thanks to all the Mayors and Trustees who have wisely guided us over the past 60 years. Leslie Goetz didn’t know how much the motto she created back in 1965’s “Growing to Greatness” would predict our development over the past 60 years and, hopefully, for the future of our village as well.

Happy 60th Birthday Hoffman Estates, you’re a great place to call home.

Pat Barch, Hoffman Estates Village Historian

Credit for the top photo of the Hoffman Estates Village Hall is to the Village of Hoffman Estates.

Credit for the photo of Thomas Engineering is to Wikimapia. 


November 3, 2019

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 search for candidates for “Citizen of the Year” was being undertaken by the Hoffman Estates Homeowner’s Association. Residents who performed exceptional volunteer service to the community would be considered. Sam Goranson, chairman of the committee submitted three names: Robert Quigley, John Medved and John Morrissey. It was hoped other names would be suggested for consideration.
  • On November 12, the village board held it’s first meeting after incorporation. They had a treasury of $6206, created a zoning commission and adopted a “stop-gap” zoning ordinance to hold building restrictions to Cook County code.
  • Cub Scout Pack #94 held its first meeting of the fall at Twinbrook School multi purpose room. Several den mothers were still needed to make the den complete.

50 Years Ago In 1969

  • Robert Hall at Golf and Roselle was advertising their “Maxi” and “Mini” coats for women for $39.99 and $29.99 respectively.
  • The Barrington Square homes were being unveiled in the fall by Kaufman & Broad Homes, Inc. The development was scheduled to be a 1500-home townhouse community with prices that would range from $21,000 to $32,000.
  • Over 1000 Hoffman Estates residents signed a petition stating they did not object to the Jack-in-the-Box restaurant that was proposing a drive thru on Roselle Road. The location was just north of Shakey’s Pizza and just south of the new Suburban Bank of Hoffman Estates.

40 Years Ago In 1979

  • A new RTA commuter bus service serving Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg and Streamwood was scheduled to be in service in December. The new route would travel from Barrington to Bode to Springinsguth to Wise and points south.
  • Garibaldi’s was offering a coupon for a free pitcher of coke with a large or extra large pizza. Monday through Thursday and one coupon per customer.
  • Golf Paint in the Golf Rose Shopping Center was having their annual sale of 33 1/3 off all framed mirrors, door mirrors and venetians.

30 Years Ago In 1989

  • Hoffman Estates officials were creating a panel to oversee the implementation of the village’s 911 telephone emergency system. Voters had approved a monthly surcharge of up to 84 cents to pay for the enhanced system.
  • Zippy’s Restaurant at 830 N. Roselle Road aborted plans to have a 17-foot tall rooftop rocket ship launch the diner’s new expanded look.
  • The Benchmark of Hoffman Estates was celebrating their second birthday. Shael Bellows, president of Benchmark, said the senior living community was thriving and attributed their success to the “reverse migration” that was happening. Seniors who had moved to the Sunbelt were moving back to be near their children and grandchildren.

20 Years Ago In 1999

  • The Hoffman Estates Park District board officially named their new recreation center the Prairie Stone Sports and Wellness Center. The name is the same as that of the business park in which the rec center is being built.
  • The Schaumburg Township District Library lost its bid to obtain one of the “Cows on Parade” that were so popular throughout the summer.
  • The Hoffman Estates Fire Department began a new program this year to send get-well cards to those who were injured and treated by the department.

10 Years Ago in 2009

  • Former village board member John A. Harmon, who was father of Susan Kenley-Rupnow, a village board member who passed away in February has also died. The Harmons moved to Hoffman Estates in 1958 and Mr. Harmon soon joined the Plan Commission and was eventually elected to the village board from 1960 to 1965.
  • St. Alexius Medical Center set up a trailer to exclusively handle an influx of flu patients. The hospital’s emergency room normally handled about 150 people daily, but it had been seeing up to 50 extra patients a day with flu-like symptoms, primarily fevers and sore throats or coughs.
  • Mori Seiki USA celebrated the opening of its new headquarters in Hoffman Estates. The 102,000 square-foot building housed the machine tool company’s North American headquarters. The facility at 2400 Huntington Blvd. that overlooks the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, also includes classrooms.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


October 27, 2019

Halloween has always been a holiday for kids. Candy, pumpkin-carving, trick-or-treating. What’s not to like?

With a township full of young kids in the 1960s, the Jaycees and the park districts decided to add some other pieces of enjoyment to the holiday. According to a Daily Herald article from October 25, 1972, the Schaumburg Park District had been operating a haunted house for three years (1969) and it was the sixth year since the Jaycees had held a parade (1966).

The parade was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 28 at Campanelli Park, with prizes being awarded for the best costumes in four different age groups ranging from preschool to 10-year-olds. Everyone who had created a jack-o-lantern was welcome to bring it to the park for a contest for the best carved pumpkin. Once the parade began, led by the Rotary Club Clowns, it wound its way on Weathersfield to the Jennings House at 220 S. Civic Drive, site of the Park District’s haunted house, which is seen below. There was an expectation for a high attendance of 1000 children!

Fast forward a few years and an article from the October 18, 1975 paper noted that the Schaumburg Park District was still the sponsor of the haunted house at the Jennings House. This year, though, the Hoffman Estates Park District was sponsoring their own haunted house at the Community Pool on Grand Canyon Boulevard. Admission was .25 on October 29 and 30 and included a tour with complimentary cider and a donut.

The following year, in 1976, not only was the Hoffman Estates Park District sponsoring their third annual “Spook House” (1973) at the Community Pool, the Hoffman Estates Jaycees had stepped in and was sponsoring their own haunted house. With the proceeds going to the Poplar Creek Historical Society, the Jaycees held their “Scare The Yell Out Of You” themed event at the Sunderlage House, at Vista Lane and Volid Drive. Keep in mind, this was before the house was purchased by the village and any restoration work was done. You can see in the picture above, at the top of this blog post, and below, how it would have made an excellent haunted house.

Also, in 1976, both the Schaumburg Park District and the Schaumburg Jaycees were now sponsoring their own haunted houses. The Park District was continuing to hold their event at the Jennings House Youth Center and the Jaycees, having abandoned their parade, was holding their haunted house across Civic Drive at the Great Hall in The Barn.

By 1995, only the Schaumburg Jaycees was still holding a haunted house. They were continuing to do so at The Barn which was now the Teen Center. The theme was “Fabulous Monsters of Film Land” and was held on four different days. According to a Herald article from September 21, “new frights this year include Terror in the Park and the Haunted Riverwalk, as well as old classic creeps, like Frankenstein.”

Two years later, in 1997, the Jaycees held their final haunted house at The Barn. The theme was “The Final Chapter” and, as Bonnie Palmer, the publicity chairwoman said, “It’s our last haunted house at 231 Civic Drive, so we’re making this year’s event extra scary.” By this time, the Jaycees’ haunted house had been ranked best in the Jaycees’ North region for three years in a row.

From that point forward, the Schaumburg haunted house moved around the area, with the Jaycees finding it necessary to rent their space each year. The following year, in 1998, we know it was held somewhere on Walnut Lane because a press release notes that it was themed “A Nightmare on Walnut Lane.”

In 2002, the Schaumburg Jaycees teamed up with the Hoffman Estates Jaycees and were holding their combined haunted house at a vacant store in the Hoffman Village Shopping Center at the intersection of Golf and Barrington Roads. Interestingly, the October 24, 2002 article from the Herald mentions that, for lack of a location, the event had not been held for the past three years.

Going forward, it appears 2002 was the last hurrah. Consequently, for a solid thirty years, from 1969 until 1999, a haunted house was a staple in Schaumburg Township–whether it was sponsored by the  Hoffman Estates or Schaumburg Park Districts or the Hoffman Estates or Schaumburg Jaycees.

Were you one of the lucky ones who took advantage? Is there something special you remember from one of those haunted houses? Can you help fill in some of the gaps with forgotten themes or details? If you have any clues, it would be great to investigate!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

Photo at the top is courtesy of the Hoffman Estates Historic Sites Commission.


October 6, 2019

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

  • Lowell Siff of F & S Construction announced that the company had purchased additional acreage for 1000 homes. While it currently did not adjoin the village in its location north of Golf Road and west of Roselle Road, the company intended to work towards an annexation to the village. They also planned to add on to the Hoffman Plaza shopping center and move from the Sam Hoffman house that the company was operating from. The plan was to move into new quarters on the Harmening farm at Roselle and Higgins Roads.
  • The Ben Franklin opened its store in Hoffman Plaza on October 1, 1959. The store was staffed by manager Robert Weise and 13 other employees, all who lived in Hoffman Estates or Roselle. It was noted that the store would carry notions, hardware, gift wrappings, cards, etc. in addition to infants’ and childrens’ wear, toys, stationery, jewelry and “the usual five and dime store items.”
  • Snyder Drug Store in Hoffman Plaza had the following sales: deluxe Halloween masks of molded rubber for .29, a $9.95 directronic portable TV antenna, a free pumpkin with a purchase of $1 or more, a box of 24 Curity disposable diapers for $1.98 and an electric blanket for $14.99.

50 Years Ago In 1969

  • Mrs. Ida Vogelei sold her 14-room house and 10 acres of wooded, grassy land at the corner of Higgins and Golf Road to the Hoffman Estates Park District. According to Park District board members she sold the property “for $15,000 an acre when she could have gotten $60,000 or $70,000 for it.
  • The two movies being shown at the Thunderbird Theater were “Me, Natalie” starring Patty Duke and “How To Commit Marriage” with Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason. (It is the brick building in the photo above.)
  • Peter and Paul’s Texaco at Bode and Roselle was one of the area Texaco stations offering an Early Bird sale for a 1/3 off on your second Firestone Town & Country tire. The second tire could be purchased for as low as $16.50.

40 Years Ago In 1979

  • Minnesota Fabrics at the Golf Rose Shopping Center was offering a sewing machine “tune up special” that featured cleaning, oiling and adjusting for $9.95 on October 16.
  • The Hoffman Estates Loyal Parents or “HELP” group of Hoffman Estates High School as they were referred to, were holding their annual citrus sale of Texas grapefruit and oranges for $7 each. Sales would benefit the Band, Modern Dance, Junior Class, Photography, Outdoor Adventure, Senior Class, Hero, Radio Club, Art Club, Intramurals and German.
  • A newly dedicated stainless steel structure, created by Robert Gadomski, a teacher at Hoffman Estates High School, was erected outside of the Hoffman Estates Village Hall to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the village. 

30 Years Ago In 1989

  • For a fee of $7, the Blackhawk Community Center was holding a “Ghostbusters” Halloween event that allowed children to make costumes, march in a parade and create a monstrous snack.
  • The Hoffman Estates Police Department was struggling to fill open patrol officer positions and found it necessary to hold open testing twice during the year for new recruits. It was stated in the Chicago Tribune by Police Sgt. John Gomoll that “It’s very unusual.”
  • Matthew Modine and Daphne Zuniga were starring in “Gross Anatomy” at the Barrington Square 6 theater along with “An Innocent Man” starring Tom Selleck.

20 Years Ago In 1999

  • Angouleme, the French sister city of Hoffman Estates, was forced to call off their planned sister cities festival scheduled for 2000, due to their failure to acquire a grant that would have provided the funding. Local officials in Hoffman Estates were disappointed because the last time any residents had gone to France was in 1994 when the Hoffman Estates High School Madrigal Singers visited the sister city.
  • The Hoffman Estates Village Board gave Valli Produce overwhelming approval to take over the old F & M Distributors store and a Caesarland pizza parlor. The plans were for the building to be totally renovated, the parking lot to be resurfaced and the structure to get a new facade.
  • Ruth Ball Macintyre, a former District 54 science teacher, passed away at Friendship Village in Schaumburg. She was a 2nd-grade teacher at the former Twinbrook School, a 5th-grade teacher at Fairview School and the former Blackhawk School. Mrs. Macintyre helped start the Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary in Schaumburg, where a park, on Aegean Drive, as pictured below, is named for her.

10 Years Ago In 2009

  • St. Hubert School requested an exemption from the Village Board on the requirement of installing a sprinkler system in the building. The cost of around $500,000 and the fact that every classroom has an outside door were the deterrents for the church.
  • Sherri Shepherd who appeared as a co-host on “The View” shared her life story of growing up in Hoffman Estates with Daily Herald reporter Jamie Sotonoff. She attended Churchill Elementary and Hoffman Estates High School, was a candy striper at Northwest Community High School and worked for Sears at Woodfield Mall in the catalog return department. She was “so jealous” worked at Merry-Go-Round!
  • Hoffman Estates Trustee Gary Pilafas became the first trustee to call in and attend a Village Board meeting via cell phone. The meeting ended at 10:40 a.m. Japan time on Tuesday versus the 8:40 p.m. time on Monday in Hoffman Estates.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

Photo credit for the Ruth MacIntyre Conservation Area is given to the Schaumburg Park District.


September 22, 2019

For the 1988 season at the Poplar Creek Music Theater, management clearly went into overdrive on securing acts to appear onstage. In the 1987 season there were 47 acts versus the 66 they were able to book for the ninth season in 1988.

Unique to the theater this year were comedians like Sam Kinison, Jackie Mason and Gary Shandling. If any one of you went to these shows, it would be interesting to know how long their act was and how many warm up acts they had before the main event. Also, did the comedy translate well onto such a large, outdoor venue?

The season was supposed to jump start with Whitesnake, a British hard rock band. Unfortunately, they cancelled, but were able to reschedule a show on July 13.

It was almost, too, as if the organizers read my blog post regarding the 1987 season, and scheduled a few more female acts. There were eleven this year versus the six that performed the prior year.

  • May 20           Depeche Mode and OMD
  • May 28           Richard Marx with Henry Lee Summer
  • May 29           Robert Plant with Mission U.K.
  • June 4             Julio Iglesias
  • June 10-11     John Cougar Mellencamp
  • June 12           Jethro Tull
  • June 16           Sam Kinison
  • June 17          Chick Corea Electrick Band and Herbie Hancock and Headhunters II
  • June 18           INXS with Steel Pulse
  • June 24           Billy Ocean
  • June 25           Johnny & the Leisure Suits
  • June 26           Dirty Dancing with Bill Medley, Eric Carmen and the Dirty Dancing Band and Dancers
  • July 1              Kool & the Gang
  • July 3              Heart with Michael Bolton
  • July 4              Elgin Symphony Orchestra
  • July 6              Loverboy
  • July 8              Squeeze with the Smithereens
  • July 9              Steve Winwood with Johnny Clegg & Savuka
  • July 10            Moody Blues
  • July 11            Jackie Mason
  • July 13            Whitesnake
  • July 14            Bob Dylan with the Alarm
  • July 15            Dan Fogelberg with the Magical Strings
  • July 16            Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band
  • July 17            Aerosmith
  • July 19            Belinda Carlisle
  • July 20            Country Explosion: Shenandoah with Southern Pacific, Baillie & the Boys, SKB
  • July 23            Earth Wind & Fire
  • July 24            Gary Shandling
  • July 27-28       Barry Manilow
  • July 29             “70’s Superfest” with Bachman Turner Overdrive, the Guess Who and Rare Earth; Grand Funk’s Mark Farner and Dr. Hook
  • July 30             Tiffany
  • August 2          Earth Wind & Fire
  • August 3          Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine
  • August 4          James Taylor
  • August 5          Temptations and the O’Jay’s
  • August 6          Chicago
  • August 7          Beach Boys with America
  • August 8          Willie Nelson
  • August 10        Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
  • August 11        Sting
  • August 12        Kenny G and Stanley Jordan
  • August 13        Kenny Loggins
  • August 14        Huey Lewis & The News
  • August 15        The Moody Blues
  • August 16        Neil Young & the Blue Notes, Tracy Chapman
  • August 17        Robert Palmer
  • August 19        Darryl Hall and John Oates
  • August 20        The Jets with Stacey Q and Jermaine Jackson
  • August 21        Wynonna and Ashley Judd, Randy Travis, Tammy Wynette
  • August 22        UB40
  • August 23        Debbie Gibson
  • August 24        Crosby Stills & Nash
  • August 25        Tangerine Green
  • August 26         Hank Williams Jr.
  • August 27-28     Linda Ronstadt
  • September 1      Pat Benatar with the Rhythm Corps
  • September 2      Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • September 3      Barbara Mandrell
  • September 4      Bruce Hornsby & The Range
  • September 3      Barbara Mandrell
  • September 9      Sade
  • September 10    Swatch Impact Tour with skateboard and freestyle “action sport” show
  • September 16-17    Elton John with Wet Wet Wet
  • September 18    Santana
  • September 24    Pat Benatar with the Rhythm Corps

And I would be remiss if I did not mention that the only band that had been performing for the entire run of Poplar Creek’s existence continued their booking into 1988. The band? Still performing today? Why Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band.

How many of these acts would you love to see perform again in all of their 1988 strength and glory? My choice, even though she was past her Greatest Hits Vol. 1 and 2 albums, would be Linda Ronstadt. You have to love powerful alto voices like hers.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

Credit for the photo of Gary Shandling is given to Wikipedia.



September 15, 2019

Our guest contributor this week is Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian.  This column originally appeared in the August 2019 issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen, the village’s newsletter.  The column appears here, courtesy of the Village of Hoffman Estates.

As we approach our 60th anniversary of incorporation, I thought it would be interesting to look back at some of the important dates from those early years.

1955  F & S Construction buys the 194 acre Hammerstein Farm.

1956  Our first school, Twinbrook, is opened in Parcel A.

1958  The Hoffman Estates Fire Protection District sets up its first fire station in one of the Hammerstein barns to house its first fire truck.

1959  Hoffman Plaza opens as the first shopping center.  Jewel is the first grocery store.

1959  Hoffman Estates incorporates on Sept. 23 with a vote of 759 to 569.  The population is 8,000.

1959  Hoffman Estates’ zip code is 60172.

1959  On November 7th, the first village election takes place.  Those elected are: Ed Pinger, President; Marilyn Broding, Clerk; James Gannon, Bruce Barger, Ed Deerfield, Ed Cunningham, John Pickering and Roy Jenkins, Trustees.

1959  November 12th is the first village board meeting.

1960  Thomas Engineering is the first commercial business to open in Hoffman Estates.

1964  Golf Rose Shopping Center opens with W. T. Grant’s Department Store as its anchor.

1965  Our village flag is designed by Lawrence C. Spiegel and our motto, “Growing to Greatness” comes from Leslie Goetz.

1968  Ida Vogelei sells her farmhouse and barn to the Park District for $150,000.  Located at Higgins and Golf Rds, the house was built in 1916 at a cost of $5,000.

1971  Hill Dale Golf Course is built on the Marshall Field Hunting and Skeet Shooting Club.

1972  Hoffman Estates moves out of its first village hall at the Hammerstein Farm Building into its newly constructed village hall (the Bruce Lind complex) on Gannon Drive.

1973  Hoffman Estates High School opens as a freshman-sophomore school.

1978  The Uniform Safety Code goes into effect with the renumbering of all commercial and residential addresses as well as some street name changes.

1980  Poplar Creek Music Theater opens its outdoor 22,000 seat music venue.

1992  The third village hall opens in the Safeco Building located at Hassell and Huntington Blvd.

Corporate growth would take pages and pages.  We truly have grown to greatness.

Pat Barch
Hoffman Estates Historian


September 1, 2019

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

  • LeRoy Marks was appointed principal of Blackhawk Elementary School by District 54 Superintendent Robert Flum after O.A. Candeleria left the position to become superintendent of District 30 in Northbrook. Marks had previously been teaching science and physical education at “Schaumburg Junior High School.”
  • Plaza Liquors in Hoffman Plaza was advertising their holiday specials of Hamm’s Beer 24/12 oz. bottles for $3.39, plus a deposit and Canada Dry quart beverages 2 for .29.
  • A group of residents was looking into forming a community swimming pool club. The registration drive was led by chairman Otto Handwerk. The plan was to include a wading pool for children. Jack Hoffman, president of F & S Construction promised to set land aside within his development for any facility that came to fruition.

50 Years Ago In 1969

  • The Hoffman Car Wash at 100 E. Golf Road was offering a coupon for a free car wash in the Daily Herald.
  • The village of Hoffman Estates participated in a program to crush old cars that had been left on Cook County Forest Preserve property. Abandoned cars left at various forest preserves in the area were hauled to the [Paul Douglas?] forest preserve off of Central Road in Hoffman Estates. Surrounding villages, including Hoffman Estates, also brought cars that had been left or abandoned within their village borders. Over 500 cars were brought to the site, including 200 that had been stored at Old Higgins and Barrington Road–which must have been the Arthur Janura Forest Preserve on Barrington Road?
  • The Village Board announced that they would be transferring all village funds from the Schaumburg State Bank to the Suburban Bank of Hoffman Estates which was operating out of temporary quarters at the Golf-Rose Shopping Center. Ground had recently been broken for a new bank on the west side of Roselle Road, south of Golf Road.

40 Years Ago In 1979

  • A podiatry practice opened in Hoffman Plaza around September of 1979. The practice was Associated Podiatric Physicians and the podiatrists were Dr. Joel F. Spatt and Dr. Noel G. Frank. They specialized in foot & ankle surgery, children’s foot disorders and sports medicine.
  • Charles J. Ames was the first patient seen in the emergency room of the newly opened Suburban Medical Center of Hoffman Estates on Barrington Road.

  • Steven’s Bedding in the Golf Rose Shopping Center was offering “Spectacular Values” on a queen size convertible sofa, mattresses by Englander, Sealy, Simmons and Serta and Herculon sofa groupings.

30 Years Ago In 1989

  • On September 9 and 10 Margies was holding their Bridal Expo Sale that cut their prices from 20 to 80 percent on thousands of new gowns and dresses. Margies was located on Golf Road in Hoffman Estates
  • Jefferson Airplane was performing at Poplar Creek at 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 9. Ticket prices were $17.50-22.50.
  • A first-person interview with Anna Leopardi who was the Second Assistant Manager at the McDonald’s on Higgins Road appeared in the Chicago Tribune and detailed the duties that came with her job. Interesting details include: french fries are kept for seven minutes before they are thrown away, the grill temperature for a Quarter Pounder was 375 degrees while it was 350 degrees for a regular hamburger and she had to attend Hamburger University at the McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook to qualify for her job.

20 Years Ago In 1999

  • The Hoffman Estates Park District awarded $1.6 million in contracts for the Prairie Stone Community Center scheduled to be built on Prairie Stone Parkway.
  • A fire that started on the southwest corner of Barrington and Golf Roads burned 75 acres that began in a corn field and spread to a grassy area. The fire began at 3:30 p.m. and was put out by 5:00 p.m.
  • A group of parents and students spent the last few days of summer vacation painting the 8 bathrooms of Armstrong Elementary School a variety of vivid colors.

10 Years Ago in 2009

  • The Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce and the Arboretum of South Barrington announced they were offering their second annual fashion show and scholarship event at the Stonegate Conference & Banquet Center on Higgins Road.
  • A construction worker was caught inside a vacant Menards store that was being demolished at the Barrington Square Mall. The structure sustained a partial collapse as a result.
  • The village celebrated their 50th anniversary gala at the Marriott Chicago Northwest. Former village officials attended including former Village Mayor Virginia Hayter and former Village Trustee Fred Crespo. Additionally, two surprise guests slipped in from the 50th class reunion of Schaumburg Elementary School that was being held in another room of the hotel.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


August 4, 2019

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

  • Turpin’s Fabrics of Fashion at Hoffman Plaza was advertising their “Back To School Fabrics” of easy care cottons, synthetics, corduroys and woolens. All To Dress Your Children BETTER FOR LESS!
  • The Hoffman Estates Women’s Club was selling tickets to their Hawaiian Dance at the Hoffman Plaza. The $3 a couple donation would cover dancing to Skip Youman’s band, leis, favors, door prizes and a floor show. Refreshments were available at a moderate cost. Proceeds were going towards the building of a community center.
  • Snyder Drug Store in Hoffman Plaza was advertising sale items ranging from a brazier revolving grill for $13.77 to assorted flavors of jello for $.05 to an aluminum chaise lounge for $7.77.

50 Years Ago In 1969

  • The Hoffman Estates Park District announced that they were in the stages of purchasing a two-story barn and large stone house located on the north side of the intersection of Higgins and Golf Road. The plans included renovating the barn into a Community Center and the house into administrative offices. (This eventually became known as the Vogelei house and barn, named for Ida Vogelei, who owned it for a number of years in the early to mid 1900s.)
  • Officials in Hoffman Estates were interviewing candidates for the Village Manager position that had been vacant for three years. The winning candidate would be the second manager in village history.
  • The new administration office for District 54 was set to open around September 15. In the meantime, the various departments were scattered throughout the district, with the main office located in a model home at 105 Audubon Place in Hoffman Estates which is located between Fairview and Conant Schools.

40 Years Ago In 1979

  • The Poplar Commons apartment complex on the south side of the intersection of Higgins and Golf Roads was being converted into condominiums. Plans also called for it being renamed Steeple Hill.
  • Designer skirt suits for $69, velour tops for $15 and corduroy pants for $13 were some of the deals for women at Off The Rax next to Service Merchandise in the Golf Rose Shopping Center.
  • Census takers were going out the week of August 5 to conduct a special census of Hoffman Estates residents. A special census that had been conducted in 1977 found 33,587 people in the village. It was hoped that the 1979 census would find an additional 3025 people.

30 Years Ago In 1989

  • Hank Williams Jr. and k.d. Lang were scheduled to appear at Poplar Creek on August 5, 1989. Tickets were $15-$20.
  • The Hoffman Estates Park District agreed to spend $4500 to build a concession stand for youth football games at Sycamore Park near Hillcrest Boulevard.
  • St. Hubert School was accepting registrations for school year 1989-90 for kindergarten and grades 1-8. They were offering bus service within the District 54 boundaries.

20 Years Ago In 1999

  • Hoffman Estates police officers served as crossing guards at the corner of Gannon and Higgins Road on Wednesday, August 25, the first day of school. It was the first time they had been asked to serve in that capacity.
  • Hoffman Estates High School opened on the 25th, having introduced the new block scheduling system.
  • Susan McCann, the first female principal of District 54 and at Fairview School, passed away August 22.

10 Years Ago In 2009

  • It was announced that a recycling event would be held for village residents on Saturday, August 15 from 9-3 at the Public Works Center. Items accepted were old electronics, latex paint, compact fluorescent lamps and lightbulbs, and prescription medication.
  • The Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce was celebrating the Fabulous Fifties at their Business Under The Big Top on Saturday, August 29 from 10-3 at Poplar Creek Crossing at Higgins and Route 59. Activities included a hula hoop contest, limbo contest, car hop races and a classic car show to name a few.
  • The second to last, free summer concert in the village’s Summer Sounds on the Green concert series was scheduled for August 13 at the Virginia Hayter Village Green. The Banjo Buddies, a Dixie-style band would perform jazz, swing and blues music.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


July 7, 2019

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

  • Jack Hoffman of F & S Construction approached the Cook County Zoning Board of Appeals about changing the zoning of the farm that was on the southeast corner of Higgins and Roselle (Parcel B) from farming to one quarter acre residential lots. The parcel was 54 acres with a potential of 137 homes. In addition, he planned to donate a 40-acre portion of it to the Palatine High School district with the intent of building a future high school on the property.
  • Holy Innocents Episcopal Church held their first service on July 5, 1959. Their pastor was Rev. Theodore Garcia who also served as the pastor of St. Nicholas in Elk Grove Village, which celebrated its first service on the same day.
  • Seven groups of young mothers banded together to form babysitting co-ops to both, give themselves a night out, and to minimize costs in going out. According to the president of one club, “There was a dance recently that attracted more than 200 couples and the co-ops provided 200 babysitters.”

50 Years Ago In 1969

  • The Kassuba Development Corporation opened its first phase of a new apartment complex called Hermitage Trace on Heritage Drive in Hoffman Estates south of the intersection of Higgins and Golf. One, two and three bedroom apartments were being rented from $170 to $245 monthly.
  • Countryside Cab Company that served Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg advertised that they were available 24 hours a day for local runs to the grocery store and trips to O’Hare and Midway.
  • Camelot Corporation planned to develop 8 apartment buildings next to the Schaumburg Township District Library on Pleasant Lane. It was reported that the residents of Pleasant Acres subdivision took legal action to prevent the development.

40 Years Ago In 1979

  • The Land of Lincoln bank at the corner of Higgins Road and Gannon Drive added two large display cases devoted to the early U.S. presidents. This was in addition to a large, white Italian marble bust of Abraham Lincoln that could be found in the lobby of the bank. When the bank opened in 1975 they also offered their meeting rooms to the clubs, church groups and local organizations of Hoffman Estates. (The bank is pictured to the right.)
  • Poplar Creek Music Theater, which was to have opened this year, postponed its opening until 1980 due to construction delays.
  • The K-Mart Beauty Salon at Barrington Square was advertising a July Permanent sale of 30% off. You could opt for a “Cold Wave,” “Foam Texture Permanent” or “Protein Perm.”

30 Years Ago In 1989

  • Construction began July 26 on the new 237-acre Ameritech corporate campus on Central Road, north of the Tollway. At the time Ameritech was the parent company of Illinois Bell and the Bell companies of Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio.
  • Highland Superstores, on Roselle between Higgins and Golf, was advertising a Nokia 3-watt transportable cellular phone for $279 and a Panasonic clock radio for $16.
  • The Hoffman Estates Park District was ready to dedicate its $70,000 handicapped playground at Birch Park, next to the former Twinbrook School on Ash Street in Parcel A. It had been in the works for two years.

20 Years Ago In 1999

  • Discussions were being held by the Hoffman Estates Park District regarding the future of the Vogelei farmhouse at the intersection of Golf and Higgins. It was in need of repair and “either there is a historical significance to that house or it should be torn down,” said former parks Commissioner Robert Steinberg. “I think the board needs to decide if it cares about this house.”


  • The Village of Hoffman Estates had sent letters to 514 outside vendors it does business with to inquire if they were Y2K compliant in preparation for the millennium . The village had received 414 responses as of July 14.
  • The Illinois Regional Bartender Championships were held at TGI Friday’s on Barrington Road.

10 Years Ago in 2009

  • The village of Hoffman Estates announced it was in talks to take over the operations of the Sears Centre.
  • The Hoffman Estates Community Bank was advertising a 36-month Bump Up CD at a rate of 2.75% APY.
  • Hoffman Estates was sponsoring its second Fitness For America Sports Festival. The main draw was the Chicagoland Inline Marathon featuring inline skating. They also featured cycling and foot races. Organizers expected 800 people to participate over the final weekend in July.

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.

The photo of the Vogelei House is used, courtesy of Pat Barch, Hoffman Estates Historian.