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HAPPY 60TH HOFFMAN ESTATES! #4

June 9, 2019

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

The back and forth of court fights to annex land for the development of Hoffman Estates seemed to occupy the first five years of the village’s history.

Last month I wrote about the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision to allow us to annex the land north of the tollway. The back and forth court decisions over this annexation made development of the area unusual.

Between 1962 and 1964 a story was unfolding that I would title “The Topsey Turvey Howie in the Hills development”. The development was located on the south side of Palatine Road, about where the Jewel is now presently located.

Believing that the land planned for the Howie in the Hills development was annexed to Hoffman Estates in September, 1962, their project went forward with all the appropriate approvals needed from the village board. Foundations were poured, a well was put in and plans were going forward for the sewer system. But then the results of the lawsuits against Hoffman Estates by three of our neighboring villages, South Barrington, Barrington Hills and Inverness , who believed that land could not be annexed across a tollway, was settled in their favor. It took the land away from Hoffman Estates and placed Howie in the Hills’ development under Cook County’s building requirements. Under the new Cook County rules only 8 of the 10 foundations that had already been poured met with the county’s requirements.

Sewerage plans weren’t going very well either. Howie in the Hills planned on building a sewage treatment plant for its proposed homes but Inverness and Palatine objected to water from the plant spilling into Salt Creek.  The Metropolitan Sanitary District did not have plans to expand and accept the Howie in the Hills development. Howie in the Hills’ request for connections to the sanitary district were voted down.

With on again, off again changes to how they would continue their development, Howie in the Hills’ costs for sewer lines, lawyers, lawsuits and other unexpected expenses eventually took its toll. The final blow came when City Savings and Loan, who was handling the financing for the development, collapsed. The entire Howie in the Hills development was abandoned. Homes that had been built sat empty for years and some said it looked like a ghost town.

It took close to 10 years to finally resolve the Howie in the Hills failure. The land reverted back to Hoffman Estates and Allister Construction purchased the land and built the Westsbury subdivision.

Pat Barch
Hoffman Estates Historian
Eagle2064@comcast.net

HOFFMAN ESTATES THROUGH THE DECADES: A MONTHLY LOOK BACK (JUNE)

June 2, 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

  • Mel Bellairs, who had a weekend radio show on WBBM, advertised the new developments in Hoffman Estates. He talked about The Imperial, a four-bedroom ranch, the new Blackhawk School, the split-level Lincoln model and the new Hoffman Plaza with its Jewel, Walgreens, medical center and 350 parking spaces. Model homes were open for viewing at Higgins and Roselle Road Monday through Friday 9-8, Saturday 9-6 and Sunday 9-3. (Can someone tell us where the model homes were/are?)
  • Jewel announced that in its new 15,000 square foot store at Higgins and Roselle Road, they would feature an old-fashioned sausage shop with foods from 7 nations. (Does anyone remember this shop?)
  • A story in the Chicago Tribune on the development of outlying Cook County states that “Schaumburg Township to the northwest, was the last of the 38 townships to be completely rural. The line of the Northwest tollway changed that, attracting the builder of Hoffman Estates, and then bringing about the incorporation of Schaumburg Center.”

50 Years Ago In 1969

  • Martin Plate announced his retirement from Conant High School (pictured above) after serving as principal for the first five years of Conant’s existence. He announced he was returning to school to work on a doctorate in school administration. A painting of Plate was presented to the school by the Conant Student Council to hang in the foyer.
  • In a Chicago Tribune listing, Hoffman Estates’ median family income was $11,935 and the median home value was $26,400.
  • The True Value in Hoffman Estates was advertising an Arvin “Swing Along” 45 rpm phonograph for $24.88 with 10 45 rpm bonus records with your buy. “Insert a record and hear instant smooth sound (thanks to both solid state design and velvet voice speaker.”

40 Years Ago In 1979

  • Moon Lake Village at 1410 Volid Drive was advertising their closeout sale on garden homes. 5% down. No closing costs. No assessments until 1980. Mortgage money available. The garden homes were two-story and featured one, two and three bedroom units, ranging in price from $38,500 to $52,500. (They can be seen in the background of the photo below.)
  • The Stebbing Royal European Circus brought clowns, trained elephants, chimpanzees and poodles to Barrington Square Mall for a series of shows sponsored by the Hoffman-Schaumburg V.F.W. Post 8080. Admission was $4.50 for adults and $3.50 for children 11 and younger.
  • When seven firefighters from the Hoffman Estates Fire Department responded to the May 25th crash of Flight 191 of an American Airlines DC-10 at O’Hare Airport, it left the village with 11 firefighters to man three stations. This was five less than a normal crew and one below the department’s minimum. Mayor Virginia Hayter was concerned about the reduced staffing and expressed her concerns.

30 Years Ago In 1989

  • It was announced on Sunday, June 25, that Sears Roebuck & Co. had officially decided to leave Sears Tower in Chicago and had chosen Hoffman Estates as their location for the new home.
  • Dangerous Liaisons, the winner of three Academy Awards, was showing at the Barrington Square 6 theater.
  • Mass was said at St. Hubert Catholic Church on June 24 for Air Force Lt. Col. Robert J. Panek, Sr. who was declared missing in action 20 years ago in North Vietnam and whose remains were returned last year.

20 Years Ago In 1999

  • The Hoffman Estates Park District Board approved construction bids for Willow Skate Park. They also approved a design by Wright Architects for the Prairie Stone Community Center that  included three gymnasiums, indoor tennis courts, a 40-foot climbing wall, a 2,300-square-foot activity pool with zero- depth entrance, a lap pool and a whirlpool.
  • The Hoffman Estates Fire Department will sponsor their first Citizens Fire Academy to teach participating residents about firefighting and fire prevention.
  • Julie Hollister became the village’s first woman police detective after spending three years as a patrol officer. She was one of seven women on the force.

10 Years Ago In 2009

  • Plunkett Furniture announced that they were closing their four stores in the Chicago area and bringing their 78-year run to an end. Their location was at the northeast corner of Golf and Barrington Roads.
  • Fire Station No. 24 on Beacon Pointe Drive at Shoe Factory Road opened its doors and replaced the 17-year-old Pratnum Avenue station.
  • The Village sponsored its 10th Unity Day with a bigger entertainment lineup than ever before. The village’s Cultural Awareness Commission upped this year’s event as 2009 marked the village’s 50th anniversary.

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

The factual items for this blog posting were taken from stories that appeared in the Daily Herald and the Chicago Tribune.

Credit for the photo of the Arvin Record Player is given to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01r6trIKv44
Credit for the photo of Willow Skate Park is given to skateboard.com.au

 

 

 

HOFFMAN ESTATES THROUGH THE DECADES: A MONTHLY LOOK BACK (MAY)

May 5, 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

  • The Hoffman Estates Women’s Club voted to enter their proposal for a Community Center in the national Community Achievement contest sponsored by the federated women’s clubs and the Sears Roebuck Foundation.
  • Scout Troops #94 and #100 decided to host a paper drive that would help recycle newspapers in the homes of Parcel A and B on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Their goal was to collect enough for funds to replenish their camping supplies that burned in the barn fire on the Hammerstein property.
  • Jupiter Cleaners opened May 16 in Hoffman Plaza and offered a special of 1/3 off of all cleaning as an introductory offer.

50 Years Ago In 1969

  • Model apartments opened at Hermitage Trace, a new 416-unit apartment complex on Heritage Drive. (These are currently the Steeple Hill Condominiums on Higgins Road between Golf & Roselle.)
  • The Schaumburg Township Memorial Day parade was scheduled to step off at 2:00 p.m. on Thacker Street. It would then move south on Roselle Road and east on Schaumburg Road to St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery where the service was to be held. (Sixty years later and the service is still being offered at the cemetery.)
  • It was reported that very few families were taking advantage of the reduced fares for family pool passes at the Community Pool. Family memberships were sold at a lower rate of $35 until May 31 when they went back up to $50.

40 Years Ago In 1979

  • The Village Board voted to approve creation of a new liquor license class in order to accomodate the sale of beer and wine in disposable containers at the Poplar Creek Music Theater.
  • The K-Mart hair salon at Barrington Square was offering a “Brush and Run ph Heat Activated Perm” for $19.95. “Brush it! Rough it! Twirl it! Fluff it! It falls into place!”
  • The “All New” Sante restaurant had clearly been updated and was advertising breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m., and all weekend starting at 6 a.m. on Friday and ending at 1 a.m. on Sunday. The restaurant was owned by three brothers, Nick, George and Denny and was the “home of excellent food, super service and family prices.”

30 Years Ago In 1989

  • State officials began pitching a site in Hoffman Estates as an alternative to a location near O’Hare Airport for the relocations of Sears, Roebuck & Co. The site was 1300 acres, just west of the Poplar Creek Music Theater.
  • Minnesota Fabrics was holding a big Mother’s Day sale featuring multiple fabrics, threads and ribbons. They were located in the Golf Rose Shopping Center
  • The Highland Superstore, on Roselle between Higgins and Golf, was selling various models of camcorders–including Roger Ebert’s Four Star Movie Guide, free, with any purchase!

20 Years Ago In 1999

  • The Hoffman Estates Park District was soliciting resident input on the park elements and amenities at Field Park at the Blackhawk Community Center on Higgins Road.
  • The results of a transportation survey elicited few surprises. (1) More than 92% said they drive alone to work and 14.4% use a Metra train to get to their job. (2) The top destinations for a regular PACE route would be Woodfield Mall, Metra and CTA stations, Golf Center, Hoffman Plaza and St. Alexius Medical Center. (3) Those 65 and older would most likely go to Woodfield and younger residents would be inclined to go to Harper College. (4) Respondents would prefer fixed routes, subsidized cab rides and Dial-A-Ride as the elements they would most like to see in services.
  • The Beth Tikvah congregation was holding a “Big Top” rummage sale as its last fund raiser of the year. Shopping would be held inside in case of rain. 

10 Years Ago in 2009 

  • Hoffman Estates was sponsoring a Memorial Day event at the Veterans Memorial outside the Hoffman Estates Police Department on Gannon Drive. It was hosted by the Hoffman Estates Veterans Memorial Commission at 11:00 on Monday, May 25.
  • The Village Board approved a future off-track betting parlor inside the Prairie Stone Business Park. It was to be part of the Saddle Room restaurant and bar.
  • The Village was offering residents the opportunity to purchase special license plates to celebrate Hoffman Estates’ 50th anniversary. The temporary plates cost $20 and featured the special 50th anniversary logo.

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

The factual items for this blog posting were taken from stories that appeared in the Daily Herald and the Chicago Tribune.

HOFFMAN ESTATES THROUGH THE DECADES: A MONTHLY LOOK BACK (APRIL)

April 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

  • The Hoffman Estates Fire Department and their 38 volunteer firemen celebrated the district’s first anniversary and made plans for a July 4 fund raising carnival. The district had one fire truck, a 750-gallon pumper built by Ward-La France and had recently purchased a used ambulance to carry people to hospitals in Elgin.
  • Photos and a written description of the house at 314 Westview owned by the Carl Rauchenberger family, appeared in the April 18th issue of the Chicago Tribune as a way to introduce the public to some of the homes being built by F&S Construction. Their home featured 3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, a powder/laundry room, a family room and a living/dining room. Outside features were a patio and a carport. Mr. Rauchenberger, who was an architect, also planned to add a rec room onto the house.
  • The Hoffman Estates Theater Guild put on a very successful production of “Harvey!”, following en earlier production of “The Tender Trap.”

50 Years Ago in 1969

  • The village approved a recommendation to install a $700,000 sewer system that would run along Golf Road from Barrington to Higgins Road. From there it would run southeast along Higgins Road and connect with the metropolitan sanitary’s district Des Plaines intercepter two blocks west of Plum Grove Road. The sewer would be oversized to accomodate businesses that would be building in the community.
  • Hoffman Estates led the northwest suburbs in the month of February in both apartment and home building permits. There were 425 apartment unit permits issued and 80 home permits. The next closest in apartment units was Buffalo Grove with a mere 160!
  • Pete of Pete’s Barber Shop was back at the SW corner of Higgins and Roselle Road and advertising all European and American haircuts, hair styling, razor cuts and toupe sales and service.

40 Years Ago in 1979

  • Suburban Medical Center, soon to open, was looking for managers for the following departments: laboratory, pharmacy, cardio-pulmonary, dietary, housekeeping, physical therapy, medical records, social services, patient accounts, data processing and volunteers. They wanted applicants to have 2-5 years of supervisory experience. The interim office was located at 1701 E. Woodfield Road in Schaumburg.
  • Mobile classrooms at various District 54 schools, including Twinbrook in Hoffman Estates, were approved for sale by the school district. The minimum sale price was $2500.
  • Golf Paint Glass & Wallpaper in the Golf Rose Shopping Center was having a paint sale of $3 off of interior paint. They also offered picture framing, artist’s supplies and mirrors for sale.

30 Years Ago in 1989

  • Trustees voted for another 3 year contract with Browning-Ferris as their garbage hauler. This continued an association that had been ongoing since 1966.
  • “Chances Are”, “Disorganized Crime” and “1969” were all showing at the Barrington Square Theater in Hoffman Estates. (Does anyone remember seeing these movies?)
  • Three young women–two from Hoffman Estates and one from Elk Grove Village–will compete for the title of Miss Hoffman Estates 1989 at Eisenhower Junior High School. The new Miss Hoffman Estates will reign over the village’s Fourth of July festival.

20 Years Ago in 1999

  • The Hoffman Estates Park District Board approved contracts with Turner Construction Co. of Chicago, to build the Prairie Stone Community Recreation Center.
  • This month, village officials officially designated the retail center along Roselle Road, near Golf and Higgins, a business district, in a move that allows them to apply for state and federal loans for land improvements or to acquire buildings if necessary. At the time, the center included Hoffman Plaza that had a Jewel, Golf Center that had an empty Minnesota Fabrics store and the large brown, brick building behind Zippy’s (that now holds Valli’s and is shown in the photo above).
  • The Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce was planning their Fish Derby in June that attracted around 2000 participants annually.

10 Years Ago in 2009

  • The Jaycees were offering two $500 scholarships to high school seniors who lived in Hoffman Estates and were well-rounded individuals with merit who gave back to their school. They were looking for future leaders and service-minded people who would give back to their community.
  • In celebration of the village’s 50th anniversary, the village held Tartan Day, devoted to a Scottish theme. The day kicked off with a parade on Hassell Road followed by the “Celebration of Nations” at the Village Hall and ended at the Sears Centre Arena with the Heartland International Tattoo Music and Dance Festival.
  • Burning rubber mats at Plote Construction on Brandt Drive sent plumes of black smoke in the air. At its peak the fire could be seen clearly from the Jane Addams tollway and up to four miles west in Elgin.

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

The factual items for this blog posting were taken from stories that appeared in the Daily Herald and the Chicago Tribune.

HOFFMAN ESTATES AND THE USA IN 1959

March 10, 2019

We begin another year. How quickly time goes by. This is a special year for our village. We celebrate 60 years as the Village of Hoffman Estates.

As Historian, I’ve always marveled at the strength and determination of those who first moved here from the city for the opportunity to buy an affordable home for their family. The homes in the first development by F & S Construction, called Parcel A, are more than 60 years old as the first homes were built in 1955-56 and are now 64 years old. Many have changed. They’ve been upgraded and added on to. Some have been torn down and replaced with much larger homes that suit the ½ acre lots. The area still has that rural feel to it.

Life was so different then. 1959 was a year that introduced so many more “modern conveniences”. With new homes to furnish, I can imagine that many of the women wanted to upgrade the kitchen to include a dishwasher, a larger cook stove, and maybe one of the new larger screen TVs for the living room. Everyone loved to watch The Danny Thomas Show, Father Knows Best or for the western fans, Wagon Train or Gunsmoke. Back then TV was your evening entertainment along with a nice big bowl of popcorn.

I found a small book titled Back In The Day: 1959, Reflections of a Special Year. It had all the information about what was going on in 1959. Here’s some trivia that you can share. The overall average income was $5,417.00. Clerical work paid $3,782.00 but construction work paid $5,637.00. With all the surrounding suburbs developing along with us, construction workers would’ve been in demand.

Do you remember who was president? Dwight David (Ike) Eisenhower was our President and Richard Milhous Nixon was his Vice President. The President’s salary was $100,000.00 per year. The Vice President’s salary was $35,000.00.

With the promise of postage going up to .55 cents this year, back in 1959 it was nice to only pay 4 cents for a stamp. In 2019 we pay bills on line and communicate with e-mail or texting. No need for a stamp. Going to the movies in 1959 only cost you .51 cents for a ticket.

Do you remember what movie won the Oscar in 1959? It was Ben-Hur staring Charlton Heston who also won for Best Actor. The movie went on to win a total of 11 Academy Awards. We didn’t get our own movie theater for another 7 years. It was the Thunderbird Movie Theater at the south end of the Golf Rose Shopping Center that opened in October, 1966. (It’s the oval shaped building in the photo above.)

Groceries prices seem cheap compared to today’s prices, but we have to remember how small our salaries were back then. Bacon .67 cents a pound, milk was $1.01 a gallon, bread .20 cents a loaf, butter cost .75 cents a pound and coffee was .78 cents a pound. Many of us had a pot of coffee on the stove all day, either in a percolator or a drip pot. There was no Starbucks back then. No Keurig coffee makers. I would always waste so much coffee by making more than I’d drink in one day. This was the year that Maxwell House introduced the “Good to the last drop” advertising campaign.

Wishing you all a healthy and happy New Year!

Pat Barch
Hoffman Estates Historian
eagle2064@comcast.net

HOFFMAN ESTATES THROUGH THE DECADES: A MONTHLY LOOK BACK (JANUARY)

January 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

  • When the first incorporation vote was held on January 17, 1959, around 2310 voters in about 1800 homes were registered. Voting was held at three schools: Twinbrook, Fairview and Hoffman. The proposal was defeated in a vote of 1062 to 843.
  • A plane owned by Ray Beaumont of Streamwood was forced to make an emergency landing on Charles Beranek’s Merry Hill Farm on the northeast corner of Golf and Plum Grove Roads. After technicians worked on it, the plane was eventually able to fly off of its own accord.
  • Work was progressing on the shopping center at the northeast corner of Higgins and Roselle (Hoffman Plaza.) F & S Construction began the development in September 1958 and was expected to complete it in the spring. The photo in the paper showed the bones of the Jewel store, including the arch of the entrance.

50 Years Ago in 1969

  • The Winston Knolls subdivision at Ela and Algonquin Roads opened for development on the second weekend of the month. The development was 350 acres and the intent was to build five different models, eventually building out at 770 homes.
  • Grant’s Department Store had a giant sale of household products, seamless nylons and lamp shades at their stores on January 9-11. The Hoffman Estates Grant’s store was at Golf & Roselle Road and was even open on Sunday “for your shopping convenience.”
  • The Hoffman Rosner Corporation donated land to District 54 for a new school to be built at 151 Kingsdale Road in the High Point subdivision. The new school was not built on this site but was eventually constructed at 1320 Kingsdale Road and was named Neil Armstrong Elementary School.

40 Years Ago in 1979

  • A developer proposed the construction of a second savings and loan in the village at the corner of Governor’s Lane and Higgins Road. At the time the only savings and loan in the village was Lincoln Federal Savings and Loan on Gannon Drive. The only bank was Suburban Bank on Roselle Road.
  • Otis Associates, who designed the Hoffman Estates Village Hall on Gannon Drive, won the bid to design the $800,000 recreational building on Algonquin Road that would become the Willow Recreation Center.
  • The Deli-Cafe in the Golf Rose Shopping Center closed on January 29. Mike Ernst bought the restaurant in 1977 and expanded it by including lunch and dinner menus. It was two doors north of Service Merchandise and was replaced by an Off The Rack clothing store.

30 Years Ago in 1989

  • The Police Department announced they would be purchasing six new Chevrolet Caprice squad cars to replace those in their fleet not worth maintaining.
  • Highland Super Stores on Roselle Road between Higgins and Golf announced an overstocked sale of TVs, stereos, washers, camcorders and other electronic items and appliances. Free “car deck installation” was offered with the purchase of a car stereo.
  • The village announced their slate of activities for the 30th anniversary party. Activities included a Great Ideas contest where participants would submit suggestions for improvements in the village, a trivia contest where the winner would receive either a $300 TV or VCR, a Fishing Derby at South Ridge Pond and a Mystery Dinner in the Grand Court at Woodfield Mall.

20 Years Ago in 1999

  • The Hoffman Estates Medical Center on Barrington Road held a blood drive on January 29 from 9-4. Each person who donated received a fanny pack and was entered into a drawing to win one of two $50 gift certificates to the Mill Rose Brewing Company in South Barrington.
  • Conant High School dedicated their gymnasium to William Perry who was principal of the school from 1977 to 1994.
  • The reopening of the golf dome at the Poplar Creek Country Club began to draw people in January after the Hoffman Estates Park District purchased it in the fall and revamped it to include simulated sand traps, water hazards and other amenities.

10 Years Ago in 2009

  • The village held its seventh annual Martin Luther King community breakfast on January 19. Vanessa Meeks and the Sears Holding Associate Gospel Choir performed at the breakfast.
  • Hoffman Estates High School received the okay to install artificial turf on their athletic playing fields for school year 2009-10. The work at the school was complicated because of the existing drainage system.
  • The Illinois Department of Natural Resources honored Plum Grove Printers of Stonington Avenue for its achievements in protecting the environment and boosting the economy. They instituted a 20-point program to reduce waste and increase sustainability through each step of their process.

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

The factual items for this blog posting were taken from stories that appeared in the Daily Herald and the Chicago Tribune.

HAPPY 60TH HOFFMAN ESTATES! (1 OF 12)

November 25, 2018

Our guest contributor this week is Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian.  This column originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen, the village’s newsletter.  The column appears here, courtesy of the Village of Hoffman Estates.

I’ve started the first column on the history of Hoffman Estates to honor our village’s 60th anniversary of incorporation that occurred on September 23, 1959. I’ll try and tell our history each month during this 60th anniversary year.

This entire area was farm land. So many settlers came here because life in other countries was torn by war, famine and general unrest.  In the 1840s the government sent surveyors to map out the territory, describing the number of rivers, forest land, swamps and streams on each acre they surveyed.

Land was being sold for $1.25 an acre. The promise of good farm land drew the new settlers to this area. The old plat maps of Cook County from 1942 and 1954 show the townships that made up Cook County and the names of the landowners in each township.  As you look at the plat maps, of Schaumburg Township, you can’t help but notice the same family name on other farms in the area. Many times the first families to arrive wrote back to family & friends telling of the good farming conditions and encouraging them to come and start a new life in America.

The earliest settlers to this area came from the east coast.  A large number of Germans, many encouraged by friends and family,  also settled in Schaumburg Township. German became the predominant language of the area and others who did not speak German moved on to farm land to the west.

With the end of World War II came a demand for housing for the returning service men. F & S Construction had been building homes in Arizona. They wanted to create a community of homes for the families of the service men that would be well built and affordable. Looking for new areas to develop, F & S Construction found an area in Schaumburg Township that was very suitable for their next development. The area had the promise of being very successful with a tollway under construction, O’Hara Airport nearby and a willingness of the farmers to sell their farms, they had found an ideal location for their next project.

In 1954 F & S Construction purchased 160 acres of land east of Roselle Road between Golf and Higgins Roads.  An additional 600 acres were added with the purchase of the Hammerstein farm.

This was the beginning of F & S Construction’s plan for a new community that would become Hoffman Estates.

Pat Barch, Hoffman Estate Village Historian
Eagle2064@comcast.net

HOFFMAN ESTATES 60TH ANNIVERSARY PREPARATIONS

September 30, 2018

 

Our guest contributor this week is Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian.  This column originally appeared in the September 2018 issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen, the village’s newsletter.  The column appears here, courtesy of the Village of Hoffman Estates.

This is our anniversary month. On September 23 it will be our 59th year as the Village of Hoffman Estates. We’ll set off on our 60 anniversary year with fun activities beginning in January.

Last month I asked those who have lived here since the beginning of Hoffman Estates, 1955-1965 to contact us so we can honor you and save the wonderful stories you have to tell about the good old days. Any photos you may want to share would be wonderful to save as part of our history.

One of our early residents, Alice Selke, just celebrated her 100th birthday in July. She’s someone very special because she was married to our first fire chief, Carl Selke. As wonderful as Carl was as our fire chief, she had her own wonderful qualities. Alice’s job was to man the fire alarm calls. Early on, we had a volunteer fire department. Alice would send out the alarm to all the men and they’d jump into action immediately. She’s told the story about how her cat accidently set off the alarm by walking across the alarm button. She quickly had to send out a call saying that everything was OK , it was just the cat.

Because she was always home with her job of monitoring the alarm system, neighbors would frequently ask her if she could baby sit for them while they went grocery shopping. The moms knew she was always there. Some of the kids were very well behaved but she told of how some were wild children who never seemed to behave.

This is an example of the kind of stories we’re looking for. When I hear these stories I realize how different life was for those who first moved into their homes in Parcel A, B & C.

Please consider sharing some of those old photos that are in shoe boxes, envelopes and photo albums. It’s easy to scan them and return the originals to you. What people have shared with us has become the heart of those early years. It’s hard to believe that we’ll be celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2019.

Pat Barch
Hoffman Estates Village Historian
eagle2064@comcast.net

SCHAUMBURG THROUGH THE DECADES: A MONTHLY LOOK BACK

December 20, 2016

During Schaumburg’s 60th anniversary year of 2016, we will take a look back at the Schaumburg  you’ve known for the last six decades.  Every month there will be a posting on 3 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 1956

  • Pure Oil gained approval from the Cook County Zoning Board of Appeals at a hearing at Schaumburg School to change the zoning on their property from farming to business use.  The 62-acre tract would scheduled to hold a new office that would accomodate 1000-2000 potential employees.Pure Oil
  • 100 young 4-H’rs were in attendance at Schaumburg School for the Schaumburg 4-H Agricultural Club’s achievement night and Christmas party.
  • The home of Mrs. Minnie Kastning that was across Roselle Road from the Turret House, burned to the ground Monday, December 10.  Mrs. Kastning was rescued from the home by firemen who were alerted to the fire at 2 A.M. by a passing motorist.

50 Years Ago in 1966

  • The Illinois State Chamber of Commerce announced that the three largest new building facilities in Illinois for the year 1966 were the $395 million dollar accelerator being built at Fermilab, the nearly $30 million dollar foundry being built at Silvis and the 674,000 square foot Motorola plant.  The latter was the largest facility being built under one roof.
  • Final approval was given by the District 54 board to purchase and install 5 mobile classrooms in the district.  They were expected to alleviate crowding at Fairview, Campanelli and Hillcrest schools.
  • The Schaumburg Jaycees were selling Christmas trees, wreaths and accessories at the Weathersfield Commons shopping center at Schaumburg and Springinsguth Roads on Saturdays and Sundays before the holiday.  In addition, Santa was expected to be there to greet the kids!  (The photo below shows Weathersfield Commons at a later date when the Jewel Food Store had been moved from its first location.  When the shopping center opened–and when the Jaycees sold their Christmas trees in 1966–it was originally located where the True Value is at the back of this photo.)weathersfield-commons

40 Years Ago in 1976

  • In a Chicago Tribune article on Woodfield at Christmas, a variety of stores were mentioned:  Two-Plus-Two Jewelry, Sears Roebuck, Puppy Palace, McDonalds, I-Natural Cosmetics and J. C. Penney.  The same article stated that the mall was so crowded during the season that employees parked at Pure Oil and were shuttled across Golf Road to the shopping center.
  • The a capella quintet named Stormy Weather was scheduled to perform on December 19 at B’Ginnings, the Schaumburg nightclub on Golf Road.  They were noted for performing “doo-wop” or “street corner” singing.
  • The Chicago Tribune reviewed a new Asian restaurant in the Woodfield Commons Plaza at Golf Road and National Parkway called Fu-Lama Gardens.  They offered not only Chinese cuisine but Szechuan, Japanese, Polynesian, Cantonese, Mandarin and Indian specialties.

30 Years Ago in 1986

  • At their new store at 130 W. Golf Road in Schaumburg, CompuMat was featuring “the most advanced personal computer in the world.”  It was a Compaq Deskpro 386.
  • The Woodfield Plitt Theatres were showing the following movies at the beginning of December:  An American Tail, Star Trek IV, Peggy Sue Got Married, The Nutcracker, Children of a Lesser God, Firewalker, Crocodile Dundee, The Color of Money and Something Wild.
  • The following older subdivisions were targeted for street lights in the near future:  Lexington Fields Estates, Meadow Knolls and Pleasant Acres.  An increase in vehicle sticker fees was being considered as a way to pay for the lighting.

20 Years Ago in 1996

  • It was announced that the Winkelhake Farm on the southeast corner of Higgins and Plum Grove Road would be sold for development to Cambridge Homes.  The property was the last farm in Schaumburg and had been owned by the Winkelhake family since the original land grant purchase in 1846.winkelhake-farm
  • Medieval Times decided to freshen up their act a bit by garbing their knights in armor instead of chain mail and adding a court sorcerer, new pyrotechnics, high-powered stereo system and new bright and colorful costumes.  The business opened its first castle in 1983 in Kissimmee, FL.
  • The Schaumburg Sister Cities Commission planned to send a group of health care professionals to the sister city of Schaumburg, Germany to view their country’s outlook and practices in the medical field.

10 Years Ago in 2006

  • Santa Claus was temporarily kept from his chair in Woodfield’s Central Court for an entire day when a decoration suspended from the ceiling caught fire in the early morning hours of December 11.  He was back in place the following day.
  • Elio’s Pizza at 977 W. Wise Road was having their grand opening special and offering 50% off any pizza or pasta on Tuesdays.
  • The Village of Schaumburg began a new, annual tradition of selling a Christmas ornament that depicts a local establishment.  The tradition was established as part of the village’s 50th anniversary celebration and the first ornament design was the Turret House on Schaumburg Road.Turret House

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

The photo of the Weathersfield Commons Shopping Center is used courtesy of  the former Profile Publications of Crystal Lake.
The photo of the Winkelhake farm is used courtesy of Spring Valley.

The factual items for this blog posting were taken from stories that appeared in the Daily Herald and the Chicago Tribune.

 

 

 

SCHAUMBURG THROUGH THE DECADES: A MONTHLY LOOK BACK (NOVEMBER)

November 20, 2016

During Schaumburg’s 60th anniversary year of 2016, we will take a look back at the Schaumburg  you’ve known for the last six decades.  Every month there will be a posting on 3 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 1956

  • More than 1500 suburban residents–including those from the newly formed village of Schaumburg–participated in a fund drive to raise $1 million for a new hospital to be built near Arlington Heights.  The hospital was to be named Northwest Community Hospital and is shown below.northwest-community-hospital
  • In a classified ad in The Herald, a “modern 2-family house, [with] income $200 per month, large barn [on] 5 3/4 acres” was listed for $17,000.  It was listed as being the first house east of the church in Schaumburg.  The reference is to St. Peter Lutheran Church along Schaumburg Road.
  • Anyone having scrap paper and/or rags was invited to drop them off at St. Peter Lutheran School on Friday, November 23, the day of their Scrap Paper Drive.  It was requested that the bundles be securely tied.

50 Years Ago in 1966

  • Ace Hardware, at the corner of Schaumburg and Roselle Roads, was having a sale on the following products:  TV tray table set for $5.99, deluxe wall can opener for $5.87, portable ice crusher for $7.99, 8-inch cast iron skillet for $1.89, bath scale for $8.99 and clock radio for $13.88.clock-radio
  • It was announced in mid November that Mayor Robert Atcher would run for reelection the following April.  A slate of three additional village board candidates of the Schaumburg United Party (SUP) was also announced.  They include:  Raymond Kessell, Donald Wench and Gordon Mullins.  Sandy Carsello was also included as a candidate for Village Clerk.
  • An open house for the new Thomas Dooley school was scheduled for Sunday, November 20 from 1-4 p.m.  It is the 12th school in Schaumburg Township and the third school in the village of Schaumburg.  The building was built to resemble its sister school, Winston Churchill School, in Hoffman Estates.  The principal was Karl Plank who had been previously employed as principal at Black Hawk school.

40 Years Ago in 1976

  • Schaumburg banded together with seven other northwest suburban communities to begin the process of getting on the Lake Michigan water pipeline.  The name of the group was called SHARE +3.  The projected cost for the village was $11.8 million to $16.6 million.
  • Schaumburg Road between Springinsguth and Barrington Road was scheduled to be improved and widened.  The award for the 1 1/2 mile stretch of road was awarded to Palumbo Excavating Co.
  • Musicland and J.G. Music Center in Woodfield Mall was advertising specials on the following stereo lps and tapes:  Phoebe Snow’s It Looks Like Phoebe Snow, Blue Oyster Cult’s Agents of Fortune, Earth Wind & Fire’s Spirit, Neil Diamond’s Beautiful Noise, Boz Scagg’s Silk Degrees, O’ Jays’ Message in the Music, and Boston’s Boston.  

30 Years Ago in 1986

  • Daruma of Schaumburg which opened at 1823 W. Golf Road in Schaumburg in August was reviewed in the Chicago Tribune.  The long-running, Japanese restaurant can still be found in the same location in the Poplar Creek Plaza thirty years later!daruma
  • On Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, the parking lot at Woodfield Mall was filled with 10,288 cars by 1:00 p.m.  The attendance was estimated to be 150,000 which was the norm for the past few years.
  • The Annex shopping center in Schaumburg was having sales at the following stores:  Mix ‘n Munch, Card & Gift Gallery, Pier 1 Imports, Kids Place, Stacy’s Bags and Baggage, Space Options, Pro Ski & Surf, Waves Personal Hair Care, Van Heusen Factory Store and Lingerie Factory.

20 Years Ago in 1996

  • Consideration was given by the village board to requiring address numbers of businesses to be a certain size, depending on how far the establishment is from the street.
  • It was reported that, for the first time, Septemberfest turned a profit and moved closer towards being a self-supporting event.  The success of the festival was attributed to corporate sponsorships, increased fees, in-kind donations, a larger take of the Taste of Schaumburg food and beverage receipts and cleanup by Manpower.
  • Mayor Larson laid the first brick of the new terminal at Schaumburg Regional Airport.  This kicked off the development of the building that would hold administrative offices, a restaurant, aircraft maintenance areas and a flight school.  Pilot Pete’s became the eventual restaurant and can still be found at the airport.pilot-petes

10 Years Ago in 2006

  • Schaumburg announced they would be be featuring another year of the outdoor holiday festival in Town Square called Christkindlesmarkt.  Sponsored with the Schaumburg Township District Library, the festival would be an open market with European influences.  A Festival of Lights would be part of the festivities as well as horse-drawn sleigh rides.
  • Janet Niemann, the founding chairperson of the Schaumburg Sister Cities Commission, passed away November 6.  She also chaired Schaumburg Township’s Youth Commission and was very involved in the Jaycees and Jayceettes, having been a past president.
  • El Meson, Rupert’s On The Top and Prairie Rock Brewing Company all were featured in a Night Out:  Guide for Dining and Entertainment in the Daily Herald.  

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

The photos of Northwest Community Hospital and the clock radio are used courtesy of the Daily Herald.  The photo of Pilot Pete’s is courtesy of Ted and John Koston from their Flickr page.