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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.

 

 

 

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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.  

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

September 18, 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

  • In its first year, the village operated for a time without any type of tax revenue.  They depended on tavern licenses and building permits to fill their coffers.
  • Four families held a large white elephant sale at the home of one of the families–the Breyers.  Their farm was on the south side of the road, 1 1/2 miles west of Roselle Road, across from today’s Schaumburg High School.  Other families involved were the Meginnises, the Schuberts and the Mathews.  Items for sale were:  horse sleigh, feather comforters, cedar fence post, size 42 short tuxedo, and an apartment size electric washer to name a few.
  • Pure Oil secured options on property in Schaumburg Township, south of the proposed North Illinois toll road as a future office site.  The building was expected to be completed in 1959 and would have air conditioning, a modern lounge and cafeteria area, as well as plentiful parking.  (A photo of Pure Oil is shown below.)Pure Oil 1

50 Years Ago in 1966

  • According to Bell Savings and Loan Association who tracked building permits, Schaumburg led all northwest suburbs in home building in August with a total of 87 permits being issued.  The dollar value of those permits was $1,795,816.
  • At a recent Schaumburg Village Board meeting, recognition was given to Richard Napier who raised and lowered the American flag each day at the corner of Schaumburg and Roselle Road.  Someone was also being sought to repaint the 50-foot flag pole.  The pole was on the northwest corner of the intersection, near the Marathon Station and is the large pole in the picture down below.  (This photo was donated by Richard Napier and he pointed out the flagpole at that time.)Library
  • Trustees approved a tree-replacement program at a cost of $1850.  After losing many Dutch elm trees due to the fungus that attacked the trees nationwide, it was decided to contract with Klehm Nurseries to supply up to 74 new hardwood trees.

40 Years Ago in 1976

  • It was announced on the last day of the month that the starting time for the Secretary of State driver testing station was being postponed due to a delay in the furniture.  This long-awaited facility was scheduled to open in the Woodfield Commons Shopping Center–where it still is today.  It was chosen for its central location and its proximity to various roadways.
  • After multiple accidents at Springinsguth Road and Weathersfield Way, the Cook County Highway Department reversed its decision and agreed to install stop signs at the busy intersection.
  • With the gubernatorial election approaching, both candidates took part in Septemberfest festivities.  Governor Dan Walker walked with Village President Ray Kessell at the front of the parade while Republican candidate, James R. Thompson, rode with Kessell to Robert O. Atcher Park where the festival took place.

30 Years Ago in 1986

  • It was announced that Minneapolis-based chain restaurant Leann Chin’s would be opening a venue in Woodfield Mall in the upcoming months.  Carryout operations only were scheduled to open in Chicago and Oak Brook but Woodfield would have the first sit-down restaurant.Zurich Towers
  • The twin Plaza Towers were scheduled to open in October.  The buildings are 20 stories and were designed by Otis Development.  W.E. O’Neil was the general construction contractor.  (The complex currently serves as the headquarters of insurance company Zurich North America, and is known as Zurich Towers–until their move to their new headquarters at Meacham and Algonquin Road in September 2016.)
  • Dr. Paul Meginnis, a veterinarian at Arlington Racetrack and 32-year Schaumburg resident died on September 7, 1986.  His family purchased the farm at the jog in the road at Plum Grove and Schaumburg Road in 1954 and lived there until 1979.  He served on the village’s first Planning Commission and on the board of District 54.  His wife, Sara, was elected as the first Village Clerk.  (Read more about them and their farm here.  The photo below shows their barn and the jog in the road.)2863

20 Years Ago in 1996

  • PACE’s Northwest Transportation Center near One Schaumburg Place found its parking lot filled to overflowing for the first time on Sunday, September 15.  The Super Bear Shuttle had proved to be a convenient way for fans to get to Soldier Field without the hassle of driving and parking near the stadium.
  • The Public Safety Committee made the recommendation that the village’s police headquarters on Schaumburg Road be renamed the Martin J. Conroy Center in honor of Schaumburg’s first police chief who died earlier in the summer.
  • The Woodfield Athletic Club at 1416 N. Payne Road was home to one of the area’s longest-running Mixed Doubles Tennis Leagues.  In September 2016 this facility is Schaumburg Tennis Plus, owned by the Schaumburg Park District.

10 Years Ago in 2006

  • Services were held for Elmer Rohlwing, grandson of John Rohlwing, who Rohlwing Road is named for.  Elmer was born on the Rohlwing farm that was on the east side of Route 53, across from Woodfield Mall.  Their family’s large, white barn (shown to the right) remained on the property for many years and served as a maintenance location for the Cook County Forest Preserve District.Rohlwing barn
  • Macy’s opened their store at Woodfield on Saturday, September 6, after their parent, Federated Department Stores, chose to abandon the Marshall Field name in order to create a coast-to-coast name for the stores.
  • Ted’s Montana Grill opened at 930 Meacham Road.  It was their second restaurant in the area and is where White Chocolate is today.

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.

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

August 21, 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

  • A notice in the Daily Herald announced that there would be a German service held at 9 a.m. and an English service at 10:15 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church.  The English service could be heard on WRMN, Elgin and on The Lutheran Hour at 12:30 on WMAQ.
  • An article on Ellsworth Meineke detailed his love for bees and the honey they produce.  His shop and house had only been on Golf Road for a couple of years at this point, having moved from an earlier location on Higgins Road in the Busse Woods Forest Preserve in Elk Grove Village.  Mr. Meineke was known locally for his honey candy.Meineke Honey Farm
  • In the “Down On the Farm” column by Carl F. Mees in the Daily Herald, he mentions that he talked with a number of local farmers, including Emil Freise, Faustin Zeller, Wilmer Rohlwing, Emil Pfingsten and Xavier Schmid, who had all reported excellent wheat yields for the summer.  He had also talked to Herman Volkening who was experimenting with growing maize in addition to corn.  It was his second year and the yield was very high.

50 Years Ago in 1966

  • An article discussing The Barn property noted that court is held in the former hay loft, the police department is on the ground floor and other municipal offices are in various buildings on the former Jennings farm.  Mayor Atcher mentioned that he hoped to move village offices closer to Schaumburg and Roselle Roads in about three years.The Barn 3
  • Motorola Inc. launched its first phase of a new office, engineering and manufacturing plant.  The building on the 326 acre site was scheduled for occupancy in January 1967.
  • Permission was received from the Village Board for the Schaumburg Jaycees to begin painting house numbers on the curbs for each home in the village.  Work would be done on the weekends until the job was finished.

40 Years Ago in 1976

  • Eugene Matanky, a local developer, hoped to reach a compromise with the village on his proposal to develop the Sarah’s Grove property into 64 six-flat apartment buildings.  The property was on Schaumburg Road, approximately 1/4 west of Roselle Road.
  • A program on Citizens’ Band radio was being held at the Schaumburg Township District Library.
  • The 55-acre Paul Rosenwinkel farm on the northwest corner of Roselle Road and Weathersfield Way was sold to the First State Bank and Trust Company of Franklin Park  and developer R. L. Roth of Elmhurst.  Roth had obtained the appropriate zoning in 1975 for the future Farmgate subdivision, which would include townhouses, condominiums and a shopping center.  Dennis K. Connelly of Connelly and King Inc. of Schaumburg, represented Mr. Rosenwinkel.Rosenwinkel farm

30 Years Ago in 1986

  • The United Way of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates celebrated its 20th anniversary.  Originally founded on August 2, 1966 as Schaumburg Township Community Fund, Inc., the group distributed over $2 million in the 20-year span to local organizations that provided human care services to those in need.
  • Consideration was being given to hiring a consultant to give direction on redeveloping portions of Schaumburg’s Town Square.  A plan was also being put together to redevelop the Quindel/Lengel area southeast of the intersection of Schaumburg and Roselle Road into a pedestrian mall.  Lengel Drive at the time was an unpaved road.
  • Random Acres Farm Stand, on Schaumburg Road west of Plum Grove Road, was selling Super sweet corn, cucumbers, peppers, cantaloupe, zucchini and more.  Their home grown tomatoes were .79 a pound.  They were open seven days a week from 10-7.Random Acres

20 Years Ago in 1996

  • Miss Molly’s of Schaumburg, a Danish bakery at 1407 W. Schaumburg Road, had been open for six years.  The specialty was the kringle, a flaky coffeecake pastry with layers of butter rolled into it.  They also sold bakery items such as breads, cookies, doughnuts and eclairs but their other specialty was cakes designed and made in house.
  • A fundraiser at the soon-to-open Roosevelt University successfully raised more than $300,000, allowing the school to meet its $5 million building-fund goal a few months early.  The first classes at the Albert A. Robin campus were scheduled to open August 26.
  • Drivers who park at the Schaumburg train station incurred their first increase in fees since the station opened in 1981.  Daily fees went from .75 to 1.00.  The increase was necessary to fund new parking lot improvements, creating more reserved parking spaces and adding additional landscaping.

10 Years Ago in 2006

  • Medieval Times was the location for a twenty-first century event when they sponsored an area audition for the popular game show, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”  Nearly 2500 people showed up to try out.
  • The village announced that, as part of their 50th anniversary celebration, they would be erecting a new public safety memorial to honor the men and women who work to keep the village safe from crime and disaster.  The memorial was to be built on the site of the village’s police station and newest fire station.Public Safety memorial
  • The Schaumburg Park District announced they would now be including a 2 1/2 hour preschool class on Tuesdays and Thursdays that would incorporate the Polish language and culture into the curriculum.  This followed on the successful model of a Japanese class that had been offered the prior year.

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.

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

July 17, 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

  • The Schaumburg Transportation Company on Roselle Road appealed to the Illinois Commerce Commission for a temporary permit to establish a bus route between Roselle and Palatine, via Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg.  The plan was to have morning and afternoon buses that would accommodate passengers on the Milwaukee Road line in Roselle and the Chicago and Northwestern line in Palatine.Schaumburg Transportation
  • Another petition was filed with Cook County to rezone a 38-acre parcel of land from agricultural to industrial.  The parcel was on the west side of Rodenburg Road, north of the Milwaukee Road line.  The farm was owned by Marvin A. Anderson and the intention was to develop a ready-mix, concrete plant to occupy a portion of the property.
  • School District 54 began placing ads in the local papers advertising for new teachers.  Superintendent Robert Flum had already signed three new teachers for the 8 room school house on Schaumburg Road–two of them through the classified ads.  To encourage application, he even gave his home phone number to the paper so that any potential candidates could contact him more easily.

50 Years Ago in 1966

  • On July 23, a benefit called The Shindig was held to raise money for the Schaumburg Volunteer Fire Department.  For the second year in a row, the event was held on the parking lot of the Weathersfield Commons Shopping Center.  A square dance, called by Bob Kim of the Plaids and Calico dance club of Hoffman Estates, was a highlight of the Shindig with records being played during intermission.  Sandwiches and drinks were also sold.  Five local organizations, including the Weathersfield Homeowners Association, Junior Woman’s Club, the Moose, the Jaycees, and the Lions Club all participated in the gala.  The year before had seen 2000 people attend.
  • The new $40,000 fire station opened to the public on July 7.  The station was located just east of the Weathersfield Commons Shopping Center and was under the auspices of the Roselle Fire Protection District.  The 40-acre property was purchased from District 211 and the building begun in the fall of 1965.  The village of Schaumburg was not scheduled to take the department over from Roselle until 1967 when it had both the budgeted funds and had set up the structure of its own district.
  • A builder announced plans to begin a new subdivision in the village.  Frederickson and Co. was planning a 300-400 development on the 160-acre site immediately south of Lexington Fields, between Route 53 and Meacham Road.

40 Years Ago in 1976

  • Franklin Weber Pontiac at 100 W. Golf Road sponsored their “Price Chopping Sale” on their Grand Prix, Catalina and Le Mans models–to name a few.  They mentioned in their ad that they were open on Sundays.Franklin Weber
  • Polk Bros., at 900 E. Golf Road, was advertising their Zenith Premier Days with a full case of 48 oz. bottles of Bubble Up with a purchase of $50 or more.  [The Polk Bros. chain went out of business in April 1992.  It was one of five stores left at the time.]
  • The Schaumburg Township Public Library was looking for interested parties, 16 and older, to join a new Game Club.  Potential games to be played were backgammon, chess, Scrabble, bridge and others.

30 Years Ago in 1986

  • Village trustee, Carl Niemann, and fellow members of the Community Planning and Development Committee, asked village planners to inventory the historic structures in the Olde Schaumburg Centre district and make a plan for saving them.  The intent was to avoid destruction of historic buildings such as the old Schaumburg bank that had been moved from the northeast corner of Schaumburg and Roselle Road to a Town Square location along Roselle Road.  It was torn down in 1982.Bank
  • Village officials decided to put aside their plan to funnel traffic from Schaumburg High School to Braintree Drive and instead pursue the installation of a traffic signal at Grand Central Lane.  Cook County had been reluctant in the past because the traffic counts did not warrant a light.
  • Fretter Superstores, at 820 E. Golf Road near Woodfield, had an “Everything on Sale” sale.  [Fretter was very similar to Polk Bros. in that they sold appliances and electronics.

20 Years Ago in 1996

  • Martin Conroy, Schaumburg’s first Police Chief, died on July 21, 1996 at his home in Florida.  Mr. Conroy was appointed chief of police on March 15, 1960 and served in that role until his retirement in 1981.3267
  • The village announced that they would be hiring a part-time employee to oversee operations at the Schaumburg Regional Airport nearly eight months after it opened.  The employee would deal with the administration of the airport as well as working with the operating company who were soon to be hired.  Northwest Flyers and Saxon Aviation were operation companies being considered.
  • It was announced that Maggiano’s Little Italy was considering its second suburban location in Schaumburg.

10 Years Ago in 2006

  • Sam & Harry’s, a steak chain based in Washington, D.C., opened its first Illinois location in the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center.  They specialize in surf ‘n turf dishes.
  • Woodfield Mall was the number one tourist destination in Illinois–over Sears Tower, over Navy Pier, over Lincoln’s Home and over the Shedd Aquarium.  Between four and five million visitors came annually to take in the shopping and restaurants.
  • The village held an open house for the public at the new Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center on Saturday, July 29.  Guided tours were offered every 30 minutes from the front entrance.

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.

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

June 19, 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

  • Groundbreaking for the new St. John Immanuel Lutheran School at Rodenburg and Irving Park Road took place Saturday, June 17.  (The school is to the left in this photo from the church’s website.)  St. John Lutheran school
  • The Schaumburg PTA sponsored their annual dance/frolic at the Roselle Country Club on Roselle Road on Saturday, June 23 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.  The Walt Bartelt 5-piece orchestra provided the music.
  • With the new Mobile Dial Exchange becoming operational in Schaumburg Township on June 28, many phone numbers would change.  The new numbers would be listed in the new Roselle, Bartlett and Bloomingdale phone book which also served Schaumburg Township.  The phone book was also operational on June 28.
    Phone book

50 Years Ago in 1966

  • Schaumburg’s Civil Defense budget was listed as being the biggest for surrounding towns.  Harland Hector was Director of the program since its beginning and at this time had 65-70 volunteers under his command.  With an active Police and Fire Department, the squad would be used in time of local and national emergencies.
  • The swimming pool located in Weathersfield opened June 13 with a record crowd registered and a second registration date set for the overflow.  Season passes were $25 per family, $15 for an individual adult and $10 for an individual child.
  • Thirty more elementary school teachers, four or five junior high staff, one principal, a social worker and a special education teacher needed to be hired before the school year started in September.  Assistant superintendent, Wayne Schaible, stated he hoped all would be hired by mid-summer.

40 Years Ago in 1976

  • It was announced that the third building of the Woodfield Park office development would be built at 999 Plaza Drive.  The building was designed and developed by J. Emil Anderson & Son, Inc. of Des Plaines.Plaza Drive
  • The village began the planning stages for a new Comprehensive Plan.  The Plan was to be developed by Nathan Barnes and Associates under the supervision of Village Planner Alan Saunders.  The first Master Plan was a series of maps that “suggest land use in several areas of the village.”  It was prepared shortly after the village was formed in 1956 by Village President Robert Atcher and a group of residents who owned land in Schaumburg when the village was chartered.
  • Burglars broke into the Schaumburg Airport Lounge and stole 60 pounds of spare ribs.  They also opened refrigerator doors and scattered food and utensils around the room. 

30 Years Ago in 1986

  • The Greater Woodfield Festival and Special Events was being in the months of June and July.  Various programs, concerts and events were scheduled in the suburbs of Greater Woodfield.  Schaumburg was scheduled to have the following events in June:  Ramsay Lewis and Colossal Nerve at the Prairie Center on June 21, “Shakespeare’s Friends & Lovers” by the Chicago Shakespeare Company would be held at Spring Valley on June 26, and Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows would appear at the Prairie Center on June 28.
  • The Schaumburg Park District was selling a $5 cookbook with about 250 recipes from staff, families and volunteers at all park district facilities.  They hoped to sell 2000 copies of the book to raise funds to furnish the Vera Meineke Observatory that was being built on the Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary grounds.    
  • Preleasing was beginning at the new Garden Glen apartments on Roselle Road between 21 Kristin Place and the Northwest Tollway.  A six-story building with 156 apartments would be surrounded by manor homes.

20 Years Ago in 1996

  • A 124-unit housing development to be built on the northeast corner of Schaumburg and Roselle Road was being proposed to the village.  (It is now known as Olde Schaumburg.)
  • The last service was held in the 89-year old St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church at Irving Park and Rodenburg Road on Sunday, June 22, 1996.  The congregation would be moving to a new church built across Rodenburg Road.  (This photo is from the church’s website.)St. John Lutheran Church 
  • Governor Jim Edgar announced the Schaumburg Park District would be getting a $273,800 Department of Natural Resources grant to purchase land north of the Metra commuter rail station on Springinsguth Road.  The park will have eight tennis courts, a lighted ball field and ice hockey/special events area, concessions, and a 119-space parking lot.  (This is the current Briar Point Park.  It does not have the ice hockey/special events area.)

10 Years Ago in 2006

  • Nordstrom at Woodfield received a shipment of Heelys wheel-in-the-heel shoes and was able to supply 30 people on a waiting list with the popular new shoes.  (The shoes are still being sold.)
  • Ground was broken on June 20 for Fire Station 5 (now 55) that will be built alongside the public works department at 714 S. Plum Grove Road.Fire station 55
  • The village officially made smoking areas illegal in all office buildings and in the common areas of condominium and apartment complexes.  As of June 14, the only indoor smoking areas allowed were tobacco shops and the smoking sections of restaurants.  

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.

 

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

May 15, 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

  • The Roselle Garden Club donated a Hopa crab tree to Schaumburg School where it was quickly planted.  [I suspect it was this tree, given its location and age.  Maybe someone can tell me for sure?]Crabtree 2
  • The new Mobile Dial Exchange put in place by Illinois Bell required a new prefix for local users–TWinbrook 4 or TW4.  Direct dialing was only possible to the villages of Roselle and Bartlett.  All other calls went through the operators in Arlington Heights.  (Photo to the right shows the prefix being used.)Sunderlage
  • Thirteen boys and girls of Schaumburg Community School District graduated from eighth grade on May 29, 1956.  Diplomas were presented by Albert Straub, president of the School Board to Sheila Alsip, Mary Jane Becker, William Bowsher, Susan Garbrecht, Margaret Hamelin, Carol Kagel, Sharon Mahometa, Arnold Michaels, Penny Palumbo, Peggy Siedenburg, Spenser Troxell Dan Walsburg and John Dytko.

50 Years Ago in 1966

  • Blue lights for the cars of members of the new volunteer fire department were purchased at a cost of $180.  In addition, the Schaumburg Civil Defense unit approved an expenditure of up to $200 to outfit eight men with summer uniforms when working temporary police duty.
  • At a May 19 District 54 board meeting, a 6-1 vote approved the organization of two junior highs in one school.  Due to the lagging construction of Hellen Keller Junior High, it was necessary to double shift both Robert Frost students and Helen Keller students in the Robert Frost building.  Keller students would attend from 7-12:30 in the fall and Frost students would attend from 12:30-5.  [Can anyone remember this remarkable schedule?]
  • It was reported in the May 5 Herald that the Schaumburg Jaycees received their charter the prior Saturday at a dinner dance held at the Golden Acres Country Club on Roselle Road.  Louis Caple was made president and the board of directors were Richard McArthur, William Hannon, Denis Ledgerwood and Jack Larsen.

40 Years Ago in 1976

  • Schaumburg High School’s band boosters presented Maynard Ferguson, the trumpeter, and his band in concert on Tuesday, May 18 at 8:00 in the school gymnasium.Maynard Ferguson
  • It was announced that the long awaited opening of the Illinois Secretary of State’s driver testing station in the Woodfield Commons shopping center would be delayed until June or July.  It had been hoped the long awaited station would open in May.  The search for a northwest suburban location began in 1970 and this site was chosen because of “its central location and easy access from major roads and highways.”
  • The two Schaumburg Ponderosa’s–located at Irving Park and Wise Road, just east of the K-Mart, and on West Golf Road across from the Schaumburg State Bank–had a Memorial Day special of a $2.79 T-bone, a $1.99 Extra Cut Rib-eye and a Square Shooter (kids’ hamburger and fries) for .59.

30 Years Ago in 1986

  • A two-story, 1700 square-foot, landscaped, decorated and furnished home was built in the middle of Grand Court at Woodfield Mall by Pulte Master Builders.  Twenty two mall stores contributed to the decor and furnishings of the house.  The interior of the house was scheduled to be decorated in a traditional fashion through May 18 and then in a contemporary style through June 15 when the display ended.
  • It was announced by Service Merchandise that their five Mr. How home improvement stores would close in the Chicago area.  The Schaumburg store was called Mr. How Warehouse and was located at 905 E. Golf Road where Golfsmith and Bed, Bath & Beyond are located today.
  • St. Marcelline Catholic Church’s annual spring musical was a successful production of “Annie” with Becky Olichwier and Dannielle Kohl performing the lead role for seven alternating performances.  According to the Daily Herald, it was “directed by Gene Machinica and produced by Pat Stewart [and] the cast of 33 actors and singers turned in remarkably well-acted and sung performances.”  

20 Years Ago in 1996

  • Dominick’s Finer Foods opened a new grocery store in the Town Square Shopping Center at the northwest corner of Schaumburg and Roselle Roads.  It was the 80th store in the company’s chain.
  • The Schaumburg Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved the design of the new Schaumburg Township District Library to be built in Town Square.  The building will be 161,000 square feet and will be the second largest library in the state in terms of circulation.  
  • The Schaumburg Golf Club on Roselle Road served as a qualifying course for the U.S. Open.  Due to a heavy downpour on one of the days, a conflict occurred for a number of the players who were also enrolled in the Illinois PGA Championship.Schaumburg golf club

10 Years Ago in 2006

  • Wayne Schaible, the second superintendent of School District 54, passed away on May 21.  He began his tenure in 1958 as principal of Twinbrook School.  He was promoted to assistant superintendent and then superintendent in 1966.  He served in that position until 1983, overseeing the growth of the district from 7500 students to 16,000 and opening 19 new schools.  He was also a charter member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Schaumburg as well as the Schaumburg Rotary Club.
  • The 19th annual Prairie Arts Festival was held on the rolling ground of the Schaumburg Municipal Center.  The event featured nearly 150 artists, three entertainment stages, a large food booth and a children’s arts and crafts area.   
  • An article was written about the Paul Schweikher home, located on Meacham Road and the only building in Schaumburg on the National Register of Historic Places.  The home was finished in 1938 and Schweikher lived there until 1953 when the house was purchased by Alexander and Martyl Langsdorf.  Schweikher was a locally renowned architect who left the area to become head of the Yale School of Architecture.  Alexander Langsdorf was a physicist with the Manhattan Project and his wife was an internationally known landscape artist who was most famous for designing the Doomsday Clock.

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

The photo of the Schaumburg Golf Club is gratefully used, courtesy of the Schaumburg Convention Center website.

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 (APRIL)

April 17, 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

  • Illinois Bell Telephone announced that in June their first ever mobile unit would be deployed to Schaumburg to handle 800 phone numbers in the rapidly growing area.  It would be housed in a steel trailer and have the same type of dial equipment housed in central offices.  Plans were for it to be in place for one year with all emergency calls being handled by the Arlington Heights central office.  A permanent station would be built during that time.  (Does anyone know where that was/is?)Illinois Bell
  • St. Peter Lutheran Church held Family Night on April 20.  Part of the festivities included a movie of their recent bell-raising.  Their old bell was cracked in a fire nearly 50 years before and was lowered in December 1955 and replaced with a bell given to the church by St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Park Ridge.  The old bell would be mounted as a memorial on the lawn.  
  • Walter Slingerland Jr. ran an ad in the April 12 issue of the Herald urging voters to cast their ballot for him for School Board member in the upcoming April 14 election.  [Slingerland and his wife, Helen, built the house that now serves as the village’s Division of Public Health and Nursing on Schaumburg Road in front of the Municipal Center.]Bell

50 Years Ago in 1966

  • Vinton Bacon, Superintendent of the Metropolitan Sanitary District, made a recommendation that the district purchase property on Meacham Road near Schaumburg Road as a future sewage treatment plant.  He also encouraged the board to begin calling the plants “water reclamation plants.”  [Obviously his wishes were followed as the plant’s current name is the Egan Water Reclamation Plant.]
  • The following Schaumburg businesses placed an ad congratulating the Schaumburg Herald on their beginning:  The Buggy Whip, Carmen’s Colonial Restaurant, Hill ‘N Dale, Larry’s Standard Service, Schaumburg School of Music, Schaumburg Transportation Company, Mike’s Barber Shop, Schaumburg State Bank, Jewel Foods, Timbercrest by Mor-Well Builders, Weathersfield Pharmacy, Weathersfield Pure Oil Service and State Farm Insurance.
  • An article in the April 14 issue of the Schaumburg Herald mentioned that the Weathersfield subdivision was named by Campanelli, the builder, after an exclusive village in England.  Campanelli called for all of its developments to be named “Wethersfield” but in Schaumburg “someone ‘corrected’ the legal papers for the Schaumburg development by adding the unwanted ‘a.”  This was according to Campanelli spokesman Joseph Sharkey.  Hill ‘N Dale and Timbercrest both got their names from the rolling, wooded terrain.  The Drumcastle subdivision was given it’s name because “it had a sturdy, masculine sound which implied permanency and security.”

40 Years Ago in 1976

  • An article on the “wealthy booming northern suburbs” in the April 12 Chicago Tribune quoted Richard Batchen of J. Emil Anderson & Son, a local developer, saying “There’s in excess of 3 million square feet of office space in Schaumburg and an estimated 82,000 office caliber people living within a 5-mile radius of the village.”  Batchen also said that without Woodfield Mall there probably wouldn’t have been the office development.
  • At their village board meeting Schaumburg officials gave the Schaumburg Jaycees permission to hold a car wash at Town Square and their annual carnival to be held at Town Square on June 17-20.  [Does anyone remember this carnival and what it entailed?]
  • The Schaumburg Park District sponsored a Park Name Contest to encourage residents to give them ideas for the following parks:  Hoover School park, Aldrin School park, Cedarcrest Sienna park, Albert Einstein park, 40-acre lake site near Walnut Lane, lake park site west of Salem Drive near the new Schaumburg Road police and safety building, the future Salk School park site, the Nerge School park site and the Collins School park site.  [The Park District was as busy naming parks as the School District was naming schools!]

Trickster gallery30 Years Ago in 1986

  • Women’s Workout World opened in the former Lake Cook Farm Supply building on Roselle Road adjacent to the Town Square Shopping Center.  [It would later become a branch of the Chicago Athenaeum and then the Trickster Gallery.]
  • A program featuring author John R. Powers who wrote Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, was rescheduled from the Schaumburg Township Public Library to Schaumburg High School due to the potential crowds that the author attracted.
  • T.J. Cinnamons opened its first Chicago area store in Woodfield Mall.  The store had an open kitchen concept where customers could see staff roll the dough out onto a large baking sheet with about 60 pats of butter.  The dough was sprinkled with cinnamon, rolled into the size of a baseball bat and then cut into 4-inch rolls and baked.  The price for each roll was $1.50.  What a deal!

20 Years Ago in 1996

  • Redbook Magazine named Schaumburg High School one of America’s top schools.  The list included 144 schools across the country and were recognized for classroom innovation, parent/community involvement, extracurricular activities, special-needs programs, significant improvement and overall excellence.
  • The Olde Schaumburg Centre Commission approved the plans of Bolger Development of Elk Grove Village for the four buildings they proposed in the new Town Square Shopping Center going up at the intersection of Schaumburg and Roselle Roads.  Commission members asked Bolger to alter their plans slightly so as to match them more favorably with the buildings in Schoolhouse Square across the street.
  • The new Byerly’s grocery store announced they would open in May.  Byerly’s was part of an upscale supermarket chain out of Minnesota and it was to be located at the corner of Meacham and Higgins Road.  Their intent was to compete with Sunset Foods, Treasure Island, Fresh Fields and Whole Foods.

 

10 Years Ago in 2006

  • Harper College celebrated Indian-Pakistani Student Culture Night with dance performances, a wedding fashion show and food featuring samosas, kebab rolls, mango juice and Indian rice, provided by Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine restaurant in Schaumburg
  • The new Hanover Park branch of the Schaumburg Township District Library opened its brand new building on Irving Park Road.  It opened just in time for the April 30 expiration of its lease in the outlot strip mall of the Tradewinds Shopping Center.HP Branch
  • A Chicago Tribune story on the huge boulder that stands about four feet tall and four feet wide at the District 54 Nature Center at Frost Junior High pondered the question of how the boulder got there.  “Bulldozers may have pushed it over to this property when they were building houses on the west side,” said Robert Todd, a nature center employee better known as “Prairie Bob.”

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.

FAVORITE FUN THINGS ABOUT SCHAUMBURG: APRIL EDITION

April 3, 2016

Happy Birthday Schaumburg!  You turned 60 this year on March 7, 2016 and we’re happy to celebrate with you!

In honor of your birthday year, we’re doing a monthly blog posting based on some of our favorite things about you.

During the month of April we’re asking the readers of this blog to share their favorite piece of public art that has appeared in Schaumburg.  

Maybe it’s one of the pieces in the sculpture garden near the village hall?

Or, maybe you liked one of the big chrome pieces that was in Center Court at Woodfield?

How about the big Weber grill at the restaurant by the same name?

Possibly it was one of the heads that appeared outside of the Chicago Athenaeum on Roselle Road? Big HeadsOr maybe it’s this much loved gentleman that you can find in the foyer of the library.

Library sculpture

Maybe you remember one from the past that has slipped into obscurity or there was one in the school you attended day in and day out.  Whatever the case may be, please share with us!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

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

March 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

  • The Bobby Rivers Dance Studio of Glen Ellyn announced a branch studio opening in the “Schaumburg Old Public School.”  Classes in all types of dancing would be directed by instructor, Deanna Hacke.
  • The Village of Schaumburg Centre (as it was first called) held their first meeting on March 7 in the “old school house on Schaumburg Road which will be its regular meeting place.”  The first action of the board was to appoint a planning, building and zoning committee.
  • Fred Springinsguth, 93, a former dairy farmer who was the oldest living member of St. Peter Lutheran Church passed away on March 10.

50 Years Ago in 1966

  • Campanelli sold its 1500th home and was at the halfway point to their goal of 3000 homes.  The company speculated there was an average of five members in each family with an estimated population of 6500.
  • The Catholic archdiocese announced there would be a new church to serve Schaumburg.  (This church would eventually be St. Marcelline’s.)st marcelline
  • After opposition from Mayor Atcher and some Schaumburg citizens, the board of Junior College District 301 selected the site of the NE corner of Alqonquin and Roselle Roads as the location for the future college.  The property was occupied by the John Biddle 80-acre farm and a riding stable on 90 acres owned by George Jayne.

40 Years Ago in 1976

  • After 4 1/2 years in business, Woodfield Mall was quite the profitable place.  It was estimated that each parking space was worth $30,000 in annual sales.  Heavy attendance days at the mall could bring in a total of $14,000,000 in sales.
  • Bar Harbour Condominiums opened and were set on a 6 acre lake that, at the time, was spring fed.  A two-bedroom, two-bath unit was going for $41,400 with a monthly assessment of $50.89.bar harbour
  • The villages of Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg were encouraged to set a meeting to discuss the possibility of beginning a combined dial-a-ride and subscription bus service for the towns.

30 Years Ago in 1986

  • Village Manager Stephen J. Atkins proposed that raising the cost of the vehicle sticker fee could help pay for the installation and operation of lights at all village intersections.  It would be a five or six-year program because of the necessity of installing lights at 442 intersections.  At the time older areas such as Lexington Field Estates, Meadow Knolls, Pleasant Acres and the oldest Weathersfield section bordered by Schaumburg, Walnut, Weathersfield and Springinsguth were without lights of any kind.
  • Mobil Oil announced that they would close their regional office at 600 Woodfield Drive which had opened four years prior.  The closing affected 300 employees.
  • Stereo Studio in Wiseway Plaza had a grand reopening sale featuring a Kenwood 44B Rack System and a Kenwood KRC 999 car hifi.Kenwood car

20 Years Ago in 1996

  • The village announced it would be awarding nine scholarships in March to local residents who were pursuing college degrees or job training at any of more than 600 schools in Illinois.
  • Marge Mefford, who worked for the Building Department for 25 years and also served as Schaumburg’s first postmaster in the small postal substation that operated out of the old village hall in The Barn, passed away March 24.
  • Local residents were now able to buy discount theater tickets at a new Hot Tixx location that opened at Tower Records on Golf Road.

10 Years Ago in 2006

  • The village board approved a final design for a mural to be created near the Police Department that would honor Schaumburg’s Fire and Police Departments.
  • The John Barleycorn restaurant at National Parkway and American Lane came up for bid.
  • At the same time, it was announced that the Curragh Irish Pub would close its door on April 2.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

(Photo of St. Marcelline Church is used courtesy of the former Profile Publications of Crystal Lake.)

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