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

October 6, 2019

During Hoffman Estates’ 60th anniversary year of 2019, we will take a look back at the Hoffman Estates you’ve known for the last six decades. Every month there will be a posting on village happenings for each decade the village has been in existence. Maybe you remember some of the events and have something more to add to a few of the items? Send in your comments!

60 Years Ago In 1959

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

50 Years Ago In 1969

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

40 Years Ago In 1979

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

30 Years Ago In 1989

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

20 Years Ago In 1999

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

10 Years Ago In 2009

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

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

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

POPLAR CREEK’S 9TH SEASON 1988

September 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

A TIMELINE OF HOFFMAN ESTATES HISTORY

September 15, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1959  Hoffman Estates’ zip code is 60172.

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

1959  November 12th is the first village board meeting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pat Barch
Hoffman Estates Historian
eagle2064@comcast.net

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

September 1, 2019

During Hoffman Estates’ 60th anniversary year of 2019, we will take a look back at the Hoffman Estates you’ve known for the last six decades. Every month there will be a posting on village happenings for each decade the village has been in existence. Maybe you remember some of the events and have something more to add to a few of the items? Send in your comments!

60 Years Ago In 1959

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

50 Years Ago In 1969

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

40 Years Ago In 1979

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

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

30 Years Ago In 1989

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

20 Years Ago In 1999

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

10 Years Ago in 2009

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

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

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

August 4, 2019

During Hoffman Estates’ 60th anniversary year of 2019, we will take a look back at the Hoffman Estates you’ve known for the last six decades. Every month there will be a posting on village happenings for each decade the village has been in existence. Maybe you remember some of the events and have something more to add to a few of the items? Send in your comments!

60 Years Ago In 1959

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

50 Years Ago In 1969

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

40 Years Ago In 1979

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

30 Years Ago In 1989

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

20 Years Ago In 1999

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

10 Years Ago In 2009

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

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

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

July 7, 2019

During Hoffman Estates’ 60th anniversary year of 2019, we will take a look back at the Hoffman Estates you’ve known for the last six decades. Every month there will be a posting on village happenings for each decade the village has been in existence. Maybe you remember some of the events and have something more to add to a few of the items? Send in your comments!

60 Years Ago In 1959

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

50 Years Ago In 1969

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

40 Years Ago In 1979

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

30 Years Ago In 1989

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

20 Years Ago In 1999

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

 

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

10 Years Ago in 2009

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

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

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

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

HAPPY 6OTH HOFFMAN ESTATES! #5

June 30, 2019

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

Forty-one years ago ordinance #1017-1978 dated June 19, 1978 was signed by then-Mayor Virginia Hayter. It would alter the lives of every resident and business in the Village.

As early as 1955 and through June 1978, we all knew were we lived in the village of Hoffman Estates. I was at 209 on my street but for all of us, our address would change–not just the number, but some  street names as well.

This ordinance was called the “Uniform Safety Code Plan (Grid System).” It would update all addresses in town to new addresses to follow a new grid for Hoffman Estates.

The community was rapidly growing. As each developer built new neighborhoods to add to the Village, they named and numbered their own streets. Confusion was the order of the day as delivery trucks, and especially fire and police departments, coped with the situation.

There were 99 streets that either had their name changed completely or had changes such as circles, coves and courts, altered. Others had a direction added. “Circles” completely disappeared, but kept their original names with “Road” added. “Coves” became “Drives.” Most “Courts” were removed, but seven were not only added, but they also had a name change. An example would be Chippendale Drive–it became Cobble Hill Court. A few other examples: Bonita Drive became East Berkley Lane, Auburn Street became Ash Road, Willow Drive became Washington Boulevard and Freeman Boulevard became Westbury Drive.

You can see how inconvenient this would be for our residents. After receiving my Christmas cards that year, I remember relatives asking if I had moved. Many others must have had the same questions.

The changes weren’t a surprise to the community. I talked with retired Mayor Hayter about why and how the changes came about. Of course it was about safety, she said. Fire stations were being built four-and-a-half minute circles, a plan that would allow emergency services to arrive in that amount of time before severe brain damage could occur. Locating your home quickly would be much easier than with the old numbering system. Throughout the spring of 1978, there were committee meetings each month for the residents to discuss and learn about the changes to come, she told me.

It was only six weeks between the signing of the new ordinance on June 19, 1978 and the August 1, 1978 enforcement date. We should have been prepared to put up that new number and get used to our new street name, but there was so much more to do. Hardware stores and stationery stores, printers and bankers were very busy with people purchasing new numbers, ordering new return labels, business stationery and asking questions about changes to check books.

The village notified all the utility companies about the changes and the banks would let us use up our old checks. It wasn’t the easiest transition but it needed to be done for our everyone’s safety.

Pat Barch
Hoffman Estates Village Historian
eagle2064@comcast.net

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.