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January 20, 2019

In December 1959 the first Campanelli home was finished in the “W” section of Weathersfield and Ray and Carmella (Carm) McArthur moved in. They were the first in a long line of Weathersfield owners that extended into the late 1980s.

Ray was employed by Motorola, initially at their Franklin Park campus, and later in Schaumburg where the corporation established their headquarters. The couple didn’t let any grass grow under their feet and proceeded to get involved in the brand new village of Schaumburg.

Carmella worked at both the Ben Franklin store and W.T. Grant store in Hoffman Estates. Later, in 1965, the couple opened Carmen’s Colonial Restaurant in the brand new Weathersfield Commons at Springinsguth and Schaumburg Road. A Daily Herald ad for Carmen’s from June 4 of the same year mentions their specialty in Italian and American food for Dine In or Carry Out. The restaurant was in business until 1967. You can see portions of the menu below. It was quite extensive and reasonable–complete with a soda fountain, no less!

Ray served on Schaumburg’s Plan Commission for more than 12 years under Mayor Bob Atcher. In addition, Ray and Carm were also actively involved in St. Marcelline Catholic Church. Ray was head usher and a deacon, and Carm was one of the volunteers responsible for counting donations on Sundays and holidays.

Their son, Richard, moved with them to Schaumburg and built his own house in Weathersfield with his new wife, Mary Ann. They opened McArthur Realty in 1971 and had offices at 1635 W. Wise Road and 1407 W. Schaumburg Road. It was an active, busy realty company that served the greater Schaumburg Township area. To promote their company, they ran radio ads on some of Chicago’s major radio stations. Thanks to the McArthur family, you can listen to one of those ads here.

The radio spot advertised McArthur Realty’s involvement in the Weathersfield Lake Quad Row Homes in Schaumburg that were being developed by Campanelli.  It came complete with membership in the Nantucket Club which gave owners access to the clubhouse, gameroom and swimming pool.

The realty office closed after Richard passed away in 1976.

Before Richard’s death however, he and Mary Ann were also very involved in community affairs. Richard was one of the first Schaumburg Jaycees and Mary Ann was a Jayceette. They helped put together The Shindig which was a predecessor of Septemberfest. Richard also served on the Schaumburg Kings board.

Mary Ann was busy with the Camp Fire Girls, Nathan Hale Elementary School and St. Marcelline Church. She served on several committees of the Nathan Hale PTA and in 1975-1976 was President. She said, “To celebrate our country’s 200th birthday, our PTA had a carnival and it was amazing the number of people who attended, and more amazing was the number of volunteers we had including fathers of the students who helped build booths and supplied the hard labor.  The number of donations we received from business owners was overwhelming…from lumber and nails to build the booths, food, beverages, to prizes for the games!”

Another branch of the McArthur family was also instrumental in the development of Schaumburg. Ray’s step-brother, Wayne, and his wife, Carol, moved to Schaumburg with the intent of establishing a Methodist church. Campanelli became aware of this situation and donated a house on Springinsguth Road to serve as both a temporary church and house for the McArthurs.

When their house on Sharon was finished, the congregation then began meeting in the Jennings house and, later, in The Barn. Our Redeemer’s United Methodist Church formally opened its doors in 1970 on the northwest corner of Schaumburg and Springinsguth Roads. The church remains there nearly 50 years later.

The beginnings of Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates were busy times. The many young families who moved to the area immediately got involved establishing businesses, organizations and churches. Multi-generational families such as the McArthurs were definitely unusual in the early days. Schaumburg Township benefited all the more because of the passion of Ray and Carmella, the younger Richard and Mary Ann, as well as Wayne and Carol. In fact, to this day, members of the McArthur family still call Schaumburg Township home. They have all been instrumental in raising Schaumburg into the village it would become.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Mary Ann Russell and her son, Scott McArthur, for contributing photos and information about the early days of Schaumburg. They came to talk to me in 2014 with their photos in hand and, about a month ago, passed on the radio ad and the restaurant menu. They had mentioned these items in their earlier visit and, the fact that they remembered four years later, is amazing.

Justin Teschner, who is a grandson of Wayne and Carol, also stepped in and contributed wonderful details about their family’s contributions. The McArthur family hasn’t stopped giving and it is appreciated!

















June 22, 2014

The St. John United Church of Christ at the corner of Roselle and Algonquin Roads, invites you to join them for Pioneer Day on June 29, 2014 from 9:30-4:00.  They will be celebrating their 1846 founding by stepping back in time at this free event with a variety of activities and vendors.

The day will begin with a 10:30 a.m authentic 1846 church service

This will be followed by:

  • Church Tour & Pipe Organ Tour
  • Walk the Labyrinth Guided Cemetery Walk featuring Margaret (Sunderlage) Berlin, Catherine (Meyer) Hunerberg and William and Louise Helberg will be presented by the Schaumburg Township Historical Society
  • Family Games hosted by the Volkening Heritage Farm
  • Women’s Bake Sale
  • Pioneer Settler’s Pack Presentation hosted by the Raupp Museum
  • Childrens’ School Tent
  • Horse Shoeing
  • News of the Day, Circa 1846
  • Bread Making Demonstration
  • Circuit Rider Comes to Town

Local vendors who will be showing their wares and conducting small raffles include:

  • La Spiceria
  • Wool spinning by From Sheep to Shawl
  • Knife sharpener
  • Soapmaking by Scenter of the Mind
  • Gourds by Kristine
  • Diantha the Weaver
  • Artemas the Tinker, Itinerant Repairman

Music will be performed by the Fox River Trio and Roger Kotecki.  A German heritage food tent serving traditional German fare will also be part of the festivities.

This free event will introduce you to life in the rural Palatine/Schaumburg Township area.  The church is located at the corner of Algonquin and Roselle Roads.  A $2 parking donation would be appreciated.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


October 13, 2013

ChurchIt’s always fun when the pieces of Schaumburg Township history are uncovered in unexpected places.  And it’s even better when those pieces are from the 1960s and 1970s.  This is a period that people remember fondly from their youth yet there is not that much in our collection from this time.  It’s my feeling that development was so big and so fast that time wasn’t taken to note the history that was popping up all around.

Recently, I was going through a nice treasure trove from this period that was donated to us by the family of Reverend John Sternberg, the late, long-time pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church.  Part of the materials donated were yearbooks of the Northwest Suburban Association of Commerce and Industry (NSACI), a now-defunct chamber of commerce that largely served the Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates area.

A page of the 1978 yearbook depicted a number of churches in the area.  I was able to identify the other three shown because they were all exterior shots.  Anyone want to take a shot at them?St Hubert


The interior shot at the top of this posting stumped me though.  It’s obviously not a large church but it’s clearly circular in shape.  Can anyone help with this photo?

****  In a comment, Rolland G. Fitch identified the church at the top of this entry as Our Redeemer’s United Methodist Church.  It is on the northwest corner of the intersection of Schaumburg and Springinsguth Roads.  Thank you Mr. Fitch!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


June 3, 2012

When a small, fledgling group of Catholics from the early homes of Hoffman Estates began searching for a space big enough to hold a service and say confessions, it didn’t take much time. Tired of driving back and forth from Hoffman Estates to St. Theresa’s in Palatine, they were looking for a spot closer to home.  In rural Schaumburg Township in 1958, meeting space was hard to come by so the organizers turned to one of the few spots big enough–the newly opened Buggy Whip Lounge. Only it really wasn’t new.

Located in what is today’s Easy Street Pub, the Buggy Whip opened under the management of a gentleman named Donald Little.  He had recently rented the space from long-time owner Frank Lengl who, for years, ran the establishment as Lengl’s Schaumburg Inn.

An ad from February 6, 1958 in the Daily Herald, says “The Buggy Whip Lounge.  (Formerly Frank Lengl.)  We are pleased to announce that we are now serving complete dinners.  Luncheons served daily.  Friday Fish Fry.”  For somewhat of a remote establishment, the hours were certainly liberal. They were closed Monday and open Tuesday through Thursday from 4-11, Friday from 4-1 a.m., Saturday from 1 p.m.-2 a.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m.-1 a.m.

Mr. Little was a generous proprietor and frequently allowed various organizations to use the facility for meetings.  Examples were the Lions Club, VFW, Hoffman Estates Homeowners Association and local political groups.  Most interesting, though, was the mission church of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Palatine began holding services there on Sunday mornings. Their first mass was officiated by Father Raymond Sullivan and held in February, 1958 in the main, first floor room of the restaurant.

Every Sunday a group of men would arrive at the Buggy Whip at 6:00 a.m.–four hours after it had closed as a bar–and begin to clear the tables and rearrange the chairs so that the dining room loosely resembled a place of worship.  Drapes made by Mrs. Gene Jeris were hung to cordon off the bar and tables so that the establishment could look a bit more reverential. With the smell of alcohol and smoke still thick in the air, masses were held in quick succession at 8, 10 and 11. Then, just as quickly, the tables and chairs were put back in place so that the building was set to reopen as a tavern at 12:30.

Blog reader Dick Clark remembers that he and his friend Skip Seaver, both early Hoffman Estates Parcel A residents, were the altar boys who served the mass. He says they had two qualifications–they both knew the Latin mass and both were available–thanks to their mothers!

By November of 1958, a temporary church that would later be known as St. Hubert’s, was built on Grand Canyon in Hoffman Estates.  There was no longer a need for the dining room facilities of St. Buggy Whip, as it was humorously called.  Although, a couple of weeks later on December 3 at 7 p.m., the first annual men’s corn beef and cabbage dinner was held at the “Buggy Whip Hall.”  Things truly came full circle when Irene Dickelman and John Shedore, the first couple to be married in St. Hubert’s, held their wedding reception at the Buggy Whip Lounge.

The Buggy Whip remained in this location until sometime in late 1963 or early 1964 when Mr. Little moved the tavern to the Weathersfield Commons shopping center at Schaumburg and Springinsguth Road.  In a personal ad in the March 19 paper, Frank Lengl says, “Not responsible for debts of Schaumburg Inn or The Buggy Whip as of March 1.”  This is sure indication that he must have maintained ownership of the Roselle Road property while Mr. Little rented it from him.

While in Weathersfield Commons, it was known as Buggy Whip Package Liquors and The Buggy Whip.  An ad from February 1966 says, “Always the lowest price in package liquors.  Visit our friendly lounge.”

The last mention of the Buggy Whip was in a December 8, 1966 issue of the Hoffman Herald, with a press release stating the Jaycees were having  a meeting there.  Maybe one of the readers of this blog knows what happened to the Buggy Whip? Or where it was located in Weathersfield Commons?  If you have anything to contribute, please send in your comments!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


March 18, 2012

A few years ago someone asked me if I knew of a Methodist Church that might have existed in early Schaumburg Township.  At the time I said no.  Today, I might say, “Sort of…”

In 1853 a small class of people related to the Evangelical congregation began meeting in the homes of its charter members who lived near the border of Elk Grove and Schaumburg Townships.   They were the families of Ludwig Biermann, Gottlieb Biesterfeld, Henry Gathmann Sr., Christian Pflueger, Henry Schuette and Henry Twachtmanns.   Rev. J.G. Escher of the Dunklee’s Grove circuit (which is most of modern day Bensenville) served them from 1855-1856.

The class became a congregation in 1858 and purchased an old school house on the Biesterfeld farm in Elk Grove Township.  By 1875, the congregation had outgrown the school house and erected a new church on 3/4 of an acre on the Louis Gathmann property on Rohlwing Road, north of Nerge Road in Schaumburg Township.   (This is near today’s Wilma Lane in Elk Grove Village.)   When dedicated in 1876, the white, wood-frame structure contained one room and officially became part of the Zion Society of the Evangelical Association.

Activities increased in the church when the first Sunday School class was held in 1879 and again in 1897 when the Young People’s Society was formed.   By 1906 it was evident that the congregation needed more space so the church was enlarged by adding a wing and a basement.  The June 29, 1906 edition of Paddock Publications’ paper says, “The corner stone of the new Zion Evangelical church at Deikeville, will be laid with appropriate ceremonies, Sunday, July 1, at 2:00 p.m.  Good speakers will be present to address the people.  Plenty of good singing.  Everybody invited.”  (Deikeville was the name given to this Rohlwing Road portion of Elk Grove and Schaumburg Township.  Deike was a prominent family name of the area.)

(Photo above is courtesy of the website of Bethany United Methodist Church of Itasca, IL)

As indicated by another article from August 29, 1913, the church continued to make improvements and expand its activities.  It mentions that “Will Chessman is papering the Zion Evangelical church” and that there would be “no service Sunday in the Zion church on account of the Evangelical camp meeting at Naperville Park.”

In yet another edition from June 28, 1918, the church appeared to be the cornerstone of the Deikeville community.  “Children’s Day at Zion Evangelical church was well attended.”  Fun was to be had when “the Elk Grove Evangelical church will hold their Sunday school picnic July 6 in Albert Cosman’s Grove.  Everbody welcome.  Picnic starts at 10 o’clock.”  Yet it wasn’t all entertainment because a “quarterly meeting will be held at the Zion Evangelical church Sunday June 30.  Sunday school at 10:00 and preaching at 11 o’clock.”

Shortly after the Women’s Missionary Society was begun around 1920, an account that appears in Rootsweb’s  IL-COOK-SCHAUMBURG mailing list, mentions that, “in 1924, a major move for the church took place.  Permssion was granted by the Church Federation Commission to move the white frame church into the Village of Itasca.  Land for this purpose was purchased at the northwest corner of Division and Walnut Streets for $1300 and the church was rededicated as the First Evangelical Church of Itasca.”

In a nationwide movement in 1946, the Evangelical Church and the United Brethren in Christ merged under the name of The Evangelical United Brethren Church.  Five years later, this particular church became known as Bethany Church, Evangelical United Brethren.

This photo is after the church’s move to Itasca and is taken from The History of Itasca.  It is published with permission of the Itasca Historical Commission.

After 80 years of service and its beginnings on a farm in Schaumburg Township, the building was torn down in July of 1955.  Then, in 1968, the Evangelical United Brethren merged with The Methodist Church to form the current congregation, Bethany United Methodist Church.

So, what is the answer to the question about whether there was a Methodist church in early Schaumburg Township?  I would say that, in 2012,  it’s safe to say that a Methodist church in Itasca actually does have its roots on a number of the farms of  Elk Grove and Schaumburg Township.

This posting was written with the help of the The History of Itasca, centennial edition, Rootsweb’s IL-Cook-Schaumburg mailing list, and articles from Paddock Publications. 

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


September 11, 2011

As I’ve remarked on this blog before, sometimes things just fall into my lap.  And thank goodness they do.  Last week two photos arrived in the mail, courtesy of Mr. Fraas who was raised on his family’s farm in the southern part of Schaumburg Township.   He had graciously donated a number of his family’s photos a few years ago and, more importantly, done an oral history with us. But the photos above were a real surprise–particularly the interior shot.  Having never seen this one before, I was delighted to add it to our collection. 

These photos (click on them to enlarge) are of the St. John Lutheran Church that was built in 1910 at the intersection of Irving Park and Rodenburg Roads.  At the time–and for a number of years afterwards–it was also known as Rodenburg Church.  [The Frass family lived, literally, right across the road.]   This building was built to replace the original church [built in 1851] which was struck by lightning and burned to the ground on August 23, 1910 during a thunderstorm.

The congregation got busy and, by October, the church was on its way to being rebuilt.   Contracts were given to George Franzen to provide the lumber and B.L. Franzen of Itasca to provide the altar.  In December they were already celebrating Christmas services in the new church.  The formal dedication was held in the following year on February 12.

The church served its congregation faithfully through 1996 when it was torn down and the current one built across Rodenburg Road on the SW corner of the intersection.

It is my presumption that these photos were taken shortly after the church was built–possibly the spring or summer of 1911.  We are lucky to have this interior photo.  You will notice the hymn numbers on the hymn board as well as the German words on the wall above the altar.  It reads, “Ehre sei Gott in Der Hohe.”  Translated, it is “Glory Be to God on High.”

To view other photos of St. John Lutheran Church and its congregation, visit our Local History Digital Archive.  Browse through the photos until you get to the Churches.  We have a nice collection and now there are some new ones to add, thanks to the generosity of Mr. Fraas.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


July 18, 2010

Recently Larry Rowan of Coldwell Banker lent the library a wonderful 1965 brochure for the Hoffman Highlands subdivision.  Included in the background of the brochure were various photos of Hoffman Estates taken at the time.  One was the church to the left.   Our test was to determine which church it is.

After a bit of sleuthing, former Mayor Virginia Hayter suggested to us that it was the first church of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church that was built at the corner of Roselle Road and Illinois Boulevard in Hoffman Estates.  Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates historian, then passed the photo on to the current pastor of Prince of Peace and he confirmed that, yes,  it was indeed their first church–and the first church in the village of Hoffman Estates!

The Lutheran congregation began on March 3 1957, when Rev. Fleischmann began holding services in Twinbrook School.  The Rev. R. S. Kolberg began permanent work on July 2, 1957.  The church parsonage which was located at 118 Des Plaines was completed in September 1957.

A church building committee consisting of Elmer Olson, chairman, Kenneth Johnson, Paul Olson, Andy Runyon, Norman Dostal, Edward Rickert and Pastor Kolberg began the work of seeing that a new church was erected.  Ground breaking was October 27, 1957 for the new $50,000 church.  The church was constructed to seat 200 people and its dimensions were 80 by 28 feet.  D.E. Allison and Associates were the architects.  The church construction was financed by the American Lutheran Church of which Prince of Peace was considered a package mission–a church and parsonage grouping.

The cornerstone was blessed on March 31, 1958 by the Reverend Rudolph Kolberg.  The  first service was held on July 27, 1958 with the formal dedication being held on September 14, 1958 at 10:45 a.m. and 3 p.m.   Their last service was held in the church on April 17, 1966.  The church was then sold to the Christian Church of Hoffman Estates, now known as Summitview Christian Church.  When you drive past the church today, it is obvious it has been added on to.  Prince of Peace, in turn, moved to their current location on Higgins Road next to Hoffman Estates High School.

The next test was the church to the right.  It is obvious there is a large cross on the church and, by the looks of it, the construction process was ongoing at the time the photo was taken.

We are still unsure as to its identification and, in fact, it could be a church in another part of Schaumburg Township since the boundaries of the individual villages were still fluctuating at the time.  Can you help us out?  What aren’t we seeing?  Any clues are welcomed!

[We have our answer!  Our commenter, Bryan, was dead on with his guess that the above photo was Our Saviour’s Methodist Church on Golf Road!  A big thank you to Bryan!  A description of the early history of the church follows…

In November 1957, a group of people interested in starting a Methodist Church in the area, met in a home in Hoffman Estates.  An Organizational Meeting was held on March 16, 1958. The eighty-five people who came were the original charter members. Initially, worship services were held in local schools and public buildings.

In October, 1958 a vote was held to purchase a five-acre site on the south side of Golf road, just east of Basswood from Ellsworth Meineke.  The building was designed by Stade, Dolan and Anderson of Park Ridge.  Construction took two years and the cost was $75,000.  (The three crosses signify the crucifixion of Christ and the two thieves.) The first service was held there on Christmas Eve, 1960. The building was consecrated on January 22, 1961 in a 4:00 p.m. service conducted by Charles Wesley Brashares, resident bishop of the Chicago area. 

This church’s initial congregation consisted of 275 members and a Sunday School attendance of 186. Even so, the church was expanding and the numbers of children growing, so the halls and gymnasium of Twinbrook School were still used on Sunday mornings. An education wing was added to the building in 1967.

In 1968, the name of the church was changed to Our Saviour’s United Methodist Church.  By 1986 the church was outgrowing its building so the property was sold and new land was purchased at the current site of Schaumburg and Plum Grove Roads.  The old property is now the site of a Portillo’s restaurant and House of Bride’s in Schaumburg.]

(Much of this information is courtesy of the website of Our Saviour’s United Methodist Church.)

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library