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SCHAUMBURG TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY OPEN HOUSE

April 2, 2017

Schaumburg Center schoolThe Schaumburg Township Historical Society will sponsor an open house of the Schaumburg Center School on Sunday, April 9, 2017.  The open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The schoolhouse is located on the St. Peter Lutheran Church property.

Constructed in 1872–and first called Sarah’s Grove School, it is believed to have been the first of five public schools in Schaumburg Township. It was later renamed Schween’s Grove School and called Schaumburg Centre Public School until 1954. For 82 years, the building served as a one-room schoolhouse, and was the last active one room schoolhouse in District 54.

With the widening of Schaumburg Road, the building was saved from demolition and temporarily placed on the grounds of the Town Square Shopping Center in 1979. It was permanently relocated to the St. Peter Lutheran Church property in September, 1981. It has been fully restored as a museum and is under the auspices of the Schaumburg Township Historical Society.

CHRISTMAS IN THE SPRING VALLEY

November 20, 2016

The Volkening Heritage Farm & Merkle Cabin will help you experience the holiday season as it was in 1880s Schaumburg.  Elaborate Victorian decorations and traditional German foods filled the home with light and warmth, but farm work continued at its own pace.

See how German-American farm families in 19th century Schaumburg celebrated Christmas with traditional foods, simple homemade gifts and a continuation of their daily farm chores. Meet a traditional St. Nicholas and enjoy a cup of soup by the fireplace at the log cabin. The day will include refreshments, holiday treats, cookie decorating for the kids and craft activities.

Admission is $3/person or $12/family; free for children 3 and under.

Join the farm as they celebrate the holiday season on Saturday and Sunday, December 3 & 4 from 12 to 4 p.m.

FROM HOGHOUSE TO SMOKEHOUSE

November 2, 2016

Join the Volkening Heritage Farm as they guide you through demonstrations on what it meant to preserve meat on an 1880s working farm.

Staff will smoke hams, show salt-cured meat and explain how every part of a pig was used (except the squeal!).  Children’s activities will be available throughout the day.

The program will be held on Sunday, November 20, 2016 from Noon to 4:00 p.m .

Admission is $3/person or $12/per family of six or fewer–additional members are $3 each.  Free for children 3 and under.

Parking will be available at Spring Valley Nature Center at 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg . A free wagon shuttle will take visitors to the farm.

For more information, call (847) 985-2115.

 

TRICK OR TREAT HOURS IN SCHAUMBURG TOWNSHIP–2016

October 19, 2016

halloweenEven though it’s not a historical event in Schaumburg Township, Halloween is still an important day in our area.

For that reason, we’ve posted the Trick or Treat hours for the villages in Schaumburg Township for 2016.

Halloween, Monday, October 31:

  • Elk Grove Village         1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Hanover Park               3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Hoffman Estates          3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Schaumburg                 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Stay safe and have fun!

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

 

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

October 16, 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

  • Carl Mees, the Farm Adviser for The Herald, wrote that he had spoken to Mrs. Gertrude McNaught of Rolling Acres Farm on West Schaumburg Road at the International Dairy Show being held at the International Amphitheatre.  Mrs. McNaught, one of the gentlewomen farmers of the area, was showing her prize guernsey cattle and hoping to win a blue ribbon or two.  (The McNaught farm can be seen below.) 4926-arnold
  • The Chicago Sanitary District was planning a referendum to annex a number of villages into the district–including Schaumburg.  The purpose was to use the District for future sanitary needs rather than counting on their own village resources.
  • An announcement of the wedding of Nancy Bullamore, daughter of Delbert Bullamore who managed Lake Cook Farm Supply, to Orville Lichthardt was made in the paper.  They were married at St. Peter Lutheran Church by Pastor F. A. Hertwig.

50 Years Ago in 1966

  • Mor-Well General Contractors presented a plan to the Schaumburg Plan Commission for a $2,200,000 three-part-cluster complex to be built on the west side of Roselle Road, just south of Schaumburg Road.  The first phase would consist of developing 91 single family homes on 30 acres that would be part of the Timbercrest subdivision.  Phase two would entail the building of a combination school and park area on 18.26 acres.  Lastly, the third phase would see a 4-building 156 unit apartment complex complete with a swimming pool and a tennis court.  The plan was met with considerable opposition from both Plan commissioners and local residents.
  • A Yorkshire pig that was won by the Otis Schmidt family at a luau escaped and was wondering the cornfields and roads of the township.  Permission was given by the family to Larry Dworzynski of Larry’s Standard Station that the pig was his if he could find it.  After feasting in local fields for a few months, the pig had put on twenty pounds and was dressed out at 60 pounds.
  • The Schaumburg Jaycees sponsored a village flag and seal contest with the endorsement of the village.  Open to all village residents, the hope was that they would receive a number of good designs to choose from.  The winning design would be turned over to a professional art firm that would spiff it up so that the Jaycees could then present it to the village for official approval.  (Schaumburg’s eventual seal and flag are shown below.)  schaumburg-flag

40 Years Ago in 1976

  • President Gerald Ford made an election stop at Woodfield Mall on October 26 while campaigning for the presidency.  A tour and a rally were scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with Ford expected to speak at 8:25.
  • The following restaurants in Schaumburg were looking for help in October:  William Flagg Restaurant at 795 E. Golf Road, Barnaby’s Restaurant at 134 W. Golf Road, Red Lobster at 680 N. Mall Drive, a new McDonalds in Woodfield Mall and the Brass Kettle Restaurant.  (Barnaby’s Restaurant is shown below.)  Barnabys 9
  • Arthur Treacher’s at 650 W. Golf Road was sponsoring their Tuesday Budget Banquet that featured “deliciously krunchy Fish & Chips plus creamy coleslaw and your choice of beverage.”  The regular price was $2.09 with the Tuesday special being $1.69.

30 Years Ago in 1986

  • Lion Photo on Golf Road was having a Halloween special at both their main store in Schaumburg and at their other 15 stores.  Their specials were the Maxxum 7000 camera for $339.95, the Minolta Freedom III camera for $179.95 and three-packs of Kodacolor VR film ranging from 5.95 to 7.95.
  • Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary was holding a Halloween Ghost Jaunt on a couple of evenings of the month.  A crowd must have been expected because advance registration was required for both residents and non-residents.
  • George Longmeyer, former village manager for Hoffman Estates and, more recently, assistant village manager for Schaumburg began his new position as Village Manager for Schaumburg in early October.

20 Years Ago in 1996

  • The village of Schaumburg announced that they would become a sister city to Namerikawa City, Japan in the upcoming months.  At the time Schaumburg was home to 15 Japanese companies.  Village officials were also attracted to the fact that a number of corporations made their headquarters in Namerikawa City.
  • The Schaumburg Township District Library announced it was ready to buy property in Town Square and begin construction on a new building that promised to be a focus of the redevelopment of the 26-year-old shopping center.
  • The Engineering and Public Works Committee approved an agreement with 34 subdivisions operated by homeowner’s associations to reimburse them for hiring contractors to plow their streets in the upcoming winter.  The village would continue to salt all of the streets.

10 Years Ago in 2006

  • The Woodfield Trolley Service, begun in 2000, was extended for an additional three years with plans to continue its route from the Convention Center, PACE Northwest Transportation Center, Woodfield Mall, Streets of Woodfield, Woodfield Village Green, IKEA and Roosevelt University.  (Woodfield Trolley is below.) woodfield-trolley
  • Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar appeared in Schaumburg at a fundraiser for Republican David McSweeney who was challenging Melissa Bean for the 8th Congressional District seat.
  • Village officials dedicated the theater at the Prairie Center for the Arts to Maggie Atcher, wife of former Mayor Robert Atcher.  Going forward, the venue would be called the Maggie Atcher Theatre.  Mrs. Atcher helped form the first cultural arts commission and was a major force in the creation of the Prairie Center.

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

The Woodfield Trolley photo is graciously used from the Chicago Northwest blog.  

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 (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 FESTIVAL OF ARTS

July 3, 2016

Festival of Arts Cookbook 1

This book landed in the Donations at the library and made its way to my desk.  In addition to browsing the book and the recipes, I was intrigued with the organization on the cover–Schaumburg Festival of Arts.  That was new to me.

In doing a bit of research, I discovered that the Schaumburg Festival of Arts was organized in 1970 with two main objectives.  The first objective was to find ways that allowed both Schaumburg and area residents to express themselves artistically.  The second was to finance a Schaumburg Civic Center that would serve as a location for various cultural events and entertainment.

In early January 1971, it was announced by Chairman Sonja Leraas and Honorary Chairman Mayor Robert Atcher, that a grand festival would be held on the weekend of June 19 & 20.  Most events would be held at Schaumburg High School.

There was quite an ambitious agenda that kicked off with a parade on Saturday morning that would end at the school.  Other events included:

  • Artistic creations would be on exhibit in the parking lot for both days with some available for sale and others available for show.  The works would include paintings, water colors, ceramics, sculptures and crewel work.  Michael Madden, director of the Schaumburg Township Public Library, served as exhibition committee chairman.
  • A children’s play would be presented by the Schaumburg Park District
  • A magic show would be presented by Joe Vyleta of Mount Prospect and billed as Young People’s Theater production and held in the school cafeteria.  Paul Derda served as the committee chairman.
  • Talent ’71, a talent contest for persons aged 14 to 19 was also held in the cafeteria.  Winners would receive prizes.
  • Also on Saturday evening, three, one-act plays would be shown in the cafeteria.
  • The following day, music from 1961-1971, A Swinging Decade, would be featured and dancing would definitely be encouraged.
  • A poetry contest would be held in local elementary schools with the winning poem being printed on the back of the festival’s program.  Winning poems from each school would be given a free ticket to all events with the grand prize winner also receiving $10.
  • A poster contest for junior high students would be used to promote the event in local, cooperating stores.  Winners would also receive free tickets to the events.
  • An “Evening of Plays” was also scheduled.  Raoul Johnson, an assistant professor at Loyola University and the director of the plays, eventually chose two plays to be performed.  The first was “The Brick and the Rose” written by Lewis John Carlino. Ten actors portraying 46 characters would sit on stools using only their voices and facial expressions to act their parts.  The other play was “Next” written by Terrence McNally and featured only two actors.

Some events were free and others, like the dance and “Evening of Plays,” charged a fee.  At the end of the weekend, nearly $1000 in profit was accumulated.  Unfortunately, most of the money raised came from the food sold at the refreshment stand–and the funds raised from the cookbook you see featured here.

“Evening of Plays” proved to be the most well-attended event and word-of-mouth spread so fast that the second night sold more tickets than anticipated.  The actors received a 3-minute standing ovation on Sunday night.  Response was so good that they put on an encore performance the following month at the newly formed Schaumburg Festival Theater.

Unfortunately, the Festival Theater and the Festival of Arts were in existence for only one year.  While the desire was there, the attendance was too low to continue.  Someone, though, liked the cookbook and, in particular, either the Swedish Spritz Cookies or Anny’s Chocolate Graham Chews.

Festival of Arts Cookbook 2

Given the fact that this organization lasted for only a short period of time, it is fortunate that over 40 years later the library was the recipient of a small part of their agenda.

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

Articles from The Herald were used to put this blog posting together.  Dates used from 1971 were January 19, April 19, June 24, July 16 and December 17.

CLASSIC CARS AT THE SUNDERLAGE FARMHOUSE

July 3, 2016

Sunderlage SmokehouseThe Hoffman Estates Historical Sites Commission is sponsoring a free open house at the Sunderlage Farmhouse, 1775 Vista Lane on Sunday, July 24, from noon to 3 p.m.

Participate in the following events:

  • Take a tour of the historic 1856 Sunderlage Farmhouse and adjacent smokehouse which is registered on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Meander through the variety of vintage ’50s and ’60s cars on display by the Old Timers Cruise Night Club.
  • Enjoy a cool ice cream treat sponsored by the Schaumburg Township Historical Society.

For more information, call 847-781-2606.

Enjoy your step back in time!

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.