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SCHAUMBURG TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY OPEN HOUSE

August 5, 2017

Schaumburg Center schoolThe Schaumburg Township Historical Society will sponsor an open house of the Schaumburg Center School on Sunday, August 13, 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.

SCHAUMBURG TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY OPEN HOUSE

July 1, 2017

Schaumburg Center schoolThe Schaumburg Township Historical Society will sponsor an open house of the Schaumburg Center School on Sunday, July 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.

SCHAUMBURG TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY OPEN HOUSE

June 3, 2017

Schaumburg Center schoolThe Schaumburg Township Historical Society will sponsor an open house of the Schaumburg Center School on Sunday, June 11, 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.

SCHAUMBURG TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY OPEN HOUSE

May 6, 2017

Schaumburg Center schoolThe Schaumburg Township Historical Society will sponsor an open house of the Schaumburg Center School on Sunday, May 14, 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.

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.