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May 3, 2020

This is the fifth in a series of items taken from select issues of The Record which was published every Wednesday at 5 Hoffman Plaza in Hoffman Estates. The newspaper covered all of Schaumburg Township. Copies were lent to me by Jack Netter, whose mother wrote for the paper. Unique, interesting articles, ads and press releases will be shared below.

  • It was the Christmas season so it wasn’t too surprising that a 2 lb. tin of “luscious, holiday fruit cake” for .77 and 5 pint packs of egg nog ice cream for .97 were available at Walgreens along with a flocked 6 ft. tree for $11.99.
  • An editorial mentioned the paper’s approval of the village of Schaumburg’s “vast industrial park” that would be built by the Milwaukee Road railway. It would be 610 acres and was expected to add at least $100 million to the assessed tax valuation of School District 54 and High School District 211. Mayor Atcher stressed that the effort was coordinated by William Lambert, a local gentleman who owned some of the property and engaged other owners to cooperate and create a single, large parcel of property.
  • A group of residents were interested in changing Springinsguth Road to Atcher Avenue, Drive, Street or Boulevard. Most of the people driving the change were those who lived on Springinsguth.
  • The ducks on Lakeview Pond were rounded up by Robert Manning of the Hoffman Estates police force, Arthur Heine of the village building department, Lawrence Plote, director of public works and James Knippen of the fire department. The plan was for the ducks to overwinter at the Plote farm and return in the spring. The same plan was in place for the ducks on the Highland Park pond.
  • The Lual Shop at the Higgins Golf Shopping Center was offering shoppers the opportunity to charge their purchases on their budget plan and pay next year with no down payment, no carrying charge and 3 months to pay! It was a ladies shop that sold blouses, hosiery, dresses, gloves, suits, lingerie, sweaters, skirts, slacks, jewelry, robes and purses.
  • The village of Hoffman Estates was busy crafting a village ordinance that would install a position for a village manager. The position would require that the manager would also serve as Civil Defense Director. He would also be able to spend amounts up to $1500 without prior board approval. Mayor Roy Jenkins promised that a manager would be in place by February 1, 1966.
  • The Schaumburg Township Public Library moved this week from a cramped 1000 square foot ranch near the northwest corner of Schaumburg and Roselle Road that was never intended to be a library, to a spacious 8400 square foot building specifically designed to be serve that purpose. The library had begun in that location three years ago with no professional staff and a large portion of their collection on loan from the state library. The staff now consisted of Colleen Amundson as the director, three clerks and three pages. The new library was designed by Carl Hundreiser of McCarthy-Hundreiser and Associates.
  • Twinbrook House and Garden Shop at the intersection of Higgins and Golf was offering a special to kids to have their photo taken with Santa… Absolutely Free! Polaroid shots with no waiting!
  • Irene’s Dining Room on the southwest corner of Higgins and Roselle Road opened December 1 under new management. Not only did they offer coupons for .25 off and .50 off small and large size pizzas but they also had a Friday Fish Fry and Free Delivery where beer and liquor was included.
  • Only seven tickets remained to be sold for the first annual Stars and Stripes Ball which was a benefit dance for the Hoffman Estates Police Benevolent Fund at the Golden Acres Country Club on December 11. Frank Vaccaro, production manager for the affair, predicted that there would be many tuxedos and beautiful gowns in attendance at the ball. He even promised a “special treat” that he had in store for the finale.
  • The Hoffman Estates Currency Exchange at TW 4-3311 offered the following services: check cashing, money orders, notary public, water bills, photostats, gas bills, electric bills, telephone bills, complete income tax service, complete auto license service and Hoffman Estates vehicle stickers.
  • The Weathersfield Home Owners Association reelected Edward Dorsey to another term of president. Others elected were Edwin Schimmel, vice president; Katherine Forte, secretary and Albert Holloway, treasurer. Others elected to the board were William Baruth, Edward Scala, Gordon Mullins, R. King McCulloch and Kenneth Thompson.
  • The builders of the Hill ‘n’ Dale subdivision in Schaumburg reported the theft of a cement mixer, miscellaneous tools and several 500 gallon drums from the site of a home under construction.
  • Residents of the seven communities of Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, Roselle, Itasca, Medinah and Wood Dale have formed a committee to investigate the possibility of establishing a Y.M.C.A. in the area. Representatives had already met with the Central Y.M.C.A. about the steps that would be necessary to get a “Y” up and running. (A rendering of the possible YMCA is shown above.)

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


March 22, 2020

This is the fourth in a series of items taken from select issues of The Record which was published every Wednesday at 5 Hoffman Plaza in Hoffman Estates. The newspaper covered all of Schaumburg Township. Copies were lent to me by Jack Netter, whose mother wrote for the paper. Unique, interesting articles, ads and press releases will be shared below. This issue is dated October 27, 1965.

  • Voters approved a $675,000 bond referendum on Saturday, October 23 to construct a second junior high school in the district on Bode Road. (It would become Helen Keller Junior High, as pictured above.) The cost of the school was $975,000. The remaining $300,000 would be borrowed interest-free from the Illinois School Building Commission. Approximately $885,000 would be spent for the building, $52,000 for the site to be purchased from F&S Construction Company and $38,000 for contingencies. The largest turnout was at Hoffman School and the smallest at Schaumburg School.
  • Schaumburg Police Chief Martin Conroy received a letter from Seymour Simon, president of the Cook County Board, stating that Conroy’s request for a sidewalk on Schaumburg Road near Blackhawk School would be considered in 1966.
  • Construction bids for MacArthur and Dooley Schools were awarded to Egyptian Construction Company which was in the process of building Churchill School in Hoffman Estates. The two new schools would consist of 13 rooms plus a multi-purpose room. The architect for MacArthur was Frazier, Rafferty, Orr and Fairbanks and A.J. Del Bianco and Associates designed Dooley.
  • In the wake of a tragic fire that took the lives of all three members of the Leo F. Nichols family in Weathersfield, a group of Schaumburg residents formed a committee to investigate the establishment of a village fire department. The spokesman for the committee was Vincent Carsello of Kingston Lane.
  • The decision to put a water tower on a small village parcel near the future MacArthur School was being rethought. Fred Downey, President of the District 54 board, said that it would be difficult to squeeze in the tower and enough parking spaces at the school. Another parking lot would have to be built, using a portion of future playground space.
  • Roy S. Carlson, O.D., an optometrist was advertising his services of eyes exams, glasses fitting and prescriptions filled at his office in the Weathersfield Medical Center in the Weathersfield Commons.
  • Groundbreaking for the national headquarters of Bowling Proprietors Association of America to be built on Higgins Road across from the Higgins-Golf shopping center occurred at at the site with James L. Sloan, a village trustee, Robert Haag of F & S Construction and Howard Seehausen of BPAA.
  • Tony’s Pizza at Higgins-Golf Shopping Center was advertising a sale of 2 1/2 White Fence Farm Chicken Dinners for $1.20 plus tax. This included french fries and cole slaw too!
  • The first ever music department concert at Conant High School was scheduled for Sunday, October 31 in the school gymnasium. Performances by the A Cappella choir and both women’s choruses were scheduled. The two female choruses would combine their forces to perform a medley based on the music from Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
  • Walgreens in the Higgins-Golf Shopping Center was advertising 6 12 oz. bottles of Old Style Beer, a bottle of 100 Bayer aspirin tablets for .59 and children’s scary “Nite-Brite” Monster Costumes for 1.59.
  • A special ad was taken out by Cub Pack 194 to salute and honor Roy J. Schepp, their former leader “whose dedicated leadership and integrity were unsurpassed.”
  • The Roselle Airport  was offering a first flying lesson in exchange for $5 and the ad in the paper. “You can sit at the controls, while a government licensed instructor explains and demonstrates  the basic principles and procedures of flying. He’ll turn the controls over to you while you climb, bank and actually learn many of the techniques for controlling an airplane in flight.”
  • Grants was offering a ladies’ pile-lined laminated corduroy coat with bleached raccoon collars for only $29.99, low heeled ankle boots for $2.99 and a men’s Pennleigh reversible quilt-lined ski parka for $9.88. Your payment could be charged with no money down and up to 2 years to pay.
  • Dog bite accounts abounded in this issue of the paper. Children were bitten on the face, the hand and on the back. All of the dogs were impounded.
  • The Highlands West subdivision was in full swing. William E. Griffin of F & S Construction said, “Our goal is to preserve the rolling contours of the land while putting in the necessary improvements for the 4000 to 5000 people who will live here.” The company would spend $5 million–approximately $5000 per house–in the next four years for just the groundwork. The work would be done in sections so that as soon as the initial section of 150 houses was completed, actual construction could begin. Plans also called for a 10-acre man-made lake to serve as a storm retention basin. “Lakeview and Highland ponds in Hoffman Estates were built for this purpose and they’re working perfectly.”
  • The Downtown Hoffman Estates Merchants Association was offering the opportunity to win one of 21 Thanksgiving turkeys from their cooperating stores that consisted of: Grants, National Foods, Snyders Hoffman Drugs, Golf Paint, Glass and Wallpaper, M’Gonigle and Sloan Insurance, Golf-Rose Barber Shop, Hoffman Currency Exchange, Bert’s Plantation, Notes and Quotes Music Store, Hoffman Estates Liquors, Hoffman Estates Organ and Piano, Jewel-Osco, Ben Franklin, Jupiter Cleaners, 31 Flavors, Balas Rug and Furniture, Golf-Rose Bakery, Orchid Cleaners, Frank of Hoffman Plaza Beauty Salon, Bob’s Barber Shop and Hoffman Bowling Lanes.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

Credit for the following photos is gratefully given to:

Helen Keller Junior High (Google)

Blackhawk Grade School (Cornfields to Community by the Village of Hoffman Estates)



February 23, 2020

This is the third in a series of items taken from select issues of The Record which was published every Wednesday at 5 Hoffman Plaza in Hoffman Estates. The newspaper covered all of Schaumburg Township. Copies were lent to me by Jack Netter, whose mother wrote for the paper. Unique, interesting articles, ads and press releases will be shared below.

  • Woodfield may have opened in 1971, but the first stages of planning were taking place in 1965. The Schaumburg Plans Commission approved the zoning for a massive regional shopping center on Golf Road at Route 53. It was expected to be larger than the Oak Brook shopping center and Sears Roebuck & Co. was already slated to be part of the development.
  • The entire month of October was chosen by the Hoffman Estates Jaycees as the time frame for residents to participate in a contest that would produce a village flag and motto. Entries had to include a drawing of the flag, a statement of the motto and a written description of the design, motto and the symbolization of both.
  • The scheduled date of October 23 was the voting day for Schaumburg Township residents to say yea or nay for a second junior high to be built on Bode Road. The cost would total $975,000.
  • Hoffman Lanes was taking reservations for the fall bowling leagues which included mixed, men’s handicap, women’s handicap and the Saturday Jr. program. Special features of the bowling alley included: supervised nursery, free instruction, open bowling, cocktail lounge, restaurant and snack bar, meeting and banquet room, automatic pinsetters, pin finders, telescores, free parking, air conditioning, billiard room and pro shop.
  • The board of education for Junior College District 301 that included Wheeling, Elk Grove, Palatine and Schaumburg announced the selection of Robert E. Lahti as the first president of the community college.
  • The firm of Ciorba, Spies, Gustafson and Co. were hired by the village of Hoffman Estates to serve as the village engineers. They served as replacements for Harold Olson and Associates. This was done in anticipation of the Hoffman Estates’ Leisure World development that was being planned.
  • Two public hearings were expected to be the two final steps in approval by the village of Hoffman Estates of the Leisure World adult retirement community that would be on 3000 acres west of Barrington Road.
  • Dru Linnell reported that the Schaumburg Township Historical Society would kick off its new season of activities by holding a potluck supper at St. Peter Lutheran School. Following the supper, a slide show featuring the oldest farms and buildings in the area would be provided by Ellsworth Meineke as seen in the photo below.
  • The Professional Academy of Music in the Higgins-Golf Shopping Center was offering music lessons for $1, including use of an instrument in your home. Interestingly, they also offered dancing lessons that included toe, ballet, acrobatic, modern jazz and character.
  • The Golf Paint, Glass and Wallpaper in the Golf-Rose Shopping Center offered mirrors, windows, glass tops and replacements. The customer could shop at home or in the shop.
  • The Hoffman Estates village board approved the purchase of a $400 snowplow in preparation for the upcoming winter.
  • Walgreens at the Higgins-Golf Shopping Center was selling a spare bed with foam mattress for $9.59, Aerowax floor wax for .69, family size Macleans tooth paste for .59, a shaker tin of Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder for .63 and a 19” boudoir lamp for $1.69.
  • V&G Mower & Bicycle Sales & Service, which was located 1/4 mile north of Golf Road on Roselle Road, was selling the Ranger bicycle in all shapes, sizes and colors for the price of $34.95.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


December 29, 2019

This is the second in a series of items taken from select issues of The Record which was published every Wednesday at 5 Hoffman Plaza in Hoffman Estates. The newspaper covered all of Schaumburg Township. Copies were lent to me by Jack Netter whose mother wrote for the paper. Unique, interesting articles, ads and press releases will be shared below.

  • The Schaumburg Shindig raised $700 for equipment for the Jennings House youth center which was being remodeled by the Schaumburg Park District. The Shindig dance was held at Weathersfield Commons shopping center under the stars. It was co-sponsored by the Weathersfield Homeowners Association, the Schaumburg Jr. Woman’s Club, Schaumburg Lions Club and the Schaumburg Moose. Hot beef sandwiches were sold at the dance and were donated by Terry’s Frozen Foods of Schaumburg.
  • School District 54 announced that all children entering Grade 1 in the 1965 school year had to be 6 years old by December 31 of that year. Also, all students were required to present a certified birth certificate and not a baptism or hospital certificate. (How old were you when you entered first grade?)
  • The Hoffman Estates village board was taking the first step in rezoning for a “planned adult community district” that would encompass a new development called Leisure World. This was a 25,000 unit retirement community that was being planned by the Rossmoor Corporation of California.
  • Harland Hector, civil defense director for Schaumburg, called on local citizen band and ham radio operators to help establish a civil defense auxiliary police department in the village. Regular volunteers were also needed.
  • Conant High School Principal Martin Plate appealed to community residents to help find housing for new teachers who would be teaching in the one-year-old school.
  • More than $400 damage to windows at St. Hubert’s School was reported to police and was apparently done by a BB gun.
  • Grants restaurant, “The Skillet” at Golf Rose Shopping Center was offering a special of “Chicken In The Bucket” that included 13 pieces of chicken, one pound of french fries and one pint of cole slaw for $2.97. Their other special was the Friday Fish Bucket with the same sides and the same price. If you went into the store, their Wednesday and Thursday skillet special was 6 oz. ground round steak, apple pie and any .10 drink for .99. (Did your family eat at The Skillet?)
  • Schaumburg State Bank announced in an ad that they had $1 million in deposits and were available to provide new business enterprises with the credit and loans they needed to carry on their business.
  • The Skyview Restaurant at Roselle Airport announced that they were now under the management of Adele Heidt. Luncheons were available from .85 and dinners from 1.50.
  • Lions Park with its community swimming pool was dedicated August 8 in a ceremony that took place between thunder showers.
  • A list of community churches was issued in the paper. They were: Bethel Baptist Church, Calvary Baptist Church of Weathersfield, First Baptist Church of Hoffman Estates, St. Hubert Catholic Church, First Christian Church, Church of the Holy Innocents (Episcopal), Synagogue Beth Tikvah Congregation, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, St. Peter Lutheran Church, St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Our Redeemer’s Methodist Church, Our Savior Methodist Church and Church of the Cross United Presbyterian.
  • The Hoffman Estates Volunteer Fire Department was advertising their 6th annual Steak Dinner and Dance on Saturday, September 4 at “your Firehouse, 160 Flagstaff, Hoffman Estates.” A donation of $5 per couple for both the dinner and dance to any Volunteer Fireman. A steak dinner with all of the fixins’ would begin at 6 and dancing would begin at 9:00. The music would be provided by Freddie Mills and his 15 piece orchestra.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

Photos of the Weathersfield Commons shopping center and the Schaumburg State Bank are used courtesy of the former Profile Publications, Inc. of Crystal Lake, IL.


October 20, 2019

This is the first in a series of items taken from select issues of The Record which was published every Wednesday at 5 Hoffman Plaza in Hoffman Estates. The newspaper covered all of Schaumburg Township. Copies were lent to me by Jack Netter whose mother wrote for the paper. Unique, interesting articles, ads and press releases will be shared below.

  • Tentative plans were confirmed by F & S Construction for a motel to be built along Higgins Road at the corner of Grand Canyon Boulevard. It was slated to be near “the bowling arena to be constructed by the Bowling Proprietors Association of America.” The motel “would be used to house the persons who will come to Hoffman Estates to participate in the national bowling tournaments that are expected…”
  • It was reported to the Hoffman police that a bird was intimidating a woman’s 6 year old child. The police followed the bird to a local house and determined it was a pet. The owner said the bird was harmless except that it had a penchant for eating buttons off of children’s shirts.
  • During a winter ice storm a couple of weeks prior, many homes in Hoffman Estates went without power. An editorial states that “many residents of Schaumburg…opened their houses to Hoffman Estates families who were without heat and light, and…volunteered their services to the Hoffman Estates village board in notifying residents of the emergency measures the board had taken.”
  • In an article announcing a slate of Village Board candidates, Mayor Atcher of Schaumburg discussed Frank C. Wiley’s candidacy. “He credited Wiley’s friendship with Northern Illinois Gas Co. as starting the industrial development and subsequently Wiley has been the man who brought Schmidt Iron Works, Terry’s Frozen Foods and Reliance Insurance Co. into the village.” (Can anyone tell me where Terry’s Frozen Foods was?)
  • Mary’s Music School in the Golf Rose Shopping Center offered lessons on the guitar, drums, clarinet, sax and accordion (!) as well as sales on guitars and drums.
  • Jupiter Cleaners at 3 Hoffman Plaza was offering a 20% discount for February only on household goods cleaning including draperies, slipcovers, bedspreads and blankets. Their ad says CALL US or Bring Your Items to Either Location. (Does this mean they did a pick up and drop off service?)
  • Kelley Paints (which was located in the old Schaumburg Bank building at Roselle and Schaumburg Roads) was offering a one cent sail. A gallon of their very best latex paint was $6.98 and .01 for the second gallon.
  • The Help Wanted classified ads were separated into Male and Female ads. Male ads were for service route man, salesman, welders, tool designer, accounting trainees while female ads were for secretaries, department manger in the fabric & yarn department at Zayre, beauty operators, office girls, bookkeepers and “girl friday.” One ad, in particular, caught my eye. “Library Clerk: Part time, 3 evenings and Saturday weekly, some college preferred. Call Schaumburg Public Library, 529-3373 after 1 p.m. for an interview appointment.”
  • A brief editorial was written on who the new schools should be named for. The District 54 School Board put out a request from the community for suggestions. The Hoffman School principal suggested Paul Engler, a deceased former school board member. Jim Anderson, the columnist suggested the following political names:  John F. Kennedy, Eisenhower, Roosevelt, Truman, Hoover, [Adlai] Stevenson, [Wendell] Wilkie, [Richard] Nixon, [Alfred] Landon, Barry Goldwater and Lyndon Baines Johnson. Other well known names mentioned were: U Thant, Martin Luther King, Chuck Percy, Everett Dirksen, [Paul] Douglas, [Otto] Kerner and [William] Stratton. Local names thrown into the ring were Bob Atcher, Ed Pinger and Scott MacEachron. It is interesting to note that the board did eventually use Dwight D. Eisenhower, Adlai Stevenson, Everett Dirksen and Hoover–though the latter began as J. Edgar Hoover and was later changed to Herbert Hoover. You can read about District 54 school names here in an earlier blog post.
  • Larry Plote was appointed the new superintendent of public works for Hoffman Estates. He grew up in Palatine Township on a farm that was worked by his father and grandfather. He attended St. Peter Lutheran School and Palatine High School and began contracting with the village in December 1961 as an operating engineer for heavy equipment. He was then asked to become the first man in the “street department” until his appointment as superintendent. Plote rented a farmhouse and five acres for his family on Roselle Road, just north of the tollway. According to the article, he raised and cared for the ducks that lived in the summer on Lakeview Pond in Hoffman Estates.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


January 13, 2019

It was a proud start for The Record on November 29, 1962 when Volume 1, Number 1 of the newspaper appeared on the doorsteps of all homes in Schaumburg Township .

Designed initially as a weekly, it was published every Thursday by Associates Publishing Co., Inc. of 186 Bradley Lane in Hoffman Estates–which was the home in Parcel B of editor, David R. Mann. Richard N. FitzGerald served as the Managing Editor and Rod Botts as the News Editor.

Other employees on The Record’s staff were Jack Fiddes, Jack Dempesey, Bill Oas, Joy Botts, Rod Botts, Les Gargan, John Medved, Darrel Mitelheuser, Bruce Drake and Sam Blandina.

Various articles in the first issue were written on the following topics:

  • The Hoffman Estates Jaycees taking first prize for their snowman float in the State Street Christmas parade.
  • Terry’s Finer Foods and Schmidt Iron Works purchased acreage in Schaumburg’s Industrial Park south of the tollway.
  • There was a possibility that F & S Construction would have to halt construction because Citizens Utilities Company did not have enough water to serve the area. Their next building project was slated for the area west of Jones Road and it was a completely different watershed. (Parcels A, B and C all empty into Salt Creek. The new area they were exploring emptied into Poplar Creek.)
  • District 54 Schools held nuclear disaster drills at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 27. “The drill was a complete success.”
  • The architectural firm of A.J. Del Bianco and Associates was employed by District 54 to build additional schools. They had previously designed Campanelli School.
  • A new township library would be in operation by the middle of December. They had rented a house on Roselle Road, just north of the Marathon service station. (It is shown below.)

Almost as interesting are the ads for various businesses that were willing to take a gamble on the new paper:

  • Hoffman Bowl
  • P&G Restaurant in Hoffman Lanes
  • Peckens TV on Irving Park Road in Roselle
  • Youngs Marathon Service at Roselle and Schaumburg Road
  • Buggy Whip (later the Easy Street Pub south of the intersection of Roselle and Schaumburg Road)
  • Sundance Ranch Western Wear on Golf Road at Roselle
  • Weathersfield Homes by Campanelli
  • Prospect Theatre in Mt. Prospect
  • Pabich Motor Sales–the new Rambler dealer–on Irving Park Road in Roselle
  • The Pizza Cottage on Irving Park Road in Roselle
  • Roselle Jewlers on Irving Park Road in Roselle
  • Hagenbrings Fabrics in Arlington Heights
  • Frank’s Hoffman Plaza Beauty Salon
  • F&S Construction’s 10 exciting 1963 model homes

According to Pat Barch, Hoffman Estates Historian, the newspaper eventually opened an office near the Thunderbird Theater in the Golf-Rose shopping center. In fact, the paper of November 15, 1972 states that they were in “temporary offices at Golf and Roselle Roads.” By that date the weekly paper had been purchased by Copley Newspapers and was now published on Wednesdays.

We do not know how long the newspaper lasted, but the library owns all issues of the newspaper on microfilm from the inaugural one on November 29, 1962 to April 4, 1973.

We are fortunate to have these because they came to us through Fred Downey who lived at 297 Pleasant Street in Hoffman Estates and served as mayor of Hoffman Estates from 1969 to 1973. His name and address are stamped on the front page of the issues.

It is my recollection that Roy Mansberger, who was head of Maintenance at our library in the 1970s and 80s must have known Mr. Downey because of his proximity to our Central Branch on Library Lane. He acquired the newspapers from Mr. Downey and passed them on to our Serials Librarian. She, in turn, sent them to the Illinois State Historical Library to have them microfilmed. In return, they gave us our own copies of the microfilm. This was a common practice that the Historical Library used for many years in order to acquire an extensive collection of local newspapers.

If you have any more details about this newspaper, the people who began it, where its offices were, and how long it was in business, please comment or send me an email.  I would certainly appreciate anything you can contribute.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library