If you’re driving on Plum Grove Road, just south of Schaumburg Road, you can see this sign on the west side of the road, just before a small creek crosses beneath the road.
Yeargin Creek is a branch of the Salt Creek that feeds into the Des Plaines River. It is formed by the confluence of three small streams that originate on the west side of Roselle Road. You can see the streams more clearly on this 1961 Palatine Quadrangle topographical map before development obscured the origins.
The first, most northerly stream has its head waters on the Friendship Village property, crossing Pleasant Drive behind the old library that is now the Bethel Baptist Church Preschool. It then crosses Roselle Road, running through the Schaumburg Golf Club property, skirting the back of the St. Peter Lutheran Church property and curving its way towards Schaumburg Road where it crosses into the pond at the Municipal Center.
The other two streams begin south of Schaumburg Road, with the first one starting in the southern part of Town Square and crossing Roselle Road near the shopping center’s traffic light.
The other starts south of the Town Square Condominiums and crosses Roselle Road at that point. The middle branch eventually flows into the pond on the Municipal Center grounds. The third, most southerly branch, enters the property south of the Municipal Center parking lot.
Granted, the three tributaries are largely buried underground for most of their length but all of the forks converge in the wooded area east of the Prairie Center For The Arts and become Yeargin Creek, an above ground, flowing stream. The creek runs to Plum Grove Road where it then crosses into the Spring Valley property. Plum Grove Road is where Yeargin Creek officially ends.
As the sign says above, the creek was named for Herman “Hy” Yeargin who served with the Schaumburg Civil Defense unit, as a Schaumburg reserve patrolman overseeing the Bicycle Court program and as license inspector for the village. He passed away in 1976 and the creek was named for him soon after at the suggestion of Mayor Al Larson who was a village trustee at the time. According to the mayor, Mr. Yeargin was a dedicated public servant who took his duties very seriously–all with a good sense of humor.
In 2004 the Village of Schaumburg won the Conservation and Native Landscaping Award issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Chicago Wilderness for their restoration of Yeargin Creek. The project replaced storm culverts with bridges, stabilized and regraded stream banks and preserved native plants to promote aeration and slower water flow.
This is one of the bridges crossing the southern tributary that runs along the edge of the Municipal Center parking lot.
Today a walking/biking trail runs alongside Yeargin Creek and is highlighted by international sculptures from The Chicago Athenaeum.
Hy Yeargin has been gone for 40 years but we honor him still with this beautiful bit of nature in the middle of our township.
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library