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419 Potomac Lane
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-2763

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Pat Barch
Schaumburg Township District Library
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Meets:  7 p.m., 2nd Monday of each month.  October – June.  Meeting places vary with the majority being held at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

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  1. Louis I. Leviticus Says:

    According to old photographs in our collection, Agricultural tests were performed at Hoffman Estates in 1949. These field tests apparently included
    Tillage and a special traction dynamometer vehicle was built for that purpose. The tests were performed in cooperation with the University of Nebraska’s Tractor Test Lab. Can you tell me or direct me to a source of info? We are currently cataloging all of our collections in digital format. Any help will be very much appreciated,
    Dr. Louis I. Leviticus, Curator, Larsen Museum

    • jrozek Says:

      Dr. Leviticus,

      Let me look into this. I will get back to you in a couple of weeks.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  2. Jane Rozek Says:

    Thank you for the posting to the Schaumburg Township District Library’s Local History blog. I have been looking high and low for any information regarding the field tests that you said were done in Hoffman Estates in 1949. Part of the problem is this was a very rural area at that time and was completely unincorporated. In fact, Hoffman Estates did not come into being until 1959.

    I have searched newspapers from that time using as many of the keywords as you have given me. I did not find anything except an article based on info from the Cook County Assessor’s office that discusses the amount of tillable land in Schaumburg Township in 1947. According to the article, the Township had 16, 828 acres of tillable farm land in use on 129 farms. In 1946, 138 farms reported 17, 173 acres of tillable land. It also talks about the types of crops grown. It just doesn’t give any information on field tests being done.

    I also called a few of the retired farmers from that period. Only one person gave me any information that might come close. He said that in the fall of one of the years he was in high school in the late 1940s, an agricultural fair of sorts was held on the Henry Freise farm. He said there were demonstrations of new farming equipment and different booths were set up for different agricultural products. He thought that most of the fair was geared to preventing erosion in the waterways.

    Otherwise, I think the only other recourse you might have is to contact the Cook County Farm Bureau. Their phone number is 708-354-3276 and their email address is

    I do have a couple of other people who may respond to my query so if I hear anything good from them I’ll be sure and pass it along.


    Jane Rozek
    Local History Librarian

  3. SteveK Says:

    I was on google maps looking for a place to setup for the Labor Day parade and noticed something interesting.

    In a field close to Kingsport Drive and Summit Drive there is a field with what looks like a running track.

    Would you be able to tell me if there was a school at this location?

    If you search the following in Google Maps you will see the track:

    • jrozek Says:

      I heard from District 211 who owns this property. They purchased the land in 1971 and it was farmed for close to 15 years. It is now vacant and overgrown. The oval that is there was not put in place by the school district. It is surmised that some local resident(s) created the track on their own and abandoned it some time ago. District 211 reiterated that this is private property and is not to be trespassed on. Curious, though, isn’t it?

  4. Michael Yencich Says:

    when was the hotel built at the corner of Schaumburg Road and Roselle that is now the Easy Street Pub ?????

    • jrozek Says:

      The hotel was originally built by Charles Krueger somewhere between 1910 and 1913.

      He is not listed in the 1910 census in Schaumburg Township but the hotel is viewable on the Local History Digital Archive:

      The postcard photos were taken in 1913. The hotel is number 105 in the series. You can also read more about the hotel on the Digital Archive.

      I hope this answers your question.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian

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