Site Administrator

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Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

6 Responses to “Site Administrator”

  1. Larry Rowan Says:

    Hi Jane,
    Just wanted to tell you once again how much I enjoyed you putting on the History of our area presentation for my Coldwell Banker office.

    This website is great as well.

    Recently, I was doing some research on the old Army Nike Missile sites in our area (barrington) and found some references about the old airfields in our area that were used during WW2 as “Satelite air fields” for Glenview Naval Air Station.
    Seems that there was a lot of bomber and fighter landing practice happening at 4 (yes 4) local airfields. 3 of them were in Schaumburg TWP. One was known as “Prall’s Pit” and it was located (in the 1940’s) immediately South of Central Road, East of Barrington Road. Coincidentally probably right on the current site of the Hoffman Estates Village Hall and NW Tollway. There was another airfield just to the West of that, still in the very NorthWest corner of Schaumburg Township just East of Rt 59….it showed up on old airfield maps as “Murphy’s Circus” Who knows why it was called that. I guess it is Lost History!
    On the old official airport maps was a Schaumburg airfield that was also used to practice NAS Glenview aircraft landings and carrier style landings…….however that airstrip shows as being located along the East side of Barrington Road, North of Irving, South of Golf Rd. not the same location as the present Schaumburg Airport. Interesting!
    Have you ever found any evidence of these old airstrips? Perhaps a new Category on this web site could be started to try to turn-up any “old timer” comments.
    I will email you a website that has some of the old airfield map and list of the 15 satilite airfields that were operated by the Navy during WW2. just in case you want some of that info for this history site.

    • jrozek Says:

      Larry, You’re quite welcome. As a matter of fact, I’m giving the same presentation for the volunteers at Spring Valley/Volkening Heritage Farm in May. Thank you for giving me a reason to put such a program together! I am aware of one of the airstrips used in Schaumburg Township during WWII. The one at Schaumburg and Barrington Roads is discussed in a number of the oral histories that are on our Local History Digital Archive. This is the last one you mentioned. If you’re interested in listening to the oral histories, I can certainly direct you to those. I would also appreciate the website that you found. I was unfamiliar with the other two airstrips and would like to be able to view them. You’re right, it would be a neat posting! I’ll put it on my list to do. I would also like to post this info to the Schaumburg Rootsweb mailing list. There are a number of German farm family members who belong to that list and they may have further information to add. Jane Rozek


  2. Patrick Hysell Says:

    There was an old cemetery that we discovered as kids in 1959 that was located south of Schaumburg Rd near where Hilltop CT and Evergreen CT are located. The cemetery was completely abandoned with overgrown brush, sunken Graves and most tombstones knocked over. Some were simply just a number and my memory fails me when I try to remember the names.

    Seeing that the area has been completely developed, is there and record of those Graves or what happened to them?

    • jrozek Says:

      This cemetery is now commonly called the Cedarcrest Cemetery but it’s gone by a few other names. You can read about it here in this blog posting.

      The lot was left vacant by the developer BECAUSE of the cemetery. The village erected a small monument on the property in 2001 and it says:


      This site, commonly known as 217 South Cedarcrest Drive, is believed to be the oldest burial place in Schaumburg. Historians believe that the family of Ernest P. Schween used this site as the location of several burial plots during the mid-1800s. Unfortunately, the gravestones were removed during the time that the surrounding properties were being developed. No records have been located to verify the location of the graves or the persons buried.

      In the late 1960s, the Village of Schaumburg obtained the parcel and continues to own and maintain it today.

      This marker is placed as a reminder of the historic significance of this site to the Schaumburg community.

      Dedicated June 30, 2001 by the Schaumburg Millennium Committee.

      This is a photo of the cemetery today.

      I hope this helps!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian

  3. Patrick Hysell Says:

    Was fun to read about Oak Hollow Farm. Tom Borthwick was a friend of mine when we were young boys in the 50’s and 60’s. I lived on the corner of Pleasant and Perry from 1958-1966 till I was drafted into the Army. I would wake in the morning to the cawing of the large black crows in those oak trees. In those days there were hundreds of crows that made quite a beautiful sound early in the morning.

    We would venture off into the woods and found old tombstones from an abandoned cemetery sometime in 1959 or 60. I have no idea of what became of it. Blackhawk school, which was at the corner of Schaumburg and Illinois Blvd was brand new and the one room school house at Roselle and Schaumburg was at that time a corner grocery store run by Mrs. Wideman where we would hang out.

    Pheasants would fly out of the slew behind Blackhawk and occasionally we would find a bat hanging in a tree. It was a very different world back then and when I saw the photo of the Oak Hollow Farm sign, it took me back to some childhood memories from 57 years ago. Amazing what one photo can do. Thank you for sharing. You put a wonderful smile on my face today!

    Patrick Hysell

    • jrozek Says:


      What a wonderful little walk through the Schaumburg Township of your youth.

      That cemetery property is still there, preserved by the Village of Schaumburg. It’s on Cedarcrest Drive and you can read about it here. Unfortunately, none of the tombstones are still there but there is a plaque installed there noting its historical significance.

      You can also read about Blackhawk school on this site too. I wrote a blog posting here.

      And, thank you for the name of the lady who ran the grocery story. THAT piece of information I did not have. Was it, by chance, known as the RIC Delicatessen at that time?

      Wonderful memories!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

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