Our actors put on a good “show” this past Sunday at the annual Cemetery Walk. This year’s theme was Palatine businessmen. Neal Heatherly played Elisha Pratt, Palatine’s first businessman. Kathleen McCarthy played Amanda Schoppe, who helped run a general store at the turn of the century. Margaret Plank played Charlotte Holt, who opened up a ladies’ store on Brockway Street. Sherill Snyder played Minnie Seip, who welcomed guests at her hotel on Slade Street. Ken Gorham played William Bockelman who sold hardware on Brockway Street and Frank Szuch played Henry Matthei, who also ran a general store. Thank you to the cast and crew who made this a successful event! We hope everybody who came enjoyed themselves and learned some local history about our favorite town!
Thank you Patricia (Jayne) Keefer for sending us information about Tri-Color Farms!
And the winners are…
Amy Elizabeth Schneider from Palatine High School!
Jaime Kathleen Pitts from Rolling Meadows High School!
Each winner will receive $1000 to use towards post-secondary educational expenses.
Congratulations Amy and Jaime!
Brandt’s Little Cafe has been a favorite spot for area residents for many many years. Joe and Romelda Brandt opened the restaurant in Palatine in 1954 at 10 N. Northwest Highway. The business was moved to its current location at Northwest Highway and Quentin Road in 1969. The old location became The Pickwick House and later the Hob Nob Restaurant. The current building was originally a farmhouse in Inverness. It was built in 1883, and moved to its current location after a previous building, the Maple Grove Inn burned to the ground in 1930. In the 1950′s Nick and Al’s Friendly Inn occupied the building. The George Grisco family operated Brandt’s Little Cafe for years. New owners Walt Oswald and Jim Iuorio have done a fine job of renovating the business and recently enjoyed a grand re-opening.
The Chicago Tribune published 32 historic photographs of Palatine last month. Thank you Chicago Tribune!
Efforts are being made in Elgin to build a replica of Pres. Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train and run it from Washington D.C. to Springfield, IL in 2015. For more information go to the Historic Railroad Equipment Association website.
You’ll love this video on the Palatine, Lake Zurich & Wauconda Railroad’s Old Maud by the Dan and Jenny Trio! Thank you Dan and Jenny and…
Check out the second floor of the Palatine Public Library. Along the south wall is a display of photographs of country schoolhouses in Palatine Township.
The Big Roads: Jane Addams Memorial Tollway and Route 53
The Northwest Tollway in 1958 and Route 53 in 1963 brought tremendous growth and development to the suburbs. Both had been in the planning stages for many decades. To raise the roadbed over other roads, fill was excavated creating a number of artificial lakes. Route 53 ran right through a subdivision just north of Northwest Highway. Pretty little Bluebell Estates was only seven years old when its houses had to be moved to Leonard Road. The planned extension of Route 53 north of Lake Cook Road has for years been a battleground between the State of Illinois and the Village of Long Grove. The expressway would split the bucolic village in two.
The Society has purchased six gold-tinted zinc plaques which describe the history of the businesses and structures at each location!
Plaques are on display at six historic buildings in downtown Palatine including:
Guidant Wealth Advisors
American Data Centre
Lamplighter Inn Tavern & Grille
Slade Street Shops
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