Monthly Archives: May 2011

Midwifery

Many children were brought into this world by Mrs. Andrew Landman, a midwife who moved to Palatine after her family lost everything in the Chicago Fire of 1873. She delivered babies on the second floor of the Harmening house which … Continue reading

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Recently Discovered Film!

Clarinda Cady is thought to be the first white child born in Palatine Township. She married Morton Pinney and is buried at Hillside Cemetery. This rare film is from her 90th birthday in 1928. Her daughter Addie is the only … Continue reading

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Making Whoopee

For a hundred years the phrase “auto coaster” meant a child’s toy wagon. In modern times it refers to an on-the-road accessory for holding a drink. But for a few months in the summer of 1929 it meant a roller … Continue reading

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The Big Ones

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 … Continue reading

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“Let’s Head Out!”

The spreading popularity of the automobile put pressure on Cook County to improve its roads. Chicagoans were eager to step back in time and visit the surrounding “cow towns”. In 1919 Cook County Board Commissioner and Mount Prospect Village President, … Continue reading

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Our Crazy Roads

Why do our roads go this way and that? It often depends on who created them. Large animals and the Indians who hunted them are probably responsible for the gentle curves of Algonquin Road and Dundee Road. The original trails … Continue reading

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The Paddock Family

The northwest suburban area of Chicago knows its history because of the leadership of a single family, the Paddocks. Their newspapers under the umbrella of Paddock Publications have recorded for all time the events, the stories and the heartbeat of … Continue reading

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Castles in the Air — Part II

Elmer Gleich had zero success getting the Village of Palatine to approve his plan for apartments called Darien Fields. Palatine Golf Course at the northwest corner of Hicks Road and Baldwin Road was developed by Gleich’s successors. The Illinois State … Continue reading

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Castles in the Air — Part I

The imagination soars…Walter Swanson picked a bad year, 1929, to build his dream block northeast of Wilson Street and Brockway Street. Old homes were torn down to accomodate a magnificent building with stores, offices and flats. But the Great Depression … Continue reading

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Take a Chance

With business in the doldrums in 1835, the three Lebanon, New Hampshire,¬†brothers decided to strike out for the West. Their father gave them each a thousand dollars. Having heard that Indian lands east of the Mississippi River¬†were opening up, the … Continue reading

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