Long Grove Historical Society http://LongGroveHistory.org Save The Bridge! Wed, 08 Nov 2017 19:36:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/lghsmedia/lghs/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/12155205/cropped-lghsLogo512Square-1-32x32.png Long Grove Historical Society http://LongGroveHistory.org 32 32 Yuletide Sing http://LongGroveHistory.org/yuletide-sing/ Wed, 08 Nov 2017 19:34:56 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=784 The post Yuletide Sing appeared first on Long Grove Historical Society.

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Yuletide Sing

Join fellow residents and local scouting troops for this joyous celebration of the holiday season. Bring your voice and your family and enjoy some hot chocolate and treats as well. Bundle up as we’ll be outdoors to fully enjoy the spirit of the season. The event will be held on the Historical Society Farmhouse Patio, which is in the back corner of the Stempel Parking Lot, in downtown Long Grove. It will start at 6pm on Saturday, December 9th, 2017.

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National Historic Register News Expected 1Q18 http://LongGroveHistory.org/national-historic-register-news-expected-1q18/ Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:50:43 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=775 An update regarding the National Register Listing of Long Grove's historic bridge is expected the first quarter of 2018.

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The National Park Service has completed their initial review of the application to have the bridge listed on the National Historic Register. They’ve asked the state to supply some additional information:

  • More information regarding other Illinois bridges of this type
  • Some additional diagrams/photos showing the bridges architecture

We are currently working with the state to supply the additional information to the NPS and, considering the upcoming holiday season, we likely won’t hear back regarding further review until the first quarter of next year.

The listing process is an iterative and interactive one. The application went through a number of iterations with State Historians before being submitted for federal review. You always hope that the current iteration is the last and final one, but each new historian reviewer brings their own experiences and interests into what’s significant and worthy of more elaboration. The application itself plays a role in documenting our national history, so all involved want to take their time and get it right. The good news is that with this being the last level of review, the end is in sight, even if it’s a little difficult to predict exactly when we’ll get there.

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Long Grove Times – #38 Fall, 2017 http://LongGroveHistory.org/long-grove-times-38-fall-2017/ Mon, 02 Oct 2017 02:03:27 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=726 Covered Bridge news pending, Ghost Walk Preparation, Lemmon Hill and an update on Sears Catalog Homes.

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#38 – Fall 2017

 

In this issue… we’re anxiously awaiting news regarding our application for National Register Status for the Historic Covered Bridge – get your raffle tickets for the upcoming drawing. Preparations are underway for our 5th annual Ghost Walk around the Historic Downtown – reservations are now open. We’ve got some more research into the Sears Catalog homes in Long Grove to share, as well.

Fifth Annual Long Grove Ghost Walk

Fancy a creepy historical walk around the coolest downtown in Lake County? Join the Long Grove Historical Society for their fifth annual Long Grove Ghost Walk! The ghosts will be there… will you?

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At the Drop of a Hat http://LongGroveHistory.org/at-the-drop-of-a-hat/ Sun, 01 Oct 2017 22:47:18 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=722 Where did the phrase "At the Drop of a Hat" come from?

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At the Drop of a Hat

Ever heard that somebody does something “at the drop of a hat”? The meaning is that it gets done immediately, and without much thought. But what does dropping a hat have to do with speed?

Apparently an old custom (perhaps Irish) was to use a hat drop to mark the start of a race. When the hat is dropped, they’re off – no hesitation.

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Sears Catalog Homes Update http://LongGroveHistory.org/sears-catalog-homes-update/ Sun, 01 Oct 2017 22:46:51 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=738 An update regarding the former owners of some of Long Grove's Sears Catalog homes.

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Last issue, a rumor of several local homes being “Sears Catalog Homes” was discussed in this article. An eyewitness stepped forward, one Randal G. “Randy” Towner, who was able to recall physically being present in these old homes when they still had that “fresh from the catalog” appearance. With Randy’s information the following history could be noted:

a) the current Cigars and More building was originally Walter Gosswiller’s home

b) the current State Farm building was occupied early on by the Weidner family

c) the current Scout and Forge building was occupied early on by the Opsal family

As was previously noted, these homes have been drastically altered over the years. Here’s a couple of old pictures of Walter Gosswiller’s home and what it looks like now as the Cigars and More shop:

 

If you’d like to take a look at the variety of homes sold by Sears, check out the antiquehome.org website.

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Lemmon Hill http://LongGroveHistory.org/lemmon-hill/ Sun, 01 Oct 2017 22:44:59 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=731 Origins of the Lemmon Hill ball field name.

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Lemmon Hill ball field is owned by the Long Grove Park District and sits close to the corner of Gilmer and 83. I have been asked before where exactly Lemmon Hill is, and why is the hill named for a fruit that doesn’t grow here? To which I replied… “Why in the Sam Hill would you ask that?” There’s your clue – the Hill in Sam Hill and Lemmon Hill don’t refer to geographic features, but rather a person. Sam Hill, no relation to Long Grove or any Long Grove Hills, was a notorious surveyor in the 1800’s who reportedly had such foul language that his name because a synonym for cursing. The Hill in Lemmon Hill refers to Bob Hill, who owned a dairy (Ferry Hill Farm) near the location of the current ball field. There were several farms that comprised the dairy, including land which encompassed the original Gridley homestead.

 

One of the things early Long Grove Historical Society members did was to interview some of the old timers, like Bob Hill. In 1989, Barbara Turner sat down with Bob Hill to talk about his memories of Long Grove. The complete transcript follows further below, but I’ll start with a few highlights to wet your whistle:

During the war, we made hay on the fairways (on what is now Twin Orchards Golf Club)

The Dairy Manager lived in the Gridley’s old Endwood estate house. They also had a bunkhouse for jockeys there. You see, they had race horses on the farm many years ago.

During the war (WWII), some officers from Fort Sheridan came over and set up camp at Endwood estate. They had lookouts up in the cupola. Wires spread all over the place for communication. They had a guard at the entrance to our house and every time we went in and out, he wanted to know what was going on.

Back then the whole area was known as Prairie View, not Long Grove. “Where do you come from?” “Prairie View, Illinois” “That’s so corny, it’s cute!” I miss old Prairie View. It makes me mad. They moved the post office and they don’t even say Lincolnshire-Prairie View, but just Lincolnshire.

When we bought that (the Southeast corner of 22 & 83), there was a filling station on that corner. It had a beautiful bar, oak bar, inside. We put the porch on it and made a tearoom out of it. When the tearoom closed it was an a player piano store.

Here’s a link to the whole transcript of the interview:

https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/lghsmedia/lghs/LGHSBobHillOralHistory.pdf

And, um, Lemon, the fruit, only has one “m”, in it. So what is a Lemmon? That’s a story for another newsletter.

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Bridge Update – Get Your Raffle Tickets http://LongGroveHistory.org/bridge-update-get-raffle-tickets/ Sun, 01 Oct 2017 22:34:33 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=742 News on the bridge expected shortly - get your raffle tickets before it's too late.

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Review of our national register application is underway as we speak… we hope to hear some news on that front next week. Stay tuned…

The winner of the Bridge Watercolor will be drawn in just a few weeks, so get your raffle tickets while you still can. See this page for details.

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Farmhouse Back Porch Draws Rave Reviews http://LongGroveHistory.org/farmhouse-back-porch-draws-rave-reviews/ Sun, 01 Oct 2017 22:17:33 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=748 Watch a video of the Long Grove Historical Society's new Back Porch stage!

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The new Farmhouse Patio was the scene of a couple of performances recently during Vintage Days and Apple Fest. It’s really a nice space – check out the video below to get a taste of what’s like:

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Fifth Annual Long Grove Ghost Walk http://LongGroveHistory.org/fifth-annual-long-grove-ghost-walk/ Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:30:23 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=700 Fancy a creepy historical walk around the coolest downtown in Lake County? Join the Long Grove Historical Society for their fifth annual Long Grove Ghost Walk! The ghosts will be there... will you?

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The Long Grove Historical Society’s Fifth Annual Ghost Walk will be held Friday night, October 27th from 6:00pm to 9:30pm. The event is family friendly and involves a haunted hour long walk through the historic downtown. Required donation of $10/adult and $5/children(Grades K-8). Reservations are required and space is limited – the event has always sold out a week or two prior to Ghost Walk.

Click here to reserve your spot on the Ghost Walk.

FAQ (WAA)

How long is the walk? Around an hour.  

How does the walk work? You and 15 or so other victims, are led on a walk around the historic downtown by a costumed guide. At about a half a dozen locations you’ll stop for a few minutes to meet some characters from Long Grove’s past. Some of their tales seem to jive pretty closely with real history, but other parts seem like they’re lavishly embellished. They’re old and dead so we cut them some slack. 

What does WAA mean – e.g. FAQ  (WAA)? FAQ With An Attitude 🙂 

Is it appropriate for kids? Yes, it’s family appropriate. We advise performers to keep it PG-13. You will be scared at times, and maybe creeped out a little, but in a fun way. 

Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers? No, they eat the fingers separately. 

Can I bring my dog on the walk? Seriously? No. 

What if it rains? That’s why you bring an umbrella… the event will happen regardless of weather.

Where do I park? The two big village lots, the Archer Parking Lot, and the Stempel Parking Lot in downtown Long Grove will be your best bet.  

Do I have to pay for my two year old? Anyone below Kindergarten is free. So unless your two year old is super advanced, they would be free. 

My kid is a sophomore in high school, but he’s really small, so doesn’t take up much room. Do I have to pay the adult or kid price? Adult – high school age and up are considered adults in our ghost walk. 

Do you have an address for my GPS? Enzo and Lucia Restaurant, 343 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove, IL will get you real close to the walk check-in and the parking lot. 

I bought a non-refundable ticket, but now can’t come – can I get a refund on my non-refundable ticket? No, but we appreciate the donation. 

Is the walk handicap accessible? No. 

I have a group of a dozen people – there’s no reservation slot with enough space left for us… what do I do? If you don’t want to split up across two times, email Angie@LongGroveHistory.org and we’ll see if we can work something out. 

I have a question that’s not listed here? Email Angie@LongGroveHistory.org and we’ll get you an answer. 

Is FAQWAA a real thing or did you just make it up? Just made it up. The internet has lots of monkeys with typewriters, so we might not be the first… 

Why do I need a reservation? We don’t want everyone to have to wait around in the weather in a queue for an hour awaiting an open spot. Last year no shows were minimal… so your odds of just showing up and going are not good. 

Every year I try to get a reservations, but it’s always sold out. What gives? We’re an all volunteer group that receives no public funding. We simply don’t have enough volunteers to put on the walk for more than one evening. If you would like to join the Long Grove Historical Society, you can do so on our membership page.

What do you call a ghost with a broken leg? A hoblin goblin. 

If I just show up without a reservation, can I go on the walk? Maybe. We’ll try to work you in when we have no-shows. 

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A Celebration of the Apple http://LongGroveHistory.org/a-celebration-of-the-apple/ Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:05:44 +0000 http://LongGroveHistory.org/?p=712 The whole family will enjoy this light-hearted romp through apple history. energetically related with song, spoken word, dance, puppetry, poetry, and humor. Twenty minutes of non-stop apple fun.

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A Celebration of the Apple
At The Farmhouse**
6pm Friday, September 22nd

Presented by the Long Grove Historical Society and the Long Grove Performing Arts Academy

The whole family will enjoy this light-hearted romp through apple history. energetically related with song, spoken word, dance, puppetry, poetry, and humor. Twenty minutes of non-stop apple fun.

 

** The Historical Society Farmhouse is located in downtown Long Grove next to the Buffalo Creek Brewery at the far end of the Stempel Parking Lot.

 

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