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  • Prairie circuit riders among early homeless in Arlington Heights Jul 22, 2014 3:00 PM
    It was basically circuit riders who brought the Methodist Church to the Arlington Heights area. Not all circuit riders were homeless, but many were. They traveled their “circuits,” going from one “station” to the next, with never a letup until they dropped — most before they were 40 — “into the arms of the Lord.”

     
  • Bradley family promoted education in Arlington Hts. Jun 24, 2014 3:41 PM
    Arlington Heights' Margery Frisbie writes about her talk with Tim Bradley, great-great-grandson of William Dunton’s friend Peter Bradley, and "was suddenly all the way back to Alfred the Great, reputedly an ancestor of Tim’s." She recounts the elder Bradley's role in the community.

     
  • Tales of early Arlington Heights traded at settlers’ reunion May 13, 2014 3:20 PM
    Because I spend a good bit of time thinking about how things worked (or how the people of early Arlington Heights worked things) in early days in this area, I read with interest in the June issue of Consumer Reports magazine that it’s now possible to start dinner as you buzz along the Jane Addams Tollway at 55 miles an hour, Arlington Heights history coliumnist Margery Frisbie writes.

     
  • Arlington Hts. residents regale with stories of early days Apr 15, 2014 2:25 PM
    Because I spent most of the 1980s interviewing elderly townspeople about early days in Arlington Heights, I was interested to see an article on interviewing by John McPhee in the April 7 New Yorker magazine. McPhee and I have some things in common as interviewers. I found that whomever I approached for an interview was almost certain to say they could not do it. Those same people would be following me out the door two hours later “with just one more story that you have to hear.”

     
  • Arlington Hts. businesses pass on tradition of service Mar 11, 2014 3:29 PM
    When Wayne's Pizza co-owner Tony Gillig told the Daily Herald reporter recently that most of all, he enjoys “working with new people and teaching them the things that got us to where we are today,” it reminded Margery Frisbie of a familiar theme she encountered among Arlington Heightgs busiiness owners she interviewed.

     
  • Doctoring in the early days of Arlington Heights Feb 11, 2014 2:46 PM
    It wasn’t fireworks usually that caused the accidents that led to amputations in Arlington in the early 20th century. There were a lot caused by railroad accidents. And many more caused by farm machinery. One year, local farmers invested in “new and improved corn shredders.” The first summer they were used, what they basically shredded was fingers. As a result, Dr. John Best amputated 18 mangled arms and hands.

     
  • Land of ‘beauty and fertility’ attracted Easterners here Jan 15, 2014 5:50 AM
    Like Maria in the recent revival of “The Sound of Music,” Daisy Daniels “began at the very beginning” when she wrote her history of Arlington Heights called “Prairieville, U.S.A.” She described the land it as a "vast expanse of prairie land mostly treeless except for groves of trees, like islands, which were found near creeks, rivers and lakes.”

     
  • Arlington Hts. first family sought shelter in Deer Grove Dec 17, 2013 1:55 PM
    Arlington Heights’ first family didn’t spend its first Christmas on the new homestead they had chosen when they came into this area in March 1836. According to village historian Daisy Daniels, the Dunton family found their claim on the prairie too exposed to the elements their first winter.

     
  • Ice cream served from a shed built sociability in Arlington neighborhood Nov 12, 2013 1:14 PM
    The Little Free Libraries movement reminds Arlington Heights history columnist Margery Frisbie of when a candy and ice cream store that sprouted in a shed on the sidewalk became a center of neighborhood sociability. While such a structure wouldn't be allowed today, it served a worthwhile purpose in its time, she says.

     
  • The battle for high school education in Arlington Hts. Oct 30, 2013 7:58 PM
    One hundred years ago this year, when Ill. Gov. Edward Dunne signed the Presidential and Municipal Suffrage Act giving women the right to vote in those elections, Illinois became the first state east of the Mississippi to grant suffrage to women in major elections. The law came just in time for Arlington Heights because the possibility of having a local high school was the major electoral issue.

     
  • Husband’s bike ride to train became a national story Sep 24, 2013 1:00 PM
    Bikes, once the province of young teens, have gone mainstream. More and more streets have bike lanes to control their flow. In Arlington Heights, we certainly have bike enthusiasts, columnist Margery Frisbie says. The slots at the railroad station often overflow. In 1954 when we moved to Arlington, there was one bike locked to a telephone pole at the station. And it belonged to my husband.

     
  • Farm animals an issue in Arlington Hts. since the 1870s Aug 27, 2013 12:51 PM
    Our town has wrestled with the issue of farm animals within the village limits longer than Captain Ahab wrestled with Moby Dick. In early August, the village board unanimously agreed that chicks and ducks and geese better scurry because the local constabulary is after them. So what is new about this chicken issue? It seems written into our town history.

     
  • Knowing your roots, strengthens family, town ties Jul 30, 2013 1:02 PM
    Interesting new research suggests that nothing bonds a family more powerfully than shared family history. Emory University psychologist Marshall Duke found that the more children know about their family history, "the stronger their sense of control over their lives, the higher their self-esteem, and the more successfully they believe their families function.” I realized when I read Duke’s formulations that I think the same analysis works for towns.

     
  • New Arlington teen center a far cry from living room library May 14, 2013 12:43 PM
    The living room of the little white frame house at 202 N. Dunton in Arlington Heights is where teens in 1894 went to find something interesting to read. The two Shepard sisters who lived there welcomed townspeople to scan the bookshelves in their living room for books to take home and read before the fire on cold winter nights.

     
  • Vacant Arlington Hts. lots were kids’ playgrounds Apr 23, 2013 12:23 PM
    My impression of early Arlington Heights lots is that they were never empty. They were a vast playground for kids with great surges of energy.

     
  • Chickens, now banned, once common in Arlington Hts. Mar 19, 2013 2:33 PM
    There is some speculation that Arlington Heights rejects the idea of chickens now because residents are afraid they will slip back onto the list of hick towns surrounding the metropolis. Others contend that owning a few chickens to keep breakfasts as nutritious as they used to be is not hick. It's "hip."

     
  • Wintertime truth and fiction in old Arlington Hts. Dec 20, 2012 3:03 PM
    John Annen's stories were a microcosm of Arlington. He started earning his own money when he was 10. When he was 11, he was the family driver. His mother did not drive so, like many kids in town, he ferried mom around on all her errands and visits. When he was 15, he was allowed to take a date and three other couples to the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.

     
  • The story of those who tell tales of Arlington Hts. Nov 27, 2012 3:48 PM
    Over the years that Margery Frisbie based her column on taped oral history interviews. "I’ve observed that there are two kinds of interviewees. Some people ... were natural born story-tellers. Then there were those others who had one story to tell — and wouldn’t tell it."

     
  • Circuit riders part of Arlington Hts. DNA Sep 25, 2012 1:00 PM
    Circuit riders were part of the character of the early days of Arlington Heights, history columnist Margery Frisbie writes. The rode in on their horses with a potent weapon, the Bible. They pretty much devoted their lives to their cause, which was preaching Methodism. They preached up such a storm that Abraham Lincoln said of the results of their work that Methodism was the religion most truly American.

     
  • Why do kids no longer play in Arlington Hts. streets? Jul 18, 2012 11:11 AM
    Margery Frisbie remembers the days when children used to play in the streets during both the days and evenings. Now, she misses those sounds, which is just one of the many changes to Arlington Heights over the years.

     
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