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    Roots of Arlington Hts. go back almost 200 years May 23, 2012 12:00 AM
    Arlington Heights is celebrating its Quasquicentennial this year, the 125 years since it was incorporated. But the figure pales in Margery Frisbie's mind compared to the coming 200th anniversary of the day in 1836 when Asa Dunton and his family found their new home.

  • Arlington Hts. economized on law enforcement Apr 26, 2012 12:00 AM
    Arlington Heights writer Margery Frisbie reflects that village's the police department, like the 130-year-old Dieball house, grew by stages and never had enough money.

  • Arlington Heights’ utopian neighborhood recalled Mar 29, 2012 12:00 AM
    The builder of the Virginia Terrace neighborhood in Arlington Heights was something of a visionary, creating an earthly paradise for kids. And people who grew up there in the '50s still have fond memories of it.

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    German farmers overcame hardships to settle Arlington HeightsFeb 29, 2012 12:00 AM
    In 1848, Friederich Hogreve ran away from his home in Germany and found his way to the Arlington Heights area.He got himself a job on the Kirchoff farm that paid $25 a year. Nevertheless, in 1862, Hogreve bought a farm at what would become the intersection of Windsor and Palatine Roads. His great-grandson still lives on the spot.

  • Circuit riders part of early Arlington Heights history Dec 14, 2011 12:00 AM
    Life of the circuit-riding preacher was rough, not to mention short. They rode from settlement to settlement to preach conversion, often just sleeping outdoors with their coat over them for protection from the elements. What is today the First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights got its start in the culture of circuit riders.

  • Albert F. Volz

    Albert Volz played major role in history of Arlington Heights Oct 12, 2011 12:00 AM
    Albert F. Volz not only was mayor, legislator and owner of one of the town's largest businesses, Peter and Volz Co., manufacturer of school desks and opera chairs, he also was Arlington Heights' greatest advocates. He served on the volunteer fire department and was the first to have the vision to create Northwest Highway.

  • Flooding an ancient problem in Arlington Heights Sep 21, 2011 12:00 AM
    Arlington Heights residents think that they have water problems now. Imagine was it was like in the 19th century when a network of waterways was part of the landscape.

  • Arlington Hts.’ 125th a reason to recall earlier times Aug 9, 2011 12:00 AM
    Arlington Heights will celebrate the 125th anniversary of its incorporation as a village next year. And that stimulates much then-and-now discussion, such as when the streets were unpaved.

  • Peoples homes of the past shares stories of history Jul 26, 2011 12:00 AM
    When Matilda Weilinski sold us her house in 1961 because she was moving out West, she was said to have sold 28 other pieces of property in town. She was a well-to-do woman.In her last grandiose gesture of generosity to the new owners, she waved her hands at the sailcloth curtains on the back porch and told us, “I’m leaving the curtains for you.” There were no curtain rods. We found a certain charm in the experience. We liked it that something of the old life of the house was leaning into the new life we were bringing to it, caressing it in a way.

  • Vision, work built Arlington Heights library Apr 12, 2011 12:00 AM
    The Arlington Heights Memorial Library had its genesis in a meeting on a cold day in 1887 at the home of Elizabeth Walker, the wife of a new school principal in town. The women called themselves “The Reading Circle.”

  • Moving earth, buildings a big part of Arlington Hts. history Feb 17, 2011 12:00 AM
    In early days in Arlington Heights, moving buildings around like pieces on a checkerboard was routine. The examples are legion. The ever-capable Billy Guild would come with his rollers and team. Voila! New life for old buildings.

  • A quiet look at Arlington Heights’ past Jan 12, 2011 12:00 AM
    Bill Bryson, writing in his new book “At Home” about his residence, a former Church of England rectory, and its Norfolk environs, has given me new eyes to see the rich history of our block in Arlington Heights.

  • History has a funny way of repeating itself Dec 15, 2010 12:00 AM
    It was like a memory out of Arlington Heights’ past, but it was happening right now in Sandwich, Ill. I saw the newspaper picture of a small frame church tipping off one side of a moving platform carrying it down what was identified as Arnold Road to a new location in the town. The story told that the diminutive historic church, built by Presbyterians in Sandwich in 1858, had been bought by St. Paul Catholic Church in 1910 and used regularly for worship ever since. Now it was being moved next to the parish center about a mile away.

  • Another side to truck farming in Arlington Heights Oct 13, 2010 12:00 AM
    I’ve always thought that it is important to say what you really mean because when you hear yourself saying something out loud, you can make corrections.

  • When gasoline lighting came to Arlington HeightsJun 7, 2010 12:00 AM
    When Arlington Heights Road was an old Potawatomi trail, the moon was the night light.

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