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Huntley Area History

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  1. Aerial of Huntley Looking Northeast
    The L shaped building in the foreground was known as the Disbrow Building. Andrew Disbrow had his wagon repair shop in the lower part of the building facing Main Street. The I.O.O.F. - Independent Order of Odd Fellows - occupied the second story. In the lower level along Church Street, there was a millinery shop and a grocery store. The First Congregational Church is seen in the center of the photo. North of the Congregational Church was the parsonage that was donated to the church by Thomas Huntley in 1885. This building no longer exists. The German Lutheran Church, now Trinity Lutheran Church, can be seen in the upper left of the photo. The German Lutheran Church steeple in this photo is the tall steeple which was later struck by lightening. The 1875 Huntley School can be seen to the right of the First Congregational Church. The photo dates to after 1909 when an addition was added to the rear of the school.

  2. Aerial View North from former Catty Corporation
    Aerial view looking north from the Catty Corporation smokestack circa 1920.

  3. Alice Mae Hadley Statler
    Alice Mae Hadley Statler, 1884 - 1964. Known as Mae, she was born November 29, 1883 in Huntley. She was the daughter of Milo D. and Anna Sinnett Hadley. She was descended from two early founding Huntley families. She married Dr. Oliver I. Statler on October 7, 1911. He was a practicing physician in Huntley for nearly 50 years until his death in 1954. Mae was a member of the Ladies Aid of the First Congregational Church of Huntley and served many years as church organist. She was a charter member of the Women's club of Huntley and a past president of the American Legion Post 673 Auxiliary. She and Dr. Statler had one son, Oliver H. born in 1915. Mae died in April 1964.

  4. Amos Brothers Restaurant
    The Amos brothers opened their restaurant in the west side of the Pabst Building, located at the southeast corner of Main and Church Streets. When William Amos returned home to Huntley following service in World War I, he and his brother franklin opened their restaurant. The Amos brothers are pictured in front of their business. The women are unidentified.

  5. Anna Skeels
    Anna C. Skeels, the daughter of John and Cecelia Skeels, was born in Huntley in April 1877. She attended Huntley schools, graduating with the high school class of 1895. Her businessman father had been part owner of the Devine and Skeels General Store on Woodstock Street in Huntley, and later owner of Skeels Dry Good Store in Huntley. Anna was a teacher, and later, after her father's death, became a sales clerk in the store once owned by her father. Anna Skeels never married. She died in Elgin on December 28, 1927.

  6. Barbara Hemmer Ernesti
    Interview questions answered in writing by Barbara Ernesti on May 5, 2012.

  7. Bel Boy Beer Advertisement, 1937
    At the end of prohibition, the Huntley Brewing Company began operating out of the building that once housed the Cornell Brothers and Jelke's milk processing plants on South Church Street. The plant produced Bel Boy, Copperhead and Indian Maid beers. Although the company filed for bankruptcy in 1935, this advertisement is dated 1937.

  8. Bel Boy Beer Tap Knob
    Tap knob for distribution of Bel Boy Beer, produced by the Huntley Brewing Company. The company was established in 1934 in the former Cornell Brothers Creamery building (later Catty Corporation) on south Church Street. The company also produced Copperhead Indian Maid beers. The brewery filed for bankruptcy one year after opening, but remained in operation until 1937, when it finally shut down.

  9. Betty Ann Lazansky
    Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Lazansky (1917-2005) at 4 months old. She was the daughter of Charles and Hazel Hadley Lazansky. She graduated from Huntley High School and from National Louis University with a degree in education. Elizabeth taught for more than 32 years in the Huntley and Woodstock elementary schools. In November of 1937, she married Leroy Anderson.

  10. Betty Lazansky Anderson and Oliver H. Statler, 2001
    Cousins Betty Lazansky Anderson and Oliver H. Statler are shown at the Huntley Area Public Library when Oliver came from Hawaii to visit his hometown of Huntley. Oliver and Betty were descendants of Huntley early settlers Richard and Olive Hadley.

  11. Beverly Heine and Mayor Henry Ackman
    Beverly Heine Eisenmenger shown with Mayor Henry Ackman in 1960 at the dedication of the new Huntley fire barn on Coral Street. Beverly was the presenter at the dedication. She was attended by Lenny Ackman and Harold Hansen.

  12. Blizzard February 1936, Charles Lazansky
    Rural Huntley mail carrier Charles Lazansky (foreground) attempts to shovel the beginnings of the snowstorm that lasted for weeks. This photograph was taken in January of 1936. By February, Huntley was buried several feed deep in snow.

  13. Blizzard February 1936, Lawrence Rugg (L) and Ivan Bandlow (R)
    Shoveling snow was a common site in the snowy winter of January and February of 1936. Lawrence Rugg (left) and Ivan Bandlow (right) attempt to make a path for their car.

  14. Blizzard February 1936, Milk Truck Stuck in Snow
    The winter of 1935-1936 saw some of the highest snowfalls in Huntley history. But February of 1936 had days of heavy snow that brought the area to a standstill. Schools were closed for six weeks because the rural students could not get into town. But the milk could not wait. Huntley men shoveled mountains of snow for days to allow the milk transfer trucks to get through. This photo is along Dundee Road.

  15. Blizzard February 1936, Shoveling Snow
    The heavy snow of February 1936 brought life in Huntley to a virtual standstill. Piles of snow, taller than an automobile, were seen in the area. The men are unidentified.

  16. Blizzard February 1936, Sled with Milk Cans
    Farmers brought their milk to town on sleighs during the snowy winter of 1935-1936. Milk cans can be seen in the sleigh in the foreground. The town square gazebo can be seen in the background at the right.

  17. Blizzard February 1936, Sleds along Coral Street
    Sleds glide along Coral Street in the 1936 snow storm. The white John G. Kelley house can be seen behind the sled. The dark building in the far background is the Lutheran School.

  18. Blizzard February 1936, Truck in Street
    Mounds of snow blanketed the Huntley area.

  19. Blizzard February 1936, Village Hall on Railroad Street
    The Huntley Village Hall (far right) along Railroad Street is buried in snow, possibly in the 1936 blizzard. This village hall was in use until the new village office was built on the town square in 1939. The building with the tall smokestack at right had long been a milk processing plant.

  20. Borden's Milk Plant Circa 1906
    Built circa 1906 on Vine Street (now Illinois Route 47), Huntley. The local factory was a success due to the surplus of milk available from area farmers. When Bordens ceased production at the Huntley location, the Victor Mey milk plant moved into the building. The building was vacant during the 1920's and 1930's. The building still stands as of 2013, substantially changed, and houses the Union Special, a sewing machine manufacturer, and several smaller businesses.

  21. Borden's Milk Plant Circa 1910
    The Borden's Milk processing plant along Vine Street (today Route 47). The business opened in Huntley in 1906 or 1907, produced condensed milk. The convenience of the nearby railroad made shipping the milk into Chicago very efficient. When Borden's ceased production at this location, sometime after 1915, the Victor Mey milk processing company took over the plant. It closed in 1925. A portion of the building still remains, significantly changed, along Route 47.

  22. Charles Conley Farm
    The Charles Conley farm was located on IL Route 47 about 2 miles north of the Village of Huntley. This photo, taken during the winter months, shows the home, barn and outbuildings. Charles Conley was born August 3, 1863 and was the husband of Margaret Higgins. They raised six children in the home, Agnes Purvey, Marcella Beltz, Roy (Mary O'Rourke), Harold (Ada Winne), Clifford (Margaret Kelly) and Marion, for whom one of the Huntley School District schools is named. Charles Conley died in 1945. His son Roy took over the farm and raised a family there.

  23. Charles Conley Farmhouse Route 47 Circa 1920's
    Charles Conley (1863-1945) at the wheel, wife Margaret (Higgins) seated in the rear in the dark coat, daughter Marcella in front seat. The couple had three sons Harold, the oldest (birth date unknown), Clifford (1901-1967) and Roy (1904-1967). Two of the sons are shown seated on the grass circa 1910. The farm was located north of town about 2 miles along the east side on what is now Route 47. Son Roy and his wife, the former Mary O’Rourke (married 1936) later lived on this farm and raised a family of eight children. Roy and Mary Conley’s son, Raymond, was killed while riding his bike on the road in front of the farm in 1963.

  24. Charles Huntley
    Charles Huntley (1834–1883) came to this area in 1846 with his family. At the time, he was about 12 years of age. He was Thomas Huntley’s older son. When the Civil War broke out he was among the first from the area to enlist. He assembled 300 other local men to join with him. He was a lieutenant and later a captain in the Sixteenth Illinois Cavalry. His troops were captured after a long battle at Strawberry Plains, Virginia and Charles Huntley spent the remainder of the war in southern prisoner of war camps, including Libby and the notorious Andersonville Prison camp in Georgia. After the war he established a stagecoach route and later mail route through to the west. He was in business with his cousin, Silas Huntley, the son of Thomas Huntley’s brother Daniel. Charles was a very adventurous and enterprising young man and a very astute businessman. Among the companies in which Charles C. Huntley had an interest were the Northwest Stage Company, which was engaged in transporting mail and passengers on routes from the present day Fargo, North Dakota, through Montana and later, Oregon and into the Utah, Idaho and Washington territories. He also had interest in the Oregon & California Stage Company, which was engaged in similar business on the route from California, to Portland, Oregon. The Wells Fargo Company eventually purchased the routes to add to their many routes, paying Huntley $10,000. That along with his earnings for a year and a half netted him $20,000 besides his stock. Charles Huntley immediately established other routes, to Oregon and the Dakotas and managed these for eight years. He was a wealthy man when paralysis, brought on by exposure and starvation during his prisoner of war years, caused him to abandon his business and return home to Huntley where he died at age 49. Thomas Huntley, Charles Huntley and other members of the Huntley family are buried in the Huntley Cemetery on Dean Street.

  25. Charles Skeels
    Charles P. Skeels was the oldest son of Huntley businessman John P. Skeels and his wife, Cecelia. Charles was born February 22, 1873, in Huntley. He was a 1891 graduate of Huntley High School. Charles later moved to Kansas. He was a retired salesman. He died in Elgin, Illinois, on February 9, 1943.

  26. Charles Weltzien
    Charles Weltzien was born in Mecklenburg, German, in November of 1819. He died August 19, 1901. His wife was Friedricke (Rachel) Schroeder. They were married in 1847. The couple came to the United States in 1857. Charles was overseer of Thomas Stillwell Huntley farms until he bought a farm in 1868 on Coyne Station Road. The couple had six children, John G. Weltzien (12/14/1847-11/1/1913). Also Mary (1850-1932), Fred (1854-1933), Sophia (1857-1944), Mina (1859-1947), Carrie (1865-1954). All of the children, except Carrie, were born in Germany.

  27. Coral Street Looking East
    The photo shows Coral Street looking east toward the Huntley town square. The cross street is Vine Street, later Illinois Route 47. The large building right of center is the Sawyer Kelley Mill built in 1892. W. G. Sawyer owned two mill buildings in the town. The other one was on Vine Street. His partner was John G. Kelley. Mr. Sawyer was at one time a supervisor of Grafton Township. In the center background of the photo is the two-story, L-shaped Hawley building, built circa 1878. The building housed Hawley's General Store facing Woodstock Street and the town square. Telephone poles can be seen in the photograph. Village ordinance granted the Chicago Telephone Company the right to erect and maintain its poles and cables in Huntley in 1897.

  28. Cousins Betty Lazansky Anderson and Oliver H. Statler
    Cousins Betty Lazansky and Oliver H. Statler shown in Huntley circa 1923. Betty (Elizabeth Ann) was born in Huntley March 16, 1917 and died there on November 14, 2005. Betty was a long-time Huntley school teacher.

  29. Deans on Mill Street, Circa 1950
    Dean's Milk Company factory, built in Huntley in 1946, was the first new milk processing plant in town since the 1920's. Situated along Mill Street, the plant produced milk in cartons and jugs for consumer use. At the time it was built, to produce Country Charm milk, all the milk processed came from farmers within a 15-mile radius of the plant. The business still operates at the same location today.

  30. Doris Schramm Marsh
    Interview questions answered in writing by Doris Marsh on May 5, 2012.

  31. Dorothy Devine 1911
    Dorothy Johnson ("Dot") Devine was the youngest child of Huntley businessman William Devine and his wife, Minnie Clara Johnson. The Devine family home was on Woodstock Street, and Mr. Devine's general store was at Woodstock and Main Streets. Dorothy was born in Huntley in 1900 and died in 1986. Dorothy never married. She is buried in the Huntley Cemetery.

  32. Dorothy Devine 1920s
    Dorothy Johnson ("Dot") Devine was the youngest child of Huntley businessman William Devine and his wife, the former Minnie Clara Johnson. The Devine family home was on Woodstock Street, and Mr. Devine's general store was at Woodstock and Main Streets. Dorothy was born in Huntley in 1900 and died in 1986. Dorothy never married. She is buried in the Huntley Cemetery.

  33. Dr. Oliver I. and Mae (Hadley) Statler
    Huntley physician Dr. Oliver I. Statler and his wife, Mae Hadley Statler c. 1911. The Statlers were married October 7, 1911. Dr. Statler had opened his practice in Huntley following his graduation from Rush Medical Chicago in 1906 and his internship at Polyclinic in Chicago in 1908.

  34. Dr. Oliver I. and Mae (Hadley) Statler 1949
    Dr. Oliver I. Statler (1879-1954) and Mae Hadley Statler (1884-1964). Dr. Statler had his office in his Woodstock Street home. Parents of Oliver I. Statler.

  35. Dr. Oliver I. and Mae (Hadley) Statler, Circa 1911
    Oliver I. Statler was born on a farm in Ohio on December 21, 1879. He graduated from Wilmington College in 1902 and from Rush Medical College in 1906. He came to Huntley in 1908 and practiced medicine here for more than 45 years. He had his office and home on Woodstock Street. He married Huntley native Mae Hadley in 1911. This photograph was possibly taken shortly after their 1911 marriage in Huntley, Illinois.

  36. Dr. Oliver I. Statler and Oliver H. Statler
    Dr. Oliver I. Statler, a Huntley physician, and his son Oliver Hadley Statler c. 1917. Oliver H. was born in 1915 and died in 2002.

  37. Dr. Oliver I. Statler Circa 1925
    Dr. Oliver I. Statler, 1879 - 1954. Shown here circa 1925, Dr. Statler served as the Huntley community doctor for nearly 46 years from 1908 until his death on April 19, 1954 at the age of 74. His many years of service were interrupted only by his service in World War I when he enlisted in April 1918. Commissioned as a first lieutenant in the Army Medical Corps, he was not released until after the Armistice when he returned to Huntley. He was the first commander at the Huntley American Legion Post 673. A plaque in front of the Huntley Legion Hall honors his service.

  38. Dr. Oliver Statler Circa 1908
    Dr. Oliver I. Statler, 1879 - 1954. Shown circa 1908, he was born in Wilmington, Ohio, on December 21, 1879. He was the son of Samuel and Lydia Statler. He graduated in 1902 from Wilmington College and in 1906 from Rush Medical, Chicago. After interning at Polyclinic in Chicago, he came to the Huntley area to begin his practice in 1908. He married Alice Mae Hadley on October 7, 1911. Her family had been early founding settlers of the Huntley area. Dr. and Mrs. Statler had one son, Oliver H. Statler, born in 1915. Dr. Statler conducted his Huntley practice from his Woodstock Street home.

  39. Dwyer and Lawson stores
    Dwyer's Ice Cream Parlor, on the left, and Lawson's Meat Market, at right, operated on the south side of Main Street. Edward and Mary Hennig Dwyer purchased their business from E. E. Torrey and operated circa 1900. The business sold tobacco, stationery, fruit and bakery goods. In 1917 the Dwyers sold the business to Walter Farley, who ran the business as a grocery store. Farley sold the store to Leo Dwyer in 1948. The photo shows Edward Dwyer at far left and Pat Keating, wearing a vest, standing next to him. The others in front of Dwyer's store are unidentified. At Lawson's Meat Market owner Frank Lawson is shown wearing a white apron. Lawson operated his store from 1905 until his death in 1942. His sons followed him in the business.

  40. Ed Cook
    Born 1860-02-10; Died 1952-05-28; Mr. Cook trained for his pharmacy degree at Northwestern University and took over the building erected by his deceased brother, Dr. Charles Cook. Mr. Cook had a pharmacy on the east half of the building and the failing Farmers Exchange Bank was in the west half. Mr. Cook made good on the bank losses and became a respected businessman, undertaker, and county coroner for over 17 years. He also served as Huntley Fire Marshall and Huntley Postmaster.

  41. Ed Hayes Tavern 1946
    Ed Hayes was the proprietor of the tavern located on Woodstock Street across from the town square. The tavern shared a site with the Sigrist Restaurant, owned by Hayes' mother-in-law, Philipine Sigrist. Ed Hayes is pictured behind the bar.

  42. Fire Bell in Town Square Circa 2005
    The antique fire bell, which summoned the volunteer firemen to service, still is displayed in the town square park. Circa 2005

  43. Fire Department Circa 1966
    The 1966 Volunteer Huntley Fire Department included, from left to right, top row, Earl Lamz, Ed Piske, Bob Schactner, Lyle Koppen, Heine Reams, Don Tessmer. Middle Row: Al Ackman, Percy Swanson, Jim Mattingly, Elmer Harting, Walt Akerberg, Walt Mursewick. Bottom Row: Len Ackman, Norm Zimmerman, C. K. Anderson, Ed Ungs, Donald Anderson and Art Schultze.

  44. Fire Department Circa 1980
    Shown about 1980 are Lt. Dick Sweeney, Capt. Dave Veath, Chief Phillip Freund, Asst. Chief Paul Ziller and Capt. Al Wiesneth.

  45. Fire Department Early Water Fights
    A water fight attracted many visitors on hot summer Sundays. This is one of the earliest photographs of the fire department's water fights. The clothing suggest the approximate year as 1915. The water fights continued into the 1990's. This view is looking east into the town square.

  46. Fire Department in First Village Hall Through 1939
    The first Village Hall on Railroad Street, across from the train depot, was one of the earliest fire department locations. Note the large doors to the left of the main entrance. Fire equipment was housed here until 1939, when it was moved to the new village hall on Coral Street at Church Street.

  47. Fire Department Paramedics 1976
    Huntley's First Fire Department paramedics, shown in 1976. Included from left to right, Captain Al Weisneth, Assistant Chief Paul Ziller, Brian Spencer, Captain Dave Veath and Dave Oldham.

  48. Fire Department Volunteers on Parade, Circa 1915
    Huntley's volunteer fire department proudly marches past the train depot on Railroad Street sometime between 1912 - 1918. Huntley businessman and fire chief, Ed Cook, leads the group in parade along the unpaved street. Ed Cook is wearing the white hat.

  49. Fire Department Volunteers, Centennial Parade, 1951
    Huntley Fire Department entry in the 1951 Huntley Centennial celebration parade along Main Street. The State Bank of Huntley, Cook Building, is in the background.

  50. Fire Department Volunters, 1915
    When the fire bell on the town square clanged, volunteers hurried to action from their various locations around town. Front row from left to right: John Frenck, Harry Hilbert, Martin Simonsen, Ben Graupner, Otto Schmalz, Chris Ahrens, John Rammien, Herman Elsholz and Henry Ackman. The back row from left to right: Edward Cook, Ernest Daehn, Louis Schnelle, Leo Hennig, John Tarnow, Bill Ehlert, Bert Ehlert and Charlie Weltzien.

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