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  1. 75th Anniversary Celebration--Newspaper Article 1
    Newspaper article from a special supplement to the Daily Herald newspaper on January 29, 1992 commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Mount Prospect. The article on page 3 of the supplement discusses the activities to be held during the year of celebration.

  2. 75th Anniversary Celebration--Newspaper Article 2
    Copy of an article from the Daily Herald newspaper dated March 4, 1993. It discusses the events held during the previous year to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Mount Prospect.

  3. Aerial View of Mount Prospect, 1929
    Aerial view of Mount Prospect, Illinois taken on June 13, 1929. The view is looking southwest. Northwest Highway, Main Street and Emerson Street are visible.

  4. Albert Busse and Emma Schaeffer Wedding Picture
    Wedding picture of Albert Busse and his wife, Emma Schaeffer, ca. 1915. Busse in later years owned the village's first car dealership.

  5. Albert C. Hillertz Oral History
    Audio and text versions of an oral history with Albert C. "Bud" Hillertz as subject. The interview took place on November 30, 1993 in Mount Prospect, Illinois and was conducted by Laura Frume.

  6. Alice Teichert Oral History
    Audio and transcript copies of an oral history with Alice Teichert. Ms. Teichert was the wife of Robert Teichert who served as mayor of Mount Prospect from 1969-1977. The interview was conducted by Carol Ventura on December 6, 1993 in Mount Prospect. It is 54 minutes in length.

  7. Alma Linneman Busse
    Postcard showing Alma Linneman Busse in 1915. She was married to Fred N. Busse.

  8. Arlington Heights Lutheran School
    Photograph showing students and staff of the Arlington Heights Lutheran School around the turn of the twentieth century.

  9. Blues Brothers and Mount Prospect Police Car Puzzle
    Puzzle made from photograph showing replica of the car used in the movie "The Blues Brothers". Dan Aykroyd used Mount Prospect in the script because he heard that "the Mount Prospect police department in its early days was a bad ass bunch of asskickers who didn't put up with any big city interlopers." The two individuals in the puzzle are Tony Halachoulis of the Mount Prospect Police Department and Joe Gatis of the Public Works Department. Laubenstein Photography of Arlington Heights developed the original photograph.

  10. Busse Avenue Business, looking east, 1953
    Photograph showing a view of Busse Avenue in 1953, looking east from Wille Avenue to Main Street. Among the businesses shown are the bowling alley, hardware store, Mount Prospect bank, and the George L. Busse and Co. Real Estate office.

  11. Busse Avenue Business, looking east, c 1917
    Postcard showing a view of Busse Avenue around 1917, looking east. The structures in this location were (left to right) Busse Buick Repair Shop/Garage; the Albert Busse home; Busse Buick Show Room; and the Mount Prospect Bank (across Main Street)

  12. Busse Avenue Business, looking west, 1953
    Photograph showing Busse Avenue looking west from Main Street to Wille Avenue in 1953. Among the businesses shown are the bowling alley, real estate office, hardware store, and Mount Prospect bank on the corner. The Busse Buick dealership is visible down half a block from the bank on Main Street.

  13. Busse Avenue Business, looking west, c 1917
    Postcard showing a view of Busse Avenue around 1917, looking west. The most visible structures shown are (left to right) Busse Buick Repair Shop/Garage (the white brick building); the Albert Busse home; Busse Buick Show Room (with awnings); and the Mount Prospect Bank (across Main Street).

  14. Busse Avenue Businesses
    Photograph of the north side of Busse Avenue just west of Main Street in downtown Mount Prospect as it appeared in the mide to late 1930s. Shown are several businesses including Mount Prospect State Bank. Some of the buildings date from the 1920s.

  15. Busse Avenue Businesses, looking west, 1959
    Photograph showing the middle of Busse Avenue looking west betweem Main Street and Wille Avenue in 1959. The businesses shown include the bowling alley, liquor store, hardware store, and a cleaners.

  16. Busse Avenue Businesses, looking west, 1977
    Photograph showing Buse Avenue looking west between Main Street and Wille Avenue in 1977. Businesses shown include Ye Old Town Inn, hardware store, Prospect Opticians, and Danneo's Ice Cream Parlor.

  17. Busse Avenue looking east, c1940
    Postcard showing a photograph of Busse Avenue looking east around 1940.

  18. Busse Avenue, 1912
    Photograph of Busse Avenue looking east towards Main Street. The building in the background is the hardware store run by the Busse family at the corner of Main and Busse. None of the people is identified.

  19. Busse Avenue, 1927
    Photograph showing the buildings and businesses on the north side of Busse Avenue as they appeared in 1927. On the corner was a business run by William Busse which included a car dealership, a hardware store and a farm implement dealership.

  20. Busse Avenue, 2006--Photograph 01
    Photograph of Busse Avenue looking east towards Main Street in downtown Mount Prospect. The photograph was taken by Tom Garvin in June 2006.

  21. Busse Avenue, 2006--Photograph 02
    Photograph showing businesses along the north side of Busse Avenue in downtown Mount Prospect west of Main Street. The businesses include Ye Olde Town Inn, Dance by Tamara Zach, and Rufini's Restaurant which closed in early 2006. The photograph was taken by Tom Garvin in June 2006.

  22. Busse Avenue, 2006--Photograph 03
    Photograph of a building on the North side of Busse Avenue just west of Main Street in downtown Mount Prospect. This structure most recently housed Dugout Militaria. It was built in 1905 as Wille's Tavern. The photograph was taken in June 2006 by Tom Garvin.

  23. Busse Avenue, 2006--Photograph 04
    Photograph of businesses on the North side of Busse Avenue between Main and Wille Streets in downtown Mount Prospect. Shown (left to right) are buildings housing Josie's Barber Shop, Dugout Militaria, and Ye Olde Town Inn. The photograph was taken by Tom Garvin in June 2006

  24. Busse Avenue, 2006--Photograph 05
    Photograph showing two buildings on the north side of Busse Avenue between Main Street and Wille Street in downtown Mount Prospect. The brick building on the left housed the law office of Norman Kurtz and the building on the right housed Josie's Barber Shop. The photograph was taken by Tom Garvin in June 2006.

  25. Busse Avenue, 2006--Photograph 06
    Photograph showing businesses along the south side of Busse Avenue near the intersection with Main Street in downtown Mount Prospect. Across Main Street on the southeast corner is Continental Bakery. On the southwest corner is His and Her Hobbies. Next to this building is Ye Ole Barber Shop. This photograph was taken by Tom Garvin in June 2006. The buildings housing the hobby shop and the barber shops were demolished in November 2006.

  26. Busse Avenue, 2006--Photograph 07
    Photograph of the south side of Busse Avenue between Main Street and Wille Street in downtown Mount Prospect. Shown are buildings (left to right) housing His and Her Hobbies, Ye Ole Barber Shop and Gail's Carriage Inn Restaurant. The photograph was taken by Tom Garvin in June 2006. All the businesses are now closed and the first two buildings were demolished in November 2006.

  27. Busse Avenue, 2006--Photograph 08
    Photograph of Busse Avenue looking west from Main Street towards Wille Street. The photograph was taken by Tom Garvin in April 2006. Shown are buildings that have housed different businesses for decades. Some of these structures were town down in November 2006.

  28. Busse Avenue, 2006--Photograph 09
    Photograph showing the south side of Busse Avenue looking west from Main Street towards Northwest Highway and Wille Street. The first structure housed His and Her Hobbies and the second housed Ye Ole Barber Shop. The photograph was taken by Tom Garvin in April 2006. The two buildings were demolished in November 2006.

  29. Busse Avenue, 2006--Photograph 10
    Photograph of buildings housing businesses on the north side of Busse Avenue looking west from Main Street towards Wille Street. The photograph was taken by Tom Garvin in April 2006. The building on the corner which most recently housed Rufini's Restaurant was demolished in November 2006.

  30. Busse Avenue, 2006--Photograph 11
    Photograph showing the front of a building on the northwest corner of Busse Avenue and Main Street in downtown Mount Prospect. It was often referred to as the Busse building and housed numerous businesses since the early 1900s. The most recent tenant was Rufini's Restaurant. This photograph was taken in April 2006 by Tom Garvin. The building was demolished in November 2006.

  31. Busse Avenue, 2006--Photograph 12
    Photograph showing the west side of the building on the northwest corner of Main Street and Busse Avenue in downtown Mount Prospect. It was known as the Busse building and was built in the early 1900s. Numerous businesses were housed in it over the years, most recently Rufini's Restaurant. This photograph was taken in April 2006. The building was demolished in November 2006.

  32. Busse Avenue, c. 1930
    Photograph of businesses along Busse Avenue as they and Mount Prospect residents appeared in the early 1930s in front of the Busse Biermann Store. Albert Busse (holding the folder) William Busse, Jr. are standing near the car. Edwin G(?)runke is sitting on the bumper. Helen Hopper (sitting on the wheel) and her husband (standing beside her) ran the bowling alley business.

  33. Busse Avenue, looking west, c1940
    Postcard showing photograph of Busse Avenue looking west as it appeared around 1940. The businesses shown include Mt. Prospect State Bank and Busse-Biermann Hardware Store.

  34. Busse Building, c. 1927
    Photograph showing the construction of a business building at 105-111 South Main Street, between Busse Avenue and Northwest Highway. William Busse, Jr. had the stuctures built 1926-1927 next to the old Busse General Store. Shown in the picture are John Pohlman (in the dark suit); William Busse, Jr. (in sweater); Gilbert Grooenland (on the roof at the right); and Gilbert Busse (sitting on the boards on the roof). The other men are unidentified.

  35. Busse Building, Emerson and Northwest Highway, November 1985
    Photograph showing the Busse Building on the corner of Emerson and Northwest Highway after facade improvement in November 1985. This structure was originally built in the 1920s.

  36. Busse Building, Emerson and Northwest Highway, Summer 1985
    Photograph showing the Busse Building on the corner of Emerson and Northwest Highway in Summer 1985. This structure was built in the 1920s.

  37. Busse Family - Five Generations
    Five generations of Busses,c. 1930. Left to right: Christine Kirchhoff (Mrs. Louis Busse); William Busse; Ethel Froemling Sporleder; Audrey (child in her lap who died in infancy); and Martha Busse Froemling.

  38. Busse Family Reunion, ca. 1925
    Photograph of a Busse Family reunion that occurred sometime around 1925.

  39. Busse Family-Four Generations
    Photograph of four generations of the Busse family of Mount Prospect. They are, left to right, Hellen Busse Biermann, Elaine Biermann Niebhur (baby), William Busse, and Christina Busse. The photograph was taken in the 1920s.

  40. Busse Flowers--Newspaper Article
    Article about Busse Flowers in Mount Prospect. The article appeared in the Daily Herald newspaper November 1, 2001

  41. Busse Gardens
    Photograph showing the Busse Gardens that were located just south of the home of William Busse, Sr. The house was located on the southwest corner of Busse Avenue and Emerson Street. the sunken garden was bordered on the east by Emerson Street and on the south by Northwest Highway. The photograph was taken from the northwest corner of Northwest Highway and Emerson Street. Date of photograph is unknown.

  42. Busse Groceries, c 1900
    Photograph taken around 1900 looking southeast on Main Street. The one-story building on the right was built in the 1890s by Louis Busse at 115 S. Main Street. The building on the left housed Busse Groceries, the post office, and upstairs family living quarters. The residents shown are unidentified.

  43. Busse Hardware Store--Interior, 1920
    Photograph showing the interior of the hardware store located at 2-4 West Busse Avenue in 1920. It was then combined with the Buick and International Harvester farm equipment dealerships owned by William Busse. In 1929 the hardware store was bought by Frank Biermann and became the Busse-Biermann Hardware store. This business closed in the 1980s.

  44. Busse Home
    Photograph of the Mr. and Mrs. C. D. (Ralph and Adeline) Busse family home on Emerson Street taken in 1958.

  45. Busse Real Estate Office, 1947
    Photograph of George Busse and his son, George L. (left to right) in front of their realty office at 12 Busse St. in 1947. In addition to dealing in real estate, the Busses handled loans and insurance.

  46. Central and William Streets, 1960
    Photograph showing the northeast corner of Central Road and William Street as it appeared in 1960.

  47. Central Grade School
    Postcard showing Central School which housed Mount Prospect's grade school students for many years. It was located on the corner of Emerson and Central streets.

  48. Central Plaza
    Postcard showing the businesses in the Central Plaza shopping center at the corner of Main Street and Central Road around 1960. The Plaza was opened in 1959. The stores included A & P Grocery Store, the Coffee Cup, Mount Prospect Liquors, and Henderson's Drugs.

  49. Central Road and William Street, 1947
    Photograph showing the northeast corner of Central Road and William Street as it appeared in 1947.

  50. Central Road, 1947
    Photograph of Central Road looking east taken in 1947. The chimney and water tower in the distance are located at Maryville in Des Plaines.

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