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Stay in Touch Sign up. Paul Church of Bloomingdale in The membership of the Baptist Church declined from in the early s to 73 in July of A petition was sent to County Judge Elbert H. Gary on January 30, , to allow an election for purpose of officially incorporating a Village to be called Bloomingdale. On March 5, , in the tailor shop of the late Francis X. Neltnor, the people of the area voted 47 to 12 in favor of the proposition.
The first trustees elected to the village board were Frank Holstein, Dr. Vanderhoof was chosen as the first president and John H. Rohler as village clerk. The new schoolhouse at Lake and Third Street was constructed in , the first building to be built as a school. On May 7, , the township board met at the old Baptist church and school at Franklin and Bloomingdale to purchase it at a public auction.
In the village passed an ordinance granting the Chicago Telephone Company the right to place poles and wires along the Chicago and Elgin Road Lake Street. The arrival of the 20th Century brought more changes to the village. Automobiles were common enough for the village to pass a ordinance establishing speed limits of 8 mph on streets 4 mph in alleys. Drivers were required to sound a bell or gong at every street crossing. Gas street lamps were purchased for both parts of the village. According to the proposal, half of the books would be kept in Bloomingdale and half in Roselle.
One third on the first purchase would be printed in German. The committee agreed that the engine would be located for six months in Roselle and six months in Bloomingdale. In the township purchased a portable steel jail cell for installation in the township hall. Around this same time William Randecker left the house-painting business to his partner, Fred Hillman, and built a hardware store at the southwest corner of Franklin and Bloomingdale, which is today known as Old Town Hardware.
In the village began purchasing street oil to keep down the dust on the gravel roads in the area. With the passage of the 19th Amendment, Bloomingdale women were allowed to vote in the election. Operating two villages as one caused friction.
By a vote of 81 to 15, the people in the south part of the old village established a new village of Bloomingdale on June 16, Electricity came to the village in ; however, many would not enjoy this convenience or that of the telephone for years. Fifteen electric street lights were installed on a trial basis in as replacements for the gas lights.
Construction on Central School was completed in The old school was rented to the village, and the first meeting of the village board was held there in August The building was purchased a decade later. The War Ration Board operated out of the township hall. In tin can collections were set up for the war effort.
Bloomingdale men served in the armed forces. Alvin Koehn and Roy Fuller were among casualties. The s were years of growth. The village purchased its first marked police car. Prior to this time the village marshal drove his own car while he was on duty. The Bloomingdale Fire Protection District 1 was formed in The same year indoor plumbing was added to the village hall. The Indian Lakes and Suncrest subdivisions were built in that decade, as the population tripled from in to 1, in The larger population in the s led to the creation of a full-time police department.
The new post office was completed in , but patrons continued to pick up their mail. Bloomingdale Township offices were moved to new quarters in ; and on June 14 the old Baptist Church was again sold, this time to the Bloomingdale Park District, for one dollar. A time both of growth and destruction occurred during the s. Tree lined Bloomingdale Road was deemed too narrow for the growing community.
Despite much protest from concerned citizens, the trees that had stood for hundreds of years were axed in The first class graduated from the new Westfield School in The first library ;opened at Fairfield and Bloomingdale roads in that same year. The year of the bicentennial brought more changes. Three shopping centers were under construction or in the final stages of approval: Old Town Square on top of the Indian Village , Springbrook, and Stratford Square.
Old and new residents participated in the th Anniversary. Old Town was revitalized through the renovation of historic buildings and construction of new replicas. It was a time to remember the past and look toward the future. Thomas J. Skip to content Thomas T. Perkins, Jr. Looking West on Lake Street. Second Baptist Church building was built in Courtesy Mr. Perkins Jr.
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