Articles from the 'Hinsdale 150' series

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Linn served as village's earliest lawman

When Hinsdale officially became a village in 1873, it did so without a police department. In fact, it wasn't until nearly 15 years later that John Linn, a local delivery driver,... — Updated 12/28/2023


Then and now

The building at 24 W. Hinsdale Avenue has seen several occupants since its construction in the early part of the last century. Built as a car dealership in the 1920s, the site is... — Updated 12/28/2023

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Vault home to village's earliest records

Imagine a cross between a room-sized safe deposit box and the corner of a basement. That's "the vault" at Hinsdale Village Hall. Part storage area for village documents and part... — Updated 12/27/2023


Writing down the wonder of Christmas

In 1957, The Doings published Christmas letters and stories from Hinsdale schoolchildren, then republished them in the paper’s 1995 centennial edition. Here are some of those charming ­— and unedited — submissions for the... — Updated 12/20/2023

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Invites honor coaches past and present

This weekend, Hinsdale Central wrestlers will compete with 24 other teams in the 57th annual Whitlatch Invite, one of the toughest tournaments in the state. The event is named... — Updated 12/13/2023


World War II impacted the homefront

Today, Dec. 7, is Pearl Harbor Day, "a date which will live in infamy" as President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously pronounced in a Dec. 8 address to Congress asking that a state of... — Updated 12/6/2023

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Girls sports have come a long way, baby

With the Hinsdale Central girls wrestling team in the early days of its first regular season, it seemed appropriate to look back at the days when hardly any girls had the... — Updated 11/29/2023


Then and now

The building at 35 E. First St. was built in 1929 for hardware dealer Ray Soukup. For decades Hinsdaleans ran to Soukup's for any hardware or household item they needed. The... — Updated 11/21/2023

 By Ken Knutson    News

Meal giveaway shows appetite for sharing

HCS Family Services doesn't date back to Hinsdale's 1873 incorporation, but the organization's history of meeting needs in the community runs deeps. One of its biggest annual... — Updated 11/15/2023

 By Ken Knutson    News

Soldiers shared stories from the front

Eight decades ago, America was at war in the largest, most deadly conflict the world has ever seen. Hinsdale residents, like those of every other town across the country, waited on... — Updated 11/8/2023

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Coffins once sold at the hardware store

Hinsdaleans today would be surprised, to say the least, to see coffins in stock at Fuller's Home and Hardware. But in the 1870s in Hinsdale, they were sold at John Bohlander and... — Updated 11/1/2023

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Beware walking this bride down aisle

In 1989, The Hinsdalean's Pam Lannom (then with The Doings) decided to get a head start on Halloween by transforming into a monster bride a week before Oct. 31. The cosmetically... — Updated 10/25/2023


Then and now

A Texaco gas station was built on the southeast corner of First and Lincoln streets in 1928, and it remained in operation until 1982, when it was sold. The Yurchaks remodeled the... — Updated 10/18/2023


Popular event part of agency's history

Over half a century, a three-day event called the Hinsdale Antiques Show grew from humble beginnings to become the largest annual fundraiser for The Community House. "The first... — Updated 10/11/2023

 By Ken Knutson    News

Golfview Hills stays independent course

Just beyond the southwestern boundary of Hinsdale is a residential area that doesn't belong to any particular town but has strong community spirit nonetheless. Golfview Hills, so na... — Updated 10/4/2023


Memorial Building cupola to sing once again

Longtime residents might remember a time when the skies over downtown Hinsdale were filled with melody and when the clock that sits atop the Memorial Building rang out to signal... — Updated 9/27/2023

 By Ken Knutson    News

Farm's history yields moo-ving legacy

The land on which Hinsdale Central's Red Devils will celebrate Homecoming this weekend was once home to Sedgeley Farm, a regional leader in both dairy cattle breeding and use of... — Updated 9/20/2023

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Hinsdale remained a dry town until 2001

For more than a dozen years, the Eighteenth Amendment made it illegal to manufacture, transport or sell alcohol in this country. In Hinsdale, Prohibition lasted another 68 years.... — Updated 9/13/2023

 By Ken Knutson    News

Clarke left mark in village and beyond

Philip R. Clarke, a.k.a. "Mr. Hinsdale," was community service personified for most of his 77 years, both in the village he called home his entire life and in Chicago, where he was... — Updated 9/6/2023

 By Pamela Lannom    News

All invited to join fundraising campaign

Almost a century ago, Hinsdale residents came together and raised almost $150,000 in a single week to pay for a new building to honor those who fought in the first World War.... — Updated 8/30/2023

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Lightning struck twice one August day

Eight years ago this month, lightning struck twice in Hinsdale on the same day, causing one house to catch fire and destroying the chimney of another. These excerpts are from the... — Updated 8/23/2023


Village saw return on 'lending the country'

Hinsdale is a community that gives back, and that spirit can be traced to the village's early years. In the late 19th century, residents established the Fresh Air Association to... — Updated 8/16/2023

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Light show brings village history to life

One of the shining moments of the village's 150th anniversary celebration will occur Aug. 17 when the village presents "Hinsdale History - Illuminated" at the conclusion of the... — Updated 8/9/2023


Then and now

Voters approved a $3.9 million bond issue in December 1973 to build a new three-story junior high next to the Garfield School, with the first students moving into the Hinsdale... — Updated 8/2/2023

 By Ken Knutson    News

Park Hotel was Hinsdale's place to stay

As Hinsdale’s population was expanding 150 years ago, families needed lodging while their homes were being built. The Park Hotel served that purpose and more, as Timothy Bakken chronicles in his book “Hinsdale,” and was a... — Updated 7/26/2023


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