Sawyer Kelley Photo Slideshow

Enjoy this Sawyer Kelley photo slideshow from the mill in Huntley, IL before it was demolished. The Huntley History Alliance was invited by the Village of Huntley to walk through the Mill and make a photographic record of the building before demolition. Photographs were taken by members of the Huntley Historical Society, the Village of Huntley Historic Preservation Commission, The Huntley Park District, and the Local History Department at the Huntley Area Public Library. Photographs were taken in April 2014.…

The History of the Village of Huntley, Illinois

The Village of Huntley, founded in 1851, is a rapidly growing community located in southern McHenry County and northern Kane County. Huntley is bisected by Illinois Route 47 north and south, the Union Pacific Railroad northwest and southeast, and bordered on the south by Interstate 90. The Blackhawk Wars of 1834 resulted in terms that sent the first inhabitants of the area, Native Americans, to Iowa, thereby opening up the land to its first white settlers. McHenry County was established…

Huntley Native Margaret Donahue: A Chicago Cubs Legend

First Woman Corporate Officer in Major League Baseball Huntley native Margaret Donahue was reluctant to take a job with the Chicago Cubs. It wasn’t exactly the job she was hoping for. But now, 35 years after her death, plans are being made to honor her as a Cubs legend. Margaret is the youngest girl, far left. Margaret was born on a Huntley farm December 13, 1892, the second of eight children of Daniel and Hannah Connor Donahue. The farm at…

Early Development of Huntley to 1870

People, places and important dates in the early development of the Village of Huntley, IL.   Grafton Township The terms at the conclusion of the Black Hawk War of 1834 required Native Americans to vacate their land and to move west of the Mississippi River. White settlers began moving into northern Illinois following the war. The first local government, McHenry County, was formed in 1834.  The Illinois constitution of 1848 gave voters in each county the opportunity to adopt Township…

1963 Heinemann Plane Crash Tragedy

Fifty-two years ago this week on March 31, 1963,  Huntley residents were shocked to learn of a tragic airplane accident that took the lives of two Huntley residents, one of them a Catholic priest. The pilot, Robert Heinemann, 20, was born and raised in Huntley.  He invited his brother, the Rev. Harold Heinemann, 27, and two friends to go for an evening flight. The two friends were priests from the Rockford diocese. The weather was not an issue as they took off from the…

Local History Archives from the Huntley Area Public Library.
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Huntley History Alliance Photography Contest: Then and Now

The Huntley History Alliance recently announced the winners of its photography contest, Then and Now.  The Alliance consists of representatives from the Huntley Park District, the Huntley Area Public Library Local History Department, The Huntley Historical Society, and the Village of Huntley Historic Preservation Commission.  These groups work together as the Huntley History Alliance to preserve and celebrate Huntley history. Amateur photographers of all ages were invited to submit a vintage photograph of a historically significant Huntley area building, structure or landscape…

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Heinemann Family 1961

1963 Heinemann Plane Crash Tragedy

Fifty-two years ago this week on March 31, 1963,  Huntley residents were shocked to learn of a tragic airplane accident that took the lives of two Huntley residents, one of them a Catholic priest. The pilot, Robert Heinemann, 20, was born and raised in Huntley.  He invited his brother, the Rev. Harold Heinemann, 27, and two friends to go for an evening flight. The two friends were priests from the Rockford diocese. The weather was not an issue as they took off from the…

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Village of Huntley town square

The History of the Village of Huntley, Illinois

The Village of Huntley, founded in 1851, is a rapidly growing community located in southern McHenry County and northern Kane County. Huntley is bisected by Illinois Route 47 north and south, the Union Pacific Railroad northwest and southeast, and bordered on the south by Interstate 90. The Blackhawk Wars of 1834 resulted in terms that sent the first inhabitants of the area, Native Americans, to Iowa, thereby opening up the land to its first white settlers. McHenry County was established…

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Huntley Local History File Index

   Huntley Local History File Index (Hanging Clip File) BUSINESSES #1 1936 Businesses Animal Shelters Asphalt Plant Assessments/ Files Banks Breweries Business People Business Profiles #1 Business Profiles #2 Car Dealerships Catty Dairy Mart Dean Foods Duo-Fast Freund William Fencil Co. Photos- C.1945 BUSINESSES #2 Fox Valley Grease Plant Grocers/ Supermarkets Groundbreakings Hospital Huntley Creamery Huntley Towers Liquor Laws Martial Arts Medical Milk Plants Bottling Mills New Business Plans Newspapers Pharmacies Prime Pointe Business Park Regency Square Remember When… (Huntley…

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Local History Storage Shelves

Cabinet Inventory North (Green) Shelf 1 (top): –Collection of Huntley People—Rugh, Statler, Hawley, Dhamer, Weltzien –Sinnett, Hadley, Lazansky, Anderson & Statler –Hawley Memorabilia –Devine family letters and photos –Village of Huntley—1999 aerial, calendars, newsletters, Community Council 1958, etc. –Huntley Area Chamber of Commerce newsletters –Chamber of Commerce Community Guides to 2009 (box 1) –Chamber of Commerce Community Guides 2010 to present (box 2) Shelf 2: –Businesses –Huntley Historical Society –Huntley Park District brochures –Grafton Township and Huntley Fire Protection District…

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