Local History Archives from the Huntley Area Public Library.

Oliver Statler – Nationally Acclaimed Huntley Author

Oliver Hadley Statler (1915-2002) was a Bestselling Author and Japanese Art Expert From his small-town, midwestern roots, Huntley native Oliver Hadley Statler found his life’s passion in Japan and became an internationally acclaimed best-selling author and interpreter of Japanese art, culture and history.   Today, the Huntley native’s impressive collection of Japanese art is maintained by the Art Institute of Chicago and his books still are available on Amazon. Oliver H. Statler was born in Huntley on May 21, 1915. His father,…

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Huntley Town Square Gazebos

Huntley Town Square Gazebos The first gazebo was built in the town square in the late 1800s. This gazebo, often referred to as a bandstand at that time in history, can be identified by its vertical wooden slats and dark columns.  Note how small the town square is in this photograph.  The buildings behind the gazebo were located west of the First Congregational Church.     The second gazebo was built in 1910.  Local mason, Andrew Schmidt, completed the cement and brick work.  This gazebo had horizontal iron railings and a distinctive block foundation. The gazebo stood for more…

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Huntley History at Illinois Digital Archives

The Huntley Area Public Library Local History Department honors Huntley’s rich heritage in collections available on Illinois Digital Archives. There you will find digitized photographs, documents, and other records including the entire run of the Huntley Farmside Newspaper. These materials are available to all and preserve the information for future generations. If you have additional information pertaining to items in this collection, please contact the Huntley Library Local History Department at 847.669.5386. Huntley Area Dairy and Agricultural History This collection highlights Huntley’s…

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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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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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