Local History News

1963 Heinemann Plane Crash Tragedy

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 Crystal Lake Airport, but a…

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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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Sawyer Kelley Photo Slideshow

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.…

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Borden's Factory

25 Must See Items in the Local History Collection

The Huntley Area Public Library has an extensive Local History collection. The staff have selected 25 must see items in the local history collection in honor of the library’s 25th Anniversary. 1.      Daily Journal from the Fencil Fuze Plant 1944-1945 2.      Fuzes & Tubes from the Fencil Fuze Plant 3.      Huntley High School Yearbooks from 1949-2000 4.      100 years of Huntley School class photos from 1880-1980 5.      Town Square Self-Guided Tour handout 6.      First…

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Huntley Native Featured In Cubs Documentary

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…

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