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The Village of Harwood Heights - Established 1947

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Photo History

History Walk Photos

Have you ever noticed how people have a certain attraction to old photos? We can sit and stare at them for hours wondering what it must have been like to live in an era long gone. Or, we can fondly remember those events of the not so distant past. The Harwood Heights Historical Committee wants to share our Village's history with everyone and there is no better way than through pictures. The collection will always be growing as additional photos are discovered. If you would like to submit a photo for addition to our collection please contact the Chairperson of our Historical Committee,

To see the full sized image simply click on the photo of your choice.

Now, if you are quite ready, sit back, relax, and enjoy your journey into our Village's past.

Mayor's Row

Since the Village of Harwood Heights was incorporated in 1947, eight people have served in the position of Mayor. Here you will find who they were and the period of time in which they served as Mayor.

Herbert Huening Appointed: 1947-1949 Elected: 1949-1957

Herbert Huening
Appointed: 1947-1949
Elected: 1949-1957
Theodore Schwagel Elected: 1957-1961

Theodore Schwegel
Elected: 1957-1961
Joseph Zizzo Elected: 1961-1965

Joseph Zizzo
Elected: 1961-1965
Patrick Arbor Elected: 1965 Resigned: 1967

Patrick Arbor
Elected: 1965
Resigned: 1967
Harold Majeski Elected: 1969-1973

Harold Majeski
Elected: 1969-1973
Ray Willas Elected: 1973-2001

Ray Willas
Elected: 1973-2001
Norbert Pabich Elected: 2001-2005

Norbert Pabich
Elected: 2001-2005

Margaret

Margaret "Peggy" Fuller
        2005- 2009

 

The Beginnings

 

1840's Log Cabin

1840's Log Cabin
Union Ridge School-1876

Union Ridge School-1876
Israel Smith-1st settler

Israel Smith-1st settler
Alexander Robinson Helped the soldiers during the war of 1812

Alexander Robinson
Helped the soldiers
during the war of 1812
Horton Farm circa 1900 located at what is now Harlem and Wilson

Horton Farm circa
1900 located at
what is now
Harlem and Wilson
Farming the Horton farm circa 1920

Farming the Horton farm circa 1920

 

The 1940's

 

Huening residence First Village Hall

Huening residence
First Village Hall
Herbert Huening First Mayor

Herbert Huening
First Mayor
1940 Fire Engine Chief Schoenfeld can be seen leaning against the ladder

1940 Fire Engine
Chief Schoenfeld
can be seen
leaning against the
ladder
Lawrence Ave looking to the N/W toward Canfield

Lawrence Ave looking
to the N/W toward Canfield

 

The 1950's

 

First Officer and squad - 1953

First Officer and
squad - 1953
First Police Department Photo

First Police Department
Photo
1957 Village Board Standing L-R Herbert Hessee, George Mitchell, Andrew Straub, Edward Connelly, Frank Padrazza, Joseph Zizzo. Seated L-R Treasurer Hillard Cudek, Mayor Theodore Schwagel, Clerk Raymond Kaminski

1957 Village Board
Standing L-R
Herbert Hessee,
George Mitchell,
Andrew Straub,
Edward Connelly,
Frank Padrazza,
Joseph Zizzo.
Seated L-R
Treasurer Hillard Cudek,
Mayor Theodore Schwagel,
Clerk Raymond Kaminski

 

The 1960's

 

1963-Looking West from Oketo & Leland water tower

1963-Looking West
from Oketo &
Leland water tower
1967 Village Board - L-R Rocco Olita, Jerry Favia, Joseph White, Robert Tisinai, Walter Bercharis

1967 Village Board
L-R Rocco Olita,
Jerry Favia,
Joseph White,
Robert Tisinai,
Walter Bercharis
1964 Looking N/E from Water tower toward Lawrence Ave. Anson Tool in background

1964 Looking N/E
from Water tower
toward Lawrence
Ave. Anson Tool
in background
Civil Defense L-R Chester Emmerling, Marvin Dornbush, Russell Watier, Raymond Kruml, William Kubistal, James Verden, Director-Ralph Nystrom

Civil Defense L-R
Chester Emmerling,
Marvin Dornbush,
Russell Watier,
Raymond Kruml,
William Kubistal,
James Verden,
Director - Ralph Nystrom
 
Foreground-L-R Mayor Pat Arbor, Secretary to the Mayor Betty Smith, Civil Defense Director Joseph De Guardi. Members of the Civil Defense in the background.

Foreground L-R
Mayor Pat Arbor,
Secretary to the
Mayor Betty Smith,
Civil Defense
Director Joseph De Guardi.
Members of the
Civil Defense
in the background.
Mayor Pat Arbor

Mayor Pat Arbor
1964 Village Hall Dedication

1964 Village Hall Dedication
1961 Village Office Staff L-R Betty Smith, Elanor Christinsen, Della Logli

1961 Village Office
Staff L-R
Betty Smith,
Elanor Christinsen,
Della Logli
 
Looking toward the S/W corner of Oak Park and Gunnison

Looking toward the
S/W corner of
Oak Park and Gunnison

 

The 1970's

 

Ground breaking for Regency Steak House

Ground breaking for
Regency Steak
House
1977 30th Anniversary Parade

1977 30th Anniversary
Parade
1977 30th Anniversary Parade-Chief Jack Pechous

1977 30th Anniversary
Parade - Chief Jack Pechous
Residents enjoying the 1977 30th Anniversary gathering

Residents enjoying
the 1977 30th
Anniversary gathering
 
Blizzard of 1979

Blizzard of 1979
Blizzard of 1979

Blizzard of 1979
Chief Jack Pechous

Chief Jack Pechous
Police Radio Room 1979

Police Radio Room 1979

 

The 1980's

 

1981 The American Party-Fran Bernero, Carl Cassata, Ray Willas, James Carlson, Michael McGough, Stan Stassen

1981 The American
Party -
Fran Bernero,
Carl Cassata,
Ray Willas,
James Carlson,
Michael McGough,
Stan Stassen
1985 Village Board Standing L-R Walter Salarski, Carl Cassata, Michael McGough, Stan Stassen, Mayor Ray Willas Seated L-R Harry Pryor, Fran Bernero, Gene Brutto

1985 Village Board
Standing L-R
Walter Silarski,
Carl Cassata,
Michael McGough,
Stan Stassen,
Mayor Ray Willas
Seated L-R
Harry Pryor,
Fran Bernero,
Gene Brutto
1987 40th Anniversary Parade

1987 40th
Anniversary Parade
1987 40th Anniversary Parade

1987 40th
Anniversary Parade
 
Police Department 1984

Police Department 1984
Chief Bagnole with new officers 1989

Chief Bagnole
with new officers
1989
Village Office Staff

Village Office Staff
Public Works Department 1986

Public Works Department 1986

 

The 1990's

 

1997 50th Anniversary - Taste of Harwood Heights

1997 50th Anniversary
Taste of Harwood Heights
1997 50th Anniversary Parade

1997 50th Anniversary
Parade
1997 50th Anniversary Parade

1997 50th
Anniversary Parade
1997 50th Anniversary dignitaries

1997 50th
Anniversary dignitaries
 
1997 50th Anniversary Fun

1997 50th Anniversary Fun
1997 50th Anniversary Taste of Harwood Heights L-R First police officer Andy Ostrowski, Steve Wyda, Walter Sclarz, Officer Dan Tyrpak

1997 50th
Anniversary Taste of
Harwood Heights
L-R First police
officer Andy Ostrowski,
Steve Wyda,
Walter Sklarz,
Officer Dan Tyrpak
1990's Norwood Park Fire Department

1990's Norwood Park
Fire Department
Courtyard Condos

Courtyard Condos
 
1990's Police

1990's Police
1997 50th Anniversary-Partying into the night

1997 50th Anniversary
Partying into the night
1997 Time capsule ceremony

1997 Time capsule
ceremony
Fire Chief Dennis Stefanowicz and Police Chief William Bagnole at the 1997 Taste of Harwood Heights

Fire Chief
Dennis Stefanowicz
and Police Chief
William Bagnole
at the 1997
Taste of
Harwood Heights
 
1997 Village Board Standing L-R Clerk Gene Brutto, Mayor Ray Willas, Seated L-R Trustees Larry Bilek, Ed Davis, Michael McGough, Norb Pabich, Fulvio Ruzzier, Stan Stasson

1997 Village Board
Standing L-R
Clerk Gene Brutto,
Mayor Ray Willas,
Seated L-R
Trustees Larry Bilek,
Ed Davis,
Michael McGough,
Norb Pabich,
Fulvio Ruzzier,
Stan Stasson

 

The 2000's

 

 

2005 Village Board

L-R: Mark Dobrzycki, George Alex,  Arlene Jezierny, Lester Szlendak, Demetrios Mougolias

Seated L-R: Mayor Margaret Fuller, Clerk Dianne Larson

 

2007 Village Board

L-R Michael Gadzinski, Demetrios Mougolias, Mayor Margaret Fuller, Mark Dobrzycki, Lester Szlendak

Seated L-R: Arlene Jezierny, Clerk Dianne Larson, Therese Schuepfer