The village of Shaumburg is situated in Illinois as part of Cook County and around twenty-eight miles north west of the ‘Chicago Loop’. Also situated within Schaumburg is the headquarters of Motorola as well as being home to one of the two IKEA store located in the state of Illinois. A recently new village Schaumburg was only incorporated in 1956, but its heritage goes back much further. The name sounds German because of the German settlers who first inhabited the area along with New Yorkers. Trumball Kent, a settler from New England also made his way to Schaumburg, as did Ernst Schween, in 1835—moving to Sarah’s Grove. Other settlers included the German born Johann Sunderlage, who according to urban legends was part of the actual survey team who split the Cook County land down the middle. However, other urban legends say he was part of the survey team working on the Joliet canal, but there is no proof either way. The story says that when he was finished he loved the area so much he decided to stay, after returning to Europe to collect his family.
Schaumburg was a town that was literally split down when it came to occupants. Just around fifty-six percent were originally from the United States, while twenty-eight percent were German born up until the 1850’s. By 1856 the flip occurred and the twenty-eight percent were the ‘Yankees’ and forty-eight percent were German. In 1870, it is said—according to records—that the Yankees moved out and the town became completely German, with the entire town being owned by Germans and their families and descendants.
The Great Depression
During the 1930’s the Great Depression took hold over most of the United States and Schaumburg didn’t escape its clutches either. It caused many of the German owned businesses and farms to go into foreclosure with bankruptcy lawyers in Schaumburg working frantically to help their clients. Parts of the town were purchased by non-Germans which ended the reign of exclusivity on German ownership. However, the German language remained the first language in the town up until at least the 1950’s. Nowadays Schaumburg is a cultural blend of other ethnicities too and continues to grow as a ‘suburb’ in its own right. For more information visit Chicago Debt Solutions. You can like them on Facebook.
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