The Cary-Grove Historical Society

The Cary-Grove Historical Society The Cary-Grove Historical Society's mission is to preserve, promote, and present artifacts relating to the rich history of Cary and Fox River Grove, IL
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Happy to see our community looking out for each other - William D. would be proud! Cary-Grove Area Chamber of Commerce
04/25/2020

Happy to see our community looking out for each other - William D. would be proud!

Cary-Grove Area Chamber of Commerce

11/17/2019

Come one come all to The Historic Tracks Restaurant in Cary IL! This Friday November 22, 2019 will be book signing by Co Author Pam Losey Cary and Fox River Grove History book from 5pm - 7pm! This book makes a great Holiday gift!! See you soon!

11/09/2019

Thank you to all those who came out to
get their book and some good old fashioned ice cream from Wisconsin at Peacetime in Fox River Grove Thursday night! This extra cold season won’t stop us-we had a great time meeting you all-thanks for sharing your stories too!

10/05/2019

I have a book signing coming up in Fox River Grove at Peacetime November 7, 2019 5:00-7:00pm. Come get your copy of Cary -Fox River Grove Images of America Arcadia Publishing Book! Great as a Holiday Gift!

Check out this unique fun store and delicious ice cream shoppe!

Pam Losey

The Cary-Grove Historical Society
08/30/2019

The Cary-Grove Historical Society

Photos from The Cary-Grove Historical Society's post
08/27/2019

Photos from The Cary-Grove Historical Society's post

08/27/2019

Hello

I sincerely hope the Fox River Trolley Tour at 1:00pm -2:30pm On August 28,2019 celebrating the Fox River Village’s 100 year of incorporation lead by myself through permission /suggestion of Village/President Bob Nunamaker was enlightening, engaging (due to time constraints we did have to go too fast-there is alot more history to cover since 1919) was somewhat educational (to the best of my knowledge over the past 25 years as your volunteer and resident of Cary for 4O years now and as Founder and President of nonprofit Cary Grove Historical Society (I am very proud of our Cary Fox River Grove communities! I would like to host another informative history get together if possibly -November of this year 2019 to show the actual historic artifacts I have in our collection. Would anyone be interested and attend?
Pam Losey
Please leave me a message anytime I am happy to serve our communities “Cary On”

I was unable to attend other celebrations throughout FRG during the 100th celebrations other than the Excellent Fireworks July 6th in the Picnic Grove—Great job everyone-loved it!! And I met wonderful new Barrington residents that night attending the event plus FRG and Cary residents!!

Pam

08/15/2019

I as Founder and President of The Cary Grove Historical SocietyI wish to express my sincere Congratulations to Fox River Grove Illinois est 1919 on their 100th Year incorporated as a Village!!👍👍✌️🤗👏👏🍾🦊Best regards Pamela J Losey (please look up and purchase the history book written and shared pics with u all by Pamela J Losey and Shirley J Beene Images of America Arcadia Publishing “Cary and Fox River Grove”-thank u and enjoy -all profits go to The Cary Grove Historical Society directly we are a 501c3 non profit organization 🦊available online Amazon or Norton’s USA gift store on Lageshults in Barrington or Ace Hardware In Fox River Grove. Happy 100th on behave of all of at The Cary Grove Historical Society ❤️🦋✌️see u Sunday on the Trolley I hope🤔

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09/13/2018
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More photos!
05/21/2018

More photos!

It was an honor for us to have the opportunity to contribute the design, labor, and materials to make this project a reality. Thank you to Pam Losey and the Cary-Grove Historical Society for your vision and dedication to your original concept (3 years in the making!), and especially to Guy Bellaver for your masterful work of art - Something which will be cherished in our community for decades to come. Also, a special thank you to the Cary Park District for helping guide the process and implementation. Please stop by the north end of Jaycee Park in Cary and see this piece of history for yourself! - - - @carygrovechamber @visitmchenrycounty @mchenrycountyliving @carylibrary @mchenrycountyhistory @il.state.historical.society #ringers #caryil #historicalsociety #founder #bellaverstudios #community #localart #monument #bronzesculpture @ Jaycees Pond

Unveiling of the William D. Cary sculpture in Jaycee Park today. Thank you to all who attended!
05/21/2018

Unveiling of the William D. Cary sculpture in Jaycee Park today. Thank you to all who attended!

Please note this correction to the event location!
05/06/2018

Please note this correction to the event location!

Join us for the unveiling of one of our most exciting projects yet!
04/24/2018

Join us for the unveiling of one of our most exciting projects yet!

03/24/2015

Dear Cary-Grove Historical Society Members,

I would like to share some great news with all of you. After 20 years of volunteering and working towards the goal of having our own site for the Cary Grove Historical Society, it looks like it will actually come true this year! I have been working with the group that owns Windridge Funeral Home in Cary. This has been a meeting place for our group for many many years-as it is the original one room schoolhouse in Cary. It has a special meaning for our group and is truly a historic site. I am currently working out a contract for Windridge to allow us to occupy this building at a low cost lease agreement with the possibility that someday they would be able to donate the building to our group. This is where you-the Cary Grove Historical Society members would need to help us with achieving this goal as stated in our Mission statement. Anyone able and willing to help with improvements or repairs to the building both inside and out as volunteers will be necessary for us to occupy the building. We will need help moving our things and organizing and archiving our artifacts etc. This year we also need to fill a couple of Board Member positions-if interested or if you want more information please contact Pam Losey at [email protected]

Thank you to all of you members who have continued on this journey with us for the past 20 years, it is because of you that Cary and Fox River Grove's history is being preserved and we have been able to educate on our areas wonderful history!

As another side note - This year a new book was published by the Northwest Herald on the history of McHenry County-We were able to help contribute to this wonderful book with the help of Shirley Beene for our group-we believe it turned out great-check it out!

Please continue on this journey with us and lend your support financially or as a community volunteer. We will need lots of help with fund raising and new memberships as well as renewal of our existing memberships.

Thank you again for all of your support we are very proud of our group and members.I will update all members with new information as it becomes available.

Sincerely,

Pam Losey
President
Cary-Grove Historical Society

01/09/2014

Happy New Year 2014! This year promises to be a good one for the 18 year old Cary Grove Historical Society! After ending 2013 in a big way we look forward to this year. The "William D. Cary-Mentch" Collection was donated to us by Leslie Baran Mentch and we celebrated with a unveiling of the collection at the Cary Park District-all were invited to come and see this historic wonderful collection. At the same time we celebrated "Cary's" 120 Anniversary since incorportion and designed our very own "Historic" Wine Label-this will be an ongoing fund raiser for our group with profits going towards archival supplies. Many thanks go out to Dr. and Mrs. Baran for their incredible donation given to Pam Losey and Shirley Beene at our big "Cary" event for the Cary Grove Historical Society to "Cary On" into the future preserving our past!!

After recently bidding a final farewell to one of our original members, we realize the importance of strong community me...
02/06/2013

After recently bidding a final farewell to one of our original members, we realize the importance of strong community members in our everyday lives. Elroy Fitzgerald was a dear friend, enthusiastic CG Historical Society member, and a local Cary-Grove legend. As a strong proponent of organized sports within the community, he touched many lives throughout his 50 year referee career. When he wasn't refereeing a game he was attending as many CG Historical Society meetings and special events as possible; telling us countless stories of what it was like to live "back in the day". He would tell of numerous Halloween pranks pulled on the local Cary officials, including kids bring outhouses from local farms to "decorate" the downtown. He spoke of discovering tunnels in "Louis Place" in Fox River Grove, which were used by Al Capone and his gang to escape to the Fox River during prohibition raids. He spoke of the early days of organized baseball in Cary, and the importance of teaching our children to love sports at an early age. Whether you know it or not, if you live in Cary or Fox River Grove, you have benefited from the long and passionate life of Elroy Fitzgerald.

We will miss you Elroy - Thank you for all the wonderful memories and stories!

- Your friends from the Cary-Grove Historical Society

R.I.P Elroy Fitzgerald / July 18,1929 - January 13,2013

12/21/2012

Safe & Happy Holidays Everyone! - Your Cary-Grove Historical Society

Fox River Grove / 1940 - Season's Greetings from the Paradise Grill! Notice "Frog Legs" prominently advertised on the ta...
12/21/2012

Fox River Grove / 1940 - Season's Greetings from the Paradise Grill! Notice "Frog Legs" prominently advertised on the taverns facade.

Cary / 1948 - The grandchildren of Otto Schnering, former president of the Curtiss Candy Company, visit with Santa on De...
12/21/2012

Cary / 1948 - The grandchildren of Otto Schnering, former president of the Curtiss Candy Company, visit with Santa on December 19th, 1948 at the Curtiss Candy Farm No. 711 in Cary.

Timeline Photos
12/21/2012

Timeline Photos

Fox River Grove / 1922 - Young couple Anna Muska & Ben Welisek Sr. ice skate on the Fox River. The Norge Ski Jump is vis...
12/21/2012

Fox River Grove / 1922 - Young couple Anna Muska & Ben Welisek Sr. ice skate on the Fox River. The Norge Ski Jump is visible above the trees in the distance.

Fox River Grove / 1929 - Little 6 yr. old Ben Welisek Jr. is learning to ski and jump on his homemade skis.
12/21/2012

Fox River Grove / 1929 - Little 6 yr. old Ben Welisek Jr. is learning to ski and jump on his homemade skis.

Fox Trails - Sports Area / 1967-1968 Season - Complete with a ski chalet, ski rentals, a ski school director from Norway...
12/21/2012

Fox Trails - Sports Area / 1967-1968 Season - Complete with a ski chalet, ski rentals, a ski school director from Norway & Aspen CO.(Arne Marthinsson), nine towropes, and the promise of "infinite trails"!

Timeline Photos
12/21/2012

Timeline Photos

Barberry Hills - The Playground of Illinois! (1966-1967 Ski Season)
12/21/2012

Barberry Hills - The Playground of Illinois! (1966-1967 Ski Season)

Shirley Beene of the CG Historical Society was recently interviewed by McHenry County Living Magazine for an article foc...
08/29/2012
McHenry County Magazine | Intertwined History

Shirley Beene of the CG Historical Society was recently interviewed by McHenry County Living Magazine for an article focused on Trout Valley. Shirley offers some really great insight into Trout Valley's rich history and why it should be preserved. Great job!

http://www.mchenrycountymagazine.com/2012/08/01/intertwined-history/a5qbigt/#.UD6FxsFlT40

The entire village of Trout Valley — which, until just recently was part of the village of Cary — was once the nearly 1,000-acre estate of esteemed businessman John D. Hertz.

Check out this recently published article on Cary's own Otto Schnering "U.S. Candy Bar King". Pam and Shirley worked wit...
07/19/2012
Otto Y. Schnering

Check out this recently published article on Cary's own Otto Schnering "U.S. Candy Bar King". Pam and Shirley worked with the German Historical Institute as contributors to the article and the Cary - Grove Historical Society provided many of the published photos. A very well written article on a fascinating man! http://www.immigrantentrepreneurship.org/entry.php?rec=111

CG Historical Society members Pam Losey and Shirley Beene recently taught over 90 third graders at Deer Path Elementary ...
05/24/2012

CG Historical Society members Pam Losey and Shirley Beene recently taught over 90 third graders at Deer Path Elementary School in Cary, the rich history of Cary and Fox River Grove. Students were able to handle historic artifacts, helping to bring stories from the past to life. The children were extremely curious and enthusiastic, asking many questions, including : "How much are these worth?" "Are these replicas or originals?" and "Did Native Americans have dogs?" Pam and Shirley really had a blast spending the day with young students and teachers excited about local history!

These arrowheads and others like them were discovered by CG Historical Society members along the Fox River.  Five tribes...
05/24/2012

These arrowheads and others like them were discovered by CG Historical Society members along the Fox River. Five tribes inhabited the area - Potawatomi, Winnebago, Fox, Sauk, and Chippewa. Recently, while the Norge Ski Jump in Fox River Grove was being renovated, a Native American burial ground was discovered, holding up renovations for some time.

Can you guess which decade this was from?
05/24/2012

Can you guess which decade this was from?

Pictured is the original hand bell (1861) used by Luna E. Mentch; Cary's first schoolmaster at High Road School in Cary....
05/24/2012

Pictured is the original hand bell (1861) used by Luna E. Mentch; Cary's first schoolmaster at High Road School in Cary. The one room school house included grades K through eight.

This one quart milk bottle from Cary Sanitary Dairy was of the first bottles used to distribute pasteurized/sanitary mil...
05/24/2012

This one quart milk bottle from Cary Sanitary Dairy was of the first bottles used to distribute pasteurized/sanitary milk by truck in 1927. Prior, milk was distributed raw by a horse drawn milk wagon. A dipper was used to fill each homeowners personal milk bucket.

Minerva Mineral Springs Co. (est.1893) - Hand bottled natural spring water from Cary!
05/24/2012

Minerva Mineral Springs Co. (est.1893) - Hand bottled natural spring water from Cary!

Timeline Photos
05/24/2012

Timeline Photos

Address

335 Wooded Knoll Dr
Cary, IL
60013

General information

Founder & President / Pam Losey Vice President / Nancy Helmer Administrative Assistant / Shirley Beene Treasurer / Mike Collins Secretary / Linda Eckel

Telephone

(847) 639-9788

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Look forward to the event. I hear that William Dennison Cary will be there in person?
Does anyone have any information on the blacksmith shop in Cary around 1913? How many of them were there, and where? Thanks
We moved from Cary to Clearwater, FL in 1958, but always remember the relatives and friends we left and how great it was to have lived there.