February 2021

  • Darryl Hage Leifheit, HBR Class of 1963

    Darryl Hage Leifheit, HBR Class of 1963 Darryl Hage Leifheit, HBR Class of 1963 After graduating from H-BR in 1963, Darryl attended the University of Illinois on a 4-H Scholarship to study Forestry and pursue his dream job with the U.S. Forestry Service. He envisioned riding horses and sitting in towers watching for forest fires.…

  • Empire Builder

    Empire Builder

    Hinckley gained its name from an Illinois ‘Empire Builder’ The following excerpt is from Stephen J. Bigolin’s publication, A Journey Through Dekalb County Vol. II  Chapter 19 “East on Route 30 from Somonauk is the village of Hinckley, established in 1872. It owes its existence to the arrival that same year of the Chicago & Iowa…

  • Harlem Globetrotters

    Harlem Globetrotters

    On January 7, 1927, the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team played their first game, in Hinkley, Illinois. They wouldn’t play a “home game” (in Harlem, New York City) until 1968. The Globetrotters were organized as an exhibition team in their hometown of Chicago, Illinois. The original team, the so-called “Savoy Big Five,” were named after the legendary ballroom (the Savoy)…

  • Miller House

    Miller House The following excerpt is from Stephen J. Bigolin’s publication, A Journey Through Dekalb County Vol. II Chapter 21 “A few blocks north along Sycamore Street, one finds a one-time farmhouse that pre-dates Hinckley by 22 years. Located on the northeast corner of Sycamore and Miller streets is the home of Samuel Miller. He settled…

  • Merrill House

    Merrill House The following excerpt is from Stephen J. Bigolin’s publication, A Journey Through Dekalb County Vol. II Chapter 20 “The oldest house in Hinckley constructed following the Village’s establishment stands at 159 N. Sycamore St., a half-block or so off Route 30 (Lincoln Avenue). The structure’s original owner was Frank E. Merrill, who arrived in Squaw…

  • Hintzsche Family Named Innovators of the Year

    Hintzsche Family Named Innovators of the Year

    The DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association recognized the Hintzsche family, and the business entities they established over 52 years, as the 2020 Innovators of the Year. The following story was provided by DAAHA with pictures from the family. Ken and Rich Hintzsche were brothers farming with their dad, Louie, in Pierce Township. The brothers decided…