Shermerville – Northbrook Quiz

Take the Shermerville – Northbrook Quiz below to see how much you know about Shermerville & Northbrook! The answers are at the end of the quiz.

1. What was the former name of Waukegan Road?

a. Milwaukee Timber Road
b. Glenview Avenue
c. Timber Road
d. All of the above

2. How did Northbrook get its name?

3. When was the name of the town changed to Northbrook?

4. Which of these streets was not named for an early settler?

a. Koepke Road
b. Walters Avenue
c. Lee Road
d. Bach Street

5. How many of the eighteen streets named for early settlers can you list?

6. What is the official Northbrook flower?

7. What street was first called Midway Road?

8. Where are Dehne, Pfingsten, Shermer and Voltz within 500 feet of each other?

9. Blackheath, Techny Fields, and University were the names of what?

10. What do Sherman, Northfield, East Northfield, and Shermer have in common?

a. Former names of Northbrook
b. Former Northbrook Post Office Names
c. Both of the above

11. Where could you go to have a picnic in Shermerville?

a. Bartleme’s Grove
b. Plagge’s Hill
c. Smith’s Grove
d. Jackson’s Grove
e. Baker’s Acres
f. Barrenscheen’s Grove

12. Which of  the following happened in Northbrook?

a. National Air Races
b. Fox Hunts
c. Flight Endurance Record
d. All of the above
e. None of the above

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Answers to the Shermerville – Northbrook Quiz!

1. What was the former name of Waukegan Road?

All of the above is the correct! Waukegan Road has had been known by many names. Before the name was changed to Waukegan Road it was called Milwaukee Timber Road, Timber Road and Glenview Avenue.

2. How did Northbrook get its name?

The Citizens Club of Shermerville started a movement to change the name of the village and asked residents to submit new names for the village. A postcard listing several choices was then sent to residents for them to vote for their favorite. Northbrook, the name submitted by Edward Landwehr, was the one chosen. A petition signed by one hundred twenty-six residents was then presented to the Board of Trustees asking them to change the name of the Village to Northbrook.

3. When was the name of the town changed to Northbrook?

The Village Board voted six to one to change the name of the village from Shermerville to Northbrook on January 8, 1923. Trustee Schilling was the single dissenting vote.

4. Which of these streets was not named for an early settler?

All the roads except Koepke Road were named for early settlers. Walters Avenue was named for John & Henry Walter who had their farms on the road. Until the 1950s the road was called Walter Ave. Lee Road was named for farmer John Lee. Bach Street was named for John Bach. Some of the homes on Bach Street were built for workers at the Illinois Brick Yard which was across Dundee Road on the land that had been John Bach’s farm.

5. How many of the eighteen streets named for early settlers can you list?

You already know about three of the streets – Bach Street, Lee Road and Walters Avenue. Other streets named for early settlers are: Dehne, Happ, Koelling, Winkleman, Huehl, Holste, Sanders, Voltz, Wessling, Pfingsten and Landwehr Roads, and Kiest Avenue. These roads were named for the families whose farms were nearby. Lorenz and Sherman Drive were recently named for two families who played an active role in the development of the Village. The last of the 18 streets is Shermer Road, named for Frederick Schermer on whose land the railroad station was built.

6. What is the official Northbrook flower?

The Scarlet Flame Zinnia is Northbrook’s official flower.

7. What street was first called Midway Road?

Church Street was Midway between the village limits of Shermerville. The name was later changed to Church Street in honor of the Hope Union Church which was built in 1892.

8. Where are Dehne, Pfingsten, Shermer and Voltz within 500 feet of each other?

The correct answer is St. Peter Cemetery on Shermer Road. Many early settlers are buried in St. Peter Cemetery, Northfield Union, and North Northfield Cemeteries on Dundee Road.

9. Blackheath, Techny Fields, and University were the names of what?

Blackheath, Techny Fields, and University were the names of three of the golf courses that were built in Northbrook in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Blackheath, which was also called Middlebrook, was located where the Glenbrook Countryside subdivision is today. Techny Fields was at Willow and Waukegan Roads just east of the present Willowhill Golf Course. The University Golf Course, which was later called Northbrook Golf Course, was on the land now occupied by the Charlemagne subdivision. The other Northbrook courses, Mission Hills, Sportsman’s and the Illinois Golf Course (now Green Acres) are still in use.

10. What do Sherman, Northfield, East Northfield, and Shermer have in common?

The correct answer is both of the above. They are names of Post Offices, and until the Village was incorporated, it was known by the name of the closest Post Office.

11. Where would you go to have a picnic in Shermerville?

Picnics were held in Bartelme’s Grove, Smith’s Grove and Barrenscheen’s Grove. Bartelme’s Grove, behind the Northfield Inn at the corner of Waukegan & Shermer Roads, was one of the popular Shermerville picnic sites. Plagge’s Hill is the ridge of the moraine near the North Northfield Cemetery. It was called Plagge’s Hill because the Plagge family owned the land to the north. Smith’s Grove is the Village Green. It was known as Barrenscheen’s Grove for the Henry Barrenscheen who owned the land, but also by the name of his tenant – especially during the years that George Smith had a saloon in the grove. Jackson’s Grove was an area on the south side of Dundee Road, across the street from the Northbrook Fire Station and running alongside the railroad tracks. Owned by Mr. Jackson, this grove had a few homes and a junkyard. Before Jackson purchased the property, the area was called Skrinesville after Mr. Skrines who owned it. Baker’s Acres was a 485-acre horse farm on Sanders Road and home to the famous trotting horse “Greyhound.”.

12. Which of the following happened in Northbrook?

All of the above are correct!

National Air Races – In June 1930 the National Air Races came to Curtiss-Reynolds Airport. Part of the 10-mile triangular course brought the speeding airplanes over Northbrook as the pilots raced to see who would finish first in the 200-mile long race.

Fox Hunts- The Longmeadow Hunt Club held Fox Hunts throughout Northbrook in the 1940s & 1950s.

Flight Endurance Record – The sixth record for uninterrupted time aloft was set by the Hunter brothers in June and July 1930. They spent 23 days, 2 hours and 45 minutes in their Stinson Detroiter airplane circling Sky Harbor Airport.

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