Businesses, Community Buildings

The Riverside Manufacturing Company

During the mid 1940s, McHenry was going through somewhat of an economic boom, mainly brought upon producing war materials for the front. It was this opportunity that brought Sam & Madeline Nathanson to McHenry from Chicago. Sam was involved in the clothing manufacturing business since he started working. After selling their shares of a company… Continue reading The Riverside Manufacturing Company

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Accidents & Incidents, Businesses, Construction

The Flash Flood of 1898

During Friday night and into Saturday morning of June 29 & 30th, 1898 much of the midwest experienced torrential downpours in such a great amount that flash flooding was prevalent in several areas. From North Dakota all the way through Ohio, the weather ran rampant on small towns and cities alike. Most estimates guess that… Continue reading The Flash Flood of 1898

Businesses, Public Services & Utilities

The Telephone Girls’ Strike of 1945

In November of 1945, the people of McHenry County saw something they hadn’t seen before: people picketing in the streets. On November 15, 1945, the Illinois Telephone Traffic Union voted to strike. During the war, the federal government set up different commissions to regulate labor and salaries in the wartime economy. The commission set the… Continue reading The Telephone Girls’ Strike of 1945

Businesses, Historic Structures

The Beginning of McHenry’s Pries Market

In 1918, William Pries came to McHenry after purchasing the local market from Charles Frett. Frett had been in McHenry for 25 years when he sold the business. It was well respected and liked. People in town knew that Pries had big shoes to fill. William Pries, who was a successful businessman from Wauconda, got… Continue reading The Beginning of McHenry’s Pries Market

Businesses, Public Services & Utilities

McHenry Electric Service Company

  McHenry's first venture into the electric world started in February 1908. Town leaders wanted to bring McHenry into the electronic age for some time, but this wasn't as easy as one might think. Electric companies weren't like the giant corporations that we have today. Many were start-ups, most of which failed. For example, towns… Continue reading McHenry Electric Service Company