Community Events

Armistice Day & the “Home-Coming For The Boys”

The United States wasn't in the First World War for long, but when it did become involved, the nation fully immersed itself in the conflict. Overall, the county bought over $5 million in liberty war bonds and raised over $100,000 in donations. Not bad for a county with 33,000 people according to the 1920 census.… Continue reading Armistice Day & the “Home-Coming For The Boys”

Community Events

Decoration Day in 19th Century McHenry

Following the Civil War, the nation was looking for various way to heal itself and deal with the carnage it had just gone through. Decorating the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers with flowers became the tradition that we now call Memorial Day. Declared by General John Logan in 1868, Decoration Day (or what is… Continue reading Decoration Day in 19th Century McHenry

Community Events, Entertainment, Historic Structures

The Masquerade Ball of February 1878

In August of 1919, a local resident named “Buff” Feltz stopped by the McHenry Plaindealer office with an old dance program he found in walls of a Crystal Lake house he helped raze. Plaindealer editor, F. G. Schreiner found the program interesting and posted the details of the dance thinking that some of the “old-timers”… Continue reading The Masquerade Ball of February 1878