Accidents & Incidents, Public Services & Utilities

West McHenry Post Office Robbery

In the early morning of Tuesday, Aug 16, 1911, the West McHenry Post Office was robbed. It probably wasn’t too surprising, as there were a string of post office & bank robberies in the area at that time. About four days before the McHenry Post Office was hit, the South Elgin Post Office was robbed… Continue reading West McHenry Post Office Robbery

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Community Buildings, Public Services & Utilities

The Origins of the West McHenry Post Office

McHenry has had several things that make it stand out from its neighbors. Yet, one of the more distinctive things about it was that for many years it was the only city in America to have two Post Offices that worked independently of each other. From 1882 to 1950 McHenry had two post offices, one… Continue reading The Origins of the West McHenry Post Office

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, 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