October 6, 2021
Dear Village Resident,
Trick or Treating will be held on Sunday, October 31, with recommended hours from 3 - 7:00 P.M. Those interested in participating in trick-or-treating are asked to turn on porch or outdoor lights. Those who are not interested, please keep outdoor lights off.
Public Works Help Wanted
The Village is accepting applications for the position of Maintenance Worker. This position performs maintenance on Village roads and right-of-ways, equipment, buildings and grounds, including parks while meeting departmental safety policies and procedures. Minimum two (2) years’ experience in the public works/ maintenance field preferred but will train the right candidate with related relevant prior experience (construction, etc.). Link to more information and an application here.
Dodge Ball Registration
Come join in on some Friday night dodge-ball fun! Teamwork and strategy are the most valuable skills in this game. They use vinyl-coated foam balls that are heavy enough to travel the distance of the court, but light enough that they do not hurt or mark. This is one of our most popular recreation programs so early registration is recommended! At this time masks will be required. Runs October 29 - December 3. View more details here.
Vehicle Stickers Past Due
The 2021-2022 vehicle sticker fee has now doubled to $40 per vehicle. Drop the envelope in the Municipal Centre drop-box, purchase in person, or make a payment on-line here
Halloween Pet Photos at Nature's Feed
Bring in your dogs, cats, rabbits, and any other pet to Nature’s Feed this Saturday, October 9, from 11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. for the Halloween Pet Photo Event! Pet costumes are encouraged, but not required. BreeNies Photography, which specializes in stunning lifestyle photography, will be taking pictures at the event. Receive a FREE gift bag with your donation. Donations requested benefit Young at Heart Senior Pet Rescue. Limit 1 offer per household while supplies last. Photos will be entered in the Pet Photo Contest on their Facebook page! One winner will win a prize valued at $50.00! Located at 2440 Westward Drive.
Photo of the Week
Tabitha Szwaya got a good picture of the hail from the storm in September. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here.
Pancake Breakfast this Sunday!
You are invited to the Spring Grove Fire District's Pancake Breakfast this Sunday, October 10, from 8 A.M. - noon at the fire station. Proceeds help Explorers to attend training. View the flyer here.
Trunk or Treat
Residents and businesses are invited to decorate their cars, trunks or tables and have fun passing out candy! Trunk or Treat will be held at Horse Fair Park on Saturday, October 30 from 1 - 3:00 P.M. Registration and admission is free! Please register by October 28. Brought to you by the Spring Grove Community Engagement Committee. View the flyer here.
Alkaline Battery Recycling Event ends Friday
Recycle single-use alkaline batteries this week until Friday, October 8, from 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Battery sizes AA, AAA, C, D and 9-volt are accepted at the MCDH Division of Environmental Health office, 667 Ware Rd, Suite 110, in Woodstock. Looking to recycle rechargeable batteries, like lithium-ion cell phone, laptop, drill or other small appliance batteries? View the McHenry County Green Guide.
Hatchery Park Closure & Fall Trout Fishing
The 2021 Fall Trout fishing program starts Saturday, October 16! Hatchery Park will be stocked this fall and will be closed on Friday, October 15, before reopening on Saturday, October 16, when gates open at 7:00 A.M! During trout fishing season, the daily catch limit is five trout. View more information and details here.
Blast from the Past
Courtland (not Courtney) Hastings property at 2302 Main Street where the road used to angle
The Hastings Headstone is missing a name
Homer Hastings lived only 2 & 1/2 years
A delegate metal from the 1906
National Dairy Show
Courtland Hastings rests in Spring Grove Cemetery with his wife Frances under a nice granite monument with "HASTINGS" carved on the top. Next to the monument is a small stone carved FATHER, but there is no matching stone for MOTHER. “Court” was born in New York and came to Wisconsin in 1860 when he was 11 years old with his family. Frances’ father, Philip Hoffman, came as a young boy to Burton Township in 1836 with his family, one of the first pioneering families here.

Court and Frances married in 1876 and settled into farming. They had two children, Alice, born in 1877 and Homer P. who only lived from 1879-1881.

The first “newsworthy” event in Court’s life was in 1884, when the paper declared “Court Hastings is going to speculate in cucumbers again this fall. We hope he’ll have better success than he did the last time he tried it.” That sounded a little harsh, but the next news in 1885, was much brighter, stating he won second prize for the “best and quickest shearing” at the Northern Illinois Sheep Breeders Association gathering.

And by 1906, he surprised everyone by taking first place, along with Wieland Dairy, at the National Dairy Show in Chicago for the best milk produced in the State of Illinois. His milk also took third place for the whole United States! “When we consider that hundreds of samples from all parts of the world were on exhibition, we have reason to be surprised that Courtland Hastings’ dairy should stand so high... Rah! For the Wieland Dairy Co., Rah! For Court Hastings and Rah for Spring Grove that beats the world!” the paper said. (Boy did he show them!)

In September of 1902 two new monuments were placed side by side in Spring Grove Cemetery, one for little Homer Hastings who died 20 years earlier, and one for his grandfather, Philip Hoffman, who died in 1899. Court lived another 10 years and daughter Alice died in 1937.

Frances outlived them all, living until 1944 at age 86. Although her daughter preceded her in death, she was blessed with one granddaughter and a great-grandson, whom she enjoyed visiting in her old age. A year before her death, she moved to the "Old People's Home" in Woodstock. Illinois records show she was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery but her name was never engraved on the Hastings headstone nor is her name listed in the McHenry County Illinois Cemeteries book and no MOTHER stone seems to ever have been laid.
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