October 13, 2021
Dear Village Resident,
Fall is here and that means a lot of you will be collecting leaves, trimming bushes, and cleaning up gardens. Yard waste collection is included in our contract with Flood Brothers at no additional charge to our residents. You can put out up to eight bags or bundles of yard waste every week on your garbage collection day until the last pickup in November. View more information here. Burning is allowed on the weekends in October and November with restrictions. View them here.
Hatchery Park Closed Friday & Fall Trout Fishing
Hatchery Park will be closed this Friday until 7 AM on Saturday, October 16, for the opening of Fall Trout Season.  All anglers must have a valid fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp. The daily catch limit is five trout. View more info here. Parking fees are waived for non-residents during trout fishing season.
Chicago Region Trees Initiative
The Village joined the Chicago Region Trees Initiative, a coalition of institutions and municipalities to help improve the urban forest in the counties around Chicago by accepting and planting a tree in Spring Grove Park. Trees provide important benefits for our air, water, health, economic development and wildlife habitats. The village encourages residents to plant trees to improve our quality of life now and in the future.
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.
Halloween Hours
Halloween Trick or Treating is on Sunday, October 31, from 3-7 PM.
Photo of the Week
This is the resident pair of sandhill cranes with their one surviving offspring living at Thread & Gage Co. Farm on Richardson Road. Sandhill cranes live in prairies, fields (especially in corn fields), the edges of swampy areas, lakes and marshes and fly south for the winter. Photo submitted by Deno Buralli. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here.
LifeSpring Playground Reveal
You are invited to the all-inclusive Playground Reveal on Sunday, October 17, 2021, from noon to 2 PM at 1154 Rte 173.
  • Contest winners will be announced.
  • Give your feedback on the playground design
  • Apple cider donuts, hot apple cider
View the flyer 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
Trunk or Treat
You're invited to Trunk or Treat at Horse Fair Park on Saturday, October 30 from 1 - 3:00 PM. Residents and businesses are invited to decorate their cars, trunks or tables and have fun passing out candy, or just come for the fun! Registration and admission is free! Please register by October 28 if you would like to decorate and pass out candy. Brought to you by the Community Engagement Committee. View the flyer here.
Blast from the Past
John Nimsgern and Gertrude Jung had 14 children, seven of which died in infancy
John & Gertrude's headstone
Frank Nimsgern & Catherine Schaefer
John Nimsgern was born in France in 1844 and came here with his parents at the age of nine. They settled on German Prairie where part of the Spring Grove Estates Subdivision is now. Gertrude Jung was of German descent and was born on German Prairie in1853. Growing up on the same prairie, they married in 1870. They had 14 children from 1872-1887 but seven died in infancy.

In 1902, they were still in their 50s when they retired from farming and moved to downtown Spring Grove, where a building boom was going on, and settled in at 1914 Main Street. Gertrude died on November 12, 1910 after suffering a stroke. Although John was able to be at her funeral, he had dealt with medical issues for many years and died nine days later after emergency surgery and "giving up his spirit". The two deaths following each other so closely brought great sorrow to the family.

The house was passed down to son Matthias (Matt) Nimsgern. Matt worked at the Fish Hatchery (now Hatchery Park) from 1938 until 1950 when he was 73 years old. Matt & his wife, Mary, had five children and 15 grandchildren. He died at age 88 in 1965. Mary lived in the home until she died at age 90 in 1976.

Matt's brother, Frank, married Catherine Schaefer in 1899 and took over working the family homestead. He was known as a kind and indulgent husband and father, a good neighbor and industrious farmer. After a bout a pneumonia in 1915 at age 41, he continued to suffer ill health and died in 1922 at the young age of 48. All of the Nimsgerns were active in St. Peter's Church and are buried in that cemetery.
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