November 10, 2021
Dear Village Resident,
The village will be hosting a Holiday Drive-thru and Letters to Santa on Saturday, December 4 and Saturday, December 11 at Horse Fair Park from 5 - 6 p.m! Come drive thru to see the beautiful holiday lights and displays. Bring your letters for Santa's elves to place in the mailbox, then wave to Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free event! Choose a Santa letter here, here or here, or make your own! View the flyer here. (Vehicles only, please. No walk-ups.)
Landscape Waste
Landscape waste will be picked up through Wednesday, December 1. See burning regulations here. Raking, blowing or otherwise allowing leaves or grass to be deposited upon or left on the streets or sidewalks of the village is prohibited by Village Ordinance.
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Basketball Registration for Grades K-8 this Saturday
Recreation Basketball registration for ages K - 8 is this Saturday, November 14, from 10 a.m. - noon at the Spring Grove Elementary Gym at 2018 Main Street. Please bring the children you are registering with you at time of registration. They are also looking for volunteers for various positions. View fees and more information.
TreeNut Studio
Jerry & Michele Wenzel owners of TreeNut Studio of Spring Grove create timeless, quality items to be passed down through the generations. They will be displaying their products in the pop up shop for the Affair of the Arts. View more information here.
Operation Feed 33
The Jake Vinyard Foundation is hosting it's annual Food Drive to help and support families in need this Holiday Season. View the flyer with more information and drop off locations here.
Photo of the Week
Jaclyn Hanson sent in this action-shot photo of the last practice for the Stateline Comets flag football team having fun with the 8th grade team. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here.
Purchase Stickers by this Friday to Avoid a Ticket
Have you purchased your 2021-2022 vehicle stickers? The vehicle sticker fee doubled on October 1 to $40 per vehicle and if not purchased by November 12, tickets will also be issued. The police will be making subdivision checks to make sure stickers have been purchased for all vehicles and that they are being displayed properly. Drop the envelope in the Municipal Centre drop-box, purchase in person, or make a payment on-line here.
Nature's Feed Nail Clipping Event this Saturday
Nature's Feed and Sophie, from Plush Pups in Lake Zurich, will be hosting a pet nail clipping event this Saturday, November 13 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m at Nature's Feed located at 2440 Westward Drive.Donations are requested to benefit the Spring Grove & Richmond Food Pantries.
Open House Holiday Sale
Visit Theresa & Lance at T's Toffee Seventh Annual Open House Holiday Sale on Saturday, December 4 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. You can pre-order by phone or email and pick up on the day of the sale. Watch Facebook for updates. Located at 8815 Hidden Trail. View the flyer with more information here.
Spring Grove Elementary Now Hiring
Spring Grove Elementary School is hiring Special Education Paraprofessionals. Apply online at or direct letters of application, resume, letters of reference and other appropriate documents to: Mr. Chris Pittman, Principal, Spring Grove Elementary School, 2018 Main Street, Spring Grove, IL 60081. Phone: 815-678-6750 or Fax: 815-678-6760
Recycle Holiday Lights
If your lights have lost their twinkle, don't throw them away - recycle them at the Municipal Centre! Collection box located in the vestibule at 7401 Meyer Road, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Click here to see which kinds of lights and cords are accepted.
Blast from the Past - Robert Esh and Esther Richardson
Robert Esh
The township hall at 1917 Main Street during the time when Esh was a Polling Judge there
Esther Richardson with 9 of her siblings
Bargains at Esh's in February 1892
Robert Esh was born in Flaxton, England in Yorkshire County in1855 and arrived in the United States at age 32 in 1887. On October 3 of that year he married Esther Statter Richardson. Her family was also from Yorkshire County. Esther (Ettie) was the 11th child of Robert & Eleanor Richardson and was born and raised on the Richardson homestead on Richardson Road.

In 1889 when Robert and Fannie Tweed sold their general store (see last week's eNews) and contents to Robert Esh, Tweed placed a NOTICE in the McHenry County Plaindealer stating he was retiring due to "infirmity". He thanked his customers for their "esteemed patronage" and asked them to extend to Esh their support whom he recommended as a "practical and capable business man ready to serve equally the interests of all and guarantee satisfaction". (He also asked those indebted to him to pay up as early as possible).

As the Eshes settled into their new business, they also started their family: Glen, 1889-1968, Vyvian 1891-1920 (see 10/20/21 eNews), Richard 1894-1969 and Lorena 1898-1898. Besides managing the store, Robert would also hitch up his horse and wagon and take groceries to Round Lake to sell. In 1905 he was elected as Justice of the Peace and to the school board. He was also a Burton Township Polling Judge.

Later he would work at the Weiland Dairy where his son Glen was a manager and his son Vyvian also worked. Ettie died in 1918 at the age of 58 and Robert lived until 1926. They are buried in the Ringwood Cemetery with their infant daughter, Lorena, son Vyvian, and daughter-in-law, Bertha.
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