July 7, 2021
Dear Village Resident,
What a great 4th of July Celebration!
We hope you were around last weekend and participated in the 4th of July celebration as it was a big hit! On Saturday afternoon, thousands came out for our first ever street festival with Bella Cain on stage, food trucks, and refreshments, followed on Sunday by a great hometown parade and fireworks to end the celebration.
I have received so many compliments about the new format. None of this could have been possible without the 4th of July Committee, Spring Grove Police, Fire Department, Public Works, many volunteers, and most of all, the sponsors. An event of this size is only made possible by the generosity of others, parking fees, and of course, volunteers.
The 4th of July Committee is made up of a small group of volunteers. The Committee's President, Kelly Popelka, and her team pulled it all together. Many have said, "Wow, this year was great! Let’s keep it rolling." The Committee and Village Board will work together to make sure we continue our tradition of family fun for Independence Day.
Thank you everyone who participated, we are so happy you enjoyed the celebration.
Happy Summer,
Mark Eisenberg
Village President
Paper Shredding Event this Weekend
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The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) has scheduled a free document shredding event. to be held this Saturday, July 10, at the McHenry County Administration Building at 667 Ware Road in Woodstock. Please read important information about this event here. The Village will be holding a shredding event on September 18 in the Municipal Centre parking lot.
45th Annual Spring Grove Ladies Golf Day
The Spring Grove Ladies Golf Day will be held Thursday, August 12, at the Nippersink Golf Course in Genoa City, WI. 18 Hole Scramble - Rain or Shine!
View the flyer with more details here!
Thank You!
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What an incredible Independence Day weekend! Thank you to all who volunteered, stepped up, donated, rocked out on Saturday, attended the parade on Sunday and joined us for fireworks! The 4th of July Committee is an all-volunteer committee and none of this weekend would have been possible without your support! 

We would love to get your feedback at sg4thofjuly@gmail.com. Until next year!!
~The 4th of July Committee
Photo of the Week
Congratulations to Connor Wisniewski who earned his Eagle Scout rank last week! He is pictured here with his parents, Allison and Ken. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here.
Charity Dog Wash this Saturday
Could your dog use a bath? Join the Nature's Feed annual Charity Dog Wash. Bring your pooches between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on July 10 for an outdoor bath provided by the volunteers at L.E.A.R.N., Labrador Education and Rescue Network, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization committed to placing abandoned and unwanted Labrador Retrievers in new homes, serving the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin areas. Dogs 40lb and under are a donation of $12. Dogs 40lb and over are a donation of $17. All donations go to L.E.A.R.N. to help support their mission! Natures' Feed is located at 2440 Westward Drive.
Chamber of Commerce Car Show
Mark your calendars for the Chamber of Commerce Car Show on Sunday, July 25, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 7777 Winn Road, rain or shine! The show is fun for the whole family with vendors, food trucks, crafters, and of course, cars! $5 car registration. 21 trophies will be awarded! View the flyer for more details.
68th Annual Spring Grove Men's Golf Outing
You're invited to the 68th Annual Spring Grove Men's Golf Outing on Thursday, August 19 at the Nippersink Golf Resort. See sponsorship opportunities and view the registration schedule here. Registrations due by August 9.
Free Admission Days
Our residents get free admission to the McHenry County Historical Museum from July 13 - 23! Register for your visit on their website here. Also, come to Heritage Days this Sunday, July 11 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. with highlights that include children’s activities, Garden Glitz plant sale, strolling magicians, a “baby” white elephant sale, silent auction, bake sale, food vendors and an antique car show. Located at 6422 Main Street in Union.
Blast from the Past - John Wagner
Blivin Street at Hatchery Road looking south with the Wagner House hotel second building on left
John Wagner top left with his family
Wagner House hotel ad
John Wagner was born October 25, 1856 in Spring Grove. His parents were Mattias and Anna M. Nett Wagner, early German pioneers. He was born on the Spring Grove homestead, which was located on Sunset Road between Meyer Road and Spring Grove Road. This area was called "German Prairie". There once stood a one-room "German" school at the NE corner of Miller Road and Spring Grove Road, one of the first school houses in McHenry County, which he attended.

When he was 16, he apprenticed at the Blivins' grist mill when Spring Grove was known as Blivin's Mill. When he was 19, he went to Stacyville, Iowa, and farmed 160 acres of land procured from the government. In 1879 at age 23, he married Katherine Brown of Wisconsin and son Joe was born in 1881. They stayed in Iowa until 1887, when they moved back to the old Wagner homestead. There son Nicholas was born in 1891 and died in 1901. Son Franz was born in October 1894 and lived only two days. More heartache ensued in August 1895 with the untimely passing of Katherine. John continued to farm until 1901 when he sold the farm to August Huff.

Then he moved to town and built the Spring Grove House hotel by the new train station. (His son, Joe, build the Sample Room Tavern next door). The hotel was a rooming house for the new railroad workers and other travelers. The ad above states that they paid "Special attention to commercial travelers" and there was a "First Class Livery " in the back. In 1905 he married Anna Kemmler and they had two sons, Nick and John, Jr.

John was mayor of Spring Grove for several terms and village trustee "which he held with honor to himself and profit to the public." He was also one of the founding members of St. Peter church and it was "largely through his efforts" that the present site of the church was chosen.

He died in 1929 and his obituary stated he led "an exemplary life of true worth and achievement. Through troubles and turmoil over which he had no control, he ever remained calm and strong, ever looking on the bright side... "
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