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barrington timeline 1950-1999

 

1950 - The Census showed a population of 4,209.

1951 - The first police department building was in use.

1953 - Grove Avenue school was built.

1955 - The Special Census showed a population of 4,797.

1955 - A monument to the war dead was dedicated in Evergreen Cemetery.

1957 - The new public library on South Hough St. opened.

1957 - The Village of Barrington Hills was incorporated.

1957 - Deer Park was incorporated.

1958 - St. Paul Evangelical and Reformed Church was re-named. St. Paul United Church of Christ.

1958 - John A. Graham was the first man from Barrington elected to the Illinois State Senate.

1958 - Roslyn Road School was built and opened for the 1958-59 school year.

1958 - The dial telephone building opened and dial telephone service was introduced.

1958 - The Village of Kildeer was incorporated.

1959 - St. Matthew Lutheran Church was dedicated.

1959 - North Barrington was incorporated.

1959 - South Barrington was incorporated.

1959 - Lake Barrington was incorporated.

1960 - The Barrington Broncos basketball team won the North Suburban and regional championships.

1960 - The Census showed a population of 5,434.

1960 - Jewel Tea Company bought land on W. Main St. for a store.

1960 - St. Anne's built a new 16 classroom school.

1960 - A groundbreaking for the UARCO offices and lab took place.

1960 - The addition to Barrington High School opened.

1961 - Barrington Shopping Center opened at Route 59 and Northwest Hwy.

1961 - Jewel Food Store opened on Main St.

1961 - A groundbreaking for the Lutheran Church of Atonement took place.

1961 - The first services at the Evangelical Free Church of Barrington took place.

1961 - The Barrington Real Estate Board was formed.

1961 - The First Church of Christ, Scientist opened.

1963 - Barrington's budget topped $1 million.

1963 - Barrington celebrated its centennial.

1963 - St. Paul United Church of Christ celebrated its centennial.

1963 - Day of mourning for President Kennedy.

1963 - The Barrington Presbyterian Church on Brinker Road was dedicated.

1964 - Barrington High School Broncos won the North Suburban basketball championship.

1964 - The post of Village Manager was created.

1964 - Barrington High School Broncos won the Lake County Class A track championship.

1964 - Barrington High School graduated its largest class, 314 students.

1965 - Barrington's population was 6,500.

1965 - A 24 hour ice and snow storm hit; and later that year, a tornado just missed Barrington.

1965 - The first house was occupied in the Fox Point subdivision.

1965 - A groundbreaking for a new riding center in Barrington Hills was held.

1965 - Charles Percy spoke to 354 graduates at the BHS commencement.

1965 - Lake Barrington established a park district.

1965 - Barrington Little League was in the national tournament, but loses first round.

1965 - St. Anne's convent opened.

1965 - Barrington Tennis Club opened its indoor facilities in South Barrington.

1966 - The Lutheran Church of the Atonement was dedicated.

1966 - The new middle school opened on Eastern Ave.

1966 - South Barrington withdrew as a possible site for an atomic accelerator.

1966 - A new public safety building for police and fire was opened.

1966 - Tower Lakes was incorporated.

1967 - Hough Street School was torn down and re-built.

1967 - 17'' of snow in 24 hours fell in Barrington.

1967 - Langendorf Park was named for park district secretary, E.J. Langendorf.

1967- Voters annexed High School District 224 to Harper College; a groundbreaking was held.

1967 - A tornado ripped through Cuba Township, Barrington Hills, and Lake Zurich.

1968- Barrington's population was 7,872.

1968 - The library became a district.

1968 - Construction began on a second addition to Quaker Oats.

1968 - Ground was broken on the Technical Publishing Company plant.

1968 - The Barrington Chapter of the Lyric Opera was formed.

1968 - Barrington Area Historical Society was founded.

1968 - The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce was incorporated.

1968 - Arnett C. Lines School was built.

1968 - Two students from BHS debated at Cambridge Union Society, England.

1968 - Enrollments at the Barrington schools and Harper College increased dramatically; 429 students graduated from BHS.

1969 - 30 acres of land were donated to Tower Lakes for a nature area.

1969 - Welcome Wagon was formed.

1969 - Langendorf Park fieldhouse addition opened.

1969 - Lines Elementary School opened.

1969 - Barrington Board of Realtors was chartered.

1969 - Technical Publishing opened.

1969 - Ground was broken for Barrington Commons shopping center.

1969 - South Barrington approved the creation of a 45 acre lake in the Coves.

1970 - The Census showed a population of 8,674.

1970 - Arnett C. Lines Elementary School was dedicated.

1970 - Mrs. H.W. Carlson was the first woman elected to the North Barrington Board of Trustees.

1970 - Barrington Area Library joined the reciprocal borrowing project; voters approved annexation of outlying areas into the district.

1970 - The Woman's Hospital Auxiliary was formed to help with the proposed hospital.

1970 - Catchpenny resale shop opened in support of the proposed hospital.

1970 - The Kiwanis Club was formed.

1970 - The Barrington Area Council of Governments was formed.

1970 - The Broncos won the North Suburban Championship.

1970 - Barrington Commons shopping center opened.

1971 - The Citizens for Conservation was formed.

1971 - Barrington Montessori School opened in North Barrington.

1971 - Donald Klein was named the first director of BACOG.

1971 - Harper College was granted full accreditation.

1971 - The Hooved Animal Humane Society was formed.

1971 - 582 students graduated from Barrington High School.

1971 - Lake Barrington contracted with the Lake County Sheriff for police protection.

1972 - 500 acre Bartlett estate, surrounding Lake Barrington, is sold to developers - condominiums are approved to become Lake Barrington Shores.

1972 - Land is donated for a new library on Route 14.

1972 - Chippendale subdivision opens.

1972 - The Volvo dealership opens on Hough Street.

1972 - Four people in the Corbett family are murdered in Barrington Hills; four members of the De Mau Mau gang are charged.

1972 - A site is proposed for a Barrington area hospital at Route 22, west of Route 59; a permit is issued to the Evangelical Hospital Association.

1973 - The Community Unit School District 220 was organized, combining 3 school districts.

1973 - Quaker Oats donates 90 acres for Good Shepherd Hospital.

1973 - Inverness joins the Barrington Area Council of Governments.

1974 - District 220 purchases its headquarters building on James Street.

1974 - Barrington High School renamed Barrington Franklin Thomas High School, temporarily.

1974 - Barrington begins paramedic service.

1974 - Three are found guilty in the 1972 murders of the Corbett family.

1975 - The first residents move into Lake Barrington Shores.

1975 - The Friends of the Barrington Area Library is formed.

1975 - Safety Town courses begin for area students.

1975 - Barrington police patrol Inverness.

1975 - Barbara Sugden is named the head librarian at Barrington Area Library.

1975 - Soccer becomes the 10th interscholastic sport offered at Barrington High School.

1975 - Barrington provides police patrols to North Barrington.

1975 - District 220 begins participation in the school lunch program.

1975 - Residents approve a referendum to construct a new library at Route 14 and Berry Road.

1976 - The groundbreaking for Good Shepherd Hospital was held.

1976 - "Tales of Old Barrington" is published.

1976 - There is a groundbreaking for the new library.

1976 - Richard Honquist furniture store opens.

1976 - Cuba Marsh is expanded to 382 acres.

1976 - The Ice House is re-made into a shopping mall.

1976 - Barrington High School graduate Gary Fencik signs with the Chicago Bears.

1977 - A referendum to build an indoor pool at Barrington High School passes.

1977 - Willow Creek Community Church purchases 90 acres near South Barrington.

1977 - The new commuter train depot opens.

1978 - The new library opens; the old library becomes the Barrington Township offices.

1978 - The old train depot is moved to the Ice House to become Chessie's Restaurant.

1978 - Barrington American Legion baseball team wins the state championship.

1978 - Barrington police department hires the first female patrol person.

1979 - The train depot was moved to its present location as part of a restaurant in the Ice House Mall.

1979 - Good Shepherd Hospital was dedicated.

1979 - Blizzard drops about 20 inches of snow.

1979 - Traffic light at entrance to Barrington Area Library.

1979 - Jewel celebrates 50 years with headquarters in Barrington.

1979 - Barrington American Legion baseball team finishes third in national American Legion World Series.

1979 - BHS indoor pool opens.

1979 - Train car becomes restaurant at Ice House.

1980 - St. Anne's school opens first kindergarten class.

1980 - Poplar Creek Theater opens.

1980 - Commuter lot opens with 650 spaces.

1980 - The census showed a total population of 24,214; Village of Barrington, 9,029.

1981 - Barrington United Methodist Church celebrates 50 years in building on S. Hough St.

1981 - Willow Creek Church opens in South Barrington.

1981 - Tower Lakes' 50th anniversary.

1981 - Barrington Little League team wins state championship; end up third in Little League World Series.

1982 - 1980 census shows Barrington population rose 15% since 1970, to 9,029.

1982 - Dog Tacks Restaurant opens at Main and Lageschulte Streets.

1982 - Barrington hires the first full time fire chief.

1982 - The Community Church of Barrington celebrates 135 years.

1983 - St. Matthew Lutheran Church celebrates 50 years.

1983 - The first park is developed in South Barrington.

1983 - St. Anne Catholic Church celebrates 100 years.

1983 - Good Shepherd Manor retirement residence opens on Main St.

1983 - Carol Beese is named the first woman president of the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

1984 - The first South Barrington Village Hall opens, housing police, park district and village offices.

1985 - South Grove Ave. site is chosen for the new main Post Office.

1985 - Good Shepherd Hospital builds a heliport.

1985 - The Presbyterian Church of Barrington celebrates 25 years.

1985 - The first curator is named at the Barrington Area Historical Society museum.

1985 - The Barrington American Legion baseball team wins the state championship.

1985 - The Barrington Rotary Club celebrates 25 years.

1986 - Several residential areas of the Village of Barrington were officially designated as historic preservation areas.

1986 - The Barrington Commons Post Office branch opens.

1986 - The Hospice of Northeastern Illinois opens.

1986 - The W. Clement Stone property is annexed by North Barrington to become the Wynstone golf community.

1986 - Countryside School in Barrington Hills celebrates 35 years.

1986 - Barrington High School baseball team wins the Class AA State Championship.

1986 - Barrington American Legion baseball team wins the state championship.

1986 - Hickory Hill Middle School is renamed Woodland Elementary School.

December 19, 1989 - Lipofsky's Department Store was destroyed in a fire.

1990 - The census showed a village population of 9,504.

October 28, 1998 - Barrington United Methodist Church was destroyed in a fire.

Contributors to the timeline include: Cathy Trawinski, Barbara Benson, William Klingenberg, Barrington Courier-Review.