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Catalog Number 2015.023.001
Object Name Recording
Scope & Content Oral history interview of Anthony and Teresa Maioriello.

Interviewed by Cliff Schultz and Darlene Greaves, members of the Elk Grove Historical Society, April 17, 2008. Interview took place at the school house building of the Elk Grove Historical Museum located at 399 Biesterfield Road, Elk Grove Village, IL. Interview length 65 m 09 sec. Collection includes audio recording, transcript, and digital image.

Digital image: 2015.023.003
Collection Elk Grove Historical Museum
Notes Anthony and Teresa (Terry) Maioriello


Introduction. Anthony and Terry purchased the farmhouse from Wesley Luehring and moved into the house on March 17th, 1974. Arlington Heights Road was being widened at the time.

00:05:22People were suspicious of Anthony and Terry because they were young and owned a funeral home. Houses in the area were selling for $15-20 thousand dollars at the time. Elk Grove had a young population at this time, median of 21 years old.

00:10:06Kids were let out of school and they were cheering and watching the farmhouse be moved down the street. The house was terrible to live in because it was drafty, had no insulation and the heating was inadequate.

00:15:04The Park District paid $8,000 to have the farmhouse moved. The Historical Society was formed in 1975.

00:20:11The inside of the farmhouse was described. Newspapers were used as the insulation for the farmhouse before Anthony and Terry moved in.

00:25:09Anthony and Terry were both very pleased with the renovations that were made to the farmhouse. Wesley Luehring had to update the house in order to keep the house.

00:30:18Anthony and Terry met with Wesley Luehring and purchased the farm house. Wesley was described as a grumpy old man who you did not negotiate with.

00:35:00The legality of Anthony and Terry's funeral home was discussed. There were several hoops to jump through before they could start their business. Anthony went to school to be a mechanical engineer. Anthony got into the funeral home business because it was hard to get a job as an engineer.

00:40:00Anthony's and Terry's families had speculation about them getting into the funeral home business. The population of Elk Grove was young and totaled 18-20 thousand people.


The Maioriello funeral home serviced people of all backgrounds. They love the community and want to make sure everyone felt comfortable coming to them. Their children are not following in their footsteps; their son wants to be a doctor and their daughter is in human relations and real estate.

00:05:36They do not work as much as they do due to age and physical ability. Anthony's cousin is the office manager and they have employed three others to help run the business. They vacation when they can because their daughter lives in LA and their son lives in the Quad Cities.

00:10:00The funeral home has been expanded several times. There has been a swimming pool added, room additions, expanded chapel facilities and additional parking. Charlie's Charhouse has pictures of families and people who have owned the farmhouse.

00:15:16At the time Arlington Heights Road and Higgins was the downtown of Elk Grove Village. They reminisced about coming across the property with the farm house on it and how it was just meant to be.

00:20:02Anthony and Terry Maioriello are both very happy and grateful with the park district's efforts to restore and preserve the farmhouse.

Source Elk Grove Historical Museum