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Catalog Number 2015.009.001
Object Name Recording
Scope & Content Oral history interview of Ruth and Marian Luehring

Interviewed by Philip Barry, Chairman of the Elk Grove Historical Society, on March 1, 1988. Interview conducted at the personal home of Ruth and Marian Luehring, located at 413 N. Walnut Street, Itasca, Illinois. Interview length 23 m 24 sec. Collection includes original analog cassette recording, digital audio recording transfer, and transcript.

AUDIO FILE: analog cassette, CD transfer, WAV.
Collection Elk Grove Historical Museum
Notes 00:00:01 Introduction and family summary

00:01:09Residency, Schuette farm size, neighboring farms, description of farm and outbuildings.

00:02:55Description of inside of farmhouse.

00:05:33General description of the farm layout, location of trees, hitching post, flower garden, vegetable garden, well, no ponds, livestock.

00:07:18Location of school (Biesterfield Rd), general store (Itasca), church (53 & Biesterfield Rd), post office (Itasca). Church was later moved into Itasca.

00:08:08Description of area outside of the Schuette farm: bordered by farms, there were trees, big silver maple next to the house. Farmers had lots in what is now forest preserve for wood. In the fall they would cut down trees for firewood. Owned about 20 acres.

00:09:32Grandfather Henry Schuette background: born Hannover, Germany; came to Elk Grove at age 21. Tall (about 6 feet), trustworthy, thrifty. He was a cabinetmaker. Later sent money back so his father could come over to live with him. Henry was married twice (to sisters Maria and Emma). His child Clara was the mother of Ruth and Marian.

00:13:02Civil War: Henry Schuette's two brothers John and William served (great uncles of Ruth and Marian). John came back and lived in Ontarioville. He had a plaque from Abraham Lincoln-may have been injured in the war. No one ever heard from William again and it is not known whatever happened to him.

00:14:42Henry Schuette went to school in Germany, in 1856 used the general store in Itasca (but location not known), church was at 53 & Biesterfield.

00:15:34Of all of Henry Schuette's children only son Henry, Jr. stayed on the farm. Others married and moved to different locations. Henry, Jr. sold the farm to Wesley Luehring, brother of Ruth and Marian. Grandparents (Henry, Sr. and his two wives) are buried in small cemetery on Prospect Rd, Bensenville near O'Hare Field. Their parents are buried in Lakewood Cemetery near Elgin, across from Villa Olivia Golf Course.

00:16:31Stories from childhood relative to the Schuette farm: they would ride in a buggy, horseback or sometimes just walk from home in Itasca to the farm. Grandfather Henry Schuette always had cookies in the pantry. Their mother would go out there during threshing time to cook dinner for all who were working. Bill Biermann owned the threshing machine and would go from farm to farm to do the threshing.

00:19:54They would go from farm to farm for picnics or go to the forest preserve off Higgins Road.

00:23:24 End of interview
Source Elk Grove Historical Museum