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Catalog Number 2003.011.006
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description Black and white photograph of first Village President of Elk Grove Village, Charles “Chic” Hodlmair, riding in the car with his two sons, Scott (center) and Charles Jr. (“Jerry”), to celebrate the opening of the Illinois Northwest Tollway (90) in 1958.
Collection Schuette Biermann Farmhouse Collection
Notes Charles A. Hodlmair, known as Chic, served as Village President (Mayor) of Elk Grove Village from 1956 to 1961. Hodlmair later served as Elk Grove Township Assessor, a post he held for twenty-two years.

Hodlmair was born in Chicago, May 18, 1913. In 1919, his family moved to Des Plaines where he grew up and remained a resident for many years. In 1942, he joined the Ben F. Eidamiller realty and insurance firm in Des Plaines and within two years became a partner.

His vision was to establish a town that would be one third residential, one third industrial and one third parks and schools. He shared his ideas with Centex Corporation of Texas, the largest house builder in nation at the time. The very first steps in the development of a town involved acquiring land and building homes. Land acquisition was Hodlmair's responsibility and several land purchases listed Charles A. Hodlmair and wife, Ruth, as the buyers.

To meet the State of Illinois minimum requirements for the number of residents in order to consider incorporation, friends and relatives of the Hodlmairs moved into the empty farmhouses on the newly purchased land and a successful vote was taken in July 1956 to incorporate as the Village of Elk Grove. Incorporation was official on July 17, 1956. The population at the time was 117 with 64 registered voters. A village president (Hodlmair) and a village board of trustees were subsequently elected to handle the affairs of the recently incorporated village.

In early October 1956, Centex announced that in about 60 days it would begin construction on 6000 new homes. The next May, Centex provided the following details. There would be four basic models of a ranch-style house design ranging from $17,500 to $19,950 in price including enclosed garages. A built-in oven and range with hood and fan, disposal unit, automatic washer/dryer, and a built-in attic TV antenna would all be included in the price.

Less than two years after retiring from Elk Grove Township Assessor, Charles A. Hodlmair, still an Elk Grove Village resident, passed away in late May, 1986.

Source Mary McCarthy
Search Terms Hodlmair