The warm weather has left us and the holidays have arrived; many of us are still waking from our naps after that Thanksgiving feast. As we begin our Christmas shopping, I would like to remind everyone who shops online to make sure to look at your credit card statements and verify your purchases. If you notice purchases you did not make contact your credit card company right away. Identity theft normally goes up during the holiday season.

Veterans dayMarengo Area Community High School held its 9h Annual Veterans’ Day Assembly, November 11, at 9:00 A.M. Veterans from every branch of the armed forces are honored during the assembly. Rather than have a day off from school, children from 4th through 12th grade participate in honoring area veterans.

City Council Addresses Two Liquor Businesses

The City Council approved the liquor license for a new concept wine bar that will feature Illinois wines and cheeses, coupled with a tasting and sampling area, during its Nov. 28 meeting. Connie’s Corkery will be located in the strip mall on Rt. 20 (Grant’s Highway), which has Sullivan’s Foods as its anchor store, acting as a “coming together and outlet site for wines made in the great state of Illinois,’”said Jason Moy.

McGill Building 1890The McGill’s Company has been in Marengo since 1932. These buildings have been used as a blacksmith, a livery stable, an auto dealership, and lastly, as a manufacturer of ticket punches and of mouse traps.

 “Up until 1986, they produced millions of mouse traps and Marengo became known as the ‘Mouse Trap Capitol of the World’,” says Chuck Andrews of the Marengo United Methodist Church. The property was sold in 1986 and production faded away.

TEAMThe 15th-seeded Marengo Indians (5-5 Overall, 2-4 Kishwaukee River Conference) had their season end on a 56- 14 loss to the 2nd-seeded Johnsburg Skyhawks in the Oct. 29 opener of the IHSA Class 4A Football Playoffs. However, Marengo accomplished the feat of making the post-season in consecutive years, last done in 1997. The 2015 team progressed to the state final, eventually losing to Chicago Phillips, at the Bronzeville neighborhood school’s field.

PUMPKINSThe garden season is over and we would like to take some time to share our results. Typically, by November we are flush with provisions harvested from our garden that have been processed, preserved or stored for use over the next six to nine months. However due to a deliberate decision to downsize our production as well as experiencing a less than optimal gardening year, our 2016 reserves are not robust.

SIGNThe Santa Fe sign that rose above Michigan Avenue in Chicago has found a new home. Removed from its place atop the seventeen story Railway Exchange Building in 2012, the owner determined that it should go to a non-profit organization. Besting some stiff competition, the Illinois Railway Museum became the recipient of the sign.

“It arrived in the back of a pickup truck,” Dave Diamond, Project Manager and General Manager of Facilities at the IRM tells me. “In pieces. It was exciting to see the words ‘Santa Fe’ begin to appear as we pieced it back together. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway gave us a grant to restore the sign.”

We certainly cannot say that our Chicago Cubs haven’t given us some outstanding games in 2016! By the time this article goes to print in November, blood pressure readings will likely have returned to “normal." And so it was in the hearts of Marengoans during the years of 1902 to 1909 when their hometown baseball hero, Carl Lundgren, was a Cubs pitcher.

Weidner FarmAl Weidner is a fourth-generation farmer whose family hails from Palatine and Buffalo Grove. Following graduation at Iowa State University, Al and his wife Marilyn migrated further from Chicago and arrived in Marengo in March of 1977.

 Weidner manages his crops and herd of hogs with the help of his son, Jordan. Together, they manage 6000 hogs a year – enough to feed pork to 35,000 people. “Raising hogs is no different than raising other animals,” Weidner says. It is a 365 day a year job.”

Ed UrbanThis month I’m going to give you a glimpse of Marengo in the past. These stories were printed in various editions of the Marengo Republican in the year 1869. Some left me laughing; others had me scratching my head; either way I hope you enjoy them.

These days’ car burglaries are commonplace in many communities, and it’s very annoying if you’ve ever been a victim of such a crime. Mr. Amos Boyce had the misfortune of being a victim twice. This piece ran in the January 21, 1869, edition and described poor Mr. Boyce’s plight: “STOLEN – Mr. Amos Boyce while attending meeting on Monday evening, had a fine Buffalo Robe stolen from his buggy, by some sacrilegious vandal, having neither the fear of God or man. This is the second Buffalo Robe Mr. Boyce has had stolen from him while attending church. We hope every hair on the Robe will be like a needle to the thief ’s conscience, if he has one, till he returns the Robe.” Like the old saying goes (modified to fit the story); “steal one Buffalo Robe from my buggy shame on you, steal two Buffalo Robes from my buggy, shame on me.

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