Get yourself ready for the 2017-18 fall and winter seasons or buy your holiday gifts early when the Mount Prospect Historical Society holds its … [Continue Reading]

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Grave Conversations from 10-2 at St Paul Cemetery, behind the post office on Elmhurst at Henry. Beautiful day to chat with the occupants. $10 admission. ... See MoreSee Less

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Mount Prospect’s sixth mayor, Clarence “C. O.” Schlaver, was a journalist, activist and politician. Loathing his time growing up on a farm in Sparta, WI, he set out to become a reporter, working for the Star-Courier in Kewanee, IL and joining the Chicago Daily News when he arrived in Mount Prospect with his wife, Betty, and three children. He was first elected as Village Trustee in 1955 and won again in 1959 as part of the “Good Neighbor Party.” In 1961 Schlaver was elected to his first and only term as Mayor. He believed in the “public’s right to know,” and an “open house” environment at village hall. Many services that village residents have come to rely on today were started under his leadership, including a new public works garage in 1964 and a second fire station on the south end of town the following year. In conjunction with District 57, Schlaver proposed fencing the east side of Weller Creek to protect the children of Westbrook School. By his second year as Mayor, the development of apartment buildings contributed to the village exploding to 23,000 residents. Schlaver annexed apartments to expand the village’s boundaries through “proactive annexation” and “planned growth,” and other areas including Brickman Manor, Hatlen Heights, Elk Ridge Villa, Lou-Elm, Wedgewood Terrace and the Old Orchard Country Club. Schlaver also proposed annexing the neighboring town of Prospect Heights. As the 1965 election approached, Schlaver was met with significant opposition from Daniel Congreve and his “United Citizens Party.” It was a very tumultuous campaign season, with Congreve portrayed as the “outsider” who believed in iron-fist rule. Congreve’s campaign theme of “look what they’re doing to our village” allowed him to emerge victorious. Despite his loss, Schlaver stayed active. In 1972 he became the executive director of the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce, a position he held until 1979, shortly before his death. He is the only president in the Mount Prospect Lions Club’s history to go on to serve as Mount Prospect’s mayor, serving in that role during the 1959-60 club year. Schlaver was also a founding member of the Mount Prospect Historical Society. #FlashbackFriday #mountprospect #mountprospectcentennial #mountprospect100 ... See MoreSee Less

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