Moehling Family Exhibit


Local history buffs have a new reason to visit the Mount Prospect Historical Society’s Dietrich Friedrichs museum at 101 S. Maple Street, Mount Prospect.

On March 19 the Society debuted the third part of its ongoing exhibit entitled: “They Felt It Had Prospects for the Future: The Story of Early Mount Prospect,” for members and invited guests.  The exhibit is now open to the public through October in the museum’s exhibit gallery.

Moehling General Store

The third in a series of exhibits exploring the life and times of Mount Prospect’s founding families, this installment of the exhibit focuses on members of the John Conrad Moehling family.  John Conrad Moehling was an influential force in early Mount Prospect.  He owned a general store, now home to Capannari’s Ice Cream, and established the first post office in Mount Prospect.  Moehling was also responsible for officially establishing a railroad depot, and was involved in a number of other commercial and civic ventures that preserved the fledging community.  His descendants established the service station which now houses local favorite Submarine Express and were also involved in the establishment of the Mount Prospect Historical Society.

In addition to some fascinating items like a land grant signed by President James Polk and an early map of the area which contains some confusing street names, the exhibit also features some never-before-displayed photos and artifacts from the MPHS collection relating to the Moehling family.  The Village’s first post office, not seen by the public in over twenty years, is among the items on display.

Approximately 25 members of the Historical Society and the Moehling family attended the exhibit opening reception, according to Gregory T. Peerbolte, MPHS executive director, who collaborated on curator duties for the exhibit with Intern Stephanie Pezzella.

Moeling General Store

During an exhibit reception in the Society’s Education Center, Heather Francek, the great-granddaughter of John Conrad Moehling, gave a detailed presentation on her family’s history, after which those present enjoyed light refreshments and visited with one another.  Francek graciously provided many of the materials displayed in the exhibit from her personal collection.  Francek’s mother, Gertrude, was a founding member of the Historical Society in 1967.

The Moehling Family exhibit is sponsored by the Law Office of David J. Roe, 800 W. Central Road, Suite 106, Mount Prospect.  It is open daily Monday through Friday from 12 to 6 p.m., or by appointment.  For more information, please contact Greg Peerbolte, executive director, at 847/ 392-9006.

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