Development around Pine Manor in the 1920’s

When researching Pine Manor’s history, Reverend Pam ran across a Daily Herald article from 2014 about the annual Mount Prospect holiday house walk.  The homes chosen that year were in the Pine Manor neighborhood. The article points out a few cool things.

  • Prospect Park and Prospect Highlands neighborhoods are just south of the well-known S-curve on Route 83. “Because it is an area that people generally zip by and don’t get a chance to appreciate its unique homes, built between the late 1920s and the late 1940s, it was chosen for this year’s walk” said Jill Tumberger, co-chairman of the event and a member of the society’s board of directors.
  • Axel Lonnquist, builder of the Prospect Park Country Club subdivision and the Northwest Hills Country Club on the opposite side of Route 83, built the Prospect Park neighborhood, too. Prospect Park extends southward two blocks from Lincoln Avenue along both sides of South Main, Wille and Pine streets and the east side of Elmhurst Avenue. East Sha-Bonee Trail, which runs through the middle of Prospect Park today, was originally called Birchland Avenue.
  • Emerson Street was only a packed gravel road well into the 1950s.

The complete Daily Herald article “Homes, Holidays and History” by Jean Murphy can be found at:

The Moehling Farm

Mavis Conrad Moehling Farm 1880 was 100 acres between Elmhurst Road, School Street Council Train and Longquest. Mr Moehling later leased his farm and purchased the general sore on Main street and NW highway, which became Mt Prospect’s first post office.

The onion shed that was located on Pine Street

Mount Prospect was noted for its fertile soil which attracted the German farmers who grew onions, sugar beets, and mushrooms. Because of the Northwestern Train, built in 1874, the downtown area was a perfect place to store and dry product before it shipped to Chicago. The Onion triangle is marked between Busse Ave, Central and Prospect Ave. Pine Street was a big part of Mt Prospects agricultural history.

Map showing locations of the onion triangle and Moehling Farm