Independent Citizens Party V. Peoples Party

March 30, 2011

Finished my early voting on Tuesday and even though I’ve locked in my vote (let’s just say the incumbents didn’t fare too well on my ballot), I’m still in an election mood. Leafing through the March 1, 1955 Glimpses I noticed in that year’s race we had the “Independent Citizens Party” against the “Peoples Party”. This election cycle featured an uncontested race for president, but challengers for trusteeship and clerk. A police magistrate was also sought by one of the groups as you’ll see in today’s article posted below. (click to enlarge)

Who’s Getting Your Vote?

March 28, 2011

With a little more than a week to go before Winfield’s registered voters will decide our next set of trustees…the question arises…who’s getting your vote? I could give you the usual rap about how you should do your duty and learn about the candidates and then make sure you vote on election day etc, etc, etc…but I’m going to let the editorial staff of The Winfield Glimpses handle that duty, via a commentary published in April of 1967. (click article to enlarge)

Still Looking Good

March 25, 2011

Taking a break from election stuff today. I noticed a full page real estate ad from the May 7, 1963 edition of the Glimpses and wondered if the model home pictured still existed and how it was holding up. Turns out it is still around and looking pretty darn good…it’s even been added on to. I just hope they still have the “Flameless Electric Kitchen”. Check out the yesterday and today pictures below and click to enlarge.

Winfield Taxpayers Association

March 23, 2011

Not sure what this group was all about, but they sure wanted the three men in their full page Glimpses ad to win. Seems like Winfield always has had some sort of group or groups pushing one set of candidates over another in most elections. Check out the Winfield Taxpayers Association ad below from April 12, 1967. It was a race that featured seven candidates running for three village trustee seats.

7 For 3

March 21, 2011

We have an important election heating up in Winfield this Spring and have five candidates running for three open seats on the board of trustees. Back in 1967 they had seven vying for three seats. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at this past election as we work our way through the current one. Today let’s meet the seven…(click picture to enlarge)

and don’t forget, if you’d like to see our current candidates in person, check out the Winfield Juniors Woman’s Club candidates night at 7 pm Tuesday March 22nd at Cantigny.

Higgins Store Recreated

March 18, 2011

I was looking at the September 24, 1969 issue of The Winfield Glimpses and noticed pictures on the front page with the headline “Grandma Higgins Store Recreated”. Upon closer look I noticed that some of my relatives were featured. My Aunt is the “Mrs. James McCabe” (AKA Aunt Dee) referenced in the top picture and my Uncle Jim is seen in the lower picture. I decided to ask my Aunt Dee, via e-mail (she now lives in California), if she remembered the event and this is how she replied.
Hey Kev:
I remember the Winfield Good Old Days very well. We had a store representing Grandma Higgins store in someone’s garage (don’t remember where exactly) It was furnished like the store in days of old. Your Uncle Jim and his brother were dressed like butchers in their white aprons and sliced summer sausage and it was handed out to the people who came to the store. The first Winfield Good Old Days were alot of fun – everyone was dressed up accordingly.

She also added another tidbit in her e-mail that ties in with Thursday being St. Patrick’s Day.

Jim’s Uncle George Higgins would hand out green carnations every St. Patrick’s Day – he would be standing by the train station greeting everyone. He really enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day
Love, Aunt Dee

A Look Around In ’68

March 16, 2011

I like when the Glimpses includes lots of photos in their editions. It can give you a look around town as it was. A lot of times I’m wishing I could have manned the camera to get an even better shot, but I’ll take what I can get. Today’s post features a series of pictures entitled “Busy Construction Week” and while most of us probably could’ve made the sequence a little more interesting, it’s still fun to look closely at the shots (especially the backgrounds) giving us a glimpse at what the town looked like in 1968. (click to enlarge)

Weak Start For Market Square

March 14, 2011

This article was on the cover of the January 2, 1974 edition of The Winfield Glimpses. Apparently they had some questions about what was going on at the then new Market Square shopping center.

and here’s a recent picture of the shopping center for comparison.

Touchy, Touchy

March 11, 2011

I came across this open letter from the Winfield Glimpses staff in the May 30, 1973 edition of the paper. Apparently they were getting some flack and took to the pages to straighten everyone out. Good thing they didn’t have to deal with e-mail and social media along with the “crank calls” and letters they were getting. (click to enlarge)

Salute to Winfield Fuel

March 9, 2011

I haven’t run any ads for awhile, so that changes today. I came across these ads for Winfield’s long running business “Winfield Fuel and Material” and thought you might enjoy them. The first ad highlights their 50th anniversary and is especially interesting because it contains a bit of a history lesson (which I always like). The ad appeared in the January 3, 1962 edition of the Winfield Glimpses. The second ad was pulled from the May 7, 1963 edition and while it’s just sort of an average everyday ad, it does show what was offered for sale almost 50 years ago. (click ad to enlarge)