The Armbrust family of Bloomingdale and Wheaton in DuPage County Illinois have contributed a great deal to the development and business life of the City of Wheaton Illinois. The family is intermarried with the Schlick family many times!
Mary Anne (nee Armbrust) Schlick would marry and raise a family in Burlington Illinois with Joseph Schlick. Martin Armbrust was the father of Mary Anne Schlick. John Armbrust, Martin’s son, would marry Katherine Daleiden. Katherine Daleiden was the youngest daughter of Christopher Daleiden. Christopher was one of the early 1860s immigrants from Germany to settle in Winfield Township in DuPage County Illinois.
The Armbrusts owned a large tract of land and a farm at the corner of Geneva and Pleasant Hill Roads in Milton Township just northwest of the town of Wheaton Illinois. The family developed just south of their farm a small settlement called Pleasant Hill. The main focal point of this settlement was the Chicago, Aurora, and Elgin had a depot or stop just south of Jewell Road that was in the settlement. The only remnants are the small store and several of the homes that were built in the area.
Joseph Armbrust the son of Martin Armbrust planned Pleasant Hill. “Joseph Armbrust was educated in the district schools of Bloomingdale Township Illinois and the parochials school at Winfield [St Johns Catholic School on Church Street], and remained with his father until 1877, when he married and rented one of the latter’s farms for six years. In 1883 he purchased ninety acres of land in Section 6 and 7 of Milton Township [located near the present corner of Geneva and Pleasant Hill Roads north of Wheaton Illinois and south of Carol Stream Illinois], later added thirty acres, and operated this farm successfully until 1903, when he retired. He has reserved ten acres of land for his own use, and has here erected a modern residence with all possible conveniences. In 1909 he laid out part of his land on the southern portion of his farm into lots calling this subdivision Pleasant Hill. He has the streets graded, shad trees planted, a drainage system installed and is preparing the instllation of an excellent water system. His farm is most pleasantly situated near Wheaton on the Aurora & Elgin line [later renamed the Chicago, Aurora, and Elgin Electric interurban rail line] (Source: Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Du Page County: Historical and Biographical .Munsell Pub. Co., 1913 )
About Schlick Daleiden Families - DuPage and Kane Counties of Illinois
Kevin Davis is a retired Public Library Director. He is a Board member of the Winfield (IL) Historical Society. Davis has over 35 years experience working in public libraries. He is deeply interested in local Chicagoland, Dupage, and Kane County History. Davis earned a BA in History and an MA in Library Science from Dominican University. He is a volunteer researcher for the St. James Farm Forest Preserve part of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County in Illinois. His work includes extensive writing and research on the McCormick family line who were former owners of St. James Farm. He is an avid family historian / genealogist and has done extensive research on the Schlicks and Daleidens of DuPage and Kane County Illinois.