Christmas and Holiday Candy Recipe from 1890s on Forest Preserve Blog and Daleiden’s Candy Store.

The holidays of Christmas and New Years is a time when our sweet tooths begin to crave holiday goodies. A recent posting on the Dupage County Forest Preserve History Blog is titled: 1890s Holiday Candy Making. The blog article is written by Wayne Hill the Historical Interpreter of the Dupage County Forest Preserve Districts 1890s Kline Creek Farm Forest Preserve (located north of Winfield west of County Farm Road.

Reading this article reminds me that my relative William B. Daleiden owned a store in Winfield that catered towards satisfying both adult and children’s cravings for all thing sweet. Here is a recollect of “Bill’s Store and Post Office” located in what was once the Elsen Building (corner of Winfield and Jewell Road in Winfield Illinois). Prior to the Elsen Building location Bill owned a store called the Bluebird Confectionary and Billards Parlor. See our previous blog posting titled: William B. Daleiden Postmaster and Store Owner Winfield Illinois.

In this very grainy photo from the Winfield Historical Society Museum Collection William B. Daleiden can be seen behind the corner with Mrs. Marguerite Roth. Mrs. Roth in her remembrance of the store notes:

The store was where . . . [one] could get 5 and 10 cent ice cream cones, 5 and 10 cents cokes, 15 cents malts and sundaes and 15 cent ham sandwiches. . . . Also the busiest part of the store was the “penny candy” counter where for a few pennies the kids walked out with a sack full.

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.
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