Winfield School History Revealed in Deed for “Block 12” of the Village of Winfield

This past year I purchased an “Examination of Title” for “Block 12” of “The Village of Fredericksburg [Winfield] Illinois”. I located the Title amongst items being sold during an estate sale held in Winfield.

Cover of the Block 12 Examination of Title. This block is where the Winfield Elementary School is located.

In the northeast corner of block 12 of the plat map the Winfield school is shown. In the History of Winfield book historian Louise Spanke writes:

On November 17, 1856, Casper Voll and Martin and Margaretta Voll Stark appeared before Justice of the Peace Charles Gary to deed to the Trustees of Schools ” for the use of the inhabitants of School District No. Eight . . . for the purpose of a School House site,” an 80 foot square at the corner of Beecher Street [shown as Frederick Street on Deed Map below] and Winfield Road [shown as Main Street on Deed Map below]. Part of the site is still occupied by the Winfield Elementary School. Both Voll and Stark had come with their parents from Bavaria to DuPage County in the late 1840s and to Winfield in the boom days of the fifties. Soon after the Civil War, Voll moved on to West Chicago and Stark to Wheaton. Both were merchants. Voll was station agent for a time, and served two terms, 1858-1859 and 1864 – 1866, as postmaster. Stark was interested (unsuccessfully, according to his obituary) in one of the town’s two breweries.

Block 12 is shown in red in the above survey plat map of the Town of Fredericksburg (Now the Village of Winfield Illinois), John Street is now Church Street, Frrederick Street is now Beecher St.(Named after Mary Warren Beecher sister of Col Julius Warren founder of Warrenville, Illinois), Paul Street is now Summit Street, Elizabeth Street is now Jewell Road (Named after Elias Jewell a veteran of the War of 1812 and emigrant from Conneticut). Franklin Street west of Winfield Road is now known as Highlake Road (Named after the Highlake Subdivision northwest of Winfield and east of West Chicago, Illinois).
The former Casper Voll property was sold to the Wiinfield School District for $1.00.

The Casper Voll’s life is described in Portrait and Biographical Record of Cook and DuPage Counties, Illinois. Lake City Publishing Co. 1894 (page 152).

(Photo: Louise Spanke. Winfield’s Good Old Days: A History. Winfield Public Library Board of Trustees. 1976. page 142).

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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