Welcome to Palatine’s 150th anniversary website! Here you will learn about all of the events, activities and other initiatives planned to celebrate this historical milestone. You can also browse the timeline to learn more about the Village’s history, and be sure to visit our community partners and sponsor pages. The year 2016 will celebrate the Palatine Sesquicentennial!
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As Palatine turns 150 years old in 2016, we cannot forget the history that brought us to this point. George Ela was the first white settler to claim roots to this area in 1835. He built a home which now is called Dear Grove north of Dundee Rd. and and west of Quentin Rd. He later moved to Lake County and became the postmaster of the Town of Ela. Clarinda Cady was the first white child born here. She was born in 1838. Her parents Ezekiel Cady and mother Adeline made the journey from Central New York State to start a new life in this area that was untamed and unsettled. The railroad came out this way in 1854. It was called the Illinois and Wisconsin Railroad. Palatine’s first depot was built in 1855. We have no pictures of it but some of the old-timers remember it as a an old railroad car. Now that he railroad was out this way it was easy to bring in supplies from Chicago.
April 2, 1866. Meeting of the resident voters of the town of Palatine, Cook County Illinois, at Slade & Shirdings Hall to hold a consultation in reference to incorporating said town in accordance with the provisions of the statutes of the state of Illinois.Meeting organized at seven o’clock PM by electing D. Newcomb chairman and R.S. Williamson secretary, after the subject had been discussed at some length, a vote was taken “that we proceed to incorporate said town.”