• History

    Spring Grove History

    To help celebrate our 100 years of incorporation in 2002, a centennial committee researched Spring Grove’s history and published a book called “Village of Spring Grove – Centennial History 1902-2002.” Of course our history started much earlier then that. In the 1700s the native Potawatomis of the area named our Nippersink Creek “Neversink” which translates to “place of small waters”. In 1834 as the result of a treaty signed with our government, the Potawatomis, Chippewas (Ojibwa) and Ottawa Indians were removed from the this area although wandering bands still came around once in a while. An early settler, Jonathan Imeson was said to have hidden his bed from curious Indians.

    Our Centennial Book is available for purchase with a price of $34.95. It is a hardcover book, 137 pages, with a dust jacket and filled with pictures and stories from the last 100 years.

    We are looking for help in identifying this family. We received the photo from Mike Fraser whose grandfather Michael Joseph Retterath was the photographer. It dates from around 1905 and was taken in the Spring Grove area.

    Look at Local History Week (May 2-8, 2004)

    Join us for a historic walking tour of downtown Spring Grove on May 8th at 1:30 p.m. Laura Frumet and storyteller Jim May will lead a guided tour of the old downtown area. Additionally, the interiors of Main Street Foods, Neil Anderson’s Law Office, and the old Village Hall will be open for tour.  Meet at the Spring Grove Grade School Parking Lot.

  • Projects

    Neighborhood Projects

    One of the very best methods to attract membership as well as build group unity is to concentrate on a crucial issue in your community. Next-door neighbors do not attend meetings or become thinking about your association unless you are doing rewarding tasks for their benefit or the advantage of their area. It is essential that you establish the requirements of your area and focus on those demands till you demonstrate success.

    Figure out the requirements of you r community through meetings as well as personal discussions with next-door neighbors during a walk‐through. After you create a checklist of possible requirements, discuss them in reasonable depth to identify the concerns. When you have determined the concerns, discuss every one as well as settle on the top priority ofeach concern. Sort the issues into short‐term or long‐term jobs as well as start to evaluate how your organization would love to come close to each problem.
    In establishing your neighborhood jobs, concentrate on a details problem that will show action as well as results which will certainly be visible in the neighborhood. Get the entire neighborhood behind the task by advertising the issue as long as feasible. This will certainly provide lots of participation for you to develop a huge subscription base. If you are successful in attaining your goals or effecting modification on a solitary problem, it
    demonstrates that your association is a reliable team. This establishes the trustworthiness as well as worthiness of your association, attributes which are essential to long‐term survival. Sadly, one issue with focusing on a solitary issue is that when that trouble is fixed, every person leaves.

    Therefore, it is crucial to present other issues at the same time and also obtain people to deal with them in addition to the major problem. As each issue is settled, concentrate on brand-new, brief and also long‐term tasks.
    In planning projects, maintain the sphere rolling with a listing of projects as well as tasks that will maintain engagement and interest. This needs a great deal of anticipation and company by organization members. The best strategy is to plan around a calendar. Do not stifle your participants with more tasks than time will allow. Pick a pace and also remain regular. Sluggish progression is often much better than no progression in all,
    however remember that huge gap in task can cost you the involvement of a huge majority of your subscription because of lack of interest. Beware how you intend and work with all projects. Maintain individuals associated with all degrees and provide people particular jobs (with certain period) to do. Everyone is willing to add a little bit of time. Do not provide way too much responsibility to someone when it can be quickly delegated to a number of.

    Project Suggestions
    The following is a listing of possible short and long‐term projects:

    • Community Clean‐up
    • Neighborhood Yard, tree growing, blossom growing
    • Back‐to‐school celebration and also institution supply drive
    • Murals or neighborhood art project
    • Neighborhood scrapbook or video clip
    • Crime watch program
    • Scholarship exchange (Instance: Ex‐boxer in the neighborhood sets up a mid-day boxing
      program for neighborhood kids. The children mow and also look after his lawn).
    • Block event or celebration
    • Area entryway indications
    • Safety lighting
    • Tool offering libraries
    • Tutoring program for young people
    • House excursions
    • Community cook‐out, outing, or dinner
    • National night out celebration
    • Vacation event
    • Community t‐shirts
    • Yard of the month honor
    • Community e-newsletter, website, directory site, or telephone/email tree
    • Paint up/fix up jobs
    • Paint swap
    • Speakers on subjects of interest to the neighborhood
    • Rep to go to common council, school board, and preparing commission conferences
    • Philanthropic projects, such as ʺadoptingʺ a family that needs assist with Xmas supper
  • Association

    Guide on Building a Neighborhood Association

    An area organization is a group of house owners, renters, home dwellers, and also representatives from area organisations, churches, and institutions who arrange to boost conditions in the neighborhood. When you start a neighborhood watch, individuals in your area get an opportunity to decide what needs to be done as well as work together to make it occur. A group that represents the area will have the security, trustworthiness, and also political influence to be an efficient force for a better area.

    Keep in mind some important standards as you start to organize:

    • Developing a company is a process. It canʹt be done over night. Hold your horses. Determine your
      priorities and build them step‐by‐step.
    • Set practical objectives. Beginning little as well as develop upwards. As your organizational ability expands, begin
      establishing your objectives greater.
    • Exactly how you deal with individuals is crucial to your success. By dealing with individuals with respect as well as sincerity,
      individuals will be more probable to obtain associated with the organization.
    • Adjust the concepts and also approaches described in this set to the details demands as well as conditions of your
      neighborhood and your organization.
    • Individuals join area teams for a variety of factors. Among them is to be familiar with their
      neighbors far better as well as to feel a sense of community. So, as you construct your company, be sure to