Johnsburg and Pistakee Bay

Johnsburg and Pistakee Bay

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In the northeast corner of McHenry County, the Fox River winds its way through Johnsburg, a small village of German ancestry settled in the 1840s. The center of all community activity was St. John's Catholic Church, which stood on the highest spot in town. Its steeples were visible when entering the village. On the other side of Johnsburg, Pistakee Bay was an unsettled area known for good hunting and fishing. Many of the visitors to Pistakee were wealthy businessmen or Chicago politicians who built large mansions here. The Pistakee Yacht Club with its colorful regattas brought visitors to both participate in and observe the white sails flying across the water. On summer evenings, the sound of music twinkled across the bay from parties held on the shore.The new building was named Central Garage by the Hettermanns and was the home of an automobile repair shop. ... Smith also opened the first Chevrolet dealership in Johnsburg at this location while maintaining the Standard Oil station.

Title:Johnsburg and Pistakee Bay
Author: Sandra Landen Machaj
Publisher:Arcadia Publishing - 2008

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