“Wheaton Remembers” is a recurring television series in which longtime Wheaton residents share their stories of growing up in Wheaton to educate residents and preserve Wheaton’s history for future generations.
Read the synopsis of each edition below, and click on the titles to watch the videos.
Want to Be on Wheaton Remembers?
If you or someone you know are a longtime Wheaton resident and are interested in being a guest on “Wheaton Remembers,” contact Richard Sagen at 630-260-2036 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The City is seeking both individuals and small groups to participate in the series.
If you’re passing through downtown Wheaton or have been in Wheaton for a while, you have probably seen the Carlson name. The latest edition of the “Wheaton Remembers” video series highlights the Carlson family’s history in Wheaton, starting with the first Carlson Bros. businesses. Learn how the Carlsons have been a longstanding part of Wheaton’s downtown for more than 100 years, hear about their family history and see how they became a mainstay in Wheaton Fourth of July Parades.
12th Edition – Wheaton Remembers: Bernie Hurley
You may know Bernie Hurley for his 31 years as a Wheaton teacher and coach, or you may know him as a World War II veteran. Many know him as the energetic leprechaun in parades, while other know him for his work helping create the Illinois Prairie Path. See the many ways Bernie Hurley has made his mark on Wheaton.
11th Edition – Wheaton Remembers: Growing Up on the Northside in the 1960s
What was Wheaton like in the 1960s? Longtime residents John Hartness, Nick Kosiara and Larry Tabor have plenty of stories to share.
With a combined 298 years living in Wheaton, these four friends can tell you quite a few things about this city. What was it like when only 7,389 people lived here? What did people do for fun? What types of shops and restaurants lined downtown streets?
Hear from Joseph Knippen, Dick Duncan, Les Gaskins and Harold Westwood about how Wheaton has changed through the decades. Knippen served as Wheaton's Public Works Director for 40 years.
Former principal Chuck Baker invites Ross Truemper, John Stacey and Don Longacre to reflect on everything from Civil Rights in Wheaton to Friday night football games, overcrowding in the school, and the opening of a second high school.
Chuck Baker invites Dave Young and Brian Ebbert, Wheaton Community High School class of 1957 and 1958. They discuss what Wheaton was like in the 1950s.
Howard Duncan (Wheaton Community High School class of 1939), Harold Gaede (class of 1946) and Paul Schatz (class of 1948) recall their school memories and what Wheaton was like in the 1930s and 1940s with moderator Chuck Baker.
Hear from longtime friends Diane Knippen Lynch and Jim Scheffler what it was like growing up in Wheaton. The pair met in elementary school and swap stories about old hangouts like the Wheaton Theatre, or how there was a Woolworth’s in downtown Wheaton.
Classmates Pam Burt Lowrie, Sue Daleiden Denson, Fred Bennett and David Hennicke remember Wheaton back when the jitterbug was a popular dance, families practiced blackout drills to hide from World War II enemies, and teenagers frequented drive-in restaurants.
This edition of “Wheaton Remembers” features Robert Macht, who grew up on a Wheaton farm in the 1920s and 1930s. His captivating childhood recollections will give you a taste of what Wheaton was like when Model T’s graced the streets and cows roamed the fields of small-town Wheaton.
Lifelong resident Pam Lowrie shares recollections of what it was like to grow up in Wheaton in the late 1930s to 1950s. See the historic home in which she lived, learn about the company her family started and find out how events like World War II affected the Wheaton community.
Moderator Lew Morgan welcomes three Wheaton residents with ties to sports on this second edition of “Wheaton Remembers.” Morgan, Sam Sublett, Lee Pfund and Ed Ewoldt trade memories of local sports heroes, popular athletes and local athletes who gained national prominence.
On this first episode of “Wheaton Remembers,” four longtime Wheaton residents share their memories of growing up in Wheaton. The result is an interesting look at Wheaton’s history told through the eyes of four people who have seen the city through many changes: Lew Morgan, Tom Kay, Herb Wehling and Lee Roberts.