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Welcome to the Village of Bartlett Museums; the Bartlett History Museum and the Bartlett Depot Museum. Both museums are operated and funded by the Village of Bartlett, Illinois and are committed to the exhibition and education of our community's rich history.

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Artifact of the Month -- July 2015

Henry Hoth (1879-1961) immigrated to the United States with his parents when he was 2 years old. The family settled in the Bartlett area.

As a young man, Hoth's first occupation was farmer. Later, he was briefly employed by the Milwaukee Road and the dairy in Bartlett. On April 5, 1917, the newspaper reported that Hoth had quit his job at the dairy and opened a "machine business" with Alfred Sodman.

Hoth's Garage, as the business was later called, was located on Main Street across the street from Village Hall. The business carried and serviced farm machinery. It sold brands such as J I Case, which manufactured threshing machines and gasoline-powered tractors, and New Idea, known for its manure spreaders.

This metal ash tray was an advertising give-away and most likely dates to post WW II. All the pertinent information about the garage is impressed on the cigarette holder portion. The business phone number was 2441. No address was needed because door-to-door- mail delivery was still years away!

In 1948, Hoth's Garage ceased operations.

Hoth was also an early Village trustee and worked for the Village for 40 years. For 30 of those years, he was the chief of police and served as a constable for Cook County.



Museum Donations

picture of potato race ribbon from 1914

Ever wonder how the Bartlett History Museum acquires all of the artifacts, images, textiles and more for its collection? These items come from past and present residents, family descendants, and generous individuals who donate them. The Museum is always seeking objects and photos that capture a moment in Bartlett's rich past. The archives contains hundreds of items, ranging in size from a button off the first Bartlett Girl Scout uniform to a six-foot nail bin from the old Schultz Hardware. Do you have Bartlett items you would like to donate to the Museum's archives? Please contact Pam Rohleder, Director, at 630-837-0800.


The museums are members of the American Association of Museums, Association of State and Local History, Illinois Association of Museums, and the Kane-DuPage Regional Museum Association.

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