A new book, "Images of America: Elk Grove Village," penned by local authors Nancy Colby and Kelly Behnke, will hit bookstores on Monday, Sept. 29.
The book covers the history of the village from its founding in the 1950's to last spring, according to Behnke.
Behnke and Colby were looking to find a book from the Images of America series on Elk Grove Village. When they could not find it they contacted Arcadia Publishing Company.
Publishers told the women an Elk Grove Village book had not been written and offered them the job of writing it. One year later, the book is complete.
The book release is bittersweet for Behnke whose 90-year-old grandmother Dorothy Stevenson died last week. While in hospice care, Behnke gave her grandmother an advance copy of the book.
Stevenson was very protective of it only allowing people to touch the book if their hands were clean. Behnke buried her grandmother with the book.
Colby is currently in Italy as part of Elk Grove Village's Sister Cities delegation welcoming a new sister cities office in Termini Imerese.
She will present city leaders there with 20 copies of the book on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the office dedication.
Proceeds from sales of the book will benefit the Elk Grove Village Sister Cities Committee.
Behnke reflected on her research into the history of the village. She recalled two businesses that have stood the test of time in the village passing from one generation to the next.
Johnson Insurance, run by current Mayor Craig Johnson is the oldest continuously running business in the village.
She said the mayor's father started the business in his Elk Grove garage in 1958. As the business grew Behnke said Johnson moved it to a two-car garage before moving to a commercial office.
Hearing that story made Behnke nostalgic, recalling her own father running a tool and die shop out of her family's garage.
Another business featured in the book is the Jarosch Bakery. The business has operated in a single location longer than any other in the village. Currently located at Arlington Heights Road and Higgins, the bakery is still going strong.
"The community cares about community, not politics," said Behnke. "People from other towns know about our parks."
She said William Busse's family brought a herd of elk to what is now Busse Woods before the village was incorporated in the 1950's.
The two authors received help from the village, the Elk Grove Historical Society, Alexian Brothers Hospital Historical Society and residents like Emil Schiavo and Fire Chief David Miller.
Book signings and other festivities relating to the release of the book will wait until Colby returns from Italy in mid October.