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Welcome to Waterman!

oldpicwatermanIn this original prairie town the first settlers lived in abandoned teepees before their homes were built Pottawatomie Indians lived southwest of Waterman when the first settlers arrived in 1835.

Surveyed and plotted in March of 1872, the town was named in honor of Daniel Waterman, General Solicitor of the Chicago and Iowa Railroad which reached Waterman in December of 1870.

Through the years, Waterman has developed many family traditions and welcomes all to share in its historic claims and family atmosphere.  

Waterman Area Heritage Society Museum – Organized in 1994 by a group of citizens who wanted to preserved the history of Waterman and the family heritage of this town in DeKalb County, Illinois.  The museum is open Saturday’s from 1-3pm.  Check out their facebook page!

National Police Week

This is National Law Enforcement Week.   Please remember those officers out there in your neighborhoods and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. 

Forty Police Officers have lost their lives this year so far, which is the lowest number in over a decade.   Community support has a lot to do with this result.

The Village of Waterman is a wonderful place to work and we look forward to joining you in building this community.  Keep us in your thoughts this week.

Chief Joe Cicci and the entire Waterman Police Department

QSalon Quinns Grooming Parlour

QSalon Quinns Grooming Parlour is Open on 145 Cedar St. in Waterman!

Katie Quinn will be available this week to do cuts or nails on Thursday, May 9th, 2019, from 10-2pm and Saturday, May 11th, 2019, from 9-12pm.

Come see QSalon Quinns Grooming Parlour at our new location at 145 Cedar St. in Waterman. Call 815-824-2417.

Family Service Agency

Are you looking for a volunteer program? Family Service Agency is looking for volunteers for their Senior Connections and Youth Mentoring programs.


For more information contact:

Stephanie Severing, BS

Community Programs Coordinator

Family Service Agency of DeKalb County
14 Health Services Drive
DeKalb, IL 60115

815-758-8616 X1202

ssevering@fsadekalbcounty.org



Family Service Agency

Summer Reading Program

Clinton Township Library, 110 S. Elm, Waterman, IL – Sign up starts Monday, June 3rd.

Call the library for more information at:
(815) 264-3339

Waterman Area Heritage Society

Waterman Area Heritage Society Museum is at
180 West Lincoln Highway, Waterman, Illinois 60556 

Phone: 815-264-3461    

Waterman Heritage Society
Lincoln Highway
Waterman, IL


Museum Hours are Saturday 1-3PM or by calling 815-264-7717 for an appointment.  

Exhibits A model replica of the Battleship Parade Float of the 1930’s , the USS Illinois and other memorabilia from the Eakle Family of Waterman on loan from the Joey Eakle Clark family.  This model was built to scale by Joey’s husband, Jack Clark, in memory of her family.  When Joey passed in 2009, the family loaned it to the Waterman Museum for display where it feels right at home.

A display and memorabilia of former Waterman graduate, Clayton Kirkpatrick, Jr., former Editor of the Chicago Tribune.Most of the original equipment from John Kitner’s Barber Shop including chair, counters and mirror, cash register, as well as many posters. 

Jack Smiley’s uniform and other items from his days at University of Illinois “Whiz Kid” and professional basketball player.

Memorabilia of Duane Swanson, a member of the U.S. Gold Medal Olympic Basketball team in Berlin in 1936.
 
There is also an area reserved for items from the DeKalb Ag., whose first production plant was in Waterman. 

Phones – We are the only museum in DeKalb County with a telephone display of this magnitude. Phones and artifacts from the early 1900’s to present day. Bill Hinkstan Telephone Pioneer Club and other Waterman area people have donated phones and other telephone related items.

We have the ‘Coverlet’, a flax-spun blanket made in 1830, by Olive Parkhurst Wilcox, mother of Cynthia Wilcox Greeley, and grandmother to Rose Greeley Phelps. 

Our display cases were partially funded by the DeKalb County Community Foundation.

Yard Waste Dumpster

For the convenience of all Waterman residents, a 24/7 365-day brush dumpster is located at the 215 W. Adams parking lot. For large quantities of brush, call Village Hall 815-264-3652 for disposal arrangements. YARD WASTE ONLY please! Those dumping trash will be fined. NO BURNING IS ALLOWED!