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Carl Koenemann currently lives in Des Plaines, Illinois. A suburb of Chicago, Des Plaines is located right next to O’Hare International Airport.
The Des Plaines River Valley was originally inhabited by a few native American tribes before European settlers arrived. Europe’s first settlers came in 1833 after the Treaty of Chicago was signed. German immigrants began to flood the area in the 1840s and 50s. The land was soon purchased by the Illinois and Wisconsin Land Company, a company with aspirations of building a railroad line between Chicago and Wisconsin. By 1857, the railroad was up and running.
In 1873, Des Plaines was reincorporated and elected a village board. The first Village President was Franklin Whitcomb, a local bank manufacturer.
After 42 years, village residents voted to convert to a city form of government. This annexed Riverview and Orchard Place.
After World War II, the city experienced rapid growth due to the opening of the O’Hare International Airport.
The American Airlines Flight 191 disaster occurred in Des Plaines in 1979. Shortly after departing from O’Hare, the airplane lost an engine and wing material. Shortly after, it crashed into a repair garage. All passengers were killed in the crash.
Walgreens was founded in Chicago in 1901 and quickly grew into the largest retail drug chain in the United States. Currently, Walgreens operates over 8,500 stores. Currently, Walgreens headquarters is located in Deerfield, Illinois.
Walgreens was founded by Charles R. Walgreen, Sr., at the corner of Bowen Avenue and Cottage Grove in Chicago. Within the next 12 years, Walgreens had expanded to four stores on the south side of Chicago. It started expanding rapidly, putting up 16 more stores by 1919.
One thing that Walgreens became famous for was its malted milkshakes. It established ice cream manufacturing plants throughout Illinois.
By the mid-1920s, Walgreens had stores located in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Missouri. Within a couple of years, Walgreens would have over 400 stores. The rapid expansion has been credited to the company selling alcohol.
The Great Depression had a very mild effect on the company and by 1934, Walgreens was operating in 30 states with over 600 stores.
Walgreens was a family company; after Charles Walgreen, Sr., passed away, his son took over the business. Then, Charles Walgreen III took over until his retirement. It was out of the family’s hands until Kevin P. Walgreen became Vice President in 1995.
In the early stages, Walgreens stores were connected with a variety of grocery stores – teaming up with either Eagle Food Centers or Dominik’s Finer Foods.
Now, Walgreens stores are freestanding and feature an entrance on the street. This maximizes traffic flow and allows them to be viewed as a corner drugstore. Many stores offer a drive-through pharmacy.