Talk:Winfield, Illinois

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It has come to my attention that an entry for Winfield, IL mentioning John's Buffet has been removed. I have two problems with this. First, there is no reason to exclude one commercial enterprise while allowing two others to remain. Both Central DuPage Hospital and Cantigny make lots of money, and to be honest, neither one has ever been embraced by residents of Winfield as some sort of symbol or center of civic pride. On the contrary, most Winfielders find CDH to be an ever-growing behemoth that causes congestion, serves as an eyesore and generally detracts from Winfield's small town charm. And although Cantigny is beautiful, it is located too far outside of town to honestly be considered a part of Winfield. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, excluding John's Buffet from Winfield's Wikipedia entry robs it of an important piece of village history and life. John's Buffet is quite literally the center of town- it's edifice is the most dominant of the downtown area and defines the 'look' of Winfield; it is also the most popular gathering place for locals and visitors alike, whether it's a chat amongst old friends over a beer or families lining up for the Friday Night Fish Fry. And historically, without John's there is perhaps no Winfield. The founder of John's Buffet, John Karwoski, was instrumental in the political and economical development of Winfield, and it was his guidance and leadership that took a fledgling prairie town clinging to existence after the railroad boom went bust, and turned it into a viable and livable village. At the center of all this was John's Buffet- it served as the economic bedrock of Winfield in the early years, and it also played an important role in providing political and economic leaders with a central meeting place. To ignore this is an insult to the hard work of the Karwoskis and other long-term residents of Winfield, and it also results in an erroneous Wikipedia entry. Please reconsider your decision and allow an entry that mentions John's Buffet and the Karwoski family. Thank you, Michael Garceau


Blah. It's a nice bar-restaurant, but it shouldn't be the focus of the article. Frankly, the article as written with the lead paragraph focused on John's is bad. ?Preceding unsigned comment added by 143.182.124.1 (talk) 14:29, 10 September 2007 (UTC)

There was a history of Winfield written in the 1970's. I think the Winfield Library has copies. Essentially, the village came into being when the railroad put a station there around 1850. It was originally called Fredericksburg, probably because the original residents were largely German Catholic (Frederick the Great, etc). This fell out of fashion when Germany became an enemy in WWI. The village was incorporated in the 1920's and named Winfield, after General Winfield Scott, who had passed near the village on Army Trail Road, during the Black Hawk War. The village remained small until new subdivisions were put in following WWII. The 1962 conversion of the Winfield Sanatorium to Central DuPage Hospital also spurred growth. Baby boom school population peaked with the Middle School class of 1977 having 93 students in one grade. --Westwind273 (talk) 01:26, 5 March 2012 (UTC)

The history section of the article could benefit from information in Loise Spanke's "Winfield's Good Old Days" (1978). Copies are available at the Winfield Public Library. See http://www.amazon.com/Winfields-Good-Old-Days-History/dp/B0006CYXEG --Westwind273 (talk) 07:06, 10 July 2015 (UTC)