Palatine Village Hall is located at 200 East Wood Street, Palatine, IL 60067; phone: 847-358-7500.
A. G. Smith received from Joel Wood in 1900 the following account of his part in establishing the village of Palatine.
"I bought my farm in the vicinity of Palatine in February 1847. The railroad survey, I think, was made in 1850 and the railroad station was located and built in 1855. Elisha Pratt removed a small store building onto the village site the same year. Mr. Thurston built the first house. I surveyed the village into lots, blocks and streets in July, 1855.
"I built the store now occupied by A. S. Olms (Coleman's) in 1858. The house south of the old Christian Lutheran church was built by Dr. Keeler in 1855 (present Lutheran parsonage). In 1855 Elisha Pratt built a home and store and Messrs. Shirding and Slade built the store they jointly occupied (Schoppe location).
"I presented to the village, sites for school building, Methodist church and Christian church, and the cemetery property on N. Smith St. (Note: First burial probably Mrs. Joel Wood). Later I presented to the Christian minister a five acre block in the eastern border for a parsonage (Benton St. north of Slade).
"When the railroad station was located, grounds surveyed, platted, and building commenced, it was seen that a post office was necessary. The township of Palatine had two offices, one in the northern part; the other in the southern part of the township. The signature of postmaster Cook of Chicago was obtained to a petition to the post office department to discontinue one of the offices and establish one in the village which was done. D. B. Wood was appointed postmaster.
"A grist mill was thought to be necessary. Mr. Baley proposed to build one and a site for a mill was given him and a mill built in the west part of the village by Mr. Baley which operated for a time, but misunderstandings arose and unfortunately for the community it was burned.
"These notes are intended to assist the historian of the village of Palatine and are submitted to be culled and used if desired."
(Signed) Joel Wood