For nearly 140 years, the Moehling family was a name associated with the early days of Des Plaines when tilling the soil was as common as watching airplanes take off and land at is done today at O’Hare Airport.
Irvin Moehling, who died on Nov. 23, 2011, was proud of his heritage and spent long hours maintaining the property near Rand and Wolf roads that he and his ancestors had worked all of their lives. At one time, the farm consisted of 200 acres where corn and soybeans were grown and harvested. By the time Irvin was about to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering after World War II in order to improve lifetime opportunities, he decided to lease his property to tenant farmers. After retirement, he returned to the farm that he loved continuing to maintain some of his vintage farm equipment and over time selling off chunks of the land for residential development. Today, what remains of the Moehling farm is 2.4 acres where a beautiful, white a frame home and 100-year-old barn still stand. Moehling and his wife, Beverly, decorated their home every holiday season with colorful candles in its many windows presenting a Christmas card-like setting. The first year the Journal & Topics Newspapers hosted its annual Holiday Decorating Contest, the Moehling homestead won first place.