Clow Creek Farm was named after the Clow family which settled in Naperville in 1844. Robert Clow left Southern Scotland five years after his wife’s dying wish was made to see their estate (which was in the family since 1320) and move where land was cheap. She wanted her family of nine children kept together. After spending seven years on rented land in New York they moved to Naperville and purchased 640 acres of prairie land and on adjoining 80 acres in Wheatland Township for $1.25 per acre. William F. Clow, great-great-great-grandson of Robert Clow sold the property to MAF development, Inc. The large rock in front of the park on Dairyman’s Circle holds the plaque stating “William F. Clow Memorial Park”.
Clow farm was a dairy farm and while the dairy cows left several years ago, the memory will remain in the names of the streets. Holstein, Jersey, Ayershire, and Cloverdale are different types of dairy cows. Buttermilk and Dairyman’s names are related to the dairy business. Alfalfa is a type of grass that dairy cows eat. Wicklow, Meadow Lakes, and Schillinger are carry over from other neighborhoods. Bill Haider is the president of MAF Developments, Inc. and he has a son Joseph William Haider thus the names for Haider Ave and Joe Willie Ct. Pradel Dr was named prior to George Pradel becoming mayor. George Pradel had the nick name of Office Friendly in the schools and was well liked by the children, which is the reason the street was named after him.
Clow houses are still around. The farm house behind Schillinger Drive is the original house built by Robert Clow and his family. The stone house at the one of 104th and the house on Book and 11th are Clow houses. The Wheatland Cemetery which is next to the house on 104th is the burial grounds of the Clow’s ancestors.
Naperville Area Farm Families History. Written by committee: Earl Meisinger, Ruth Hageman, Lenore McDonald, Sis Wiesbrook. 1983. Bloom Printing Corporation.
Historic Naperville by Genevieve Towsley November 1, 1975, May 1976, November 1979, May 1986. Published by the Naperville Sun, Inc. Naperville IL.
Bernice Ellis. Worker MAF Development, Inc.