Business

Time Capsule: Vycital Hardware of McHenry

Posing confidently in front of his store is John Joseph Vycital, the man in the center of this 1908 photograph. The business, on Green Street in McHenry, had been opened two years before and was to have a long, successful life.

Vycital was born in 1878 in Czechoslovakia where he learned the sheet metal business as an apprentice. He came to America in 1899. He settled first in Racine, Wis., where he worked for the J.I. Case Threshing Machine Co. as a foreman in the sheet iron department.

He came to McHenry in 1906 and bought the Green Street store, moving his large family into the living quarters above. They sold a full line of general hardware merchandise. In later years, daughter Frances managed the variety department. Son Charles joined his father in 1924. Their motto was “Quality and service through the years.”

The business closed its doors in 1980.

Loading more

Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.