Cook County, Illinois
An English syndicate has offered Mr. P. D. Armour, the big pork-packer of Chicago, it was stated on the 10th a bonus of $5,000,000 for the sale of his business. [The Northfield News (Northfield, MN) August 17, 1889, page 1]
Buffalo, Wednesday, Nov. 1. - Fred Douglass addressed an assemblage of some 1,500 persons at Chicago, on Monday night, and all passed off quietly. [The New York Times, 2 November 1854 - submitted by source #102]
Difficulties on the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad - Death of William F. Thornton
Buffalo, Saturday, July 28 - We learn from Chicago that the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad has been enjoined, and that no more trains will be run on that road at present. The track has been obstructed at various points, and the trains stopped by mobs.
Reports having reached Chicago of the death of Wm. F. Thornton, the principal projector of the Illinois and Michigan Railroad, by cholera, the members of the Bar attending the United States Circuit Court there held a meeting yesterday to pay a tribute to his memory. A private report, however, was received today, saying the intelligence was false, and that General Thornton is still living. [The New York Times, 30 July 1855 - submitted by source #102]
The Chicago Leader of May 12th comes to us with the valedictory of its editors, Messrs. S. P. Rounds and W. P. Brannan. The Leader was a literary newspaper, and was conducted with much ability. The proprietors state that it is to be indefinitely suspended. The causes assigned are, the increasing care demanded by a growing business in Mr. Rounds' type foundry and printing departments, and the withdrawal of his brother, upon whom he had depended for assistance in the business management of the establishment. We believe there is another cause which might appropriately be added to the above two. Experience heretofore has pretty clearly shown that when our western literary papers die, they die principally of the New York Ledger. We sincerely hope the suspension of the Leader may not be of long duration. [The Illinois State Democrat, Wednesday May 23, 1860 ]
The first business house re-erected in Chicago, was that of W. D. KERFOOT, real estate agent, on Washington street, whose shanty was up six hours after the fire. [The Andrew County Republican (Savannah, MO), November 1, 1871, page 1]
Mrs. ANDERSON, of Chicago, rented her property to a German who proposed thereon to open a beer garden. She was cited before the Trinity Methodist Church, of which she is a member, of violating temperance principles; and then she asked her pastor, the Rev. Mr. Crafts, why he didn't discipline some of the male members of the congregation who had similarly offended, notably one brother, who owned a block wherein are saloons and rooms occupied for immoral purpose. [New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN), December 4, 1878, page 2, sub by RL]
Chicago, July 21 .- Henry STEVENS, paper box dealer, assigned. His attorney states states his assets will approximate $100,000. His liabilities are half that sum. [Memphis Daily Appeal (Memphis, TN), July 22, 1884, page 1, sub by RL]
Catherine V. WAITE, of Chicago, is president of the Women's International Bar Association. [April 18, 1888 - The Newton Press (Jasper Co, IL)]
Mayor ROCHE said sometime ago that he would not establish another Colored fire company, but would mix the firemen. Has he done so yet? Let the committee answer. [The Appeal (St. Paul, MN), February 23, 1889, page 2, sub by RL]
Benjamin CAMPBELL of Chicago will succeed J. W. BLABON as fourth vice president of the Great Northern. [Willmar Tribune (Willmar, MN), January 4, 1905, page 3]
Hunnewell Mayoress to Lecture Chicago, Ill.
CHICAGO, ILL -- The Job of Being Mayor will be the subject of an address at the art institution here by Mrs. Ella Wilson, mayor of Hunnewell, Kan. Mayor Wilson will be accompanied by her chief of police and chief clerk. (Wichita Searchlight, October 7, 1911, page 2 - Submitted by Peggy Thompson)
Capt. James Gleason of the Shakespeare avenue police station, Chicago, was appointed chief of police by Mayor Harrison, succeeding John McWeeny, who resigned a short time ago because of friction in the department over the handling of the vice problem. Ste. Marie Tribune, Jasper County, IL - November 14, 1913 (src #6)
NEARBY WHITES SEIZE HOUSE NEGRO BOUGHT - THE FOLLOWING REPRINT FROM THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, MAY 2, 1915, MAKES MIGHTY INTERESTING READING:
WARNING ON THE DOOR.
In a second floor flat at 4809 Langley avenue, Charles H. Davis, a Negro postoffice employe, has his furniture all packed ready to move into the residence he recently contracted to purchase at 4506 Forrestville avenue. Last night a man who had been stationed in the flat to guard the furniture said Davis and his wife, Estelle J. Davis, who is a teacher in the Keith school at Dearborn and Thirty-fourth streets, had gone out of town to spend Sunday. Over at 4506 Forrestville avenue, Policeman J. H. Wilson, of the Fiftieth Street station, stood guard on the outside while inside reposed John J. Fleming, whose six feet and some 200 pounds of brawn gave evidence he was capable of enforcing the task intreusted to him as outlined on a poster pasted in one of the front widows of the house.
Here Is the Notice
The notice reads: MR. JOHN J. FLEMING: You are hereby authorized to take possession as custodianof the property known as 4506 Forrestville Avenue and hold possession thereof against all persons. And for that purpose the keys are delivered into your hands. CHARLES M. HAFT, personally, and for other persons on said street.
Meanwhile an indignation meeting of thoroughly outraged Forrestville avenue residents who object strenuously to becoming neighbors of Davis was being held at the residence of Wallace G. Clark, drainage trustee, at 4520 Forrestvile avenue.
The property in question belonged to the Burdick estate, for which Attorney Harry C. Kinne is turstee. Of late it had been rented through the real estate firm of R. W. Wolfe & Co., with offices at 206 West Garfiled boulevard, to William B. Denny for $57.50 a month. Mr. Denny's lease expired April 30, and he moved farther up the block.
On April 23 the property was sold by Mr. Kline to Mrs. Josephine Mulcahy for a cash consideration of $5,000. Then a contract of sale was made to Davis by Mrs. Mulcahy through the real estate firm.
Take Charge of Things
The news spread that a Negro was to move in. There were many private protests and indignation meetings. Yesterday word spread that Davis was coming to take possession. Davis was coming to take possession. A hurried consultation was held. Assistant Corporation counsel Haft and Mr. Clark took charge of things, and a delegation was sent to the Wolfe Real Estate agency.
When Davis arrived he faced the poster and Fleming's forbidding countenance through the window. Denny had turned the keys over to the neighbors when he left. Davis read the sign, expressed his mind to the watchman, and went away, saying he would go to court on Monday and obtain possession. Some one in the neighborhood feared, however, he intended to return with reinforcements and called up the police.
Police Come on the Run
Policeman Kelliher came on the run and found a crowd of excited citizens gathered in front of the place. Later Patrolman Wilson relieved him on guard.
The residents asserted they had agreed to purchase the house jointly and it was the "community property." They denied the deed had been transferred to Davis, but stated he merely had made a contract to purchase the house on monthly payments of $35. The real estate agents, they said, had been reimbursed for the costs in the case, and they merely had taken over the contract. Mrs. Mulcahy, it was said, is employed in the Wolfe real estate office and she was merely a figurehead in the transaction.
"I knew that Negroes had looked at the property, and I warned the residents of the neighborhood they had better purchase it themselves, as it had to be sold to settle the estate." said Mr. Kinne. "They laughted at me. I sold to Mrs. Mulcahy, and I understaand she sold to Davis, but I had nothing to do with that transaction. I don't know who Mrs. Mulcahy is, but I heard the deed had been transferred to Davis." [The above article is from The Chicago Tribune of May 2, 1915, reprinted in The Broad Ax (Salt Lake City, UT), April 8, 1922, page 1, sub by RL]
Plan $500,000 Theater for Broadway Corner
Negotiations are under way for a $600,000 combination movie and vaudeville 3,000 seat theater to be erected at the southwest corner of Broadway and Irving Park boulevard. Ott J. Lorenz has purchased the site, 79x151, from the estate of W. C. Ohlendorf for an indicated price of $55,000. The property is improved with a two story frame store and flat building, also a four story brick store and flat building. [Chicago Daily Tribune - March 7, 1920]
Repays Hospitality of U.S.O.
A former WAVE, June Thome, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Thome, 5930 S. Campbell av., repays the hospitality accorded her in U.S.O. clubs by volunteering as hostess at the 131 S. Wabash av. U.S.O. branch. She teaches Pvt. Donald Meigs of Dadeville, Ala., how to knit. The Wabash av. U.S.O. has reported recent increases in attendance. Part of the Community Fund here, the U.S.O. will remain open into 1947. [Chicago Daily Tribune, October 20, 1946 - submitted by src #96]
Oak Glenn, Ill. - There are about 25 acres in tomatoes in this section this year, which
is approximately the same as last year's plantings. About 50 percent of the crop is sold to local canneries, and
the balance is only sufficient to supply local demand. No tomatoes are shipped from here. The tomatoes season here
is from about July 25 to October 1. Early and late Chalk Jewells are the varieties grown, and all are packed in
bushel baskets. C. D. [Source: Chicago Packer, Saturday, May 25, 1929 - Sub by a FoFG]