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CAPT. JOSEPH EDWARD SHANTZ, who in January, 1930, began his third term of duty as postmaster of Wilmette, a first class office, has had many years of active association with the public life of his home city and of Cook County. He is a former president of the Illinois Postmasters Association.
His military title is only a partial recognition of a long and interesting service as a soldier of the state and nation. Captain Shantz was born in Philadelphia March 14, 1872, but is member of Wilmette's oldest families. His uncle, Henry A. Dingee, was one of the very first settlers and founders of that village on the North Shore, locating there in the 1860s. The Shantz family moved from Philadelphia to Wilmette in 1880. Captain Shantz's father was Edward T. Shantz, who during the Civil war served as a Union soldier from Pennsylvania in the famous Baxter's Fire Zouaves. Edward T. Shantz died in 1928.
Captain Shantz grew up at Wilmette, at tended public schools there, and almost continuously since 1899 has been in some form of public service. He held responsible positions in the county treasurer's office, the county clerk's office and in offices of the sanitary district. In 1922 he was appointed postmaster by President Harding, and has held the office continuously, by reappointment of President Coolidge and also President Hoover.
Captain Shantz in early manhood joined the old Illinois National Guard. When the Spanish-American war came on in April, 1898, he volunteered for duty in the United States Navy. He was on the U. S. S. Oregon under Captain Clarke, a ship especially famous be cause of its earlier voyage around the Horn from the Pacific. The Oregon took part in all the naval operations around Cuba, including the great naval battle off the Port of Santiago. After the Spanish-American war Captain Shantz was an interested member for a number of years of the First Illinois Regiment (the "Dandy First"). In 1916 when the National Guard was mustered into Federal service for duty on the Mexican border he went with his regiment to Texas. Soon after his return he had an opportunity to continue his military career, after America entered the World war. He was then past the draft age, but volunteered to go with his regiment. The First Illinois became the One Hundred Thirty-first Infantry in the Thirty third Division. He went overseas with this division in the spring of 1918. While in France he rose to the various ranks of corporal, second and first lieutenant to the rank of captain. He was commissioned captain early in November, 1918, while on duty at the front. Captain Shantz was decorated by two governments, receiving the Croix de Guerre from France and the Distinguished Service Cross from the United States. The Distin guished Service Cross is a symbol of real and conspicuous valor.
The official citation accompanying the bestowal of the Distinguished Service Cross reads as follows: "Near Consenvoye, France (Meuse-Argonne offensive), Oct. 13, 1918, Lieut. Joseph E. Shantz, One Hundred Thirty-first Infantry, Thirty-third Division, although seriously wounded in the head by shrapnel, went forward to rectify the position of our troops, who were occupying the ground on which a barrage was scheduled to fall. Through a perilous fire he brought the line back to a new position."
Captain Shantz has also been prominent in the American Legion and in the social and civic life of his home community of Wilmette.




REED G. LANDIS, president of the Reed G. Landis Company, advertising, at 26 East Huron Street, Chicago, became famous during the World war as one of America's Aces in aviation. Since his return to civilian life he has been a constant promoter of aviation development, and among other important responsibilities he is now chairman of the Aeronautic Commission for the State of Illinois.
Reed G. Landis was born at Ottawa, Illinois, July 17, 1896, son of Judge Kenesaw Mountain and Winifred (Reed) Landis. Of his distinguished father a sketch appears on other pages of this publication.
Reed Gresham Landis attended grammar and high schools in Chicago and was a student at the University of Chicago during 1916-17. He left university to go to the Mexican bord in 1916. In June, 1917, he joined the air service, went overseas and was attached to the British Royal Air Forces with the Fortieth Squadron from August, 1917, until September, 1918. While in England he took special work in Queen's College of Oxford University. I September, 1918, Reed Landis was placed in command of the Twenty-fifth Aero Squadron of the United States Army and served in that capacity until honorably discharged in Marc 1919, with the rank of major. Reed Land was credited with the destruction of nine enemy airplanes and one balloon, and w awarded the British Distinguished Flying Cross.
Since the close of the war Mr. Landis has given his active attention to the advertising business and has built up one of the important agencies in Chicago and the Middle West. He chief recreation since the war has been flying. He is author of two books on aviation: "On the Roof of the War", published in 1919; and "Business Future of Aviation", published in 192 Mr. Landis is a member of the Chicago Association of Commerce, the American Legion Chicago Athletic Association, the Tavern Club, Skokie Country Club, Adventurers Club, L Shore Athletic Club and Beta Theta Phi fraternity. His home is on Greenwood Avenue in Glencoe.

He married, September 20, 1919, Miss Marion Keehn, of Kenilworth, Illinois. They have three children, Nancy, Keehn and Susanne.



CHARLES A. KOEPKE was engaged in the practice of his profession in an individual way, as a member of the bar of his native City of Chicago during a period of more than thirty years, and his large and well ordered law business was confined largely to real estate, probate, and chancery practice. His office was maintained at 77 West Washington Street, and his home in the beautiful suburban City of Wilmette.

Mr. Koepke was born in Chicago, on the 18th of December, 1876, a son of Frank and Augusta (Kliehn) Koepke, his father having long been a succeesful contractor and builder in Chicago, where he is now living retired, at the venerable age of eighty-one years (1931). Frank O. Koepke, brother of the subject of this review, is established as an attorney and mortgage banker in Chicago.

Charles A. Koepke continued his studies in the Chicago public schools until he had profited by the curriculum of the high school, and in his youth he attended also a private German school. In preparation for his chosen profession he completed a course in the law department of Northwestern University, in which he was graduated as a member of the class of 1899, his admission to the bar having been virtually coincident with his recep tion of his degree of Bachelor of Laws. Prior to his admission to the bar he had become associated, in 1895, with the law firm of Pinckney & Tatge, and with this firm he continued his alliance until 1905, when he became junior member of the firm of Tatge & Koepke. This partnership was continued until 1916, after which year Mr. Koepke conducted his law business in an individual way. He was a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Immediately following his graduation in law Mr. Koepke established a scholarship in the law department of North western University, and maintained the same during his lifetime.

The political allegiance of Mr. Koepke was accorded to the Republican party, and his religious faith was that of the Lutheran Church. In the Masonic fraternity he was a Knight Templar, a Noble of the Mystic Shrine and received the thirty-second degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. He was a life member of the Hamilton Club of Chicago, and president of the Keystone Trust & Savings Bank, 1925-27.
October 7, 1903, marked the marriage of Mr. Koepke to Miss Caroline G. Schmidt, of Chicago, and they had three children: Louise A., Charles G. and Marie, but the last named died January 24, 1931.

Charles A. Koepke died at his home in Wilmette, Illinois, October 6, 1931.
("ILLINOIS, The Heart of the Nation" by Hon. Edward F. Dunne, Volume IV, 1933, Transcribed by Kim Torp)


ARTHUR E. ANDERSEN, founder and senior partner of Arthur Andersen & Company, certified public accountants in the One North LaSalle Street Building, and president of the hoard of trustees of Northwestern University, is a dynamic figure in the great city where his business career began more than twenty years ago. However, his close friends estimate his personal character and ability as of greater importance than his achievements and attainments.
Mr. Andersen was born at Plano, Illinois, May 30, 1885, son of John William and Mary (Aabye) Andersen. In life's adventure Arthur Andersen has overcome many obstacles. The first of these was a comparatively frail constitution. Though his mother died when he was fourteen years of age, she left him among other affectionate memories the words which he has regarded as his chief formula to success, a Norwegian axiom meaning "Think Straight and Talk Straight." One advantage he had was an unwavering resolution and definiteness of aim. In one of his talks to young men in commercial life Mr. Andersen said: "One of the weaknesses of the average young man of today is that he doesn't know what he wants to do and what he is suited for. It is extremely important for one to know rather early what he is capable of doing. Every man cannot be a bank president, or a certified public accountant, or an actor, or a writer, or a lawyer, or a doctor. He should early deter mine what he is suited for temperamentally, what he wants to do above all else, and make that his objective. I was very fortunate in knowing exactly what I wanted to do, what I was fitted for, and sticking to that objective in the face of many discouraging obstacles."

Public accounting was the goal Mr. Andersen set for himself while a boy. Thrown on his own resources at the age of fourteen, he steadfastly worked to this end and in 1908, at the age of twenty-three, received his degree of Certified Public Accountant from the University of Illinois, the youngest certified public accountant in the state. On August 8, 1906, he had married Miss Emma Arnold, of Chicago. With a family to take care of, he re signed his position as bookkeeper to accept a smaller salary with a firm of public accountants. From 1907 to 1911 he acted as senior accountant for Price, Waterhouse & Company. He was comptroller of the Uihlein interests at Milwaukee during 1911-12. In 1913 he bought a small accounting practice and since that date has been senior partner in Arthur Andersen & Company, a firm which today has four hundred employees in its offices in eight principal cities, and enjoys a position of leadership in its field and a reputation of unqualified integrity. It has attained not only nation-wide scope, but also international connections.
The building up of this splendid business has constituted only part of his life work. Be ginning in 1909, he delivered three lectures a week at the Northwestern University School of Commerce. He has been given the chief credit for founding this school's accounting department. The Northwestern University School of Commerce has an unexcelled position, and much of that reputation is due to Mr. Andersen. In 1917 he received the degree Bachelor of Business Administration from the university. He held the chair of professor of accounting from 1912 to 1922. He is author of Complete Accounting Course, published in 1917, and has frequently been a contributor to technical publications of his profession. He has given liberally of his time as an active member of many civic committees.

Mr. Andersen is director of the State Bank & Trust Company of Evanston, director and member of the executive committee of the Chicago Investors' Corporation, director of Commerce Clearing House, director of the United Charities of Chicago, and is a trustee of "A Century of Progress." He is a member of the American Institute of Accountants, Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants, Society of Industrial Engineers, American Economic Association and the United States Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of many clubs: Chicago, Mid-Day, Chicago Athletic, University, Attic, Sky Line, Industrial and Commonwealth of Chicago, the University Club of Evanston Bob-O-Link Golf Club of Highland Park, Sheridan Shore Yacht Club of Wilmette, Indian Hill Riding Club of Winnetka, Milwaukee Club of Milwaukee, and the Broad Street Club of New York. Among recreations he lists motoring, golf and boating, but doubtless due to his Norwegian ancestry he feels the tang of water in his blood and enjoys boating above all.

He has been a loyal friend and alumnus of Northwestern University. He is a member of the board of governors of the Northwestern University Foundation and in 1930 was elevated to the great responsibility of the presidency of the board of trustees of the university.

Mr. Andersen and family recently moved to a beautiful home in the Indian Hill section of Winnetka, at 44 Locust Road. He and his wife have three children: Mrs. Vilas Johnson, Arthur Arnold and Dorothy Emma.




Important Addresses .....

Wilmette Historical Museum
609 Ridge Road
Wilmette, IL

Wilmette Public Library
1242 Wilmette Ave.,
Wilmette, Illinois 60091
(847)256-5025; TDD (847)256-6931


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