Re: River West neighborhood
Date: February 19, 2013 03:54PM
Years ago, I had a girlfriend that worked for the old Manufacturers Bank at Division and Ashland, and used to get off of work late. I would go from my job downtown and swim at Eckert Park and she would come and meet me later. It seems that Eckert had a lot to do with the neighborhood. I was always kind of surprised by the old grain silos off of Ogden Avenue there, and it turns out that was Bernard Eckert's milling company. I have a feeling that he donated the land or some of the money for the park. Mayor Dever was also a product of that area, he became first a judge, then mayor. Another interesting place in the area is St. John Cantius Catholic Church. While not being catholic myself, I recently attended a funeral service there. This is one of the few churches that still practices the old Latin rites, and the funeral service I attended was the complete Mozart Requiem mass, complete with orchestra and choir!