Re: Chicago's tannery industry
Date: February 28, 2011 01:45PM
There is a Nov 23,1972 Tribune article that mentions the Metropolitan Sanitary District going after nine major tanneries for dumping waste into the sewer systems. All the tanneries appear to be in the Goose island area.
A.H. Ross Tannery 1229 N. Branch
Superior Tanning 1244 W. Division
Gutman 1503 W. Webster
Chicago Rawhide 1301 N. Elston
Hoffman Stafford 1001 W. Division
Huch Leather 1525 W. Webster
National Rawhide 1464 W. Webster
Weil & Eisendrath 2221 N. Elston
Tanneries on Goose Island go way back, another article dated Feb 1897, mentions 2,000 workers going on strike. 500 of them worked for Eisendrath and the others at three other large tanneries.
From personal experience, I remember being at a Boy Scout meeting in the early 70's at St. Stanislaus Kostka and the wind was blowing across the expressway. The windows were open,and from breathing in the odor, I can tell you that was one of the sickest, I have ever felt.
Edited 5 time(s). Last edit at 02/28/2011 02:04PM by Kchi.