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9 years ago
Bruce
Thanks for the post. That must have been John Jr. I wish I knew about him, because I know he could have answered questions I had. Espeacially about my church because his family dates back to the 1800 as members. Bruce
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9 years ago
Bruce
I was told that Tootsie Roll has a display of some sort for Tucker either in their lobby or in the front office. I may stop in there, as I am on the hunt for better job anyway. Maybe I can kill two birds with one stone. Bruce
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9 years ago
Bruce
Yes I agree. The problem is though is that some of these ghost hunters start spreading inaccurate information on some fo these sites that soon get written in local lore. I don't like that as you well know. In the other area of historical study I partake in, I and some others spend hundreds of hours trying to undo the damage created by novices. All it takes is one History Channel special featur
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9 years ago
Bruce
I did a search using the word Grimes and it came back not found. I just did it again and that thread still is not found. Must be something with the search engine. I bumped that old thread Bruce
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9 years ago
Bruce
Bump
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9 years ago
Bruce
No, There was a discussion on the Grimes sisters and I had posted maps and aerial photos. Bruce
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9 years ago
Bruce
It's Halloween time once again. I was just doing some Google searches and found more people thinking the lot at the corner of German Church Road and County Line was the location of the abandoned Grimes sister Ghost house - not. The extensive thread I partook in seems to have disappeared. House cleaning I guess. I even found some new haunts such as Fairmont and Archer Woods cemetery. I wond
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10 years ago
Bruce
Yes, it has been modified quite a bit over the years. Bruce
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10 years ago
Bruce
Hi, That is Sacred Heart at 107th and Kean Av. The place is still there but it is a different congregation now - Orthodox I believe. Behind the place is a large field that slowly rolls down hill 'til 111th st. The canal is just south of 111th. The field was once the Lucas farm. Bruce
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10 years ago
Bruce
O.K. I'll see what I can pull together. Bill it to the library right? :) Bruce
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10 years ago
Bruce
Thanks - yes those cops were just as crooked as the thugs. Lt. L R Davidson of the Highway Police mentioned above was notoriously crooked. Of course he was promoted at some point and replaced by Wolfe. It's amazing how things never change in Cook County. Davidson by the way, after being assigned as the first officer in charge of the Justice station of the Cook County Highway Police, rented the
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10 years ago
Bruce
Bowler, You gonna have any refreshments at the next meeting? I was a bit parched at the last one :) Bruce
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10 years ago
Bruce
Thanks Alan, I spent a few hours assembling it last night. The area covered in these clips is quite limited, so I doubt many will have any use for the information. Bruce
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10 years ago
Bruce
I started this new thread as not to hijack the “Willow Springs Cemetery” thread elsewhere. Questions have come up about Capone’s involvement in speakeasies or stills along Archer road from Summit to Sag Bridge. I have done some research work into this (though not much as there is not much left to find), and decided to cut and paste a few lines from my personal notes gleaned from issues of the D
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10 years ago
Bruce
I've put together some nice little snippets from the local newspaper regarding prohibition in the Summit area. So as to not hijack this thread, I will start a new one. Bruce
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10 years ago
Bruce
Robert, I’m glad this thread got bumped, and notified me via email. I had forgotten about it. I hope Mary sees this and responds to your post regarding the family names. I’m a local historian, born and raised in Willow Springs. In recent years I have chased the Capone legends when time permits. I have to tell you that I found that nearly every suburb outside of Chicago has some kind of
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10 years ago
Bruce
Yes that is it. The opening in the curb to enter the small parking lot for the real estate office in the modern picture is the same spot as the opening in the curb between the advertisement board and Zenk's store to the right in the old picture. Bruce
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10 years ago
Bruce
Here is another one from around the same era that I just ran across.
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10 years ago
Bruce
That image is from 1908. It seems the postcard man came through our towns out here and took many images of scenes along Archer because I have more from the same company from Summit. By the way, The poster seen to the right "The Traveling Salesman" was a Broadway play produced by Henry B. Harris who died on Titanic. Bruce
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10 years ago
Bruce
I wish I could have gotten a copy of that postcard. I wonder who bought it for over 70 bucks. Here is another view looking Southwest toward Willow Springs Road and Archer.
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10 years ago
Bruce
Hi, The image is from Willow Springs. The ad on the side of the building shows 22nd St. The concern was how did an ad for a business so far away on 22nd St. end up on a building in Willow Springs. I guess the initial discussions were to verify if the building was actually in Willow Springs - I think. :)
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10 years ago
Bruce
It just dawned on me that the reason you would see an advertisement for a place on Cermak so far away from Willow Springs Road and Archer is because the C&J car had a stop in front of the building next door. Bruce
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10 years ago
Bruce
That is a great image! Sorry for being so late to find this post. John Zenk was a German. That building was built after the 1897 fire. It was also the last to stand on the N/E corner of Archer and Willow Springs road. However, the front of the building seen here was removed when the new WSR bridge was put in and Archer was widened. The business was later known as Ziarco's Ice Cream (or the o
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10 years ago
Bruce
I asked my histrorian friend from Willow Springs about the "ghost house" and he had only to say that the cultists got to it whatever that means. Nothing else about who lived there. He did state that the property to the west on the N/E Corner of GCR and County Line Rd. was occupied until about 15 or so years ago. He stated that he was pretty sure the Llamas were on the property on the
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10 years ago
Bruce
Busy? Oh my yes. The county posts a squad at St. James around Halloween to chase off the kids. Bruce
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10 years ago
Bruce
Here is the actual article. Very interesting indeed. There is much more to the story than what was posted above, and I retract the street light comment. Interesting the location of the two story dance hall. I look at articles like this to try and locate structures. I don't have any old plats of the Sag Bridge area, but have researched Hanrahan's because that place was a true mobster beer runne
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10 years ago
Bruce
The Starks at 59th was bright yellow. It looked like a barn. I saw an image of it recently but can't remember where. When I get into work tonight I search the old papers for a photo. Bruce
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10 years ago
Bruce
The 1955 Photo on Ebay posted above does look like the 59th and Harlem store to me. The high ceiling is certainly a clue, and the shelves look familiar. That building had real high ceilings. I miss it. I used to get my Army shirts there and camping stuff.
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10 years ago
Bruce
Liz, Thanks for the history. > The Church at St. James Sag is the second oldest > Catholic Church in Northern > Illinois and dates back to 1833. It was > originally a mission and was the site > of a French signal post in the late 1600s. Ya, there has been a number of Palos folks all the way back to before Andreas who believe that the Sag was the body of wat
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10 years ago
Bruce
Here's one I found in The Conductor and Brakeman magazine from 1896. I like these old period stories because people were less able to fake things like this in those days. I don't know if the ghostbusters out there are on to this one, but if not here it is. THE GHOSTS OF SAG BRIDGE. In the year of '73, during the month of June, there occurred upon the railway of the Chicago & Al
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