Archive for July 2015

A photo of the S.S. Eastland from Happier Times on the 100th Anniversary of the Disaster

A photo of the S.S. Eastland from Happier Times on the 100th Anniversary of the Disaster
I grew up in Cicero, Illinois and spent many days at the open houses at the Hawthorne Works location of the Western Electric Company.  I remember how huge the place was but didn’t realize how big it really was.  Turns out that if you lived in or around Cicero in the early part of the... Read more »

Chicago Wishes a Happy 153rd Birthday to Ida B. Wells Barnett

Chicago Wishes a Happy 153rd Birthday to Ida B. Wells Barnett
Ida B. Wells was born July 16, 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi to enslaved parents James Wells and Elizabeth Warrenton shortly before the Emancipation Proclamation. She went on to become a journalist, newspaper editor, sociologist, suffragist and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. Many Chicagoans are not aware that Ida came to Chicago... Read more »

Chicago Mayor Carter Harrison's Assassin Patrick Eugene Prendergast was executed on this date in 1894

Chicago Mayor Carter Harrison's Assassin Patrick Eugene Prendergast was executed on this date in 1894
Today, July 13, 2015 is the 121st anniversary of the execution by hanging of Patrick Eugene Prendergast.  Actually Patrick Eugene Joseph Prendergast was his full name.  Many who have read Erik Larson’s Devil in The White City are familiar with Prendergast.  He was a 25 year old Chicago newspaper distributor who on October 28, 1893... Read more »
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July 10, 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition Cold Storage Fire Should be the Origin of “Murphy’s Law”

July 10, 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition Cold Storage Fire Should be the Origin of “Murphy’s Law”
122 years ago today, Chicago experienced the largest loss of fire-fighters in the 19th Century and it happened on the grounds of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Jackson Park. The building known as the Cold Storage Building was not an exhibit building per se but was more of a vendor building where any exhibitor... Read more »

Chicago Mayor Approves City-Wide Use of Fireworks on the 4th of July 1893

Chicago Mayor Approves City-Wide Use of Fireworks on the 4th of July 1893
It was four days before the 4th of July celebration by Chicagoans in the year 1893.  The eyes of the world were on Chicago because it was in this year that Chicago was host to the World’s Columbian Exposition and it was in full swing in Jackson Park and along the Midway Plaisance.  The White... Read more »