Posts in category "Chicago History"

Historic Chicago Landmark Second Presbyterian Church to Host Free Event June 22nd

Historic Chicago Landmark Second Presbyterian Church to Host Free Event June 22nd
On Wednesday, June 22nd at 5:30pm, Friends of Historic Second Church is holding a free event at the National Historic Landmark Second Presbyterian Church at 1936 S. Michigan Avenue.  The theme of the event is “Making History at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition” The event will feature refreshments including Chicago original food stuffs that were introduced at... Read more »

The Chicago Memorial Day Massacre of 1937…or was it?

The Chicago Memorial Day Massacre of 1937…or was it?
Chicago is no stranger to labor disputes.  In fact labor is one of the reasons that a traditionally Republican establishment turned Democratic toward the end of the 19th century and never looked back. While many history buffs are familiar with the Haymarket Riot or Haymarket Affair as it is sometimes called, many are not familiar... Read more »

Unsolved Mysteries to Feature Chicago Grimes Cold Case Tomorrow

Unsolved Mysteries to Feature Chicago Grimes Cold Case Tomorrow
Many Chicagoans, myself included, remember the television series “Unsolved Mysteries” hosted by Raymond Burr, Karl Malden, and most memorably in my opinion the amazing talent and voice of Robert Stack.  The series started in 1987 on NBC and ended its network run with CBS in 1999.  The series was revived by Lifetime from 2001 to... Read more »
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Update #2 Mystery of August Boness ( Bonas ) SOLVED!

Update #2 Mystery of August Boness ( Bonas ) SOLVED!
Link to Original Article:  “What will be the Fate of the 101 year-old Grave of August Boness?” Link to Update#1:  “Update on the 101 year-old Grave of August Boness (Bonas): Is Bethania Hiding Something? Since I published my last two articles I have been hard at work to discover a little more history on the... Read more »

Update on the 101 year old Grave of August Boness (Bonas)

Update on the 101 year old Grave of August Boness (Bonas)
  Link to First Article:  “What Will Be the Fate of the 101 Year-Old Grave of August Boness?” Link to Update #2 August Boness (Bonas) MYSTERY SOLVED! I had to post this update as soon as possible because time may be running out.  For years people have thought that the grave stone that is in... Read more »

What will be the Fate of the 101 year old Grave of August Boness?

What will be the Fate of the 101 year old Grave of August Boness?
  Update Article #1: Update on the Fate of the 101 year-old Grave of August Boness (Bonas) Update Article #2 Mystery of August Boness (Bonas) Solved!   For years legend has surrounded the gravestone that until recently was hidden under bushes in the parking lot of the apartment building at 7889 Archer Ave in west... Read more »
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Happy 179th Birthday Chicago! Early Chicago History in Lisle

Happy 179th Birthday Chicago! Early Chicago History in Lisle
Today the City of Chicago is 179 years old.  It was incorporated as a city on March 4, 1837 although it was a town since 1833. There were many colorful characters who first settled the area but I wanted to concentrate on the owner and operator of Chicago’s first hotel, Mark Beaubien. Beaubien was the... Read more »

Johann Hoch hung 110 years ago Today – His last moments on Earth

Johann Hoch hung 110 years ago Today – His last moments on Earth
Johann Otto Hoch or John Schmidt as was his most accepted birth name, was born in 1863 in Birgen, Russia or in 1855 in Horrweiler, Germany.  He had numerous aliases although John Hock was the one he maintained through his execution. He purportedly came to the United States in 1883 with his first wife (that... Read more »

Where are Teresita Basa and Allan Showery 39 years after her Voice From The Grave sent him to Prison?

Where are Teresita Basa and Allan Showery 39 years after her Voice From The Grave sent him to Prison?
On February 21, 1977, the body of 47-year-old Teresita Basa was found in her torched apartment on the 15th Floor of 2740 N. Pine Grove Ave in Chicago.  She was a respiratory therapist at the now defunct Edgewater Hospital.  Police had no suspects until another respiratory therapist named Remedios Chua started going into trances and... Read more »
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Cook County Medical Examiner's Office is a Joke especially on Valentines Day!

Cook County Medical Examiner's Office is a Joke especially on Valentines Day!
O.K.  I have prided myself on writing a blog that centers on history and historical research and doesn’t just rant and complain about things but I can no longer do that. A member of my facebook group, Chicago History the Stranger Side, posted an article yesterday about how the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office is... Read more »