- A 60 amp range circuit
- A 20 amp kitchen circuit
- Two or three 15 amp lighting circuits
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
|The Raised South Leaf of the Michigan Avenue Bridge in Chicago.|
- Two locks-6 1/2-inch thick steel bars located under the rear of the leaf and designed to secure it in the "down" position-were bent instead of straight, robbing them of strength.
- Motors that engage and disengage the locks were left fully operational.
- Electrical circuitry connecting lock motors with controls in the bridgetender's tower were fully connected, while safety features were bypassed.
NOTE: The Michigan Avenue Bridge was renamed the "Du Sable Bridge" in October of 2010 to honor the "Father of Chicago," Jean Baptiste Point de Sable (the "du" of Point du Sable is a misnomer. It is an American corruption of "de" as pronounced in French. "Jean Baptiste Point du Sable" first appears long after his death) a French Haitian and the city's first non-native settler.
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Train Runs Into Open Bridge on September 21, 1941; Engine Stops Short of Plunging into the Chicago River.
|In the U.S., during the 17th to 20th centuries, Groceries, Saloons, Taverns, Public Houses, and Hotel Bars sometimes issued tokens that could be used in payment for future drinks. When buying a round of drinks for friends, the bartender would give a token to those patrons already having a drink, and collect the full sum from the round-buyer. The owner would collect the money immediately, and the drinkers would have a token for later use. As the token cost less to produce than the value of the drink, there was a significant profit to the bar owner. Sometimes, drinkers would take the token home, and forget to bring them back — which was pure profit. This has been cited as the reason bar owners loved tokens, and they were found in virtually every drinking establishment. Tokens were also used as change where the price of the drink was odd. For example, in frontier America, drinks were two for 25¢, (or one bit, 12.5¢) each, thus tokens exist in one-bit denominations. Early tokens were usually made of brass or tin.|
|Dohl's Morton House|
|Dohl's Morton House|
|Dohl's Morton House|
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Friday, March 26, 2021
|Twenty-one-year-old Abraham Lincoln moved to Illinois with his family in March 1830. |
Digital image from an 1865 b&w film negative.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
- 13 West Wacker Drive.
- 160 North Franklin Street.
- 162 North Franklin Street.
- 174 Randolph Street.
- 177 West Lake Street.
- 190 North Wells Street.
- 236 West Lake Street.
- 30 North Wells Street.
- 310 North Michigan Avenue.
- 314 West Washington Street.
- 316 West Randolph Street.
- 417 South Dearborn Street.
- 78 East Washington Street, Main Chicago Public Library.
|A 1962 Orginal Tin Fallout Shelter sign from my personal collection.|
TEXT AT BOTTOM OF SIGN: DOD FS NO 1 - Not to be reproduced or used without Department of Defense Permission.
The Oak Street tunnel from Michigan Avenue to Northbound Lake Shore Drive Opened on October 5, 1964.
|The junction of Michigan Avenue, Oak Street, and Lake Shore Drive before the tunnel was constructed. Circa 1920s.|
Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
|Illustration of Chicago's First Post Office in 1833|
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Friday, March 19, 2021
The History of Case & Martin's Connecticut Pie Bakery, Mechanical Bakery, and the Troubled Case-Moody Pie Corporation of Chicago.
Chicago Tribune, July 13, 1934Elmer G. Case, Pie Company Head, Kills Self.Elmer Grant Case, 69 years old, president of the Case-Moody Pie Corporation, shot and killed himself yesterday, July 12th afternoon in the basement of the corporation plant at 1807 Walnut Street. Awaiting him at the time in another part of the building where the company's directors, whom Case credited with the intention of taking his position from him.When the veteran executive failed to appear for the scheduled meeting at 2 PM the directors waited an hour for him. Then, learning that Case had made his usual noon tour of the bakeries, which are among the largest of their kind in the country, the directors decided to search for him.Find Body in BasementLed by James Henderson, 3345 Kamerling avenue, they descended to the basement. The body, with a bullet wound in the left temple and a pistol beside it, lay in the corner. In one of the pockets of Case's coat were two letters, one addressed to the board of directors and the other to his wife and daughter, who resided with him in the Palmer House Hotel.The first was full of expressions denoting that Case was deeply despondent over his personal financial affairs and his health. His strength and courage, he had written, had been heavily taxed in conducting the company. He added: "Now that I have given all that is in me, and the company has a bright future ahead for the first time in years, my services are no longer required."The letter said that Case was "without funds," that he had expended much of his once ample fortune in protecting the company's interests, and ended by requesting that the board take care of his wife, Doris, and daughter. The second letter was filled with expressions of affection for Mrs. Case and his adopted daughter, Marguerita
Widow of Pie Company Head at Inquest. Mrs. Doris Case (right) testifies at hearing on suicide of Elmer G. Case. At left is Mrs. Case's daughter, Marguerite.Faced Loss of LeadershipL.R. Tomlinson, secretary of the company and one of the directors, said that Case had had control of the corporate affairs through a voting trust that expired on June 30. He said it had been suggested that Case resign "because of his age." It was likely, Tomlinson admitted, that he would have been displaced later. No action toward his removal was contemplated yesterday, the secretary said.Chicago Tribune, September 14, 1934.Choose Widow of E.G.Case to Head Pie Firm.Directors of the Case-Moody Pie Corporation yesterday elected Mrs. Doris A. Case president to succeed her husband, Elmer G. Case, who killed himself on July 12, of this year. Mrs. Case prior to the formation of the Case-Moody Pie Corp., in 1929 was for many years presidentof the Case & Martin Pie Company (Elmer Grant Case's father's organization), having been one of the city's pioneer pie makers.Following Mrs. Case's election, the following statement was issued: "Mrs. Case, due to her capable business ability, has been a member of the board of directors of the corporation for several years and her broad knowledge of the pie baking business makes her well qualified to carry on this important work." L.R. Tomlinson will continue on as the corporate secretary.
Chicago Tribune, Friday, May 3, 1935Beating for Case-Moody KeyWarrants for the arrest of John Case, nephew of the late Elmer G. Case, president of the Case-Moody Pie Corp., and one "John Doe," (Frank Tibbitts), sales manager for the pie corp., were issued yesterday by Municipal Judge Edgar A. Jonas in the Women's court.The complainant is Frank M. Smith, 59 years old, of the Newberry hotel, 817 North Dearborn Street. He alleges that on April 25, Frank Tibbittss and Mrs. Doris Case, widow of Elmer Case. visited his room in search of a key. Failing to find the key, Smith charges, Case and Tibbits sat on Smith while Mrs. Case struck him.Smith told Judge Jonas that the key was for a flour mill in Morris, Ill., owned by Mrs. Case, but on which Smith claims to hold an option. He is negotiating to sell the flour mill, he said.
The warrant for Mrs. Case was issued at the close of a hearing in which Case and Tibbitts were found guilty on similar charges and were placed on a year's probation. Previously Judge Jonas refused a warrant for Mrs. Case on the ground that she would not have been physically capable of injuring Smith. Mrs. Case was released in her own bond for a hearing on June 10.
America, Simon and Garfunkel, [Verse 1]Let us be lovers, we'll marry our fortunes togetherI've got some real estate here in my bagSo we bought a pack of cigarettes and Mrs. Wagner's piesAnd walked off to look for America
August 2015 — Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation, passed by the Illinois General Assembly, elevating Pumpkin Pie to the status of the "Official State Pie of Illinois." About 85% of consumed pumpkin in the U.S. comes from Illinois.