Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
AND-McNAMARA MAY YET BE CHIEF ENGINEER
' ''J wrote only one letter to the
School Board asking that John L.
McNamara.be appointed chief en
gineer of schools. That was a
year ago. I merely recommended
McNamara as a suitable man for
the job. It was just a sugges
tion. I have done nothing- about
the matter singe."
John L. McNamara:
"I don't give a damn, for the
Board of Education. ''The mayor
is with me, and I'll get the job
Dr. McFatrich, president of
Board of Education;
"McNamara is not the sort of
person who should be in the em
ploy of the school board."
Association of Stationary En
gineers: "McNamara isn't qualified for
Herbert E. Fleming, Secretary of
the Civil Service Reform Ass'n:
"Mayor Harrison has been
writing letters to the School
Board for some time trying to get
the Board to appoint McNamara
McNamara, repeating himself;
"I don't give a damn for the
. School Board or any one. Flem
ing is a
cheap reformer. He's a reformer
for pay. The mayor's my friend.
What the hell do I care about the
Board of Education or the Civil
Service Reform Association?"
The reason for it all:
The last time Harrison ran for
mayor, McNamara went around
o about 3d of the school en
gineers and held them up for cam-'
paign contributions, which he,
presented to Harrison. He'd be,
able to do this a darned sight bet-i
ter if he were chief engineer with
full authority over the 260 en-
gineers of Chicago.
The above is a summary o.
what occurred at last night's
meeting of the Board of Educa-:
tion, When McNamara, the cam-,
oaign contribution collector,
J breezed, up there to .ell the mem-:
bers of the board" how little he,
cared what theyjdid,
A motion to suspend the rules,
and adopt the report of the cqm-,
mittee on grounds and buildings
that McNamara be made tempor-.
ary chief failed to pass by 7 votes
.McNamara cut loose with .such;
rotten language that President.
McFatrich and Oscar F. Griefen-.j
hagen left the room. 'McNamara
then, tried to force a fist fight on
Herbert E. Fleming. Fleming"
will file charges against him. '
Harrison is still greatly shock-
ed that he should have been,
'charged with using his pull to get3
a job for a capipaign contribution
collector. The mayor saw Har
mon B. Campbell, Hearst busi-.
iiess manager and president of the
civil service commission yester-,
day. It was then announced that
an examination would be held for ,
the position of chief engineer.
It will be right interesting to,
wait and see if John L. McNa
mara manages to pass that ex-
amination with the highest per-,