Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1924 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
EXPECT COUNCIL SCRAP OVER
CARROLL AV. SWITCH TRACK
INDIVIDUALS TO BENEFIT
Mayor Thompson's little plan to
have a switch track run through
. Carroll av. in order to boost the value
of property owned by the mayor, his
two brothers and his sister, may have
iough sledding- in .the local indus
The ordinance calling for the build
ing of the switch track came nearly
going over without a kick if Aid. W.
J. Healy of the 18th ward hadn't
spilled the beans.
Healy got up in the council last
.night and threw the searchlight on
the ordinance. He said he had in
troduced the ordinance because the
property was in his ward and he
thought at the time it was a general
development plan for the benefit of
.all property owners on Carroll av.
Since he had learned that it was a
scheme to benefit only certain indi
viduals, he said, he decided to dis
own the ordinance.
The scheme would transform Car
roll av. into a railroad switch for five
Jblocks from Morgan st. to Elizabeth
st. The mayor, his sister, Mrs. Wil
liam N. Pelouze, and Gale and Per
cival Thompson own two pieces of
property along Carroll av. One is
located at May stt the other at Car
The Chicago, Milwaukee & St.
Paul, and the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati.
Chicago & St Louis railroads would
.also benefit greatly by the switch.
, The mayor admitted his property
was vacant and that he had been told
.by a number of persons that they
jvould lease the property if a switch
track was built there.
A subcommittee consisting of Aid.
Cullerton, Lawley and SItts will in
vestigate the matter this morning.
The full committee takes it up this
Other council doings:
Voted to pay employes who have
joined militia difference in pay from
ceive from city while they are in
service. Ordinance calling for $20,
000 appropriation to meet this put
over" until Friday.
Mayor vetoed ordinance giving
municipal pier concession to John Z.
Vogelsang. Aid. Littler tried to have
it passed over veto but action was de
ferred. John J. Sloan and Ralph Essen ap
pointed to Bridewell inspectors'
Passed an ordinance appropriating
over $18,000,000 from bond issues
recently voted for bathhouse, gar
bage plant, extension of electric light
system, new fire" and police stations,
Michigan av. improvement and new
Aid. Toman had passed order di
recting comptroller to submit names
of all special counsel employed by
city in last 15 years and amount they
Torens system ordered used in the
purchase of real estate by city.
MYSTERY STORY WRAPPED
AROUND HALF MILLION
A mystery story involving an al
leged illegitimate son, a half-million
dollar fortune and a destroyed mar
riage record was told yesterday in
the chambers of Master in Chancery
Mrs. Caroline Hitchcock, formerly
of St. Charles, 111., told the story. She
said that Rob't J. Haines, millionaire
miller of St Charles, had sent her
to the wilds of Canada to get a mar
riage record which was the only evi
dence that R. J. Simpson, an employe
of Haines, was his illegitimate son
and heir. '
The Mercy hospital and schools of
St. Charles were given the estate of
Haines. If her story is correct the
Simpson family will get most of the
Count Zeppelin has given orders
that on his death his body shall be
conveyed to its last resting place in
government and what they would re-1
one of his machines.