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CHICAGO, OCTOBER 19, 1912
No. 3
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KEDESIOK WrSIiOCSL
Vlca-Prestdent of tbo Mluni Coal Company and jDemocraUc Candidate fot Mem
Ter of tho Board of Beview of Cook Coimty.
Frederick W. BlocK, Tice-President
of the ifiami' Coal Companv, and
Democratic caadidaio for member of
do Board of Beview of Cook County,
is a Ciucagoan, through and through
to the back bone, being born in this
city, November 2, 1868, receiving his
early and advaneeL edneation in its
scnoois.
In time he took a special course. In
engineering at the Lewis Institute,
which stood V"i in good hand and be
came one of his very valuable assets,
later on in li,
Shortly after arriving to- manhood,
he became united in marriage to Hiss
Louise "Woltersdorf, daughter of
Louis Woltersdorf, one of the Ger
man-American pioneers, retail drug-
tho HeCormiek Building, snowing that
he is engaged in 'various lines of prof
itable business and that he is not de
pendent upon politics for a living.
Aside from his business- interests,
Mr. Block!, has always taken a lively
interest in politics, however, in April,
1899, he was appointed by Mayor
Carter H. Harrison, superintendent of
the map department, of the city of
Chicago, creditably serving the eity
in that capacity until the latter part of
the same year. He was then advanced
and promoted to deputy commissioner
of public works and a little less than)
two years from that time, still greater
honors were in storo for frjrn and he
was selected by Mayor Harrison as
commissioner of public works, being
re-appointed in 1903 to the same re
sponsible position, for two years
longer.
During his administration of this
office he supervised some of Chicago's
great public improvements, such as
building some of the first bascule
bridges, which did away with center
piers, among them being the North
Western JLvenue and Clybourn Place
Bridges. These bridges were designed
in the Department of Public Works,
thus saving to the City the heavy roy
alty of about $20,000 usually paid for
plans and supervision.
The great intercepting sewer along
Lake Michigan from 39th street to
71st street, was also built under his
supervision, and was successfully com
pleted. This was the first great im
provement undertaken by the City by
direct or day labor, and at its com
pletion had not only saved the City
thousands of dollars under the lowest
bidder, but there were no law suits or
claims for extras.
fthey have resided for a nnmber of
years. "
His father before him, being a noted?
chemist, John Blocki, the subject of
this sketch followed in his .footsteps
and became thoroughly familiar in all
the details as a manufacturer of fine
perfumes, and the firm of John Blocki
and Son is known not only to all the
wholesale and retail druggists through
out the country, but also favorably
known to millions of people, who have
for many years, used their exquisite
perfumes and other toilet articles and
for a long time Mr. Blocki, has been
the guiding spirit or hand in actively
managing the affairs of John Blocki
and Son. He is also at the head -of
the Brennan Construction Company,
In April, 1905, before the expira-
ation of his second term, as commis
sioner of public works, he was elected
city, treasurer of Chicago, by a laree
majority, running on the same ticket,
with former Mayor Edward P. Dunne,
and the honest and splendid record he
made in that office as city treasurer.
will stand to his everlasting credit, as
long as Chicago stands.
When he became City Treasurer, the
eity was receiving only 1 per cent
interest, but before the expiration of
his term he had advanced the rate to
3 per cent, which was a greater rate
of interest than the City has ever re
ceived. During the period that he was
City Treasurer, tho Police, Fire and
other Departments were -always paid
promptly, and on one occasion it was
necessary for him to personally borrow
about $800,000.00 from the banks to
pay the Police and Firemen before
Christmas, as there was no money in
the City Treasury available for that
purpose. y
At the end of his term, he turned
over to the City of Chicago $234,110.39
net, as interest after all office expenses
and his own compensation had been
deducted, thus earning for the citizens
of Chicago over $100,000.00 more than
had. ever been earned during tho term
of & former City Treasurer.
Mr. Blocki has-also served as treas
urer of the Cook County Democratic
Committee and knowing thousands and
thousands of people in all parts of
this city and county and being ever
ready to extend the glad hand to all
comers, and being perfectly familiar
with all the hardships and the condi
tions which have for years confronted
the small tax .payer, this class of prop
erty holders will have a good friend
&t eourt when he is elected a member
of the Board of Beview, Tuesday,
Xovember 5. Adv'fc
have blest their happy union, Freder
lck and Buth and grace their comfort'
able home 717 Ashland BlvcL, where)
gists of this city. So far two childrengeneral contractors, No. 8 N. La Salle
street, and as-mentioned before, he is
vice-president of the Miami Coal Com
pany with offices on the 18th floor of
THE ATTEMPT TO ASSASSINATE
COL. THEODOBE BOOSEVELT.
Was a Horrible Crime Against Law
and Order.
The people throughout the civilized
world, are by this time familiar with
all of the details, leading up to the
attempt to assassinate Col. Theodore
Boosevelt, by John Schrank, of New
York City, at Milwaukee, Wis, Mon
day evening, just as the CoL was en
tering his auto to bo whirled away to
the Auditorium in that eity, to deliver
a speecn.
The minute details of the horrible
affair, which was a rank crime against
law and order, have been fully set
forth, how the bullet from the re
volver of Schrank, penetrated the
breast of CoL Boosevelt, how his
stenographer, Elbert Martin, leaped
upon the assassin, overpowering him
and preventing him from firing a sec
ond and more dangerous shot into the
body of CoL Boosevelt.
How the CoL proceeded to the hall
and delivered his speech, and then
was conveyed to the hospital in that
eity for a thorough examination as to
the extent of the wound inflicted upon
m. How he was rushed to this city
on a special train, then on to Mercy
Hospital whero he is still confined,
under the care of the best medical ex
perts' in Chicago. How Mrs. Boose
velt, and the other members of his
family, came on from their home at
Oyster Bay, N. T. in order to bo at
his bedside.
How the demented Schrank, had fol
lowed i" from place to place, seeking
an .opportunity to end his life for no
cause whatever. How the crowned
heads of Europe and distinguished
men and -women, in all parts of this
country and the world, have show
ered telegrams upon. CoL Boosevelt,
hoping and praying for his speedy re
eovery, Lave already been elaborated
upon.
As CoL Boosevelt, is one of the
great -characters of the world, and has
undoubtedly accomplished ft vast
Laaount of good in it. No one, more
ardently wishes for his speedy recov
ery sad that his life may be prolonged
for the benefit of humanity-, than the
writer; . '
soy. attJtxzxx. acAKHor.
PTina Pries ef ti AiT-Armica Sm
fee-
Ex-Aldeman John X Bradley, chief
clerk of the jpezsesal property taxfs,
is the county treasurer's office; is stQl
a power la, polities in tks Town of Lake.
He ir putting forth Ob best -acts, o
CONOBESSMAN WILLIAM ST7LZEB
FOB GOVEENOB OP NEW
TOBK.
When "Boss" Murphy was forced
to givo up tho unit rule at Syracuse,
all possibility of Governor Dlx's re
nomination was at an end. A revival
of Mr. Murphy's power, however, may
be inferred from the nomination of
William Sulzcr, inasmuch as Sulzer has
for years been a Tammany man. But
this would be estimating Sulzer with
out reference to his political history.
That he came into politics years ago
through Tammany is true; that he has'
always affiliated with the Tammany
organization is also true; and so is it
true that his many successive elections
to Congress have been upon Tammany
nominations. But Mr. Sulzer ceased
long ago to obey the commands of
Tammany bosses, either express or im
plied.
On more than one occasion he has
been able to defy the bosses, and has
in fact done so. His continuance in
Congress has not depended upon them.
Tammany has needed him more than
he has needed Tammany. He has got
his nominations and elections not by
favor from Tammany bosses, but from
his own TJopularity with the people
men, women and children in his own
Congressional district. Although in
the course of his political career Mr.
Sulzer had stood for some measures
that should be opposed on democratic
grounds, he has not on the whole stulti
fied the fundamental democracy he pro
fesses and which we believe he feels.
On tho contrary, he bas frequently.
and not by any accident, stood for
democracy when the breakers ahead of
him for doing so were .audible and
visible.
One of those occasions was in
Bryan's first campaign. It cost some
thing at that time to be for Bryan in
public life In New York. But Sulzer
did not count the cost. Such tests have
been borne by him on. several occasions.
That he has been nominated for Gov
ernor of the State he Las represented
these xaaiy years in Congress, repre
sented it at times when to do so he
had. to defy the Tammany bosses, goes
to show that Tammany bossism may
have fee to the wan, for good si the
SvraesM convention, aa Thomas "VL Os
borne predicted that it would. It is
ineoatnyrtblo to these who understand
his pelitkftl career, that Mr. Sulzer
wmI W bow's tool as Governor.
To ftH muk ik election would esse
as immM ex an smut excesses.
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JOSEPH E. BEOWTLL, JB.
Clerk of the Circuit Court and Republican Candidate for Be-election to tha
same Position Tuesday, November 5th. Commended by all the judges and,
Bureau of Efficiency.
Joseph E.tBidwill, Jr., the present
efficient clerkf the Circuit Court, and
Bepublican candidate for re-election to
the same position, Tuesday, November
5th, was born in this city July 1, 1883.
His parents Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E.
BidwiO, were also born in Chicago,
and have witnessed its marvelous
growth, from a fair sized country
town, to one of tho best and one of
the largest and most enterprising cities
in the world.
The present clerk of the Circuit
Court; received his early education in
the public schools of this great city;
finishing it or rounding it out, at St.
Ignatius College, Loyola College of
Law and the Lewis Institute.
After graduating with the usual hon
ors, from these various educational in
stitutions, he started out, well forti
fied along these lines, to make a mark
for himself, in this busy and bustling
world.
For some years, thereafter, he was
employed as a clerk, in tho " Chicago
National Bank.. Later on he served
in the same capacity, with the Harris
Brothers Trust Company.
Like his father, he always took to
politics, as easily and as readily, as a
duck takes to water and in 1906, ho
became the nominee of the Bepublican
party for Clerk of the Circuit Court
and wtts elected with a- handsome ma
jority and from that time to the pres
ent; he has been one of the few high
class, publie officials in this county and
he has at all times, discharged the du
ties of his office, with considerable ex
ecutive ability.
The following, judges of tho Circuit "
Court; Frederick A. Smith, Jesse A.
Baldwin, John Gibbons, Merritt W
Pinckney, Adelor J. Petit, B. S. Tut
hill, Kickham Scanlan, Thomas G.
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