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The Robbins eagle. (Robbins, Ill.) 1951-1963, February 27, 1954, HOME VILLAGE EDITION, Image 1

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Gtr. Robbins Elks Presents Inhalator
Volume II. ROBBINS, ILLINOIS, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1954 2nd Year—No. 5
ONE NABBED IN STANKE
STICK ■ UP; FINGERS PAL
(.Picture on page 5)
By Captain Aaron Stout
About 2:30 p.m., Wednesday,
February 17, 1954, two men
attempted the armed robbery of
Albert Stanke, driver of Kenne
dy Laundry truck. Mr. Stanke
has given service to the people
of Robbins for the last twenty
five years and is loved and re
spected by those whom he has
served.
Stanley, jokingly called
“Stinky,” by his friends, is a
man 62 years of age, but de
spite the weight of years elected
to fight off his attackers with
the only weapon at hand — a
battery cable.
Though the police do not con
done taking one's life in his
hands, we can not help but ad
mire the courage and fortitude
of Mr. Stanke.
Now for what actually hap
pened:
About 2:15 p.m., Mr. Stanke
was delivering on his route in
the vicinity of 136th & Homan
avenue, when he was accosted
by two men, namely, Roosevelt
Bakeer and Freddie Johnson.
Roosevelt was armed with a
fully loaded .38 calibre revol
ver and Johnson with a knife.
When told that "this is a stick
up,” Stanke grabbed a battery
cable which he used to fight off
dogs, and went into action,
slashing and beating the arms
of his assailannts until he be
came panicky and began to run.
Johnson, who was armed with
a knie, pursued Stanke to the
ront o a house and stabbed him
in the left side, piercing his
kidney.
Badly hurt, though he was,
Stanke drove his truck to the
police station and reported the
incident. Thanks to radio, within
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five minutes there were four
squads of police from the sher
iff’s office working with Robbins
police. The buses were alerted,
all surrounding police were not
ified and the assailants describ
ed rom the meagre description
garnered from the public
Baker was picked up in Har
vey and turned over to Captain
Stout.
After returning Roosevelt
Baker to Robbins, Capt. Stout
interrogated the prisoner and
after hours of questioning the
subject "broke” and signed a
written conession, involving
Freddie Johnson as his accom
plice and the actual wielder of
the knife in the stabbing of Mr.
Stanke. Stanke positively identi
fied Baker as the man with the
revolver.
BB'aker is now in the County
jail under $5,000 bond; Freddie
Johnson is still at large, but his
apprehension is expected mom
entarily.
M!r. Stanke's condition is now
considered favorable.
(Picture on page 4)
Greater Robbins Elks Lodge
No. 1272 held a musical tea last
Sunday, February 21, 1954 at
Lincoln Memorial School, 139th
and St. Louis avenue, starting
at 4:00 p. m.
They presented a wonderful
program, composed largely of
local talent. Mrs. Anna V. Hens
ley, one of the teachers at Lin
coln, was the gracious and cap
able mistress of ceremonies.
The out-of-town guests were
Mr. and Mrs. Weaver of Harvey,
Illinois; Mr. and Mrs. Cox of
Robert S. Abbott Elks Lodge of
Chicago Heights, Illinois.
The Pride of Robbins Temple
No. 915 was there with the usu
al helping hand, with Dtr. Ruler
Carlena Harvey directing and
lending assistance where needed.
Mayor Theodore Hendricks
gave a very interesting talk on
“Co-operation.” Trustee O’Dell
Anderson also gave a brief and
interesting talk. He lauded the
firemen for the excellent work
they are doing and the record
they have made. He stated that
they couldn't lose with the help
they are getting.
Mr. Paul Cochran, Exalted
Ruler of Greater Robbins, gave
Mr. M. L. Smith, chairman of
the Trustee Board of the lodge,
the honor of presenting to the
Robbins Fire Department, the
Resuscitator that was given by
the lodge to be used for human
ity, regardless of race, creed or
color.
Mr. Edward Willett, treasurer
of Greater Robbins Lodge and
Chief of the Robbins Fire De
partment accepted the resuscita
tor in the name of the Robbins
Fire Department and thanked
(Continued on page 5)

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