Southtown Economist (Newspaper) - May 13, 1927, Chicago, Illinois HOME EDITION Delivered to the Home Every Week at lOc Per Month TWENTY-FIRST 33 PROPONENTS OF SOUTH PARK EXTENSION OF "L" DELEGATE ON CITY BOARD Civic Groups Unite for Plan in Opposition to Stony Island Route Standing solidly for a Rapid Transit extension adjacent and parallel to South Park ave., while civic clubs to the east are fighting for an extension down Stony Island ave., the South Side Federation of Improvement associations last night de- cided to appeal to Mayor Thompson for proper representation of the South Side on the Citizens Transportation committee, now controlled largely by reached at a meeting of nine improvement associa- A VALONPARK GIRDS FOR MOSQUITO WAR (STORY OR PAGE 1) Combining Woodlawn Courier, South Shore Messenger and 8th Ward Territories Greater East Edition South Shore Woodlawn Park Manor SERVING Chatham Avalon Park Jackson Park EVERY FRIDAY SOUTHTOWN, CHICAGO, FRIDAY, MAY 13, 1927 This decision was tions affiliated with the federation and six visiting organizations includ- ing the South End Chamber of Com- merce, held at Brooks' hall, 71st st. end South Park ave. The South End Chamber of Com- merce comprises 17 civic associations. The meeting also resulted in the acceptance b3' the associations of the rederation and the visiting groups tho extension p'.tn as presented by tho federation's transpoi tatioii com- mittee. Branch to South Chicago MorabBeware Umbrellas in Springtime Accoidiiig to his own stoiy. Vernoii Silverthorn, 05 years ot age, has done This plan, as outlined by William I anv and manv a quaint and unusual ._______ tt J chairman of the .committee, would send the elevated lines over a route which is approximately this: from 03rd to AVent- Mayor Tells His Plan to Save Schools To relieve street congestion, unify the transportation system, devote taxes to the operation of schools in- stead of the building of them, and float 50-year bonds to provide for that, build a Calumet Harbor, cleanje Chicago of crime, and make Chicago a seaport by opening the Mississippi are the major purposes in the admin- istration program as presented by Mayor William Hale Thompson in an address to Soutlitown residents Monday night. He spoke before a meeting of members of the Greater South Side Chamber of Commerce, in the grand ballroom of White City. "My first elToit as major of the city of Chicago will be to do what the peo- ple want me to asserted the mayor in opening. "As I understand it rep- resentatives of the people are supposed to do what the people want. That's what 1 want to do." Warns of Closed Schools He then launched at once into a dis- cussion of the financial condition of the city government, particularly as it pertains to the school system. "The schools -will have to be closed during December and January if we don't find some way to get he stated, "or w e shall have to pay our employes in script. The easiest thins to do vv ould bo to raise taxes. But Bill Thompson doesn't want to raise taxes. "Out of the dollar you pay in taxes now only 20 cents is being used tor the (Barefoot Boys down South st. to Park ave.. St.. west vorth ave., and then south to IJ Bt.. with a branch running cast on STth st. to South Chicago and East Eml. This plan conflicts decidedly xvith tli at sponsored by organizations of the eastern portion of South town, which would have the South Chicago extension begin at 63rd st. and Stony Island ave. "We do not presume to dictate to the Rapid Transit officials in the mat- ter of the actual route for the ex- explained M. J. Connolly, president of the federation in answer to scattered protests against con- structing the lines directly Park ave. "Where the tracks actu- ally will be placed is an engineering problem largely and we cannot at- tempt to cope with it. What -we want Is rapid transit serving all this terri- tory and the route wo have indicated seems -to best- suit- our needs." To Call on Mayor At the suggestion of Eugene Block and William R. Wendland, secretary of the federation, Mr. Connolly or- dered that each association within the federation appoint a delegate to a committee to co-operate with the federation s transportation commit- tee. It will then be the duty of this body to call upon Mayor Thompson for the purpose of obtaining satis- factory representation on the Citizens Transportation committee. Another large mass meeting on thing m Mexico, Ccntr.il America, Monkey Island and points south with- out getting in bad, but the quaint and unusual spectacle which he pre- sented at o'clock last Wednes- day morning when he passed Patrol- man William Leen under a clear sky with an umbrella cocked at a jaunty angle over his head brought him to grirf. While a Mexican guerro might have passed off the incident with the men- tal reservation that genor Silver- thorn had lately enjoj ed in an over- generous draught of taquilla, the more alert Officer Lecn of the Grand Cross- ing police took Silverthorn into tow. Claims Colorful Career A search revealed that Mr. Silver- thorn carrjing at the time a jimmy and in change in addi- tion to the rainstick. Strangely, orily the jimmy was his own property, po- lice averred. The money and the umbrella, according to the officers, he had but lately acquired v> hile scout- ing about the deserted premises of the Byrn Mawr school, st. and Jeffcry ave., in fiont of -which tlic long arm of the law took him in charge. After he had been booked at the Grand Crossing station on a charge of burglary, Vernoii icgalod the cops with a highly colorful tale of adven- ture all over tlic Amciicun continents. A half-breed Indian by birth, a roamer by taste, and a thief by neces- sity at Mr. Silverthorn claims a and varied- career. He has (so he claims) taken part in 'umpsteen revolutions m tlie turbulent schools and out of that only 10.75 cents is being used for actual operation of schools. The rest is being devoted to' the building of new ones which will be used by generations to come. "Idiotic Financial Policy" "To me the most idiotic financial policy in the world is to take only 10 cents -out of the taxpayer's dollar to build schools that w ill be used for 50 years. I maintain that this 10 cents should be divided between the school board for school operation and other departments of the city. New schools hould bo built on money obtained through 50-year bonds. "Chicago is limited to a bond issue of Wo can assess on only 50 per cent of our value at a, high rate. HOBBY CLUB MEMBERS! page 5 of this edition pub- lished an illustrated article on beadwork. written for girls entering he open competition In the WBCN Hobby club exposition, June 2-5, in Ogden park. The article written by Dorothy Mullen. South Park's director of bandcraft for women. ___ Boy's Trip Cut Days By La of Funds AVALON PARK DECLARESWAR ON MOSQUITO Scores of Residents Gird for Determined Battle Against Summer Pests Seeing the world is a wonderfu thing, but subsisting on a diet o water and sweet rolls rather warp one's vision for its interesting sights at leabt in the opinion of 14-year-ol David Morell, adventurer extraord nary, w hose four-year jaunt was ci short Juht days when he wa found in Gary Tuesday by his grand father. _ David, who left his home at 6-K Drexel ave., May o, after writing h mother a dramatic note which told her to meet him at G3rd "st. and Cottage Grove ave., May 3, 1031, con- fessed upon his arrival home that he had been getting under the feet of Gary cops in the hope that they would pick him up and send him home. His grandfather, searching Indiana by motor car for the boy, discovered him standing on a street corner within a few feet of a police- Photo The sophistication of the city can never overcome the "Huck Finn" instinct in every boy and the modern counterpart of the old fi.hm hole at- tracts Bob Sells and Edward Jouzaitis, two Southtown boys, with the coming of Spring. Boys are the center of interest this week, for seven days have been set aside for the development of their activities. AVith his pocket containing but one of the ten dollars which he had at the beginning of his and his bicycle sold to keep him in sweet rolls, David was a sorry figure, ac- cording to his grandfather. New York assesses on 100 per cent at a low rate. I want our tax plan placed on that basis and I want legislation that will permit our issuance of 50- ear bonds up to our full assessed value. Promises He'll Get It Ignores III Luck of Friday, 13th, to Wear Straw Katy proposed extensions of the Kapid Transit lines has been called by the Ktony Island District Business Men's association for next Tuesday evening at its headquarters, 7046 Stony Island av e. ThH gathering has been scheduled for the purpose of creating closer co-opeiatiou among the civic groups of the Woodlavvn, South Shore and South Chicago territories interested In the proposed erection of the ijouth 4'hicago extension of the elevated over Stony Island ave., from JT.rd to 75Hh 6ts., and then over >outh Chicago ave. to South Chicago, and is the outgrowth of recent gathering of a similar nature at the bouth Chicago club. Send Out Invitations invitations to the meeting have bpen extended to the officers and transportation committees of the (South Chicago Chamber of Commerce, South Shore Chamber of Commerce, Woodlawn Business Men's association, Improvement association, Stony Island Improvement associa- tion Bryn Mawr Improvement asso- riation and 79th st. Improvement as- sociation. William J. FTubrioh. president of the Stony Inland District Business Men's association, will preside as f han man of the gathering. Xo spe- cial speakers have been scheduled, Mr. Tlubrich announced, but the gath- ering w ill bo more in the nature of a nupstion-and-an.sw ei program. linal picparations for this mooting aie being made, the Stony Island District Business Men s asso- ciation Is f oin plot ing its canvass of1 tho property owners along Stony1 Island ave, from d to 70th St., I In an effort to determine whether i losiclents are willing to give the i to the Petition Ready in i three-fout ths of tlie pi optM'ty owners along this thorough-, fire been petitioned, according to Mr. Ifubrich. and the majority, he naid. have shown vv illmgnesa to grant i ipht of w-ay. The canvass -which has been made during the past few weeks will now- be probably finished in another Mr. Hubrich bc- lir d. Appointment of a committee to co- ripfiatc with all other civic organ- l7ations interested in the extension of clovatod linos through the dlstri.-t TV as made Mondav noon bv the Ilighth Mard Business .Men s association at ps ln-inonthlv mooting in St fjoorgo s r.pis. opal church, 70th st. and Drexel Ldwftrd of association, appointed Arvid L> retorson, prepidont of the State bank; Raymond M. T -M and Vrnol'l o, .1 i ,.ii i >or of Tl o veil nn I piegi.iin respectively. tropical republics and in qnc of these came very near passing from the world without ever seeing the Brjn Mawr school. Case Continued to May 20 All tl'ic patch-quilt Central Ameri- can republics, most of these in South America and even reunite and inter- esting Monkoy Island havc resounded to tho hoofbeata of the mounted cops chasing Mr. hiUerlliorii fiom one counti y to another Captured by a nvnl army, he was thrown into jail and sentenced to be shot at sunrise, in appioved melo- dramatic fashion. Din inpr the night, however, a Mexican girl .sawed the bars oC his puson and aided him in his escape. So deeply was Mr. Silvci- thorn moved "by the simple child's kind act that lie married hoi. She now await-s him m Quirtsv illc. Mo., with their two cluldicn. When lie appealed before John Richardson in Giand Crossing court. Wediv-jd.ij Silvoithoin as given a c until Ma> -U. "1 am going to Springfield to get it. We have until a week from Tuesday to put through the SU or 90 bills and amendments necessary to this w e would have to get the unanimous consent of the state legisla- ture and that would be very hard. We're operating under a financial sys- tem that isn't lit swaddling clothes for an infant and that for a city we hope to make tho biggest in the -world. "If we don't pass these bills and pass them quickly j ou are going to be sadly disappointed. 111 always do my best (Continued on page, 3) STREET CAR SERVICE FOR 71ST ST. SOUGHT BY BUSINESS MEN Transportation on Widened Thoroughfare Is Sta-Grove Boosters' Aim Street i.ir sci v ice on 71st st from Cottage Grove to Stony Island will become a reality if the efforts of the Sla-Grove Seventy-first Street Boosters, arc successful, according to Dr. John K. Stanton. secretary. At a meeting held Monday evening at o18 K. 71ht fct. this organization, which was organized two months ago with a mcnibeiship of 75, a commit- tee was appointed, bended by Frank REV. WILSON PREACHES TWO SERIES OF SERMONS More surely than the first robin does the flist hat usher in Spring with a decisive air of finality. Lewis L. Cohen, 7.V_MJ Phillips ave., a- paper salesman for a wholesale supply house, has been sporting a braided skimmer since Monday. With little or no thought of the season Mr. CoJien Max Leon, haberdasher, at 3007 K. tiord St., on Monday to sell him some -paper sup- plies, whoicupoii Mr. Leon sold Mr. Cohon a natty straw bonnet. When Mr. Cohen appeared at lodge that night he received his just des- serts and manfully took the jibes that are the lot of every martjr to a good cause. Todaj, however, the sun backed up Mr. Cohen and he ap- peared at the offices of the SOUTH- TOWN ECONOMIST in the dried grass headgear. Now it's safe for all the rest ot you fellows to follow suit. MOTHER AND SON LEAP TO SAFETY WHEN CAR IS STRUCKJ3Y TRAIN Auto Carried Half Block by U C. Engine; Woman Killed in Another Crash Quick thinking saved Ihc lives of Mrs. Rose her son, Ray K-uonzli, Droxcl ave., when they leaped from thoir automo- bile Monday night at 71st st. and Kast ave., ju.st bcfoi e a west- bound Illinois Central cloolric train Interests of Boys Guarded in Southtown "Men are only little boys grown tall." Women usually add the phrase, "God love which may be one of the reasons why "Boys' Week" so closely lollows Mother's Day. Never before in the history of the world have boys, good boys, bad boys and indifferent so claimed the atten- tion of educatois and public authori- ties But just what Is being done in Southtown, In a practical way, to de- velop boys into strong, stalwart men who will carry on the ideals of Amer- ica? First, perhaps, should be mentioned the young army of boys who are receiving athletic training and class vvoik instruction in the South Parks, under the diiection of V. K. Brown, supeiintendent of playgrounds and sports. "Ono of the greatest achievements of the Anieucan boy." declares Mr. Brown, "lias been his development of Hie radio. Not only has he added his mecli.mlonl skill, but he has also given ins uuqiu nrh.ible enthusiasm to tho pi oject dining the early days when tho radio was in the embryonic stage, and vvhoii adults were saying that it could never bo developed. Stress Athletics and Mechanics "The bo> vvoik in tho. South Parks is highly further declared the boy told his mother, "because nobody would give me a lift for even one mile." After leaving Chicago David drove as far as the Michigan state line and then turned south. Homesickness in an acute degree set in by the time reached Gary, it seems, and he was thoroughly relieved when his grandfather showed up. Even the cheapest of hotels were gradually wearing out his bankroll. "I have promised David a real sum- mer vacation on his uncle's farm in his mother, Mrs. Harry T. Morell, explained. "As he himself said 'a man can't travel nowadays unless re has the best hotel to stay in and something to eat besides water and sweet rolls'." If residents In Avalon park are able to find efficient methods of ex- terminating mosquitoes in the COm- muViity during the coming months, they will have to spend the warm weeks indoors or resort to some sort of netting drooping about the body from head to foot, for so far the Avalon Park Civic association is at a loss for any other preventive means. The residents are already complain- ing, because they know the mosqui- toes are coming; they were there last year by the thousands and they haven't forgotten it. Members of the association met Monday evening in the home of Thomas B. Stephenson, 8022 Harper ave., president of the organization, and while "war was declared" on the mosquitoes, "ammunition" in the form of preventives was decidedly lack- ing. Not one member had a substan- tial proposal to make, Mr. Stephen- son stated. But no one in Avalon park is going to spqnd the summer months behind screens and neither does anyone in- tend to go out on the neighborhood streets in anything that resembles a cheese cloth nightshirt. "Nothing has been Mr. Two series of seimons aio hoinp; proacncd by tlie Oilbcit Wilson, pastor of the Colbert, to coiif< r with the street railway concoinmg this ex- tension. Soventj-Iirst st., between Cottage Giovc ave and Stony Island ave., is hoon to be widened. The Boosters de-ire tlie installation of EVkS STORJLS COLLECTIONS OR ADVERT1SEMENJS Clarified Ad Department Open Evcr> Evening (Except Sunday) L-NTIL 9: 30' P.M. Your Phone HOO or Call at the Office W. 65th Street piopeity, according to Dr. Stanton. Mr. Broun. 'There are 100 baseball A copy ot a letter from Alderman Mr-voring addiessed to the superin- tendent of streets recommending the substitution of "throe-vvav" traffic sig- nals for the lights now in operation at that point, was read at the inert ing. Vehicles going from west to "east aie forced to pass on the wrong side of the sti cot to clear stroet cars and p.uked automobiles at thi3 intersec- I tion. Several accidents have occurred here which wore, attributed to tho in ailing of handling the traffic. I Say Lighting System Inadequate I A resolution was prepared and ad- to Aldoi man Mfjoring at this moctmg lo'juosting his co-operation with tho organizations attempt to se- J euro additional street lights on 71st st I The lighting sj stem in the organ- I i7.itlon district is inadequate, tho i Boosters claim, and business as well as pioprrtv vnluos are materially I hamporod because of irregular place inont of lights. j ''.A. Rourko, -will hosiil the commlt- of which will make an struck the machine and caiucd it halt a block before slopping Driving north on avf Mr. Kuonzh staitod acio.ss the tr.H Us only to have tho crossing gates lower themselves behind him. A train wns speeding down upon tlic people m their ar vv he n both sti.imblod out and escaped with ininoi injuries. Mrs Jiilui M. I'enn, (itiUO Dio.xel ave., died evening aH the result of injuiirs su-laiind vv lien she was struck by .in nitomobile diivtii by Sam 7VI1 ave, n t w hours o.n her. ciossmp Marquottc i il and JMis. Penn Knin ked down by tho ma- chine nnd siiffeic'd a. fr.ictmod, hip and 10 bone. Slip was taken to the Washington I'.'i i k hospital. Do- santo v .is booked fur assault an auto. The impiest vvns held dav at llanlrv s inoifeUo. C.Vij Cut- tajre Jrov o ave rsick Jioulfis. i: st., cut about the head ;md o when the automobile lie was diiving collided with a dnvon bj Gooi'Ke M unn ave, about 1 n. rn Monday morning ;i t 08th st and South Slioio, dr T'.oulos loinovcd to the .Jackson I'arl hospital Mrs. Anna 'Ivioll Justine diamonds, IS tennis courts, 15 svvim- pools, four bathing beaches, and athletic licl'ls foi soccer and football. Athletic coin petition is subdivided according to the age and interest of tho hoy. "While athletics nre a moans of de- veloping the cli.iiactei- of tho bov and a inua.ns of stimulating his spii it to there are boj s who can bo readied belter through their love of UK i haiiics; (lie i.idio hns pi oven the truth of that statement. Sunday iitlernoon in Ogd< n I'.nk tho si nd thoir model niotoi boats and s.ul bouts over the inini.it in lake. And these boats made in tlic (las MS at the Seutli 1'a.ik in Id- IIOUSOH nibody all ot tho mochanieal skill shown by the, export ship bulld- ers iml. have contribut- badlj liiuis'-d and Miss of tlio irimo ndiliovs, i r- injurod r, wlKii thf I invostlgation of fire and ln thf.v ed to moth by things CK- pei iment.illy th 1 1 the me- chanics had no tune to do. Just as 'he Anifiietn bov lits developed the radio will ho d< volop the aoioplanc and in Iho i I'.irUs wo have many his sUill, aeroplane FOUR RUNAWAY GIRLS RETURN HOME AFTER 24-HOURJLUTO TOUR Bandits Rob Them During Long Journey in Father's Car "We'll never leave home again." With this solemn promise four run- away girls, ranging from 13 to 17 years of age, assured Capt. Paul A. Wheeler of the Chicago Lawn police station that his three-hour lecture had been of some avail Saturday night. The four girls are Ruth Achtien, 13 years old, Etheleen. her sister, 15 years old, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Achtien, 7149 South Park ave., Gwendolyn McGeary. 15 years old, who lives Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ploner, 7257 South Park ave.. and Lucille Jacobs, 17 years old, em- ployed in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan D. Bell, 7301 South Park ave. Take Father's Car Sergeant Michael Treanor and De- tective William Barrett found the quartet shortly after 5 o'clock Satur- day afternoon at G3rd st. and Kedzie ave., w hen they were trying to start the automobile in which they were making their getaway. Whon they reached the station Cap- tain Wheeler and Sergeant Michael Collins took them into custody to hoar their story. The four were in hifih spn its, but tired and hungry. They had started on their jaunt late id.iv iiiRht when tho throe. Ruth, Kthelooii and Gvvendoljn, had tired of .school and Lucille of the job of being nui se mai'l The two Achtien girls li.nl .speii their f.ither fill the gas t.ink of liis automobile just before putting it nw.ij until their parents were asleep they p.iokod a bag and climbed out of the window. Then they joined Lucille and Gwendolyn. Bandits Rob Them They drove and drove, according to the tiilo they rol.ited to tho police, Kniiig to C'odar Lake, Ind., Jollct, El- Kin, ami all about the country. Near Stephenson declared, "but something1 is going to be And that settled it. Mr. Stephenson believes the City Health department will suggest a way to rid Av alon park of its annual wave of pests and so has promised quick action. In the meantime, officials of the health department advised the SOUTH- TOWN ECONOMIST to refer the matter to the Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medicines. So now the executives of that insti- tute are going to inform the asso- ciation as to what means to take- ia preventing the potential breeding of mosquitoes and in all probability Ava- lon park's residents will walk the community thoroughfares this summer in perfect comfort. MARLOWE THEATER'S FLOOD BENEFIT SHOW DRAWS HUGE CROWDS Management Turns Over All Pro- ceeds to WBCN Fund for Mississippi Victims Four hundred and twenty dollars tvas added to the WBCN flood relief fund today by the management of the Marlowe theater, 63rd st. and Stewart ave., as the proceeds of a benefit mo- tion picture and vaudeville perform- ance presented in their showhouse Tuesday night. All admissions were turned aver to the fund by John Milton, owner of theater, and Charles LaBrasti, manager. The Marlowe was crowded with, Southtovvners at both tliovvs pre- niu UN ri'lniK was struc-k bv a tavn tit nt i-t and St. Lawrence av< lite Tucsiluv night MEETS ATTEMPTS TO FLEE; SHOT Mlchnol avo was shot rulv S'ttuidiv moining when he robbrr In thfi hallway of his homo. The robber models -'2 Infhos IOIIT tliat are the last woiil in inrf lisinu nl handicraft." 600 Boys Learn to Swim Another gioat work that is being dono lor tho di'Volopment of boys in is tho uoik of tho Young Men s ChriMi 111 i.itions which act as a clearing houss botwopn the s< lio-ils ami tho chuichos. Last wook in tho "I.oarn to Contest" sjioiinoiod hy the Knglowood! Y. M. C. A. hoi s acooi ding to G Kovvin, ch.iinnan of tho voca- tion.'il guidnnco committee. o aie now org mixing :i rlflo rlub for tho said Mr. How en, "and wo to havo tnigot practice i 1'iba of boj who build model aero- lil.inos, and lo ilher and aitcraft fo the IMIJS who not caro for the Mutinous Is. Then vvr- havo tho IH-Y clubs in all tho hipii s rreat applause. Advertis- ing for the perfoimance was arranged by Lldw.iid operator of a, caliopc tiudc. The Marlowe theater has been un- der the management of Mr. Milton nnd Mr. LaBra.sh for a year and a, half. Recent contributions to the fund be- ing iscd by for the flood- (Continued on page 10) 1 police in the district. escaped. I The publicity committee headed bv storing the hall about 'JI talks to the enllro under the Volbort, are planning a booster parado a m.. roao'.iod iho first landing of the of f-lnl." on 71st st. for futuro. and j stairs whon a man stopped f i n Tells of Prevocational worK plan" boinjr in.ido for a dark rtoorwpy and ordorod him lo I'IHI i i "f )ul> in ni. to be given in hold up AU i c i mined and spod Uown the IIP not i S'li on oduoa- n woman __ If You Are Moving Be sure the Southtown Economist is delivered weekly to your new address. You need not miss one copy of your paper if you send this coupon now! Southtown Economist, 728 W. 65th Street, Circulation Dept. Gentlemen: I contemplate moving on the-------.----------day of ____________and wish to have tha Southtown Economist delivered to my new address. Old Address------------------------------ New Address. 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