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Chicago South End Reporter (Newspaper) - April 21, 1974, Chicago, Illinois Measuring the growth of Pullman o see Story below serving the Community for 78 years South end reporter vol. 41 no. 4k ii i i Iii Iii in i a ii la a in it i i Ltd ii a a sunday april 21, 1974 delivered to your door every wednesday and sunday acc per d d month newsstand copy 20t Call 764 7373 for wont ads so Iii Al in Ltd Iii the Park a touch of Spring and Brothers Chuck and Lenny Maes of 7632 s. Winchester ave., decide to stroll in Marquette Park. Brothers found Spring air raw and biting and returned Home to hot chocolate. Photo by Larry Ruehl. Ill do my bests new commander welcomes challenge9 vows to give 100% by Tom Gradowski i m going to try to improve the situation a has been heard time and time aniline running the Gamut of polities to civil positions from any new appointee. But never has it been said with such conviction. T he above q u o t e could b e paraphrased from every newly elected official in the history of politics. But wednesday it belonged to commander Eugene Cassidy newly appointed head of the Kensington police District. Cmdr. Cassidy never expected the assignment but rather was thrown into it at recent command of Chicago police supt. James Rockford. Supt. Rockford in a recent press conference shifted More than so officers on the Force promoting demoting and laterally transferring commands. Cassidy replaced former cmdr. Thomas Downs in the event called a the biggest shakeup in Chicago police Rockford called the change a Only the beginning in a recent statement from his office. Cmdr. Cassidy told the reporter that the change a will bring respect Back to the police a everyone will give too per Cassidy said a and try to alleviate any bad situations that occurred in the cmdr. Cassidy feels that he a just the Man to do it too. With 29 years of police experience backing up his determination and drive he has already started plans for the future. Investigations will soon de underway to Stop police brutality corruption and to lower the crime rate although cmdr. Cassidy needs a few Days to catch up on the piles of paper covering his desk and office. With almost 380 officers under his supervision. Cmdr. Cassidy says he will take whatever action necessary to insure supt. Rockford that he made a Wise Choice in appointing the new commander to the 5th. A i consider it a Challenge a cmdr. Cassidy told the reporter a because i Don t yet know what the meat of the problem is. But ill do what i can. There a a lot of work to be Eugene r. Cassidy Eugene Cassidy started his career on the Force in 1945, one year after his release from the army where he served As a sergeant stationed in both Kansas and Louisiana. During his Early years he drove trucks including a driving position with the Bureau of streets and sanitation. On March 22. 1945, he was appointed temporary patrolman in the old Hyde Park 6th District. Since then. Cmdr. Cassidy has served As a detective in the narcotics division at Lith and state worked the Confidence detail traffic Bon Ding youth and most recently was director of general support division cmdr. Cassidy went from a temporary patrolman rank to sergeant lieutenant and Captain until his recent appointment at the 5th District As commander. But most of All cmdr. Cassidy wants to let supt. Rochford feel at ease in his recent appointment. A the superintendent did what he had to do a cmdr. Cassidy told the reporter a and 1 11 do my what More can anyone ask 11 per cent jump in area crime an increase of nearly la per cent Over last year s crime figures to Date Marks the recent police crime Index for the Kensington District 5 station. Also noted in the Index report was a 12 per cent increase in this area Over the last crime period february. Crimes however decreased in general Over the last crime period on a City wide basis. Chicago police supt. James Roc a Ford pointed out that there had been a greater Public awareness and intolerance of crime during the past several months which he says is a Factor in the decreased City crime rate. In addition the news Media has supported police efforts and has made the Public More aware of crimes supt. Rochford added. Crime decrease for the third crime Index period match was noted in nine of the 21 City districts. Rochford also noted that handguns accounted for 63 per cent of All homicides reported last year. Firearm legislation will not by itself cure this malaise. Rochford said. However without the easy availability of handguns he noted Many Domestic or a Friendly arguments would not result in murder. A no unauthorized person should have the right to carry a concealed weapon in Public a Rochford added. A concealed weapons Are a constant threat to everyone in the Community. Unless this threat is removed the growing terror of crime on the streets will increase. Supt. Rochford urged All citizens to write their congressmen demanding strict enforcement and Moreman were sold in a most unique Way each chapter was broken Down into four or five parts and each sold separately in pamphlet form thus a Complete novel filled As Many As 150 to 200 continued on Page 3 soap mops taken in clean sweep two area schools suffered recent losses in burglary attempts last weekend. The Langston Hughes school 226 Vav. 104th st., reported a burglary monday that apparently took place Over the weekend. Engineer Marco Maggie called police to the scene when he returned for work after the easter Holiday. Ile told police that a rear first floor window had been broken sometime Over the weekend and reported a list of missing items. Missing from the Hughes school were one Olivetti typewriter one Box of hand soap two cases of Light bulbs one Case of toilet paper six mop handles and six dust mops. Police have no clues to the burglary. Early saturday a burglary was reported at the John Whistler elementary school 11533 s. Ada by Robert Sims Engineer. Sims told police that he found a note dated saturday april 13 from watchman Thomas Gearring who stated when he reported to work that the school was burglarized. Missing from the school were time cards a set of keys Quot and a clock radio from the school psychiatrists office. Police found no evidence of forced entry and have no leads at this time to the burglary. Monday night police answered a Call to an assault at 119th and Lasalle. The victim Kinzer Hicks 21, of 11931 Lasalle told police that an unknown male ran up to him calling him by his nickname a Light Ninga. Hicks was then stabbed in the upper right Back and was taken to Roseland Community Hospital. Hicks told police that he did not know the alleged offender. Lamers in i in outside the Chicago police department is holding its annual recognition ceremony on May 12 at the Arle Crown theatre. Highlighting the program will be entertainment awards and presentations. Last years program featured the talented recording and nightclub Star Della Reese. This years entertainment has not yet been announced. The program starts at 7 30 p.m., monday May 13. Admission is free but tickets must be picked up in Advance at the Chicago police department. The Kensington District department will be handing out tickets in the neighbourhood relations office on the second floor 115th and Indiana Avenue. A a a a a a a a a a a a a major Dick Haynes of the Illinois National guard will be the featured speaker at the april 23rd meeting of the Roseland Lions club. Major Haynes topic will be a the situation in America today. Election of officers for the coming year will also be held at this meeting. Those nominated Are George Krai president Chester Kosinski. 1st vice president John Kandl 2nd vice president Paul Nicola 3rd vice president korean Movsisian Secretary John Kandl treasurer Sam flocking Tail twister Anthony Man Zardo lion Tamer and Harold Schmid and Ted Jostes counsellors. Pullmans made to measure by Mario Manzardo author historian Frank Breganza could have been described As roly poly Short and rotund bul not obese. I remember he had Small hands and tiny feet also Blue eyes a full round face and thinning red hair. He wore Gold rimmed glasses while Reading or writing. Head often show up at our Home around supper time and As usual the folks would invite him to sit Down and partake of the Vino and pasta or of the Vino minestrone and boiled beef with horseradish or of Vino and one of the various stews with polenta Corn meal Mush such As veal Chicken or cod fish Baccala or other North italian Veneto dishes. Frank had a glib Tongue and was a great storyteller. The folks enjoyed his company and let him talk on and on in his fluent venetian dialect. We kids got a big bang out of him. His stories generally were about daring do not exactly feats of strength but rather How he outsmarted this or that Crook Over some outlandish Enterprise involving Large sums of Money the details of which were somewhat beyond the understanding of us kids but no matter he always won out in the end much to our Relief As i understood it Frank and his Bride came to America in 1905 and settled in Kensington where their daughter Ida was born in 1907. Exactly what had happened after that was never explained to us kids All we heard was that he either become a widower or was divorced. In the Early 1920�?Ts, Frank and the girl Ida were boarding with a Paesano family on East 115th Street across from the Sherwin Williams Plant. In 1922, Ida grown into a very pretty Young lady was attending Fenger High school at that time temporarily housed in the Curtis school building at 115th Street and state where a few years later some of us kids were also enrolled. Franks first Job in the new world was As a member of a labor gang in the Pullman car shops. As anyone could see he was not Cut out to be a labourer. Short and Small boned As most of our fathers were they were husky compared with Frank. When he could not keep up with the others in the unloading of Box cars and the loading of hand trucks with material for the various departments some in the gang would Razz him Doodna tiredly and poke fun at All his physical attributes. Frank could not take All this so called verbal abuse. He soon quit the shops vowing he would never again suffer such indignities. Thus he became an entrepreneur living on his ability to convince people to buy this or that commodity or service and later becoming the Best known made to measure Man among the italian families of Pullman Kensington and Roseland. One of the first things he tried was Selling subscriptions to italian language daily newspapers. In Progresso was published in new York City and l italia in Chicago. Frank handled both though he preferred to have people buy the local la italia. Its publisher was carrying on a fight to retain his readers in the Chicago area against the encroachment of the dominating Progresso. At that time there were Many immigrant readers of the language press and Frank even got subscribers for the Small italian literary magazines also the italian labor press such Asil Proletario the work Erin Martello the Hammerand la i Accola the Torch and to be fair All around he also took subscriptions for several religious publications. Frank worked out a Deal with Pietro Secchi who ran the italian Book store on front Street to distribute a series of Long turn of the Century victorian style romantic novels by the popular italian authoress Carolina Inver Nizio. These Mew Hall aflame a lir a Lor Roseland Pullman area Hall of Fame officers Chuck Lerose treasurer left and or. Gene Ossello 2nd vice president Center congratulate Ernie Dalle Melle on his election to the Hall of Fame big Rel the a Nooi it in Cut was made at the april meeting

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