Southeast Economist (Newspaper) - November 30, 1939, Chicago, Illinois
MT. CARMEL'S ACES READY FOR ACTION Photo "BRING ON IS CARMEL'S WAR-CRY. Expected to be one of the big guns in'his team's offensive against Fenger Saturday in the city title game at Soldier field Saturday is Capt. Johnny Andretich, one of the Carmelite touchdown twins. Shown above carrying the ball, the Mt. Carmel leader has been largely responsible for his team's success so far this season. Tom Creevy, quarterback and defensive ace, Whose main offensive duty is blocking for Andretich and his running mate, Frank Meakim, is also pictured here. o u the TOTIin Today's Puzzler (Answer elsewhere in this column.) Professor Smith was rather pro- voked at the stupidity of his class. "The trouble with you young peo- he said, "is that you are too prone to accept the obvious with- out attempting to flnd hidden meanings that may lay behind simple things. I'm going to give you one more chance. You have exactly 60 seconds to write the an- swer to this problem on a piece of paper and hand it in. Here's the problem: There are 24 ears of corn in a hollow stump. How long will it take a rabbit to carry them all out If he takes out three ears a How would you answer this problem? Close Call When South sider John Rafferty was playing in "Macbeth" with a group of Irish Shakespearean actors in Budapest this Summer, a bomb exploded inside a bass drum in the death scene and he narrowly es- caped serious injury. And Jo- seph Flott, member of Square post, American Legion, and recently re- turned from Germany, says that his pet peeve had to do with black- outs that made it even more diffi- cult for him to find his way around a strange town. Another South sider has answered the lure of the klieg lights. This time it's Rita Roper, talented daughter of the Robert Ropers, who left for Holly- wood last week to take part in a new Jack Benny picture. Ether Waves Mrs. Guy Lockwood of Euclid ave. was feeling quite lonesome for her husband who was on a business trip to New York. To pass the time she turned on Kay Kyser's "Kollege cf M-jsical Knowledge." You can imagine her pleasure when one of the "students" of the evening turned out to be Mr. Lockwood. In- cidentally, he won second prize__ Which leads us to the conclusion that the Southeast side is becoming well-represented on the air. On a recent program we heard one or- chestra salute Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Stern of Jeffery ave. on the occa- sion of their first wedding anni- versary just after they had played "Stay as Sweet as You Are" for Virginia Lee Thomas of Ellis ave. on her 16th birthday. The Winnah! C-ail Grassick of Ellis ave. entered a contest in which the person who sold the most subscriptions to a cer- tain magazine was to win a valua- ble prize. She turned in her sub- scriptions and forgot all about the contest. until recently when she was notified that she had won first place. The valuable prize? A formal dinner at the Drake hotel with the editors of the magazine. With 50 couples competing. Richard Mul- lins of Vernon ave. and his partner, Lois Luebker of the West side, were one of the six couples to win prizes in one of the weekly swing contests in the Panther room recently. The music was provided by that ace swingster, Gene Krupa and his or- chestra. Gene, in case you don't know, is also a 'Southeast side product. Did You That it takes "yards of linen thread to train the plants with their blossoms at the park district's annual "mum" show now being held in the Garfield and Lincoln park observatories? A new and growing fad at Wilson Junior college is "spooning." No, it's not love-making, but merely the art of wearing bracelets made by bending a teaspoon around the wrist. Something new in a dog's Winter wardrobe was spotted on E. 68th st. the other day. The pooch and his mistress both were clad in green and brown plaid coats of the same material with patch pockets. Helen Arnold of Ridgeland ave. is the envy of her many friends when she appears every morning wearing a fresh corsage of baby "mums" picked from her own gar- den. 9 Paging John Smith Social security workers have un- earthed the fact that there are John Smiths in the United States, which means there are enough to populate the cities of Flint, Mich., and Dayton, O. Prof. John Baker, director of the Intercity Gospel choir which has several appearances on the South side, was once a pitcher for the St. Louis Browns baseball team. The answer to the puzzler is: Twenty-four days. Don't forget the rabbit has two ears on his head which he must carry out each If he carries three ears a day, he can carry only one ear of corn plus his own two ears. CANTATA WILL HAVE PREMIERE HERE Serving Woodlawn, Grand Crossing, Chatham and South Shore VOLUME 4, NUMBER 12 Copyright 1939, Southeast Economist All Right! Resened SOUTHEAST CHICAGO, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1939 S Pagei Today GOOD MORNING! ON TODAY'S INSIDE PAGES Friends of South Shore Scouting to Attend Annual Meeting, page 2. Mt. Carmel Alumni Will Hold Annual Dinner, Reunion, page 3. Hirsch High School Will Stage Three-Day Music Festival Next Week, page 3. HOLD MAN, 71, IN WIFE'S DEATH FANS WILL SEE FENQER-CARMEL CLASH South Side Teams in Grid Final Vleet in Soldier Field Satur- day for All-City Honors in Annual Prep Foot- ball Classic. Additional Community Sports News on Page 8. Strange Duet Nearly every evening Keith Berk- son of E. 74th st. and Arnie Liber- man of Ridgeland ave. get together on the telephone and play trumpet and saxophone duets. Their parents are threatening to make them pay the phone bills and other parties on the line who want to use their phones are threatening them with more dire fates. Corinne Lager of Kingston ave. has a hobby that should endear her to a prospective husband. She models old felt hats into completely new 1940 chapeaux and her friends say that they are better looking than the originals were when they were new. Today's Idle Thought There are only two kinds of women. Those who wish they had a complete new Fall outfit and those who wish they could afford a bet- ter one. British Expert on Housing Cites Need for Open Areas Centers of dense population must be eliminated as the most important step in intelligent city planning, Sir Raymond Unwm, guest lecturer at the school of architecture in Col- umbia university, told a meeting of the Metropolitan Housing council, the Illinois Scrciety of Architects and the American Society of Plan- ning Officials at a luncheon in the Hotel Sherman last Friday. Sir Raymond, who is known as the foremost exponent- of English town-planning Ideals and who has laid out the English garden cities of and Hampstead Gar- den, directed his remarks on city planning to tne problems lacing Chicago. He said the "over-use of land" in large areas of the city is its gravest problem. Referring to these areas of dense population. Sir Raymond said the population should spread out to the extent that open space, gardens, parks and playgrounds are available to every family. "Once population density is he said, "then the prob- lem can be readily attacked and a clearer picture of what to do about blighted are the cen- ters of the densest emerge." Such a Ftudy of land (Continued on Page 7) Fenger vs. Mt. Carmel with Grif- fin vs. Meakim and Andretich! Saturday- at p.m. these two South side teams will meet for the econd consecutive year in Mayor elly's anmial Christmas Fund game hat decides the All-City prep foot- !all championship. Already more than tickets have been sold for the city's biggest prep classic and, barring inter- erence by Old Man Weather, the hrong that invades Soldier field hould be well over that number. Both Elevens Beady. Both teams are ready. Fenger had .n easy, time of it last Saturday, defeating Schurz by the lop-sided core of 47-0. Mt. Carmel has not dayed since a week ago Saturday nd will be well-rested for the fra- as. Only one player on the Carmel quad, "Babe" Coughlan, reserve guard who has been nursing a bro- ;en wrist, will not see action. Mt. Carmel wants After .aving been defeated in last year's Mayor Bowl" finale, Coach Wally Fromhart and his gridders planned lis season's campaign with but one efinite get another crack t Fenger. lWhen they defeated St. gnatius for the Catholic league itle, the Carmelites had carried out heir part in the campaign for re- enge. Fenger set the stage for the nal step by dumping Schurz, and ome Saturday, the scene will be et for a real grudge battle. Northwesternt-N.D. Feud? Even the coaches are guilty of omething more than strong feeling. iVally Fromhart hails from old Totre Dame while Chuck Palmer as once an iron man in North- western's line. Few collegiate con- ests are fought more bitterly than Vildcat-Irish meetings and it is probable that each of the two men- tors is anxious to show their col- legiate training to advantage in the preps they coach. Don Griffin's one-man show staged last Saturday when he per- sonally scored three touchdowns and passed for another to lead his team in its crushing victory for the Pub- lic School title, marks him as the big gun in Fenger's offensive. But there, are other men to watch, notably Joe Kredens, who scored twice against Schurz. Henry Steven- son, who is the best punter on the squad, and powerhouse Ray Florek, a jolting fullback who scored more points than did Griffin during the South section schedule. Fenger, in addition to showing tremendous of- fensive power in rolling up 284 (Continued on Page 7) JUNIOR CHAMBER TO AID BOYS' CLUB Meet Tomorrow to Plan Partici- pation in Fund Drive Woodlawn's Junior Chamber of Commerce will hold a special meet- ing tomorrow night to complete final plans for assisting in the Wood- lawn Boys' club campaign to raise Dinner will be served at 6 o'clock in the Hayes hotel. 64th st. and University ave, and the meet- ing will start at 7 o'clock in the South East National bank building, 1180 E. 63rd st. According to Henry J. Beutel, president of the organization, mem- bers of the junior chamber already have pledged to sell one sub- scription each week in order to do their part towards giving the boys of the community a place in which to play. H. C. Marmaduke, manager of the Employes Suggestion system, will be the guest speaker at the meeting. His topic will be "Educational Pro- motion for Young Men in a Com- munity." Clarence A. Beutel, president of the South East National bank, is chairman of the hoys' club fund campaign that was launched last week to provide a new home for the Woodlawn Boys' club now located on the second floor of the Woodlawn police station, 6344 Harper ave. Second Phase of Work on Filter Plant to Start Photo NEXT WEEK IS SET FOR BEGINNING OF CONSTRUCTION ON SUBSTRUCTURE OF SOUTH SIDE'S FILTRATION PLANT. Shown here is the new land created for the site of the filtration plant by pumping the water out -of the confines of the huge coffer dam erected between 78th and 79th sts. and the lake front. The substructure of the plant will be constructed at a cost of more than The coffer dam, recently completed, is feet long by feet wide and encloses an area of 38 acres. Neatly gallons of water were pumped out by electric centrifugal pumps in the amazing time of six days. The pump- ing had been expected to take between 10 days to two weeks. Cantata to Have World Premiere On South Side Director of Park Manor Church Collaborates in Composition. The South side will be the scene of the world premiere of a new musical work, in the composition of which a youthful South sider collaborated, when the cantata, "The Shepherd's is given its first per- formance in the Park Manor Con- xegational church, 7000 South Park ave. Four choirs will be used in the candlelighted presentation of this new publication in the field of choral literature the evening of Decem- ber 19. Collaborators. The cantata was written by Mor- ten J. Luvaas, one of the leading choral directors in the East, and Everett Hendricks, 7200 Evans ave.. 27-year-old director of music of the Park Manor church. Leading choral directors and mu- sic critics are expected to attend the premiere of the cantata, based on the traditional Bible story of the shepherds and their journey to Beth- lehem when Christ was born. Nearly Destroyed. Mr. Luvaas and Mr. Hendricks were commissioned to compose the cantata by the publishing firm of C. Birchard of Boston. Com- pleted more than a year ago, the manusciipt was partially deslroyed (Continued on Page 7) Mrs. H. B. Loomis, Wife of Former Principal, Dies Death came Monday to Mrs. Hiram B. Loomis, 6119 Rockwell St.. wife of ;he former principal of Hyde Park high school. She was 78 years old. Mrs. Loomis had been ill several fears and bedridden the last two and a half months. Burial will be in Bridgeport, Conn., where the body was sent Tuesday night. The couple's three sons and two daughters who attended funeral services Tuesday afternoon in the chapel at 63rd st. and Harvard ave. were Hiram K. Loomis, 9037 May St., a teacher in Harrison high school; Clayton B. Loomis of North Chi- cago; Eustis H. Loomis of Bothell. Wash.; Mrs. Emily F. Shewhart of Atwood, 111., and Mrs Agnes B. Thompson of Gurnee, III. Mrs. Loomis was a native of East Bridgeport, Conn. She was the for- mer Carrie Kingman. As a young girl she studied with the Students' Art league in New York, but came West after her marriage to Mr. Loo- mis. Boy Drowns at Filtration Plant Site; Work Qoes On FALLS INTO POOL. Completing the cycle of misfor- superstition has it, always travel in accident at the site of the new filtration plant on the lake front last week cost the lile of James Purcell, 16 years old, 7531 Coles ave., by drowning. The youth's death, which occurred Thanksgiving day and brought tragedy into a family iust a few hours before it was about to gather around a festive table to give thanks for the year's bounty, was the third mishap to occur in connection with the construction of the filtration plant. Earlier this Fall six men were injured, two seriously, in an ex- plosion in one of the shafts being sunk to build tunnels to the plant and four days later five men were overcome by dynamite fumes in the same shaft. No deaths ensued from either accident. Brothers Witness Fall. Young Purcell was di owned when he stumbled over a rock and foil into a pool of water from which workmen had dug the sand. The accident took place at 77th st and the Lake where the boy had been playing with his two younger broth- ers, Thoma.s, 11 years old, and Rob- ert, seven years old. The younger boys ran for help and enlisted the aid of of Robert Couvert, 3534 Fulton st, who had (Continued on Page 7) COFFER DAM COMPLETED. With the completion of the mil- lion-dollar coffer dam between 78th and 79 Ih sts. and the Lake marking the end of the first phase of con- struction in the South side's water filtration project, work will begin next week on the .second of the sub- structure of the filtration plant proper. To be built at a cost of the plant's substructure will be lo- cated withm the confines of the huge rectangular coffer dam which encloses a section 1 600 feet long by feet wide. The gal- lons of water within the dam was pumped out with huge electric cen- tiifugal pumps, leaving approximate- ly 38 acie.s of lake bottom exposed Tins new land will be the .site of the filtration plant. Pumped Out in Six Days. According to Loran Gayton, engineer, tne pumping operation con.sumed only .six day.s, being prac- tically completed two day.s before Thanksgiving It had been expected caiher that from 10 day.s to two weeks would be necessary for com- pleting this work. The company of Michael Pon- tarelh and SOILS was awaided the contract for con.sluictmg the sub- structure of the filter plant The filler plant will be built in two sections. In the east section (Continued on Page li Announce Rental Schedule For 'Apartment Village' Eagerly awaited by residents of the Southeast side, the first public announcement of the rental figures that will prevail in the huge Chath- am Paik apartment house develop- ment at 83rd st. and Collage Grove ave. was made last week. According lo Ihe firm of C. Wal- lace Johnson. Inc., which has been chosen to manage the "apartment the rent scale will be based on an average of per room per month, a level that ranges from per room to per room less than those prevailing in the other large apartment projects which were com- pleted in 1939.- Schedule Approved. The breakdown of the Chatham Park rent schedule, which has been approved by both the owners of the property and the Federal Housing administration in Washington, which insured the loan to make the construction possible, shows that 105 three-room units are to be rented at figures ranging from to There also will be 76 three- and-onp-half room apartments scalpel fiom lo 123 four- loom units with two bedioom.s each renting at from lo 78 four-room units with dining rooms, renting at 50 to and 12 five- loom apartments' scheduled at Rental Figures. "In addition to the above figures." Mr. Johnson said, "there will be 160 five-room duplex houses. Thi.s type of rentable home, which is familiar to the East and South, but which has never been utilized on a large scale in the Middle-West, will provide a large living loom, a dining room and an all-electrical kitchen on the first floor, plus two master bedrooms and a bath upstaiis There will be four units in each gioup of duplex houses and they will rent from to 50 per month." The Robert G. Regan Construction company, which is building Chatham Park, has announced that 43 build- ings, containing 330 apartments and homes, will be ready for occupancy by April 1. Town Hall Will Seek to Discover Country's Need South Shore Junior Cham- ber Schedules Series of Forums. A good five-cent cigar is no longer America's greatest need, according to the South Shore Junior Chamber of Commerce. To find out what America does need most, the junior chamber will pose that que.slion at Ihe first in a series of Town Hall meetings lo be conducted throughout the Win- ler months. The first Town Hall of the current season will be held Sunday, December 10, at 3 p m in the Caravel club, 7519 Yate.s ave. Annual Project. The Town Hall .series is an an- nual project of the junior chamber. La.st year it wa.s held .successfully in the Southmoor hotel Three meet- ings have been scheduled for thi.s Winter, with more in prospect should community interest warrant them The Town Hall meetings will be conducled on Ihe time-honoied ba.si.s for .such events. Outstanding .speak- ers will be inviled to open the dis- cussion, after which members of Ihe audience will be given an op- portunity lo expiess their views on Ihe lopic for Ihe day In Charge of Programs. In charge of Ihe programs are Charles P. McNichola.s, 1740 E 73id st, Town Hall chanman; Fiank T. Lindman. 7650 Sagmaw ave presi- dent of the chamber, and A Lee Biadburn. 7609 Yate.s secielaiy Mr. McNicholas .said jesterday that the Town Hall piograms had been designed to answer a com- munity need for such an activity. Schnackenberg Denies He Will Announce Candidacy .Rumors that Stale Representative Elmer J. Schnacgenbeig would an- nounce his candidacy for the Re- publican nomination for governor of Illinois at the testimonial dinnei being given him lonighl by Ihe 7th Ward Young Republican club were denied yesterday by Mr. Schnacken- berg as well as by the committee in charge. The dinner will be held at 7 o'clock in Ihe South Side Swedish club, 7330 Ridgeland ave. No more reserva- tions are available as the dinner is a complete sell-out, according to Nicholas J. Bohling, Jr., president of the club, and Saul Epton, general chairman. Faces Grand Jury Action In Shooting Retired Business Man Tells of Domestic Quarrels That Led up to Tragedy at Inquest. As the f aftermath to years Of domestic altercation, Wilson J. Fish, 71 years old, 6140 St. Lawrence ave., a retired and respected business man, was In the County jail yester- day awaiting grand jury action in the death of his wife, Elizabeth, 69 years old, whom he shot and killed Monday evening after a violent quarrel. That he didn't intend to kill her was the story the elderly man told Assistant Stale's Attorney Charles McNamara after the inquest held Tuesday morning in the Woodlawn hospital where Mrs. Fish died a half-hour after the shooting. Testifies at Inquest. The entire jtory of the tragedy was told by Fish at the inquest at which the coroner's jury recom- mended that he be held to the grand jury for murder. About o'clock Monday eve- he said, Mrs. Fish went up- stairs to the apaitment of her sis- ter, Mrs. Emma Kilian, 73 years old, where the shooting occurred. A few minutes later, according to his story, he joined her there after first pocketing a gun which he claimed he meant to use only to frighten his wife. Fires Two Shots. An argument ensued, in the course of which he fired two shots, one of which struck his wife in the head. The second shot pierced Mrs. Kil- ian's hand when she grabbed the gun. Fish then called the Woodlawn police and told the officers, "I shot them when the latter ar- rived All three were rushed to the Woodlawn hospital where Mrs. Fish died shortly after. "I was nagged every minute I was in the Fish told the coroner's jury. "The day of the shooting it started early in the morning and kept up all day long. Everything I did was wrong." Married 40 Years. Mr. and Mrs. Fish had been mar- ried for more than 40 years. Funeral services will be held for Mrs. Fish tomorrow in the chapel at 6352 Cottage Grove ave. Burial will be in Mt. Greenwood cemetery. Surviving her are two daughters, Mrs-. Harvey Larson of South Bend, Ind and Mrs. Howard Hershberger of Evanslon. CALL WARD MEET FOR MANAGER PLAN Petition for State-Wide Referen- dum to Be Launched Wyllys T. Miller, 8th ward chair- man in the field organization of the Chicago City Manager .commit- tee, has scheduled an open meeting for tomonow at p.m. in his Office, 443 E 79th st. Plans will be formulated to launch the Slit 'Aaid division of the state- wide petition for a public policy refeiendum on the city manager plan. Thiough the referendum, ac- cording to Mr. Miller, the voters will be given an opportunity to deliver a mandate lo Ihe legislature to pass city manager enabling legislation. This legislation, he said, will per- mit Chicago and other Illinois cites to .adopt the city manager plan if they choose to do so. Petitions will be distributed at tomorrow's meeting to all volunteers. Interested residents of the ward are invitPd to attend. South Shore Community Council to Meet Today Today at noon the South Shore Community council will hold its No- vember meeting in the South Shore View hotel, 7100 South Shore dr. The council's reorganized consti- tution and by-laws will be submitted to the delegates for their approval. Stephen V. Ronksley, 7915 Ex- change ave., president, will conduct the meeting.