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Benedictine Sisters of Chicago (OSB) The Benedictine Sisters first came to America from Eichstatt, Germany in 1851, and in 1861 three sisters came to Chicago to teach German-speaking children. They established St. Joseph’s Convent and School at Chicago and Wabash. In 1871, after the Great Chicago Fire, they chartered a new school, Saints Benedict and […]

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by Colleen Taylor Sen The order, Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM), was founded in 1831 by five women in Dublin, Ireland, led by Mary Frances Clarke. They originally immigrated to Philadelphia, moving in 1843 to Dubuque, Iowa, which remains their headquarters to this day. Committed to education, especially of girls, they […]

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by Hank Morris Schools: West Ridge: George Buchanan Armstrong School of International Studies 2110 W. Greenleaf Ave., Chicago, IL 60645 George Buchanan Armstrong (1822-1871): developed railway postal service. Armstrong was born in Ireland and moved to Chicago in 1854. He became the Assistant Postmaster and helped to develop a railway postal service. Armstrong was appointed […]

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Robert W. “Little Bob” Figg (1872-1926) Crossed baseball bats adorn the top of his headstone with a baseball farther down. The lettering reads: “Figg, Robert W. 1872-1926. Our friend, your friend, everybody’s friend, ‘Little Bob Figg.’ This memorial subscribed to by his many friends and baseball fans.” Figg earned his nickname “Little Bob, or Little […]

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