History Articles

According to the Encyclopedia of Chicago, “In Chicago, the living and the dead have always sought the same space: high and dry land with good transportation.” In the 1830s, the 60-acre City Cemetery and the smaller Catholic Cemetery ran north and south of North Avenue along the Green Bay Ridge in present-day Lincoln Park. In […]

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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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John (Jack) Cudahy (1843-1915) was one of the giants of Chicago’s meat packing industry and a millionaire Board of Trade investor. He won the admiration of the business and financial world for two great achievements. Within three years of his arrival in Chicago in the 1870s, he had accumulated over $1 million. When the “Panic […]

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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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