The Cabbageheads

The Old Drug Store Bicycle

by Bob Goldsmith, R.P. Cars driving northward along Ridge Boulevard, enroute to Evanston and the North Shore were accustomed to seeing the old delivery bike with the large basket and the small front wheel. It had “always” been chained to the lamp post, next to the mailbox, in front of the corner drug store at Howard

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Cutting the Line

by Hank Morris At midnight of Tuesday December 27, 1910 the direct track connection between the Chicago Evanston Avenue (now Broadway) line and the Evanston Chicago Avenue (in Chicago known as Clark Street) line was cut at Clark and Howard without any notice, in an event called “cutting the line.” The company failed to inform

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Have you paid your Wheel Tax?

by Hank Morris Wheel Tax? Yup! Wheel Tax! What’s a wheel tax? Back in 1895, 12th Ward Republican Alderman Conrad Kahler prepared an ordinance providing for a “wheel and tire tax” on vehicles of every description used in the city—including bicycles. (He got away with including bikes because he claimed that presumably there were a

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Chicago Bungalows in Rogers Park & West Ridge

by Hank Morris The majority of Chicago Bungalows were built between 1910 and 1940. They were typically constructed from brick (sometimes in decorative patterns) and had one and a half stories. It’s been said that, at one point, nearly a third of the houses in the Chicago area were bungalows. Like many other local homes,

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The Cabbageheads

by Hank Morris Confusion existed (and apparently still exists) about the location of the western boundary of Rogers Park. The original plat marked the boundary line at Ridge Avenue. And, Ridge Avenue was the western boundary on Monday, April 29, 1878, when the Village of Rogers Park was chartered by the State of Illinois. Note,

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