George Peter Alexander Healy

Rogers Park’s First Lifeguards

by Chris Serb Rogers Park’s first lifeguard crew arrived at Touhy and the lake, the site of today’s Leone Beach, in 1906. At the time, the United States Life-Saving Service already housed a crew of student-volunteers at Northwestern University. The Northwestern crew was one of the service’s best, winning the Gold Lifesaving Medal for the

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The Rogers Park Women’s Club

  The Rogers Park Woman’s Club (RPWC) was founded in the Fall of 1891 at the home of Mrs. E.D. Coxe with an initial membership of ten. In later years, at its height, there were 900 members. At its inception, the Club was mainly literary. Later, the concerns of the members were devoted to Civics,

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Benedictine Sisters of Chicago

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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Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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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John “Jack” Cudahy

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

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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Edward A. Sharp, Sr.

Edward A. Sharp, Sr., (1860-1952) was the first Clerk of the Village of Rogers Park, which was incorporated in April, 1878. The boundaries of the Village were Devon Avenue to the south, Ridge Avenue on the West, Rogers Avenue on the north and the Lake on the east. His service contributed greatly to the development

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Edward Hines

Edward Hines (1863-1931), the founder of Edward Hines Lumber Co., was born in Buffalo, NY, the only son of an Irish immigrant family of seven children. When he was two years old, his family moved to the Chicago area. From the age of 14 he worked in the lumber industry. In 1892, at the age

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Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna

Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna (1858-1946) was born in a shack at Polk and Sholto Streets and left school at the age of 10 to sell newspapers. According to legend, Chicago Tribune publisher and 26th Mayor of Chicago, Joseph Medill (1823-1899), gave him his nickname because of his short stature. He later owned saloons and a

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George Peter Alexander Healy

by Colleen Taylor Sen George Peter Alexander Healy (1813-1884) was one of the most prominent and sought-after portrait painters of his day, Healy was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He lived in Chicago from 1855 through 1869 and again from 1892 until his death. Among his notable portraitures are “Webster’s Reply to Hayne,” done in 1851,

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