Phelps, Harlow William
Harlow William Phelps was born in New York and worked as a salesman.
Phelps served as a Trustee on the Rogers Park Village Board in 1888.
During the Transfer War of 1902, Rogers Parker Harlow William Phelps (1843-1919), 743 Touhy in the 1895 Chicago Blue Book, page 298, (now 1733 W. Touhy Avenue), devised a plan by which he hoped that the Chicago Union Traction Company (CUT) could be forced to honor the ruling by Superior Court Judge Farlin Quigley Ball (1838-1917) which said that, the Five-Cent Fare Law of 1897 was still valid. This law said that a traction company could not charge any additional fare for travel within the city limits of Chicago, regardless of where the trip began or ended.
Phelps' plan was to print up slips of paper which stated that per Judge Ball’s decision, passengers could ride from one end of the city to another for a single fare. And, because the city limit is Howard Avenue (later Howard Street), not Graceland Avenue (now Irving Park Road, as the CUT tried to imply), passengers getting on between Howard Avenue and the Devon Avenue Carbarn were entitled to a transfer to a car headed downtown; also passengers from downtown could ride to Howard Avenue for one fare.
Mr. Harlow W. Phelps was the leader of the Universal Transfer Alliance, the group that organized the protest against the payment of an additional fare to the Chicago North Shore Street Railway Company in order to ride that company's streetcars.
See: Home Made Transfer War.
Member of the Rogers Park Village Board in the 1890s.