Southeast Historical Society News
Volume XV No. 4
A HAPPY NEW
YEAR TO ALL!!
A Few Words From the President
The last few months have been rather busy for your officers and
Near the end of November I had the privilege
of visiting with Mrs. Ruth Sampson and viewing her family’s Civil War
Of major interest was the diary of John S. Hamilton who had met Abraham
Lincoln in 1863 during his famous address at Gettysburg. Later
Hamilton served with the U.S. Cavalry until June 1865. This
was the great-grandfather of our local East Side Lion, Paul Sampson.
December 1st saw some of your officers
in the East Side Chamber’s Santa Claus Parade. We went in style –
riding in my 1991 Plymouth – no marching in the brisk wind for this
Our museum was open on the first Sunday
December as announced in the October newsletter. Quite a few
visited and were pleased to view our collections. We asked them
pass on the word about our new Sunday hours. A long-time member,
Kathleen Moore, came to pay her past dues and was pleased to converse
our community history.
We thank Prof. Dan Cook of the
of Illinois for furnishing transcripts of some of our oral history
We also thank the Knights of St. Florian
Society No. 44 for their generous gift of $1,000 to our society that
presented to Alex Savastano, our Past President, at their recent
Later in the month, I had the privilege of
meeting Mrs. Gloria Eicki, a long-time resident of the East Side.
As a result of our meeting she showed me some wonderful floral pencil
dated 1885 by a distant relative, Mr. John Wegener. I
to frame and mat them to preserve them for future viewing.
We still are in dire need of someone to
handle and put out our quarterly newsletter – any volunteers?
Finally, have you seen the outstanding new
book, Chicago’s Southeast Side Revisited by our fellow
and officer, scholar and very dedicated South Sider, Rod Sellers?
Happy New Year!
by Joseph A. Mulac
Museum News Items
Dan Radakovich, a long time East
and member of the Southeast Historical Society, recently paid the
a couple of visits. He donated to the Museum several newspaper
which told of his days as a professional baseball player in the New
Yankee farm system. He was drafted by the Yankees before World
II and played for the organization through the 1940's. He was a
rated catcher and during one season he led his team in hitting.
played for the Buffalo Bisons of the International League. Many
the articles make for very interesting reading. They show how the
game of baseball and the times have changed. Come in to the
during the cold months (“The Hot Stove League”) and have some fun
about the local flavor in America’s favorite sport.
We have numerous photos and articles about the great sports teams
on the Southeast Side. We have trophies, team photos, uniforms
more. Do you remember the East Side Maroons, the Sundodgers,
and Joe’s Chiefs, the Bonivirs? Do you have any sports
which can be donated to the Museum or loaned to the Museum for displayt
and duplication? Bring articles in to the Museum on Thursday
1:00 and 4:00 PM. or call 773-721-7948.
by Barney Janecki
Chicago’s Southeast Side
Our second pictorial history has been published and is now
See the announcement about our “Kickoff Event” and the order form
in this newsletter. The book may be purchased at the Museum
regular operating hours. Spread the word about the book to your
and friends and especially to former residents of the area.
Are Your Dues Current?
The Southeast Historical Society is in the process of converting our
list and financial information to computer files. Are your dues
up to date? Annual dues are only $5 and the membership year runs
from March to March. A Life Membership only costs $50 at present
and you will never have to worry about paying dues again. Dues
be paid at the Southeast Historical Museum any Thursday during regular
operating hours (1:00 PM to 4:00 PM) or at the Annual Meeting which
take place at the Southeast Historical Museum in the Calumet Park Field
House on Saturday, March 16, 2002 at 10:00 AM. Our dues are used
to cover the cost of our quarterly newsletter and other mailings.
If you have moved recently please notify Museum personnel of your new
Our Museology class continues to add to the materials available to the
public from Chicago’s Southeast Side. During the first semester,
students have been working on the web site
They have added pages on Bessemer, Russell
Square, Mann, and Trumbull
Parks, taverns and saloons in Hegewisch, the East Side and South
the development of the 106th Street
district, Acme Steel, Jeffrey
Manor, and more. If you have not seen the web site you are in
for a treat and if you haven’t visited the site for a while there is a
lot of new material to see. We continue to receive e-mail from
the country and even from overseas about our web site.
During the second semester the Museology class will be working
on a project entitled “Cultural Institutions on the Southeast
Cultural institutions include churches, schools, ethnic organizations,
and clubs. The project will involve several components including
further development of the web site, a booklet similar to others
published, and a tour for the Cultural Connection Project of the Field
Museum. The tour will take place on May 18 and will be a student
led tour of cultural institutions in the area. The project has
additional funding from the Disney Learning Partnership through a $2000
grant and a $2000 grant from the Oppenheimer Family Foundation.
grants were written by Museology coordinator Rod Sellers.
Recent Museum Acquisitions
The Southeast Historical Museum recently received an amazing set of
photographs of the Southeast Side from an anonymous donor. The
were taken in the late 1930's and during the 1940's and depict the
before much of the post World War II residential development of the
had occurred. Wetlands and undeveloped land can be seen where
schools and parks exist today. The photos were rescued from
a dumpster behind the Chicago Park District Administration Building
was recently demolished. Many thanks to the donor who was aware
the historical value of these materials and saved them for future
Let this also be a lesson to all lovers of community history.
your eyes and ears opened. You never know where you might find
Bowen High School Web Site
The Bowen High School Class of 1968 has a web site which has prompted a
large number of “Bowenites” to reminisce about their school memories
memories of growing up on the Southeast Side. There are sections
on Commercial Avenue, on various businesses in the area, on Jeffrey
and more. The web site may be accessed with the following
There are numerous stories and vignettes which make for very
reading. Rod Sellers has even made contact with some of his
students from the early 1970's in the formative years of his