The Alderman Helps Out (7-26-1914)

“Constituent service” was the name of the game for 3rd Ward alderman Jacob Lindheimer.  The Chicago Beach Hotel was operating a private beach for guests off 50th Street.  Neighborhood residents wanted access, but the alderman was advised that nothing could be done until the courts rendered a decision.

So Lindheimer paid a visit to the hotel’s manager, and presto!—half of the beach was thrown open to the public.  The episode was just another part of a Chicago alderman’s daily routine, one for the voters to remember when the next election rolled around.


5 Responses to “The Alderman Helps Out (7-26-1914)”

  1. 1 Garry July 26, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Don’t forget, it was Fifth Army HQ for over 20 years after the war, until the Army moved it to Texas, to a fort named after a traitor to the United States!

    • 2 Garry July 26, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      I forgot to add, there are total of ten US Army bases in that traitorous region that are named after traitors!

    • 3 J.R. Schmidt July 29, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      If you’re thinking of Fort Sam Houston, it should be mentioned that Houston was anything but a traitor to the U.S. He vigorously opposed Texas secession in 1861. There’s a chapter in JFK’s Profiles in Courage about it.

      • 4 Garry July 29, 2018 at 6:35 pm

        I’m not thinking of Fort Sam Houston.
        Fifth Army HQ was moved to Fort Hood, outside Killeen Texas. Named after John Bell Hood, a traitorous rebel general who joined the Confederacy despite his home state of Kentucky staying in the Union.
        In addition, there is Fort Polk, Louisiana, named after Confederate Lt. Gen. Leonidas Polk. He was also a minister.
        Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia named after Confederate Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill, whose soldiers killed African-American Union soldiers after surrendering,
        Fort Jackson in South Carolina named after Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson,
        Camp Beauregard, named after Confederate Gen. Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, who ordered the first shots of the Civil War fired at Fort Sumter in South Carolina.
        Fort Benning Georgia named after Confederate Brig. Gen. Henry Benning, who was an advocate of slavery and fierce proponent of secession.
        Fort Bragg in California named after Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg, who was known for having a “quick temper, general irritability, and tendency to wound innocent men with barbs thrown during his frequent fits of anger”, Fort Gordon Georgia named after Confederate Gen. John Brown Gordon. He was elected a US senator in 1872 and is generally considered to have been the head of the KKK in Georgia.
        Fort Lee named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Oddly enough, Lee was opposed to Confederate statues and monuments.
        Fort Pickett named after Confederate Maj. Gen. George Pickett, who hanged 22 captured Union soldiers after hearing they had once been Confederate troops and was investigated for war crimes after the Civil War.
        Fort Rucker, Selma Alabama was named after Confederate Col. Edmund Rucker in 1955.

      • 5 J.R. Schmidt July 29, 2018 at 8:50 pm

        OK–thanks for clarifying.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: