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Chicago Trivia Quiz #13–Answers

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1. Which of these things made its debut at the World’s Columbian Exposition?

(C) Ferris wheel

2. The Century of Progress Exposition marked the 100th anniversary of  __________.

(A) the founding of Chicago

3. Which Chicago restaurant celebrated the end of Prohibition by obtaining Liquor License #1?

(D) Berghoff

4. To celebrate the White Sox pennant-clinching in 1959, __________.

(B) the air raid sirens were sounded

5. Where did President-elect Barack Obama deliver his victory speech on Election Night 2008?

(C) Grant Park

Chicago Trivia Quiz #13

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As we celebrate America’s birthday, a quiz on some notable Chicago celebrations—

1. Which of these things made its debut at the World’s Columbian Exposition?

(A) bicycle

(B) roller coaster

(C) Ferris wheel

(D) Chicago-style pizza

2. The Century of Progress Exposition marked the 100th anniversary of  __________.

(A) the founding of Chicago

(B) the founding of the United States

(C) Illinois statehood

(D) the Great Chicago Fire

3. Which Chicago restaurant celebrated the end of Prohibition by obtaining Liquor License #1?

(A) Billy Goat

(B) McCuddy’s

(C) Little Jack’s

(D) Berghoff

4. To celebrate the White Sox pennant-clinching in 1959, __________.

(A) taverns were allowed to stay open all night

(B) the air raid sirens were sounded

(C) public schools were given a vacation during World Series week

(D) CTA gave free rides to anyone wearing a Sox cap

5. Where did President-elect Barack Obama deliver his victory speech on Election Night 2008?

(A) State and Madison

(B) Daley Center Plaza

(C) Grant Park

(D) in front of his home in Kenwood

ANSWERS POSTED AT 5 P.M.

Chicago’s First Mother’s Day (5-9-1909)

Chicago first celebrated Mother’s Day exactly 110 years ago—May 9, 1909.

The American version of Mother’s Day was started by Anna Jarvis, after the death of her own mother in 1905.  To honor all mothers, Jarvis asked people to wear white carnations on the second Sunday in May.  The first observances were held in Grafton, West Virginia, where the late Mrs. Jarvis had been a teacher.

Anna Jarvis

By 1908 Mother’s Day was being celebrated in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and a few other places.  Meanwhile, Jarvis worked to spread the holiday.  She sent pamphlets to women’s clubs in various cities, asking for help.

In Chicago, the Mother’s Day cause was taken up by Sarah Warrell.  On May 4, 1909, the Tribune ran a short interview in which she described the holiday.

Warrell called on ministers, teachers, and charitable institutions to get out the word.  Wearing the white carnation was the first step.  Then people should use the holiday for positive action, to help the aged, the sick, and the needy.  “If everyone in the city would volunteer to do what he could to observe the spirit of Mother’s Day, much happiness would result,” Warrell said.

May 9th came.  Men, women, and children were seen sporting the white carnation.  Some groups, like the YMCA and the Grand Army of the Republic, had enlisted their entire membership.  Pastors mentioned Mother’s Day in sermons, and in Oak Park, the First Presbyterian Church was filled with the symbolic flower.  Carnations were also distributed at various hospitals and orphanages.

With less than a week’s publicity, the first Chicago Mother’s Day was a great success.  During the next few years, the local movement grew.  In 1910 Governor Charles Deneen declared Mother’s Day a state holiday.  Not to be outdone by a Republican, Chicago’s Mayor Carter Harrison Jr. issued his own proclamation in 1911.

The holiday was a likely time to remind Chicagoans of the problems faced by single mothers—“illegal mothers,” as they were then called.  On Mother’s Day 1911, the St. Margaret Relief Society held a special meeting at the La Salle Hotel.  Single moms told their stories to an audience of 200 local club women, asking for help to maintain the “maternity home for dependent women.”

1912 Chicago newspaper ad

 Chicago’s 1912 Mother’s Day was the biggest one yet.  The holiday had become so popular that local florists ran out of carnations.  The Tribune published a special section in which prominent Chicagoans wrote about their mothers.  There was some talk about changing this first Sunday in May to a Parents’ Day—or maybe even having a separate Father’s Day.

Finally, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation officially designating Mother’s Day as a national holiday.  We’ve been celebrating it ever since.

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Chicago Trivia Quiz #12–Answers

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1.  When was Mother’s Day first celebrated in Chicago?

(C) 1909

2.  What did Chicagoans wear to celebrate their mothers on that first Mother’s Day?

(B) white carnation

3. Who was the first recorded woman to become a mother in what is now Chicago?

(D) Suzanne Pelletier (Du Sable’s daughter—gave birth to daughter in 1796)

4. Why is Sophonisba Harrison a prominent Chicago mother?

(D) She was the first wife of a Chicago mayor to be the mother of a Chicago mayor.

(Carter Harrison Sr. and Carter Harrison Jr.) 

5. What is the “Mother Church” of Chicago’s Polish Catholics?

(B) St. Stanislaus Kostka

Chicago Trivia Quiz #12

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A Mother’s Day Chicago Trivia Quiz.  Answers posted at 5 PM!

1.  When was Mother’s Day first celebrated in Chicago?

(A) 1837

(B) 1893

(C) 1909

(D) 1921

2.  What did Chicagoans wear to celebrate their mothers on that first Mother’s Day?

(A) red rose

(B) white carnation

(C) tulip (any color)

(D) ribbon with mother’s name on it

3. Who was the first recorded woman to become a mother in what is now Chicago?

(A) Virginia Dare

(B) Therese Wabash

(C) Catherine DuSable

(D) Suzanne Pelletier

4. Why is Sophonisba Harrison a prominent Chicago mother?

(A) She bore the greatest number of children of any Chicago mother.

(B) She gave birth to triplets during the Great Fire of 1871.

(C) She was the only mother of a U.S. President born in Chicago.

(D) She was the first wife of a Chicago mayor to be the mother of a Chicago mayor.

5. What is the “Mother Church” of Chicago’s Polish Catholics?

(A) Old St. Mary’s

(B) St. Stanislaus Kostka

(C) St. John Cantius

(D) St. Hyacinth