Legendary Locals of Oak Park

Legendary Locals of Oak Park

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Founded in the 1830s by Joseph and Betty Kettlestrings, an intrepid young couple from Yorkshire, England, the small settlement of Oak Park grew slowly until the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Before the ashes had cooled, Oak Park's population boomed as displaced families relocated into the community on the west edge of Chicago. By the turn of the 20th century, this thriving village became a magnet attracting ever-larger numbers of prosperous, progressive people to settle in what many referred to as qthe finest of the streetcar suburbs.q In the 1960s and 1970s, Oak Park became widely recognized for encouraging racial and ethnic diversity. Though best known for such residents as architect Frank Lloyd Wright and novelist Ernest Hemingway, Oak Park also lays claim to scores of others who have shone brightly in the national spotlight, as well as current folks who are passionate, daring, and dynamic. More than 100 noteworthy Oak Parkers-- past and present--are featured in this volume, from writers and restaurateurs to mobsters and movie stars.Richard Sears (l863a€”l9l4) Left fatherless at age I6, future a€œMail-order Kinga€ Richard Sears learned telegraphy to support his ... Soon, repair orders also began pouring in, so he hired a young watch repairman named Alvah Roebuck to become his partner. ... Before long, they were selling everything from freckle cream to opera glasses and from sausage-stuffers to treadIe-powered sewing machines.

Title:Legendary Locals of Oak Park
Author:Douglas Deuchler
Publisher:Arcadia Publishing - 2013


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