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    Adolph Luetgert
    Adolph Luetgert came to Chicago from Germany shortly before the Chicago Fire of 1871. A man was found dead in the alley behind Luetgert's saloon and grocery on Clybourn and Webster Avenues, after being warned not to spit on Luetgert's floor (the man's cause of death was found to be choking on a plug of chewing tobacco).

    Two years later, Luetgert's wife died unexpectedly while in confinement awaiting childbirth.

    But worst of all, his second wife went missing, and her wedding ring was found in a rendering vat in the basement of his sausage factory. Luetgert was tried and convicted for the highly-talked about "Boiling Cauldron Murder." He died in Joliet prison.
     
    Albert G. Spalding
    The first regulation baseballs and bats used by professional players were manufactured by Chicago entrepreneur (and former pitcher) Albert G. Spalding.
     
    Allan Pinkerton
    Allan Pinkerton was Chicago's first police detective, and America's first "private eye." Ironically, he'd come to Chicago after fleeing his native Scotland to escape imprisonment.
     
    Andreas von Zirngibl
    Andreas von Zirngibl was born in Russia on March 30, 1797 and was a soldier in the army that fought Napoleon at Waterloo in 1816. He made his way to Chicago, where he had a farm and where he died on Aug. 21, 1855. In his will, he decreed that he be buried on his own land and that his grave be kept sacred, no matter what happened to the land. His grave still stands, surrounded by the rust and rubble of the American Fastener Salvage yard, which sprawls north and east of East 93rd Street and South Ewing Avenue.
     
    Anna Sage
    Anna Sage, the infamous "woman in red," was a Romanian immigrant who identified John Dillenger to FBI agents in exchange for help stemming her deportation. As she and Dillenger left the Biograph theater, he was shot and killed by the agents. The Biorgraph is still (sporadically) in operation, and is located at on Lincoln Ave. just north of Fullerton.
     
    Arnold Schwinn
    In 1895 Arnold Schwinn established his bicycle company, providing vehicles for a country gone mad with "wheeling."

    Chicago's park and boulevard system, with its flat terrain, made cycling practical and instantly popular.

    "Wheelmen" formed bicycling clubs, each with its own colors, and even women took up the fad. Bloomers and divided skirts liberated them from tightly-laced Victorian clothing.

    Unfortunately, for all the good it did, Schwinn's company also ushered in the crime of "bicycle theft," which resulted in a thriving black market business.
     
    Birmingham Barons
    After retiring from basketball, Michael Jordan played professional baseball with the Chicago White Sox farm team: the "Birmingham Barons."
     
    Captain George Wellington Streeter
    Captain George Wellington Streeter bought and repaired an old boat, naming it the “Reutan.” The maiden voyage of the Reutan took place on July 10, 1886 (Captain Streeter had been “test driving” his boat in anticipation of a gun-running trip to Honduras). The Reutan ran into stormy weather, though, and he never made it to Honduras. After being tossed around for a couple of hours, the Reutan ran aground on a sandbar approximately 450 feet offshore of Superior Street. As soon as the storm passed, Captain Streeter began evaluating his situation. He and his wife were all but broke, so they decided to leave the Reutan where she sat and live on it, rent-free. This was the beginning of today's "Streeterville" neighborhood.
     
    Cardinal Bernardin
    Joseph Cardinal Bernardin was appointed archbishop of Chicago, succeeding John Cardinal Cody, who died amid scandals over financial misappropriations.
     
    Charles Lindberg
    In 1926, a young pilot named Charles Lindberg initiated airmail service between Chicago and St. Louis.
     
    Eulalia Pointe du Sable
    The first birth on record in Chicago was of Eulalia Pointe du Sable, daughter of Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable (Founder and Haitian native) and his Potawatomi Indian wife, in 1796.
     
    George M. Pullman
    As an answer to Chicago's muddy streets, George M. Pullman raised them four to seven feet. Working with two other contractors in 1857, Pullman raised an entire block of stores and office buildings on Lake Street between Clark and LaSalle. Not one pane of glass was broken in the four-day operation.
     
    Gurdon Hubbard
    In 1844, only one year after slaughtering Chicago's first cow, Gurdon Hubbard was the largest meatpacker in Chicago.

    By this time, he was slaughtering 300 - 400 hogs every day.
     
    Harold McCormick & Edith Rockefeller McCormick
    Edith Rockefeller McCormick was the daughter of Standard Oil magnate John D. Rockefeller. Harold McCormick was the son of reaper king Cyrus McCormick. In order to revive thier failing marriage (which linked two of America's greatest commercial dynasties), "Villa Turicum" was built in 1911. With 44 rooms on 269 acres in Lake Forest, it was a beautiful estate. It was torn down in 1956 without ever having been occupied.
     
    Harold Washington
    Chicago's first African American mayor, Harold Washington, took office in 1983.
     
    James "Sheriff Jim" Brown
    James Brown was a popular horse race figure in the 1890's. Known as Sheriff Jim, because he had once served as a sheriff of Lee County, Texas, he still paraded around with a six-shooter that had 12 notches in the handle.
     
    Joseph
    Joseph "Pops" Panczko retired in 1990 at the age of 72 as the dean of Chicago's trunk poppers and lock pickers (his retirement was brought about by his release from prison after his 200th arrest). He had begun his career at age 12 by stealing coats from the cloak room at Humboldt Park Elementary School.
     
    Juvietown
    Chicago was the first American city to establish a juvenile court, in 1899.

    Louise DeKoven Bowen (whose grandmother, incidently, had been the first child born at Fort Dearborn) was prominent in the creation of not only the juvenile court but of the Juvenile Protective Association. She also endowed a summer camp for underpriveleged children.
     
    King Edward VII
    Chicago's first royal visitor: King Edward VII, then Prince of Wales (1860).
     
    Len & Phil Chess
    Two Polish-born brothers, Len and Phil Chess, started Aristocrat Records in Chicago in 1946.

    The name was later changed to Chess Records, and it became the most important label for blues music in the world.
     
     
     
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