D J Foster - Streeterville Judge

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D J Foster - Streeterville Judge - tomorrow Alice to do train of made INDIANAPOLIS...
tomorrow Alice to do train of made INDIANAPOLIS M^WAS JUDGE OF CAPT. STREETER'S "OASIS" D, J, Foster Recalls Interesting Incidents as First Territorial Jurist of Chicago 'District' Ruided by Police. against of todav, The raid by the Chicago police on Capt. George Wellington Streeter's 'Oasis," In the "District of Lake Michigan," last Sunday, is of particular interest to D. J. Foster, 633 East Nineteenth street, who was first territorial judge of the district. Mr. Foster is connected with the farm department of the Farmers Trust lompany.. "Ho has been arrested a thousand times, and he lias llejted them every time except when he shot a policeman about 1898, and he'll beat the case this time, declared Mr. Foster yesterday. To him Capt. Btreetei appears in an entirely different light than he does to the casual ·eader of accounts of the raid. "Accumulated" Land. More than thirty years ago Capt. Streeter, veteran of the civil war and a boatman on the Great Lakes, was blown ashore In hh sailing vessel with big wife, oimerly Marlah Mulholland of Ireland. The wrecked vessel started a deposit of sand between it and the shore, and with- n a few yeaig 186 acios of land founed n one of tho most fashionable and high- pi Iced residence districts in Chicago. To all thto land Capt. Streeter asset tod possession by "squatter's right," and in 18!). sifter several visits to Washington, he waid he had obtained a grant from the Koveinment giving hirti title to the land, and he carried Ills abstract of tltlo back to thp oilglnul grantM of the NoithWf't Territory to the United States. Then Capt. Strcctci organized thp ter- Htoiial government of the District of Lake Michigan. Among the appointees lie .selected for territorial judge Mr. Foster, then clerk W -Judge John K Ptindi- vllle of the HaniKon Street Police Court --now n municipal judge in Chicago. Served Term for Murder. Although ho had Veiv little business in his official capacity. Mr. Foster held the position u n t i l the illness of his father called him back to the homestead farm about two years later. Hoon after that, in a raid by the police, a policeman was shot and killed and ('apt. .Sttecter leivcd a tcim inr the penitential v for murdPi. For a time Mr. Foster loft trace of him, but n few years later Capt. Streeter vlBlteil Him at Decfltur, fnd, While, there he sold some lott in his "district" to Decatur residents. Nine yeais »go Mr. Foster camo to Indianapolis and for five years he has been employed in his present position, In that time he had not hcaid of his former friend until the no ( o u n t of his arrest was published Mon~ dnv morning;. During all the years since the groat D. J. FOSTER. value of the tract of land became ap- paient i^ticeter has been tho Object of a bitter fight as an Interloper, Mi. Foster said. Resisted "Oustter" Actions. llo successfully defended actions b the state of Illinois, the city of Chicago and individuals owning abutting property, and hah held possession of the tract until the present, now having to aid him in his contention of ownerthlp several purebas* eiH. Among the lot owners in the "district" is a filstci of Mi. Foster, to whom Capt. Htteeter gave a lot In evidence of Ins friendship. Khe is Mis. H. K Allison, 304;! Sutherland avenue. Mr Foster said he expects Capt. Ktrect- er to esiape any court action because of hii direst Sunday, for he contends that the "district" is not within the juilsdic- tlon of the ttatc of Illinois. Hecause Strpotoj has maintained this position heretofore, Mr. Foster said ho expeXs to see/him succe'ed again He expressed ic- gret that Capt. Street or had become involved in Sunday sales of liquor, dioweyer, declaring this to be a serious mistake. Capt. Streeter probablv Is 75 years old, and a moit interesting chantoter through his long and varied experience in maintaining the property he obtained from the lake}. ins feU The in weekly a on a had No and the on must and and for attend. as thf

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  1. The Indianapolis Star,
  2. 18 Nov 1915, Thu,
  3. Page 15

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