Berwyn Life from Berwyn, Illinois on January 10, 1954 · 1
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1 . T m i VoL 22, No. S 031 SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 1951 MAIN OFFICI UM m. tSttl IT. CICKMO M) Ilk. IIIWVN OFFICI IIM LOMBARD AVB MIWIA IU. f1)' jiV I .Hi-- - kimmddRit Best Dressed' List 7 Leaves Some Gals Cold If the Little Woman is walking around the house these days wearing nothing but an injured look and a few fig leaves, you may be sure that she has seen that troublemaking article about the selection of the worlds 10 best dressed women. Thousands of unsuspecting benedicts in this area unwittingly in' troduced this incendiary inform lion to their households Monday evening when they trudged in carrying a inetropolilan newspaper under their arms. Choosing the worlds 10 best dressed real life dolls is a slick little scheme drummed up by the New York Institute of Dress De-,i signers to get a wad of free publicity. I will admit grudgingly that the institutes tub thumpers do a handsome job. Its selections were given more space in the mets than photos of Marilyn Monroe in a new bathing suit, By slicking Princess Margaret in with the winners, the New York outfit became good copy in Great Britain. The institute even resorted to an old sports department trick to declare a tie for 10th place. This crafty maneuver allowed it to sneak hn 11th name onto the list Sports writers often do this in selecting an all-star team; Theyre afraid of hurting somebody or too lazy to make the final choice. Like the bookie joint that stayed open 24 hours a day. the New York outfit didn't miss a bet. The institute came up with a mighty good thing and was out to as much space as the fat lady who squeezed into the vacant subway train seat, 1 But you cant shoot off a load' ed cannon without , causing damage.' in- this case the unfortunates on the receiving end were .husbands whose wives were brought to the conclusion that their .entire wardrobe belonged on the business end of a mop and not on their beautiful backs. Thousands of women across tho country began dreaming of costly little - shopping excursions. la many instances they weighed their spouses and the family bank accounts, and both were found wanting. . Like the frustrated trout fish-ermap, men are making some wild casts for a solution to their problem. They may find .their answer in the same instrument of communication that contributed to their present plight. ' Only a fortnight ago one metropolitan newspaper carried en illustrated story of a fashion 1m novation that allegedly is. ooinn over big yrith college girls. Since friost wives will agree that the . bloom of youth has shown a- delightful reluctance to leave their beautiful countenances, a benedict may safely conclude that what pleases a college girl should please the light of his life, Under those circumstances he should be moved to dash right out and buy a pair of spats for the Missus. , These are pot . the fighting spats which signify that the honeymoon is sputtering to a close. They are the gaiter variety of Grandmas day gone crazy with color. Tho spats coma In three lengths ranging from simple ankle covers to formidable cell wiuiu3. They are available in rainbow assortments: plaids, stripes and solids. The conservative pearl gray Jobe of yesterday have gone out the window. , , . These gaiters not only add a gay : touch to a girls Ensemble " but also keep her shapely game from freezing when the bottom drops out of the thermometer, designers . maintain. They are claimed to have the edge - on slacks because they can be used for dress wear. There are those who will insist, however,- that slacks will retain their bulge, A wife who was left off the New York list certainly trill salvage abme satisfaction from being the first woman in her neighborhood to wear the gaudy gaiters. But pioneers should be prepared to defend . themselves, as there has been no word to date en the reaction of loose dogs to the new articles. The sight of a pair of colorful legs twinkling down the street may cause even the best-behaved , canine to . launch a toothy attack. , - This is , a minor point what x bottlers me now, after reviewing all the virtues of the spiffy spats, - is how anyone could make . the , j institutes , list of best dressed daisies without including a wide V variety of them in her wardrobe. '7' ' ' ' Orv LUka , mo co;.::.;uiiity SERVICEMEfl ME PRESUMED DEAD MSgl. J. E. StanceL MSgt. E. N. Miller Believed Killed Two community service men, who were reported, missing early in the Korean War, are among those presumed dead by the Department of Defense . They are MSgt. Joseph E. Stancel, 38, brother of Mrs, Mary E. Kanikula, 3126 S. 54th ct., and MSgt. Eugene N. Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Miller, 2246 Wesley ave. , J ' A member of the pnh Infantry Division, Sgt. Stancel, was reported missing on July 22, 1850, only two weeks after he arrived in Korea. At the end of World War H, Sgt. Stancel re-enlisted and served in Korea with occupation troops. At the end of his enlistment he returned home, but a little more than a year later joined the armed forces again. He arrived in the Far East in March, 1950. He was in Japan when the Korean War broke out. A graduate of Columbus School, the sergeant attended Morton High School Besides his sister Mary, he leaves his father, Michael Sr.; a brother, Michael and another sister, Mrs. John Jalanek. Sgt. Miller was the first Berwyn soldier reported missing in the Korean conflict. The adjutant generals office reported him missing on December 15, 1950. He was attached to the 3rd Infantry Division. The Berwynite, who also attended Morton High School, served in World War II. He saw service in North Africa for four years. He re-enlisted before the outbreak of hostilities in Korea He was in Japan with a records unit before , he .joined .a division in Korea. Besides his parents, Sgt. Miller leaves two brothers, Donald and Roger. BARTKUS TO FACE TRIAL AGAIN Alphonse -Bartkus, 25, will stand trial ohee again for his alleged . connection in the July 7 holdup of the General Saving. and Loan Association, 2210 Cicero ave., it has been reported The accused robber, whose acquittal December 18 by a federal grand jury erupted into the lime-light' when the judge charged a, fix, , reportedly was named Wednesday by lie county grand jury in a true bin charging armed robbery. Immediately after Bartkus had been freed of the federal charge, the judge, J. Sam Perry, lashed out at the jury calling the verdict too preposterous.- He - ordered their names - removed from the , ury list. Judge Perry then asked States Attorney , . John . Gutknecht to seek Bartkus indictment on a state Charge. Sihcb he was acquitted of - a federal charge, double eopardy would not be involved, x Perry also had recommended indictments' on perjury- charges against, two Chicagoans who testified that Bartkus was in a barber shop at' BOO' S'.' Pulaski rd., Chicago, at the time the $3,750 holdup took place. ISSUE 14 DECEMBER BUILDING PERMITS, VALUE OF $306,050 Commissioner of Public Works Anton Pav Tuesday announced a total of 14 building permits with a total value of $306,050 issued during the month of December. Fees collected on the permits amounted to $982.89, Pav reported. . ' Included in the 14 permits was one for a brick and stone church to cost $165,000. The new church-to be occupied by the Trinity Evangelical and Reformed Church, will be located at 26th st and Riverside dr. . ' Permits were issued for the construction of 9 single family dwellings, an office with a garage at the rear, one gas station, two garages and four permits for improvements to existing buildings. Flit Intent to Dissolve' The Meteor Machine Corporation, 5225 W. 24th pi recently filed a statement of intent to dissolve, according to, Secretary pf State Charles F. Carpentier, - Lions Club Gels Cub Pack Charter A charter authorizing the Cicero Lions Club to sponsor a cub pack for another year was presented to the service organization last Tuesday by Hod Peabody, district representative for the Boy Scouts of America. George Nemec, a member of the service group, has been placed in charge of the clubs collections for the March of Dimes. He will accept contributions from mem-, bers of the organization. Looking southwest, the above ajtists rendering of his conception of architectural plains for the $5,000,000 shopping center to be constructed at the intersection of Cermak-rd. and Harlem ave. and to be known as Cermak Plaza gives an overall view of the setting for about 35 stores, most of them of one story construction.' The tree- Expect Groilnd-Breakingi Soon For Cermak Plaza; , Some T mants Are Named? Ground-breaking for Cermak Plaza, the new $5,66000 shopping center for -the Berwyn-Cicero and adjacent areas on the southeast corner of Cermak rd. and Harlem aves. will get underway immediately, it was announced yesterday by Emil Muller, president, and David W.- Bermant, executive vice president, of NationalPlazas, Inc., builders of 15 similar market places throughout the nation. Approximately 35 stores will have space in the plaza, plans for which call for an early 1955 opening, and will include a number of big names in the mercantile field. Known locally as the north end of the Gage Farm site of slightly more than 29 acres, the tract, which is bounded by Cermak rd., Home ave., the 24th st. extension of HarleA ave. , and which contains 1,265,418 square feet, was rezoned Jin its entirety for commercial purposes recently by the Berwyn city council. An equal division of nationally known chain stores and local merchants will comprise the center, it was, announced, and already some of the slop chains in the country have indicated a desire to be represented in the pro-; ect; which will include most business classifications.. Some store organizations who already have expressed a willingness to open stores are Walgreens, Hillmans, Woolwortfis, J, C. Penney, Thom McAnn, Neumode Hosiery, Cotton Shops and G. C. Murphy! Buildings in the center, , predominantly one-story Structures, will' have a residential appearance, according to Bermant. The emphasis of this entire center will be on serving the needs of the, family," Bermant said. And therell be plenty of parking. Experiences - gathered front our other centers around the country will mhke it possible for 2,700 'customer cars to be comfortably parked at a given time. . The Cermak rd.-Harlem ave. lo cation pf Cermak Plaza was selected, Bermant said, because the site was the ohly. large acreage in all Cjiicagoland which has as many as 300,000 living in a trading area and not already serviced. He pointed out that this center is easily accessible to two. intersecting highways, U. S. 34 (Ogden ave. and U. S. 06 (Joliet rd.) as well as being accessible - by CTA and Chicago and West Towns bus lines, which stop and start at this point , . . Chicago representatives of the shopping center are Phillip Levit and Archie Siegel at 121 S. La Salle st., Bermant said, adding that they may be contacted by re pAi table business firms interested in leasing space. . f , At the Berwyn city hall it was learned that several inquiries had .been received from potential lessees who were, interested, in All Fishing License Now Issued Locally Berwyn City Clerk Anri Lang ner this week announced that S new law now provides for the isr suance of all types of commercial fishing licenses, such as, net and seine, by the city clerks office in the Berwyn city hall. , - , For the past two' years the licenses were issued directly from) the Department of Conservation office in Springfield but now are to be purchased at local clerks offices, the directive said.. ' Artist's Conception of Aerial View of Cermak Dr. Walter B. MacDonald . 4 Memorial Hospital of a cerebral hemorrhage Friday morning. He was rushed to the hospital the evening before. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Presbyterian Church and interment will take place in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Rev. Gilbert Bremicker will officiate. His body is at the chapel at 6910 Windsor ave. A past president of the Berwyn Kiwanis Club, Dr. MacDonald was also a member of the Scottish Rite, and of the Riverside Golf Club. He was also a member of the board of directors of the First Federal Savings ,and Loan Association. Dr.' MacDonald, who moved into the community when he was two years of age, is a graduate of Irving School and Morton High School. He attended Northwestern University for two years. He graduated from Northern Illinois College of Optometry. T . Survivors include his' wife, Bernice; two sons, Walter Jr. and Scott, and two daughters, Judy and Margot. . fringed character of the buffer zone (upper left) along Home ave. and along the 24th st. extension (top of picture) will maintain the quiet character of those streets. The easily accessible plaza (foreground) will provide most of the parking space with stalls for 2,700 customer cars within easy access to the Cermak Plaza stores. DEFENDS FIRE ALARM REPAIRS Say Elimination of System Not Practical A defense at the town boards action in ordering the repair of the pull box fire alarm setup in Cicero has been made by Joseph Krai, town collector, in answer to criticism that most other communities are abandoning similar systems and thectown should do the same. 4 Krai pointed out that he fears without the system, which has been neglected since installed many years ago and in need of repair, .Cicero might be dropped from a class four rating to class five thus resulting in increased fire insurance costs to residents. The objection was made by Rudolph Mudra at a public hearing on the 1954 appropriation last Sunday morning. , Mudra questioned whether or not it would be advisable to undertake repairs to the system since most other communities apparently think them -unnecessary and are. doing away with them. He said he feels the telephone substitutes for the system and few Cicero people even know where the boxes are located. The question of whether the cost is worth it was raised. The project is estimated at $12,-000. , Krai said the other board members agreed with the theory of eliminating the system but that the board of fire underwriters has indicated the town might be dropped in its rating without the alarm system. It is possible this could result in an increase to localites of as much as $1.80 per $1,000 on certain insurance in addition to eliminating a safety factor. Krai indicated it would Be cheaper and safer to maintain the system. The town already has purchased most of the equipment for the project, which for the most part will consist of rewiring and the major cost will be the installation. Several more boxes installed near factories and at other points. One of the major reasons for maintaining the system was to turn in alarms in industrial sections. When the alarm is sent in, the address of the fire is recorded at the police and fire departments. A retired fireman in the audience pointed out that this is 6ne of the good features of the system since there- is no mistake in the address as is often the case Over the phone. He said he thought the system necessary. ' It was pointed out that many people do not have access to phones and use the fire alarm system. , ' Mudra suggested that the town acquaint residents with the Ideations of the boxes. It was agreed that this' should he done when the project is completed. nn JUL u w Plaza CHURCH TO WELCOME NEW PASTOR On January 17, Rev. Fred M. Roberts will begin his ministry at the Oak Park Avenue Baptist 3 let Rev. Fred M. Roberts 1 st. The church has been without a regular minister since September 1, 1953. For the past three months the interim pastor has been Dr. Edgar W. Boss of the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. Roberts graduated from Wheaton' College in 1945 with a B.Z. degdee, and in 1948 with a B.D. degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. He , has just completed a six year pastorate at the Northern Baptist Church of West Frankfort, , 111. Prior to that, he served for five years as the assistant pastor at the Claim Street Baptist Church in Aurora, Til The newly remodelled and enlarged parsonage will soon resound to the voices of six children, ranging from one to JO years of age. A welcome program and reception for the Roberts is planned for he evening service on Sunday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m. . REVEAL DECEMBER CONTRIBUTIONS TO BOYS CLUB - Contributions to the Boys Club of Cicero Inc., for last month show that $4,010.50 was received. The monthly financial report shows that the largest contributors were American Phenolic Corp and the Hawthorne Race Track,' each of whom,, donated $1,000. The Meyer-Ceco Foundation contributed $500. Donations of $200 came from the Allstate Foundation and the Mothers Club of the Boys Club. - Donations of $100 each were made by Chicago Vitreous Enamel Prod. Co th Lockformer Co end, Harold D. Jolley, of Ceco Steel Products Co. Parents of members of the Boys Club contributed $212.50, it was reported. 0 Morton High Board Okays Preliminary Sketches Of Proposed 421,000 Seats Morton High Schools board of education Thursday afternoon okayed the final preliminary sketches of the proposed football stadium at the Gage Farm site and instructed Anthony J. Zelenka, board architect, to begin working drawings of the structure. Zelenka estimated he would need at least five weeks to prepare plans and specifications before the board could seek bids' on the RIFT WIDENED BY HOLLY BLAST Berwyn GOP Leader Criticizes Meeting Blasting the so-called Republican groups, which met Tuesday night and endorsed Harold R. Collier, Berwyn township supervisor, for the post of Republican township committeeman, Edward O. Holly, present holder of the latter position, charged that the unauthorized tactics by self-created factions is what is creating dissention in the Republican ranks. Contrary to the report in The LIFE that he had been sent an invitation to attend either of the two fneettnfsrHolln 'Who holds a state patronage post as assistant superintendent of registration and education, said he had learned that typewritten invitations, which had no letterhead and were unsigned, had been sent out prior to the meeting. The Republican township committeeman said meeting of both groups simultaneously, though held in opposite ends of the city as if there were no connection between them, were presented prepared resolutions which were passed by steamroller tactics. Holly promised a fight for the retention of his present political post and said he would have strong support from precinct cajy tains. In his statement Holly said: The meetings last Wednesday of the so-called Republican groups were not authorized meetings of the Regular Republican Organization. I have had at least 50 calls and statements from people who were present, who said they thought it was our Regular Republican Organization meeting and -came-away- absolutely- disgusted with -such steamroller tactics being injected in Berwyn politics. i The Regular , Republican Organization has felt that we were making definite headway ip our ranks and have not considered itself as having any factions in the party. The last local election proved that fact. 1 About, 60 of the 65 captains expressed an enthusiastic assurance that they will support me and our future program only and do so energetically. The unauthorized tactics by self-created factions is What is creating dissension in the Republican ranks and this creates factionalism. However, the Regular Republican Organization precinct captains are and Will be girded for a defnite fight if it must be and however contrary to our wishes, and we are determined that truth and honesty will prevail as far as we are concerned. Burglarize Berwyn Home, Loss Unknown Burglars Thursday ransacked the home of Paul Broccolo at 2100 Maple ave.' and escaped with loot of an , undetermined amount Broccolo told Berwyn police he would have to take inventory in order to tell just what had been stolen. ' J Broccolo told police he and his family had left the home at 11 a.m. that morning and returned at 8 p.m. to find the rear door open. Berwyn Police Sgts. Frank FTazak and Joseph Kotnour on investigation found entry had been gained by forcing ; a first floor bedroom window. ' ' 1 . y. stadium. It will seat approximately 4,800 persons and cost in the neighborhood of $421,000. , Actual construction would take close to eight months which would place the completion date in the latter part of the year, or more probably in early 1955. -At the same time, the board decided it will study preliminary sketches of proposed stands at the baseball field, which is now being developed, when it meets in its regular meeting tomorrow evening. The .board probably will order Zelenka to prepare working sketches of "the baseball stands which under pres ent plans would be capable ol holding 700 persons and would cost an estimated $80,000. ' The gum would include permanent., concrete and brick, stands to be built along the third base line, paralleling Harlem ave., and along Ihfe first base line. Toilel and shower facilities would be located in both. The two sections will be approximately 16 by 64 feet each and contain concessions stands. Dugouts, a back stop, storage space, and other facilities are also included. It was deemed necessary to include shower facilities in the permanent baseball seating, because of the distance the teams would have to walk to the pro-nosed field house and football stadium Without them. The diamond will also be used for soc-feer. It is located immediately south of the football field. I A unique feature in the football sfadium will be a 144 by 46 foot field located beneath the seats and completely enclosed in the stands. It will be unpaved and .covered with cinders for use as a football practice field during incleme'nt weather and for track. Two portable basketball courts could also be placed in the area. This feature was included, in the sixth and final preliminary sketch of the stadium prepared by Zelenka. It was thought this area could also be used by spectators during severe weather speils. , The sixth sketch was given full approval by members of Mortal physical education department (Continued on page 2) BURGLARS RANSACK BERWYN RESIDENCE; LOSS SET AT $487 Burglars Wednesday nigtjj bjoke into the homp of Aex Janecek at 3008 Maple ave., ran, sacked three bedrooms, "the dining room and strew the contents throughout the rooms. caped with articles value) $487, Janecek told Berwyn police! The burglars apparently were particular what they took wailing nothing but currency or readily convertible and hard, to trace items. Five watches, cameras, silverware and miscellaneous 'jewelry were removed from their proper places but left behind as the burglars -took with them a diamond engagement ring valued at $300, a $100 currency bill, two $25 U. S. War Savings" Bonds, currency totaling $30 and two amaU checks made out endorsed for a total of $7. '! Janecek told police he and his wife had left, the house at about 1:45 in the afternoon abd returned at about midnight to find the home burglarized. Berwyn' Police Officers Henry LaMonica and John Dusak on investigation found entry had been gained by forcing a rear basement window with a half-inch pinch bar. i - h

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