Southend Reporter from Chicago, Illinois on March 17, 1977 · Page 2
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Page 2 R South End Reporter, Thursday, March 17.1977 Ridge's memory lane How Beverly got its name The Reminder, a local weekly newspaper published by Bethany Union church from IMS through 1917, (subscripton price-25 cents a year) ran an article in the Feb. 10, 1910, issue titled "Tracy and its vicinity 60 years ago." It was signed by "An old settler" and the author is believed to have been W. W. Barnard, whose father, William, came to the area in 184$ and became tutor for Thomas Morgan's sons. The elder Barnard boarded with the Wilcox family AMlker !· a series of articles «· the history of Ike Beverly Huts/Morgan Park area, prepared by Fraa Warm, of the Ridge BIs- (Mfeal society. who bought the Gardiner house, 100th and Beverly ave., in 1844. Later, be married Miranda Wilcox and built his home where the E. L. Roberts home, now the St. Barnabas rectory, is located at 10134 Longwood dr. William Barnard was soon joined by bis brothers, Daniel and Erastus, and the latter married another Wilcox girl, Mary, and built near 103rd and Wood. After the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, the Barnard sisters, Alice Lucretia and Elizabeth, also moved to the area. Among them, the Banurds owned most of the land from 97th to 107th be- Lioness club plans style show, dinner The Mt. Greenwood Lioness club will hold a fash- and dinner March 29 at Glendora House, 102nd st. and Harlem ave. Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7. Fashions by Sylvia, 3219 W. lllth St., will be modeled by Lionesses. Lazy Day, 3203 W. lllth st, will show their latest styles. Tickets are $6.50 and may be had by calling PR94418. Proceeds will be given to community charities. The club celebrated its first anniversary Feb. 16 at Royal Place in Ridge. tween Longwood and Wood. W. W. Barnard and his sister, Alice S., both wrote their recollections of the early days in what was eventually to be known as Beverly Hills, when there were only four other homes in addition to theirs--the Morgans, and the Wilcoxs. Morgan had purchased the John Blackstone home, which stood at the north end of the ridge where the original Vittcennes rd., coming across the prairie from Chicago, turned up to the high ground and ran south along the present Western ave., or a little to the east of it. This would have been near 92nd and Pleasant, and he called his estate Upwood. This [Morgan home, according to Barnard's report, was moved to a location between the Panhandle (Penn Central) railroad and the Rock Island Dummy track, as the suburban line was called after it was built in 1870. At that time the tracks from Blue Island went only as far north as 99th st and then swung east to join the main line near 97th st, with a station at Prospect ave. This spur was extended north to its present location in 1889 and did much to stimulate the growth of the area. Before 1850 the other homes were the spring house, which had a natural spring near it and was later the site of the Longwood (now Vanderpoel) school; the Peck house, near the comer of 95th st and West- em; a log cabin on the Kellogg place (location iiui Identified by Barnard) and the Single farm house within Mt. Olivet cemetery. An interesting clipping, found in Volume 3 of the Bethany Union church record book and quoted in the 1972 history of the church, written by Fred K. Branom and Alice Howe (she was a Barnard descendent), reads as follows: "Previous to 1871, the dwellings occupied by .the Barnard and Wilcox fami- lies'were about the only ones la all of the BJdge section. In 1871, however, six families settled here: "Mr. HopUnson on Pro- spect ave. near Morgan Park; the Rev. D. S. Heffron on the same street, near 107th st; Mr. Hitt, now Washington Heights; Mr. Billiard on 99th and Winston; C. 0. Howe on Prospect and 97th, and L. J. Hits on 95th and Western. Originally part of Washington Heights, the locale around the 103rd st. suburban station and the immediate vicinity came to be called Tracy after 1870. Tracy was the named given to 103rd st. on the early maps apparently after John F. Tracy, who, according to the Bethany Union church history, was a high official of the Rock Island railroad. Another source identified him as a conductor for trains on the line. Much discussion took place during the early 1900s as to a name for the region bordering the Dummy Line from 91st to 107th. Suggestions included Longwood, Longwood Hills, Longwood Ridge, Tracy Hills, Tracy Ridge, Belmont' Hills, Country Hills, Country Ridge, Arlington, Rock Island Ridge, Hillside, Beverly Hills, Colonial Heights, Washington Heights and Walden Hills. In 1914 -the Chicago telephone company (Illinois Offer course in boating United States Coast Guard auxiliary flotilla 1011 will present a six-lesson course at Evergreen Park High school, 9901 S. Kedrie ave., starting at 7 p.m. tomorrow. The course will continue weekly through April 17 and will cover subjects such as small boat handling, dock- Ing and undoddng, rules of the road, aids to navigation, the latest legal requirements, anchoring rought weather handling and martin spike seamanship. The service is free and those passing the course wfll be awarded the coast guard certificate of completion. For information regarding the lessons, contact Commander A. Kupcbek at 925- Bell) changed the three exchanges of Washington Heights, Morgan Park and Longwood to the single one of Beverly, and many people came to favor that name for the region. In 1917, various agencies petitioned the Rock Island railroad to change the names of their stations between 91st and 107th to Beverly Hills, adding the street name of their stations in each case, such as Beverly Hills 95th st station. This was done, and people began using the name Beverly Hills for the region. Writing in a Chicago newspaper in 1950, David Herriott, a longtime resident of the Ridge area, said that Mrs. Alice H. French, whose husand was a well- known portrait and landscape painter, had an important part in giving Beverly Hills its name. She proposed the name "Beverly" to the Rock Island for the station nearest her house at 9203 Pleasant ave. since Beverly, Mass., had been her girlhood home town. The Hub appellation was added later, and Tracy faded away when the street became 103rd and the halt bearing its name, erected as a Masonic lodge building, was demolished in 1963. Mrs. Walter F. Heineman, writing a thesis on the history of Beverly Hills for the University of Chicago in 1926, took much of her material from, the accounts of the two Barnards. The article by W. W. Barnard in the Reminder had been written for a meeting of the Fortnightly Club of Tracy in 1894. -Copies of all of these are on file in the library and archives of Ridge Historical society museum. South End Reporter Published every Wednesday afternoon at 595* S. Harlem ave., Chicago, m., 60638. Second class postage paid at Chicago, HI. Mail subscription price, $10 per year. Sonthtown Economist Inc., publishers. Whatever Your Home Financing Needs- See Talman First For over 50 yean. Talman has provided montage and home improvement financing for the resident* of the greater Chicasoland area, and In *o doing, has helped its neijhborhoods grow and prosper. T*Imaa's established lending policy offers consideration to all qualified applicants for conventional mortgage and home improvement loam on residential properties. And financing is currently available at attractive terms. Phone or visit the Talman location nearest you to talk to one of our loan officers. Find out bow Talman can assist yon--whatever your home financing needs night be. 3 let 4Q 000 Ctricsgo: 5501 S Kedzie Ave '434-3322 (Home otlice) Oak Urwn: 4046 W 11 ISti SI /424-T333 Ortand Park: 1511 $1 94lb Ave /349-1333 Other offices: Downtown O'cago · Gten £ rtyn . £!·#*·. D**- Part- TALMAN Federal Savings Loan Association Folk Concert at St. Xavier \ppear at college Frik auaiclan George aad Gerry Anutnag will appear March 9 at St Xavier csflege, 17* W. 113rd st. Student on choir tour Joanna Wittman, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Walter E. Wittman, 6147 S. Kenneth ave., will be touring with Knox college choirs during their spring break from the Galesburg school. A-1974 graduate of Hubbard High school, Miss Wittman wfll be performing in churches and high schools as the choirs tour through Illinois, Ohio and Michigan. George and Gerry Annstrong, folk musicians, will appear in conceit Tuesday evening, March 29, at St. Xavier college, 3700 W. 103rd st. "The Ultimate Annual Folk Event for All Manner of Folk" will begin informally at 6 p.m. in the college's main reception room with a warm-up folk session featuring St. Xavier's "singing biology major" Rich Rodarte,ofOakLawn. The Armstrongs and their daughter, Becky, will entertain at 7:30p.m. Tickets are $1.50 ($1 for students and senior citizens) and may be obtained at the door, or in advance by calling the office of public information at 779-3300. The Armstrong program, featuring guitar, dulcimer and bagpipes, focuses on songs they have collected throughout the United States and the British Isles. They have given numerous concerts over the years, including performances at the English Folk Song and Dance society festival at Stratford-on-Avon in 1954, the University of Chicago Folk festival; the Ozark Folk.festival, the National Folk festival and the Amer- ican Folk festival in Aate- viUVN.C. -^ The Armstrongs h made three albums glo-American tradit songs and have given and television con the United States abroad. The program also;*jgUl feature a lecture-deuwn- stration on "The Origfi£2vf the Ballad." Extended I registration The board of electfrn commissioners has^M- nounced expanded oTfjfce hours to enable Chlcagotns to register to, vote uujffie April 19 mayoral Chairman John H. Hanly said the board's offices in room 308 of city hafc'Sre open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.- Saturday, the offices will be open from 9 a.m.-to^S p.m. - " rtt - Monday, March 21, the'of- fices will be open from-,9 a.m. to 9 p.m. This will be the final day to register for the April 19 primary, Haitly said. 1 weekunly. Save 20% on all Wards designer optical frames with coupon below. For fashion eyeglass frames, come'to 'Wards optical department today! These chic, flattering frames are created for, you by the fashion designers of today The original shapes make dramatic jewelry for your face. And, the de^_ signer's,signature is on every pair. __ 20% off all designer optical frames with this coupon. LJmit one coupon per customer Offer expire* 3-22-77 OtcardeURenU STYLES DONTWAIT--BUY IT NOW WITH CHARG-ALL fashion finds? Found! 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