Southend Reporter from Chicago, Illinois on April 7, 1977 · Page 2
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April 7, 1977

Southend Reporter from Chicago, Illinois · Page 2

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p, . R .SmiHi Kml lti-)HftT. TliurMla). Aitriiy. U"t Perry guiding force behind Ridge council Civic council, park and 96-year M P. Clyde Perry combine to form "an interwoven fabric that has blanked the Van- diTpoel area for nearly 70 yours. Although Perry was not burn in Beverly, he arrived in the area in 1908, and immediately things began to happen. His contributions to tht- neighborhood are monuments to this remarkable man. One of his earliest achievements, as president of the Washington Heights- Hidge Improvement association was to obtain five snow plows, a gift from Horace Morton, head of Chicago Bridge and Iron com- Another In a series of articles on early Beverly Hills/ Morgan Park area history, prepared by Frances Warren, of the Ridge Historical society. pany, to be used from Winston to Western aves. between Kth and 107th sts. Later, tractors replaced the horses. In 1909 he began working to obtain the titles and acquire the unsightly-looking, mosquito-breeding pond and low land at 96th st. and Longwood dr. that became, the next year, Ridge park. There is a mistaken idea that Ridge Civic council began that same year, but an account of the council's origin, prepared in 19S4 by several community leaders, indicates that every meeting of Urn group was held at Ridge park, whose field- house was not built until 1912. ; Harry Wilcox was the first park superintendent, serving from 1912 to June, 1915. - He'was followed by Jim Henderson to February, 1921, then Ralph Morgan, who remained in that position until he retired, some time after consolidation of the parks into the Chicago Park district. Perry was elected to the Ridge Park board in 1917. The next year he organized the Ridge Park Baseball club and, in 1919, he formed the Ridge Park Auxiliary board to help in the promo- lion of the baseball club. 11 had been a cu.slom ihr Ridge to take up collection prior to the Fourth of July to'buy prizes for winners of race*, on that day and to buy fireworks to bv displayed in the evening. This custom persisted until mz, but in that year nothing was done about a celebration for the Fourth. A number of people, tearing that the community was losing interest in the holiday and knowing that Perry was active in organizing Ridge Park district contacted him and wanted to know w h a t happened to the Fourth of July spirit, He told them he had never taken any hand in the celebration, but promised that before the next Fourth of July he would do something about it. That same month--July, 1922--he called a delegation together from all of the civic and business organizations along the Ridge, including Morgan Park and Washington Heights. The result was the formation of a committee wich, for want of a better nanw. wa called the Ridge activities The group decided to have a belated celebration that year and held it on Labor day, with fireworks in the evening. Some lumber was borrowed from a lumber yard to erect a speaker's stand, and Col. Milton Foreman was invited to address the people. The committee continued to meet every month and began to consider civic affairs Since it was a delegate organization representing all of the territory from Brainerd to Morgan Park, and since the name "Ridge activities committee" was not suggestive of anything in particular, it was decided to change the name to "Ridge Civic council" in 1924. Fred Steers proposed that application be made for a charter, which was dated June 23, 1925. Perry continued as a member «f the Kidgv Park board until 1S35. and was its president at one time. Other accumplisJimenls include obtaining gates at many of the area's railroad crossings and stop sigm, or traffic signals at dangerous intersections, and upgrading of businesses along 95th st. in the early years of the Itidjw Civic council. Now an active member of Bethany Union church, which he joined in 1966 after the death of his wife, he ij. a charter member of Ridge Historical society and the oldest member of Tracy lodge. AF and AM. 1I« ts aiMi dean of past masters and the oldest living P*1 master of a Masonic lodge in Ibis area. He wa.s pleased to show his home to the living history committee of Ridge Historical society when it visited to photograph his numerous citations and awards for distinguished service to hh community after having taped an interview with him to preserve his reminiscences for posterity. Among his treasurers are documerits from Mayor Da- ley's Committee for a Cleaner Chicago, the Kiwanis Club.yf Southwest Chicago, the Vanderpoel Improvement association and the Beverly Area Planning association. Expanded coal exhibit planned by museum The,Federal Energy administration has entered into a $49,500 contract with the Museum of Science and Industry, 51th and the lake, Jor a major exhibit on the nature, production, utilization and potential of coal, John F. O'Leary, administrator, announced in Washington. Funds from other public and private sources will be sought by the museum to help finance the project, which will cost more than $109,000, according to Dan-. Perry tapes historical interview -; R. Clyde Peny (left) tapes a Ridge Historical society ttrtig Mrtory co«ndttee liter- view with^members, Frances Warren, Everett Graham art Leotard H*JMC* (rigit). Henry Tobak, aiMlber committee member, took the ptetne. · Carsons juniors ore the sonshme girls in sundresses by Arpeja! We, show two cool cotton looks for you to choose from. Come see them all! White appliqued sundress, 5-13, 36.00. Print tiered sundress, 5-13, blue and pink, 40.00. -i' iel M. MacMaster, president of the museum. $ ' The coal exhibit wJU be located adjacent to the museum's world-renowned "Coal Mine," according to Dr. Victor J. Danilov, museum director. The full-scale replica of a southern Illinois coal mine has been a museum fixture since the institution opened to 1933. *' Of the museum's more than four; million visistors each year, about 600,000 go into the mine for a tour, Danilov said. The new exhibit will com, plement the "Coal Mine" by explaining the origin and nature of coal; showing how it is mined and transported; describing how it is used and how steps are being taken to overcome environmental problems; and why coal can be more useful in meeting the nation's energy ucate Americans about that role." Target date for completion of the exhibit is the end of the year, accenting to Danilov, Plan Easter breakfast ^ AH Easter breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. next Sunday at GarCeld fiidge Presbyterian church, 5550 S. Merrlmac. Cost is $1 for adults snd 90 cents for children under 10 years. Breakfast sponsor is the United Presbyterian Women's organization of the church. "As other energy sources have been developed, we have for too long overlooked onr most abundant energy resource-coal," O'Leary commented. "But diminishing supplies andirising costs of other fossfl fuels are causing serious: problems, therefore coal once again is assuming its vital role in the energy equation. 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