Saturday, March 11, 2017

March 11, 1942 -- Soldier Wounded in Fort Sheridan Altercation

March 11, 1942 – Wartime vigilence is in evidence at Fort Sheridan as Private Armand Marschick of Dearborn, Michigan is critically wounded after a sentry stationed at the Walker Avenue entrance to the military base fires at a vehicle that refuses his command to halt.  The driver a “divorcĂ©e, clad in cloth coat and negligee, is Mrs. Ruth Staley Hunt, 40 years old, ex-wife of a broker and daughter of the late A. E. Staley, Decatur starch manufacturer.”  [Chicago Daily Tribune, March 12, 1942] Hunt, who maintains she lost her way, batters several military policemen “with her fist and feet” when they stop her.  At the Waukegan jail Hunt says, “I’m not going into those filthy cells,” and scratches Deputy Edward Zersen.  Deputies say that Hunt had been drinking.  Two days later four attorneys appear at her arraignment, and trial is set for March 20.  Entering an army post without permission carries a maximum fine of $500 or six months’ imprisonment.  Ultimately, Hunt is sentenced to 15 days in jail, but her troubles are not over.  In April of 1943 she is pulled to safety from the ledge of her fifteenth-story New York penthouse after threatening to jump.

March 11, 1969 -- Close to 700 people, including the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, John Cardinal Cody, come together at the Highland Park Country Club to celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of the town's founding. Lieutenant General Vernon Mock, the Fifth Army Commander, is also a guest of honor. When the members of the Stupey family arrived from Germany and in 1847 built the log cabin pictured above, they could not have imagined the North Shore town of over 30,000 souls that exists today.

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