Meet Kenneth F. Little who had an awesome knowledge of Chicago streets way before computers and GPS. He was the retired senior fire-alarm operator with the Chicago Fire Department. I was honored to know Ken Little and have him as a good friend He had hundreds of friends and touched and influenced many more. Who knows how many people he helped, mentored, inspired and even saved.. Ken Little was a invaluable one-of-a-kind resource for the Chicago Fire Department. He co-authored six books literally writing the book on the History of the Chicago Fire Department including the incredible four volume History of Chicago Fire Houses.Continue reading “A treasure on the sixth floor”
His name was Philip Garrison Maxwell, born April 3 1799 in Guilford Vermont. He became a physician for the United States Army and was assigned to Fort Dearborn, Chicago, Illinois as an Assistant Surgeon. From 1844 to 1847, he ran a doctor’s office at the corner of Lake and Clark Streets. But more about him later. The famous Chicago Maxwell Street, was named after him.
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Seems like there was a drugstore in every neighborhood and one or two within easy walking distance of home.
Let me introduce you to Edwin John Sanders, one of those kindly people that everyone should have had the privilege to know. Edwin was born March 14, 1882 in Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska, USA, the son of Adeline Tessier and Herman Sanders. In 1901 he graduated from the Iowa Pharmacy School, Highland Park College inDes Moines, then the Chicago College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1904. Continue reading “Celebrating the Corner Drug Store”
You might not recall his first few gadgets, the spring driven clock that kept better time, three-dimensional glasses, or an automatic bridge table card shuffler. During the World War II, he helped develop a remote control of missiles, infrared sensors to guide bombs and a new type of gyroscope.
His story gets way better so please read on! Continue reading “Lauren’s Gimmicks”