The career of Henry Rhines, an early Chicago villain.
I love research. I feel like Indiana Jones when I’m digging around in a box crumbling paperwork at the legal archives. And, though it’s a lot easier to search old newspapers that have been digitized, it’s more of an adventure to browse the microfilm reels. For one thing, it’s the closest you can get to Read More…
John Stone was the first murderer hanged in Chicago – and suggested the murder wasn’t his first. An “oral history” of his Chicago crime.
While researching an upcoming article, I noticed something that struck me as odd: a first-hand account of Jefferson Davis coming to Chicago in 1829. I had never heard of the future Confederate president being in the area. That year, then-Lt. Davis had been stationed at Fort Winnebago, near what is now Portage, Wisconsin, and apparently Read More…
Investigating the story of Joe Anderson, the slave whom some say deserves credit for inventing McCormick’s reaper.
Stories of police brutality in Chicago aren’t new
Locating and reprinting the original speech in which Daniel Burnham told city planners to “make no little plans.” Reprinted for the first time since 1910!
Did the devil stalk the north branch of the river in the 1850s, tempting boys to steal apples? And was Knud Iverson drowned for refusing, or was his death a tragic accident? A controversy from 1853.