This Week in 1908

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    Mar 24th, 2017
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    How long ago was 1908? The first few years of the century the Cubs conducted spring training in Frank Chance’s home state of California (in Los Angeles and Santa Monica). During their first pennant season of 1906, they trained in Champaign, Illinois. The site of spring training before their fir...
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    Mar 17th, 2017
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    How long ago was 1908? One of the big issues being debated in Chicago is the influx of “undesirable” immigrant types. Chicago society is up in arms, and they aren’t afraid to say so publicly. Frances E. Hamilton is quoted in this week’s Chicago Tribune. He states the case of h...
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    Mar 10th, 2017
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    How long ago was 1908? Chicago’s aldermen of 1908 make today’s look like alter boys. Meet “Bathhouse John” Coughlin. He is one of the aldermen from Chicago’s notorious First Ward. Along with his partner in crime (literally), Hinky Dink Kenna, Bathhouse protects Chicago&#...
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    Mar 3rd, 2017
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    How long ago was 1908? *Alexander Graham Bell turns 61 (March 3), and is one of the most famous men in America–known as the inventor of the telephone. Now he is experimenting with aviation. He and his aviation team are working very hard on preparing his aeroplane “Red Wing”. It will make the fi...
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    Feb 25th, 2017
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    How long ago was 1908? Major League teams from the Northeast and the Midwest are getting ready to attend spring training for the 1908 season. Why isn’t everyone else going? There isn’t anyone else. Only ten cities have teams (New York, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, C...
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    Feb 18th, 2017
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    How long ago was 1908? This week in 1908, Chicago is hit with the worst one day snowstorm in it’s history on February 18th. Eleven and a half inches of snow fall in less than 24 hours, bringing the entire city to a standstill. Neither the horse-drawn carriages nor the horseless carriages can ma...
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    Feb 10th, 2017
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    How long ago was 1908? This young violinist, Benny Kubelsky, is a Cubs fan living in Waukegan, Illinois. He turns 14 years old on Valentine’s Day. Three years from now he’ll have a chance to join the Marx Brothers on tour, but his mother won’t let him. So, he pursues a Vaudeville ca...
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    Feb 2nd, 2017
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    How long ago was 1908? Cubs backup infielder Heinie Zimmerman celebrates his 21st birthday (Feb 9) this week. The youngster will have a big impact on the Cubs this year, but not in a good way. He will eventually become a great hitter (winning a batting title in 1912 and nearly winning the triple crow...
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    Jan 28th, 2017
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    HOW LONG AGO WAS 1908? Meet Orval Overall. He is one of the pitchers on the defending World Champion Chicago Cubs, and is celebrating his 27th birthday this week (Feb 2). Orval’s not much like the other guys on the team–he’s a college boy who attended the University of California at...
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    Jan 21st, 2017
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    HOW LONG AGO WAS 1908? Chicago’s Red Light District was known as “The Levee,” and was home to some of the most famous brothels in America. This is a photo of “The Everleigh Club” at 2131-2133 S. Dearborn. The Everleigh Sisters (Minna and Ada) are the owners and proprieto...