Forty Years Ago

It’s been a while since St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church had its last season of outdoor summer services at the village park. It was a popular custom, and an inventive way to ensure weekly attendance while giving restless children a little managed space.

And this column-filler from 40 years back: “Aspirin is said to be the universal drug. It is from a class of drugs known as acetylsalicylic acid, which occurs naturally in grapes, apples, oranges and certain flowering plants. In ancient Greece and Rome it was extracted from willow bark. Hippocrates recommended leaves of the willows to ease the pain of childbirth.” What did he know?

From the September 1966 issues of the Forest Park Review

Thirty Years Ago

Forest Park was never a Las Vegas. Nor did it come close to having a gambling casino. Yet some nests of gambling here have been uncovered. One Monday night in September of 1976 four license applicants from race track messenger services were denied by Mayor Howard Mohr and the village council. At meeting’s end, after the applicants had left, the council members passed an ordinance banning such operations.

An interesting follow up to this matter occurred just a few weeks later when Turf Center, Inc.-one of the four applicants denied-opened for business at 7601 Madison St., apparently to challenge and test the village’s authority. Sgt. Richard Archambault, in plain clothes, and investigator Jack Bachman, issued a citation after their bet on a horse was accepted by Turf Center. Not only was Forest Park never a Las Vegas, it never even became a Joliet.

From the Sept./Oct. 1976 issues of the Forest Park Review

Twenty Years Ago

Chauncey’s Restaurant and Bar at 7414 Madison St. was a typical Forest Park establishment of the 1980s. A particularly prideful item on the menu was the formidable Chauncey Burger-a three-quarter pound mountain of ground, grilled meat-a meal unto itself accompanied by french fries and other garnishments.

One day, resident Dave “Leadfoot” Engler showed up with an appetite like a forest fire. Some sort of record for Chauncey Burgers consumed existed, and Dave felt up to the challenge. With beer to wash down and witnesses to look on, Ol’ Leadfoot put down five of those suckers in less than two hours, buns, pickles, tomato slices and all. The photo shows our man in the forefront and along with owner Ray Roche, attorney Dan Rice and Clare Grady. ( Belch!)

From the Sept. 30, 1986, Forest Park Review

Ten Years Ago

Here’s an intriguing item from page 12 of the Sept. 11, 1996, Review. It asks, and answers the question, “What happens to the drugs and money confiscated after police arrests are made?”

Once a drug offender is arrested police package and inventory the drugs, which are tested by state crime labs, then held till the end of the trial. At that point, drugs may be destroyed under a judge’s order. Ancillary items (the dealer’s car, cash, jewelry and “other luxuries”) are confiscated under forfeiture laws. If, for example, the dealer claims he works for minimum wage at a fast food operation, yet drives a Cadillac worth $40,000 he will have some explaining to do. Should the suspect have separate other charges against him, a prolonged set of procedures may result with money and items split (in Illinois) 65-35 between the arresting agency and the state, with the properties being sold at auction-the local police department using its share to combat drug dealing and other police-related matters. Two examples in Forest Park: Former Police Officer Cheryl Baker’s D.A.R.E. vehicle belonged to a former drug dealer. And most funds needed for the force’s K-9 unit came from this source.

From the Sept. 11, 1996, Forest Park Review