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Forty Years Ago

Searching for a usable tid bit“from yester news,” I found something of dubious interest in the Help Wanted section in a 1967 issue of the Review. It seems like a lot of companies were looking for a Girl Friday. Or a part-time Girl Friday. In the ad, the ability to type seemed like a good idea, or least an afterthought. I can’t help wondering if the candidate could hack the pressure if the heat was on and a letter just had to be typed. Like you, I’d be interested in knowing what the job paid. The employer was Lien Building Service Corporation in Franklin Park.

Jewel Food Co. headquarters in Melrose Park needed a lot of a vanishing breed in a hurry -keypunch operators. Same with an ad titled “switchboard receptionists” and clerk typists.” St. Anne’s Hospital, 4980 W. Thomas in Chicago, wanted nurses, nurses, nurses -RNs, LPNs nurse’s aides. (Judging by shortage projections for the next 20 years, they probably still do.) Abell-Howe Co. of Forest Park was on the lookout for welders, structural assemblers, fitters and machine operators.

From the June 1, 1967, issue of the Forest Park Review

Thirty Years Ago

Before there was the Howard R. Mohr Community Center, there was the Community Center. Six months after Mohr’s sudden death in January of 1977 the facility was rededicated to his memory. On Saturday, June 11, village officials and the general public celebrated the event with an open house. It’s said that no one worked harder from its conception to completion than Howard Mohr. It was his baby, and he always regarded it as the community’s finest accomplishment.

The idea was born three years earlier during discussions of how the village could provide additional recreational and other activities for Forest Park’s young people and senior citizens. With space at a premium Mohr thought taxes were not the way to go. He turned to local business and industry for funding, then letter and door-to-door solicitation of residents for financing the project. The center first opened on Nov. 24, 1974.

From the June 15, 1977, Forest Park Review

Twenty Years Ago

In case you were vexed last week by the absence of answers in last week’s column re: “The Ending” tavern’s trivia competitions, allow me to make amends: Geography-Double-N states; Tennessee, Minnesota, Connecticut, Pennsylvania. States ending in Y; Kentucky and New Jersey. Literature–Macduff did in Macbeth. Booze (brand of first pull-top can)–Schlitz.

Just the kind of news we don’t like to see repeated, still it might alert us to prevent a reoccurrence. The victim, a 13-year-old girl, entered a common laundry room in an apartment building at 5:50 p.m. A 32-year-old man at the same address followed her in. When she hadn’t returned in a half-hour a family member came looking for her and found her being held by the man. She was reported as visibly upset and accused the man of making sexual advances toward her. Police arrested him that evening.

From the April 1, 1987, Forest Park Review

Ten Years Ago

Ed O’Shea, an Irish moniker if ever you heard one, called it a career after serving as village attorney for 42 years. The reins were turned over to his law partner and daughter, Shannon. Mayor Lorraine Popelka spoke to the village council and all attending the Monday night council meeting when she said, “This a happy and sad moment. We certainly wish Ed all the best.” He was gifted with a set of luggage.

O’Shea had this to say: “I’ve made a town full of friends. It was toilsome at times and tough at times, but for the most part it was 40 years of rewarding enjoyment, I’m happy that I played a part in the growth and development of Forest Park.

Who Remembers? Chuck Barris and the Gong Show … the New Math … the Old Oaken Bucket … the parlor game, Charades … the Twenty Questions game (Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?) … Sally Struthers … Sally Struthers’ causes … Earl Bostic.

From the April 30, 1997, Forest Park Review