1936: Man Accosted, Loses $3.60, One Dollar Watch, Two Cans of Tobacco

Historical Police Blotter reflects times, culture of early Lake Forest.


The entries we post on a weekly basis will be from the early 1900s through the late-1930s at a time when was beginning to flourish as a community.

The entries are posted practically verbatim, except for the names of the victims or perpetrators of the crimes noted. They provide a fascinating reflection of the times and culture of that era.

Just as an example of what was going on in Lake Forest around that time, the Lake Forest Police Department installed radio receivers in three squad cars. Before this time communication between the station and officers on patrol is conducted entirely over the telephone at eight call boxes at various locations around town in 1932, according to the  timeline.


  • Jan. 15, 1936: Received call to send a police officer to the Deerpath Theater right away. Chris Tiffany, jensen and Huhnke on call. Management having trouble with the operator, who had a little too much to drink.
  • Feb. 13, 1936: A woman on Laurel Avenue reported that a black bear fur robe was stolen from her car parked in the garage some time yesterday. Robe found.
  • Feb. 15, 1936: A man coming east on Westleigh Road at 11:20 p.m., Feb. 14, was accosted by three fellows in what he thought was an old Buick Sedan, about a 1924 model. They took $3.60, one dollar watch and two cans of tobacco. No. 1 was over 6 feet tall, No. 2 about 5-foot-8 and No. 3 sat in car. No description.
  • March 4, 1936: A man from Highland Park, who is a representative for Electro Lux Cleaner, called and said a man who is tall, thin and dark complected, was going around picking up Elector Lux Cleaners (see attached photo) for repairs, charging people for them and not fixing them. Pick up.


— information courtesy of John Walker.

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