1937: Dog Collar with Brass Studs, Chicken Suspect Sought

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 in 1937, Kent Chandler becomes mayor of Lake Forest, and "a library is added onto Halsey School," according to the  timeline.

  • Jan. 30, 1937: Sidney Haskins, caretaker in the 50 block of Old Elm Road, came to the station and reported that they had some chickens taken from the chicken house, found two with necks wrung and a suspect on the property. Told squads to pick up suspect.
  • Jan. 31, 1937: Rev. Rogers called for a police escort from Church of the Holy Spirit to the bank at 7:15 p.m. Officer Pfister on call.
  • Feb. 2, 1937: A man from Edgewood Road reported someone stole his bicycle from in front of Hanson's tavern. Color red. Found later.
  • Feb. 10, 1937: Rev. Prince reports the loss of a dog collar with brass studs on it, name Jerry printed on it, license tag No. 297 also on it.

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