1937: Stolen Pocketbook had $1.50, a Pencil, Rosary Beads

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.

These entries are from 1937. Just as an example of what was going on in Lake Forest in 1937, "Regular members of the Lake Forest fire department are given the opportunity to train in Chicago," according to the  timeline.


  • Jan. 7, 1937: A woman reports a pocket book taken from her flat on Market Square. Her pocket book is navy blue with her initials C.B. on it. Contained $1.50 in currency, a pencil and rosary beads.
  • Jan. 10, 1937: Received a call for police from boarding house at north entrance of Mill Road Farm. Officers Baldwin and Kelly on call. Picked up a Chicago man who said that he was on Waukegan Road when the car ahead of him stopped suddenly and he crashed into it. The occupants of the other car made him get in their care, and they took him west on Route 22 and then to Old Mill Road where they threw him out of the car, took his money, keys and watch. His car is at Everett Garage. Watch was a Waltham with a closed face.
  • Jan. 24, 1937: A woman had received a call from a man whom she had helped get a job, wanting aid to get back to Chicago. She told him to go to Kraffts Drug store and they would give him a dollar. Received a second call shortly after she said he was in North Shore Depot. She wanted us to check him as he sounded drunk or demented.
  • Jan. 28, 1937: Received over the radio, please contact local authorities and have them ship all diptheria and typhoid vaccine available. Ship to Col. David in Eldorado, Ill. Notify Sheriff's Office as to amount that will be shipped. Hold on above as they have enough at present.


- Historical Police reports courtesy of Lake Forest resident John Walker.

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