Several pages of an old newspaper were tucked behind an old mirror...here is what I found... a number of names are mentioned
Some things seem to remain the same today, as then, enjoy the read.
AURORA DAILY BEACON NEWS
Saturday, December 18, 1915
Seventieth Year Price One Cent
Lazy Fathers Are to Be Jailed
Loafers List Being Compiled
Miss Forsyth Finds Law Under Which Men Who Refuse to Work be Jailed
To Emancipate Mothers
More Than 100 Families in Aurora Destitute Claim Because
Head of House Refuses Work
To Be True No More
Everybody works but father,
He sits around all day;
With his feet in front of the fire,
Smoking his pipe of clay,
Mother takes in washing,
So does sister Anne;
Everybody works at our house,
But my old man.
In Aurora the day of the lazy father is past. A list of names of all fathers who refuse to work is being prepared by the heads of various charitable organizations in Aurora and State Attorney TYERS will be asked to issue warrants for their arrests. The charge against each will be contributing to the delinquency or their children.
LIST OF LOAFERS LONG
Records of the Juvenile Protective association, Aurora Charity council, Anti-Tuberculosis association and of POLICEWOMAN FORSYTH and Supervisor JAMESON show that there are more than 100 able bodied men in Aurora whose families are destitute because the father will not work. In some of the families there are as many as nine children and in all of the cases the wives and the children of the men are a public support.
Policewoman FORSYTH has found a law under which all of the men can be arrested and either fined $200 and costs or sent to the county jail for one year. The state's attorney will be asked to issue the warrants under this law and will be requested to take care of prosecution of hte cases.
Start Crusade on Monday
First requests for these warrants will be made to the state's attorney Monday by Policewoman FORSYTH and heads of the other charitable organizations. The cases will be tried, the workers say, before local justices of the peace.
"There are dozens and dozens of able bodied men in Aurora who sit around the house and will not work," Miss FORSYTH said today, "and we are going to get after them. If we send these lazy fathers up to the county jail for a while their families will be better off. The day when the mother must go out and work or seek public aid to support her children while the father loafs, is past. I know one family where there are nine children. The father is a six-footer and is as strong as any man in Aurora, but he is too lazy to work. His family is a public charge because his wife cannot earn enough by washing clothes and scrubbing to feed him and the nine children".
JOHN PEFFERS, secretary of the Aurora Commercial club, Miss LILLIAN HOLZBACH, chairman of the Welfare conference, PEARL DIENST, Juvenile Detention officer; Supervisor JOHN JAMESON, and Mrs. LOUIS LOWE BAKER, head of the Anti-Tuberculosis society, have been asked to aid in getting up the lazy list.
Mayor BURTON Makes Announcement
Means Happy Christmases
The rigid diphtheria quarantine restrictions made necessary in the recent epidemic of the dread disease the past few weeks which all young people under 18 years of age were kept from the streets and all public gatherings, will be lifted Monday morning.
1,842 KANE COUNTY BABES BORN LAST YEAR
The stork left 1,842 babies at Kane county homes, between Dec. 3, 1914 and Nov. 30, 1915.
This is said to be a record and County Clerk CHARLES LOWRY believes that some babies were born and not registered.
SOCIETIES and CLUBS
The Alpha Club will meet with Mr. and Mrs. C.H. HARING Saturday night of this week. Dinner will be served at 7 o'clock.
The Hawthorne Reading club will meet Monday at the home of Mrs. T. OTTO FISK.
Special convocation of Aurora chapter No. 22, R.A.M. Monday evening, December 20, at 7:30 o'clock. Installation of officers, FRED A. BUTKE, E.H. P CHARLES DOETSCHMAN, secretary.
NEWS IN BRIEF
DIPHTHERIA DECREASES. - The number of diphtheria cases in Aurora is now four, according to the daily health department bulletin. There have been five cases, but one home was released from quarantine. Aurora residents are more careful than they were last year. Health Commissioner SCHWACHTGEN says, and for that reason there are not near as many cases of diphtheria here.
OUT OF JAIL, BEGS, IN AGAIN - JOHN SHARFER was released from the city jail yesterday morning after serving a sentence for being intoxicated. He had been out of jail less than six hours when several women complained that he had begged money from them. He was arrested and this morning when arraigned and brought before POLICE MAGISTRATE BARLOW was sentenced to served 60 days in the county jail on a charge of vagrancy.
FALLS on SIDEWALK - HARRY DIXON, a house father at the state home for boys at St. Charles, was a victim of the icy sidewalks in Aurora yesterday. He was walking south in Water street shortly before 4 o'clock.when he slipped and fell on the walk near Fox street. A deep gash was cut over his left eye. He was taken to the office of Dr. W.L. MURPHY, where it was necessary to take three stitches in the wound.
CHARGES THEFT - FRANK LYON, a farm hand, last night caused the arrest of A.E. POOLEY, charging that he took three dollars out of his pockets. Both LYON and POOLEY were intoxicated at the time the charge was made and the police arrested both. The two are being held prisoners pending the police investigation.
Mrs. BLISS SELLS SEALS - Mrs. J.H. BLISS was in sole command of the Red Cross seal booth in the post office today. The sales yesterday amounted to $6.74.
FARM HAND FINED JOHN GOLDEN, who was arraigned in police court last Monday on a charge of vagrancy and asked a continuance so that he could bring his lawyer. Was fined $3 and costs by Police Magistrate BARLOW today. The charge was changed from vagrancy to disorderly conduct. GOLDEN has been employed as a farm hand west of the city for several years and other than his habit of imbibing too freely has never caused the police any trouble heretofore.
SEND A NEUTRALITY PETITION TO COPLEY - A petition signed by farmers in the Big Woods district northeast of Aurora was sent to Congressman COPLEY today urging him to use his influence at Washington to have the United States remain neutral in regard to the European war. The petition was circulated among the farmers yesterday.
SUNDAY HOLIDAY RESTORED - Superintendent GRIFFITHS of the State Home for Boys at St.Charles will next week put into effect the rule allowing the employes (sic) a one-day holiday in seven. Most of the employes (sic) have spent their holidays shopping in Aurora.
CANDY FOR KIDDIES - WILLIAM WILSON, secretary of Aurora Lodge of the Loyal Order of Moose, is completing arrangements for the big Moose Christmas celebration which will be held as usual this year in the Fox theater on Christmas morning. A big tree will decorate the stage and every child in the city given a ticket will be given a box of candy and other gifts. There will be a program and music by the Mooseheart Boys band.
Miss NANNIE TENNEY, traveling saleswoman for G.W. EADE & Co., returned last evening from a successful business trip thru Wisconsin.
EDWARD THERER of Sugar Grove suffered a compound fracture of his leg yesterday and is doing as well as can be expected. Dr. C.W. GEYER is caring for the patient.
Mrs. FRANK FEIEREISEN was surprised by a number of friends, members of the Double Four club yesterday at her home in Solfisberg avenue. There were cards at which scores were made by Mrs. WEIDERT, Mrs. J.P. MAUER, Mrs. RITENDORF and Mrs. FEIEREISEN. Luncheon was served at 5 o'clock. Mrs. FEIEREISEN was give a handsome tablecloth.
UP-RIVER RIVAL CITY TEAMS FIGHT
St. Charles and Geneva High Schools
Flashes Out Anew in Basketball Game
A basketball game played last evening had thrown
Geneva and St. Charles
into a turmoil today.
The rivalry existing between the two Aurora high schools, Yale and Harvard or even Chicago and Illinois is mild compared with the rivalry years old between Geneva and St. Charles over inter-town athletic events.
Geneva and St. Charles high schools played basketball last evening at St. Charles. The game was a tie at the end of the regulation playing time and playing was continued for five minutes as the rules provide. St. Charles won 24 to 22, it was said.
Prof. CLYDE BATES of Geneva announce this morning that the game would be protested. "We don't care about the loss of the game, but we do…treatment we received at St. Charles last evening," he said.
"I charge that THOMAS ANGEL, of the Elgin high school, the game official, is incompetent as a basketball official. On a jump ball play he allowed the player who jumped to catch the ball, altho our captain objected. He allowed shoving by players; he allowed players to pass the ball and hold a Geneva player with the other hand; he showed by his decisions that he was not familiar with the rules. EUGENE PAYNE was kicked. The St. Charles players are much heavier than Geneva'a players.
I will make a protest to Supt. FAITH McAULEY and suggest that the game be replayed and ask that a neutral floor be used. I would suggest that the game be played on the floor of the Boys' Home gymnasium.
A Geneva player said: "It wasn't a basketball game. It was football."
St. Charles would rather defeat Geneva, and Geneva would rather defeat St. Charles than almost an other team, because of the intertown rivalry caused by geographic nearness.
Geneva had won its other two games played against the West Chicago and Boys' Home teams this season and St. Charles had lost its two games to Dundee and Wheaton. St. Charles was celebrating today. The city had not learned of the announcement of Professor BATES that he would protest.
The victory of St. Charles over Geneva is said to be the first ever gained by St. Charles over a Geneva basketball team.
The following report of the game was received from St. Charles. It was written by a St. Charles citizen who witnessed the game.
The St. Charles high school basketball team won a hard fought game with the Geneva high school last evening. The teams were about evenly matched - both averaging about the same weight. The Genevans had the advantage in team work, because of starting basketball practice while the St. Charles players still played football. But what St. Charles lacked in smooth team work, they made up with their splendid determination to do their best, and several times, the Geneva boys seemed bewildered at the sudden flashes of speed which the St. Charles players showed. At the end of the first half, Geneva was leading by several points, and the Geneva rooters seemed confident of victory. With three minutes left to play, Geneva still lead by a score of 20 to 16. The score remained unchanged during the next one and one-half minutes. St. Charles awakened and things happened. St. Charles showed a burst of speed which swept the Genevans off their feet and made the score a tie when the regulation time for the games was used.
In the extra five minutes give to play off the tie, the home team easily made tow more baskets while Geneva scored one. JOHN ?, the St. Charles Captain was easily the star of the game and the best player on the floor. He played a fast and aggressive game making 14 out of 24 points. MUNHALL starred playing the best game of his life. He practically held his man, McINTOSH, Geneva's star, FAGAN, center, got he jump on his ham every time, and putting the ball wherever he pleased. JENNINGS and LANDMARK played a fast and snappy games, giving their team mates good support.
The St. Charles Seconds lost to the Geneva Seconds by the score of 14 to 8. The St. Charles line-up LUNDEN, lf: KELLY, rf: KNUDSON, c; BURR and AIRS, lg; DAVIS and JOHNSON, rg
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