'Sex moron' is apprehended, with three more Stooges at the Lake

VILLAGE TIME CAPSULE - SEPT. 11, 1949

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DOUG DEUCHLER

Fifty-three years ago this week police arrested a 30-year-old "sex moron" who was accused of at least three incidents of indecent exposure and lewd remarks made to girls in Oak Park. The mother of two girls, 11 and 12 years old, on the 200 block of South East Avenue registered the initial complaint. The second indecent incident, in the alley at Grove Avenue and Garfield Street, involved the same charges, this time with girls age 9 and 6. During yet another instance of indecent exposure, one smart 8-year-old south Oak Park girl scrawled the license number in the dirt with a tree twig while her playmate ran and called the police. Oak Park officers took the man into custody the same day.
Frank Lloyd Wright, age 82, spoke at the 19th Century Woman's Club on Monday. His subject was "Organic Architecture." Because of the large number of members who wanted to hear Mr. Wright, no additional guests were invited to the session.
A stop light was finally being installed at the Harlem Avenue and Augusta Boulevard "death trap" intersection. Three persons had died at that crossing in recent years. Both villages would bear the expense of the stop light installation.
The 20-foot-high sledding hill in Greenfield (Lindberg) Park in northeast Oak Park was pared down by the park district. Park commissioners voted to cut down the elevation of the hill to allow more recreation space. A hardball baseball diamond was put in its place. The plan also included the removal of all trees in the park, located between Marion Street and Woodbine Avenue, Greenfield Street and LeMoyne Parkway.
A new 1949 Dodge Sedan cost $1,590 at Hart Motor Co. For an extra $11 the
customer could have a "turn indicator" installed, a new addition which warned all motorists both in front and behind the car that the driver was making a turn.
According to the want ads for this week in 1949, the going rate for a white "general downstairs housework" maid who had her own room and bath was $35. Cooking and serving were required but there were no laundry responsibilities. A "colored girl" who came in to do "day work," which included both cooking and laundry, could receive $20 per week.
Many families were purchasing their first television sets, although the price of most TVs was still quite high. A Zenith set with a "Circle Screen" was selling for $500 in either blonde or mahogany at The Walker Company, Oak Park Avenue and Lake Street.
Bennett Cerf, founder and president of Random House Publishing, spoke at the Oak Park Community Lecture Series at the high school auditorium. His topic was "Changing Styles in American Humor."
Among the upcoming speakers for the series were Senator Estes Kefauver, Clifton Fadiman, Cornelia Otis Skinner, and Dr. Will Durant.
A number of new 1949 homes on the 1200 block of N. Franklin Ave. in River Forest containing three bedrooms, two and 1/2 baths, a library and two natural fireplaces were selling for $438,500.
Four illegal alien Mexicans were arrested in Oak Park and ordered deported to Mexico by immigration authorities. They were arrested at 538 S. Oak Park Ave. At the Lake Theater there was a special Saturday matinee of "Springtime in the Sierras" with Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger. Admission was 25 cents. Also on the bill were five color Looney Tunes cartoons and a Three Stooges comedy. The first 200 children passing the ticket taker would receive an 8x10 picture of the cowboy star.
A week later, Mrs. Howard Gallagher, who'd taken her kids to the matinee,
complained in the local press that the cartoons were "coarse, disgusting and crude depictions of drunkenness, violence, killing, and sexuality--plus a blatant disrespect for all the good things Oak Park stands for."

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