Mystery Santa appears at Mohr

Shuttered concrete company gets surprise donation after 2018 theft

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

It might have been the cherry on top of a rough situation for the owners of the now-defunct H.J. Mohr & Sons Co., when their iconic Santa Claus statue (they kept it up year-round) was stolen last summer.

The concrete company closed shop last year after decades in business in the village, and within a few months the 4-foot-tall plastic Santa, which stood atop the concrete hopper since 1957, was stolen in the dead of night.

Karen Richards, a principal of Mohr & Sons, told Wednesday Journal that Santa has been returned – well, it's a different Santa, she said, newer and bigger – on May 19.

"It's a nicer Santa than we had," she said.

The new Santa is in a different location – now next to the big Mohr sign, which is also visible from Harlem Avenue – probably because it's not so easy to get to the top of the hopper, Richards said.

"Whoever it is I'd like to thank them for bringing a Santa back here," she said.

Richards was tight-lipped about the 3.29-acre concrete factory going on the market for $7 million in April, but she did reveal that there has been some interested buyers checking the place out.

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Waldhorn Fafner  

Posted: June 10th, 2019 11:39 PM

Village of Oak Park has helped Volvo, Foley Rice etc and many developers. My parents had coal delivered to their house in Forest Park after WWII by Mohr. They have also paid much in taxes to Oak Park and so the village tried to short change them in purchasing the property. They purchased CarX without getting property evaluated - seems that something needs to be changed.

Marie T Perkins from Oak Park  

Posted: June 2nd, 2019 2:31 PM

When are they going to tear down that horrible eyesore? A nice hotel or 4 story apartment building would be nice. How attractive it would be to people who commute downtown to walk out your door to the el or drive the Eisenhower. Please. Tear that rubble down.

Deborah Wess  

Posted: May 31st, 2019 8:43 PM

Theresa Jurgus, you had the hot tip!

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