Chicago Police of SW Florida

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This web site was created for retired members of the Chicago Police Department who now reside in  Southwest Florida area. The purpose of this web site is to further enhance the Florida experience with Chicago fellowship, friendship and social activities. It is this site's intent to keep its members informed about Chicago related events and news while enjoying the Florida experience!!


WELCOME TO THE "CHICAGO POLICE OF SW" FLORIDA WEBSITE. We hope you enjoy our club's site which was created to keep all of our members in Florida informed on all things Chicago. Feel free to browse the site & check out all of our tabs. We will continue to update the site on a regular basis. We hope you make our site one of your "Favorites". You are also welcome to comment on any of our tabs or e-mail our site with suggestions. For visiting Officers or friends of the CPD, please join us @ one of our meetings. They are held @ the  COPSHOP @ 1PM every 1st Wednesday. The COPSHOP is located @ 822 SE 46th Lane in Cape Coral.. If lost call 239-549-7223 for directions..  Click on the "Information/FAQ or Directory"  for details on how to join or contact members & check trivia answers. Click Trivia to get the newest question..  For lastest news, see    the" Bulletin Board/News tab..  Our "CPD Freinds" tab has Chicago connected busness & services available to the SW Florida Area. Our "Links" tab contains all thats needed to enjoy the Florida life style while staying connected to all the news from Chicago!!!  


                           "FAMOUS CHICAGO QUOTES"!!!

"I had seen nothing sacred & the things that were glorious, had no glory & the sacrifices were like the "Stockyards of Chicago"!!!! Ernest Hemingway, Farewell to Arms!!!!

 I'm a little hoarse tonight. I've been living in Chicago for the past two months & been yelling for help on the way home every night.. Things are so tough in Chicago, that at Easter time for bunnies, the kids use porcupines!!!!   Fred Allen, 1956, in Much Ado about Nothing!!!!

My 1st day in Chicago, September 4th, 1983. I set foot in this city & just walking down the street, it was like roots, like the motherland, I knew I belonged.  Oprah Winfrey!!!! 

It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try & keep up with Chicago. She outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them. She is always a novelty. She is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time.     Mark Twain, 1883!!! 

New York is one of the capitals of the World. Los Angeles is a consellation of plastic while San Francisco is a lady. Boston has become urban renewal, while Philidelphia, Washington & Baltimore wink like dull diamonds in the smog of eastern metropolis. New Orleans is unremarkable after the French Quarter. Detroit is a one trade town. Pittsburg has lost its golden triangle while St Louis has become the golden arch of the corporation. The oil depletion has made Dallas & Houston naught, but Chicago is the great American City. Perhaps its the last of the Great American Cities....  

"SWEET HOME CHICAGO",, In 1883 Bill Granger wrote  A lot of real Chicago lives in the neighborhood taverns. It is the mixed German and Irish and Polish gift to the city. A bit of the old country, grafted into a strong new plant for the new!!! 

 I'm going to St Petersburg Florida tomorrow. Let the working citizens of Chicago get their liquor the best they can. I'm sick of the job...its thankless & full of grief. I've been spending the best years of my life as a public benefactor!!    Al Capone.

I've reported murders, scandals, national & local politics. I've been amused, intrigued, outraged, enthralled & exasperated by Chicago. I've come to love this American giant, viewing it as the most mis-understood, most underrated city in the world. There is none other quite like my "City of Big Shoulders".  Irv Kupcinet..1941!!!

Chicago is a city of contradictions, of private visions haphazardly overlaid & linked together. If the city was unhappy with itself yesterday, it will reinvent itself today.  Pat Colander "A Metropolis of no Little Plans" May 1985!!!

                             "EARLY CHICAGO HISTORY"

In 1802 Chicago had its beginnings in Ft Dearborn, build by US Troops & named after Henry Dearborn, President Jeffersons War Secretary.

In 1837, on March 4th, the city of Chicago was incorporated with a population of 350.

In 1837, William B. Ogden was elected as Chicago's 1st Mayor.

In 1837 C.D. Peacock Jewelers was founded. Its the oldest Chicago business still in existense today.

In 1840, John Stone, 34, was the city's 1st legally exucuted criminal. He was hanged on July 10 for the rape & murder of Lucretia Thompson, a farmers wife.

In 1847, the 1st issue of "Chicago Tribune" came off the presses on June 10th. A year later the Chicago Board of Trade was founded.

In 1851, Northwestern, the 1st University in Chgo area was founded.

In 1854, a Cholera epidemic took 5.5% of Chicago's population.

In 1855, the Chicago Police Department was organized under Mayor Dr. Levi Boone.

In 1860, Chicago received its 1st Royal visitor, King Edward VII, of England, then, the Prince of Wales.

In 1861, Mayor John Wentworth fired the entire Chicago Police Department. At the time he had 60 Patrolmen, 3 Sergeants, 3 Lieutenants & 1 Captain. The city had no police protection for 12 hours, then the Board of Commissioners hired new Officers.

In 1863, Chicago & Illinois had its 1st hospital, "Mercy", which still exist today.

In 1864, Chicago established Lincoln Park for recreaction on the north side & on the south side, the Union Stock Yards for business & jobs.

In 1865, Abe Lincoln's body, lay in state, in Chicago's City Hall under the courthouse rotunda. Later his body was taken to Springfield for burial.

In 1867, Construction of the Water Tower, designed by W.W. Boyington began.

1871, The great Chicago Fire, on October 8th & 9th, 2.5 square miles of Chicago was burned to the ground. The fire killed 250 Chicagoan's, burned for 27 hours & destroyed 17, 450 buildings. On October 10th, Chicagoans began rebuilding their city!!!!!!

1872, Aaron Montgromery Ward established the 1st mail order business @ Clark & Kinzie with two employees & $2,400.00 in capital..

1873, The Chicago Public Library opened, many of the books donated from all over the country due to the Chicago Fire.    

 In 1880, George Pullman purchased 4,000 acres of land near Lake Calumet. He spent another 8 million to build a self contained town for his employee's. He ruled this town with a iron fist.One of his employee's once said-"We were born in a Pullman house, fed from Pullman shops, taught in Pullman schools, catechized in a Pullman Church & when dead, we shall go to Pullman Hell".


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