Last weekend was a weed-control day at Cranberry - I didn't get out due to another commitment. My roving correspondents were Singapore-bound for summitry so I don't have a workday report.
Historical trivia from the Forest Preserves of Cook County instead
The early 1960s were a good time to be a Cook County/Forest Preserves Commissioner, especially if you wanted your name an a sign somewhere.
President of the Board: Daniel Ryan (Jr). After his death, the Dan Ryan Expressway was named after him. Dan Ryan Woods was named after his father, also President of the board 30-some years earlier. In fact, after Dan Ryan Sr passed, Dan Ryan Jr was appointed to his seat on the County Board. Hey, that's 20th Century Cook County.
General Superintendent: Charles G. (Cap) Sauers: This guy was the real deal. General Superintendent from 1929-1964, he was at the helm when a lot of forest preserve property was acquired. Cap Sauers Holding carries his name. For more on this very interesting man click the link: www.lib.niu.edu/1970/ip7009142.html
Other commissioners of that time included Elizabeth A. Conkey, John J. Duffy, and Edward M. Sneed. All of these names are found on signs in our region. I say this not to make light, rather to note their role in passing this legacy on to us.
The foresight of those who founded the Forest Preserves of Cook County, back when the Palos area was considered a remote outpost from the city, and their desire to protect and preserve the land from further development, is staggering. Here's another little slice of history fpdcc.com/about/history/
Another note of trivia: back when Dan Ryan Jr was president of the board, 18 holes of golf at one of their courses cost $1.50. The sole 9-hole course would set you back a buck.
Comment of the picture below: at the Swallow Cliff stairs. climbers use small rocks to count the number of trips up and down. Someone used rocks on a picnic bench to provide encouragement to fellow workout fiends.
Good advice in any worthwhile endeavor...