Paul Schroeder Arrested on Complaint of Local Real Estate Dealers Released by Judge Rush.
Signs Brought in Court
Repainted Signs Formerly Owned by Older Firms Brought Into Court as Evidence Against Schroeder.
A war between the real estate men in Wilmette came to a head Tuesday morning when a case against Paul Schroeder, a new operator in that village, was dismissed by Judge Rush. Schroeder was arrested on Friday on the complaint of J. H. Long, representing the firm of McGuire and Orr; Horace Drury, representing the firm of Quinlan and Tyson, and D. E. Allen, representing the local firm of D. E. Allen.
Old Signs Discovered
Schroeder is a new man in Wilmette and it is said has been running up against the old established dealers and roused their ire. Some signs which plainly showed the marks of new paint and which were discoverable as former signs of the older firms were noted and stationed around in different parts of the village bearing the advertisement of "paul Schroeder and Co," The firms who claimed to have had their signs appropriated determined to bring the offender to justice, and after several midnight trips in which the repainted signs were appropriated by the representatives of these companies, the information was filed against Schroeder.
Bring Evidence Into Court.
When he appeared in court Tuesday monring, the three representatives of the accusing firms soon followed bearing the "tell-tale" signs. When the evidence of the prosecution was all in, and the signs had been duly observed, Schroeder presented witnesses who testified as to how he came by the signs. One of the witnesses was Mr. C. F. Coolrich [unclear], of 526 Greenleaf street, who stated that two of the four signs introduced as evidence were left on his lot when he bought it, and that Mr. Schroeder had bought the signs from him for the purpose of using then himself. The other two signs were taken from a mortar box which was left on Mr. Schroeder's property at 418 Greenleaf street, when he purchased the property. When the evidence was in, there was nothing for the court to do but dismiss the case.
Scroeder New Arrival.
Schroeder has only been operating in Wilmette real estate since last September. He has located his headquarters near the L. terminal and has become interested in property in that vicinity. He comes from Quincy, Illinois, and was on the road for a wholesale cereal house for some years preceding his removal to Wilmette. He has recently established an office in a barber shop in the center of town west of the Chicago and Northwestern railroad depot. He has stated that he did not intend to let the matter rest where it is now, but intends to go after the men who brought about his arrest. He has not decided just what action he will take.