Solons Renew Fight Against "L" in Wilmette
Lake Shore News (Wilmette, Illinois), 8 May 1913, p. 1

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Date of Publication:
8 May 1913
Personal Name(s):
Butz, Alvin J., Mrs.
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Northwestern Elevated Railroad Company ; Village of Wilmette
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Village Trustees Again Discuss Suit to Keep Elevated Road Out and May Order Appeal Before June 28. (subtitle)

New Trustees Installed

Councilmen Elect Assume Duties in Session Tuesday Night - Club - Women Want Quarantine.(subtitle)

That the fight against the Northwestern Elevated Railroad company to shut the transportation line out of Wilmette will be fought to a finish was demonstrated by the attitude taken by the new village board of that place Tuesday night when instructions were given Village Attorney Charles H. Jackson to have the evidence in the recent case decided against the village of Wilmette written up that an appeal can be taken to the Appellate court. Following the drastic action of the elevated company in laying tracks across an alley between two days, the trustees are determined not to let the corporation ride roughshod over the mandates of the village officials.

Sixty days are allowed from April 28, when the order was entered in the Circuit court of Cook county by Judge Petit against the village of Wilmette in the injunction suit for an appeal to be taken. While the trustees did not sanction an appeal, they took the first step in their determination to carry the case to the higher courts by the action Tuesday night.

The session was the first of the new village council. Trustees Herbert C. Arms, Dr. W. J. Montgomery and Joseph Heinzen assumed their duties like veterans. They entered into all the discussions and asked to be "shown" on village matters which they did not clearly understand. The attendance of citizens in the meeting taxed the seating capacity of the council chambers, many being forced to stand in the hallway.

Ask Quarantine Measure

Probably the next important item in the initial session of the new board of trustees was the consideration of a petition submitted by the Woman's club of Wilmette asking that a health commissioner be named that a more strict enforcement of quarantine of contagious diseases might be effected. The petition was signed by 522 citizens of the village and was sponsored by Mrs. Alvin J. Butz of the Woman's club. The petition was referred to the public service committee.

Upon application of J. H. Long for a license to conduct a moving picture show in the building adjoining the Wilmette postoffice [sic.] action was taken which points to a new ordinance being drafted governing such places of amusement. President John D. Couffer explained to the trustees that several applications for such places had been made in the last few years. Upon a motion President Couffer appointed a special committee to draft an ordinance which would provide that safety measures be followed in conducting a "movie" theater. This committee is composed of Trustees English, Arms, Heinzen and President Couffer.

Station Permit Refused.

In face of the opposition, plans for the proposed $12,000 elevated station were submitted to the trustees and an appeal made that a permit be granted. Upon motion of Trustee J. F. Stone the permit was refused while litigation was pending.

Father Netstretter of St. Joseph's church near gross Point appeared before the trustees, asking permission for a tapping of the Wilmette sewers for the new academy building in that section. The matter was referred to the sewers and water committee.

Bonds of the following village officials were approved by the trustees: Village President John D. Couffer, $300 surety, National Surety company; Village Clerk Earl E. Orner, $1,000 surety, National Surety company; and Village Treasurer H. W. Miller, $90,000 surety, Globe Surety company.

Committees Named.

The following committees were named by President Couffer: Finance - George A. Hulst, George English, Herbert Arms.
Streets and Alleys - George English, J. F. Stone, Joseph Heinzen.
Fire - J. F. Stone, Herbert Arms, W. J. Montgomery.
Sewers and Water - W. J. Montgomery, George A. Huist, J. F. Stone.
Public Service - Herbert Arms, Joseph Heinzen, George English.
Judiciary - Joseph Heinzen, W. J. Montgomery, George A. Hulst.
Frank Forrester was again named commissioner of public works.

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Solons Renew Fight Against "L" in Wilmette