Lot Number Map
Lot Number Map Explained
In the map above, the Lots purchased by the SDC in 1925 are colored YELLOW, and below each Lot Number is a Month-Day or Month-Day-Letter. Thus, the Map shows the date that Lot Number appears in the Proceedings for that year, or if more than one lot was purchased or mentioned on that day, then it is followed by an item letter. Likewise, Lots purchased in 1926 are colored LIGHT BLUE, using the same Date and Item Letter scheme. The Lots colored RED are also in the 1926 Proceedings, but were part of judgments rendered "in the case of the Sanitary District vs. Peter Fedeler" (pages 1049-1050; or "Fideler" on page 1353). Lots colored GREEN were part of the concluding judgments during 1927 found on pages 157 (March 3) and 560 (June 23) of the Proceedings for that same case. Lots 18, 22, 34, 39, 61 and 66 were obtained in portions at different dates (Note: the dividing lines of these lots in the map above are not necessarily to scale). The first lots mentioned in the Proceedings and shown above are Lots 57 (a), 58 (b), 22 (c; the northern part), 43 (d), 52 (e), 59 (h) and 60 (i). [Note: We've provided a summary of where every purchase of the lots within the E. A. Cummings (and Company's City Farm's) Subdivision can be found within the 1925, 1926 and 1927 Proceedings in this: Text File.]
How to Search the Proceedings Effectively
The first problem one must understand in carrying out fruitful searches in the SDC's Proceedings PDF documents is that the search index within each of these files is based upon a scan of the original documents that is far from perfect; there were many errors in the creation of the files that were never corrected. In the first set of quoted passages below (from October 8, 1925), we have left all the uncorrected errors in the left column (which is a textual representation of what is contained in the document's digital index). There are even occurrences where a heading, page number or part of a word are not indexed at all.
The second problem is that many names were misspelled in the original documents, so even a perfect scan of a name might result in nothing found if only the correct spelling is used.
So, to carry out an effective search of these documents, we recommend performing multiple searches on the same document as follows:
1. First, if possible, identify a year in which you believe what you're searching for should have occurred, then download both the PDF file for that year and the following; many times the Proceedings do not discuss an event or item until the following year.
2. If you do not find the name or term you searched for, then try many alternate spellings. And even if you do find it exactly as it should be spelled, do not conclude it doesn't occur elsewhere under a different spelling.
In other words, pick a reoccurring term that doesn't appear very often in the document except in the context of what you need to find. Note: These particular terms have many poorly scanned results overall, but because they appear so many times on the same page (because there were many renters paying at the same time in this area), one or more of the scans will likely be correct. Then skim through the page on which it occurs, looking for a first name or another recurring item (such as the same or similar rent price in our case). By doing so, you would eventually be able to find his name was spelled as Frank Hanferski on page 1437 and Frank Tanferski on page 1439. How do we know this is the same person? Look at the entries: The have exactly the same piece of land at same rent each time, which gives us a high probability when coupled with the similarities in the name. But for whomever might be searching for him, hopefully they would also know about what year he he moved in and out of the area.
For this specific topic of whom was paying rent and/or living in this area, the US Census records might also be helpful in checking and/or supporting that only one person, or in fact two people with similar names (but differing in age, family members present or other characteristics), lived in the same area. The more evidence you have, the easier it is to answer such questions.
Errors in the Original Documents
Like any other company with extensive records covering many decades, there are bound to be a few errors beyond just spelling mistakes, and you may need to do some logical detective work in order to come to the truth of a matter. Our example here is
one which also shows how the error may have arisen, and why it's a good thing so many items in the Proceedings are often recorded in a rather long and boring manner. If some numerical data you happen to be searching for, such as a monetary amount, needs to be verified, hopefully there will be multiple
instances where it's recorded, such as the amount of rent someone paid or the wages an employee received every month, etc.
But couldn't this be either 1) Two different people with the same name, or just possibly 2) That this same person was renting both properties? No! Why are we certain? Because both Lots 19 and 20 in the E. A. Cummings Subd. (and all their structures) were always rented by the same entity that had previously owned them: School District 110; this being where the MacArthur School was located.
How did such an error occur? It appears to us to have arisen from the following sequence: 1) On page 1434 (1496/1562), instead of giving the longer description of the lot's location, a shorter alternative, "lot 20 in County Clerk's Subd." was given. 2) The next entry, on page 1436 (1498/1562) does not have either the lot number nor what was on the land; only the larger area: "N. E. Quarter, Sec. 20, T. 35, R. 10." 3) In the next entry on page 1442 (1504/1562), although 'lot 20' and a 'house and barn' are mentioned, someone either decided not to, or simply forgot to, include even the short description of it being in the County Clerk's Subd., leaving the entry with only 'lot 20' as to where it was located. We believe it should be noted that almost every other rental entry on this page (there's only 1 exception) is identified as being in the 'E. A. Cummings Subd.' 4) Then on page 1478 (1540/1562) where we also have the misspelled name "Peter Santor" it was mistakenly recorded as being in the 'E. A. Cummings Subd.' possibly after checking for a location at his previous entry and seeing none but 'lot 20'. So that seems to indicate how the error could have arisen. But then: After an additional amount is recorded on page 1479 (1541/1562) for rent received, where we see the erroneous location was dropped and the larger area used, the entry on page 1484 (1546/1562) yet again has this lot listed incorrectly as being in the 'E. A. Cummings Subd.' So it seems whoever recorded this was confused (again?) by what had been previously entered.
Thus, for anyone attempting to verify some data or discover the truth about some matter, they should appreciate the fact that these records often have long-winded descriptions with many redundancies that may be quite helpful.
1925 Proceedings, pages 882-883
Although the Left Column below contains the characters stored in the PDF file's index, we formatted it with SPACEs and Line Returns. If you were to copy a number of sentences or paragraphs from these PDF files and paste them into an editor, it would result in a text that has no indentation and no blank lines. The Right Column is a photocopy of the original type:
FINANCE. Mr. Eller presented the following report from the Committee ·on Finallel: CHICAGO, October 8', 1925 •. To the Hono1'abie, tfte Fre~t aM Bfl.ar& of TriMtees of The Sanitury Dtstrict of Ch~. GENTLEMEN: Your. Committee on Finance repQrls Utat ·it bas agreed to purchase fro~ the owners tAAI'eo;f, var,ro~~ piecei;l. and parcels of Real Estate to be. ~ed · ~. a part of . the·· site of the W e!lt Side Sewage . Treatinen:t . Work:~; the descriptions of said pi;eces and parcel$ of Real ;E!staie, the names of the owners thereof and amounts' to 'be paid therefor being as· follows, tO-ri:: (a) Lot fifty-seven (57) in ;E. A. Cinnining~, and Company's City :Farms S'cd>di:vision ·. in: ·the 'Na:rthwest qUarter of Secliou :Pmf''.~5J: T&>wnshiip
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The data concerning the first land and house purchases in this area continues on page 883 of the 1925 Proceedings:
.october 8 Thirly'~eight:. ~38) <North Range Thirteen (13) East of the Third Principal Meridian, to be purchased from Joseph Perina and Clara M. Perina, his "'i:fe, for the. sum .• of $925; . (b) Lot fifty-eight (58) in E. A. Cummings and Company's City ·Farms Subdivision in the Northwest quarter ( NW *) of Section Five ( 5) Township Thirty-eight (38) North, Range Thirteen (13), East of the Third Principal Meridian, to be purchased from Joseph Perina and Hermina Perina, .his wife, for the sum of $925. (_c) . The North 50 feet of Lot 22 in E. A. Cummings and Company's City Farms Subdivision in the Northwest Quarter of Section 5, Township 38, North, Range 13, East of the Third Principal Meridian, to be· purcha·sed from John Naus and Bessie Naus, his wife, for the sum of $4,300. (d) Lot 43 in· E. A. Cummings and Company's City Farms· Subdivision in the Northwest Quarter of Section 5, Township 38, North, Range 13, East of the Third Principal Meridian, to be purchased from Marie Sturm (a widow) for the sum of $950. (e) Lot 52 in E. A. Cummings and Company's City Farms Subdivision in the Northwest Quarter of Section 5, Township 38, North, Range 13, East of the Third Ptincipal · Meridhin, to be purchased from John J. Brophy and Mattie Brophy, his wife, for the sum of $950. (f) Lot 101, in E. A. Cummings and Company's City. Farms Subdivision in the Northwest Quarter of Section 5, Township 38, North, Range 13, East of the Third Principal Meridian, to be purchased from Joseph Jezek and Bertha .Jezek, his wife, for the sum of $925. • (.g) Lot 119, ih E. A. Cummings and Company's City Farms Subdivision in' the Northwest Quarter of Section 5, Township 38, ~()rth, Range 13, East of the Third Principal Meridian, to be purchased from Joseph Straub and Mary Straub, his wife, for the sum of $925. (h) Lot 59, in E. A. Cl.\Jilmings and Company's City Far:tns Su,bdivision in the Northwest Quarter of Section 5; Township 38, North, Range 13, East of the. Third Principal Meridian, to be purchased. ~r.om ~Charles· Haberberg and Emma Haberberg, his wife, for the sum of $925. (i) Lot 60, in E. A. Cummings and Company's City Farms Subdivision in the Northwest Quarter ;of· Section 5, Towtfship 38, North, Range 13, ·East of the Third Principal· Meridian, to be purchased frO:fu Charles Haberberg and Emma Habet berg, his wife, for the· sum of $975. Your Committee having considered the matter .recom~ mends the passage of the following order: Ordered, That'· ;th:E\ Chairman of the Committee. on Finance · oLt}(e Board: of· Trustees of the. Sanitary Dis-
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The data continues (as well as its many scanning errors) in Column 2 of page 883 [note that this page number was never scanned]:
December 22, 1927, pages 1998 - 2000 (PDF pages, 2058 - 2060):
December 22, 1927, page 1999 (2059):