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Record #: R2012-987   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 10/31/2012 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation
Final action: 5/20/2015
Title: Installation of commemorative marker honoring late Herman Schuenemann on Clark Street Bridge
Sponsors: Reilly, Brendan
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation
Attachments: 1. R2012-987.pdf
Related files: R2015-407
Committee on Special Events

WHEREAS, For over 25 years, Herman Schuenemann, known as "Captain Santa" brought a shipload of Christmas trees to the southwest corner of the Clark Street Bridge each Christmas season to sell and give away to those in need; and

WHEREAS, Herman Schuenemann's "Christmas tree ship" was well known to Chicagoans, who looked forward to its arrival each year; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Schuenemann made yearly voyages to the upper peninsula of Michigan to bring Christmas trees to Chicago. The influx of German settlers in the Chicago area with their Christmas tree customs helped make this a successful venture; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Schuenemann was one of about 50 captain that shipped Christmas trees on Lake Michigan from 1880-1920, he sold directly to the public; and

WHEREAS, One hundred years ago on November 23, 1912, the schooner "Rouse Simmons" sank near Two Rivers, Wisconsin. The schooner was likely overloaded with trees and the entire crew perished; and

WHEREAS, After his death, his wife Barbara carried on by transporting the trees by rail then transferring them to the schooner "Oneida" which was docked on the Chicago River. She carried this on until her death in 1933; and

WHEREAS, To honor the memory of Herman Schuenemann and the loss of the "Rouse Simmons," the honorable Brendan Reilly is authorizing the installation of a plaque on the Clark Street Bridge, which sits in the 42nd Ward; NOW THEREFORE


BE IT ORDERED, That we, the Mayor and the members of the Chicago City Council, assembled this thirty-first day of October, 2012, do hereby acknowledge the loss and memory of Herman Schuenemann and order the Department of General Services install a commemorative marker; and

BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that the Office of Budget and Management appropriate funds for an appraisal and a commemorative marker, in an amount not to exceed $5,000.

BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that a suitable copy of this r...

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