Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Anniversary!

  • In 1812, Chicago was not a city, but rather a frontier settlement occupied mostly by French-Canadian and American traders as well as soldiers and Native Americans. It was the home of Fort Dearborn, the site of the famous battle that would take place that same year.

    But Fort Dearborn’s history was bloodied even before it became known for the battle that bears its name. Just two months earlier — on June 17 — it was the site of Chicago's first documented murder.

    The murderer was John Kinzie. In history, he is sometimes referred to as "Chicago's first citizen," but Haiti-born Jean Baptiste Point du Sable is widely considered to own that title today. (Du Sable built a cabin just north of the Chicago River near Lake Michigan — approximately where the Tribune Tower is today — in 1779, where he established a trading post. That same cabin was later purchased by Kinzie in 1804.)

    The victim was Jean La Lime, a French trader who also served as an interpreter among the settlement's inhabitants and the Native Americans. La Lime first purchased du Sable's cabin and later sold it to Kinzie.
It's nice to know that even 205 years ago yesterday, Chicago was beginning a tradition that would culminate in tens of thousands of dead in the ensuing decades.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if Kinzie took a selfie with his flint lock before the murder?

6/18/2017 12:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But now Chicago is a great city, with a wondrous future ahead of it. A city of light sitting atop a great hill.

6/18/2017 01:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this the Kinzie that the street was named after?

6/18/2017 01:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Name a street after a murderer?

6/18/2017 01:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thus the beginning of the "French Limes Matter" movement.

6/18/2017 06:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They were shooting dice for beaver pelts.
An argument ensued...


He gone....

6/18/2017 06:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So in keeping with the new world order, since this news has offended me, all Kinzie street signs should be taken down and the word should be stricken from our vocabulary. Which means the deed never happened. Now I feel better.

6/18/2017 06:43:00 AM  
Blogger The Keesing Bandit said...

The street is full of potholes anyway.

Now, kees me you fool!!!!

6/18/2017 07:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We also see that the tradition of naming streets after criminals started many years ago in this shithole

6/18/2017 07:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe if Du Sable had stayed in Chicago rather than bailing out and heading to Missouri. Some sources state that he was not even of African descent. Kinzie bought his property and stayed in Chicago longer (until he died in 1828).

John Kinzie was acquitted of murder after pleading self-defense, so how does this make him a criminal?

6/18/2017 07:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should build statues of Pat Marcy, and John D'Arco on LaSalle and Randolph to honor the democrats wholesome traditions, and good intentions.

6/18/2017 07:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading this article the image of Chalkie with a Daniel Boone hat on just appears in my mind.

6/18/2017 07:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So how many documented murders since then?

6/18/2017 08:28:00 AM  
Blogger Cuthbert J. Twillie said...

--- 1) 6/18/2017 01:24:00 AM || Anonymous Anonymous said... Is this the Kinzie that the street was named after?
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--- 2) 6/18/2017 01:33:00 AM || Anonymous Anonymous said... Name a street after a murderer?

Answers: Yes and Yes

6/18/2017 08:55:00 AM  
Blogger Cuthbert J. Twillie said...

>>>> In history, he (John Kinzie) is sometimes referred to as "Chicago's first citizen," but Haiti-born Jean Baptiste Point du Sable is widely considered to own that title today. <<<<

I don't know what 'history' they're talking about. I was taught that du Sable was the 'first citizen' of Chicago. Though maybe that shouldn't have been taught since I went to school back in the stone age (before Teacher Unions) when Chicago Public Schools were supposedly 'racist'.

BTW, there's more History in that article that's been changed. And I know for a FACT that this modified History is solely due to Political Correctness, and maybe 'Micro Aggressions' too (rotfl).

This revised History is the referenced; 'Battle of Fort Dearborn'. Anyone older than the Hair Gel crowd should know that battle as, 'The Fort Dearborn Massacre'(a). But some nimrod(s) felt that the word 'massacre' was offensive and put the the Indians in a bad light (Oh-no, quick Alice, look! A micro-aggression!(LOL)) so the 200 year old historical name just had to go. Though If I was an Indian I'd be damned proud of that name, it's a 'Fuck You White Man, we kicked your ass!' statement like no other.

note (a); The Indians MASSACRED the people in Fort Dearborn during/after the battle, which the Indians won. They killed Soldiers and Civilians alike -- including women and children -- the Indians took no quarter. Which btw, actually wasn't that unusual back in 1812. The Frontier was a dangerous and deadly f--king place to live (and exponentially more dangerous than 'The Wild West'.)

6/18/2017 09:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An academy classmate long ago made a reference about the City symbol of the Indian on the banks of Lake Mishigami.
Holding his hand to his forehead as he watched the boatload coming in to port and said, "there's goes the neighborhood".




"Is this the Kinzie that the street was named after?" (6/18/2017 01:24:00 AM)

– No. The street was named after Kinzie Chophouse.
Open everyday. Reservations accepted.

6/18/2017 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I guess we can blame the French for this history of violence and not the police.♠️

6/18/2017 11:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They also named a grade school after him.

6/18/2017 12:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not just a street, but also a school in Garfield Ridge.

6/18/2017 02:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wtf???
Tear down the statue, rename the street. He prolly racis ass to...

6/18/2017 03:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He also beat the case with a self defense claim

6/18/2017 05:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there an alley named after Daley, maybe about a half block long, with a "dead end" sign at the beginning?

Not from Illinois, not law.

6/18/2017 06:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baptiste did not build a cabin, he built a ,24 room mansion. He was rcheated out of mych of his firtune and an out of Chicago, the city he founded by white maan. ad you just identified tgem, murderers and criminals. It is true, Chicago has always been a.criminal, shhoit them up city regardless if ethnic identity.

6/18/2017 08:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The good thing for Rahm is that he has never been in an alley, even his own.

6/18/2017 09:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't they name a park after some kid who pissed on the CTA 3rd rail and electrocuted himself?

6/19/2017 09:14:00 AM  
Anonymous DDR said...

Baptiste did not build a cabin, he built a ,24 room mansion. He was rcheated out of mych of his firtune and an out of Chicago, the city he founded by white maan. ad you just identified tgem, murderers and criminals. It is true, Chicago has always been a.criminal, shhoit them up city regardless if ethnic identity

Huh?

6/19/2017 02:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps someday, the activists will want to sandblast the Michigan Avenue Bridge which contains a depiction of the Fort Dearborn Massacre. It also has the names of Republican elected officials inscribed on it. If we want to be good progressives, like those folks in New Orleans, the past must be erased.

6/19/2017 02:57:00 PM  

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