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    • Anthony Scariano, Sr.

    • Park Forest--History; Park Forest--Integration; Park Forest--Politics and government; Park Forest--Schools--Integration
    • Anthony "Tony" Scariano, Sr. was a resident of Park Forest by October 1948. He was the lawyer who represented the people who sold to the first African-American family to move in to Park Forest in 1959. He spent a term as a State Representative. He...
    • Elaine Garretson

    • Park Forest--History; Park Forest--Drama
    • Elaine Garretson came to Park Forest in November 1949 with her husband, James, and 4 small children. They later had a fifth child. When she did this interview in 1980, they still lived in the townhouse they rented in the beginning.
      In her oral...
    • J. Ron McLeod

    • Park Forest, (Ill.)--History; Park Forest, (Ill.)--Politics and Government; Park Forest, (Ill.)--Politics and Government--Philosophy; Park Forest, (Ill.)--Social Life and Customs--20th Century; Suburbs--United States--Illinois--20th Century;...
    • J. Ron McLeod moved to Park Forest, Illinois in 1950. This interview was done in 2000, just before his 80th birthday. Ron and his first wife originally lived in two different townhouses, in the original rental area. Later, they bought a house on...
    • Judge Henry X. Dietch

    • Park Forest--History; Park Forest--Officials and employees; Park Forest--Government; Park Forest--Integration; Park Forest--Village Presidents
    • Henry Dietch came to the village in February, 1949 with his wife Shirley. He was in attendance at the tent meeting in November 1948. Judge Dietch served as the second village president from October 10, 1950 until April 26, 1955. He later served as...
    • Leona DeLue

    • Park Forest--History; Park Forest--Schools; Integration--Illinois--Park Forest; National Council of Jewish Women
    • Leona DeLue, her husband Ross, and their five year-old daughter, Mary, were one of the first three families to move in to Park Forest in August 1948. Because the DeLues were the only one of the three families to remain in Park Forest, they were...
    • Ross DeLue

    • Park Forest--History; Park Forest--Schools
    • Ross DeLue, his wife Leona and their five year-old daughter, Mary, were one of the first three families to move in to Park Forest in August 1948. Because the DeLues were the only one of the three families to remain in Park Forest, they were often...
    • Larry Clark

    • Park Forest--History; Park Forest--Integration; Park Forest--Schools
    • Larry Clark was the first African-American to purchase and build a house in the village of Park Forest. His home was in the new Lincolnwood Subdivision, at 205 N. Orchard. The house was built in 1965. He grew up in East Chicago Heights, and chose...
    • G.I. Town and the Organization Man

    • Planned Communities--United States--Illinois; City Planning--United States--Illinois; Park Forest (Ill.)--Race Relations; Park Forest (Ill.)--Social Conditions; Shopping Centers--United States--Illinois; Park Forest (Ill.)--Shopping Centers
    • Dr. Larry McClellan, a professor retired from Governors State University, now working for the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission, writes the local history column, "Time Frame," which runs in the Star Newspapers once a month. In this column...
    • Blaine (Bud) Osterling

    • Park Forest--History; Park Forest--City planning; Park Forest--Officials and employees; Park Forest--Housing
    • Blaine "Bud" Osterling explains the community planning and development of Park Forest. Also talks about various buildings such as schools, townhouses, and single-family housing.
    • Area Became a Microcosm of America Itself

    • Planned Communities--United States--Illinois; City Planning--United States--Illinois; Park Forest (Ill.)--Race Relations; Park Forest (Ill.)--Social Conditions; Park Forest (Ill.)--Population--Economic Aspects; Shopping Centers--United...
    • Richard Sherman, then a professor of history at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Illinois, wrote 9-10 articles on South Suburban History for the Star Newspapers in 1988. In this article he relates the changes in the South Suburban region...
    • Roots of Racial Diversity Formed 35 Years Ago

    • Planned Communities--United States--Illinois; City Planning--United States--Illinois; Park Forest (Ill.)--Race Relations; Park Forest (Ill.)--Social Conditions; Park Forest (Ill.)--Social Life and Customs--1945--1970; Park Forest (Ill.)--Integration
    • Dr. Larry McClellan, a professor, retired from Governors State University, and a noted local historian, writes the column, "Time Frame," which runs once a month in the Star Newspaper. In this article he writes about the Park Forest Human Relations...
    • Park Forest: A Model for U.S. Planned Towns

    • Planned Communities--United States--Illinois; City Planning--United States--Illinois; Park Forest (Ill.)--Social Conditions; Park Forest (Ill.)--Social Life and Customs--1945--1970; Shopping Centers--United States--Illinois; Park Forest...
    • Richard Sherman, then a history professor at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, wrote a nine-part series on South Suburban history for the Star Newspapers in 1988. This fifth article was published out of sequence. The author gives population...
    • Florence McCoy Schumacher

    • ParkForest (Ill.)--History; Underground Railroad--United States; Indians of North America--Illinois
    • Florence McCoy Schumacher talks about her great-grandparents John and Sabra McCoy, two of the earliest settlers in the Park Forest area, who arrived in 1834. She indicates the location of their cabin and farm buildings, and of the Pottawatomie...
    • Rabbi Minard Klein

    • Park Forest--History; Park Forest--Religion; Park Forest--Synagogues
    • Rabbi Minard Klein served Temple Beth Sholom, beginning in 1959. In his oral history transcript he discusses his selection as Rabbi, describes the Temple and the village in 1959, transiency of tenants, the lack of an older generation in the early...
    • Harold Brown

    • Suburbs--United States--History; Real estate development--United States--History; Suburban homes--United States--History; Suburban life--United States--History; Park Forest (Il.)--History; School integration--Illinois
    • History of Park Forest, Illinois, a post-World War II planned community.
      Harold Brown came to Park Forest in 1955. He became a community leader, serving on the school boards of District 163 and 227. Later than this oral history interview, he...

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