NOTE: In September 2003 Brenda supplied the following information: The saloon picture has been identified as the Ackerman Brother's Saloon in Calumet Park, Cook County Illinois. -Brenda Gaetz
In 1897 William McCanney (married to my g. grandmother's sister Christina Sasch) came to Waukegan and engaged in the tavern business. He purchased the Henry Herman property, 34 N. Sheridan Rd. for a home, later erecting on a portion of it, the three-story building at the southwest corner of Sheridan rd. and Madison st. He also built the three-story building at 7 S. Genesee St., and occupied the ground floor as a place of business. He acquired other properties in the city, among them the old Dr. J.M.G. Carter place at Clayton and County Sts.
In 1899 he was elected and served one term as alderman from the First
ward. His interest in and for Waukegan was manifested in many ways. In
1924 he retired from the tavern business and became superintendent of public
works at Maywood, Ill. He remained in the place for ten years after which
he engaged in the real estate business at Maywood. He was married to Miss
Christina Sasch who was reared on a farm owned by her parents and now occupied
by Ravinia Park. They had three children: Florence (Mrs. R. B.
Johnston), William J., both of Waukegan, and Ruth (Mrs. M. Burkert), Beech Grove, Ind. William M. McCanney passed away Oct. 2, 1941. Mrs. McCanney preceded him in death Oct. 1937.
The above is an excerpt from an article written by James M. Woodman, but I don't know what paper it was clipped out of. I have tried to track down descendents of the above in the hopes of sharing some wonderful old photo's but have had no luck. I don't believe Florence had children and her sister Ruth had three girls according to old letter from the 1930's.
From an old letter dated Jan 8, 1919 from my g. grandmother's brother William Sasch, 32 Green Bay Rd., Highland Park.....
"The nearest saloon around is Shermanville. They closed all saloons in Waukegan & Highwood. We play cards to pass the evenings. One has got to do something the time is so long sitting around."