This week in THE REPORTER history

50 years ago
Sept. 6, 1962

Children in Worth were able to enjoy a new playground after two men donated $1,850 to the village. George and Clarence Worth donated the money to build a park on the grounds of the 37-home subdivision they were developing near 107th Street and Oak Park Avenue. Peak’s Park, as it is known today, has a playground, lighted baseball field with lights and a skate park.


Burglars in Hickory Hills made off with a large amount of golf balls after they broke into the Hickory Hills Golf Club, 8201 W. 95th St. The alleged burglars melted the door lock with an acelyte torch and took the club’s safe, which contained some receipts and a large amount of golf balls, police said.

25 years ago
Sept. 3, 1987

Palos Hills and Hickory Hills residents suffered from a “100-year flood” on Aug. 26. More than 20 intersections in Hickory Hills were flooded. In Palos Hills, residents had flooding in their basements.

Hickory Hills city engineer Richard Miller spoke to the City Council about digging a detention pond near an area bounded by 87th Court on the west, 101st Street on the north, 86th Avenue on the east, and 103rd Street on the south to alleviate flooding problems in the future.

10 years ago
Sept. 5, 2002

To commemorate the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a Ground Zero Flag Tour stopped at Worth Village Hall. The tour featured an American flag signed by New York City firefighters and police officers and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The exhibit also featured video of Sept. 11, and photographs of buildings collapsing, people fleeing the scene, and makeshift memorials for victims.


Six Shepard High School students were charged with battery after they allegedly injured a security guard who was trying to break up a fight at the school, police said. The six boys started fighting at 8 a.m. Sept. 3 in a locker room, and during the fracas a 42-year-old female security guard was knocked to the ground and suffered minor injuries.