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14 | April 12, 2018 | The lake forest leader sound off A Look Into History Is it the Reed or Keith house? David Forlow Contributing Columnist A previous article detailed the founding of RKO Pictures where the “K” in RKO is for Keith. The Keith’s also ran a wholesale clothing business in Chicago. After graduating from Princeton in 1892, Stanley Keith joined the firm. In 1912 Stanley married Dorothy Leslie, of Evanston. The newlyweds settled in Lake Forest at 119 College Road and soon daughters Leslie and Betty were born. Later the family moved to 600 E. Westminster Road. However, in 1937 tragedy struck. Stanley and Dorothy Keith were driving north on Sheridan Road when a speeding car travelling in the opposite direction hit them head on while trying to pass a truck. Dorothy Keith died and a very badly injured Stanley Keith survived. Helen Shedd was born 1884. Her father John Shedd was the second Chairman of Marshall Field and Company. The Shedd Aquarium is named for the family. In 1911 Helen married Kersey Coates Reed and the young couple lived on Lake Shore Drive with daughter Mary Reed and son John Reed. Kersey Reed worked as a lawyer for Field’s. Kersey Reed died in 1929 and was buried in the family plot in Kansas City. In 1931 the “new” Lake Forest Library building opened, funded by donations from Helen Reed and her sister Laura Schweppe in memory of Kersey Reed. The widow Helen Reed had moved into a new home at 1315 N. Lake Road, Lake Forest, which was designed by famed architect David Adler. A 1941 Chicago Tribune society page reported Lake Forest was “a-buzz” over the news that widower Stanley Keith and widow Helen Reed planned to wed. Stanley Keith had left the family clothing business and was an investment banker with William Blair and Company. Stanley Keith moved from his home at 600 E. Westminster and into Helen’s house on Lake Road. By all accounts Helen and Stanley Keith had a very happy marriage living at 1315 Lake Road. Stanley passed away in 1963 and Helen Keith lived until 1978. Some refer to 1315 Lake Road as the Kersey Coates Reed house, although he never set foot in the home. Others insist the proper name of the home is the Helen Keith House. The name aside, it remains one of the finest homes in Lake Forest. David Forlow has been a Lake Bluff resident for more than 20 years. He serves as the board vice president for the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society. Letters to the Editor Response to last week’s Letter on the National School Walkout Replying to last week’s Letter to the Editor from Mr. Hamann regarding the National School Walkout, I would encourage Mr. Hamann to actively engage in events at Lake Forest High School, if he has not already done so in the past, to see where his tax dollars are being spent. I believe he will witness a vibrant campus of inspiring students and educators collaborating in activities from the business incubator class to theatrical productions to athletic events to understand why LFHS is considered one of the top high schools in Illinois. Furthermore, I believe the student walkout Please see Letter, 15 1/3 SOLD! VOLTZ & WAUKEGAN | NORTHBROOK 847.461.9948 Plans, materials, prices and specifications are based on availability and are subject to change without notice. Architectural, structural and other revisions may be made as are deemed necessary by the developer, builder, architect or as may be required by law. Images are used for illustrative purposes only and may reflect available upgrades over standard specifications. NOTE: Window placement is determined by elevation style. SOUND OFF the lake forest leader | April 12, 2018 | 15 Social snapshot Top Stories From as of April 9 1. ‘Lake Bluff house fire ‘a total loss’ 2. Police Reports: Heroin overdose leads to possession charges 3. 10 Questions with Andrew Gough, Lake Forest baseball 4. Letters to the editor: Response to local National School Walkout 5. News From Your Neighbors: Bloodied burglar found on train after fleeing Kenilworth Become a member: Lake Forest Parks and Recreation posted this photo on April 5. Lake Forest Parks and Recreation posted this photo of classes trying out ceramics, mosaics and tile making at Stirling Hall. Like The Lake Forest Leader: TheLakeForestLeader Check out Lake Bluff Brewing Company “We are tinkering with the idea of #beeryoga. Our manager wants to do beer-doom/drone metal-yoga (ripping off Locrian) please convince him otherwise.” @lbbrewco On April 3 Lake Bluff Park District, tweeted about starting a new event, beer yoga. Follow The Lake Forest Leader: @TheLFLeader go figure 1 An intriguing number from this week’s edition The proposal to build a new Chase Bank at the former McDonald’s site in Lake Forest only received 1 no vote, Page 3 From the Editor Learn the ins and outs of media with a 22CM internship Alyssa Groh If one thing was drilled into my brain throughout college that would prepare me to enter the real world, it was experience is the key to a great resume. My professors at Illinois State University told my classmates and I that going to college and getting a degree is great, but it is important to do things to set you apart from other applicants when trying to land an internship or a job after college. If you are still looking for a summer internship, you are in luck. 22nd Century Media is looking for college students who want to gain experience in a fast-paced newsroom. Applicants must be able to receive college credit for the internship. If you or someone you know is interested in working for us this summer, send a resume to the managing editor at eric@ Letter From Page 14 was one additional educational experience (regardless where you stand on the politics of the issue) where students could experience, first-hand, a social movement. Additionally, peaceful protest is a bedrock of the American democracy — let’s encourage discussion and not call to silence or remove protesters. In the past, Americans, specifically young Americans, have come together to peacefully protest war, segregation and civil rights and have been on the right side of history. Uniquely, the walk out represents to me a call to action and a protest to change past inaction. I see this as more of a public safety and not a political issue. Similar to other public safety issues like drunk driving, airplane hijackings and the assault on the country from 9/11 terrorists, we have, as a nation, developed solutions to protect our citizenry from danger. One would think we can come together and solve the problem of protecting our citizens in schools, movie theaters and concerts in the same manner with sensible policy. Also, should you desire to gain perspective on removing ‘statues in the south’ I suggest you read Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu’s speech on the removal of confederate monuments in New Orleans from May 23, 2017 He states: “The Confederacy was on the wrong side of history and humanity. It sought to tear apart our nation and subjugate our fellow Americans to slavery. This is the history we should never forget and one that we should never again put on a pedestal to be revered.” I would encourage everyone to read this essay. Lastly, Mr. Hamann’s comments about Dr. Holland are overtly political and provide no context to his comments. Thomas Vallone Resident of Lake Forest Referendum on short-term rentals will show how majority feels Every week it seems there are reports of developments in the Short- Term Rental controversy. In the most recent; in spite of the objection of the Chairman, the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals voted 4-3 to ban short-term rentals rather than labor over a set of governing rules. In attendance at the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals meeting were 25 people, 13 of whom spoke in support of a total ban of short-term rentals and only three in their favor. Passions against shortterm rentals in the community are high evidenced by the many opinion pieces not favoring and the ubiquity of lawn signs against, while there are zero signs in support. Then there is the obvious division of opinion among the Board of Trustees and the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. Finally, there has been no agreement as to resources to enforce any set of controlling ordinances, save a naïve suggestion to let the neighbors handle it. Notice how well that has been working in a live drill on E. Scranton Ave. Sorry. Neighbor enforcement looks like a formula for a reenactment of the Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s and is no solution at all. Contrary to the position of the Village President, a referendum is the only way to have the unequivocal, undisputed and democratically obtained, go or no go opinion of the residents, and brings settlement and finality of the short-term rental controversy. If it is No, end of discussion and we revert to the status quo. If Yes, then the Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals drafts the controlling rules and the Trustees vote to agree or modify as they see fit, including a reasonable enforcement solution. Holding a referendum is the ideal way to eliminate the real or perceived presence of agendas, bias and pre ordination and is the pure application democracy. Al Boese Resident of Lake Bluff The Lake Forest Leader Sound Off Policy Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. Pieces from 22nd Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole. The Lake Forest Leader encourages readers to write letters to Sound Off. All letters must be signed, and names and hometowns will be published. We also ask that writers include their address and phone number for verification, not publication. Letters should be limited to 400 words. The Lake Forest Leader reserves the right to edit letters. Letters become property of The Lake Forest Leader. Letters that are published do not reflect the thoughts and views of The Lake Forest Leader. Letters can be mailed to: The Lake Forest Leader, 60 Revere Drive ST 888, Northbrook, IL, 60062. 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