Scots of Chicago's North Shore

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Scots helped found Lake Forest, and hundreds of native-born Scots settled there. The Scottish influence is evident in town names along Chicago’s North Shore like Glencoe, Bannockburn, Milburn, and Dundee. The Keith family theater chain became RKO Studios with Scots-born J.J. Murdock as president. James Simpson was CEO of Marshall Field and Company and oversaw the building of the Merchandise Mart. After Simpson, a series of Scots ran Fields: John McKinlay, James McKinsey, and Hughston McBain. Scots partnered to form Carson Pirie & Scott. They also founded Douglas and Stuart Oats, which became Quaker Oats. Hugh Robertson was president of the Zenith Corporation, and the Armour family operated one of the largest meatpacking companies in the world. Only slightly smaller was Wilson Meats, which later spun off Wilson Sporting Goods. This book tells the story of these Scots and many others.
ISBN: 9781467104302
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Images of America
Images: 217
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
In 1845, Scots in Chicago formed the Illinois St. Andrew Society (ISAS) with a simple mission—“relieve the distressed.” Still active today, the ISAS is the oldest charity in Illinois. David Forlow is a former ISAS governor and a board member of the History Center of Lake Forest–Lake Bluff. Author Wayne Rethford is the ISAS president emeritus.
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