ILLINOIS: Society Is Wonderful People

Jim Montgomery remembers Nov. 15, 1923 very clearly. He had just quit his steel-hustling job at a Waukegan machine plant and was having a game of 10¢ black ball at the Aggressor Pool Hall with his friend, Finis Moore. But Jim and Finis got to arguing and suddenly they were heaving pool balls at each other.

Jim's wife, Sentoria, heard about it and came rushing down to take him home. But she couldn't keep him there—Jim strolled back to the poolroom for a while, then sauntered over to the Busy Bee for a cup of coffee. That was when the...

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