Son of a Son of a Steelworker

I got an email from my dad today. He’s been talking to a grad student in history, and the result is a cool post on the Chicago History Museum’s blog about South Chicago’s steel mill past.

Mike Ochwat in front of the Neighborhood House

Part of the article:

For most of the twentieth century, the Bush was all about 79th street, depending on who you asked, of course. Others might say it was really defined by the old mill gates at 83rd Street on the north and the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern rail tracks on the south. In 1943, when Mike was born, U.S. Steel Corporation ran the massive steel mill that dominated the Bush and employed thousands of Irish, German, Polish, and other eastern European immigrants. During the early 1900s, Mexican immigrants, Mexican Americans, and African Americans had found work there as strikebreakers and also stayed in the area.

You can also listen to him talk about the South Chicago Neighborhood House,  built by Baptist reformers.

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