The northwest suburban area of Chicago knows its history because of the leadership of a single family, the Paddocks. Their newspapers under the umbrella of Paddock Publications have recorded for all time the events, the stories and the heartbeat of our communities. Each member of the Paddock family past and present has taken an interest in the citizens around them, asked and written about their lives, their loves and their hopes. And, most importantly, for the sake of history the family has safeguarded their treasure trove of information, placing it on microfilm and online for all to see and use. Thank you Paddock family!
Sometimes one wonders about the items we find in the newspaper. There are many references in the Daily Herald beginning in 1935 to something called ‘donkey baseball’. Apparently donkeys were trucked in to the games. A game might go like this: The pitcher throws the ball. The batter hits it and then mounts a donkey. The donkey walks toward first base. Meanwhile, the shortstop catches the ball, mounts his donkey and throws the ball to first base. The batter apparently is out because he fell off his donkey and then couldn’t get it to move any further. With a little beer the game soon devolves into a state of confusion and laughter. Did these games really take place in Palatine?