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Origins of the Mendel School Building
From the Pullman Foundation Website
Posted by TomCleary 2003-12-18


During the 1880's, Pullman built and developed the town of Pullman,  south of Chicago city limits,  specifically to house his Pullman Car Works employees and their families.  As a type of planned community, the town of Pullman also contained an elementary school, a library, a church, a theater and a hotel.  All parts of the town--including housing--were company owned; rent and expenses were automatically deducted from workers' pay.  The town's history, therefore, comes complete with stories of strike and protest, accomplishment and growth.  The town remains today as the Pullman Historic District under the care of the Historic Pullman Foundation.


Pullman Tech...
In addition to the lasting community established by George M. Pullman, upon his death in 1897, he bequeathed the sum of $1,200,000 to provide for the building and endowment of  a "free school of manual training for the benefit of the children of persons living or employed at Pullman."  An additional bequest was made by Mrs. Pullman, and the Pullman Free School of Manual Training, located at 250 E. 111th Street, opened its doors in September, 1915.  The first year class welcomed 106 boys and girls.  Although the town of Pullman had by this time become part of the city of Chicago, the school successfully fulfilled the intentions of its founder by serving the children of employees of the Pullman car works and the Pullman-Roseland communities.] It was widely recognized at the time for excellence in vocational instruction and effective training of its students, all of whom were concurrently enrolled in core academic subjects such as English, math, and science. 


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2013-11-16 16:18 - jimb
Very proud to list my dad as one of the best  all around athletes to attend Pullman Tech, graduating in 1932 with one of the few " monogramed blankets"  awarded to its outstanding student-athletes. His name, Joe Bonior.

    Jim Bonior
 
2007-10-26 18:36 - TomCleary
Here is some trivia that I picked up while doing the above piece. 
George Pullman retired shortly after the 1892 labor strikes that required the first federal intervention using US troops.  He turned the reins over to his then Vice-President, Robert Todd Lincoln, who then became president.  Robert Todd was the sole surviving son of Abraham Lincoln.
 

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