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POLICE PATROLLING STREETS OF NAPERVILLE

Kathy and Kurt Keroson lived on the west side of Naperville in the 1950's.
Kathy and Kurt Keroson lived on the west side of Naperville in the 1950's.
Naperville's original police and fire station was located on the south side of Jefferson Street.  Back in 1954 it was torn down and replaced with a large, modern building on the other side of the street, but not everyone was pleased with this development.  In my opinion, the exterior of the old building had been more interesting; had more character.

Serious crime in our little town was nearly non-existent in the 1950's.  Little kids like my brother Kurt and I were free to go about our business playing house, cowboys and Indians, and cops and robbers.  I remember us walking down the street with our wagon in tow when two little boys asked to play with us.

"Sure," I said, "but you'll have to be the bad guys."

After they agreed, I got out a long piece of rope and tied up their hands and legs.  I smirked, knowing that I would never trust another kid to tie me up.  I stuffed both of them inside the wagon, with the taller boy's legs hanging over the back.  Then I informed them that we were going to transport them to the police station which was seven blocks away.  I expected the boys to become scared and start yelling.  When they didn't, I did, in fact, head towards downtown Naperville.  Gosh, these kids were gullible.

I laughed to myself as I envisioned the look on the officer's face at the front desk as I brought in these two lawless characters.  Most probably he would play along with me.  Then, a few blocks later, a police car drove past and I lost my nerve.  

"Okay," I told the patient little boys inside our wagon, "you can go home now."

The public is invited to attend the Book Launch Open House for Kathy Keroson's newly-released book, "My Hometown - Naperville" on Sunday,  April 27, 2014, from 1-4 p.m. at the Pre-Emption House at Naper Settlement.  For further information, go to www.myhometownnaperville.com

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Redsuburban March 05, 2014 at 07:09 AM
Ha that's a doozy

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