Friday, May 24, 2019 was a successful day as the Park Ridge Historical Society celebrated Buchheit Day. On this day 109 years ago, we became the city of Park Ridge and elected our first mayor, Dr. Albert Buchheit.
Dr. Buchheit defeated William Malone on this first City election May 24, 1910, with 272 votes to Malone’s 246 votes. During his term of office, he signed ordinances to erect our first Public Library, to establish a house numbering system of addresses and to install fire alarm boxes on street corners.
The rain held off for the afternoon and the visitors were able to see images from Dr. Buchheit’s life and time in Park Ridge. Visitors also learned about local history through a “View of History” tour from the perimeter of Hodges Park including Buchheit’s Building along the tracks and his home that was moved to Vine Avenue from the site of our present City Hall. The tour ended at the Camp Fire Girls Fountain where visitors were given a new brochure on the fountain and the 33 milestones surrounding it.