Once upon a time


Last updated 4/28/2021 at 2:05pm | View PDF

Calling all cars - From Sandy Williams' book, "Images of America - Hinsdale," this photograph is of Hinsdale's first police chief, John Nicholson. "John Nicholson was named chief of police in 1902, a job he held for 24 years. A two-man force walked patrols, using bicycles or Nicholson's own horse when necessary. Automobiles began arriving in Hinsdale about 1903, and occasionally one would be appropriated to pursue a felon. It was not until about 1921 that Hinsdale purchased a vehicle exclusively for police work." Do you have a Hinsdale photo that is at least 25 years old? We'd love to share it with our readers. Stop by our office at 7 W. First St. or email it to [email protected] (Hinsdale Historical Society photo)


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