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Who was Torrence Avenue named after?

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It is named after General J.T. Torrence, a stockholder in the Brown Mill

That avenue was named after General J.T. Torrence, a stockholder in the Brown Mill. About 1882, Brown and Torrence sold their interest in the mill. It then became known as the Calumet Iron and Steel Works.

General J.T. Torrence, a stockholder in the Brown Mill.

Jake Torrance, the boxer

Torrence Avenue was named after General J.T. Torrence, a stockholder in the steel mill that became known as Wisconsin Steel at 106th and Torrence.

Joseph T. Torrence was a blacksmith, a blast furnace builder, a union fighter,a developer of calumet harbor, a promoter of the Chicago elevated train system, a Republican, and a wealthy man.He was born in Mercer city,Pennsylvania. In the civil war he became a major general. Torrence was also a founding father of East Chicago, Indiana. He helped lay out the town and held title to 1,000 acres. Torrence never lived near the area in which the street is named, he lived on the gold coast at Lake shore drive and Bellevue place.

ATT: Chicagoland.

My name is Keith Lynch and I am an author. I came to Chicago to continue research for my next book titled "Shatter Dreams". I lived in the Uptown section of Chicago while writing about the abuses the indigent and homeless suffer at the hands of police and businesses. I experienced the every day living of my subjects for over one year. Many of the indigent and homeless are Honorably Discharged Veterans who suffer from conditions they acquired while they served to protect this nation.

I have worked as a canvasser distributing advertisement flyers for drivers who are employed by National Distribution Systems located at 2641 North Clyburn Avenue, phone number, 773-975-8300. This company hires drivers who are immigrants from Mexico or The Middle East. These drivers go into the poorest sections of the city to recruit the most helpless in our society. Neither the drivers nor the company conduct background criminal checks on the men who are hired. Some of these men have criminal history that would make Al Capone look like a choirboy. Citizen's how could National Distribution allow citizens safety be jeopardized at risk of money? Earlier this year one of the men was arrested in the Village of Hinsdale for taking a woman's pocket book from her property another was previously convicted of sexual assault against a young person and was arrested while delivering flyers in Burr Rige last year for not registering as a sex offender that is required by law.

National Distribution drivers live the American dream from the labor of many Americans who have served in this country's military and risked their lives. These drivers, many who have worked for National Distribution for many years have obtained homes and businesses in America as well as in their own country. Most of the time, the drivers do not possess permits to canvass in the towns they work. The drivers want to complete the canvassing of an area in as little time as possible so that they may keep even more money. The drivers order the men to walk across people's lawns and when the men refuse they are never taken out again. The men walk in the heat and sub-degree weather, sometimes for hours, without water, heat or taking a break to relieve themselves, so the men relieve themselves on people's property. Recently, a driver was involved in an accident while transporting men to a location to begin canvassing. After the accident, the driver went to his brother-in-law and borrowed his van to complete the canvassing of the area. One of the men sustained a broken arm and another a knee injury. The man with the knee injury detected his injury two hours later when his knee swelled while working. The driver gave him five dollars to take a bus to his location. Since the drivers pays the workers in cash, the company pays no taxes on this unreported income and no money goes into the workmen compensation program. Therefore, the worker who broke his arm must do without and pay his own medical expenses.

National Distribution Systems services institutions such as Molly Maid, and many others. Call Molly Maid at 630-529-9044, and let them know your concerns.

Dear Readers, I have approached thousands of your doors and read your signs, which state's, "United We Stand". Will you stand for what's right and not allow National Distribution Systems to endanger your community, families, and property because they only think of the bottom line?

Please place this letter of concern onto your communities' message boards and let your neighbors know what's happening. Call the institutions above and let them know your concerns and tell them you will discontinue doing business with them if they continue doing business with National Distribution Systems. You can visit my site @ www.kllundypublishingllc.com and get the list of emails, and numbers of these companies mentioned. Furthermore, if anyone knows a respectable law firm who would be willing to assist these men in getting their proper pay please contact me at my companies website or leave me a message at the number below. Thank you for your time.


Keith Lynch

1 -862-224-0245

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Mark Konkol covers city neighborhoods for the Chicago Sun-Times. You can e-mail him or call (312) 321-2146.

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