This short history is an informal account based on monthly columns by Jim Bowman in the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park & River Forest (Illinois).
It reports events with commentary, implied or otherwise, catching the flavor of Oak Park life.
Bowman grew up in Oak Park in the 30s and 40s, He and his wife have lived there since 1970 and raised their six children there.
He did newspaper work in the 60s and 70s. Since 1978 he has free-lanced, producing seven books, mostly of corporate history but also about Catholic prayer and practice.
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