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Maurice Beach (M.B.) “Pen” Pendleton was Mount Prospect’s fourth mayor, serving two terms from 1945 to 1953 during a pivotal fiscal time. Although he entered office during the post-war boom, finances were dire and Pendleton’s administration kept their promises to “run the affairs of the village in a conservative and business-like way.” Within months, its finances were redeemed. With voter approval and a gift property deed from Commissioner William Busse and the fire department, a new municipal office building and garage was built, as was the library. Memorial Park was also deeded by President Walter Kirchoff on behalf of the Lions Club. Railroad crossing gates were installed on Main and Emerson, at a cost split with Northwestern railroad. The Village of Mount Prospect was a modern, progressive community. In 1949, Pendelton was easily re-elected to a second term as part of the “Village Betterment Party,” over Dr. Wolfarth. Propositions for a new Sunset Park playground and adopting a police pension fund also carried. Pendelton’s contributions went beyond village politics. He published working trade journals and produced the Mount Prospect Review, later bought by Paddock Publications. There Pendleton met his second wife, then Hester Kline, who covered the Mount Prospect beat. The couple lived at 411 S. Ioka and had two sons, David and Thomas. In addition, Pendleton was a charter member of South Church, a founding organizer for Northwest Community Hospital, co-founder of the village’s first Cub and Boy Scout troops, and a Lions Club member. #TBT #mountprospect #mountprospectcentennial #mountprospect100 ... See MoreSee Less

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