Chicago Gaylords

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Almighty Gaylords
Founding location Chicago, Illinois
Years active 1940s - present
Territory Chicago
Allies People Nation
Rivals Folk Nation

The Chicago Gaylords, also known as the Almighty Gaylords, is a Chicago street gang most active during the mid and late 20th century. It originated in the neighborhood of Grand and Noble. The original president of the Gaylords selected the name after reading about the Gaylords in the public library (the Gaillards, later anglicized to Gaylord, were people from Normandy who lived near the Château Gaillard, constructed by Richard I). They were a part of the People Nation alliance.[1]

Origins[edit]

The Chicago Gaylords began as one of the clubs started by World War II veterans and the majority of the original members were Italian, Irish, and Greek Americans which reflected the population of the Grand and Ogden area at the time, that was known as one of Chicago's "Little Italies." There were many such clubs in Chicago during the post WWII era, and had their own clubhouses and baseball teams. The Gaylord's clubhouse was on the corner of Ohio and Noble Street. At the height of the Gaylords reign they were listed in 1979 as the fourth most powerful gang in Chicago: "The Gaylords, Chicago's largest white street gang, are considered a violent bigoted outfit.".[2][citation needed]

Gang colors[edit]

The sets, or sections, started by Kilbourn Park wore black and light blue. Sections started by Palmer street wore black and gray. South Side sections started by the 18th and Western section like 55th and Ashland and Sherman Park wore black and brown.

Gang Sections[edit]

Two noted Gaylord sections were both in Logan Square: Lawndale and Altgeld (L-A section) and Palmer and California (Palmer Street).[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Florida Department of Corrections. "Street Gangs — Chicago Based or Influenced: People Nation and Folk Nation". State of Florida. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  2. ^ *Who Runs Chicago? Kilian Michael; Connie Fletcher; Ciccone, E. Richard; published 1979, St. Martin's Press; 'The Magoon and Resa Brothers,' page 165, para 5.
  3. ^ *Who Runs Chicago? Kilian Michael; Connie Fletcher; Ciccone, E. Richard; published 1979, St. Martin's Press; 'The Magoon and Resa Brothers,' page 165, para 4.
  • University of ILL. Gang Research Website [1]. Gangs around in the 1930s and 1940s: Para 11.h
  • 18 Month Gang Investigation Leads to Arrest 9 [2], published by the Chicago Tribune By David Heinzmann, August 23, 2011.
  • The Color of His Skin - Joe Henson Murder Story [3], published by the Chicago Reader By Steve Bogira, February 29, 2012.

External links[edit]

  • Gaylords Official Website [4]. 'Gaylords history from Post WWII until 1998'