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Jens Hoitomt of Steger

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Re: Jens Hoitomt of Steger - additional info

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Did you know that JENS HOITOMT was a former mayor of Steger? And in April 1932 he, along with former village trustee (John Thorndike) and former village clerk and collector (Charles Stein), were standing trial for embezzling $20,000 (Stein became a prosecution witness)? Wonder what the outcome of the trial was? Bet his descendants have more details, or is covering it up?

The only reference I found (by plugging in "HOITOMT") was a Chicago Tribune article that talked about a Steger village-owned automobile, containing records, that was stolen while parked outside the Cook County Criminal Court Building (at 26th Street and S. California Ave). Jury selection was suspended until the vehicle, and its records, were later recovered.

I suspect that the local newspapers at the Steger Public Library may have more details/results about the embezzlement case, and possibly Jens' obituary.

Or you might be able to locate the court records, if available on microfilm, to learn the results of the trial.
Check out "Archives" on, then "Requesting Case Searches" to see fee schedule.
(Don't know how to locate specific case.)

Since you already found photos of the baseball team, I suspect you already contacted "Myron Hoitomt" whose grandfather was Jen's younger brother, and like you is looking for any information about Jens?

And located all the "Jens HOITOMT" references online?
Full text of "A history of the Norwegians of Illinois"

Jens HOITOMT and Olai HOITOMT were officers of various Norwegian-American organizations between 1895 and 1900s, as transcribed in "THE NORWEGIANS IN CHICAGO" chapter.

There were several others names HOITOMT in the US census living in Illinois or other states, or even Canada.

Contact me off list and I'll give you my research (6 hours so far).
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