O'Fallon Progress

Jailbird on the loose

Brian Keller
Brian Keller

O’Fallon special police officer John Mackey had his hands full with a traffic stop back in September 1941.

Relieving Chief of Police William Sanspeur, Mackey was on duty on a Sunday evening in downtown O’Fallon when he caught a 28-year-old visiting St. Louisan speeding.

He gave the offender a warning and sent him on his way.

But less than 10 minutes later he caught him again, this time making a U-turn at State and Lincoln.

The new infraction earned him lodging in the city jail.

After running another call, Mackey returned and found a picked lock and no prisoner.

However, he soon caught up with him again.

This time, the jailbird threatened to fight Mackey but then changed his mind and went peacefully.

He pleaded guilty to reckless driving and was fined $7.40 which included a new lock on the jail cell door.

At the time, O’Fallon was cracking down on violators and the Progress gave notice that they would publish their names no matter who they were.

50 years ago, Sept. 22, 1966.

A patent was granted to Mrs. Janey Maxwell of O’Fallon for a therapeutic glove designed to bring heat treatment to persons suffering from ailments such as arthritis.

She began her application Dec. 3, 1963 and received it last week.