arrival at Union station on the Broadway Limited train,
said of the honors given her by the "home folks" of the Greater Roseland area.
Betty Robinson of Illinois, is the first Greater Roseland area athlete figure to
enter the newly created CALUMET INDEX Sports Hall of Fame. Last year, she was voted
into the national Helm Hall of Fame as the outstanding woman athlete of Illinois.
The parade formed at 5:30 p.m. that Tuesday at the Lincoln Ave. school in
Dolton and following Betty's review of the parade the vast procession headed toward the
twin village of Riverdale at 7:30 p.m.
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WITH BETTY RIDING in state with her proud parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Harry Robinson, the parade proceeded on Lincoln Ave., over Leyden Ave. to 137th St.,
west to Wabash Ave, south on Wabash Ave. past the Riverdale village hall to 138th St.,
west on 138th St. past the Robinson home at 3 E. 138th St., to Riverdale's highlawn
section, where it moved south on LaSalle St. to 139th St., south on School St. to 144th
St., through Riverdale's Ivanhoe section and west on 144th St. to Halsted St.
The procession then moved north on Halsted St. to 111th St., east on 111th
St. to Michigan Ave., south to 127th St., then to Indiana Ave., through the north side of
Riverdale to 137th St. to Riverdale park.
Flags, bunting, shields and thousands of spectators decked the streets of
Dolton, Riverdale, West Pullman, and Roseland during the triumphal parade. Shouts of
"Our Betty" greeted the pretty, bright-eyed blonde girl dressed in white along
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The seemingly unending line of cars surrounded Riverdale park, where a large
bandstand had been erected for the occasion. Betty was escorted into the park by an
American Legion color guard.
Following the playing of the national anthem, Presidents John Zornow of
Riverdale and John Harms Jr. of Dolton welcomed the Olympic champion with appropriated
speeches. She was presented with various gifts, among them a diamond ring from her fellow
The 30-piece Pullman band under the direction of William Schnell, uncle of
Hans, present INDEX Man-About-Town columnist, provided the music for the evening's
Over 45,000 persons jammed Amsterdam's new Olympic stadium for the opening
parade of athletes of 47 nations Saturday afternoon, July 28. Some of the star athletes
besides Betty in the parade were Paavo Nurmi, Finland's great distance runner; Frank
Wykoff and Charlie Paddock, United State dash men, and a trio of Chicagoans, swimmer
Johnny Weissmuller, distance runner Joie Ray, and diver Jane Fauntz, now the wife of Eggs
Manske, former Northwestern university and Chicago Bear football star.
Betty, in the fourth meet of her life and who started competing in track just
four months before, won her initial Olympic heats in the 100-meter dash and gained one of
the six finals berths by defeating Myrtle Cook, the Canadian champion who was favored to
win the title, in the semi-finals with a time of 12.4 seconds.
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Her victory in the semi-finals immediately marked her as the star of the
American women's track team. Canada qualified three for the 100-meter dash finals, and
Germany two while Betty was the only American.
In the finals Tuesday, July 31, Betty not only demonstrated her speed, but
she passed the nerve test of waiting for the starter's gun like a veteran with years of
experience. The tension and suspense was more difficult than actual competition.
INDEX will hour more athletic greats
Betty Robinson, the former Riverdale girl who became the United
States' first woman Olympic champion and who has been selected as the all-time outstanding
woman athlete of Chicago and Illinois, has the honor of being the first Greater Roseland
area athletic figure to enter the newly created CALUMET INDEX Sports Hall of Fame.
A second area athletic great will be honored in June, a third in August, a
fourth in October, and a fifth in December with others to be selected every two months in