I assumed George "Sonny" Podschweit was a former mayor.
Or maybe one of Yorkville's founding fathers? (Who also perhaps had an affinity for the Godfather series?)
You know who I'm talking about, right? His name is carved in a bench in a little park near Yorkville Grade School. You've probably seen it a million times driving along Game Farm Road to city hall or the library.
And if you've lived in Yorkville for more than a few years, you know Podschweit was a town icon of an entirely different sort. I discovered it this week through the I Spy... photo challenge,
Then, I discovered this mention of Mr. Podschweit in the Oct. 10, 2006, City Council meeting minutes:
"Remembering George 'Sonny' Podschweit: Mayor Prochaska asked those present to take a moment to remember George 'Sonny' Podschweit, a valuable member of the City's staff, who passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 9, 2006, while on duty. He explained that Mr. Podschweit was a water meter reader for the City and a crossing guard for children at Yorkville Grade School. Mayor Prochaska extended his deepest sympathies to his family and stated that Mr. Podschweit was well liked and respected in the community."
Apparently, Mr. Podschweit also dressed up in holiday costumes and waved at everyone who drove by. I'm a little sad that I never got to meet Mr. Podschweit.
It's little stories and special people like this who give towns character. And we all know life is a little brighter with character.
Did you know Mr. Podschweit?