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Everyone Else Probably Already Knew...

Your Yorkville Patch editor is still discovering fun tidbits about this town.

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?

Kim McGuire July 09, 2011 at 08:55 PM
I don't know, who is was he?
Kim McGuire July 09, 2011 at 08:56 PM
Oops, didn't scroll down far enough.
Lisa Hiltz July 10, 2011 at 01:59 AM
Sonny was my great Uncle. He was an amazing man and was taken too soon. I was very happy that they put up the bench to remember him. It makes me sad that people don't know who he was.
Kristy Gravlin July 10, 2011 at 02:25 PM
There were two George Podschweit's...one passed away in Dec 1973 and the other in January 2000. Do you know which one this was?
Michelle July 10, 2011 at 03:07 PM
I will never forget Sonny. He was a wonderful man, loved by many kids and adults. We need more Sonny's in this world......
Kristy Gravlin July 10, 2011 at 03:53 PM
Hi Lisa, Can you tell me whether your uncle died in 1973 or in 2000? There were two George Podschweits and I am curious about which one this was. Thanks. See note below to get back to me. Kristy
John Dailey July 10, 2011 at 04:05 PM
Well, the article does say he passed away in October of 2006.
Kristy Gravlin July 10, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Thanks John. Apparently I was so busy thinking about the two George's that I knew about that I forgot to read carefully. It would appear that this is a third George. Who would guess there could be so many?!? I appreciate your assistance.
John Dailey July 10, 2011 at 04:28 PM
That's ok.....glad to help. BTW, for those of you that are still learning about Yorkville, there's a group on Facebook called The Yorkville Connection that might be helpful......more of us oldtimers congregating over there.
AnonymousYorkvillian July 11, 2011 at 08:22 PM
On really hot days, Sonny would give popsicles to kids that were walking home from school, he kept them in a little cooler and told everybody crossing the street to take one. He was a great guy, and it was a sad day when he died.
Ben Draper July 12, 2011 at 02:05 PM
Sonny always made our runners smile as they ran by during practice. Great man. The YHS track and cross country teams miss him!
Lisa Hiltz July 18, 2011 at 06:05 AM
October 9th 2006. There are a lot of Podschweits'!

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