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     February 3, 2020      #6A-34 SsK
This photo, probably taken in late 1892, shows the Riverview Guards artistically posed on the front steps of the second Kankakee Courthouse (replaced in 1909 by the present building). The colorfully uniformed group probably remained in existence until 1897.

Kankakee County Museum Photo Archive

Kankakeeâs colorful Riverview Guards 

Los coloridos guardias Riverview de Kankakee

By Jack Klasey

Kankakee attorney Fred Whitmore was a fancy dresser, nattily attired in baggy red trousers above white leggings, a yellow vest crossed by a red sash, a richly embroidered open-front sea-green jacket and a yellow fez-like cap.

You might expect an outfit like that would make a man stand out from the crowd.

Fred Whitmore stood out, however, only by reason of being at the head of a group of almost two dozen men who were wearing colorful costumes identical to his. He was the captain of Kankakee’s Riverview Guards, a militia unit composed of young men who enjoyed fancy uniforms, military-style drill and marching in parades.

On June 9, 1892, the Kankakee ...

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Fred Whitmore, a Kankakee attorney, was the Captain of the Riverview Guards.

Kankakee County Museum Photo Archive

Jack Klasey
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