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L-A Spirit Lives

IF YOU GO TO THE CORNER OF LAWNDALE AND ALTGELD, STAND ON THE CORNER AND LOOK WEST, TOWARDS THE CHURCH. THEN WALK TOWARDS THE CHURCH. THEN STOP BY THE ALLEY THATS BETWEEN LAWNDALE AND RIDGEWAY. DONT MOVE AT ALL. THEN LOOK LEFT, TOWARDS FULLERTON, ALL THE WAY ON THE OTHERSIDE OF THAT ALLEY, CHIEF GL WAS KILLED THERE. THEN LOOK IN FRONT OF YOU, TOWARDS RIDGEWAY. YOULL SEE THE CHURCH AND THE CORNER ITS ON, LIL ROCKER WAS KILLED THERE ON THAT SPOT. DONT MOVE AT ALL DURING THIS. THEN TURN AND LOOK THE OTHER WAY DOWN THE OTHER ALLEY TO THE RIGHT OF YOU. STRAIGHT DOWN THIS ALLEY AND ABOUT ANOTHER BLOCK DOWN SPY WAS KILLED. ONE LAST THING. TURN ALL THE WAY AROUND, BEHIND YOU AND LOOK TOWARDS ST.LOUIS AND ALTGELD, KATO GL WAS KILLED THERE. YOU HAVE JUST MADE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS.


L-A WAS A WAR ZONE FOR REAL. ANYONE WHO SAYS THAT GAYLORDS DIDNT GIVE A GREAT BATTLE FOR THAT HOOD SHOULD TELL IT TO THE SPIRITS WHO ARE PROBABLY STILL THERE.

LAWNDALE AND ALTGELD

Lords of Lawndale

Almighty Stone Greasers with Beat Cop showing sweaters

1970S, BEAT-COP MAKING HIS ROUND BY THE GAYLORDS, WHO ARE STYLING THEIR SWEATERS INCLUDING A CAPTURED SPANISH LORD SWEATER (NOTE: GAYLORD MURAL IS ON THE SIDE Of THE RIGHT WALL)

Seventies Lawndale and Altgeld Gaylords

Thee Almighty

Lawndale and Altgeld Gaylords

We came, We Saw, We Conquered! Rulers of Fullerton

Lawndale And Altgeld Sign in Logan Square

May God bless all of those who crossed the threshold of these corners as eager-eyed youths and were grindered out with scarred hearts and minds.

THIS IS QUOTED BY A LAGLN FOUNDER: "In 1969 we started the Lawndale Lords. After that, we became a power to be noticed. The Taylor Street Jousters approached us and asked us to join them."

"From the beginning we ruled ourselves by forming a counsel of seven, so as there could never be a tie on all club decisions."

Haas Park Insane Diggers gang

"We thought through the Jousters offer. We went with the Jousters to fight against Haas Park at Fullerton and California. There was six Jousters and forty Lawndale Lords. So, we decided otherwise about joining the Jousters. We also had no real quarrel with Haas Park and we had the control."

"Then we were approached by The Kilbourn Park Gaylords to join them."

"Both clubs had contacted us through our members at various high schools."

"After partying, and gangbanging with the Kilbourn Park Gaylords against enemy clubs, I decided that instead of all becoming Kilbourn Park Gaylords, that we would start our own section on the original corner of Lawndale and Altgeld. We took a vote and decide to join, thus becoming the Almighty Lawndale And Altgeld Gaylords."

Lawndale Gaylords started because they fought the Kozy Kings - a white gang from Kozisco Park (Diversy and Avers). The Gaylords were never allias with Chi West. They tolerated Chi West, helped them a few times, but were never with them.

"This has been bothering me and on my mind for 40 years: the Gaylords that were killed and died on lawndale had to be the most of any section. I mean died in battle for the club during our control of Lawndale, not the aftermath of drugs, booze, accidents, and age. More of my men died for us for Lawndale. We had lost more members to death than some sections had members. That is like everyone had died and no one was left. To this day its on my mind that these guys never got married, had kids, were parents, had grand kids, or there family name carried on. There is and would have been for those who passed on and those that survived that at the time we all thought that was the right thing to do.

Sincerely AND WITH PRIDE - THEE ALMIGHTY LAWNDALE & ALTGELD GAYLORDS

Membership 1969 to 1976: 118 Members

Lawndale WAS A WAR ZONE, THIRTEEN Lawndale gaylords KILLED !!!!!!!!!!!!

9 shot/stabbed and survived.

These men where killed not booze or drugs, 13 too many!


LAWNDALE AND ALTGELD

Lords of Lawndale 1980 - 1990s

Lawndale

1980 LA Gaylord

1980s

Notice the shotgun! During the 80s, gun play became a normal part of gangbanging. The Oldschool gangs - like the Gaylords - were forced to use guns in order to survive.

LawndaleLawndale Memorial Card 1984Memorial 1984

RIP Chief

Rest In Peace Chief

Chief RIP- killed in 1983 by Latin Lovers in the alley way behind the parking lot on Fullerton @ Lawndale.

RIP Little Rocker

Little Rocker Rest in Peace

Matchbook cover from Lil Rocker's funeral

Matchbook cover from Lil Rocker's funeral

R.I.P. Huey - Michael Leahy

Michael Leahy entered and won a city contest to name the park on Moffat - People's Park. Unknown to everyone, it was named honoring the People Alliance. It angered Folk Nation gang members from the area because they had to look at the name People. It was later changed to a non confrontational name.

Lawndale and Altgeld Card Show



The Lawndale and Altgeld card movie displays a collection of club cards created by members of the L-A set from the early 1970s through the 1990s. The Lawndale and Altgeld section also includes the set St. Louis and Altgeld. See St. Louis and Altgeld.

Rest In Peace - Player

Player Processing photo

It's kind of funny, at times I catch myself looking back on those days with fondness but the truth is there was nothing nice about it. It was a life and death struggle, no doubt about that. Often me and my partners were homeless and hungry not to mention the abuse and beatings doled out by the police on a regular basis.

I've never really given much thought as to why, maybe for reasons deeper than I care to think about, I never made an honest wholehearted attempt at takin myself outta that situation. I don't think I wanted too. We got Tall respect. We werent just any Gaylords we were LAWNDALE GAYLORDS and we all knew it as did friend and foe alike.

In fact I was convinced that at one point I would be killed and it didn' t bother me a bit. Shit when I was shot it came as a relief and more than a little disappointing when I realized it was'nt a fatal wound. No doubt others were equally disappointed but thats ok. I knew and still know the BROTHERS who were truly on my team and will always be proud to call them such both the ones still breathing and of course those not. Player

Lawndale Murals 80's

1986 LA and KP Card

Rocker 1986 Lawndale and Altgeld and Kilbourn Park gang card

Rocker said: "In respect to Player and Lil Kidd, I accidently bumped into this card today, a circa 1986 embossed with both their names, and a raw-wave of what we once all were came over me; different days for sure when nothing else mattered but the teenaged-turbulence of holding down our respective hoods. Rest In Peace to both brothers."

Manson, Player, Smiley and Flea

Manson Sayre Park Player Lawndale Smiley Sayre Park and Flea Newport Street

Player with Lady Lord mid 1980s

Gaylord CJ - Car Jock


Area residents request more police protection Press Release

Belzer's tactics blasted - 1970's Article Press Release

Ziggy's Hot Dogs

Ziggy's Hot Dogs Logan Square Chicago ILL.

The "Z" in the name of this little store stands for Ziggy. I used to come here when I got that french fry craving. For a buck you could get a HUGE sack of shoe string fries. H & Z is pretty much a convenient store and to the right is a counter which an older and sometimes crazy man named Ziggy hangs out behind and mans the grill and deep fryer to make hot dogs, burgers and french fries.

I lived across the street from Ziggy for a couple of years. When I'd BBQ, to pretend I owned a deep fryer to serve french fries with my hand-packed 1/2lb. burger, I would get fries from Ziggy to go with my burger. Yum!

I haven't seen Ziggy in a few years, but I rememeber there being a few video games in the back I would play while eating my fries. I know, sounds greasy/gross. I would use one hand to stuff fries in my mouth and the other to navigate the Pacman. Then I'd get a 2nd order to go.

ZIGGY DIDN'T PLAY GUITAR !!!!!

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