300 LB. SHERIFF GETS YES AND NO
Rockford, IL. July 2 [Special]
--Rockford's 300-pound sheriff, Kirk S. King, who threatened
Sunday to don a hogshead and to picket the office of price
administration because he had been unable to buy a summer suit
big enough for him, received some help today. He found a hogshead
on the jail steps, crawled into it, walked to the ration board
office, and talked with clerks there. Back at the jail, a
representative of a Rockford clothing store told King a suit was
being prepared for him. Several Chicago stores telephoned offers
to fit him.
Whether Sheriff Kirk S. King of Rockford must wear a
hogshead or may get some new clothes was a subject of speculation
among Chicago clothiers yesterday. Some said the garments could
be had; others indicated their money was on the barrel.
Chicago sellers of men's ready made clothes and merchant
tailors agreed that men's clothing, either King size or regular,
is not plentiful.
United States Takes Most of Output
The looms are tied up with federal contracts for heavy
woolens, and the mills are short 200,000 workers. Light weight
woolens are especially scarce, the clothiers said.
A ready to wear store reported that summer suits are being
received now, but in lots of only three of four of a size as
compared with customary lots of 100. Another such store said it
could fit Sheriff King from stock and took his name.
The clothiers are advising their customers to take good care
of the clothes they have. One tailoring house official said
there was no reason to expect conditions to improve within 18
Offers to Join Picket Line
Dick [Two Ton] Baker, W-G-N radio entertainer, said he would
be glad to join Sheriff King's proposed group of fat men to
picket the OPA.
But State Sen. Peter P. Kielminski [D., 15th], who is
assistant superlntendent of the Bridewell, said his only trouble
in getting clothes for his 360 pound frame is being able to pay
for it. Everything must be made to order.
A mere woman, a buyer, suggested: "Let 'em suffer and
© Chicago Tribune, July 3, 1945
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