Village People: J.W. Scott, 86, Gets His Due

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: J.W. Scott, center, is presented with an honorary street sign bearing his name by Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey on Nov. 18. | Courtesy Mayor Andre Harvey

J.W. Scott, the 86-year-old founder of People Cab Co. in Bellwood, was recently featured in a John Fountain column in the Chicago Sun-Times — the article the result of a Nov. 18 street naming ceremony. Henceforth and forevermore, a portion of St. Charles Rd. (near 30th Ave.) will be “Honorary J.W. Scott Ave.”

As Fountain learned, Scott fought in Korean War and was awarded a Bronze Star. When he came back home, he got to work. He was employed at Campbell Soup Company for 35 years. On his weekends, he drove a cab. In 1982, he went into business for himself, starting People Cab Co., Scott’s son, David Scott, 56, told Fountain.

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Scott as a soldier. | J.W. Scott 

It was quite a feat for a young man from Mississippi, “where his family chopped and picked cotton for virtually no wages” and lived in a “shotgun shack,” according to Fountain.

“The plantation owner would let you stay in one of his run-down houses,” Scott told Fountain. “There was no clothes closet in the house and you didn’t need closets because the most clothes you had were on your back.”

Read Fountain’s full column on Scott here. VFP 

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