Cars We Remember: The Battle Between Hertz and Checker

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Mount Shasta Herald

MAN SHOT TO DEATH IN CHICAGO QUARREL

Affair Apparently Outcome of Clash Among Taxi Drivers

Chicago. June 7, 1923 (UP) - Frank Sexton, declared by police to be connected with a labor union, was shot to death early today by two taxicab drivers in a pool room on West Division street. Authorities said the murder was apparently the outgrowth of a war between independent and union drivers on "Checker" taxis. About a dozen drivers were arrested for questioning.

FURIOUS WAR FOR CONTROL

SLAYING AND BOMBINGS OCCUR IN CITY OF CHICAGO.

Two Factions of "Checker" Drivers Fighting for Control—Attempt to Wreck Home of Head of Taxi Company.

CHICAGO, June 8, 1923 (AP) - An alleged Checker taxi taxicab driver’s war blamed by police for the slaying Friday of Frank Sexton, ‘union slugger’ resumed today in bombing of the home of Morris Markin, president of the Checker Taxicab Manufacturing company. The residence was partially wrecked and Markin and his family thrown from their beds.

Two factions of the "Checker" drivers are fighting for control of the manufacture of the taxis which involve a cooperative scheme, according to Markin. Two men arrested for the Sexton shooting also gave police this reason for the "war."

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