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Gaylords (Chicago Gang)

The Gaylords (Almighty Gaylord Nation, AGLN, GL'S, 712, GLN) is a street gang that was formed in the early 1900s. Their members are mostly white and they are a member of the People nation alliance. Their colors are black, light blue, and grey. Their slogans include “God forgives, Gaylords don’t” and “Cross is Boss.” Their symbols include a Maltese cross with flames at the center and a cross with two slashes.

Gaylords History

During the late 1940s, the Gaylords Street gang, which was originally a softball club known as Junior Postal, started gained prominence. The beginning for this group started from the area of Grand and Noble on Chicago’s North Side, the group transformed into a street gang before the year 1954. The Junior postal shared a club house with the Postal Athletic club until fallout ensued. Back then, softball clubs and social clubs were the order of the day in Chicago and several other neighborhoods. The softball clubs available as at that time were Ramrods, Scorpions, and the Demons. It is important to note that after the 1950s, various gangs referred to themselves as “clubs” in Chicago.

The report has it that Gaylords softball club was initially known as “Gay Lords,” which had its origin from “Larry”--the original leader—who took it upon himself to search out its meaning from the dictionary. Gaylord is actually a surname with its origin in Old France. Back in the day, it was spelled Gaillard, but after being anglicized during the reign of King Edward VI (1547-1553), the spelling changed to what we now know it to be today. During those periods, the protestant emigrated from England as they escape from religious prosecution. Gaylord denotes bravery or strength. But for the spelling Gaillard, it means bawdy, ribald or strapping. The particular reason for this definition remained a mystery. Some schools of thought say it is probably because of the use of the word “Gay” by society at that point in time to denote a cheerful mood.

The adoption of Gaylords as a name came at a time when homosexuality had no relationship whatsoever with the word “Gay.” During that time, it was popularly used to describe an individual in a proud and happy mood. The “Gay” was found in business, books, movies, for example, the Gay Intruder—1948—and also the Gay Amigo.

Due to the store front that the original Gaylord converge at—front of Angie’s Bar at 1323 West Huron Street—their street corner came to be Huron and Throop. In spite of Huron and Throop being the main corners, Grand and Noble was actually the general area where to located Gaylords due to the busy life around the avenue of Grand and another object of interest like restaurants.

Later on, a transition was made to Ohio and Noble, which is just a few blocks away and became their new main corners as a result of the new store front—or club-- they usually converge at. It was reported that organized crimes took center stage here and Gaylords was a blessing in disguise to the perpetrators.

The racial make-up from inception was most Italian and Irish, which is a typical reflection of the racial make-up of the Grand and Noble area.

In the early 1960s, Gaylords was a popular street gang. Others were Lazy Gents, PVPs, C-Notes, Simone Park. These kinds of groups were known as “Greaser Gangs” for their greased black hair and several other conspicuous behaviors.

The gangs in the early 1960s, including the Gaylords, distanced themselves from violence, which later emerged as time progressed. Barely would you see the sales of drugs or its usage at that point in time. Battles that were fought back then were over girls, turfs, and another right each gang consider a worthy cause to fight for.

Even up to the 1960s, Gaylords was regarded to be a simple turf gang; though they would face some difficult times in the over-populated street of Chicago.

Gaylords and People Alliance

In the 1970 Jeff Fort and Larry Hoover, leader of the El Rukns and Black Gangster Disciples respectively, convinced people to believe in their cause and aligned with them. Then came the creation of two groups that would forever change Chicago gangs, “Folks” and “People.” Both leaders later went further to inculcate selective Spanish gangs in their fold. Though prison-induced, warring ingredient starts to build up on both sides. With the creation of the two alliances, all Chicago gangs felt the pressure to join one or face the harsh consequences. The Almighty Gaylords went on the join the People alliance.

Gaylords Gang Colors

The sections that were kick-started by Kilbourn Park wore black and light blue. The sections that Palmer started where clothed in black and gray, while the black and brown were the colors for the South Side sections kick-started by 18th and Western section, just like 55th and Ashland and Sherman Park.

Gaylords Gang Locations

  • Addison & Kilbourn (Kilbourn Park)
  • Belden & Oak Park (Sayre Park)

  • Addison,IL
  • Alton,IL

  • Des Moines,Ia
  • Paducah,Ky
  • Branson,Mo


FORMER LOCATIONS

  • Altgeld & Avers
  • Altgeld & Lawndale
  • Altgeld & St.Louis
  • Archer Ave. & Throop
  • Augusta Blvd. & Monticello
  • Barry Ave. & Central Park
  • Belden & Kenneth
  • Belden & Knox
  • Bloomingdale & Marshfield
  • Bryon & Albany
  • Central Ave. & Berteau (Portage Park)
  • Cicero Ave. & Wrightwood
  • Francisco & Cullom
  • George & Kolmar
  • George & McVicker
  • Grand Ave. & Ogden
  • Grand Ave. & Rockwell (Smith Park)
  • Halsted & North Ave.
  • Halsted & Taylor St.
  • Huron & Noble / Huron & Throop
  • Irving Park Rd. & Narragansett
  • Karlov & Newport
  • Kenton & Warwick
  • Lawrence Ave. & Broadway
  • Leamington & Jackson Blvd.
  • Leavitt & Berteau
  • Leavitt & Lyndale
  • LeMoyne & Springfield
  • Moffat & Campbell
  • Montana & Kilbourn
  • Oakdale & Long
  • Ohio & Leclaire
  • Ohio & Noble
  • Palmer & California Ave.
  • Palmer & Leclaire (Blackhawk Park)
  • Seeley & Ainslie
  • Seeley & Eastwood
  • Sunnyside & Magnolia
  • Wilson Ave. & Dover

  • 18th & Western Ave.
  • 24th & Whipple
  • 25th & Oakley {Pilsen Neighborhood}
  • 55th & Ashland Ave. to Racine (Sherman Park)

  • Cicero,IL
  • East Moline,IL
  • Elmhurst,IL
  • Moline,IL
  • Mt.Prospect,IL
  • Norridge,IL
  • Springfield,IL

  • Davenport,Ia
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