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    The Christmas Tree Schooner

    Originally posted on The Boho Traveller. December, turn of the 20th century- Chicago.  A young boy and his family stroll down to the  Clark Street docks with 7 schooners lined up, draped in fairy lights, stocked with Christmas trees.  The boy drags his mother over to the famous Schooner Rouse Simmons, so they can pick their holiday tree from the hands of Captain Santa.  The boy doesn’t know his real name, but Herman Schuenemann was a well seasoned Christmas Tree runner, having commanded 4 ships previously, helps the boy and his mother pick out the perfect Christmas Tree, to be delivered later on.  Herman Schuenemann was known for his generosity and…