John R. Caverly (1861-1939)
was a 1st Ward justice of the peace and judge at the
Harrison Street police station in 1903. (I
can't help thinking of that 1980s sitcom,
Caverly presided over
the initial proceedings after the arrest of dozens
of Iroquois Theater stage workers and performers.
A few weeks later he was also on the bench when a
trio of bar owners were
tried for stealing money from the body of a deceased
Iroquois Theater victim, Helen Trask.
In later years Caverly would have bigger
fish to fry. In 1906 he won election as a
Municipal Judge on the Democrat party ticket, by
1909 was a city attorney and in 1924 he heard the
kidnapping-murder case of
Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, their defense
John was husband to Charlotte
Cochran Caverly (1870-1932).