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Almanac: This week in south Lake County history

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Updated: September 11, 2012 3:02PM



100 years ago

September 13, 1912

Last Saturday afternoon a large car capsized near Ainsworth and broke some legs for the occupants, and about the same time another wreck occurred near Dyer, which nearly killed two persons, one girl being still unconscious when taken away. On Sunday between St. John and Crown Point, another load tipped over while going around a sharp corner, where a danger sign is displayed, and two were badly hurt, but were taken away before a physician reached them from this place. The machines in each case were from Chicago.

The wholesale price of gasoline went up to 15 cents per gallon in Crown Point this week, and it is probable it will keep soaring. It is thought that John D. (Rockefeller) doesn’t care for the extra thousands of dollars he pulls in each day from the raise each time, but that he is mad at the automobiles and is taking that way of driving them to a slower speed.

LaPorte — Clyde Smith of Lakeville had his nose cut off in a fight which occurred there, the wound being made with a razor in the hands of Don Blake, a barber. Frank Barkley is also in a dangerous condition, having a wound across his chest from the same razor. The men began to quarrel over a saloon license which one was supposed to have beaten the other out of, and it is feared that both are fatally injured.

After firing three shots at his wife, and attempting to shoot Attorney Campbell at the law office of Wray & Campbell, Louis Rhinehart, aged forty-two, fired a bullet into his own brain and died a few minutes later. One bullet struck Mrs. Rhinehart in the arm, inflicting a painful wound. The other bullet went wild. Rhinehart made the attempt to kill Campbell after (Rhinehart) had shot his wife, and when E.M. Cole, former deputy county clerk, who occupies an adjoining office, heard the shots, he ran into the hall and met Rhinehart as he was ejected from the law offices. Rhinehart attempted to shoot Cole, but the revolver failed to work. Before Cole could stop the infuriated man he fired a bullet through his brain and dropped to the floor. Mr. and Mrs. Rhinehart separated about a year ago and she had gone to the office of the attorneys for the purpose of taking steps to sue for divorce.

75 years ago

September 17, 1937

Reports coming on Tuesday from the bedside of Harold Geisen, who has been confined in Mercy hospital in Gary for the past ten days from injuries received in a automobile accident on road 8, are not at all encouraging to his family members here. He has, however, made encouraging gains since he suffered the injuries. In addition to his fractured left pelvic bone, other recent x-ray pictures taken disclose an injured spine, his father, Charles Geisen, said on Tuesday, which may mean that he will be a patient in the hospital for several months to come.

In a freakish automobile accident, one that has no parallel in this vicinity, “Pete” White, lifelong resident of Harrington avenue in this city, met almost instant death Thursday evening in the yard of his home, when a speeding tire and rim disengaged from a broken down wheel on a trailer hit him in the head, fracturing his skull and breaking his jaw.

50 years ago

September 14, 1962

Lake county commissioner at Monday’s meeting were relieved to have the Sodo vacation petition withdrawn, but they were confronted with the problem of regulating the use of the highly desirable little piece of property. John Schutz, president, and George Malo, secretary of the Cedar Lake Fire Department, asked to be heard upon announcement that Anthony Sodo had withdrawn his petition to have the narrow strip of ground adjoining his property on Cedar Lake vacated. The 20- by 38-foot piece of land on the intersection of the north shore of Cedar Lake and the Center-Hanover township line is adjoined on both sides by the Sodo property. Schutz, representing the Cedar Lake fire department, asked that signs be erected by the commissioner to regulate use of the narrow strip. He was interested, he said, in keeping the small area-way open for access by Cedar Lake firemen to load water tanks. Cedar Lake is the only source of water available to the fire department volunteers, other than low-capacity wells belonging to individual homeowners. Schutz related past difficulty in getting to the shore for water in fighting fires.

Russia’s farming operation is tremendous in scope, George Hein, Ross township farmer who spent a week there, concludes, but it is very inefficient, low in productivity and quality of product. Hein returned August 28 from a 21-day tour of Western Europe and Iron Curtain countries in company with other local men who were a part of a Purdue Agricultural Department party. After spending two days in Moscow the Hoosiers were driven 92 miles to a collective farm near Kresodor in the Ukraine valley. The soil is unbelievably black there, George says, and five feet deep. The bearing potential is unlimited by the difficulty lies in the country’s low average rainfall of 19 to 20 inches.



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