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Almanac: This week in south Lake County history

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100 years ago

September 20, 1912

The moving of the six members of the Ball family, from the West Joliet street burial place to Creston, last week, showed that the soil at the old grounds is very dry. Some of the caskets were quite solid after being in the ground from 40 to 60 years, and the necktie and coat collar buried with Judge Ball, about 40 years ago, were still well preserved.

Hobart and Crown Point are now connected with electric cars, which makes the trip quick and cheap, and cuts off more automobile livery, and should the Gary & Southern be extended to Cedar Lake and Lowell it will be another hard blow to livery along the line.

Billy Kussmaul and L.C. Breyfogle’s automobile collided near the Catholic church last Sunday, but Bill was too spry to be damaged much. He caught on the bumper in front and managed to crawl up instead of being run down, and although it was a close shave he was only slightly inured, but it was a narrow escape.

Two Erie railroad detectives arrested four tramps here Sunday morning, who had been robbing houses and holding up people, between Crown Pint and Rochester, and took them away after finding some of the stolen goods on them. They robbed one man at Boone Grove, and were taken to Porter county for trial. They also pulled out five lads here who were stealing a ride in a freight car.

Adam Gerlach’s Brush runabout recently took fright while crossing a temporary bridge in Merrillville and jumped off into the muddy ditch, and it took ten men to get it out. He has heard since that those machines quite often scare while on a bridge and he uses all precaution to not let his get in a habit of it. He is well pleased with the going qualities of the machine and feels that he will get it broken in time to be as gentle as a horse.

75 years ago

September 24, 1937

Superstition Mountain is in southern California, near the Mexican boundary and west of Imperial valley. Its weird and ghostly appearance suggests the name. According to Chase’s “California Desert Trails,” its vague shape gives the landscape an extra touch of horror, recalling tales of men who have perished in attempts to reach the treasure supposed to be hidden in that waterless labyrinth. The same author describes it as a long low range, mainly interesting for its deadly reputation among both Indians and whites.

Mrs. Doris Taylor, wife of V. H. Taylor, Schneider sawmill operator, and Charles Sheffer, an employee, were instantly killed late last Thursday evening, when a Monon freight train crashed into the Taylor car at an unprotected crossing near Shelby. Taylor, who was driving the automobile, was seriously injured and was taken immediately to the Methodist hospital in Gary, where his life hangs by a slender thread. Riding in the front seat with Taylor was Sheffer and in the back seat was the driver’s wife. Taylor was traveling east from his sawmill on a “shortcut” between Schneider and Shelby when he drove his car into the path of the freight train near the Shelby station. Eyewitness to the tragedy, after they had views the wreckage and the mangled bodies of Sheffer and Mrs. Taylor, said that it was a miracle that Taylor escaped without meeting instant death also. The bodies were removed to Lowell.

50 years ago

September 21, 1962

Mr. and Mrs. Walter McLean are very happy over the fact that her nephew, Major Frank Borman, an instructor in the Aerospace Research school at Edwards Air Force base in California, was one of the nine men chosen as astronauts. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Borman, former Gary residents, who moved to Phoenix, Arizona, when he was a small boy.

Work was started Monday morning on the First National Bank’s remotely controlled drive-in bank on East street. Gariup Construction company was awarded the contract with work to be completed before the first of January, Paul Brown, president said. A poured concrete basement along Parry court and a concrete tunnel from the basement to the bank half way down the alley, is the contractor’s first work. The Biegel building will be razed, upon its vacancy the first of October, and the property included in the bank’s parking lot adjoining the drive-in building and driveway. Besides the drive-in bank tunnel and parking lot the back of the main building will be added to and altered to accommodate the three remote tellers’ benches and work space.



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