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Almanac: This week in south Lake County history

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Updated: November 27, 2012 12:34PM



100 years ago

November 29, 1912

The waves on Lake Michigan ran 30 feet high last Sunday and in Crown Point but little wind was noticed — only 16 miles an hour.

The old established blacksmith and horseshoeing place on the west side of the square was closed by the administratrix last Saturday, which will cause the sale of the tools and stock, the business place having been sold to Jack Pinter. On Monday Vick Robbins, the workman in the old place, went to Chicago and bought stock and an outfit for work and has gone into the shop formerly used by J. M. Morgan, first door west of the Seberger seed store, and is about ready for business. His acquaintance, formed while in Coneway shop, promises to bring him a good line of business, which he is now ready for at the new stand.

The first winter storm came Sunday morning with snow enough to make walking very disagreeable, but melted nearly as fast as it came. Joy riders were quite scarce during the entire day and the snow flurries came regular, which made it uncomfortable for man and beast.

The asphalt pavers had less than 300 feet to do on North Main street when the snow and “fuzzy” weather struck here last Sunday.

Tuthill got a car load of nut coal! Hip, hip, hurrah.

75 years ago

December 3, 1937

In order that the superior court may have an opportunity to render a decision in the earliest possible time, Attorney George E. Hershman, representing County Clerk Sweigart in his appeal from the decision of Judge T. Joseph Sullivan, which temporarily stopped him from issuing marriage licenses to non-resident women of the county, perfected his appeal late last week and filed a transcript of the injunction proceedings with the clerk of the state’s highest tribunal. Notwithstanding that it usually takes from one to two years to have cases disposed of in the higher courts, Clerk Sweigart and Attorney Hershman are hopeful that the marriage mill controversy will be taken up as an emergency matter and that a final decision may be had in the test-case early in the new year. While the litigation is in progress that may or may not forever close Crown Point’s marriage industry, word comes from Porter county that County Clerk Keller and three justices of the peace in Valparaiso, who are disregarding the non-resident section of the old 1852 law, are reaping a harvest. Over 50 couples from adjoining states were issued licenses to marry on Thanksgiving day, it was reported from Valparaiso the first of the week. If, and when, the supreme court sustains Judge Sullivan’s decision in the injunction proceedings it will apply to the whole state. To the contrary it will allow Crown Point to reopen its marriage mill that continued uninterrupted for the past thirty years.

“Construction activities in Lake county during the January through October period passed the 5-million-dollar mark,” says T. O. Morgan, Chicago manager of the Dodge reports division of the F. W. Dodge Corporation, in his monthly summary of the county’s contract awards.

50 years ago

November 30, 1962

A quiet family dinner observed the 80th birthday of Chris Huber, on Thanksgiving day at 129 South Ridge, the home which he and his wife share with their daughter Florence and her husband. Last of the 12 children of the late John and Elizabeth Huber, he was born in Crown Point and has spent all his years here, with the exception of one in Hammond. He worked at the old Crown Point brewery, was in coal business with his late father-in-law, George Richards, was maintenance man at St. Mary’s church for 10 years and later went into business for himself as a carpenter. His twin brother Will passed away seven years ago. He married Miss Lillian Richards October 30, 1905 and they have been subscribers to the Star for more than 50 years.

The legislature that will convene January 10 holds a challenge and peril politically to the Republican and Democratic parties. The Republicans have a razor-thin edge of two votes in the Senate and a safe margin in the House. But were this to be a session that is strife-laden, uncooperative with the Democrats and non-productive, voters are going to put the blame right on the Republican party that will be running it.

The wind, clocked at 52 miles in Crown Point Friday, was blamed for the failure of the Christmas lights to “come on all over the world” of Crown Point’s public square that evening. A heavy garland that slipped form its moorings in front of The Commercial bank struck a “No Parking” sign, severed the wire and created a short, which Jerome Huber, in charge of installation, said “really did it.” Men began working next day to reinforce the wiring so that when the job is completed each garland will be fastened with double ties to the poles, Huber told. He also added that the eventuality of a sleet storm has been anticipated, and, should this occur, the decorative material will slip off the wires, so relieving the weight and preventing any break in a “hot” wire.



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