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Almanac: This week in south Lake County history

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Updated: December 4, 2012 1:32PM



100 years ago

December 6, 1912

Heretofore there have been two saloons on the west side of the square, but after March 1st there will be but one. Joseph Haberzetl has bought the Henry Schmidt place on the corner and his present place will be vacated after three months, which will cut short one more Crown Point license, leaving twelve. The Netner saloon closed a short time ago. There are yet six more than our inhabitants call for under the last saloon law made, and as fast as one drops out they are down and out until the number reaches six. Should it ever go below that number then a new license can be taken out.

December came in a trifle cloudy but the weather was quite mild and by night we were getting April showers. Rain continued at intervals until Monday morning when the wind changed and came from the west with signs that our long Indiana summer had passed on south. Nobody had any grounds to kick for the autumn was beautiful and remained with us much longer than expected.

The new blacksmith and horse shoeing place, opened by Vick Robbins on the north side of the square, was fired for the first time Monday morning, with a full new stock and tools. His place is the old Morgan stand, one door west of the Seberger feed store.

It is quite probable that the new electric company which recently took the light plants in this city have taken the wrong animal by the tail, and since the first bills were made out by the new regime trouble has been brewing, and at present the case is the electric company vs. every patron in the city and the city council. The facts are the council and the people were led to believe that the service would be cheaper, or at most no higher than they had been under the old company, but it has come to pass that a rule of figuring has come into vogue which has raised the rates to quite an extent on a great majority of the users of juice, and the outcome is the warning of war has been sounded.

The people of Crown Point will not be bull-dozed, and rather than be “touched,” and worse comes to worse, they will go back to tallow candles if necessary. They will be backed by the council which can make it very unpleasant for the company if they feel so disposed, and they feel like it already. The facts are the people in Crown Point are easy and can be bled some in the right spirit, but when their hair is rubbed the wrong way there will be a fight. The company can manage them if they do the square thing, and if not the fur will fly henceforth. In other works the patrons are willing to pay the schedule price for all the electricity they get, according to the meters, but hose with many lights don’t intend to pay for what they might get if they left them all open all the time. It will be noticed finally that the company will have to change tactics and come down off their high horse, or a new franchise will be given to another concern which has already asked for it, and then again the council, on a pinch, can order all the wiring put underground which will not be a pleasant job. The people are aware that the new company has a ten-year contract for the street arc lights, but that will be a lonesome job for a plant to do only that work.

75 years ago

December 10, 1937

Jack Deloge, member of the coal firm of Deloge & Wemple, residing on East Clark street, suffered serious injuries to one of his arms Wednesday morning when he was operating a coal conveyor in the yards near the Erie depot. Working near the belt with gloves on his hands, by some manor or means his arm was drawn into the machine, serious lacerations resulting from his wrist to his shoulder. However, no bones were broken to complicate the other injures. He was taken to Mercy hospital in Gary for medical attention. The attending physician was of the opinion on Wednesday that skin grafting would be necessary over the muscles of the arm.

Wm. A. Mosier, North Main street business man, was slightly injured in an automobile accident early last Monday morning, when his car skidded on an icy pavement, turned over three times, and finally went over an 8-foot embankment at the side of the road. The accident happened near 5th avenue, a half-mile east of Gary as he was returning home from Beverly Shores, where he had installed a stoker. Luckily, as the car completed its gyrations, Mosier escaped from the wreckage with only a wrenched limb. The car however, was badly damaged and was sent to a garage for a lot of needed repairs.

Announcement was made on Tuesday by Mr. and Mrs. Joe Nemrava of the sale of Joe’s market on North Main street, following fifteen years of ownership and active promotion of the establishment. The purchaser of the business and “good will” of the market, which has always enjoyed a large patronage, is August Entenmann, recently employed as meat cutter in the Quality Market.

50 years ago

December 7, 1962

Harold L. Wheeler will become assistant secretary treasurer of Crown Point Savings and Loan association next Monday. This information was officially released by Mrs. Chester F. Ayers, better known to the community as Frances Hagen, who has had the managership of the association since February 17, 1926. Mrs. Ayers presented her resignation last week at the special meeting of the board of directors. The actual resignation will not take place until Wheeler has had the opportunity to become familiar with the routine of the association’s business affairs, she said. Well known in Crown Point, Wheeler is the son of Col. And Mrs. John W. Wheeler. He has been employed as commercial loan assistant and farm representative of the Gary National bank, where his resignation will be effective this Friday.

Crown Point will lose its Army Reserve unit, Battery “B” 5th Howitzer battalion, 60th Artillery and its Army Reserve center December 31 in the nation-wide shakeup of the Army Reserve. First Lt. James N. Smith, commanding officer of Battery “B,” announced Wednesday that the unit will be relocated at North Judson. The building housing the unit here will be closed, he said.

The board of directors of Bethlehem Steel company approved the expenditure of $250,000,000 for the construction of what eventually will be a fully integrated steel plant to serve the rapidly expanding Midwestern steel market, according to a statement from Arthur B. Homer, chairman and chief executive office of the company at a New York City press conference. “This new steel plant, to be located in Porter county about 30 miles east of Chicago, will be known as our Burns Harbor plant. Construction will start as soon as possible to provide finishing facilities for plates, hot and cold — rolled sheets and tin plate, which will be processed from semi-finished steel, supplied by our existing plants in the east”, the statement read.

The city council, at its monthly meeting Monday night, considered such matters as parking on Wood street, sewers for Sunset View subdivision, street lights for Green Meadow subdivision and downtown alley litter. Discussion of the perpetual litter in the alley east of Main street between Clark street and Parry court prefaced a recommendation made by councilman William Kerth. Since property lines are not indicated by a curbing he requested that the alley be cleaned up, the alley width marked, and property lines established.



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