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Almanac: This week in south Lake County history

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Updated: December 11, 2012 1:50PM



100 years ago

December 13, 1912

The Register office was sold last week by C. F. Davison to Clifford A. Collins of Kankakee, Ill., who took possession after the paper was printed last week. We wish Mr. Collins success in his undertaking, and also Mr. Davison, in whatever pursuit may pursue henceforth. The Register has changed hands a dozen times since started by Wheeler & Summers in 1857.

Since the supreme court decision on saloon licenses, the majority of the keepers in Gary are coming up to the captain’s office with the extra $300. The city put a $500 license on when the new law came into effect and afterwards dropped it down to $200, which the court says was out of line. They don’t want anything to go backwards.

At the council meeting last Friday night the rates on electric lights were adjusted, and its quite probable all the trouble is over. The rates established henceforth will be as follows, and all those charged too much as the December payment will get a credit for the same in January.

The consumption of from 0 to 10 K.W., at 12 ½ cents; the consumption of from 10 to 25 K.W., 10 cents; the consumption of all over 25 K.W., at 8 cents, the sliding scale being the basis of figuring.

Any user can figure their own bills by using the above rates, and can quickly determine the difference by looking at the last bill.

Acting Mayor Krost, in the absence of Mayor Wheeler, who has been off duty on account of sickness for some time, has been on the firing line ever since the trouble over rates started, and had made a good public servant to the people, never relaxing his hold from start to finish, and now feels that he, with the aid of the other councilmen, has won the day and got what they expected when the change in the plant was made. “Well done, good and faithful servants.”

75 years ago

December 17, 1937

Marriage Mill decision anticipated in January

With the filing of prosecuting Attorney Fred Eagan’s brief in the Supreme court the first of the week, which upholds the recent restraining order issued by Judge T. Joseph Sullivan in the circuit court it is believed, or rather hoped by all concerned, that the high tribunal will hand down its decision in the important case during the late days of January. If and when the Supreme court affirms the decision of Judge Sullivan, it will forever remove from Crown Point its Gretna Green which has flourished for the past 30 years, as well as putting a damper to marriages in Indiana of couples from other states. To the contrary, if the temporary restraining order is dissolved by the high court, it will presumable allow the marriage mill to continue on its way rejoicing a circumstance that would alike, please the county clerk, the justices of the peace and a number of business men whose establishments profited by the mill’s operation.

The dead bodies of a 17-year-old girl and that of a young man said to be 21, were found Sunday morning in a tourist cabin at a Munster trailer camp.

Soon after the discovery of their bodies they were identified as Miss Madelyn McMahan, residing with her father, a widower, on a farm south of Cedar Lake on the Crown Point-Lowell highway, and James H. Kaetzer, living in the same vicinity, however, he was employed in the steel mills in the Calumet district.

Carbon monoxide gas from a gas heater in the cabin was assigned as the cause of their deaths. The young girl’s body, apparently dead for some time, was found on a bed in the cabin and that of her companion, Kaetzer, lay near the gas heater where he had fallen in an attempt to reach the stove before the stupor overcame him. He had fallen against the stove and his face was badly burned.

Carl Spiter, operator of the camp found the bodies Sunday morning, said that the young couple arrived at the camp Saturday evening, and told him that they had just been married that day. When he entered the cabin to collect for an additional day’s rent he found the bodies.

50 years ago

December 14, 1962

The annual Christmas program presented by Crown Point high school’s music department will be performed this Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the gymnasium on West Joliet street.

People at both ends of the proposed four and one-half mile Route 55 improvement — that is, the daily travelers who would use it — told Oral Craig, Indiana State Highway hearing chairman, at Thursday’s meeting, held in Independence Hill fire station, they were all in favor of the $2,700,000 expenditure. Those who live along the proposed highway improvement or in the neighborhood around the intersection of Routes 55 and 30 want none of it.

Most of the speakers in favor of the project at the hearing represented an organization or political unit. All those against it spoke as individuals. Speaking in favor of the four and one-half mile dual lane highway, starting north of Parramore hospital and bypassing the route 30 intersection to the east were Dr. J.J. Forszt, president of the county commissioners, James Ranfranz, manager secretary of the Lake County Plan commission: Crown Point Councilman William Kerth; Mahon Plumb, chairman of the Gary Chamber of Commerce transportation committee; Orville J. Kincaid, CIO secretary at Gary Works; and Harry Wheeler, secretary-manager of Crown Point Chamber of Commerce.

More than 125 citizens met Monday evening in the Merrillville fire station to protest the proposed improvement of Route 55. The meeting was sponsored by a group of property owners who designate themselves as Indiana 55 Improvement association.

I. M. Nuerenberg, chairman pro tem, opened the session in which W. C. Calvert was appointed chairman of the petition committee. Petitions which have circulated throughout Ross township will be present to Oral Craig, who had conducted the hearing Thursday afternoon at Independence Hill.



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