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Almanac: This week in south Lake County history

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100 years ago

December 20, 1912

Monday night April showers came frequently, and Tuesday morning the weather was very mild and the lawns were as green as in the spring time. The winter so far has been very agreeable, with only snow enough at one time to track a rabbit.

Last Monday morning at 3:15, Otto Seberger, on Clark street, attempted to go into the toilet room in the second story, which was near his bed room, and there met a man in the dark. He reached to turn on a light but the thief crowded between him and the button and went down stairs into the basement, where he entered through an open window, and after getting out into the street was plainly seen, but not recognized.

A thorough search, after Otto came out of the comatose condition that had come over him, proved that the fellow had been there for some time. All the drawers had been ransacked and the silverware and other things left on a rug on the floor, and more than twenty-five half burned matches were found scattered around in different places where he had pulled out drawers. It was not sure that he had taken anything the next morning. He was not quite as tall a man as Seberger, and Otto claims that if he had his shoes on as the burglar crowded by him that he would have kicked the fellow and chanced the outcome. It is presumed the thief was in the lower part of the house for a long time before going up stairs, and in the bath room he had struck a half dozen matches. Possibly during the search he was taken cholera morbus, and at any rate he had a great amount of gall. Not a word was said by him or Otto when they passed at the toilet room door, and the fellow seemed in no hurry while getting into the basement to go out where he entered. Mrs. Seberger had laid the kindling and paper in the kitchen stove to be ready in the morning, and he had touched that off. After an invoice was taken the next day it was found that he had taken two gold watches belonging to the daughters Florence and Carrie, who are teaching in the north end of the county, and other property will quite likely be missed when the girls get home and take a second inventory.

It was a great chance for trailing hounds to be put on a fresh track before others had tramped around the premises, but Crown Point is short of those dogs so common here for several years.

(NOTE: the term cholera morbus as used in 1912: a gastrointestinal disturbance characterized by abdominal pain and diarrhea.)

75 years ago

December 24, 1937

After having been prominently identified with the business interests of Crown Point for the past 45 years, and 21 years in his present establishment, William Steeb announced the sale of his flower and feed business on Monday, together with the “good will” that the concern has enjoyed for the past many years. The buyer is Jack H. Stambough of Porter county, residing near Valparaiso, who will take possession on January 1.

It was with reluctance on the part of Steeb to dispose of his business, however, he explained he found it necessary on account of the state of his heath to retire for a time at least from active service. A throat and asthma trouble, coming at intervals, is of such a nature Mr. Steeb said, that he is heeding the advice of his physician to become a man of leisure.

A heavy increase in the number of WPA employees in the county, possibly double the number now employed, is expected in the early months of the new year, it was learned this week. At the present time, 2,595 are on the rolls, but approved projects are said to be available to give work to a greatly increased number of men as soon as definite orders are received from the Indianapolis office. Those eligible to work are certified through the office of the township trustees after their eligibility for relief has been investigated.

50 years ago

December 21, 1962

Greetings and Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas

To Our Readers Everywhere … From the STAR

So that STAR workers may properly enjoy Christmas day next week’s edition must of necessity be a day late. It will be published Thursday night for Friday circulation but the Monday at 5 deadline for classified advertising must be the same. News matter will be given all possible attention Wednesday, the day after Christmas. The same change in routine will be observed the week of New Year’s day.

The Crown Point Civic club will hold its annual Christmas decorating contest with money prizes to be awarded for 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-places in each of three categories: home, organization, and neighborhood decorating. No official entries are necessary as everyone will be considered. Judges will make their decision the week of December 24.

Proposed improvement plans for Highway 55 north of Crown Point are apparently shelved at the Indiana State Highway department. Results of the December 6 hearing, at last, have not been forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Roads for participating fund approval. David Cohen of East Chicago, chairman of the Indiana Highway commission, says that, as a result of the objections voiced at the meeting and by mail, instructions have been issued to the engineers to reconsider the proposal.



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