Almanac: This week in south Lake County history
December 24, 2012 11:10AM
Updated: December 24, 2012 11:38AM
100 years ago
December 27, 1912
It is believed that the man who recently went into the Seberger house for loot is home talent, and that finally he will have to account for the job.
The unloading of dressed beef and hogs at our grocery stores makes it seem like old times again, and still there is a difference when one buys.
Our grocery stores and meat markets showed many tempting morsels in the food line for Christmas, especially in poultry, meats, vegetables and all kinds of fruits, and many other lines. Turkeys retailed for 22 cents, ducks 16 and geese 14 cents and the goods on hand seemed ample for all, but Christmas day was too dead to skin. A quiet Sunday could not compare with it.
Farmers east of this place complain that Crown Pointers come into their fields and shoot prairie chickens, which is against law and order.
All the churches had the usual Christmas exercises, and the Catholic congregation had a midnight mass Christmas eve, which was attended by one of the largest crowds ever assembled in the church. The service lasted until two o’clock.
It is time to pay the city dog tax again, and all animals caught without a 1913 tag on are subjects for the “Potters Field.”
75 years ago
December 31, 1937
Oral arguments on the restraining order issued by Judge T. Joseph Sullivan in the circuit court on November 5, which closed Crown Point’s mill to all couples except those in which the bride was a resident of Lake county, will be heard by the judges of the state supreme court next Tuesday morning, January 4, it was announced by Prosecutor Fred A. Egan on Monday. According to the official notice received here from the clerk of the supreme court, each side will be allowed 45 minutes in which to argue the briefs, previously filed early in December. The state will be represented by Deputy Prosecutor John Stanton when the oral arguments are given, and County Attorney George E. Hershman will appear on behalf of County Clerk George W. Sweigart, who is seeking to have the restraining order vacated. Since the restraining order virtually closed the Crown Point mill earl in November, it is reported that the clerk of Porter county has issued over 2,000 licenses, not withstanding the old marriage statute of 1852 which put Crown Point’s leading industry out of commission.
Chester Hattabough, tenant on field township, suffered a badly crushed hand last Thursday while feeding a corn shredder on the John Schaefer farm.
50 years ago
December 28, 1962
A blackout lasting more than two hours in about two-thirds of Crown Point Wednesday evening was caused by the failure of a conductor on Indiana avenue near the Erie Railroad tracks. “First investigation indicates that the zero weather may have been responsible for the failure,” M.L. Bunnell, district operations superintendent, told a STAR reporter. Crown Point police covered the four locations where wires were down, assisted in directing traffic and keeping the public out of the danger zone. Bunnell said, “They did an excellent job of it, and we are very grateful.” Leroy, Palmer and Winfield communities were without current about the same length of time. Two wires were down at the “S” curve early Wednesday morning. “Calls from homeowners came in just about as fast as the switchboard could handle them. It would be impossible to estimate the number,” Bunnell remarked. Meanwhile, remarks heard today indicate, kerosene lamps and candles were pressed into service, overcoats and other wraps donned as the chill crept in and settled.
Christmas day in the Crown Point office of Illinois Bell showed a switchboard “lit up like a Christmas tree,” with the peak of the rush coming between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., according to Joseph Costin, manager. The weather caused considerable more business than might have transpired on a flawless day, it was noted. The calls totaled more than those for several Christmases, Costin said. Long distance calls, out-going, numbered 7,500 and local calls amounted to 25,000. Incoming calls, which are not totalled, were nevertheless exceptionally heavy, “far more than were anticipated,” Costin said.