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Almanac: This week in south Lake County history

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Updated: January 15, 2013 12:28PM



100 years ago

January 17, 1913

Marshal Platt informs us that there are numerous dogs in this city without 1913 license tags and that he has orders to commence killing them when found without the same. The time for buying tags has run over now more than two weeks and every dog without one is treading on dangerous grounds. Males are charged $1.50 and females $2.00.

The Star editor has found out he can fall down as quickly as he could when 20 years old, but when it comes to getting up we have nothing to crow over. We passed the 65th mile post last Saturday, and Sunday took the first tumble of the winter.

It is reported that Wm. Ackerman, of Lowell, close to 85 years old, is in very poor health and is not expected to survive long. He is all the surviving Mexican soldier left in these parts, and has resided in West Creek township and Lowell since 1847, when he came from Ohio.

The ice harvest came to a sudden halt Wednesday morning when it rained and the sun came out quite warm, and a south wind. The little coating of snow was entirely washed off and the walking was again as slippery as ice could make it.

75 years ago

January 21, 1938

(Special to the Star) Indianapolis, Ind., Jan. 19 – Reaction to the Supreme Curt’s decision on outlawing the various Indiana “Gretna Greens” was being watched this week.

The court’s opinion, handed down last week, upheld the validity of a law of 1852 which required that licenses be issued only to women residing within the county where application is made.

At the same time, indications multiplied that various groups will seek to tighten Indiana’s marriage laws by seeking new enactments at the 1939 session. It is thought probable that this action would follow somewhat along the lines of the “eugenic license” laws.

“Grandma” Schroeder, in a crisp little white organdy cap and fischu, ready to cut a towering white cake, is a picture visitors to the family home on North Main street on Monday, 99th anniversary of her birth, will not easily forget. Honored as Crown Point’s oldest resident, Mrs. Elizabeth Schroeder has few rivals in age and distinction in the whole of Lake county. She enjoys each day with genuine zest, moves about with amazing alertness for her years, “keeps her hand in” the lighter household tasks and gives welcome certainly to her community’s hope when she said she feels sure she will live to enjoy her hundredth anniversary.

50 years ago

January 18, 1963

A corridor entrance to Crown Point from the north, with parkway and service roads on both sides of Highway 55, was agreed on in separate meetings of the Lake County plan comission and Crown Point plan commission Monday. Engineering drawings were not available at either meeting but the idea advanced last year by Col. Lawrence Sheridan, was acceptable to both planning bodies.

The agreement came about because of a petition filed in November with the county plan commission by William Kennedy, George Carroll and William Carroll to rezone property north of Beaver Dam ditch from residential to business use. County planners at their December 10 meeting in considering the rezone petition were doubtful about spot zoning in the area along 55, but were interested to hear from Crown Point councilman and plan board member Cecil Conquest, that Crown Point planners were entertaining the corridor idea, with land zoned for business behind a parkway and side roads. The petition was deferred for 30 days on Conquest’s request and with the approval of the petitioners.

The county government at Crown Point should be moved to new buildings on county owned property south of Parramore hospital.

This is the essence of a report on county business operations and the housing of county offices by L. Cosby Bernard company of Hammond to Lake county commissioners, who ordered the survey a year ago.

Announcement of the report and its conclusions were timed for the beginning Thursday of the 93rd session of the Indiana legislature, during which a bill will be introduced making the removal of the county seat from Crown Point a possibility. A bill to overcome this legal disability was introduced two years ago but through considerable opposition from county tax payers in testimony given at committee, formed by the Lake County reach the House floor for a vote.

The Citizens’ Advisory committee, formed by the Lake County Board of Commissioners to act as its mouthpiece in promoting and selling its multi-million dollar building program has been revived with a meeting a week ago. The L Cosby Bernard survey was presented to them for study and recommendation.



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