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Almanac: This week in south Lake County history

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Updated: January 25, 2013 1:50PM



100 years ago

January 24, 1913

Mrs. Christiebe Nitzsche, of near Lowell, celebrated her 90th birthday last Sunday. She came from Germany to this country 59 years ago and has lived in Lake county since 1870. At present she lives with her son-in-law Geo. Schilling.

Deputy Sheriffs Furman and Kilborn took Sam Trimbill, of Hammond, to the Longeliff asylum, at Logansport, Monday, and Kilborn returned home with a black eye, having received it in a tussle with the fellow who was violent and hard to manage.

C. D. Root, who has had charge of the lumber yard interest of his father for a number of years, makes the announcement this week of the permanent retirement from the business of his father, D. A. Root, and Clayton who received his training from the “old man” will take entire charge of the business. He is a hustler and will “deliver the goods,” in the slang phrase and reality too.

A great many cities and towns over Indiana, and especially in the northern part of the state, are installing the boulevard lighting system such as Gary has on Broadway. Hobart has just completed a system by popular subscription and it adds a hundred per cent to the life of the place. What a great addition it would be to have the public square illuminated on both sides of the street with large cluster globes and fancy iron posts. With support from the business men around the square to the proposition the county commissioners would no doubt do their share and the city would also assist in the matter. It is a popular improvement — adds life to a town and is a sure sign of enterprise to strangers who come and go. Who will take the matter in hand and push it through?

75 years ago

January 28, 1938

Arrest and confession of three men who held up the bank at Demotte on December 28 was announced Monday night by Donald F. Stiver, superintendent of state police. Two of them, Thomas Stings, 19, of Roseland and John Botwinski, 32, of East Chicago, were taken Saturday night in a raid by Chicago police of a westside apartment. Harold Parker, 24, of Hammond had been arrested by Gary police in Tolleston on January 16, charged with an attempted “stick-up.” The pair, Stiver said, were picked up in their Chicago hide-out at the request of Indiana state police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. All three, according to his announcement, admitted the hold-up and taking of $2,300. Other admissions were said to include the robbing of a bank in Goodwine, Ill. in November by Sinks and Parker and the wounding of a state patrolman near Wilmington, Ohio earlier in December.

In continuation of an elective course in Bible study in the junior and senior high school, Mrs. A. T. Lindley took over the teaching formerly done by pastors of four of the city’s churches for this semester, her first classes held last week. Feeling that the intensive work of one teacher could accomplish much more than they could by weekly rotation in the classroom, Rev. Thomas H. Adkins, Rev. Adolph Stoerker, Rev. J. D. Bowles and Rev. Merrill B. McFall asked that the class be turned over to Mrs. Lindley, a licensed instructor of wide teaching experience.

50 years ago

January 25, 1963

Lake county commissioners, in presenting their 1963 county office consolidation plan, have for the first time a proposal in-writing, with pictures, to present to the taxpayers through the newspapers. The proposal being distributed to county officers, other officials and representative citizens this week is in the form of a well-prepared 68 page book by L. Cosby Bernard and Company of Hammond titled “A Study of Consolidation.”

“This is a new record low for us to report,” was Mrs. Victor Oman’s greeting Wednesday forenoon as she gave the weather word from her Cedar Lake home. At 10 o’clock the mercury stood at 16 degrees below zero, exactly what it registered at 6 a.m., she said.

The low on Monday was at minus 15 degrees, the high for the week was 27 degrees, reached Thursday and Friday afternoons for short periods of time. On Tuesday morning the mercury had risen to 20 degrees in an overnight climb.



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