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Almanac: This week in south Lake County history

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100 years ago

February 7, 1913

Every day is a busy day in the court house, and the marriage clerk has to hustle when the trains and interurban cars come in.

The circuit and commissioners’ courts, the first of this week, brought so many in from the north end of the county, that standing room on the interurban cars was at a premium.

Ten teams and dump wagons landed here the first of this week to haul slag on the new road west of this place, which will take six weeks if the roads remain frozen. They are being kept at the Hayden barn.

It is hard to figure out how Lake county will come out if the county councilmen keep up the strike. Appropriations must be made before the commissioners can order bills paid, and if they are not paid the jig will be up.

It is expected that Mayor Wheeler will arrive home from Michael Reese hospital on Saturday of this week, somewhat worse for the wear with the last three months experience.

Fire broke out in the old “Sam Davis” property, on North Court street, occupied by Win Case, Wednesday afternoon, and did considerable damage before the fire department had it under control. The blaze started from a chimney flue it is presumed and the whole roof was badly damaged as well as the interior of the house. The household goods of Mr. Case were removed with only a little damage. The place is owned by Mrs. Phillip Struebig, who carried a $1,000 insurance on the home.

The last fight being made against the Gary saloon keepers is liable to wipe them all out of business with the exception of 40, as 169 are now in jeopardy for not paying the full $500 license. Should this all come about there will be many vacant business places left idle there, and an $80,000 loss to the city, says the Gary Post.

75 years ago

February 11, 1938

In the Newton county circuit court at Kentland on Tuesday settlement was reached in a legal controversy which had been pending between the city of Crown Point and Earl J. Crawford, former city treasurer, for the past several years. The meeting which brought about the settlement was attended by Mayor Youkey, City Attorney E. Miles Norton, Attorney Ernest Force of Gary, and Glen L. Steckley, representing the attorney-general’s office in Indianapolis, who together ironed out all the attending technicalities in the suit. As a result of the conference, the U. S. Fidelity and Guarantee Company, a bonding firm, paid over approximately $2,200 to Mayor Youkey, who in turn placed the amount recovered in the hands of City Treasurer Vernon Everett to balance the old accounts of the former treasurer.

Stimulation of home building and remodeling in Crown Point should result from the recent enactment of the so-called “housing bill” in the opinion of A. J. Henderlong, president of the Henderlong Lumber Company, local Johns Manville distributors. The measure, which in reality only amends the existing national housing act, revives the modernization credit provisions of Title I of the act and liberalizes mortgage credit for new home construction. Now, a person wishing to build needs a down payment of only 10 per cent of the value of the property instead of the 20 per cent previously required.

50 years ago

February 8, 1963

“Partly sunny to cloudy days are ahead,” Mrs. Victor Oman said Wednesday forenoon as she made weather calculations from her Cedar Lake home while “Weather Man” Gustav Oman still “takes it easy.” “It will be cooler tonight and through Thursday with snow flurries possible, then back to thawing and more pleasant weather by the week end,” she said.

Twenty feet of fence and a NIPSCO pole were destroyed on North Lakeside drive at Cedar Lake Sunday afternoon when two cars did not quite miss a head-on collision. George W. Keilman, 39, Route 3, Cedar Lake reported to sheriff’s men Joseph Charchak and Steve Jandura, that, as he was traveling northerly on Lakeside drive at about 20 miles an hour and rounding a curve, he did not see the oncoming car until it struck the left front end of his vehicle. Driver of the southbound car, Charles A. Reed, Jr., 29, Route 2, Cedar Lake, sustained fractured ribs, lacerations of an eye and abrasions about the nose and was taken to St. Margaret hospital in Hammond. No statement was taken from him at the scene but he was given a ticket for driving on an expired license. The NIPSCO pole and 20 feet of fencing destroyed were in front of Henry Heindl’s home.

Letters with ticket enclosure for the car party St. Mary’s Alter and Rosary society is sponsoring are being placed in the mails this week to all parishioners of St. Mary’s church, according to Mrs. Louis Walter, president and general adviser for the party. Its proceeds, combined with a bake sale and silent auction in the school auditorium Sunday evening, February 17, will go towards the purchase of pews for the new cry room and choir loft.



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