Almanac: This week in south Lake County history
February 12, 2013 11:38AM
Updated: February 12, 2013 12:08PM
100 years ago
February 14, 1913
Wm. Laws has taken charge of the pop factory again, and it is said he will keep the oil route also.
Girls wanted, at Winer’s shirt factory on south side of square. Good wages and steady employment.
The finishing touches were put on the ice business here last Monday, the last being stored being 10 inches thick.
The Haberzetl saloon will move to the new quarters on the corner about March 1 st, and it is expected the Raasch building will be put in shape for the Brands meat market by the 15 st of the month. He expects to have an up-to-date place when completed and will also manufacture different kinds of sausage.
Gerhardt Austgen, of Cook, in speaking of sending up toy balloons says he hopes next 4th of July when they are sent up that there will be a bucket of water hitched onto each one. One dropped in his barn yard close to a stack of hay last season, and although it did no damage it set some corn stalks and cobs on fire.
The rural carrier on the Winfield route where scarlet fever is reported in two places, was ordered by the postmaster to leave mail in the boxes, but not to gather any, which will oblige the people in quarantine to telephone their friends to write their letters for them if they communicate with the outside world. The telephone wires are immune from contagion.
75 years ago
February 18, 1938
Crown Point residents, or a majority of them at least, were awakened from sound slumber shortly after midnight last Saturday morning, when an earthquake with very distinct tremors caused considerable excitement for the moment.
The shock was so distinct that many who had retired for the night got up to investigate the cause after their houses had rocked and dishes had rattled, but it was not until morning when it was learned that it was a “quake” confined mostly to northwestern Indiana.
While the tremor, lasting 30 seconds, was doing its stunt, those in Crown Point who were awakened, or who had not yet retired, reported that the shock resembled a truck crashing into the house.
Indiana state police said reports of the “quake” were received from as far east as Paw Paw, Michigan, Shelby on the south and from the southern edge of Chicago.
Milton Swenson, junior meteorologist at the University of Chicago weather bureau, disposed of the idea that the shakeup was a quake. He declared the seismograph at the University of Chicago remained steady.
The shock was not felt outside of an area 100 miles in diameter. And authorities said no explosions disturbed the “shakes” belt.
(NOTE: The history of the Geological Society of America shows that there was an earthquake in northern Indiana on February 12, 1938.)
50 years ago
February 15, 1963
Members of the Historical Society of Lake County, Indiana, voted at its quarterly meeting here Saturday to go on record as opposing any action to move the courthouse here to a site north of Crown Point. Mrs. Cordie Kenney, secretary, was instructed to make the society’s position on the matter known immediately to legislators at the General Assembly.
If Senate Bill 396, introduced Friday in the Indiana Assembly by Lake county’s Senator Walter Baran, becomes a law some time this month the Lake County courthouse, so familiar to area residents, may be demolished in two or three years. The bill, similar to that introduced in the last session and for the same reason, would permit county business to be conducted outside the county seat city designated by law in Lake county to be Crown Point. It would permit all county offices to be moved outside the city but within a radius of two miles.
The law to avoid being found unconstitutional will apply to any county seat but is tailored by Lake county Democratic politicians to fit the local situation. The county now owns a 40-acre site south of Parramore hospital and within two miles of Crown Point. The bill is being sponsored by Lake county commissioners, who have made a number of attempts to move county offices from the county seat on the basis of necessity. Their preparation for this attempt includes hiring a firm of architects to prepare a report on the present county buildings and the business conduced in the departments housed in them.
In the 1961 session Baran introduced a bill that attempted to make legal the conducting of circuit court business outside the county seat. This bill was still in committee at the end of the session because of opposition in committee hearings.
The commissioners’ plan then was to consolidate not only the county offices at Crown Point in the new location but to consolidate all five Superior courts, now in Hammond, East Chicago and Gary, in the same location. All north-end lawyers, both Democratic and Republican, were very much opposed to this plan, which would require them to travel with their clients from 12-25 miles to conduct business. The commissioners have dropped the Superior courts from their consolidation plan and have assured the north-end lawyers of retaining the Superior courts in their present locations.
A resolution opposing Senate Bill 396, concerning the removal of the Lake county courthouse from Crown Point has been forwarded to Senator Earl Landgrebe of Valparaiso as chairman of the Lake County Affairs committee, by the Crown Point-Lowell Bar association.