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Almanac: This week in south Lake County history

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Updated: February 19, 2013 12:18PM



100 years ago

February 21, 1913

Mrs. Clarence Randolph, collector for the telephone company, is putting in nearly all her time in walking, and may prove a rival for Weston’s medal, as the practice has made her able to go to the end of the road each day.

Mrs. H. V. Parry, who went to a sanitarium near Watrous, in New Mexico, a short time ago, has moved to another institution near Albuquerque, where the accommodations and surrounds are better. She is in good spirits.

It is conceded now that a law will be passed giving Crown Point a continuous circuit court and also twenty weeks of superior court as at present. It is believed the opposition of Porter and Laporte counties has been overcome, and that the law is nearly insured.

We have found by experience that our telephone will deliver German talk all right, but it is not plain enough so we can understand it.

75 years ago

February 25, 1938

Dr. J. Robert Doty, Lake county coroner, announced on Tuesday that he will push a project to fingerprint every rural school pupil for the purpose of absolute identification in case of accidental or otherwise abnormal deaths.

Doty said that Harry C. Burke of Gary has offered his services to secure the fingerprints. Burke inaugurated the program at a meeting of the Mothers’ club at the Black Oak school.

Permission of parents of a child will be obtained before the pupil is fingerprinted, Doty said. Adults too, will be urged to have their prints taken. There will be no charge.

Cost of the cards and other supplies used are to be borne by the state and federal governments. Two sets of prints will be taken, one for the state police non-criminal files and the other for the civilian files of the federal bureau of identification in Washington.

Burke pointed out that 60,000 unidentified persons are buried each year in potters’ fields in the nation at a cost of $100 each.

50 years ago

February 22, 1963

Lt. Col. Ralph Wallace, Jr., 714 Williams drive, Crown Point, has been appointed commander of the 9626th Air Reserve squadron in Gary, according to word received from information officer Major David L. Gott.

Lt. Colonel Wallace replaces Col. Charles L. Belcher, of Gary, who will now devote full time to his duties as Air Force Academy liaison officer.

A pilot by profession, Wallace is pilot for Standard Oil company executive aircraft at Gary airport. He and his wife, Marjorie, have three children.

A veteran of 14 years active duty with the Air Force and six years in the Air Reserve, he has been with the Gary Squadron for only the past year.

Colonel Wallace served as a pilot in World War II and flew B-26 Marauders with the Twelfth Air Force in Europe. Interestingly enough, two other members of the local squadron — Colonel Belcher and Major Robert Atkin flew with the 12th Air Force at the same time but had never met Wallace until he joined the 9626th last year.

Lt. Colonel Wallace holds the Air Medal and the Croix de Guerre in addition to other decorations.



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