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Almanac: This week in south Lake County history

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Updated: May 20, 2013 10:33AM



100 years ago

February 28, 1913

(from an ad)

Here it Comes! There it Goes!

LIKE A FLASH

It’s an Indian Motorcycle

We will Demonstrate.

HENDERLONGS

The Motorcycle Boys

138 North Main Street

It was said early this week that a gambling place in Crown Point will be attended to, and it being the second charge a sledge hammer will be used instead of leniency.

A Gary contractor named McElfee came to an untimely end on Monday while hunting ducks on the Little Calumet river, by slipping down on the ice which pulled off his gun, the charge blowing his head off. He was with Arthur Burge, a partner in the plastering business. Mr. Burge is well known here. They had made blinds early for the first flight of the ducks and were on their way home when the accident happened.

The wedding couples continue to come in platoons, and the divorce courts in Chicago are trying to uncouple them as fast as they are spliced, and both sides to the business makes lively times.

75 years ago

March 4, 1938

The blacksmith shop and storage building, 40x200 feet, a unit of the Letz Manufacturing Company plant, was totally destroyed by fire early last Friday morning. The fire started from an unknown origin before 2 o’clock, and had gained such headway before being discovered that none of the contents was saved. The fire company, however, found plenty to do to keep the blaze confined to the single building. The structure was of frame construction enclosed with sheet iron siding and roof and housed blacksmith tools and provided storage space for the company’s materials and products. The loss, company officials say, is covered by insurance.

The once very famous corn borer, the pesky boll weevil, not to forget the creeping army worm and chinch bug that proved a thorn in the side of the department of agriculture, and farmers, too, not many years back, have been replaced on the pest list by the Japanese beetle, according to reports sent out by the state department of conservation in Indianapolis this week. Among the twenty-nine cities in the state where trapping operations will be carried on this spring Crown Point is listed together with Whiting, Gary, East Chicago, Hammond, Hobart and Griffith. Trapping operations are centered in the vicinity of railroad yards as the beetle is frequently transported on railroad cars and shipments.

50 years ago

March 1, 1963

The Courthouse bill – Senate Bill 396 – was successfully moved Wednesday from one committee to another in a second try by Walter A. Baran of East Chicago on the floor of the Senator through the defection of one Republican. The bill is now in the hands of the County and Township Business committee, of which A. Morris Hall is chairman. The many letters set from this area to Earl Landgrebe of Valparaiso, as chairman of the Committee on Lake County Affairs, where the bill was first assigned, will be transferred to Senator Hall but letters addressed to Chairman Hall are advisable. Other Republican members are George W. Dye, Keith Frazer, Keith C McCormick and Lucius F. Wesley Bowers, Robert E Peterson, James M. Plaskett, Kenneth W. Ragin. Seven more days remain in this session of the General Assembly.

Both Crown Point and Lowell lost their opening sectional games Wednesday.



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