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100 years ago

March 7, 1913

The city authorities in Crown Point have concluded to put some “bump the bumps” on our streets to aid in stopping some of the fast automobile driving.

Two young men, Wright and Weiler, living near the county line, killed a gray wolf during the snow storm last Wednesday, after running it five miles in a circle. They saw it the day before with some horses in a corn field, and the next day took the track and when they finally cornered and shot the beast they were about all in. It was a female and supposed to be a yearling and was in good order. They found when following the day old track where she had captured and devoured a rabbit. They brought the wolf to this place Thursday and made affidavit it was killed across the line in Lake county, and will get a $3 bounty when the commissioners allow it. It was no doubt an estray from Michigan, and in earlier times they came into this county quite often.

Tomorrow evening (Friday) a two part picture, “The Mexican Spy” will be shown at the Lyric. The picture is a war drama, and the inspiration of the producers was drawn from the war hostilities now going on in Mexico. It was taken on the Mexican border by the Lubin Co., and is a worthy feature.

Gary is taking steps, says the Tribune, to extend their Main street in Tolleston, straight through to Crown Point, which is exactly on a line with our Main street.

The Haberzeti saloon has been moved to the corner, and the Raasch building will soon be a meat market.

The sleighing was good last Saturday but weakened some in the middle of the day.

75 years ago

March 11, 1938

As a general rule dogs of any breed, color or sex don’t have very much love, if any, for Chief of Police Erlenbach, for occasionally the chief is called on to go gunning for those canines whose masters have failed to provide the necessary license tags to allow them to roam at large. The dogs, on sight of the chief and his trusty double-barreled shot gun, usually take to cover, but there is one among the many that feels that he is a privileged character — and the chief agrees with him. This particular animal, while he does not perhaps know his “rating” with the city’s police department, is an honorary member of Erlenbach’s boys’ patrol. He’s a handsome big fellow with snappy and knowing eyes, nameless and ownerless as far as the chief is concerned, and his markings of yellow and white may indicate that a lot of shepherd blood is responsible for his intelligence and love for children. “Any of these fine mornings,” Chief Erlenbach says, “this dog will be waiting at the street corners near the Community building to escort the smaller children to school. He will take one group safely across the streets to the school building, and return quickly for another, until all of his morning’s duty is completed. He thoroughly enjoys his self-appointed work, and an occasional bone and a pat on the back are his reward. He’ll keep on enjoying a dog’s life, at least so far as I am concerned, notwithstanding that he is tagless and ownerless. He’s almost human.”

That citrus growers in Florida are enjoying prosperity at the present time, while northerners are being pricked with the thorns of recession, is evidenced this week by a letter received by the Star from the E.S. Hixons, who are spending their present sojourn in and around Tampa on the west coast. Mr. Hixon says: “We were invited out to Joe Ebert’s home on Friday and to our dismay, yet pleasure, we found about thirty Hoosiers there, mostly from Lake county. Ebert escorted some of us through his orange grove and it surely made one’s mouth water to see so much fruit ready for market. He has 20 acres on the north side of the highway where his home is located from which he recently sold from four rows of trees, grapefruit marketing at $1800. Taking that as a basis for an estimate there would b about $6,000 more fruit on this 20-acre tract yet to market. He and his brother Fred have 60 acres across the road all in oranges and grapefruit.”

50 years ago

March 8, 1963

March 8,1963

Two almost simultaneous water main breaks drained the Crown Point water tower and lowered the pressure over the city so that water service was completely stopped Monday morning. After the leaks were located valves were closed in the affected areas, the pressure restored and service resumed over most of the city. A break in a six-inch line at Foote and Thomas streets and one in an eight-inch main on Monitor street south of the city pumping station were found responsible for the lost pressure. Closing of valves isolated Liberty Park and the northeast part of town north of the pumping station. This area was without water for 12 hours.

The “move the courthouse” bill amended new to apply only to Lake county, passed its second reading in the Senate Wednesday and was scheduled with six other bills for passage. If it is passed, the bill will then go to the House, where Speaker Richard Wayne Guthrie has authority to determine the committee having jurisdiction. Monday is the last day of this session of the Indiana General Assembly. Letters directed to Guthrie at the House of Representatives, General Assembly, State House, Indianapolis are the only available way to express your stand on Senate Bill 396, which gives Lake county commissioner’s authority to consolidate county offices two miles outside the city limits of Crown Point.



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