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Almanac: This week in south Lake County history

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Updated: March 12, 2013 12:10PM



100 years ago

March 14, 1913

After six days of nearly a closed city the authorities had a special meeting last Saturday at 1 o’clock, believing there was nothing alarming and called the deadlock off. To the great majority it seems the whole affair was a farce, brought on by excitement through stories of scarlet fever spreading, and when it was all over it was found that no damage had been done whatever and nothing was alarming at any time during the siege, only that the country people had been frightened away from the place, and those under 18 kept prisoners at home during the time. It is thought that hereafter if an epidemic starts that the places with diseases will be guarded instead of the well ones. By 2 o’clock the kids were again out on the streets and signs were posted saying school would begin Monday morning, and the curtain dropped.

The people of Crown Point were thrown into great excitement and sadness early Tuesday evening when the news spread that Harry Ferry and August Kindberg, linemen of the Northern Public Service Co., had come into contact with a live wire at the corner of Foote and Grant streets and were instantly killed by electrocution. They were found shortly after the accident by Tom Patterson, another electrician who was stunned by the calamity, but gave the alarm, when the bodies were taken to the plant only a block away, and everything possible was done by four physicians to bring back life, but all was in vain. It appeared by their burned hands that they both took hold of the wire which was on the ground and was carrying 2,200 volts, the current being so great that death came instantaneous. A hurried call for a pulmotor was made which was landed here from the city at 10:30 o’clock, but nothing could revive them — they had gone out on their last “trouble call.” There was general mourning outside of the families of the two workmen, and the balance of the force at the plant were nearly struck dumb when he report came. It is said that Ferry and Kindberg were told to wait before trying to close the circuit until Patterson, the expert electrician, came, but when he arrived the deadly work had been done and each of the victims laid on the street with one hand grasped on the wire. It was the saddest accident ever happening in Crown Point and will not be forgotten until time wears away.

75 years ago

March 18, 1938

Indianapolis, Ind., Mar. 16—From Detroit came the end of last week announcement of the signing of a trade agreement (treaty or truce) between Indiana and Michigan, ending the beer war which had been threatened for last Monday night. Governor Frank Murphy of Michigan and the liquor commissions and legal staffs of the two states met for the signing of the agreement. The war grew out of the collection of fees by importers, under Indiana’s beer importer setup, which is rapidly coming to be known nationally as a corrupt and notorious setup. Michigan had, in retaliation against these charges, threatened to impose a boycott on Indiana’s beer. It is estimated that this state ships $2,000,000 worth of beer into the Wolverine state each year.

Fifty dinner guests, representing the Conoco dealers and service station operators in the southern section of Lake and Porter counties will “break bread” and talk shop at a banquet at the Crown Point Country club this Thursday evening. Charles J. Huber, local Conoco dealer, whose territory spreads out well over the two counties, is looking after the details incidental to the dinner meeting and reports that the guest-speaker for the occasion will be Charles Blevins, representative of the Conoco’s Chicago interests. He will talk on the value of spring and summer advertising, a most opportune subject at the present time when springtime is about to come around the corner.

Under the sponsorship of the Farm Bureau’s county S&E organization, “The Wild Oats Boy,” a three-act comedy, will be presented at Washington school Wednesday night, March 23, by the same cast that gave it at Center school with marked success earlier this month. Mrs. Raymond Spindler directs the play.

50 years ago

March 15, 1963

A white elephant was modeled from Monday’s wet snow, packed almost as hard as ice, by John White, Tim Banser, Mike McDonald, Carlyle Saylor and Steve Struble. They’re in 6th grade at South Ward school and have been whittling clay figures in art class all winter. Their teacher, Miss Claudia Sailor, art instructor in the public schools, gave them a chance to think bigger Monday afternoon by taking the class to the front yard for snow-ice carving. Their master piece was “the biggest thought of the day.”

Lake County Plan commission gave William F. Carroll final approval Monday night on his two business lots in Prudence Plaza subdivision plat on Route 55 north of Beaver Dam ditch. Prudence Plaza subdivision will, sometime this fall, have Geisen’s Furniture store and the Carroll Chevrolet agency located on the two lots provided. The subdivision includes a 1,000 foot access road running parallel to Route 55 with entrances and exits at each end of it. Entrances to the two business lots will be from the access road.



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