Almanac: This week in south Lake County history
March 26, 2013 10:42AM
Updated: March 26, 2013 12:04PM
100 years ago
March 28, 1913
One almost shudders now before picking up the fresh daily papers. The stories of drownings and those killed by cyclones grow greater each 24 hours instead of diminishing as is the usual case after a calamity. The greatest loss of life and property seems to have fallen to Nebraska, Ohio and Indiana, and perhaps the worst has not been told. The head lines in a daily paper Wednesday said: Eight thousand dead in Ohio, 400,000 homeless, 5,000 reported died in Dayton. Eleven cities are mentioned. In Indiana 500 are reported lost at Peru, and the dispatches from 17 other cities sound alarming. The reports from Omaha are no better, and in fact with the wires all down yet one cannot form any idea of the great calamities. They may grow worse with time, but it is hoped they have been enlarged through excitement. There are so many places having fatalities that the daily papers have failed to give the list of dead, with the exception of a few at Omaha and it may be weeks before the list appear as there are hundreds yet unaccounted for.
A traveling salesman coming here from the east, said the water was covering the Panhandle tracks at Logansport when he left, and the people feared the flood of last year was going to be duplicated. That was Tuesday, and by noon dispatches said the water was 5 feet deep in the depot, and no regular trains run during the day and Wednesday was not much better.
The wires were blown down in many states last week and caught Lake county with the balance. Owing to the trolley wires going down on the interurban road at the Calumet marsh, last Friday, the cars failed to arrive here from noon to 7 o’clock in the evening.
75 years ago
April 1, 1938
The mangled remains of Ellen Charlotte Olson, 622 144th street, East Chicago, strewn along the Erie railroad tracks and right-of-way for several hundred feet, were found early Monday morning, following her disappearance from the tubercular sanatorium late Sunday evening. Fearing that her disappearance from the institution, after having been an inmate there for several years, was for suicidal intentions on the part of Mrs. Olson, a daughter and her friend instituted a search at the break of day on Monday which resulted in finding fragments of the body, presumably struck by one of the Erie’s night trains, freight or passenger. The tragedy occurred about a mile west of the sanatorium at a crossing of the railroad on an angling highway in the vicinity of the old Struebig farm near what was formerly called “Brown’s Point.” The Geisen ambulance was called to the scene to get the mangled body and later in the morning answered a second call to return for a limb that was subsequently recovered several hundred feet away from where most of the fragments of flesh were first found. The remains were taken to East Chicago for funeral and burial. In the meantime the coroner’s office started an investigation to ascertain which of the Erie trains may have struck the woman, and whether Mrs. Olson deliberately committed suicide or had intentions of walking to her former home in East Chicago. She was very thinly clad, parts of her body indicated.
50 years ago
March 29, 1963
Did veto of a bill rammed through the 93rd Legislature, by divided Republicans, spell death for all time to an Indiana deep water port on Lake Michigan? The port issue is not dead and will be brought up in the Special session probably to restore the $600,000 for preliminary work, when the construction bill comes up in the Assembly. There is a spirit of compromise developing and anything could happen. The cumulative efforts of the press campaigns for a port under thee Governors has the people “sold” at the grass roots, on its need. Careful inquiries by this columnist show the coal and lime stone people, the farm organizations, and industry all have an overwhelming belief that the Burns Ditch deep water port is vital to our economy. The Governor has faced up to every obstacle, both in Indiana and Washington, seeking the port, despite the many political charges made. If the charge he is obsessed in regard to the port is true, such obsession is not confined to Democrats alone.Lieut. Gov. Richard O Ristine, Republican who presides in the Senate, has taken sharp issue with D. Russell Bontrager, GOP majority leader, by speaking publicly for building of the port, as essential to the economy of all Indiana. Governor Welsh most often has been referred to as having a “soft sell” as to the port, but rather saw long service in our Assemblies. There has been no “soft sell” as to the port, but rather the “hardest” of “hard sells.” Key men in this drive for money to build the port has included Clinton Green, Administrative Assistant to the Governor. Green is an engineer and secretary of the Port Commission. Another key man has been George Nelson, a Valparaiso businessman, who has tolled 30 years to bring a port to reality.