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Almanac: This week in south Lake County history

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Updated: June 10, 2013 1:15AM



100 years ago

April 11, 1913

Washington: April 8 — The suffragettes stormed the capital Monday at the opening of congress. They presented petitions for the enactment of a constitutional amendment resolution authorizing equal suffrage rights for woman. Members of the house and senate presented the suffragettes with about 150 reserved seats in the galleries from which point they witnessed the opening ceremonies. First arrangements were to exclude them from the galleries through fear of demonstrations. Their leaders, however, promised strict compliance with the rules requiring strict silence in the galleries during the deliberations and proceedings in house and senate. The gallant army had on its skirmish line as a clever stroke of diplomacy many wives and daughters and cousins and other kin of the statesmen who are ardent suffragists.

London, April 8 – The campaign of revenge for the long sentence imposed upon Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst, which the suffragettes threatened, is proceeding actively and seemed likely to spread Sunday. Many outrages were committed. These include the complete destruction of the grand stand of the Ayr racetrack in Scotland, where the principal Scottish meetings are held, the damage being estimated at $15,000, and an attempt to burn the new grand stand of the Kelso racecourse, also in Scotland. Two women were caught red handed after they had ignited oil soaked rags, which they had placed beneath the Kelso stand.

The Williams dike, west of Shelby, on the Kankakee, broke last Saturday night for a hundred feet, and all the county west of there, and around Schneider is badly flooded. At Shelby and on the Brown ranch there is no damage. It is said the dyke had been leaking for several days before the break came, and that the work of repairing was put off just a little too long. Although much of the lands west of Shelby is submerged with water it is looked upon as a joke when compared to other places in Indiana and Ohio. T. H. Hall arrived in Dayton, Ohio, in time to see many of the marks of the flood, and found his sister and family after some trouble. They had been marooned in the attic of their house with several neighbors who had taken shelter with them for a long time, but all had lived through the ordeal after a painful experience. Mr. Hall claims no one can imagine the looks of that city or the experience of the people without going to see it and hear the stores of those there. Although the Dayton flood pictures have only been released since last Monday, the Lyric Theatre will show them tomorrow night, Friday, being the fourth picture house to secure this special film. The picture is genuine in every detail and was taken when the flood at Dayton was at its worst.

75 years ago

April 15, 1938

Japan believes so firmly in the airplane as a factor in modern warfare that her children are taught aeronautics in the primary military training schools, and glider clubs have been organized for the boys. The pictured here is about to start on a glider flight. One day he may pilot a bomber and rain death on the enemies of his country.

Manager Ray Rudolph of the Crown Point Telephone company announced on Tuesday of this week that the recent sleet storm in this section was responsible for a $12,000 loss to the company, one of the heaviest suffered from a like cause in the past many years. Checking up on the situation, when most of the rural lines went out of commission, Manager Rudolph and a crew of ten “trouble” men found 150 polls had toppled over from the excessive weight of sleet and 50 miles of wire will have to be replaced. Temporary service on all of the country lines has been restored, Rudolph said, but explained that it would be several weeks before the permanent work can be completed to get the lines back in their normal condition. The Northern Indiana Public Service Company suffered considerable damage to its lines, but not in the proportions that befell the telephone company property.

Fossil remains indicate that there has been little or no improvement in the mental equipment of fish for the last 100,000,000 years.

Government tests show that the soil in forests is 50 per cent more porous than bare earth. This forest sponge grips a flood in its mesh.

Rum is colorless. The rich brown color is given by the addition of caramel and the aging in casks.

50 years ago

January 4, 1963

Jack Pinter’s unusual safety record of 62 years without a day off because of accident was broken February 15, when his right hand was pulled into a table saw blade. He has no idea about the cause of the power saw mishap. Jack started work for Root Lumber company March 21, 1901 and has operated every piece of equipment used in the business, including tractors and trucks. His injury, while serious, will not prevent his continuing on the job soon.

Robert Blake was awarded a gold medal for his “Transistors vs Vacuum Tubes” exhibit a the Calumet Area Science Fair, held Saturday at Purdue center, Hammond. He also received a set of the science books from the New American Library of World Literature and a certificate from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Thomas Piper received a bronze medal for his entry “Electron Microscope” and a certificate from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Edward Kelby didn’t place for a medal with his “Electronic Heart Monitor” but received a first alternate Navy award for a U.S. Navy cruise sometime this summer. All boys are seniors at Crown Point high school, which was represented with six entries.

A wrap-up story on the State Legislature for the week shows that neither political party has manifested sincere desire to reach a satisfactory agreement. Big issues of the impasse are budget, taxes, reapportionment and how to finance a deep water port and a couple of bridges over the Ohio river in southern Indiana.



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