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Almanac: This week in south Lake County history

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Updated: April 16, 2013 3:17PM



100 years ago

April 18, 1913

Although Schneider, in the extreme south end of the county, cannot keep up to Gary and some of the other northern cities in this county for lawlessness, they have had the second shooting with murderous intent, which will probably end the life of the star actor. Hugh Burns, of DeMotte, in Jasper county, whose wife has asked for a divorce, followed her to Schneider on Monday of this week and shot her while in the depot, the ball striking her near the temple but glanced upwards and lodged in her hair. He then began shooting at random at whoever he saw, and fired a bullet into his own body near the heart, which may end his career. A young man in a restaurant was slightly injured by a bullet from his revolver, and he had the entire populace there excited before he dropped from the loss of blood from his own wound. He was taken to the Hammond hospital as quickly as possible, and a search of his clothing by deputy Friedley unearthed a razor and bottle of carbolic acid beside his gun, which showed plainly he intended to do some business in the way of taking life. He is the only one dangerously wounded. It is said he is a mason and a good workman. After the examination at the hospital his wound was reported as bad, but might not be fatal.

Owing to busy times for the farmers the crowd last Tuesday was below the March sale, but some animals were brought in and it was not a bad sale. The weather was fine and by noon the streets around the public square were well filled. Buyers were quite numerous and quite a number of horses sold from $200 to $250. Very few “skates” were offered and hardly anything but good horses were shipped away. There were loaded on the cars in the evening 33 head and hardly a poor one was noticed in the bunches taken away.

The school enumerators are obliged this spring to enroll all soldiers and sailors surviving, together with rank, age and time served. Crown Point has about thirty and Center township three.

More electric lighting is going to be put in at Cedar Lake, and the Lassen Brothers are making many improvements at their place, more especially in bathing places. The summer season will soon open there.

The measles has gotten nearly through with Crown Point, and are now sidetracked at Charley Taylor’s on West street.

75 years ago

April 22, 1938

Clayton D. Root of Crown Point has plunged into the final two weeks of what has been a whirlwind campaign for the nomination for state senator from Lake county and asks the Star to formally announce his candidacy to the voters. Clayton Root, Sr., was born on a farm southwest of Lowell, in Lake county, and his early childhood was spent with his parents on the farm and later in Hammond, where they resided for several years before moving to Crown Point, their present home.

It will be interesting news to the citizens of the Crown Point community to learn that Mrs. Beile Livingston Hedlund former resident of this city, had added another gas well to her already large producing field of oil and gas near n Cement, Oklahoma. The last one to “come in” was an unruly one according to the current issue of the Cement Field News. “The well broke out of control Monday afternoon when operators started coming out of the hole to take a core. It was shut at about 10 p.m. Monday night when drill pipe was dropped in the hole. The spraying gas created a menace and state highway patrolmen were forced to detour traffic around the well.”

50 years ago

April 19, 1963

Area burglaries reported by the Lake county sheriff’s office include ransacking of the house and garage of Russell Franz, 342 Maple street. He told sheriff’s officers that some time between Saturday and Tuesday a power saw and miscellaneous tools valued at $90 were taken from his garage. Later he reported a portable radio and electric soldering iron also were gone. Nothing was missing in the house. There were no suspects according to the report.

Aubrey Greer of Route 3, Cedar Lake, told that sometime during his two-week stay in the hospital the side window of his garage was pried out and a Ford manifold and other Ford parts taken. He set a value of about $150 on the missing items. Again there were no suspects.

Edwin L. Church of Villa drive, Cedar Lake, reported to the sheriff’s that boys in the area had painted sets of initials, “SR and RS” on the stones he uses as driveway barriers. Names in the area are being checked.

David Green, janitor at MacArthur school, reported to the Sheriff that some time after midnight Tuesday a window on the west side of the building was broken open. The school freezer was found open and an undetermined amount of ice cream was gone.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hein, 211 Maple, Liberty Park, are parents of their fifth child, a son. Michael Joseph weighed eight pounds, five ounces when he arrived at Gary Methodist hospital April 9. Donald, Jimmy, Mark, and Rosemary complete the family. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hein, Mr. and Mrs. Angelo Bonini. Mrs. Hein and the baby came home Saturday.

Maurice Wornhoff few to Tampa, Florida, Thursday to bring his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert E. Ziese, home by car. They are now at their residence at 609 East Clark.



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