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Almanac: This week in south Lake County history

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Updated: June 24, 2013 2:12AM



100 years ago

April 25, 1913

Last Saturday afternoon between five and six o’clock, John Eberle’s team ran away while leaving the Erie depot and threw Eberle and his father-in-law out. And for quite a time it was thought John was dead. It was a long time before he became conscious and during the forenoon Sunday it was thought he could not recover, but later he took a new hold on life and since has been on the balance. His father-in-law, an elderly gentleman, received a wound on his head and nearly a broken arm, and he will recover in time, but both were in a precarious condition for several hours.

It will not be long before the road between Crown Point and Cedar Lake is warmed up with traffic, and will be kept hot until next fall. A toll gate on the way would be a gold mine, and there should be one quite often to slow down the automobiles. They would pay better than a series of bump the bumps.

The sooner our streets are oiled the better it will suit. The dust blowing from the pavements has already been very disagreeable.

Treasurer Swanson has treated himself and family to a 7-passenger Chalmers automobile.

Quite a number of automobiles and wheels came to Crown Point last Sunday, but the joy riders all had on overcoats, mittens and red noses, and didn’t look particularly happy.

Although there are three of Adam Gerlach’s family still in Old Mexico, he has concluded that he will not go back there again until the Mexican people have a change of heart and stop butchering the people there. He got out with a whole hide and has concluded it will not be punctured in that country.

75 years ago

April 29, 1938

The new monastery at Cedar Lake, recently acquired by the Order of Franciscan Fathers, was impressively dedicated last Thursday. Over a hundred Catholic priests from all sections of northern Indiana and an equal number of laymen attended the ceremony which was presided over by Bishop John F. Noll of the Ft. Wayne diocese. He congratulated the Franciscan fathers on the acquisition of the new monastery and welcomed them into the diocese.

The monastery is on the north-west side of the lake in what was formerly the clubhouse for the Cedar Lake golf course, formerly owned by George Einsele. The Franciscan order purchased it in March for a reported $51,000. The main building of the monastery is of brick construction, 150 by 50 feet and three stores high. In addition to that structure and several smaller farm buildings, the order acquired the 140-acre golf course, approximately 70 acres of forest and a 14-acre truck garden. The golf course will be leased out, a spokesman for the order said recently.

Tuesday, May 3, will be a full day in the history of Lake county politics, when it is estimated that at least 80,000 registered voters out of a possible 130,000 will go to the polls to select their list of candidates for the Democratic and Republican party tickets for the November election.

The local dirtball team, representing the Lutheran church of this city in the county’s league games which were just completed, finished in second place, three games behind the leaders, the Concordias of Hessville, winning 45 and losing 27.

50 years ago

April 26, 1963

Immediately after the Legislature adjourned in wee hours of overtime, the guessing game began as to which political party was hurt most by its decision on budget, new taxes and reapportionment.

When the chips were down, and Indiana faced chaos, top leaders swallowed their pride and accepted responsibility of decision. They included:

Gov. Matthew E. Welsh, who exhorted both Democrats and Republicans to act; Lt. Gov. Richard O. Ristine, presiding in the Senate, who put his political future in jeopardy by casting the vote to break a tie; and House Speaker Richard W. Guthrie, who so cleverly handled the House vote on sales tax to back the Governor and Ristine.

Three members of the Assembly proved the old pros when the chips were down. They are State Senators Robert P. O’Bannon and Charles M. Maddox and House member John F. Coppes.

Here is what our Legislature did: Assured continued progress of Indiana by adopting a one billion, 422 million dollar budget for the next biennium. It calls for extracting $231 million from taxpayers over the preceding budget.

Effective July 1, individual income taxes will be 2 percent instead of the present 1 percent.

On Primary Election day, Tuesday, May 7, the Republican party in Crown Point will set up a headquarters in the council chambers of city hall. Contact may be made there throughout the day by means of a special phone number, 4442.

In making this announcement James W. Duncan, GOP city chairman stressed that any problem any Republican voter may have may be brought to the headquarters for handling that day.

“We will be able to take care of any request for information concerning the voting and receive any calls on voting irregularities”.

The polling place for the 6th Precinct has been changed, Duncan reminds. It will be in the William Kennedy’s garage at 322 Ellendale parkway. All other polling places remain the same.

The change, Duncan explained, was necessary because Taft school, the former polling place for the precinct, is outside the city limits and is improper for an election concerning only the City of Crown Point.



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