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Almanac: This week in south Lake County history

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Updated: May 2, 2013 1:37PM



100 years ago

May 2, 1913

The modern housewife, who apportions her foods and mixes cakes and cookery recipes with mathematical precision, can find nothing more amusing than some of the vague directions by which the old-fashioned cook of several generations ago prepared foods. These random sentences, taken from a little cook book that belonged to the great-grandmother of a Baltimore girl, suggest pointed examples:

Take whatever quantity of rice you think proper, according to the size of your family; boil it in good broth and some lard; when cool mix it with as much flour as rice, a good deal of butter, some eggs to hold it together, and make a puff paste of it. Form into hot cakes of whatever shape and bigness you please, and bake.

If your fire is not very quick and clear when the poultry is laid down to roast, it will not eat near so sweet or look so beautiful to the eye.

According to the goodness of your fire, your meat will be done sooner or later.

A few eggs, a little milk, a pinch of salt, sweetening to taste, flour to thicken, a good beating, and bake according to judgment. (These are directions for breakfast bread.)

The work on the county farm buildings is growing less each week, and soon can be called done — the best poor asylum in the state.

Root, the lumber man, is hauling a lot of metal roofing to the Letz Manufacturing Co., who are building a large stock room 38 x 133, which when completed will allow them to load their product direct from their plant into the cars.

The fruit store at the northeast corner of the public square is doing some expensive work: one thing being a $1,200 soda fountain and other fixtures to compare.

75 years ago

May 6, 1938

FROM THOUGHTS BY THE EDITOR, Charlotte W. Verplank

CAMPAIGN literature is now a drug on the market.

A CALL to the press of the nation was sounded by the American Society of Newspaper Editors, meeting in Washington last week. There are pertinent points in it. There are vital points at which action might lead to a more intelligent and more solid support of newspapers in their efforts to maintain the ancient heritage of the people, the right to a free press, not as the privilege of newspapers and other publications, but as a main bulwark in the national life. Here they are: To recognize a growing criticism; to face it fairly; to set their houses in order; to be governed by good taste, by a sense of justice, by a complete devotion to the public interest; “and to toil unceasingly to educate our readers to such a sense of the value of a free press in America that the citizens of this republic shall become the willing co-operators, the fellow warriors with us in a never-ceasing fight for the maintenance of democratic institutions.”

In one of the most exciting finishes ever recorded in the city’s political history, W. Vincent Youkey, present Republican mayor, was renominated in Tuesday’s primary over his closest rival, Julius M. Nielsen, by 42 votes, the final result being in doubt until Wednesday afternoon, when precinct No 2 reported with a majority for Nielson of 15, but insufficient to cut down the lead of Youkey, who had carried the other three voting units by 57. In precinct 1 Mayor Youkey carried that section of the city by 22 votes. He lost No. 2 to Nielsen by 15; carried his own district by 33, and in precinct 4 it was a photo-finish affair, the mayor winning the south end of the city by a scant 2 votes.

In Center township on the Republican ticket Dr. F. G. Roth received the nomination for trustee over his two opponents, Leslie J. Ensweiler and Howard H. Kemp.

50 years ago

May 3, 1963

When Mother Nature goes on a rampage she makes headlines that can back taxes and the cold war right off the front pages. Tornadoes, rampant in southwestern states, dipped down in Indianapolis over the week end and early this week. High winds with attendant thunder and lightning struck Chicago and the Calumet region Monday evening and snow fell during much of Tuesday forenoon. The temperature had dropped here to 32 degrees by Wednesday morning, but the day was bright and clear. Approximately 180 customers in the Merrillville area had interrupted telephone service and another estimated 140 in the Crown Point, Cedar Lake, Lowell areas were similarly hampered by the effects of Monday night’s electrical storm.

William J. Krull, City of Crown Point engineer, in accordance with the city plan commission’s request, investigated the drainage problem presented at a public hearing April 22. The hearing was held to pass on a petition for zone modification to construct multiunit dwellings on four acres south of Walnut street and west of West street. Remonstrators living in the area insisted at the hearing that surface water collected on the tract and that buildings of any kind would aggravate the situation to their increased damage. Krull proposes a 24-inch storm sewer to carry roof and surface water from the proposed dwellings to the 48-inch Walnut street storm sewer. Paul Schleicher, one of the petitioners, told the Star that the recommendations of Engineer Krull would be followed if the plan commission accepted the recommendations and made them a part of its approval.

A Republican rally sponsored by Crown Point GOP organizations will be held in the Crown Point city hall tonight (Thursday) at 8 o’clock. Invited to speak to voters on issues are mayoral candidates Marvin G. Erlenbach and Frederick W Niemeyer: candidate for clerk-treasurer Kenneth Haniford: for city judge Wendell C. Hamacher, Herbert C. Heide and Milton S. Olson. A social hour will provide opportunity for the voters to meet and discuss issues with the candidates. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited to come and have a good time and to become acquainted with Republican candidates and other friends, organizations leaders stress.



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