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Almanac: This week in south Lake County history

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Updated: May 7, 2013 1:28PM



100 years ago

May 9, 1913

The county commissioners opened up business for the week last Monday, which was saloon license day and one of the greatest crowds ever attending the meeting was on hand. Nearly 150 licenses were granted after considerable parleying, and a number were rejected for various causes. Nearly all the applicants were from Gary and the crowd was so large that the Gary & Southern line ran extra cars on the half hour schedule to handle them.

Attorney E. T. Fetterer, of Hobart, who was arrested by Crown Point officials some time ago for using the streets as a speedway, pleaded guilty to the charge in the circuit court on Monday and was fined $5 and costs. The case was originally filed in the justice court but was dismissed, and was later transferred to the higher court.

Ben Hayes has purchased the farm house of Will J. Davis at the southwest corner of the fair ground, and will take it down and rebuild it on his farm near Merrillville.

Next Saturday afternoon and evening will be the opening of the season at the Lassen Pavilion, at Cedar Lake, where a monster crowd will gather.

The sky was threatening last Sunday but many automobiles and motorcycles came in and went out of this place before the day was over. The warm south wind and beauties of the country, with all the fruit trees in blossom, was too much for the city people to let slip by without a voyage.

Report says that H.H. Meeker’s store house, near the fair grounds, where his strawberry boxes, tools, etc., were housed has burned.

75 years ago

May 13, 1938

More than 37,000 new names will be on the roll of America’s dead defenders on Memorial Day this year, according to Mrs. Arthur Claussen, rehabilitation chairman of Fred Schmidt unit, American Legion Auxiliary. During the past year, World War veterans have been dying at the rate of 103 per day, Mrs. Claussen pointed out, meaning that 37,595 have passed on since last Memorial Day. “For every veteran who dies, several are stricken down with disabilities. The government provides hospital care for all, when hospital beds are available, but other forms of aid are restricted and again the Legion and Auxiliary must meet the needs.”

Three perfectly good automobiles and a heavy milk truck, owned by a Chicago distributing agency, figured in a costly mix-up on Main street Sunday morning, when cars owned by Nick Kaiser, Dale Atkins and Maurice Heldt, were more or less damaged. The truck, on its way to Palmer for a load of milk, crashed into the Kaiser car, whose driver Clayton, according to reports, was making a U turn to park in front of the newsstand. After hitting the car, the truck swerved toward the curbing and before it could be righted crashed into the Atkins and Heldt cars, damaging the cars as well as the truck.

Winners of an essay contest of county-wide scope sponsored by Health Commissioner Wm. D. Weis and Supt. of Schools C. A. Grayson in the rural schools of Lake county were announced on Tuesday of this week, following the grading of the essays. Winners of the first ten prizes which include cash awards to the winning students and to the schools which the prize-winners attended are: First prize , Harold Wheeler, 6th grade, Washington school; second to Nona Vicory, 8th grade, Schneider, third, Billy Kerekes, 4th grade Dyer.

50 years ago

May 10, 1963

By this Wednesday Cary Robertson, 6, may safely feel that winter is passed, warm weather is not far behind but here. The young son of the Donald Robertsons was ready to cry last week when snow suddenly covered the green world around him. Standing at the window of the family home, 302 Church street, the little boy wailed, “But Mama, I didn’t even get to go swimming this summer.”

The city council authorized rebuilding of a storm sewer in the alley between Main street and East street south of Perry court. Work will start at the first manhole south of Perry court and extend south to Joliet street. It was decided at Monday nights meeting. Damage to the duct in this area results in a complete obstruction.

The Rainbow Girls’ Softball league was authorized to have tag days June 7-8 and were also given a year’s lease on the eastside ball diamond for certain days of the week.

Beau, a Great Pyrenees ,ale and the Arnold Henderlongs’ pet, is the official mascot of the recently organized Crown Point–Lake County Humane society. Mrs. Henderlong is an officer in the society, which Mrs. Emmerson Faber heads.



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