Almanac: This week in south Lake County history
May 14, 2013 11:40AM
Updated: May 14, 2013 11:51AM
100 years ago
May 16, 1913
Mrs. Clemens’ two-story house in the northeast part of the city, near the Panhandle tracks, burned last Saturday forenoon, through a mishap near the water plant by a water main bursting shortly after the No. 2 hose had arrived and began throwing water on a “lean-to,” which would have been a short job had nothing happened, and the main house would have been easily saved. As it turned out, with no water, it burned in spite of the firemen, and they had hard work in saving other buildings in line with the high northeast wind. The majority of the household goods were saved, but the owner was left without a shelter and her garden was ruined by the crowd that gathered. The house was insured for $500. At the same time the water gave out instantaneously all over the city, and the people then realized what necessity water is and how often they use it. There was a hustling to the few wells left for supplies and it was several hours before the break was repaired, and they were anxious hours. If another fire had broken out no knowing where it would have stopped.
A grand jury was called here on Tuesday by Judge McMahan, principally to act on the case of Mrs. Grace Smith of Gary, who shot and killed young Murphy at the road house on Ridge Road a short time ago, and is now in jail here awaiting to answer to the charge. It is believed that many others were mixed up in the case who don’t care to be witnesses at the inquiry. It is also thought some saloon keepers, of “blind piggers” in the north end will get a hearing before the jury is discharged, as there is plenty of work going on up there that warrants an investigation.
Erhart Bixenman has had quite a time in breaking his new Ford machine. It was bound it wouldn’t go out of the barn recently, and when it did go it made things jingle. It was finally stopped in the nick of time, from spoiling a pile of brick, and Erhart then got out and took it by the bits. Then he had another time getting it back in under cover.
The new fish law, now in effect, seems to have been made for non-residents. Anybody can fish in their own or adjoining counties without taking out a license, and a hunter’s license allows fishing also. There is a penalty for catching too many fish in one day, but that needn’t worry any of our people.
75 years ago
May 20, 1938
Carol Ann, five-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Glassford, 146 North Main Street, was the victim of an automobile accident Monday evening when she received a broken leg. She was struck by a car driven by Herbert Davis on North Main street near the Glassford residence. Eye witnesses to the sad accident said that the little child was attempting to cross over the street and had walked out from behind a parked car and in front of the Davis automobile before he had time to apply the brakes. He was driving slowly but could not avoid hitting her. Carol Ann was taken to the Mercy hospital in Gary for immediate surgical attention.
A capacity crowd, one that overtaxed the seating capacity of Trinity Lutheran church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, witnessed a ceremony in connection with the laying of the cornerstone of the congregation’s new brick, school building, which is now well under construction on the site of the frame building which has been the seat of learning for Lutheran school children for the past many years. Following a church service at 2:30 o’clock, in which Rev. G. Hentschel of Hobart gave an inspiring sermon and the church choir and school children joined in special anthems, a procession of church and school elders, teachers and school children and members of the church, led by the pastors, left none in doubt as to the ceremony’s importance to the Lutheran congregation and to the fathers and mothers whose children are, and will be, students in the new school building for years to come.
“In her war with China, Japan is attempting to assert her mastery over Asia and the Pacific”, declared Dr. Ralph E. Diffendorfer of New York before a gathering of Methodists at a district meeting held in Methodist Episcopal church on Tuesday.
The criminal case of the state vs. Franklin T. Fetterer Jr. of Valparaiso, but formerly a resident of Hobart, went on trial in the criminal court on Monday, the first and second days of the trial having been consumed in the selection of a jury. Fetterer, son of Franklin T. Fetterer, former chief deputy prosecutor of Lake county, is facing charges of murdering his brother-in-law, R.E. Parks, Hobart justice of the peace, last January 15. He is charged with second degree murder, and is accused in the affidavit of beating his brother-in-law to death in his home. Fetterer, the affidavit sets out, went to the Parks home in January for the purpose of obtaining money for his sister; whom the justice married, and afterward sought to divorce. A fight followed, resulting in the death of Parks.
50 years ago
May 17, 1963
Crown Point community will observe Memorial day May 30 with a parade at 10 o’clock and 11 o’clock services at Maplewood. All school, civic, fraternal and veterans’ organizations, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies and Cub Scouts, baseball leagues and other boys and girls are urged to be a part of the parade. Units will be assigned parade numbers by calling James E. Scott, parade chairman, at 1135 or Everett Teagle at 65, or 902-J. Walter Gard, chairman of the graves decoration, said flags will be placed on graves of veterans May 29. Commander Veach, Straka and Teagle of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and World War I Barracks 938, respectively, urge all residents to display the flag on Memorial day. Richard Nichols of the VFW post is responsible for flag display at business places. American flags offered for sale by Scout and Veteran organizations may be purchased at the Scott Travel Agency, 104 West Clark.
The Walnut street apartment project moved ahead a step at the city plan commission meeting Monday night. But the step taken still doesn’t allow the developers, Paul and Robert Schleicher and Wayne Kurtz, to start building. It does, however, indicate a willingness on the part of the planning board to grant a “special exception” permit to residential zone requirements if and when the developers comply with certain engineering improvements specified by city engineer William Krull. The plan commission, in effect, granted the “special exception” subject to an agreement among the developers and Krull which it approves. Restrictions to be agreed on are satisfaction of neighborhood remonstrance concerning surface water drainage and sanitary sewer capacity in the area. Surface water collection on the builders’ four-acre tract has always been a problem, adjoining lot owners on South and Walnut streets say. It runs on their property in getting to a storm sewer and, they believe, building construction will aggravate the problem. The city engineer has already recommended that surface and roof water be collected and conducted b y a 24-inch pipe to the nearest 48-inch storm sewer at the developers’ expense. This is agreeable to the developers.