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Almanac: This week in south Lake County history

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Updated: May 22, 2013 12:35PM



100 Years Ago

May 23, 1913

F. O. Coleman has added to his strawberry patch this spring, and now has a good share of the ten acres north of the cemetery set out to vines, a third of them being in their prime this season.

Our officers succeeded in capturing one load of joy riders, last Sunday, consisting of three men, from Chicago, who put up a $25 cash bond to appear here on Friday of this week. They were charged with going 35 miles an hour on West Joliet street, and they claimed their speedometer only registered nine miles.

When about 600 members of the Indiana society go on their annual picnic on June 21st, to Cedar Lake, Ind., they will be greeted by the sight of whole steers being barbecued over hickory wood fires in long trenches dug especially for the occasion. And old “Uncle” Abner Jasper, from down near Nashville, Tenn., who superintended barbecues before the civil war, will be there to give the finishing touches to the roasting carcasses. He will be assisted by “Aunt” Martha Trimble, famed for her savory salt and pepper sauces and her ability to baste barbecue meat.

A real old-fashioned wagon circus is to follow the feast. There will be a parade and a trip to the menageries, and genuine red lemonade and Jumbo double-jointed hot roasted peanuts will be distributed, while the steam calliope shrieks out its melody. There will be a side show with freaks and two circus brass bands.

In the evening there will be dancing in the new pavilion and boating parties on the lake. Automobile trips by moonlight will close the day’s program.

75 Years Ago

May 27, 1938

Final plans for the annual Memorial observance have been completed, according to the announcement made by Clarence E. Schmidt, general chairman for Crown Point and vicinity, in charge of the community observance.

A special volunteer group from the Legion post will decorate the graves of the deceased veterans buried in the cemeteries of the community, including about 160 Civil War veterans, four Mexican War veterans and three Spanish-American War veterans, and some 53 World War veterans. An American flag and some suitable flowers will be placed on each veteran’s grave.

Union Memorial services will be held in the Community building at 8 o’clock Sunday evening May 29, with Rev. T. H. Adkins of the Presbyterian church delivering the sermon. At this service in accord with former practice, the names on the honor roll of the Fred Schmidt Post, deceased in the war, and members of the post who have passed on since will be read.

The American Legion will attend this meeting in a body and make a formal presentation of the colors.

Reservations will be made for the Daughters of the American Revolution, The Women’s Relief Corps, the American legion Auxiliary, Sons of the Legion and Junior Auxiliary.

The first of the city’s new street projects under WPA supervision was started on Monday, when the old surface on Pettibone avenue was broken up preparatory to rebuilding it with cement as petitioned for by the property owners from East Joliet to South street.

50 Years Ago

May 24, 1963

Last spring virtually a year ago, men and women of Crown Point as individuals and organizations gave money for the planting of 50 trees and shrubs on the courthouse lawn. Their reward this spring is the budding, blossoming and leafing of the varied collection of native specimens, planted according to specifications drawn by H.W. Gilbert, landscape special from Purdue. The only causality, a shad, was replaced this Arbor day, Mrs. Paul Brown said. She, as a representative of Crown Point Garden club, had worked with Kiwanians from the local club and others in furthering planting plans, in which Lake county commissioners shared.

Looking ahead to Poppy Day here Friday and Saturday Mrs. Harry Steinmann, this year’s chairman, named winners in the poster contest held in the city’s grade and high schools each year to tell the deathless story in affective picture form. Winners selected from 81 entries in last Wednesday’s judging by Mrs. Clarence Bohling and Mrs. S. E. Gardner were Kay Loftus, 1st; Joanne Metsch, 2nd; Bob Glassford, 3rd, high school. Larry Utley was 1st in completion in the 7th, 8th and 9th grades of Crown Point high school, and Leonard Dixon, 2nd; John Murray of Trinity Lutheran placed 3rd.



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