Almanac: This week in south Lake County history
June 11, 2013 11:44AM
Updated: June 11, 2013 1:13PM
100 years ago
June 13, 1913
Our restaurants, hotels and garages get in extra supplies regularly for the Sunday business coming from the auto traffic, and our doctors now find they ought to be ready for hurry calls with bandages, splints, etc., and they may expect business in that line from now until fall.
Sunday eclipsed anything up-to-date for motorcycles in Crown Point. The Henderlong Brothers here, the local agents for the Harley Davidson machines, were the instigators of a picnic of motorcyclists coming to the fair grounds, and they came with all makes of wheels about 700 strong. Some claim there was 1,000 of them during the day, and at least there were enough to make a great show at the grounds. There was no regular program at the track, but some racing was done, and one Harley Davidson machine, to show their strength, carried six men around the race course a couple of times at a good clip. Many of the visitors had a woman or girl passenger on the back seat, and they managed before leaving to buy all the gasoline at the different garages, and eat everything at the restaurants. Two small accidents occurred by falls but the riders were not seriously hurt. The wind made it disagreeable for all concerned.
It was found that one of the Chicago motorcyclists, who fell from a machine here Sunday was injured to quite an extent — four ribs having been broken — and instead of being taken to the city on an evening train he was carried to the Neiner place, near the Panhandle depot, where he remained until able to get away.
A delivery horse from the Kramer grocery store was killed by a live wire Saturday morning, which the high wind had torn down during the night. Matt Miller’s son was driving and when the horse fell he jumped off and tried to pull the wire off the animal, which he supposed tripped him down, and he too got a slight shock, but not enough to do any great harm. The accident occurred near the Frank Krimbill residence.
It was nip and tuck to breathe last Friday with the sudden heat of 91 degrees, and Saturday morning those coming here from a distance wore heavy overcoats and hunted a fire when they landed.
75 years ago
June 17, 1938
This week three more delightful trips have been selected from among the many to be found within the state. At least one of the points of interest described is within easy driving distance of your home and may be reached by car at small expense.
To estimate the cost of the gasoline and oil you will use in making the trip, follow the direction given below the map at right.
How to Estimate Your Driving Costs Computed by Standard Oil Company (Ind.)
First cut out the scale along the dotted line and place it on the map with the “starting point” on the town nearest your home. Then swing the scale around until its edge touches the place you wish to visit.
Brown County State Park – No. 1; University of Notre Dame – No. 2; and Mounds State Park – No. 3.
(Using the directions above, the one-way cost to drive to Brown County was about $2.80, University of Notre Dame about $1.25 and Mounds State Park was about $2.45.)
At the scheduled meeting by and with the Board of Public Works and the property owners affected by the city’s proposed street plan, held last Friday night in the city hall, remonstrances were filed against practically all of the program, which includes eight streets and an alley leading from Clark street north to Robinson Court. Property owners, for one reason or another along Goldsborough, South Court, South East, Robinson Court, South Main and the alley remonstrated against the improvement in any form at the present time. Jackson street residents filed a protest against the kind of materials suggested, and property owners along North Court street entered their objections to widening that street from Robinson Court north to Goldsborough, claiming in their remonstrance to the Board of Public Works that the widening would destroy many shale trees that have beautified that section of the city for nearly a century. They did not, however, remonstrate against the street project.
The fire department was called to Palmer early Wednesday morning when a fire, having its origin in the basement of the Luken general store, caused damage to the building and stock of goods amounting to about $700.
50 years ago
June 14, 1963
A claim in the amount of $56,123 was filed Friday by Bartel Zandstra, auditor of Lake county, in the estate of Sam Brownsten for service fees collected by the late Lake county surveyor from private individuals and not turned over to the county. The amount was fixed by an audit of the late surveyor’s records by the State Board of Accounts and presented to the commissioners last week. It covered a period starting in 1958, when a new law passed during the 1957 Assembly became effective requiring that fees for private surveys by county surveyors be turned into the county’s general fund. Brownsten was instrumental in passing this legislation act.
Plans for a new site and building were announced by the directors of The Commercial Bank this week. The Crawford building property and the Carroll Chevrolet building and property have been purchased and two lots to the south leased, President Kenneth Cleveland said, to give the bank 207 feet of frontage on South Court street and the same on West street with a depth of 240 feet.
Lake County Highway department last week started full-scale production of asphalt aggregate mix in the county’s new $135,000 mixing plant. Sand and limestone aggregate are stored in bins and poured on a conveyor belt that empties into the old-fired rotary drum dryer. The plant was purchased by the commissioners under protest from local asphalt road mix producers. Commissioner Froszt predicted that the plant will pay for itself in two years in savings over the cost of purchased mixed aggregates. This plant is the second owned by Lake county. The old one, a small manually operated plant, could not supply but a portion of the county needs.
As made and Submitted to STAR readers by the Jr. Chamber of Commerce
Community Attitude Survey
Do you shop out of town? Yes 81%; No 19%; Why? A: Prices 38%; B: Selection 49%
Additional information obtained from individual households surveyed.
A. 27% of households had no children
B. 73% of households had children
C. Average household was comprised of two adults with 2.77 children
D. 54% of children were males
E. 46% of children were females