Almanac: This week in south Lake County history
June 25, 2013 11:36AM
Updated: August 26, 2013 2:10AM
100 years ago
June 27, 1913
An old saying says “don’t cross a bridge until you get to it,” but it is quite sure now that Lake county’s hay crop will be light, and when we fail they all fail. No doubt haw will be hay this fall and the prices cannot help but soar.
Rensselaer Republican: “The per capita wealth in taxable property of each Rensselaer citizen is $532.83, this city being the 33rd in a list of 118 cities in the state in per capita wealth. Gary is first with $1,418.49, Whiting is second with $1,154. 59, Hobart is third with $923.50, and Indianapolis fourth with $908.07. Kentland has an average per capita of $566, Fowler of $532.46, Monticello of $433.05, and other towns as follows: Deiphi $491.52, Winamac $479, Crown Point $409.38, Valparaiso $374.17, Knox $342.16.
Five of Mr. Wissman’s homing pigeons were turned loose in Chicago last Sunday morning, and when he got up to see them return and get their time the entire five were sitting on his barn waiting for their breakfast. The wind was in their favor and he imagines they made the trip across country in an hour. Next Sunday he expects to have the same flock liberated in Milwaukee, when he will set his alarm clock and try and be up to welcome them.
The rain held off nearly a month here and began just at the time the Indiana Society in Chicago were making arrangements to start for their great annual celebration at Cedar Lake, when big preparations had been made to roast an ox and pull off many different events.
Since the Saturday rain which continued for six hours — the kind that soaks the earth — the crops have made wonderful changes for the better. Some of the late planted corn is only fairly up, but the great majority will come close to the standard mark on the 4 th of July. The hay crop in Lake county is certain to be light, while the majority of the oats look well and promises an average yield. Lake county is far ahead of many others in Indiana and Illinois, but we have had better prospects.
Grace Smith, the Gary woman who shot and killed Clarence Murphey at a Ridge Road resort, and plead guilty in Judge McMahan’s court to manslaughter, was given from 2 to 20 years in the penitentiary, and will have a long time in which to repent.
75 years ago
July 1, 1938
The executive committee of the board of directors of the Lake county Farm Bureau announced on Tuesday that the site for the new locker plant to be erected and conducted for Lake county residents will be on North Main street on the Henderlong property, located three lots north of the Schmal dairy. An engineer will soon be on the ground, Dean Harper said on Wednesday, to make preliminary surveys in order to hasten the final construction of the building. Harper also explained that this particular spot was chosen as the most logical place from the standpoint of customer convenience, nearness to the center of trading area, and its adaptability for the parking of automobiles of locker patrons as the plot of ground has an entrance both on Main and Court streets. “All who are interested in a high quality of meat, fruit and vegetables should get in touch with the Lake county Farm Bureau”, Harper said.
Site for Second Locker Plant Selected
“The locker plant of the Lake County Cold Storage Company will be housed in the building on West street, formerly known as the Crown Point Leather Company,” V. A. Place said on Wednesday. He further stated that an engineering firm from Sioux City, Iowa, which specializes in locker plant designing and constructing, had been employed to work out the details of this plant. H. C. Meyers of that firm was here Saturday and make detailed measurements of the building and stated that since it was constructed of hollow tile and concrete that it was ideal for this purpose. Myers left late Saturday night for Sioux City and promised to have blue prints in Place’s hands sometime this week. By using this building, which is already constructed and in which only minor alterations need be made, Place said there is no reason why the cold storage plant should not be in operation early in September. As the building now stands it will accommodate approximately four hundred lockers which is all that will probably be needed until people generally become familiar with the benefits and advantages of the locker system. As soon as the locker plant is under way and operating, the poultry dressing plant will be put in operation, but this will probably not be until early next year, Place said.
Albert M. Wheeler, age 66, resident of East North street in this city and father-in-law of County Auditor Joseph E. Finerty, closed a service of 45 years as teacher in Indiana schools late last week when he announced his retirement from the Froebel high school faculty in Gary. He was one of the oldest teachers in the steel city schools, both in service and in years, according to Superintendent Herbert S. Jones, who praised him highly for his 21 years of faithful service to the thousands of pupils he had taught in that period of time.
50 years ago
June 28, 1963
Crown Point Bells To Ring For Freedom With Others Throughout Land July 4
Crown Point will join in making freedom ring July 4 when the sounds of birthday bells across the nation will again proclaim “liberty and justice for all.” A new national observance of America independence will be inaugurated when bells peal from churches, government buildings, and college campuses as proposed by to “Connecticut Yankees,” Writer Eric Hatch and Artist Eric Sloan. Mayor Marvin Erlenbach has appointed city councilman Luther Rudolph to contact, with the aid of a committee yet to be appointed, veterans’ organizations, historical societies, civic, church and educational groups to help sound Crown Point’s freedom peals. Bells must sound at 1 o’clock here to coincide with those that start the nation-wide ringing in Philadelphia at 2, Rudolph told. President Kennedy, who will award the Freedom Medal for the first time this Fourth of July, believes the bell-ringing custom will help “renew citizen awareness of our heritage”. Senator Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut introduced a supporting resolution in the U.S. Senate and 10 other Senators joined in presenting the resolution, which was also introduced in the House by the late Rep. Francis E. Walter of Pennsylvania. Mayor James H. J. Tate of Philadelphia has assured that the Liberty Bell itself will be given a ceremonial tap and the bell in the tower of Independence Hall will lead the great chorus. Bells will ring for four minutes in every part of the country.
The Crown Point Auto License Bureau office will be open on Wednesday, July 3, and closed all day on Thursday and Friday July 4 and 5. Regular hours of 8 AM to noon will be maintained Saturday.