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Almanac: This week in south Lake County history

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Updated: July 9, 2013 12:42PM



100 years ago

July 11, 1913

The Bloomer Girls will play at the Erie ball park next Sunday.

Governor Samuel R. Ralston in representing Indiana at the Gettysburg reunion, in a speech said in part: “Indiana rejoiced in the ability, the valor and patriotism displayed by her sons who fought their brothers on the field of courage, and she is not here as a participant in this greeting to add to their fame by withholding a just need of praise from the soldiers of other states who fought on either side of the tremendous issue. But rather is she here to join in swelling the chorus of glad acclaim in recognition of the absence of sectional hatred and the presence of peace, prosperity and patriotism among all the people of the Union.”

Intrepid Indianan: “On the second day of the battle Col. John Wheeler of the 20th Indiana was killed. Of him his brigade commander said: ‘A more gallant soldier and efficient officer did not exist. The great state of Indiana may well feel proud of John Wheeler, the hero, the patriot and the honest man. He was worthy to command the glorious 20th and had his command was proud of him.’”

The 4 th of July, although a hot one, went off without any trouble in Crown Point, and outside of a rider getting thrown from a motorcycle at the fair grounds, receiving but slight injuries, there was no accident with a crowd of about seven thousand people, and acres of automobiles. A sprinkle of rain came about noon, not enough to do any good or harm, and the celebration at the fair grounds was a success. The concessions all did a remarkable good business, and the entertainment lasted until midnight. Everything was eaten and drank up at the grounds and in the city by early evening, and the gasoline at the different garages ran low before going home time, in fact more came than was expected. From all appearances the day was enjoyed by all outside of the intense heat.

75 years ago

July 15, 1938

Encouraged by the small decline in tax receipts compared with last year, Clarence A Jackson, director of the gross income tax division, estimated this week that funds from the gross income tax collections will be available to enable the state to meet its share in the increased cost of old age assistance due to minimum age requirement being lowered from 70 to 65. This change which became effective July 1, will result in an additional demand of approximately $2,000,000 on the state treasury, which pays thirty per cent of the cost of this program. “Indiana is already obligated to distribute more than 20 million dollars of gross income tax funds to the schools and civil units of the state during 1938,” Jackson stated.

One of the big attractions at the fair this year will be the exhibit of the United States Steel Corporation of Gary. This is the first time the concern has ever exhibited at a county fair. The entire south wing of the industrial building will be taken up by that colorful and instructive display.

The city, in conjunction with the WPA, began a partial street improvement program late last week which so far, includes a top dressing of an asphalt preparation on South Main street as far south as Walnut street, and East street for most of its length. Preliminary work has also been completed for the improvements of North Court, as one of the next steps of the program.

50 years ago

July 12, 1963

Best Marching unit — that is the “top Perch” reached by the Marching Bulldogs of Crown Point high school for their appearance under the direction of Carl V. Smolik in the Michigan City Summer Festival parade Sunday. A handsome trophy — a plaque of polished wood and burnished metal — sets the seal on the championship victory. In a record field of 119 units, the nationally famous March Majorettes of Fremont, Ohio, placed second. The festival, an annual three-day event, seen by more than 100,000 people, features marching units composed of bands, drill teams, drum and bugle corps, majorettes and twirling teams from all over the Midwest. This year’s band is relatively young, which speaks well for the future. It has already appeared on the televised LaGrange Pet parade and will march July 27th in the Wisconsin Spectacle of Music at South Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s largest annual music event, which attracts bands, drill teams, twirlers, drum and bugle corps from every state in the Union and Canada.

Gust Lindborg still runs in a limited way a regulation old-time blacksmith shop at Ainsworth. He was 80 years old on the 4 th of July and friends came during the afternoon to his home next door to the shop. Gust learned the trade in his hometown of Tomelila, Sweden, beginning at 16. When he was 19 friends of his parents living at Miller, Indiana , sent him a ticket for passage to the United States. He arrived in Miller on Sunday afternoon, June 2, 1902, and got a job on the Wabash railroad Monday morning. In September he was well enough acquainted to get a job as blacksmith with Ed Batterman.



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