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Almanac: This week in south Lake County history

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Updated: August 20, 2013 12:38PM



100 years ago

August 22, 1913

Early Taylor, young son of Ross Taylor, who has at home with Levi Chatfield and wife, on West street, came down with a severe case of scarlet fever last Sunday, when Dr. Scull posted a danger signal. As no other cases have been known here in several months, and the fact that he has not been away from home makes it seem that the disease originated with the young lad. Last reports say he was doing well.

The 28th annual reunion of the 73d Ind. Vol. Inf. Association, will be held at Crown Point, Ind., Sept. 3d and 4th. The camp fire will be held at Music Hall, Wednesday evening, when an interesting program will be given, to which the public are cordially invited. It is also requested as far as convenient that all business houses and private residences be decorated in honor of the old veterans.

The electric company put on 150 more lights at the fair ground than last year, and could have done more if all the orders had been filled.

75 years ago

August 26, 1938

During Wednesday morning’s storm composed of equal parts of thunder, electrical pyrotechnics and rain, lightning struck a barn filled with hay near the Rohrman farm on the old Lincoln highway.The local fire department was summoned to the scene and after making the long run saved the barn from destruction with the help of neighboring farmers.

Vigorous complaints of hazardous motorcycle speeding and racing by a crowd of youths on the Crown Point–Lowell highway, starting at the north end of Cedar Lake, has recently been received at the Star office. Permanent and summer residents are loud in their protests against this dangerous and unlawful speeding, and ask that it be stopped before some one is killed or injured. One complainant, who has a large investment at the lake, said that the drivers of the “speed kings” not only endanger the lives of themselves but those of innocent children as well as grownups, for during the summer season the particular highway is used heavily by pedestrians. The roar of the speeding motorcycles can be heard as far as two miles away, not only sounding a possible death knell to someone, but providing at the same time a disturbance to the resorters who come to the lake seeking peace and quiet from the turbulence of city life.

50 years ago

August 23, 1963

Tri Kappa Wins Hub Babe Ruth Major League Crown

The Tri Kappa team, with a 12-3 record, completed regular season play by bettering Rotary Club with a decided victory. Tri Kappa, managed by Willard Schultz and coached by Harold Pettit and Willis Graves, held 1st place throughout the season except when a brief tie existed for a few days late in the season with the runnerup team, which Tri Kappa had beaten tow out of three encounters. The team is manned by the following boys: 15-year-olds, Bob Brock, Don Carnahan, Larry Cook, Al Picard and Don Warner; 14-year-olds, Jerry Kacmar, Ron Quale, Steve Smolik, and Jeff Wilkinson; 13-year-olds Curt Graves, Joe Kacmar, Bob Morgan, Jack Pettit and Harry Swinehart.

Mr. and Mrs. Ovidio Vellutini, with Miss Iole and Miss Alda, Mr. and Mrs. George Carroll and their four children are home from almost a month in Italy. Traveling from New York on the USS Constitution to Genoa, they then toured the Italian Rivera, before visiting Lucca, the former homeplace of Mr. and Mrs. Vellutini where ancient walls, some 2000 years old, now are topped with a broad highway. “Rome is so large that one had to adjust to it,” Iole commented. They visited the Sistine chapel with its priceless treasures and corridors 800 feet long stretching ahead of them; the catacombs, St Peter’s basilica and Vatican City. Highlight of their stay in the ancient city was an audience with Pope Paul. They held “white tickets” which entitled them to sit in the third row at the audience of more than 3000 and, as Pope Paul left, he clasped the hands of several in the Vellutini party including young George and Georgette Carroll.

Al Sweet, owner of San Remo café, Palm Grove inn and the YWCA cafeteria purchased the grand champion steer exhibited by Aloysius Arendt of Schneider for $1. a pound. N.E. Leep of Pleasant View dairy purchased the reserve champion exhibited by Matt Bryant of Hebron. Al Sweet also bought the grand champion barrow, shown by Roger Huseman of Hobart. Marion Bailey’s grand champion lamb was purchased by Buncich and Sons of Hobart.



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