Almanac: This week in south Lake County history
September 3, 2013 4:06PM
Updated: September 10, 2013 1:11PM
100 years ago
September 5, 1913
The thieves in Crown Point are working on the chickens and fruit crops, and from reports are making good hauls, and it may end with somebody going to the pen, as traps are being set for them.
The Mayor and all members of the city council met in regular session Tuesday evening, and besides the regular routine of bills and other business considerable preliminary work was done. One of the first moves was to appoint Otto Bruce school trustee, to fill vacancy caused by the resignation of J. J. Wheeler.
The city tax levy was cut 30 cents on the $100, and the school board had been obliged to raise 5 cents for the tuition fund, which makes a drop of 25 cents on the $100, and will certainly please the tax payers.
It was settled that the houses in Crown Point will be renumbered, and some small changes will be made in street names. For instance: “Krost’s alley” will be changed to Robinson’s Place, but the changes will be few.
Preliminary steps were taken to put in water mains in three places, which will be wooden pipes and the labor will be done by home talent, as no expert will be needed. The places picked upon for the piping is South Main street to Greenwood Avenue, another will be laid from Court street west on South street, to the Koupal tract, and another through Pettibone Avenue, from East Joliet street to South street in Hayes’ new addition, which promises to build up rapidly with water patrons. This will be done without issuing bonds, and others streets will get the water as fast as the city can do it without making debts, for it is believed our present iron water pipers will soon begin to rust out, and with the system all new will mean something. Then, no doubt, bonds will have to be issued.
75 years ago
September 9, 1938
Excavation for Mr. and Mrs. John Mikutas’ new home on the corner of West South and South West streets is being finished this week. The site is that of the old Pozar house which is one of the city’s landmarks, was originally the county’s jail and later the residence of the late Abel Sherman on North Court street.
Among the guests from Crown Point at the Gary country club’s dance Saturday night were Miss Esther Harper, Elwood Fifield, Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Root, Carol Root and Miss Ann Johnson, Miss Mary Frances Elder and Allen Salisbury.
If you want real No. 3 Pocahontas with lots of heat and low ash, just call Tuthill Co., Inc. 121 is our number.
For a scientific eye examination see Dr. J. J. Forszt, Room 5, Crawford building, every Friday from 10 A. M. until 5 P. M. Glasses within 24 hours. Telephone 179 for appointment, or Gary 7838.
50 years ago
September 6, 1963
Crown Point city council approved a portion of Imperial Heights subdivision plat at its meeting Monday night. The plat had been referred to the city council by the plan commission for approval and determination of the performance bond required to guarantee installation of streets and utilities. Included in the plat was an extension of Main street with St. Anthony’s Convalescent Home property on its west side and Imperial Heights on its east side. An agreement was reached with St. Anthony’s Convalescent Home to divide the curbing and pavement of Main street costs more than a year ago. The bond requirement, however, under the new zoning code of 100 percent of the estimated utilities cost is more than subdividers can meet. As an alternative, Charles “Dutch” Kaiser, subdivider of Imperial Heights, proposed putting in the improvements required for the sale of 38 lots and then getting approval of the plat without a bond, which was acceptable to the councilmen.
This week brings the Marching Bulldogs two 1st-place trophies to add to their treasury of awards. One rewarded their spirited appearance Monday in Lowell’s Labor Day parade, when the local musicians competed with other worthy bands of the area. The other, to be claimed later this week by Director Carl Simolik, attests the Hub band’s distinction as one of the outstanding units that appeared at Riverview Amusement park in Chicago in the course of its summer season. The Bulldogs will march again at this Friday’s football game here.