Almanac: This week in south Lake County history
September 10, 2013 1:14PM
Updated: September 10, 2013 1:23PM
100 years ago
September 12, 1913
It is probable that no county in the United States has as great and good a poor house as Lake county, at the cost of a mint of money. None of the tax-payers have a more complete home or more comfortable surroundings to live in than the county charges, who are well fed and clothed, and it is presumed that at least six out of ten are comparative strangers and never voted or paid a cent of tax in this county. It is surely a haven of rest for many who never had as good a home, and the notoriety of the place is sure to keep it filled from year to year.
Mrs. Livingston, on Nichols street, has in her yard a number of cotton plants in full bloom and she invites school children and others who have never seen this plant in bloom to come and see them.
A short letter from Herbert S. Ball, at Lewiston, Idaho, says: “I enclose check for STAR, and at present I happen to be on a fruit ranch trying to learn something of that business. As I haven’t any writing paper or bank checks I am writing on a peach wrapper which will no doubt answer the purpose. The peach season is now in full swing.”
Treasurer Swanson has recently received a letter, dated at Charles City, Iowa, September 4th, with no signature, containing a $20 bill, a $10 bill and a $5 bill. It was sent without registering, and three lines written inside says: “This money belongs to Lake county. Conscience money.” This is the only explanation, and the amount has been placed in the county conscience fund by Mr. Swanson.
75 years ago
September 16, 1938
Continued daily rain fall in great quantities for the past several days, breaking all previously known records, with the peak of the deluge coming all night Tuesday and Wednesday morning, was sufficient reason for the flooding of basements in nearly all parts of the city. With a drainage and sewer system unable to carry but a small part of the excess water, South Main street was flooded to a knee-deep depth and in the north part of town in the vicinity of the Letz Manufacturing plant that territory was transformed into a miniature lake, as was also the public playground and athletic field on West North street. Basements, especially in the southern part of the city, and those in the vicinity of Porter street in the north side were filled to “capacity”, requiring in some instances help from the fire department to keep the water from entering first floors. The low spots in the country were turned into sizeable lakes, and the current in the outlet of Cedar Lake gained such momentum that a bridge was washed out on the Cedar Lake-Lowell highway, causing traffic to be detoured until the structure can be restored.
The afternoon sermon in English was forcefully given by President W. F. Lichtsinn of the Missouri Synod, a visitor from Hammond. Pastor H. Hicken of Kouts, already well-known to his Crown Point listeners, made the sermon in German. Anthems by the Trinity girls’ chorus and hymns of grateful praise were chosen and directed by William Heidbreder, church organist and choral director. Rev. August Biester then led the way to the school building for the formal opening and dedicatory service.
50 years ago
September 13, 1963
Lake County Humane society’s petition before the county plan commission to permit it to operate an animal shelter on Highway 41 near Cook was again deferred at Monday night’s regular meeting. At the August 12 plan board meeting the commissioners were concerned about the financial background of the humane society, remonstrators and the effect of the upcoming amended definition of a “kennel” on the petition by the society for a special exception to permit operation of an animal shelter. At that meeting the request was deferred. It was deferred again Monday night on the basis of objections by neighbors. The neighborhood is one of residences and property owners are very much against having the property purchased by the humane society as a shelter for dogs and cats.
Death came to Claude V. Ridgley, 82, of 532 Johnson, Gary Wednesday morning after lingering illness. The father of Mrs. David Rood, of Crown Point he had been a resident of Gary for 57 hears. He was an attorney whose distinguished career included a Lake County Superior Court judgeship. He was a member of Central Christian church of Gary and an alumnus of Valparaiso and Northwestern universities. Mrs. Ridgley survives with two sons, William and Robert, both of Gary, two other daughters, Mrs. George Dalby and Mrs. F. James Lauerman of Gary; and 22 grandchildren.
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