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Almanac: This week in south Lake County history

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Updated: September 17, 2013 2:03PM



100 years ago

September 19, 1913

Last Saturday while Mrs. John Perry was driving to this place, and opposite the Worsley farm house, she noticed the roof on fire around the chimney and those in the house knew nothing of it until she notified them. Luckily Mr. Batterman came along the same time and with his assistance the flames were subdued after burning the shingles off for four feet around the chimney. Another five minutes’ delay would surely have made them a big loss.

The murder jury to try Peter Chriska, who shot and killed his wife last spring, in the north part of the county, was sworn in and the case went to trial on Monday. The murderer’s little daughter, 11 years old and a bright little miss, told the story so plain that the father winced under the ordeal, and without his attorneys can show he is insane, as is always the last resort, it seems he will have a hard road to travel. The insanity plea is all that can clear him, for the writing on the wall is very plain, and the little daughter never made an error when being questioned and cross questioned. The truth seemed to be branded on her face and she simply told the horrible story as it was.

The Ross Township Anti-Horse Thief Association will hold a meeting at Merrillville on Saturday evening, Sept. 20th, at 7:30 o’clock and Dr. Iddings, secretary, asks a good attendance.

The survivors of the 99th Indiana Infantry will meet in Crown Point for their 26th regimental reunion on Tuesday, October 14th, and the secretary hopes to see a good turnout of the members.

M. E. Nichols was obliged to have a motorcycle collision last Sunday when another machine met him which was on the wrong side of the road. Both machines were injured some, and Mr. Nichols has since limped with his south leg.

75 years ago

September 23, 1938

Indianapolis, Sept. 21 – In a prepared statement R. Lowell McDaniel, national vice-president and Indiana organization head of the Corn Belt Liberty League, Wednesday issued an emphatic denial of an accusation by Secretary Wallace, who is quoted as stating that the Corn Belt Liberty League is us of a political nature. The statement by Secretary Wallace, which is said to have been made before a group of farmers in Washington D. C., declared that opposition to government’s attempt at “farm unity” was brought about by farmers ‘who don’t understand.”

According to the rules and regulations governing the time of day and night in Crown Point, and in all sections of the county where daylight savings time has been in order since the last Sunday in April. It will be necessary to set the clock back one hour next Saturday night for on Sunday good old standard time will once more regulate the activities of the community.

50 years ago

September 20, 1963

Today (Thursday) is the second of two moving days for federally sponsored agencies to the new space provided by the General Services Administration in the basement of the new addition to the post office. Transferring their activities to the newly allocated space are the local Selective Service board, the Gary branch of the Social Security Agency and the two agriculture offices, Soil Conservation Services and ASCS, which has been on South Main for 12 years. Patrons of all four offices where business will be carried on as usual while the moving occurs, will use the East Joliet street basement entrance, Postmaster Robert Diddle said.

The county asphalt plant at the county garage operated about an hour during the first three days of this week as a result of the appearance at the commissioners’ meeting Monday morning of 10 very angry men and women from Church street. They had attended previous meetings to complain of smoke, fumes and grit sent into the air at the plant and blown by north winds and breezes into the subdivision across the fence.



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