Almanac: This week in south Lake County history
November 12, 2013 12:20PM
Updated: November 15, 2013 9:39AM
100 years ago
November 14, 1913
The finishing touches were put onto the deal this week that made Charlie Weis the owner of the Brands meat market, on west side of square, he taking possession of the place Tuesday morning. He will keep in his employ August Wissman as cutter and salesman. Mr. Brands will leave us for Pontiac, Ill. 92 miles west of Chicago next week, where he has bought another market. That is in a place of 8,000 inhabitants, and the place he bought employs four cutters and the sales run $100 daily. Mr. Weis intends keeping the market here up-to-date in all respects.
The few days of September weather last week turned into November gales Saturday morning and snow flurries came often during the day.
The automobiles failed to come in great numbers last Sunday, and the howling blizzard kept many from attending the last 1913 party at Lassen’s pavilion.
A telegram to Mr. Elmer Dinwiddie, last Saturday forenoon, brought tidings of the death of Rev. T. H. Ball, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Georgia Martin at Sheffield, Alabama, at 6 o’clock that morning, at the age of 87 years. His son Herbert S. Ball is at St. Maries, Idaho, and Mrs. Cutler, a sister, was with him. A brother, James H. Ball, still survives and lives in Scott City, Kansas. His remains were taken to Clark county, Alabama, and laid at rest by the side of his wife, who passed away about two years ago. Mr. Ball was a real pioneer of this county and was known by all the older inhabitants. Besides his historical school, church and other untiring work he preached hundreds of funeral sermons and married hundreds of couples. An obituary will be found in another place.
75 years ago
November 18, 1938
The Cedar Lake Fish and Game club, in conjunction with Cedar Lake property owners, is preparing to take a poll in relation to the lake level, which has been under debate for the past year or more. The point that will be determined by the poll’s result, officials of the game club said, will be the question whether the lake should be lowered 4 inches below the present normal level or be lowered 6 inches with the installation of 6 inch flood gates to be regulated according to the lake’s level at various times.
Fourteen head of dairy cattle and three farm horses, together with a large barn, 40 tons of hay, harnesses and a quantity of farm tools, were destroyed in an early morning fire on Saturday on the Nicholas Bohling farm, six miles northwest of this city. The blaze, of an unknown origin, was discovered in the barn at 1:30 o’clock and had gained such headway in a very few minutes that the fire departments from Crown Point, St. John, Dyer and Schererville could render but little assistance after their arrival on the scene. All the cattle and horses on the farm were quartered in the barn for the night. Nearby neighbors had time to lead two cows and a horse from the burning building, but it was necessary to kill two of them on account of their seared condition.
As result of a fall the full length of the back steps of her home Wednesday afternoon, Mrs. John Miller will be confined to her bed for three weeks of absolute rest. Although no bones were broken, her physician said after studying x-rays of her injuries, she is badly bruised, an arm is hurt and her face cut over one eye by glasses, shattered in the fall. Mrs. Miller was going to the back door to admit her pet chow when the regrettable accident occurred.
50 years ago
November 15, 1963
Cheerleaders, five of Crown Point High School’s most attractive girls, are already practicing routines for the basketball season. They are Janet Smith, Susan Powers, Pauline Doty, Cindy Sendak and Gloria Leonardelli. They are the daughters, respectively, of the George S. Smiths, George W. Powers, Clifford Dottys, Ted Sendaks and Frank E. Leonardellis.
In a public installation Saturday night, Crown Point chapter of DeMolay installed James A. Pounds, son of Mrs. D.B. Poinds and the late Mr. Pounds, as a master councilor. Installed with him were Richard Harting, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harting, senior councilor, and George Ross, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. George Ross, junior councilor.
Classes for the Trainable Retarded Children of south Lake County are now in session at First Presbyterian Church of Crown Point. Any child between the ages of 5 through 15, with an IQ less than 80 and refused by the school corporations, is invited to take part in this program. Crown Point Community Fund has budgeted more than $1000 to this program, the largest sum to a single program with such a small membership.