Almanac: This week in south Lake County history
December 30, 2013 12:00PM
Updated: December 30, 2013 12:04PM
100 years ago
January 2, 1914
The alarm was given again Monday afternoon for the firemen, and both companies responded on quick time. The house was on Walnut street, occupied by Sam Goot, and a string of hose 500 feet long was necessary to reach the place from Court street. As usual but little damage was done. The fire caught from a cook stove which burned a hole between the plastering and siding up to the ceiling. The building in question was a landmark in Crown Point, being the “old Eddy house,” moved there from the Root lot on South street, and was one of the first frame buildings put up in Crown Point. This was the third fire in 20 days. It is said the depot company, which had nearly three times as far to go was the first to turn the water on after the long run, and that their members were all there but two. This was the first fire of a new series of three, which the people watch and it hardly ever fails.
Seabright, N.J., Dec. 29 – Nine men perished in a terrific gale that swept along the New Jersey coast on Friday at the rate of 90 miles an hour and hurling the sea upon the land like a tidal wave. The damage is estimated at $1,000,000. This city felt the full effect of the storm. Houses were blown or washed away. The city’s lighting plant was put out of commission. Three hundred persons were forced to flee from their homes. While the storm was battering this city an ocean tragedy was being enacted on the coast of Seaside, N. J. There two boats were driven ashore. To the mast of one of the vessels three men were clinging. The Forked river life-saving crew tried desperately to reach the men, but the force of the gale and the vast waves drove them back. The men were seen to drop one by one into the boiling sea and disappear.
Gulfport, Miss., Dec. 29 – President Wilson and his golfing party recruited into service as firemen when a blaze broke out in one of the leading residences of the city, as his motorcar passed by on Friday. When smoke issued from the home belonging to a “Cyclone Jim” Neville, a leading attorney of Gulfport, the president ordered his car to stop and two secret service men and two chauffeurs were pressed into service in a bucket brigade while the president directed their efforts. The blaze was quickly checked and the president was hailed by an admiring crowd as the best fireman that ever came to Gulfport.
Detroit, Mich., Dec. 29 – The old Michigan Central depot built 30 years ago was destroyed by fire on Friday. Damage to property and records is estimated at $300,000. The old depot was destroyed on the eve of the opening of the new $10,000,000 Michigan Central depot. The new structure was to have been formally opened January 4, but trains were run into it and the change was made with little inconvenience. The cause of the fire has not been determined.
75 years ago
January 6, 1939
The residence of Mrs. Lillian Holley on South street was the setting for an early-morning New Year’s day fire, a celebration of the entry of the new year as it were, not programmed by Mrs. Holley, the twins Janet and Janis, and Carroll, who had only vacated the county jail living apartments a few hours before to continue their residence in Crown Point after Carroll’s term of office as sheriff had officially expired. The fire that caused considerable damage to the recently remodeled house gained headway from a defective fireplace recently reconstructed. Overheated, the basement joist caught fire, necessitating a call to the fire department at 2:20 in the morning. By chopping away a portion of the basement ceiling the fire was soon brought under control and extinguished with a minimum amount of loss. The house had recently been completely refurnished, but in this particular no damage resulted.
Indiana will have a million and three-quarters dollars less in federal funds available for construction work on the state highway system in the coming fiscal year. T.A. Dicus, chairman of the state highway commission, pointed out this week. Allocations of federal funds available for highway work in Indiana during the fiscal year beginning July 1, will amount to $3,310,000 according to announcement by the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads. This includes three district funds: $2,437,000 to be matched with state funds for construction work on the state highways which are designated as part of the federal-aid system; $365,000 to be matched with state funds for improvements of county or state roads which are a part of the designated feeder-road system; and $508,000 not to be matched with state funds for elimination of grade crossings and installation of flasher signals at grade crossings. Each of these funds is less than became available on July 1, 1938… The total in federal funds available for the present fiscal year was $5,086,926, or $1,776,926 more than will be available during the coming fiscal year.
50 years ago
January 3, 1964
Mrs. William Wagner, Holly Hop queen chairman crowns Crown Point high school junior Linda Seramur as the 1963 Holly Hop Queen. Other finalists were Cathy Hack, a senior, Janet Smith, a freshman, and Sue McFarian, sophomore. Attired in festive finery, about 400 Crown Point high school students gathered in the holiday-decorated cafeteria of Taft Junior high school Friday night for the annual Holly Hop, chief social and money-raising activity sponsored by the Crown Pint high school Parent-Teachers association.
Third district council councilman Ernest Niemeyer this week announced that he will seek the Republican party nomination for the job of joint state representative from Lake and Porter counties in the 1964 election. Incumbent representative of the two counties is Democrat Paul J. Hric of Hammond. Stating that he has been encouraged to run for the Indiana General Assembly position, Niemeyer said that he is ready to give up his councilmanic post, which runs through 1966, to accept. Legally, he reports, he can be nominated for the state legislative spot without resigning the county job, which he must give up only if elected.