100 Years Ago in August 1918

21 Aug 100 Years Ago in August 1918

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in August 1918. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. Want to read the whole article? It’s on microfilm in the Indiana Room at the Main Library. Staff will be glad to help you access it.

August 1-4

Retired farmers who rent their farms are not entitled to receive the allotted eight pounds of wheat flour. Only the farmer who is actively engaged in agriculture is accorded the special offer.

Capt. Albert E. Trevitt of the Salvation Army will go to France to be a chaplain in the service. His wife, who is just as energetic and capable as her husband, will direct the army in La Porte.

Over 300,000 men were embarked and started overseas during July, a new record.

A fire in the Studebaker garage, corner of Indiana avenue and State street, causes $100 worth of damages, according to Jacob Rose, the proprietor.

August 6-11

A couple finally receives a letter from their son in service in France after two months. He is the smallest man in his regiment and all the fellows keep a “lookout” for “Little Jimmie.”

The U.S. will send 250,000 men per month overseas. Congress will not be called back to pass the bill raising the draft age to 45 and lowering it to 18.

A dispenser of a remedy for killing lice, selling his concoction to farmers, is wanted. He drove a Ford to LaCrosse, traded it for a Maxwell, and then traded it for another Ford which turtled.

The Huns are in general retreat. Seventeen thousand German prisoners are taken.

A dispatch from the Picardy battle front says the allies are wreaking havoc behind the enemy lines where the utmost confusion reigns.

La Porte has its first case of heat prostration. A 79-year-old man is in the hospital in dying condition.

August 13-18

A United States recruiting train is due in La Porte tomorrow. The purpose of the visit is to spread patriotic propaganda. It carries a miniature submarine, a camouflage destroyer, and more.

President Wilson proclaims that all men who shall have attained the age of 21 between June 5 and August 24 must register for the draft on the latter date.

The wrong man was charged with riding his bicycle on the sidewalk.

The great heart of La Porte pulsated last night with patriotism. Thousands assembled to greet Uncle Sam’s Jackies. The concert given by the 28 piece band was excellent.

There are 1,450,000 U. S. troops overseas. The opinion is that the War Department’s program of 3,300,000 men in France by next June may be exceeded.

Secretary of War Baker says boys from 18 to 19 years will be taken last, not first, to be called only after the older classes have been exhausted.

August 20-25

The shoe stock at 516 Lincolnway was yesterday moved to Chicago, having been taken over by the Chicago Association of Credit Men, acting as trustees for the creditors.

Much interest is being shown in the new Ford tractors. Ford, of automobile fame, has been experimenting on farm tractors for over two years and has a kerosene tractor on the market.

Three hundred thirty-three sick and wounded soldiers landed in this country from the expeditionary forces this week compared to 63 the preceding week. They are in hospitals.

A Coolspring township farmer is fined $50 and costs for selling diseased meat to a restaurant in Michigan City.

The name of Walter Byron McCune, Michigan City, appears on the list of “killed in action.” However, his name and his father’s name are not in any Michigan City city, rural, or draft list.

American aviators co-operating with Italian air forces in the Adriatic have routed an Austrian air patrol.

August 27-31

La Porte’s annual fair opens with ideal weather and splendid exhibits. There are displays by the Kumfy Cab Co., Webber Hardware, Decker Brothers, Ove-Gnatt Co., Peoples Clothing Co., etc.

The willingness of women to work in industries is proving a big means of keeping many factory wheels turning everywhere. They are conscientious and produce little spoiled work.

Gov. James P. Goodrich of Indiana was seriously injured in an automobile accident last night and may die as a result. He was struck by a passing electric car and his auto was thrown 15 feet.

New clothes for college boys are ready at Lows’ Clothing store. Nearly every model is made up with the new silk cord effect.

La Porte sends 79 of her splendid sons to Camp Custer. Several thousand people bid them goodbye. Bands play and home guards escort them. There are 600 boys on the special train.