100 Years Ago In December, 1918

01 Dec 100 Years Ago In December, 1918

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in December, 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.

December 1-8

President Wilson tells congress that it is international justice that we seek, not domestic safety merely, in his annual address. The next most important declaration is on the railroads.

Everyone is invited to visit the E. A. Couturier Co. on Lincoln Way and Chicago street and see the manufacture of brass musical instruments on Thur. and hear the best “cornetist” in the world.

The health officer says they are placarding the city with blue cards to enforce rigid quarantine. The daily average of new flu cases is about 60. School attendance is 75-80 per cent.

President Wilson is speeding to Europe at 17 knots an hour on the George Washington. The trip is paced by a battleship and flanked by a destroyer flotilla.

In order to give every La Porte man a chance to dress up warm, Low’s clothing store will offer some wonderful specials. Included are 200 pairs of cashmere wool hose for 29 cents.

Frank B. Euler, La Porte boy, is one of the wounded soldiers recuperating at West Baden, Ind. He was in a vicious gas attack one night early in July. Some of the soldiers never wakened.

Workers at the Red Cross headquarters are needed to make sheets, pillow cases, and nightgowns for the influenza emergency. The call is very urgent.

December 10-15

Auto tags for the first time were made at the penitentiary, saving the state $8,750 in their manufacture over former years.

The influenza-pneumonia epidemic today is materially improved. The number of new cases today is not believed to exceed thirty.

The Red Cross is to aid the Salvation Army in the work of relief by supplying nurses, groceries, bed clothing, coal, medicine, etc. in city homes during the epidemic.

A. Sommerfield, liveryman, reports the loss of a horse and buggy to a man who rented the rig and failed to return it.

Booming guns at the outskirts of Paris announce the arrival of President Wilson on a train for the peace conference.

Poland severs relations with Germany.

December 17-22

Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Lain receive word that their son is in a French hospital severely wounded. He received his wounds on October 29th, only a few days before the armistice.

In Paris, Germany’s “big Bertha” long range gun killed 196 and wounded 417 and German aviators who bombed Paris killed 206 and wounded 392 in the last ten months of the war.

Preliminary peace conferences in Paris have been delayed, causing the president some disappointment. He plans to utilize the time in paying formal visits to Rome and Brussels.

Several Polish people have been fleeced by a clever land swindler purporting to be selling house lots near a lake in Michigan. He has been selling swamp land worth less than a dollar an acre.

The Meyer-Lindorf Co. has many attractive values offered in toys. A special lot of crying dolls is offered at 25 cents and a larger size at 39 cents. A special assortment of toys is 10 cents.

People are buying this Christmas as they never bought before. Local merchants claim that all previous records for Christmas sales have been broken this season.

December 24-31

The U. S. Slicing Machine Company, employing some 200 men and women, presents each employee with a practical Christmas offering, a life insurance policy.

President Wilson is given a tumultous greeting in London. Airplanes accompanied his royal train and a salute of 41 guns was fired. King George and Queen Mary met him at the station.

A 14-year-old and a 24-year-old ex-convict confess to the assault and robbery of an aged porter in Kuelzow’s buffet on Madison street on Christmas night. The highwaymen took his $14.60.

Preferential discharge from the army will not be granted to college students.

One of the first of the La Porte overseas men to return is Second Lieut. Russell Lingard who was a pilot in the air service of the country for 13 months and flew between England and France.

Bells proclaiming the new year will peal out tonight. There will be the usual watch night parties and dances. Businesses will be closed tomorrow; however, children will be in school.