100 Years Ago in February, 1918

27 Feb 100 Years Ago in February, 1918

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in February, 2018. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines.

February 1-10

Mayor Sallwasser asks Fuel Administrator Redpath to get busy. He demands that Mr. Redpath come to La Porte to look into the coal situation.

German horrors are graphically illustrated at the magnificent meeting at the courthouse last night.

The final quota of selective men is called.

Meatless Mondays are likely to continue.

Harry Collins, proprietor of a saloon and general store in Stillwell, is in jail after being charged with shooting and seriously injuring a Jasper man.

The Tuscania, carrying American troops to France via Great Britain, was sunk. A La Porte boy may be on the list of those missing.

The total number of those missing from the Tuscania remains at 101.

The Tuscania casualty list places the total number of dead at between 160 and 170, including 149 Americans.

At church services, flags bearing stars, 21 for St. Paul’s Evangelical and 17 for Swedish Lutheran for their boys in the service, are unfurled.

February 12-17

King George of England says the war is now at a crucial stage.

St. Mary’s Catholic church and its parsonage in Otis fall prey to flames. The parochial school building was saved by heroic effort.

An “Argus trio,” two linotype operators and a sport writer and bookkeeper, is at Camp Johnston in Jacksonville, Fla. The newspaper misses them, but the kaiser must be licked.

Vernon Castle, probably the best known dancer of the present day and a captain in the Royal Flying corps, is killed when his plane falls during a practice flight.

The drafting of labor for ship building now looms as a possibility of the future.

Today every business, factory, and school pupil is given the opportunity to sign up to buy one or more thrift stamps a week in the war savings stamp campaign.

February 19-28

The first American soldiers wounded on the battlefields of France are convalescing at a hospital in New York. There are almost one hundred soldiers, some of them suffering from shell shock.

Due to acute conditions of the wheat situation, the sale of flour is limited to one pound weekly per capita.

The greatest flow of foodstuffs from the middle west to the Atlantic seaboard for shipment abroad to the allies is outlined.

Any wheat shortage is not due to the railways, but either to a shortage of the crop or farmers holding it up because of pending legislation that would raise the price to $2.50 per bushel.

At a speech at the courthouse, Congressman Miller of Seattle, Wash. says, “There is no place in America for the man or woman who dares to utter pro-German sympathies.”

Forty persons of the 136 on board a wrecked Red Cross liner are saved. The survivors are proceeding to St. Johns, N.F.

All persons with income tax to pay are urged to report to a special agent of the internal revenue collector’s office who will be at the courthouse until March 2nd.

The British hospital ship Glenart Castle is sunk in the Bristol Channel. No patients were on board.

Four American soldiers have been sentenced to be shot for being found asleep while on duty in the front line trenches.