100 Years Ago in February, 1919

01 Feb 100 Years Ago in February, 1919

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in February, 1919. 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.

February 1-9

Sixty manufacturers of passenger automobiles are preparing for the opening of the nineteenth annual auto show in New York.

There is a possibility of a nation-wide bread famine.

Mayor Sallwasser names men and women of La Porte who are to plan and carry to a successful consummation the home coming reception for the army and navy boys drifting home from overseas.

Four hundred thousand men will be kept on the River Rhine until the peace treaties are signed.

America’s first city-wide general strike is called in Seattle. Industry is at a standstill. Street cars are in their barns, restaurants are closed, and the streets are clogged with idle men.

Ringing addresses are made at the Chamber of Commerce banquet at the Rumely hotel. The address of Elwood Haynes, the Kokomo automobile manufacturer, teemed with interest.

St. Peter’s will erect a church and school on Monroe Street this summer in the block where the church is now located. St. Rose’s academy, their current parish school, will be abandoned.

William A. Steigley dies on a train on which he was homeward bound from Florida. His death resulted from ptomaine poisoning, believed to be caused by the eating of oysters.

February 11-16

A new industry, the manufacture of stoves, is being developed by the La Porte Foundry and Furnace company. There are five sizes and about 30,000 can be turned out in a year.

The deputy commissioner of naturalization, of the department of labor, says American institutions are menaced by the presence of nearly 10,500,000 unnaturalized aliens in this country.

Seven people became ill after eating bread and biscuits made with flour from a local grocer. A mixture of lead and arsenate was found in the flour.

Skirts at Speece’s are $6.95. There are serges, wool poplins, chudah, and many novel materials.

Officers and men of the American overseas armies to the number of 299,781 have been landed at different Atlantic ports.

Bert Ormsby loses both hands in the punch press at the Kumfy Kab Co.

February 18-23

Mrs. Susie Chrobak is attacked by a man who thrusts a knife into her back as she enters her house. The fact that she wore a heavy coat is probably what saved her life.

A man fires five shots at Georges Clemenceau, French premier, in Paris. The premier was wounded, but not fatally.

The Sunday movie bill, to legalize Sunday motion picture shows after 1:30 o’clock fails to pass the senate.

Kurt Eisner, premier of Bavaria, is shot and killed in Munich. He was assassinated by an officer who was later shot by a guard and is reported to be dying.

You have the opportunity to win a 1919 Studebaker touring car valued at $1210, a Chevrolet touring car valued at $775, and other prizes for securing subscriptions to a La Porte newspaper.

In an impassioned speech in Boston, President Wilson defends the creation of the League of Nations.

February 25-28

The house in Washington votes that discharged soldiers, sailors and marines may keep their uniforms.

Charges that the militant suffragists on hunger strike in jail in Boston are being subjected to “outrageous treatment” are made by the National Women’s party.

A Hartford, Conn. woman is wearing eight gold stars for her brothers who were killed in the war. Another brother lost both arms, another an arm and leg, another an arm, and another was wounded.

The total number of deaths in the world war is 17,500,000, including 4,000,000 from pneumonia and influenza. Allied losses were 5,500,000.