100 Years Ago in March, 1916

02 Mar 100 Years Ago in March, 1916

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in March, 1916. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines.

March 1-5
Unless the citizens object to its use, oil will be used this year on Pine Lake avenue and A, Second, and Monroe streets.
There are reports that Germany is about to declare war on Portugal.
Boys of the northern Indiana Young Men’s Christian association flock to La Porte for a conference.
A beautiful Jeffrey sedan from the Petering garage collided with a street car at Madison and Washington streets.
A British steamship was sunk. All members of her crew were saved.

March 7-12
The style show and parade will not be held this year, but dry goods, millinery, shoe and clothing stores will have their openings of spring styles anyway.
One of the worst blizzards of the winter arrived in La Porte today.
Five hundred Villa bandits invade a New Mexico town, kill civilians, and leave a part of the town in flames.
Thirty citizens assemble to begin planning a Fourth of July celebration.
Fox street may be opened southward to Kingsbury avenue this summer if plans are put through.
German losses in the fighting around Fort Vaux surpass all previous records in this war, according to officers who have returned from Verdun.

March 14-19
La Porte county folks in California will have a La Porte picnic.
Vacant houses in the city are so scarce that indications are there will be a house famine greater than La Porte has ever known before.
La Porte will have its first Baby days next Monday and Tuesday. There will be interesting talks and other matters of interest.
Two operators in the exchange of the La Porte Telephone Company at Westville are made seriously ill by escaping gas.
A decree calls into service all youths in Austria and Hungary who are 18 years old who are fit for military duty.
The weekly washing at 113 Patton street was interrupted by firemen who extinguished a blaze on the summer kitchen roof. After that the washing proceeded.

March 21-26
The city will buy a sweeper for the streets so filth and disease germs may be removed and the wind may not play tricks as accustomed all spring.
One of the worst blizzards that has struck La Porte for several years raged here this morning for about three hours.
A petition is presented to vacate the “village” of Laketon, which has never had anything in its borders at the southeastern part of the city but grain and grass.
The La Porte Vanity hat shop, third floor of the First National Bank building, has a shipment of new spring hats.
A generous Irish man was a little too generous. He and four chums were confined in the jail after a loud party in his room.
Five allied boats were sunk by German submarines in the last 24 hours.

March 28-31
Eight or nine thousand dollars will be spent on improvements to the fairgrounds.
Get seven large rolls of fine toilet paper for 25 cents at Boserman, Reinhart & Fickel.
An attempt has been made to kill the work of the chamber of commerce in providing a paved roadway from the center of the city leading to the factories of East La Porte.
The finest roasted coffee sold in sanitary cans is 33 cents per pound.