100 Years Ago in March, 1918

01 Mar 100 Years Ago in March, 1918

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in March,1918. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines.

March 1-10

A Lacrosse man ends his life by blowing off the top of his head. He has a son in the U. S. Army in France and was expected to take possession of a farm south of the village today.

The South Bend mayor orders that meat markets, bakeries, fruit stands and other food agencies close on Sundays to conserve man power which may be needed in other lines.

Food Director Hoover orders a temporary suspension of meatless meals because of increased meat production and the need to save wheat because allies have increased demands for bread.

The state food administration will consider an increase in the price of bread that will be uniform throughout the entire state.

After a nine-hour chase near Hartford City, two cousins attempting to steal a team of horses are dead. They agreed to end their own lives rather than submit to capture.

The embargoes of the allies and the German submarine blockade have brought Denmark to the actual verge of starvation.

Lows Clothing Store invites young men to a first peep at the new spring suit models. See the Sheridan, the West Point and the Recruit. Tan is one of the leading colors.

The Interlaken 5 are eliminated by Plymouth 37-9. The Silver Lake Boys were not able to stop short passes and accurate shooting.

La Porte had a narrow escape from a cyclone. The roof of the Sommerfield home, 1108 Michigan avenue, was lifted in one great sheet and hurled against a tree.

March 12-17

C. E. Wolfe has cyclone insurance. The rates are very low. You should take no chances. Phone 354 for rates.

Twenty-eight men are accepted for military service by the board conducting examinations in the First National bank building. Only one man was rejected due to the fact that he had but one arm.

President Wilson has a narrow escape from being run down by a moving van in Washington. He was crossing Fifteenth street just ahead of three secret service men.

The end of the seven hour day in the executive departments of the government in Washington is in prospect because the house passes an amendment providing for an 8-hour day.

The daylight saving law, urged for adoption in La Porte in 1916, but defeated in the councilmanic body, is expected to save millions of dollars in the U.S. in fuel and artificial light.

The German advance along the Black sea in southern Ukrainia continues. Immense stores of grain, shipyards, and a naval station are believed to have fallen into the Germans’ hands.

March 19-24

Over 300 persons assemble in Wanatah, one of the largest audiences to assemble there, to hear LaPortean Hon. Finley P. Mount summon the citizenship of Cass township to national service.

In a talk to boys on joining the Boys’ Working reserve, a man says “What did YOU do?” will be the question to stay-at-homes when men who went to the front come marching home.

A former county commissioner is killed in his big Paige car by a train east of Rolling Prairie. The theory is that he speeded up his machine at the crossing instead of applying brakes.

Next week in La Porte will be Patriotic Merchants’ week. The use of signs and slogans is urged and the inventive window trimmer should do his bit in the furtherance of food production plans.

The second performance of the Giggling Bros. And Cells circus at the Y.M.C.A. went through with a whoop. There was not a dull moment.

German airplanes fire on Paris every quarter of the hour since 8 a.m. Ten are dead and about 15 wounded.

March 26-31

A new organization is formed to aid the state to oppose the liquor law that goes into effect on April 2 and keep the county dry.

The U.S. government will seize wheat wherever it is withheld from the market on the ground that this is giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

A La Porte woman is found in the cistern at her home place. She leaves a note written in German saying, “Emil, take care of everything. Goodbye to all.”

In a senate vote of 35 to 32, a vote passes on an amendment giving boys aged 19 and 21 six months of military training before they are subject to service when they pass the age of 21.

The entire army in training in the United States will be transported to France without delay.

The United States is about to build a super-gun that will exceed that the Germans are using to bombard Paris. It is to shoot from105 miles.