100 Years Ago in September, 1918

01 Sep 100 Years Ago in September, 1918

September 3-8

The Germans are in retreat, amidst scenes of great confusion, opposite the Third British army to the south of the Somme where the English and Canadians smashed the Hindenburg switch line.

A terrific bomb explosion in the federal building in Chicago shortly after 2 o’clock this afternoon kills six and injures a score of others.

A bevy of pretty girls from the “K. M. J.” club will assist Director Klocksiem with community sing night tonight. With the city band, they will add volume to the patriotic music.

That La Porte will only have one telegraph office in the near future looms today as one of the probabilities following the taking over by the government of the telegraph lines of the country.

The sessions of the La Porte schools were resumed today. High school enrollment is near the 300 period. Sessions also resumed at St. Rose’s academy and St. Joseph’s parochial school.

September 10-15

The call for selective service men to fill the registrations for October and November will fall upon the men between the ages of 32 and 36 years who will register on Thursday.

The La Porte Baseball association is in the throes of dissolution because of insolvency. Advance-Rumely is to erect a mammoth warehouse on the ground where talent formerly cavorted.

There is a gold star on the service flag for another fallen boy. Rhen Hilkert, 28, New Durham Township soldier, was killed in action. He has two brothers in the service.

Two men transporting 28 gallons of whiskey, sour wine, and a half barrel of beer to thirsty denizens of South Bend, despite the fact that Indiana is supposed to be dry territory, are in jail.

Seventy villages and 210 square miles have been captured by the Americans between the Meuse and Moselle rivers. Thirteen thousand three hundred prisoners have been counted.

The all-prevailing sentiment in the capital of the United States is that the war will be won; not lost by negotiation.

September 17-22

By order of the president, the War Mothers are requested to meet tonight at 7:30 sharp at the Y. M. C. A. on necessary business.

La Porteans, 19 to 36 years old, began receiving the new draft questionnaires today. The first draft from these men will be called to military duty before the end of October.

A police officer in civilian clothes takes two men from a stalled car to New Carlisle. When they get back to the car, the officer finds 50 gallons of whiskey in the car. The men are now in jail.

Former La Portean “Ole Doc” (David H.) Reeder joins the cast of the “Quackeries of 1918.” It was the “doctor’s” works on “sex” which chiefly interested the state board men in Chicago.

A prisoner in the county jail is awaiting trial one day next week for failure to provide for his family. It is possible that the differences between him and his family may be reconciled first.

The British capture 25,000 Turkish prisoners and 260 guns in Palestine.

September 24-29

St. Peter’s Catholic congregation, through its building association, votes to invest $10,000 in the Fourth Liberty Loan bonds.

Frank Wolf was murdered by a bullet at the La Porte Country Club last night. He was the father of Earl Wolf, steward and professional at the club.

Although the epidemic of Spanish influenza which has been raging at Great Lakes, Fort Sheridan and North Shore Chicago suburbs is said to be on the wane, yesterday’s Great Lakes toll was 77.

Another La Porte boy has made the supreme sacrifice. John E. Hunt dies from illness after having been wounded in action.

Champ Clark, speaker of the house, and Claude Kitchin, majority leader, are among the victims of Spanish influenza reported in Washington today.

La Porte proudly goes over the top with $1,060,000 worth of bonds. This is a splendid response of patriotic citizenship.