Author: Mary Hedge

01 Dec 100 Years Ago In December, 1918

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in December, 1918. 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...

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01 Nov 100 Years Ago In November 1918

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in November, 1918. 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...

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04 Oct 100 Years Ago in October, 1918

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in October, 1918. 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...

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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...

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29 Aug Become a Volunteer Tutor

If you love to read and find it hard to imagine life without being able to read, maybe you’d like to become a volunteer tutor to help someone else to read better or increase other literacy skills. READ La Porte County, Inc., a United Way...

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21 Aug 100 Years Ago in August 1918

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in August 1918. 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...

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01 Jul 100 Years Ago in July, 1918

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in July, 1918. 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...

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24 Jun Historical Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Have you ever wondered what your house or another building looked like originally? You may be able to find some clues by searching the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps. This is a valuable tool for genealogists, local historians, architects, and anyone who wants to learn about...

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01 Jun 100 Years Ago In June 1918

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in June, 2018. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. Want to read the entire article? It’s on microfilm in the...

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01 May 100 Years Ago in May 1918

Look at these sections from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in May, 1918. 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...

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10 Apr 100 Years Ago in April 1918

April 2-7 Sorrow looms at a La Porte home where the dead body of a soldier boy, a son, will soon be brought. The mother was on her way to the hospital at Fort Snelling, Minn. where her son succumbed to scarlet fever. Girls employed in the...

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26 Mar Automatic Renewal

Did you know that eligible library item you’ve checked out is now automatically renewed? You no longer have to call or come into the library or do it yourself through our website. It’s like magic! If you have items you haven’t returned, they automatically renew...

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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...

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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...

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11 Feb Family History Mysteries

There are mysteries in almost everyone’s family tree. Here’s an especially interesting and difficult one that a man from another state told me about at a social event. He said he didn’t know who his paternal grandfather is. That’s a close relation in family trees!...

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01 Dec 100 Years Ago in December, 2017

December 1-9 The Germans captured 4,000 British soldiers on Friday. La Porte “grocerymen” receive word that their business will be governed under the food administration of Herbert Hoover. President Wilson re-states that the U. S. intends to win the war and must at once declare war on Austria-Hungary...

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13 Nov Your History Through DNA

Genealogist Alan Zeller led a class on DNA recently at the Main Library. Here are some points which were discussed. For genealogical purposes, DNA tests help people discover their ethnic origins and find new relatives. Several companies do the testing. To help decide which company to...

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01 Nov 100 Years Ago in November, 2017

November 1-4 The U. S. extends to Great Britain a credit of $435,000,000, the largest loan yet made by this country to any of its allies. There is nothing to the dispatches saying that Russia has quit the war. Germany’s potato and sugar crops are larger than those...

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10 Oct Family and House Research Classes

Three classes on family and house histories are scheduled in the near future at the Main Library. Everyone is welcome to come at no charge and reservations are not taken. 1. Local Lore: How to Research the History of Your House Find out the basics for doing...

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01 Oct 100 Years Ago in October, 1917

October 2-7 More than 600 saloons in New York have refused to renew their licenses. One hundred fifty more men will be examined to give service to the country before the close of this week. Count von Bernstorff, the German ambassador, spent the enormous total of $27,000,000 in...

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15 Sep Ancestry Database Research

If you like using our Ancestry Library Edition database, do you check Recently Added/Updated Collections? The link is located at the bottom of Ancestry’s homepage under Quick Links. Many collections are added or updated every week and sometimes daily. Each listing is noted as Updated...

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10 Sep Have you visited the Indiana Room?

La Porte County Public Library’s Indiana Room Did you miss a tour of the Indiana Room at La Porte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Ave.? Here are some important points in case you did or if you want a refresher. Also, the library has made some...

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01 Sep 100 Years Ago in September, 1917

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in September, 1917. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. September 1-9 The City and Carnival bands march down town, closing the county...

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01 Aug Grandparent’s Day Essay Contest

It’s time for the library’s third annual Grandparent’s Day Essay Contest co-sponsored by Brentwood at La Porte! All 2nd through 8th graders are invited to write an essay about a grandparent. The library will judge them and select a winner in each category, 2nd-3rd graders,...

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01 Aug 100 Years Ago in August, 2017

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in August, 2017. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. August 1-5 1917 Two hundred and twelve deaths due to the heat wave have...

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18 Jul Have You Hit A Brick Wall?

I finally found something in an official document indicating that my great grandmother Lina Johnson, who according to family lore was traded for a horse when she was a baby, was associated with the family she was said to live with. Under our Genealogy Services,...

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01 Jul 100 Years Ago in July, 1917

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in July, 2017. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. July 1-8 Kreidler Clothing has all the good things to wear for the...

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19 Jun Water Is Good for You!

There’s been a lot of publicity lately about how much water we should drink everyday and why. But what if you (or your kids) just don’t like the taste of water or think it’s boring? The best idea seems to be to add flavorings to plain...

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04 Jun An Encounter With a Famous Person

Several people have reported encounters with famous people since my last news article. Here is one from my former English as a Second Language student. One day she was sitting at an outdoor cafe in Chicago with her new husband. Suddenly her husband stood up and...

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01 Jun 100 Years Ago

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in June, 2017. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. June 1-6 President Wilson issues the statement that all persons attempting to evade...

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24 May A Stroll Along the Avenues

Join us for a historic house walk at 6:00pm on Tuesday, June 6 starting in the Indiana Room of the Main Library. We’ll use the “Stroll Along the Avenues” brochures, look at the outsides of houses on Indiana and Michigan Avenues, and learn a little...

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30 Apr 100 Years Ago

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in May, 2017. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. May 1-6 Actual war censorship goes into effect. Under order by President Wilson,...

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03 Apr 100 Years Ago

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in April, 1917. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. April 1-8 One hundred and sixty-seven lives were lost when a Red Cross...

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01 Mar 100 Years Ago in March, 1917

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in March, 1917. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. March 1-4 Four more ships, one Norwegian, one French, and two British, have...

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15 Feb Are You Neanderthal?

If you are of European or Asian descent, most likely you are partly Neanderthal! When my brother had his DNA tested and called to tell me he had forgotten to tell me he’s 4% Neanderthal, I could hardly keep from laughing because of the image I...

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01 Feb 100 Years Ago in February, 1917

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in February, 1917.  Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. February 1-4 Orders have been sent to the Panama canal authorities to guard...

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02 Jan Talk to a Lawyer Day

The Annual Talk to a Lawyer Day will again be held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is on Monday, January 16 this year. However, this year it will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church at 102 G Street in La Porte, at the...

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01 Jan 100 Years Ago in January, 2017

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in August, 1916. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. January 2-7 The Swedish Lutherans vote to hold English services in the La...

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21 Dec 30 Million Words

Did you know that children who hear 30 million words by age four are more likely to have better vocabularies, read better, do better in school, and get higher test scores than those who have heard fewer words? Parents can easily help build their children’s...

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01 Dec 100 Years Ago in December, 1916

December 1-10 Six city churches had union Thanksgiving services at First Baptist Church yesterday. A woman asks for the tidy sum of $5,000 from the owner of her apartment on the northeast corner of Michigan and Lincoln Way because she fractured an ankle and was otherwise injured...

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01 Nov 100 Years Ago in November, 1916

November 1-5 Pranks of harmless nature were practiced last night. Windows were soaped and wagons were hitched on the rear of automobiles with celebrators in costume and noise that could be heard for blocks. Fort Vaux on the Verdun front has been evacuated by the Germans after...

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01 Oct 100 Years Ago in October, 1916

October 1-8 A trained nurse residing on the second floor of the Dick building, 1002 Lincoln Way, was robbed of $15 cash by a sneak thief while she was across the hall visiting. She had left her door ajar. La Porte boy dies at Fort Bliss, Texas....

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22 Sep Grandparents Day Essay Contest

Our library cooperated with Brentwood of La Porte on the second annual Grandparents Day Essay Contest for school-aged students. The three winners read their essays at a reception hosted by Brentwood of La Porte on September 11, Grandparents Day and the beginning of Assisted Living...

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01 Sep 100 Years Ago in September, 1916

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in September, 1916. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. September 1-10 Greek King Constantine abdicates and his son, George, is appointed to...

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01 Aug 100 Years Ago in August, 1916

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in August, 1916. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. August 1-6 A Chicago physician performed a successful operation on a seven-year-old girl...

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08 Jul Free Tutoring

Did you know that application forms for free tutoring for all ages can be picked up at all of our locations? If you or someone you know needs any kind of help with upgrading skills in reading, math, speaking English, grammar, spelling, or digital literacy,...

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01 Jul 100 Years Ago in July, 1916

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in July, 1916. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. July 1-9 St. Peter’s Catholic church’s building committee decides to erect a new...

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13 Jun Cruise Night in La Porte

Cruise Night in La Porte on Saturday, June 11 was an immensely popular event attended by people in the 446 cars which participated and many more who lined Lincolnway to view them. The rain that had been predicted earlier stayed away and breezes prevailed, making...

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01 Jun 100 Years Ago in June, 1916

June 1-4 Thirty-two young people will receive diplomas of the La Porte High school on Thursday evening, June 14. The British lose ten ships in a Naval battle. Seven boys received diplomas at commencement exercises of the Interlaken school yesterday afternoon and evening. The Disciples of Christ church, which...

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03 May 100 Years Ago in May, 1916

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in May, 1916. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. May 2-7 Russian and Oliver Twist wash suits for ages 2-8 at Kreidler’s...

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01 Apr 100 Years Ago in April, 2016

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in April, 1916. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. April 1-7 Producers divert over one million quarts of milk from the Chicago...

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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...

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23 Feb Potatoes!

I give talks in the community to groups that request them and to groups at library outreach visits at local group residencies. One of the most popular ones recently has been on potatoes. I was first asked to do this for a group of women's...

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09 Feb 100 Years Ago in February

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in February, 1916, the centennial year of the state of Indiana.  Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different.  Yet accidents, crimes, business, and war still make headlines. Feb. 1-7 A missing British...

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15 Jan One Hundred Years Ago in Mid-January

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus from mid-January, 1916. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, finances, business, and war still make headlines. January 11 Kreidler's clothing store will have an elevator soon which will take...

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08 Jan 100 Years Ago in January

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus from January, 1916. Terminology and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, finances, and war still make headlines. January 2 Three are killed when two cars crash head-on in fog on the Gary...

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