100 Years Ago in January, 1919

02 Jan 100 Years Ago in January, 1919

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

January 2-12

A 23-year-old auto thief tarried in La Porte while his stolen car, a 1918 Dodge, was in a garage for three days. The telegraphic “advices” that the thief might be in La Porte came after he left.

Three La Porte boys arrived at Fort Harrison from overseas. One has influenza; one has shell shock, influenza, pneumonia and rheumatism; and one has a wounded left knee.

One of the first La Porte boys to return home from the war was struck by shrapnel in the battle of Verdun and lost his left arm as a result.

The house appropriation committee discusses feeding starving Europe outside of Germany. It agrees to furnish food stuffs to her allies after June 30.

There is growing demand that a pubic funeral be held for Colonel Theodore Roosevelt who died at Sagamore Hill, New York, yesterday.

Col. Roosevelt is buried with impressive simplicity. The pomp and splendor which the world is wont to offer to the memory of this eminent man was not evidenced.

The Indiana state legislature endorses woman suffrage. It passes a resolution calling upon the U. S. senate to pass the Susan B. Anthony amendment to the federal constitution.

Berlin is threatened with famine. As a result of the stoppage of railroad traffic since Saturday, no food has been received into the city in several days.

Three local men are given a charter for $100,000 for a tractor plant known as the Pony Tractor company.

The civil war which has been raging in Berlin comes to an end.

January 14-19

A household of seven in La Porte has a narrow escape from death. They were poisoned by a substance placed in a sack of four thought to be arsenic intended by Germans for our troops.

Thirty persons are killed and 50 injured when a huge molasses tank explodes in Boston.

John Barleycorn is dead. On January 16, 1920, the constitutional amendment making the nation dry will go into effect, having been ratified by 36 states with Nebraska’s ratification today.

Reinhart Keller files suit in superior court against Grace Keller for divorce, charging that the defendant committed adultery with various men here and in Chicago.

The world’s greatest peace conference opens in Paris. Twenty-five nations that have broken with Germany are represented.

A La Porte woman receives word that her son was killed in a motorcycle accident on the eve of his departure for home on December 31 after surviving eight long months of war.

January 21-31

Max Fish’s little story about a holdup is given a death blow. The blood found in the road was not that of a human. This is the second time Max Fish has told a tale of this sort to the police.

An automobile is wrecked when a train strikes it near Rolling Prairie. Sixty gallons of whiskey purchased in Chicago for consumption in South Bend were spilled. The offenders are in custody.

A Michigan City man brains his wife with a hammer as she lay in bed and then hangs himself in his barn. He was despondent over their ill-health.

Steven’s Basket Store will have 24 ½ pounds of Gold Medal Flour for $1.35, specially priced on Saturday only.

The defendant in divorce proceedings makes the startling allegation that his mother in law uses mental telepathy to control his wife’s actions.

Hundreds of letters are received today from overseas in the La Porte post office. Many parents receive from three to six letters from their boys in France.

The house immigration committee commits to prohibition of immigration to the U. S. for the next four years. The purpose is to prevent a rush of immigration from war-devastated countries.

On special Thursday at the Star Cash Grocery are 12 pounds of fine red onions for 20 cents and five bars of Swift’s Pride soap for 25 cents.

Fifty ladies representing food, home economics, and other organizations vote for an organization that will do activities over the county to keep the world safe for democracy by food conservation.

The allies consent to advance Belgium two billion dollars to hasten reconstruction.