100 Years Ago in July, 1918

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 Indiana Room at the Main Library! Come see us at the library and we will happily assist you with finding the articles.

July 2-7

The Hoosier State Automobile association will discuss proposed legislation, including enactment of a road maintenance department, auto theft legislation, and removal of obnoxious road sign

A farmer who made his hay with the assistance of three men sent by the chamber of commerce says, “The supplying of labor to help in the harvest fields…is one of splendid service.”

The St. John’s Lutheran congregation features its annual picnic with a magnificent patriotic demonstration. St. Paul’s Evangelical Church will have a special patriotic service on Sunday.

A pleasure steam boat sinks at Peoria, Ill. Fifty-one bodies have been recovered. The estimated death toll is 150.

A Dewey township man will face the realities of war sooner than anticipated. He averred he was the support of a wife and four children under the age of five, but he deserted them.

July 9-14

Dr. Edward A. Rumely, former official of the M. Rumely Company and promoter of the 32 million dollar tractor concern, was arrested in New York City on the charge of perjury.

There were 103 casualties in the U. S. forces today. Twenty-one were killed in action, 15 died from wounds, 4 died from disease, 45 were wounded severely, 12 were missing in action, etc.

Italian troops co-operating with the French in the Albanian offensive capture four towns and 1300 Austro-Hungarian prisoners.

Secretary Oakes of the local draft board has a list of 52 men who will leave La Porte on a special train on July 23 for Camp Taylor, Ky.

In the year ending July first, the British destroyed 2,150 enemy airplanes on the western front. They lost 1,186 machines.

A boy robs the drawer of the “postoffice” building at Alida, this county, and is brought to the county jail.

July 16-21

That strange situations develop during war times was brought to light in an unusual occurrence in La Porte last night. A stranger trailed Attorney Weir after they left the train.

Lieut. Quentin Roosevelt, the youngest son of former President Roosevelt, was killed while flying over the battle lines near Chateau Thierry.. He was the victim of a German air squadron.

America has fed the world this year with 3,011,100,000 pounds of meats and fats and 840,800,000 bushels of cereals. This is an increase over the preceding year.

Secretary of War Newton D. Baker rules that the national pastime of “base ball” is non-essential and players must either go to work or enter service.

The manager of the La Porte Electric Co. states he is expecting word to again put in force “lightless nights.” Street lighting will be reduced to that necessary for public safety.

Members of the La Porte Hiking club and others interested will take a moonlight hike around Pine lake. A picnic supper will be served. Attendees should leave for the lake on the 6:42 car.

July 23-31

Due to the disloyalty charges made against Dr. Edward A. Rumely, this city will change the name of Rumely avenue to Custer avenue.

After an all night sea battle between a squadron of German submarines and the Justicia, one of the biggest liners afloat, the Justicia was sunk off the north coast of Ireland.

Corporal William Louis Hubner is the first La Porte boy killed in action in France. A boy carried the message to his home, 112 Kingsbury avenue. He was a hero by nature and a soldier by choice.

More men will leave La Porte and the county in the draft call for August than July. Consequently enlistment in any branch of the United States service is prohibited.

A Michigan City “saloonkeeper” is given a jail term for bootlegging. He will spend some of these torrid days in the county jail.

French mothers mourn the U. S. dead. Yankee victims of the Huns are revered by the French who love America.

Lieut. Hamon Gray, infantry, makes the supreme sacrifice. He dies from wounds received in action. His brother died on Oct. 21, 1916, on the Mexican border while in the U. S. service.

A Lincoln Way business man will go to Paris in the spirit of sacrifice essential to winning the war. He will work for the Y.M.C.A., possibly as a supply truck driver or physical director.