100 Years Ago in July 1921

One Hundred Years Ago Today written on newspaper text background

Posted on July 2, 2021

by Mary Hedge

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in July, 2021. 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.


July 1-10

There is a likelihood that Interlakin school at Silver Lake, near Rolling Prairie, will be utilized by the Federal Board of Vocational Education for the training of disabled soldiers of the world war.

Jack Dempsey and Georges Carpentier battle for the biggest purse ever hung up in the annals of pugilism. Dempsey wins.

Pine lake claims its first victim of the year. A Missouri man went down at Bluffside beach near Pine Lake Inn and all efforts of physicians rushed to the scene were futile.

South Bend firemen get the surprise of their life when they find a fire had been caused by over-heating of a kerosene burner under four stills. Police are looking for the occupants of the house.

The second drowning of the season occurs, this time at Bass lake. An Illinois girl loses her life when she blindly rushes to the deep water and disappears.

Get real baby beef, no old cows, and genuine spring lamb at the Chicago Cash Meat Market. It’s just as well to eat the best because it costs no more.

A policeman who left his star at the station on June 2 disappeared and has not been seen or heard from since. Nobody is more puzzled than the chief of police and his co-workers on the force.

A former married La Portean was arrested in Chicago in company with a divorced woman. His name was learned by tracing the number of the car in which the couple were love-making.


July 12-17

Postmaster-General Hays rules that all postoffice buildings shall have signs saying “Postoffice” and the name of the city so that the stranger in town can tell at a glance where to buy stamps, etc.

The Chautauqua hotel at Pine lake, built in 1911, will be auctioned. It never proved to be financially successful. It was used as overflow for the Pine Lake Inn until two years ago.

Stanley hotel at Lincoln Way and Monroe streets opens for business. It was the Richter hotel and prior to that it was known as the Teegarden. Its dining room will open in 30 days.

Herbert Hoover, secretary of commerce, places most of the blame for present business depression upon forces set to motion by the post war boom.

Claude Freeman, who was killed by an interurban car yesterday near Waterford, had been mourned as dead by his family and fellow workers for more than four years.

Physicians predict that La Porte is facing a pandemic of infantile paralysis. Lawrence Kessler and Elmer Garwood are stricken and both of their legs are affected.


July 19-24

Ten convicts are missing from the western penitentiary in Pittsburgh following the riot of over 1,000 prisoners and the destruction of several prison buildings by fire.

Over 200 Japanese melon pickers were deported from California last night and 200 more who were arriving for work were turned back on the highways.

A woman from the Butterick Publishing Co. will give a free demonstration and lecture at McLane-Simon-Foltz Co. and show how to make perfect fitting garments and save on materials.

Mystery ships which have been reported off the Atlantic seaboard recently are undoubtedly part of a “whiskey fleet” according to government officials.

Two boys, aged 9 and 10, admit to stealing from Lower hardware, Pusch’s grocery, and the Woolworth 5 and 10 cent sore and rifling clothes of bathers at the Pine lake beach.

A trial concerns eight former members of the Chicago White Sox accused of “throwing” the 1919 world’s series to Cincinnati.


July 26-31

When the one million dollar convent of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ at Donaldson, Ind., is ready for dedication it will be a structure almost wholly erected by La Porte contractors.

Queen Alexandra, despite her 76 years, joins in sports at a London hospital bazaar.

Dr. Stone, president of Purdue university, loses his life in the wilds of a Canadian mountain trap. He was with his wife who may recover but will never recover from her mental torture.

There were contests, races, ball games, dancing, and a band concert at the grocers’, butchers’ and bakers’ and business girls’ picnic at Fox park yesterday.

The Pageant of Progress, the greatest exhibition in Chicago since the world’s affair more than 25 years ago, opens. Visitors from all parts of the country are expected.

The German Red Cross heeds Russia’s cry for help. A number of German doctors in a ship loaded with medical supplies for the cholera plague are heading to Petrograd.


Mary Hedge

Mary Hedge

Mary is a Public Services Librarian. She enjoys helping people find the information they need, including family and local history searches. Also, she serves as the director of READ La Porte County, Inc., plays the organ for a church, and enjoys traveling.
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