100 years ago in July

03 Jul 100 years ago in July

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


July 1-6

The earthquake that rocked north central Italy is continuing its disturbances. The dead in Florence is now said to number 300. Many ancient, historic edifices were destroyed in Milan.

Divorces are quite in vogue. One woman was given custody of three minor children, $10 per month for their support and $15 attorney’s fees because of cruel treatment, vile language, etc.

Sweeping down upon Toledo by every means of modern transportation, thousands of boxing enthusiasts are coming for the Jess Willard and Jack Dempsey championship event.

It is estimated that 15,000 strangers celebrated Independence Day in Michigan City yesterday. Amusement was furnished by band concerts, military parades, fire works, and a street carnival.

The transport George Washington bringing President Wilson back from France will dock tomorrow. The battleship Pennsylvania carrying the Vice President, etc. will meet it.


July 8-13

A delegation of about 30 north side citizens appear before the city council to demand a sidewalk on Weller avenue between Glenwood street and Pine Lake avenue.

Thirty or more La Porte county boys will arrive in New York on July 17 from France.

Plans are made for either a new playhouse on Lincolnway or remodeling the Madison theatre into a ground floor house.

The Our Pleasure club met at the home of Mrs. Charles Glassman. Pedro was played at three tables and prizes were won. The club will have a picnic at Bluffside in two weeks.

Nearly 2000 employees of the Advance-Rumely family will go to Silver lake, Interlaken, for their annual outing. Today the office force of Samuel Fox’s Sons went to Michigan City.

La Porte receives its first shipment of goods via air. Clothing for Low Brothers got to Warnecke field from Chicago in a record time of 50 minutes. Then thousands of people watched air stunts.


July 15-20

Henry Richter falls from a stepladder while picking cherries and dies. The milk deliverer notices the body.

Air flying is quite in vogue in this city. Nine La Porteans went air sight seeing with Aviator Hollingworth yesterday.

Unique in name and novel in furnishings will be the Optometry apartments to be erected on Indiana avenue just south of the Baptist church parsonage. Plans are drawn by George W. Allen.

Henry N. Rainsberger, manager of the Lincolnway Variety store, will signalize his 12th year of business by enlarging the building which he owns with his brother Homer Rainsberger, attorney.

A long train of motor trucks rumbles through La Porte on the premier test of the Lincoln Highway from Washington, D.C. on July 7 to San Franciso on September 1.

Haskell & Barker Car Co. shuts down its plant in Michigan City pending adjustment of labor difficulties. About 3,000 men are affected.


July 22-27

Authorities begin a probe of Chicago’s weirdest tragedy, when a dirigible balloon hurtled through the Illinois Trust & Savings bank, killing 11, injuring 28, and making a house of horror.

La Porte people who desire homes built for them can now apply at the La Porte Chamber of Commerce, the headquarters of the La Porte Housing corporation.

The Elks purchase the library building on Maple avenue and will occupy it when the new library is ready. The library has put in a request for an extension of time to erect their new structure.

A new trial was refused for the four bandits who murdered a Gary bank cashier and were condemned to the electric chair. Chicago attorney Clarence Darrow was used as a bugbear.

Two cases within 10 days claim inmates of Brightside, Julia E. Work’s “training school” in Plymouth, were starved. Food seems to be the main mode of punishment for children there.

A woman who locked herself in her kitchen with gas blowing deadly fumes is revived by a doctor who used resuscitating treatment. Her hand, clinched by a stroke, relaxed with the gas.


July 29-31

Part of a calf’s leg will be grafted into the leg bone of a girl injured in the school bus tragedy on April 18 near Kingsbury.

Approximately five thousand dollars will be expended in providing entertainment on Labor Day for the boys who fought in the World War.

Julia E. Work faces court investigation as to the conduct of her orphanage. The history of years ago when La Porte was the location of the institution is recalled. Sensational charges are made.