100 Years Ago in June 1919

01 Jun 100 Years Ago in June 1919

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in June, 1919. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news were 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.

June 1-8

The first drowning tragedy of the year occurs. Earl Russell Burg, 11, finds a watery grave in Pine Lake. A pulmotor was used in a heroic effort to resuscitate the lake’s victim.

Government agencies are at work trailing the bomb men, the perpetrators of the greatest terrorist plot in the history of the nation.

Wilson B. Parker of Indianapolis is engaged as the architect for the new Carnegie library building. It will have twice the book space available in the present building.

Sergeant Alvin C. York, credited with being the war’s greatest hero, is going to marry the 17-year-old girl he left behind. York killed 25 Germans single handed and captured 132 more.

A Michigan City man, who went to Saginaw, Mich. where he was shot while walking with another man’s better half, may die.

The Y. M. C. A. will place two trunk line telephones in the building with connections on every floor. There are now some 40 men rooming in the building.

There are 15 new names on the scroll of the Maccabee dead in the last year, an unusually large number.

June 10-15

The La Porte Battery company, located on Michigan Avenue between Lincolnway and State street, is a new industry in La Porte. The owners can repair any automotive electrical system.

The first general strike of telegraph operators in the United States since 1907 began at 7 a. m. today. Both Western Union and postal companies are involved.

Coal prices in La Porte will take a jump. The product of the mines is costing more while freight rates are advancing. The biggest jump will be the Pocahontas lump.

That the house building movement is the most vitally important problem La Porte has ever attempted to solve is the consensus of opinion expressed by businessmen at the courthouse.

One hundred and forty-three years ago today the Stars and Stripes was born. Today the nation celebrates the advent of its emblem, a signal of justice to all who are oppressed upon the earth.

United States troops take possession of the Mexican city of Juarez. The border situation is strictly a military affair and will be left entirely to the war department.

June 17-22

That the North Side will have a school building is understood, but it will not be ready this fall. It will have four or five classrooms and a foundation that will permit adding another story or two.

An 18-year-old woman is in jail here for stealing $10,000 worth of jewels from a Detroit society woman. She was aided by a La Porte boy who broke jail here and eluded arrest until last night.

A car stolen from the yard of the Great Western Manufacturing Co. is found near the Lindahl farm south of Pinola. Police say daylight stealing of cars in La Porte is rather an innovation.

The LaCrosse Land company files dissolution papers because all of the several thousand acres of land it owned have been sold.

Four graduates of the parish of St. Joseph’s receive diplomas on Commencement Day.

Fergus Falls, Minn. lies in ruins after a tornado strikes it. The death list is at 300-400. Relief trains are on the way.

June 24-29

A woman receives a divorce. A short time after her marriage, her husband enlisted in the army without her consent. The divorce complaint says the man is a deserter.

A Willys Knight seven-passenger car stolen in Chicago is recovered near Westville. Two young men, driving the machine in demonic fashion, collided with the abutment of a railroad bridge.

The improved highway program will include the building of what will be known as Liberty Way beginning at Logansport and extending through Knox, Tracy, and La Porte to Michigan City.

The city’s new organization, a rifle club with a military aspect, is launched.

The world war is officially at an end with the signing of the treaty of peace today.

La Porte gets a new industry. The McFarland-Hyde Co. of Chicago buys the Planett factory building in the east part of the city. The company puts out a variety of steel products.