100 Years Ago in June 1921

One Hundred Years Ago Today written on newspaper text background

Posted on June 4, 2021

by Mary Hedge

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

June 1-5

Many are dead in race riots in Tulsa, Okla. Frenzied bands of whites raid after the assault of a girl. The governor calls martial law to be in effect.

Speaking to the graduates of the naval academy in Annapolis, Md., President Harding expresses the hope that they never would have to fight except in defense of the American constitution.

Those interested in fishing are requested to meet at the little court room, third floor of the court house, tonight for discussion on enforcing game laws and what lakes to ask the state to stock.

A Riley day in October in La Porte schools is planned to raise a fund with which to build a state hospital for children in memory of the Hoosier poet.

It cost the proprietor of a soft drink parlor at 917 West Lincolnway $210 and a 60-day penal farm sentence to learn that La Porte is a dry town and that violators of the laws are severely dealt with.


June 7-12

After four days of raging river waters, Pueblo, Colo. is optimistic. Estimates of the death toll range from 200 to 500.

Nearly 100 warrants have been made out for the arrest of persons residing in Center township who have neglected to pay their dog tax.

The commander of the American Legion is lying in an Indianapolis undertaking room after the driver of his car was going ‘pretty fast” because the commander wanted to catch a 1 a.m. train.

A petition is put into circulation to unite the two Catholic parishes of St. Joseph’s and St. Peter’s churches in La Porte.

Thirty-nine students of the La Porte high school were awarded diplomas. There was an audience of over 500 persons.

A saw filer at Advance-Rumely from 520 Niesen street files suit against a man from 517 Niesen street for the alienation of his wife’s affections by giving her jewelry, taking her to shows, etc..


June 14-19

The fight against Sunday moving picture shows breaks out again in Portland, Ind. Seven persons are arrested including a former judge of the circuit court.

Michigan avenue from Wile street to the Kingsbury road will be paved with asphalt, similar to the north part of Michigan avenue in La Porte.

A hospital for disabled service men will open at Gulfport, Miss. It will take care of 500 cases and its personnel will number 1,000.

Like treasure hunters, postal inspectors start digging in the cellar of a suburban Chicago house in an effort to locate over $200,000 missing in the Polk street mail robbery.

A-1 little Briton babies, especially selected for their fitness, are being “exported” to America for adoption on the ground that they are not wanted in England.

Diplomas are given to the graduates of the St. Peter’s and St. Joseph’s schools in La Porte.


June 21-26

A powdered milk plant is built at Wellsboro. It will have a capacity of sixty thousand pounds of milk each eight hours.

Because of the heat, the price of watermelons rose from 75 cents to $1.25 and $1.50, depending on the size, and lemons hopped from $5 to $7 a case.

The dedication of the new library at New Carlisle will be in front of the building on the Lincoln Highway. New Carlisle is said to be the smallest town the country to secure a Carnegie lib

The bathing beach at Pine Lake in La Porte is being improved with a pier, tower, and refreshment stand.

The famous explorer Mrs. Rosita Forbes says British women are losing womanliness and are adopting the dress as well as the habits of men.

The total number of La Porte county school children is 3,645 in La Porte, 5,510 in Michigan City, and 4.952 in the townships.


June 28-30

A rolling palace equipped with a kitchenette and sleeping quarters for six persons as well as heat, light and water passes through La Porte.

Visit the Carson Corset Shop Thursday afternoon from 1 to 6 o’clock in rooms 509-510 in the First National bank building in La Porte.

President Harding selects William Howard Taft, former president of the United States, to be chief justice of the supreme court of the United States to succeed Edward Douglas White who died.


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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