100 Years Ago in March 1921

One Hundred Years Ago Today written on newspaper text background

Posted on March 15, 2021

by Mary Hedge

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in March, 1921. 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.


March 1-6

Westvillians were royally entertained by the La Porte Telephone Co. Everybody went. The hall was filled to capacity, while a hundred or more were unable to gain admission.

The three story brick building, 611 Michigan avenue, is sold to the occupants of the shoe repairing establishment on the first floor.

The national capital is the mecca of thousands of sightseers who are unwilling to believe that the inauguration of President-elect Harding will not be a spectacle.

Mindful of his great responsibilities for the next four years and expressing a prayer for divine guidance, Warren Gammaliel Harding, of Ohio, becomes the 28th president of the United States.

Thirty new automobiles, Haynes, Studebakers, Dorts, Elgins, Willys-Knights, Marmons, Franklins, etc. will be at the first annual automobile and tractor show in La Porte’s Wolf building.

A man from the Warsaw addition to La Porte pleads not guilty to the charge of stealing seven Belgian hares. He states he has no funds for an attorney, so the court appoints an attorney.


March 8-13

More than 150 daddies and their lads attend the “Pal” banquet in the Presbyterian church. There was a talk on “If My Girl Were a Boy” and pork roast that simply melted on one’s tongue.

The country’s flour supply is running low and the output of flour mills is 25 per cent less than it was a year ago. People are consuming more and grain gamblers have created an erratic market.

The son of the conductor who was killed in the Porter train wreck 10 days ago and never knew his father who divorced his first wife 40 years ago, becomes the sole heir to the estate.

The J. C. Penney Co. has 312 stores, the largest chain of department stores in the United States.

Springfield, Ohio is quiet again. Race feeling has been high there since the assault of an 11-year-old white girl on Monday.

Extra body guards are provided for Premier Lloyd George as part of the new precautions of Scotland Yard against violence in London and elsewhere in England.


March 15-20

Hog prices drop at the Chicago stockyards when many packers quit the market and the demand falls off sharply.

Peterson-Droege-Blankschein’s has added Handcraft collars to their already immense showing of soft collar styles.

La Porte’s new playhouse, corner of Indiana avenue and Lincolnway, has been christened “The Central.” It will be a vaudeville, picture and road show house.

More than a thousand people packed into La Porte’s auto show last night, a condition that is seldom seen in an automobile show.

The mayor of Boston wanted to see how the hobo is treated, so he disguises himself in battered and faded apparel, spends the night at a lodge and chops wood to pay for his lodging.


March 22-31

The Harding cabinet meets for over two hours to consider foreign relations. It was the first time the cabinet has considered foreign affairs to any great extent.

Nearly three score persons have been killed in Ireland in the past 72 hours. The death list is mounting more rapidly than at any other time since fighting became severe.

Two moonshine stills with about three hundred gallons of mash are discovered in the Dunes a few miles west of Michigan City.

An unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Premier Giolitte of Italy is made. Te premier was on his way from Rome when a bomb was exploded.

New phone deliveries will be made first to the La Porte business and then the residential districts. If rural subscribers want a copy they may obtain one at the phone company’s office.

In one of the boldest robberies ever attempted in La Porte, thieves enter St. Paul’s Episcopal and St. Paul’s Evangelical churches on Easter and get away with members’ cash, papers, and cloaks.

Plague conditions in China are worse. There were 90 deaths in Harban on March 26. Plague conditions in the far east are of concern because of the volume of shipping to the Pacific coast.

Lows’ Clothing store extends thanks for wonderful patronage during the Spring and Easter seasons. Customers came from La Porte and the county and every city within 40 miles.

Newspaper and magazine departments of interest to women, the first course of the kind to be given in any school of journalism, has been introduced at the University of Wisconsin.


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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