100 Years Ago in May 1918

01 May 100 Years Ago in May 1918

Look at these sections from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in May, 1918. 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.

May 1-5

News from Flanders says the allies dealt staggering blows to the Germans along the front southwest of Ypres and the shattered German lines have not been able to renew the engagement.

Seventy-two sons of La Porte, graduates of the high school, are in service in the armies and other branches of the military activities of the United States. A flag with 72 stars will be at the school.

German news sources report the German people are quickly losing hope of winning on the western front and that they are deeply depressed by their severe losses.

British losses in the offensive now raging on the western front have been almost a quarter of a million men.

Mrs. Potter Palmer, one of the most prominent and wealthiest women in the United States, dies at her winter home in Sarasota Fla. She was also a leading figure in the social life of Chicago.

May 7-12

Revolutionary tendencies are cropping out in Austria-Hungary and measures have been taken to stop them.

The Austrian government issues an order for the mustering into service of their entire reserves between ages 18 and 53. All exemptions are revoked.

America will have a million men in France by July 1.

State quotas in the second draft of 800,000 men are announced. Indiana is to furnish over twenty thousand.

There is a scheme for raising the level of Pine lake to conserve and increase the present supply of water.

A Polish army is now on the western front fighting with the allies. Poles in the United States who are not naturalized American citizens are being enlisted in the Polish army.

May 14-20

Big orders have been coming to the Bastian-Morley Co. since it came to La Porte last winter. Six car loads of heaters are going to the Pacific coast.

Admiral Royal R. Ingersoll, who is lending valuable aid to the war powers at Washington and who has been in La Porte for several days of rest, will speak at the Madison theater on Friday.

Mrs. Marie Ten Broeck is likely to accompany Captain Ten Broeck, a former La Porte physician, when he departs for France and appear in entertainments for the American boys in camps.

The Germans are setting traps outside their trenches consisting of wires connected up with bombs of a new type which explode when soldiers on patrol stumble into the wires.

June fifth has been set for the registration of all young men who have attained the age of 21 since the last registration day.

The Red Cross drive starts off today. La Porte’s quota is double what it was last year.

May 21-26

At the luncheon for Red Cross workers, a French soldier says France loves America and her affection will never pass away.

Ninety thousand American soldiers were taken to France during the first ten days of May.

Oliver E. Bosserman, a pioneer and old-time business man, dies. His parents came to the county in 1832, the year of the Black Hawk war, and his father was a founder of Salem Chapel church.

A third Michigan City boy has given up his life, killed in action “somewhere in France.” in the great world struggle,

Ten more La Porte boys take farewell of the old home town this morning and tonight will be inducted into the nation’s fighting forces.

Did you see the crowd of straw hat buyers at Lows’ Clothing store? That’s where the biggest and best straw hat stock ever seen in La Porte is, and there’s no difference in price from last year.

May 28-31

Farmers are meeting at the Rumely hotel to launch a campaign for silos in the county. Ten thousand silos are to be built in Indiana as a food conservation measure.

The county council of defense is called upon to co-operate with school officials to establish a night school in La Porte for training conscripted men as radio and buzzer operators.

German night attacks fail and the allies maintain their positions.

The Ove Gnatt Co. in La Porte, which makes artificial flowers and decorative material, a field in which there are not many competitors, has a product of growing demand.