100 Years Ago in October, 1918

04 Oct 100 Years Ago in October, 1918

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

October 1-6

Austria-Hungary will probably surrender by Christmas if the allies continue their progress on the western front.

That the Spanish influenza has invaded the precincts of La Porte is the statement of a city physician. The cases are extremely mild.

Turkey surrenders unconditionally to the allies.

Worry causes a Michigan City restaurant owner to end his life. He got into trouble when he was charged with bringing liquor into Michigan City from Chicago in violation of the law.

Six persons are dead from the Spanish flu in the last ten hours in Walkerton.

The entire sample line of the La Porte Woolen Mills will be on sale for the next three days at less than cost of manufacture. One of the most important items is the beautiful line of silks.

October 8-13

Schools will reopen tomorrow per permission granted by the state health officer, but persons with coughs and colds must remain away from schools, churches and places of amusement.

Henry Backus, 28, who had been in the service of his country since last July, dies in a Pittsburgh hospital. He was the first to die of the musicians who went from La Porte to render service.

There are widespread rumors that the German kaiser has abdicated.

The American troop movement overseas has passed the 1,900,000 mark.

The Yankees get a taste of German cooking northwest of Verdun. Four German cooks with a rolling kitchen came into the American lines. The Americans forced them to prepare breakfast.

Turkey asks President Wilson to restore peace between it and the allies.

October 15-20

La Porte dispatches fourteen of its sons to war, not to the battlefields of France, but to be trained in mechanics that they may render service should they be sent overseas.

Earl Price is the first soldier boy of Hanna to pass away. He was working in La Porte at the time of his enlistment.

Secretary of State Lansing says, “The war is not over. This is no time to slacken effort or to fail to do our part here at home.”

A man of this city, if report be true, and the evidence appears convincing, is guilty of bigamy. The first claimant upon his affections lives at Lawrenceburg, Ind.

Allied troops enter Eecloo and have trapped six thousand Germans between there and the Holland border.

Emperor Karl proclaims Hungary an independent state. Karl is king of Hungary and emperor of Austria.

October 22-31

The French make excellent progress in a new attack launched on the Flanders front.

Orval R. Bunton, 22, is dead, making his sacrifice as a soldier in France. His parents are deceased. His sister lives at Fish Trap lake and a brother is in the hospital.

Soldier boy Corporal Chester Kiff of Park street succumbs to pneumonia. He is mourned by his parents and four brothers and four sisters.

A thirteen-year-old girl is brought to Holy Family Hospital with burns resulting from the explosion of a kerosene lamp. Her condition is critical and the result may be fatal.

The allies reclaim 400 square miles of Belgian and French territory in one week.

Influenza is still epidemic. Yesterday’s report revealed 22 new cases in the county. There were 24 the day before.

The English press says, “The Austrian surrender is the beginning of the end of Germany. If Germany decides upon a war of defense, the allies can invade the country from Austria.”

We have 20,000 Austrian prisoners.

There are ten new cases of influenza in La Porte and 12 in Michigan City and the country districts today.