100 Years Ago in October

02 Oct 100 Years Ago in October

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in October 1919. 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 1-5

After a half-century of baseball famine, the Cincinnati Reds crown their National league season in the opening game of the 1919 world series, winning 9-1 over the White Sox.

Without exaggeration, the statement can be made that La Porte requires five hundred more houses to accommodate the factory men who are coming here and who are here now.

After two losses, the White Sox take the third World Series game from the Reds, winning 3-0.

The health of President Wilson is returning, although he is disappointed that he must keep to his bed and do no work.

Kessler’s furniture store is celebrating its 13th anniversary in the home furnishing business in La Porte.

 

October 7-12

The chamber of commerce plans to prepare a petition to the post office department asking that La Porte county be given motor truck mail service.

The sugar famine is near an end. Kramer wholesale grocery house receives word that 150 barrels of sugar left Detroit today and one carload left New York for La Porte.

The Reds win the World Series today by walloping three White Sox pitchers.

Miss Olga Anderson, who has been conducting a millinery shop at 810 Michigan avenue, has moved to 803 Madison street. She has patterns and untrimmed hats.

The American Red Cross introduces a multitude of recreations suited to the handicaps of men in hospitals. A moving picture machine throws pictures on walls while men don’t stir from cots.

Emmet Scott receives a deadly looking affair in the mail. He takes it to Postmaster Terry. It was found to be a real grenade, but the charge had been taken out of it.

 

October 14-19

Having the Advance-Rumely dealers’ school held in this city depends upon the co-operation of citizens who can spare 200 rooms for men in January and February.

A bill that no aliens shall reside in the United States for more than five years without learning the English language is introduced in the Senate by Senator McKeller of Tennessee.

La Porte had a notable visitor yesterday. It was Eamon De Valera, president of the Irish republic, who stopped here after speaking in Valparaiso and South Bend.

Over 500 federal soldiers sent to Gary when radicals staged a monster parade and threatened to “drag non-striking workers” from the plants were removed. Less than 800 soldiers are on duty.

The 25 families of the Swedish Baptist church desire a church home more conveniently located for their members. The former school building they occupy is on G street between 3rd and 4th st.

Charged with bastardy, Arthur Smutzer goes to jail because he was unable to furnish a bond.

 

October 21-26

There is little hope for the recovery of Herman Oberreich who was stricken with apoplexy in the lobby of the Hotel Rumely. He founded the La Porte Chamber of Commerce many years ago.

Chamber of commerce members who do not advertise their business at the luncheon tomorrow will receive heavy fines. Each must provide a novel way of advertising their business.

Dr. J. M. Siegel has installed a new X-ray machine specially designed for dental work pertaining to the teeth and jaws in the Savings Bank Building, Rooms 304-5-6.

Lows’ Clothing Store has ladies hose in the newest shades in the famous Hole-proof make. Hole-proof silk gloves are also available.

The Harrison Street M. E. church will be used for school rooms. The auditorium will be transformed into rooms to be temporarily used for the lower grades of Central school.

A few days ago it was typhoid fever. Today it is smallpox. Neither has abated and the probabilities are that both diseases are on the increase here.

 

October 28-31

Carl Hyland, 11, dies of diphtheria. His mother died last winter of influenza. He had been ill but a short time.

Mayor Sallwasser announces that Dr. Edward Rumely has delivered to the city the deed for four lots in the Fairview addition at the north end of Rockwood street for park purposes.

Brent Raymond rushes for 223 yards in the Slicers’ 24-21 victory over South Bend Riley. La Porte will play Portage for the Sectional 2 championship.

New Carlisle has a so-called miracle man in its midst. A stranger drops into town and astonishes the natives by drawing ills from the bodies of people who are disease afflicted.

  1. E. Chapman, who conducts a cleaning establishment on Jefferson Avenue, between Indiana and Michigan, will soon operate an addition at the corner of California and State streets.