100 Years Ago Today – August 1922

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Posted on August 1, 2022

by Mary Hedge


Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in August, 1922. 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.

August 1
Arsenic in fatal quantities is discovered in the crust of huckleberry pie served in a Broadway
restaurant in New York. So far two deaths and 60 illnesses have been reported.

August 2
Five thousand people are expected at the annual county Sunday school picnic at Fox park. It will
be a frolic typical of those held in by gone days.

August 3
The entire army of Ford motor company employees will be thrown out of work unless there are
new coal shipments within 14 days.

August 4
La Porte telephone officials discuss the “evil of the telephone service,” overtime conversations.
The limit at present is five minutes.

August 5
A thief or thieves enter a woman’s home on Lincolnway East using a skeleton key and get away
with jewelry valued at more than $500.

August 7
Dr. Albert Einstein, founder of the theory of relativity, has been warned that he might be the
target of attack, but he has not fled Germany as reported. Instead he has ignored the warning.

August 8
The inter-city picnic Kiwanis picnic will have races, including those for ladies and children; tug-
of-war volleyball; horseshoe pitching; everyone in the water at 5 o’clock; and an ending dance.

August 9
Severo, the crystal gazer, will answer all questions at the Lake View Casino, Michigan City.

August 10
Official La Porte went on a picnic today. Mayor Sallwasser and all of his official family motored
to Fish lake where the day was spent in fishing, eating, etc.

August 11
Harold F. McCormick, multi-millionaire farm implement manufacturer of Chicago, and Madame
Ganna Walska, beautiful Polish grand opera singer, marry in Paris this morning.

August 12
There were over 200 applicants for the position of high school principal in La Porte. In all
probability, W. G. Ludlow, instructor of mathematics in La Porte, will be appointed.

August 14
La Porte has been asked to supply five tons of old clothing for Armenians in the drive instituted
by the Near East Relief.

August 15
The coal strike in Indiana will end. Bituminous fields in six states are expected to resume
operations in a few days.

August 16
The number of women inmates in the county jail increases to 21, nearly all of whom were
arrested in the raid of the tenderloin district in the harbor city.

August 17
The 20 women who were arrested in a raid on the famous Snarltown section at Michigan City are
released from the county jail after serving a sentence of 10 days for their prostitution conviction.

August 18
Dwight F. Davis, donor of the world famous tennis cup for which nations have fought on chalked
courts, will soon act as referee at the finals matches.

August 19
Nine hundred delegates to the American Pharmeutical association declare that “whiskey is a
recognized medicinal agent” and vote down a proposal to have liquor taken from drug stores.

August 21
Louis Schumm, Sr., one of La Porte’s pioneers and first citizens, dies. He died in the home on B
street in which he had lived for more than 50 years.

August 22
Perhaps the most unusual situation existing in any township in the county exists in the Union
township high school, where there are 24 girls enrolled and only two boys.

August 23
The gates of the city will be thrown open to 8,000 visitors, residents of La Porte and neighboring
counties, who will assemble at Fox Memorial park for La Porte County Farm bureau activities.

August 24
A 19-year-old man was probably fatally wounded in a gun battle with Michigan City policemen.
The man is charged with stealing a suitcase.

August 25
The People’s Trust & Savings bank will celebrate its ten years of successful business. The
Lincolnway institution will have an open house on Saturday from 9 a. m. to 3 p. m.

August 26
Headed by an unmasked leader on horseback, 500 members of the Ku Klux Klan in full regalia
paraded through the downtown streets of Muncie, Indiana last night.

August 28
There is little hope of saving 48 miners trapped in a burning gold mine in California.

August 29
Several thousand rural students assemble at their respective schools in preparation for the
commencement of actual school work on Tuesday, September 5.

August 30
There was a big crowd at opening day of the county fair. The weather was ideal.

August 31
Over 5,000 persons pass through the main gate at the fair by noon today. It is predicted that by
nightfall 15,000 will have paid their admission to the 70th annual exhibition.

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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