One Hundred Years Ago Today

One Hundred Years Ago Today

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Herald in November 1920. 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...
History of Telephone Workers, Part 6

History of Telephone Workers, Part 6

In 1920, there were 178,000 operators.  The number of operators reached its peak in the late 1940s when there were over 350,000 operators and 98% of them were women.  Because of increasing automation, in 1960 there were 250,000 operators who served both local and...
One Hundred Years Ago Today

Local History

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Herald in October, 1920. 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...
An Early La Porte County Suffragist

An Early La Porte County Suffragist

Naomi Bowman Talbert Anderson is a name you may not remember. However, she was a La Porte County native who was involved with woman’s suffrage, activism, and Prohibition.   She was an African American who was born in Michigan City in 1843 to Elijah and Guilley...
History of Telephone Workers, Part 6

History of Telephone Workers, Part 5

The first automated telephone switching system was developed by Almon Strowger, an undertaker in Kansas City, Missouri.  According to lore, an operator was directing calls to her husband, a competing undertaker.  The system was first used in La Porte, Indiana, in...
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