Local History

One Hundred Years Ago Today written on newspaper text background

Posted on October 6, 2020

by Mary Hedge

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 microfilm in the Indiana Room at the Main Library. Staff will be glad to help you access it.


October 1-3

La Porte is face to face with a shortage of coal, especially soft coal. Some dealers have none at all and are accepting orders from regular customers only.

The Parent-Teachers’ Association will discuss the question of religious training in the schools at its first meeting of the school year and wishes to hear both sides of the question.

An automobile going 40 miles an hour on the wrong side of the road with an intoxicated driver and 6 others in a similar condition results in a head on collision on Waverly Beach road.


October 5-10

Approximately 25 Civil War veterans from all over the state are expected to attend a 22nd annual reunion here at the court house with supper served by the Woman’s Relief Corps.

The uncompleted steamer Bismarck, which would have been the world’s largest vessel, has been burned at Hamburg, Germany. No explanation is given for the cause of the fire.

The U.S. population is 105,783,108, an increase of 14 9/10 percent.

Seizure of breweries making near beer which is said to be too nearly like real beer is being considered by federal officials.

The world series game will be posted on the newspaper’s window on Saturday and Sunday, play by play, because the paper goes to press at noon on Saturday and is not published on Sunday.

Cleveland beats Brooklyn 1-0 in the sixth World Series game. The score was made in the sixth inning.


October 12-17

The Cleveland Indians win the world title with a 3-0 score over Brooklyn.

King Alexander, of Greece, who contracted blood poisoning from the bite of a pet monkey, is worse today and it is feared that he cannot recover.

Roy Kober, professional at the La Porte Country club, breaks the course record when he shoots a 70, two under par. The previous record for the course, 72, has stood for many years.

The Princess Theatre buys Moore & Richter lumber yard on Lincoln Way and a residence at Detroit street and Lincoln Way to erect a theatre with a capacity of 1350 on the main floor.

William McAdoo, former Secretary of the Treasury and Director of Railroads, speaks to over 2,000 voters at the Madison Theater. Hundreds were unable to get within sound of his voice.

Rev. G. G. Bratzel is called to be the pastor of St. Paul’s Evangelical church. His present charge had only 50 members, but through his efforts the congregation now numbers over 300 members.


October 19-24

Lincoln Way business men object to unsightly hitching posts and protest keeping the old posts along the main street of the city.

Six were killed and 25 injured, four probably fatally, when a locomotive plows through a Pullman within 100 yards of the New York Central depot.

Modern language teachers in Indiana favor resumption of the teaching of German in high schools. The fact that actual hostilities have stopped was advanced as sufficient reason.

Schools of instruction for La Porte voters will be held at various places. This is important because any small error will cause a ballot to be thrown out.

A 41-year-old farmer near Hanna ends his earthly worries by throwing himself under a fast Pennsylvania train. Family troubles are said to have furnished the motive for the tragic deed.

A note left by the Hanna man who committed suicide intended for his father is destroyed by fire by his sisters who read it first.


October 26-31

The old, old story is told again in a near tragedy at Walkerton. A man poured kerosene on live coals, with the result that the can exploded and covered the man with oil. He may recover.

People win a town lot, a suit of clothes, sugar, and flour and the annual carnival of the Moose.

The 20% discount at Lows Clothing Store is the biggest thing happening in La Porte today.

Voters who heard the speech of villification of Senator Watson the other night should hear Senator Robinson of Arkansas tonight at the Madison theatre.

Senator Robinson spoke to a monster audience at the Madison Theater and pleaded for the League of Nations.

The Democratic ticket includes Governor James M. Cox of Ohio for President, Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York for Vice-President, and Carleton B. McCulloch for governor.


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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