One Hundred Years Ago Today

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Posted on November 9, 2020

by Mary Hedge

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


November 2-7

Heavy voting is being polled all over the United States. The weather is unfavorable in many states, but interest is at fever heat.

The Harding-Coolidge ticket carries every state north of the Mason-Dixon line and every state west of the Mississippi river except four and possibly two on the Mexican border.

William Jennings Bryan says President Wilson should resign at once, Vice President Marshall should appoint Harding as secretary of state, and then resign himself.

Edmund Wolf sleeps today in a flower-covered grave in Pine Lake cemetery. Sweet memories will linger of the boy to whom life was radiant with promise when the death angel came.

The Willys-Overland automobile plant in Toledo, normally employing 15,000, shuts down today for inventory and will remain closed indefinitely. Is this due to the Republican landslide?

Samuel Rzeszewski, the nine year old Polish chess prodigy, arrives in this country. Abroad he played 14 experts at one time and defeated them all. He learned to play chess at age three.


November 9-14

Divorce is granted to the Duchess of Marlborough, formerly Miss Counselo Vanderbilt of New York. The duke was charged with infidelity after registering as Charles Spencer at a Paris hotel.

Armistice Day will be observed with a parade on Lincoln Say and followed by other events in keeping with the occasion.

Two years ago this morning the glad song of peace broke through the lips of men and women of America. The world was at peace. The Armistice had been signed.

Jean and George De Wolfe, grandchildren of Mrs. Warren G. Harding, will be seen frequently at the White House.

Rumors that President Wilson is a sicker man than the public has been led to believe are denied.

The Lennie Hoover soft drink parlor on Monroe street has been sold. The new owner could not be found today, but it is understood that he will take possession at once.


November 16-21

Ownership of $1,300 in gold found buried on a farm near Greensboro six months ago by a 15 year old boy is settled. The judge decided that “finders are keepers.”

An impersonator will appear on the Rumely club course. His characterizations have swayed many an audience from laughter to tears.

Signboards telling the advantages of La Porte as a residence and business place along the railroad tracks entering into La Porte were suggested at the chamber of commerce lunch.

The closing gridiron games of the Big Ten season will be played. Iowa is to play the Iowa Agricultural college at Ames and Indiana and Purdue, ancient rivals, will clash at Lafayette.

Seventy thousand gridiron followers invade the home of Yale to witness the battle with Harvard.

Thanksgiving Day dinner will be served at the Rumely from 12 to 2 and 6 to 8. $1.50 per plate. Make your reservations early.


November 23-30

Though Mr. Turk is bringing fifty cents per pound, the bird will grace many tables, though the death rate of chickens, ducks and geese will be much higher—they not costing as much.

Alexander Smith Cochran, who was known as America’s richest bachelor, has married Mme. Ganna Walska, a Polish singer, in Paris.

Go to the “basket ball” game tonight when the Orange and Black stacks up in the first home game of the season with the Red and White warriors of Plymouth.

Thirty six cases of whiskey, conservatively valued at $3,600, which was being taken from Toledo to South Bend in two automobiles, was seized by three government revenue agents near Goshen.

A Union Mills pastor is killed by a train near his house. A physician who had just crossed the railroad gives the opinion that the train did not have its headlight in operation.

All officials in the municipal government of Yoncalia, Oregon are women. The mayor-elect says, “At worst we can’t do worse than the men have done.”


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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