One Hundred Years Ago Today

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Posted on September 1, 2020

by Mary Hedge

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Herald in September, 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.


September 1-4

Both men and women who expect to vote in November must register on September 4th. If you move to another precinct you can register again on October 4th.

Public schools of La Porte will resume work for the year on Tuesday morning, September 7. Everything is in readiness, the teaching corps is complete and the buildings are sanitary.

The contract was completed today whereby the Wolfe building at Michigan Avenue and State street goes to the Advance-Rumely Company for their school, club, and other purposes.

Something is the matter. There hasn’t been a single arrest at the Fair. And all those new officers, too! Business is simply rotten. Not a pickpocket has been detected; not a gambler apprehended.


September 7-12

Seven violent deaths terminate the holiday. Trains kill 2 men and a woman, a boy dies after rescuing a drowning playmate, a tree falls on a man, lightning strikes a man, and a man drowns.

Two grocery stores will probably be opened in La Porte by the Co-operative Society of America. Local members of the society will be secured. Similar area stores are under construction.

Sixty merchants, from the hardware store through the department store, will have Dollar Day items in their shop windows.

The total voter voter registration for the county is 6059 men and 3601 women. It should approach or surpass twenty thousand by the time of the second registration of October 4.

Men’s classes from the Methodist, Presbyterian, and Baptist churches will meet at the old Harrison street M. E. church on Sunday morning for a lecture and music.

The business men will challenge the farmers at a hummer of a ball game at the Fox Park diamond at a picnic. Farmers, 2,000 of which received invitations, will let their plowing slide.


September 14-19

The Connecticut legislature ratifies the woman suffrage amendment to the U.S. constitution, making the state the 37th to do so and removing all doubt as to the validity of the amendment.

Wellsboro is to have a new mill for the purpose of dehydrating milk, taking the water out of it and keeping the powder which is in demand where the liquid milk is unlikely to keep.

Mabel Boardman, former head of the Red Cross, now holds the highest office probably ever held by a woman in this country. She is one of the commissioners for the District of Columbia.

The Federal government’s detective force says the explosion in the New York financial district was the result of a bomb plot. Military Intelligence says, “What we expected has happened.”

If you have fruit jars in your cellar gathering dust, notify your grocer. The supply is exhausted and women can’t find enough glassware for their fruit ready for the cans.

A Michigan City man has been making booze just a little bit at a time with potatoes, raisins, yeast and oranges and a dye of some sort to give it the color of “aged in the barrel” whiskey.


September 21-26

The body of Lieut. Hamon Gray, probably La Porte’s greatest hero of the World War, will be brought here. He gave his life while leading a charge in the Chateau Thierry offensive.

Automobile manufacturers are silent after Henry Ford’s announcement of the return of his automobile prices to the pre-war period. Larger dealers think a price decrease will come soon.

Franklin automobile prices will be reduced from 17 to 21 per cent. Wages at the plant will not be affected, but an effort to secure lower priced raw materials will be made.

Garbage carts will be operated by La Porte soon. The plan calls for a little added tax of a dollar a year which will probably create a slight howl.

The entire front of Kale’s garage will undergo change, making a show room for the display of all models of the Buick cars.

A boy falls 20 feet from a tree while reaching buckeyes with his twin brother and dies at Holy Family Hospital. He leaves his father and mother, three sisters, and six brothers.


September 28-30

The women of the nation expect the next president to give them representation in his cabinet. They don’t want some petty and baby job such as chief of the Education Bureau or child welfare.

  1. H. Low, prominent merchant, isn’t feeling very well today. He lost a cherished $700 diamond monogrammed gold watch fob. A liberal reward is offered for the return of the jewelry.

The Illinois Association of the New Jerusalem will hold its 79th Annual Session at the New Church, corner of Indiana and Maple avenues, from October 1-3.


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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