Echoes of the Past

10 Years Ago

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 – Greg Stinson is elected President of the Porter Town Council and Elka Nelson the vice-president. The other members are William Cantrell, Rob Pomeroy, and Jeanine Virtue…A memorial monument honoring members of United Steelworkers Local 6787 who died on the job at the Burns Harbor mill has been placed at the union hall.

15 Years Ago

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007 – The Chesterton Tribune reported 336 deaths in 2006… CHS Music Department will host a “Big Band Bash” under the direction of Michael Scheiber. . . CHS gymnastics team beats LaPorte in the season opener. Kelley Freeman wins all-around. . . Porter County Council elects Dan Whitten president and William Carmichael vice-president and retains David Hollenbeck as attorney.

25 Years Ago

Thursday, Jan. 2, 1997 – Control of Porter County’s Memorial Opera House is officially turned over to the Porter County Convention, Recreation, and Visitor Commission. . . A countywide crackdown on drunk driving nets only two OWIs during the New Year’s holiday. . . Duneland School Corporation is working to establish a five-member committee to determine the “common construction wage” in Porter County.

50 Years Ago

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 1971 – Everette Witte was elected president of the Chesterton Town Board when it took office yesterday. George Marquardt was named Street Commissioner, after the board accepted with regret a letter of resignation from Charles Lorenz, who had held that post for more than 20 years. Meanwhile, Carl Edmond was elected president of the Police Commission and Don Lowery president of the Park Board. James Piper was reappointed Police Chief and Robert Waskom Park Superintendent. . . A fire yesterday in the kitchen waste container caused an estimated $300 damage in the Leonard Roberts home, 615 S. 20th St. The fire was discovered by Thomas Beck of the Chesterton Utilities, who was working in the basement of the home. Beck is also a member of the Volunteer Fire Department. The fire was confined to the kitchen. . . A car stolen from the Portage High School parking lot was recovered with a 15-year-old girl behind the wheel yesterday. The girl was spotted driving from the Howard Johnson parking lot. She was released to her parents. . . Boi Kidney Fund canisters placed in businesses and pretty well filled by now should be taken to the Chesterton State Bank. The fund’s goal is $15,000 for the first year and about $3,500 a year to maintain the kidney machine treatment that is life and death to Mrs. Margaret Boi… VOICE OF THE PEOPLE: We are now watching the Chinese and the Russians fight and argue at the U.N. This reminds me of two friendly dogs that have caught a rabbit. The dogs will snarl and snap at each other when it comes to eating the rabbit, but the rabbit is the loser either way. And in this case, we’re the rabbit. Warren Boo… The Chesterton Tribune reported 183 deaths last year of local persons or persons well-known here, noticeably less than the 213 of last year. There were also fewer deaths from accidents or other non-natural causes: 15 in 1971 compared to 31 the previous year. Twelve males died in the category “non-natural,” including one battle death in Vietnam, Mark R. Taylor. Three females are in that category. . . The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced its lineup for the 1972 high school basketball tournament and it showed the continued effect of school mergers and changing ideas. Locally the sectional held in Goldsborough Gym will have only six teams. Besides CHS, Valparaiso, Portage, Morgan Township, Washington Township, and Wheeler will play here. . . Tonight’s TV Highlights: “Man is My Name,” NBC. Hour documentary about the first-look reactions of primitive tribesmen in Indonesian New Guinea to such products of Western civilization as cameras, canned foods, and transistor radios. . . The Viet Cong ambushed an American patrol on Monday, killing one GI, and then shot down four helicopters sent there on a rescue mission, the U.S. Command disclosed today. The command also disclosed that the American ambulance helicopters were carrying machine guns along with their red cross markings and said they had been doing so for 10 years to protect patients on board.

75 Years Ago

Thursday, Jan. 9, 1947 – ON BROADWAY WITH MAN ABOUT TOWN: This week’s orchid goes to Charlie Lorenz and his helpers in the Street Department for their excellent job in clearing off the snow. And even the alleys were plowed! Now that the ground is covered with snow, though, feed is a problem for these winter birds and many of them will starve unless housewives and conservationists keep them supplied. So ladies, shake out your breadcrumbs or scatter grain on a bare spot or a board for our feathered friends during these snowy days. . . Kenneth Rucker, former lessee with John Logan of Pine Tap, was able to open up his new Chesterton Liquor Store for three days of business in the Linderman building on South Calumet Road. Mr. Rucker handles a varied stock and has a cozy place which Ed McPhearson fixed up out of what was formerly the office for the various enterprises that have at one time or another operated in what used to be known as the Old Livery Stable. A red brick front has been added and the interior freshly painted in green and red… Postal earnings for 1946 in the local post office are the largest yet, Chesterton Postmaster Frank Gavagan is reporting. Total receipts amount to $27,575.64, coming from the sale of stamps and second- and third-class matter. The best quarter was the last of the year, with $12,869.92 in December… Deaths by violence in Porter County showed a decrease in 1946, with 52 inquests being held compared to 63 in the previous year. Of the cases investigated by Coroner Hallard Flynn, 33 came under the classification of accidents. Thirteen of these were persons killed on highways and nine at railroad crossings. The north end of the county, which in past years furnished most of the railroad tragedies, is now the safest spot. Of the nine railing killings, Valparaiso provided four, Kouts three, and Hebron two. . . The Duneland Swingsters made a happy evening even happier at the CHS New Year’s Eve dance sponsored by the high school PTA. Seems as though the weary couples straggled in around 9 p.m. and retreated about 1 a.m. Decorations radiated from a hoop that hovered over the middle of the gym. Said hoop came down at 12 midnight. Noisemakers and horns were distributed and put to proper use. Dancers tripped the light fantastic on crumpled crepe paper and literally tripped occasionally on remnants of what had been gorgeous balloons.

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