LAKE COUNTY INDIANA
We have received a letter from J.H. SCOTT, dated Garden City, Kansas, November 28th, in which he expresses himself greatly pleased with that State. He says they (he and Frank FALK) will return this week to prepare for moving to Kansas for permanent location, and orders us to [advertise] offering his Aetna House, Livery and Feed Stable and Hack Line for sale at a rare bargain. [Brownstown Banner, 3 December 1855 - Submitted by BZ]
SPORTSMEN AT CROWN POINT, INDIANA
Duck Shooting and Other Matters
CROWN POINT, IND., April 6, 1876 -- This great rendezvous for shooters, sharp and otherwise, keeps pretty well filled up. The Ainsworth House, at the depot of the Pittsburg, Cincinnati, and St. Louis Railway, is their point of departure and every day brings fresh arrivals from afar. Gunners came in this morning from New York City, Maryland, and other remote parts. Ducks are very plenty. Mr. E.W. Irwin, from near Buffalo, N.Y., killed 40 yesterday afternoon in one hour. They have been shot near Crown Point every month since last autumn -- though at times they were very scarce. There are some wild geese in this vicinity. Snipe have not made their advent this spring, though in twenty-four hours, perhaps, they may be seen by the thousand. They come suddenly and in immense numbers, like grasshoppers in June, in the valley of the Missouri. The roads are drying rapidly; three or four more warm sunny days will make them good for sportsmen and everybody else. Crown Point is only two short hours ride from Chicago. It is rejoicing in the prospect of another railroad, running from Valparaiso to Joliet. This township has voted $19,000 to this road. Two churches were completed in Crown Point last year, and two stores and several fine dwelling houses put up. A German paper, the Press, has reached its fortieth number. The Register, Frank S. Bedell, editor, is in its nineteenth year, and young manhood sits upon it gracefully. [8 Apr 1876, The Inter Ocean - sub by K. T.]
Mr. L.D. Search, of Crown Point, Ind., has leased the Leland Hotel and will refit, refurnish and open out a first-class hotel. [The Iola Register (Iola, Kan.), January 30, 1880 - - sub by K.T.]
At Crown Point, Indiana, recently Mrs. Caroline Forsyth and her husband sold to Wm. W. Green, of New Jersey, an eight thousand acre tract of land situated at Sheffield, Indiana, about 14 miles from Chicago, for the snug little sum of $1,000,000, of which $300,000 was paid the very next day. Doubtless Mr. and Mrs. Forsyth thought they were doing well; and they must have been somewhat surprised when Green immediately disposed of his purchase without trouble to the East Chicago company for $3,000,000. Probably the Forsyths now wish that they had looked around a little before selling. [The Macon Telegraph and Messenger, 21 Dec 1881 - submitted by K.T.]
Hammond, IN - The biggest deal in county real estate that has been made since the bottom fell out of things here, 5 yrs ago, was closed this week, and the deeds filed for record at Crown Point yesterday. The grantor is George T. Cline, who conveyed to Theodore H. Schintz, an attorney of Chicago, 2000 acres lying about 5 miles east of this city for the consideration of $2,000,000. It is generally thought that this land was purchased by Schintz for the Chicago, Lake Shore, & Eastern Railroad, now in course of construction through the northern part of this county. The land was purchased by Cline several years ago for $3 per acre, and is now considered one of the most valuable holdings in the county. [The Indiana Journal, Feb. 22, 1896 - Submitted by BZ]
Costly Klondike Experience - A Returned Prospector Tells a Tale of Hardship and Privation
Hammond, Ind. September 24 - Frank Eidner has returned from the Alaska gold fields, where he went a year ago in search of his fortune. He did not bring any of the precious metal with him; in fact, his little experience cost him something like $1,530, in addition to what he earned along the Yukon. Eidner set out from this city a year ago with a well-filled purse. He returned with a lot of experience and tales of hardships and privations. "There is plenty of the yellow stuff up in Alaska," he said yesterday afternoon, "but the trouble is that all the claims are filed, and it takes a fat stake to go prospecting. All the yarns sent out about grub-stakers returning home with money to burn are prepared by a syndicate at Seattle. Of course, some of those who went before the great rush panned out well, because they had the pick of the country; but for a man to get up in that country with a few hundred dollars and expect to clean up enough to pay off the mortgage on his little house or farm, why, it is just that much time and labor wasted." [The Indianapolis News (Indianapolis, Ind.) 24 Sep 1898, p.2]
Famous Old Wisconsin Pitcher Discovered at Merrillville, Ind.
Madison, Wis , Feb 15 -- After being mourned as dead for 12 years, Charles McGee Williams, the famous Wisconsin University base ball pitcher, who disappeared in Chicago in 1894, has been found at Merrillville, Ind. He had been living there since July 1894 as an ordinary workman. He is married and owns his home. According to Williams' story, he suffered mental aberration when he mysteriously disappeared from a home in Chicago. "On July 6, 1894, I suddenly found myself in Hammond, Ind. I had no recollection of how I got there, and it was only by asking strangers that I found where I was and what day of the month and year it was. I began to trudge away without purpose and found myself some days later here in Merrillville." [15 Feb 1907; Wilkes-Barre Times (PA) - Submitted by K. T.]
The Lowell Tribune of July 9 (1908) states that Miss Edith Dinwiddie, our treasurer, having gone a few days before into the basement of their home, found herself surrounded by a little army of lizards, "over a hundred," the paper says. They are not specially dangerous, but, brave as she is, she called for help.
The same paper announces that on Friday night, July 3, their beautiful soldiers' monument was very shamefully treated by boys or young men, and the editor states that ever since the monument was erected it has been abused more or less. He adds, "Patience with such hoodlums should cease to be a virtue." One would be tempted to ask, Is there no patriotism or decency among the boys of Lowell? If boys do not want such a record, they should not commit such deeds. [Source: "Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K.T.]
July 23. (1908) Dr. J. A. Dinwiddie, an enterprising dentist of Lowell, is now shipping from ten to fourteen dozen squabs a week, for which he gets $3 a dozen. [Source: "Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" -Submitted by K.T.]
The Poultry and Farm Product display held at Lowell the first of January (1909) a large success. ["Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910"]
One of the very aged of the women of the county is now Mrs. Ellen Murry, of Indiana Harbor, 91 years of age. She was born in County Waterford, Ireland, is well and hearty, having "perfect hearing and eyesight"and "needs very little assistance in getting about." On March 17 she helped to celebrate St. Patrick's day. [Source: "Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K.T.]
May 28th. (1909) For several nights in the past week the comet known as Halley's has been a main object of observation. It was seen last night and the night before by citizens of Crown Point in very favorable circumstances, so soon as it was sufficiently dark. [Source: "Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K.T.]
Wolves at Cedar Lake -- One Killed in a Drive by Guests of Siegler's Hotel
Cedar Lake, Ind., Sept 4 - Some time ago a pair of prairie wolves was shipped to this county from South Dakota. They recently escaped from their cage and since that time had been hiding in the woods near the lake, and the farmers complained of the loss of chickens. Under the direction of Harry W. Overman, of Chicago, it was arranged to give a wolf hunt on Labor day. Some dogs were shipped up from Indianapolis and yesterday morning the guests of Siegler's Hotel formed 4 parties and surrounded the dense woods where the wolves had been seen several times during the past week. The following participated in the "drive": Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Overman, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Sharpe, A.G. Barber, Charles A. White, Ed Davis and E.W. Tillotson, of Chicago; Frank M. Porch, of Washington, D.C.; E.L. Brown, Miss Hattie Neighbors, Miss Myrtle May, of Indianapolis; Miss Grace Brown, Miss Pearl Nicholson, Miss Mabel Brown, Miss Gwendolyn Parry, of Crown Point. These persons, assisted by a number of small boys and "natives" formed themselves into four lines, surrounding the woods, the women and boys armed with clubs, the men with guns, and rounded the wolves up into a paten of thick bushes, where it was the intention to allow the dogs to kill them.
The yelling and shooting of guns caused the wolves to break through the lines, made weak by the efforts of one of the young women to climb a tree, and they succeeded in getting out. One of them was shot and killed by Mr. Overman. The dead wolf was on exhibition at the station during the larger part of the day. Later in the evening the skin was removed and taken to Crown Point at the request of the county clerk, who telephoned that a reward would be paid for it. The villagers and guests of the hotel are excited by the idea of another drive, with the hope of capturing the wolf which escaped. [The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Ind.) 05 Sep 1901, p. 2]