HISTORY OF LAKE COUNTY
Reports of the Historical Secretary of the
Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake County, Indiana.
From 1906 to 1910
Printed in accordance with the vote of the Association, August 25, 1909
Crown Point, 1910 J. J. Wheeler, Printer
Transcribed by Susan Geist
Officers of the Association
President - Sam B. Woods
Vice President - John M. Hack
Recording Secretary - Mrs. H. Groman
Curator - Mrs. Jessie Pattee
Treasurer - Miss Edith Dinwiddie
Historical Secretary - T. H. Ball
Those who are not familiar with our Reports, commencing in this form with 1885, may think that too much space is given to the death record. When the annual reports were first read the necrology was considered one of the important particulars, and received, at the time of the reading, special attention. There were few, seven names only, to be recorded at first, but in later years the pioneers have passed away more rapidly, until now only a few are left. It is no more than justice and courtesy to preserve a record of their names, and a few other names are mingled with them.
A few years ago it seemed desirable to notice the marriages of the children of pioneers. That list is now of some length. But every record of events, of marriages, or of deaths, is likely, in future years, to be of interest, perhaps of value to some one.
For special objects there records are made.
HISTORICAL SECRETARY'S REPORT FOR 1906.
Once more we meet on our own anniversary day, the last Wednesday in August, and once more, and very fully, the events of the past year call for gratitude, large and sincere, from all true hearts, to the Giver of all good gifts, and a humble, hearty recognition of the wonderful providential rule of the Lord of the universe. Many of us meet in health and in prosperity once again; but there are also some who come no more.
There is but one perfect record of human events. In figurative language the Recording Angel keeps that. But records as imperfect as are ours, and of a very small number of people, recalling to mind events already almost forgotten in the rush of the present, ought to have an interest for those interested in our yearly advancement. I know Longfellow wrote, "Let the dead past bury its dead," but that dead past may be very closely connected with this living present. That its lessons are valuable every student of history knows.
Of the many events making up the history of another year, some appear on this record. All could not be recorded. A selection of necessity had to be made.
An eclipse of the sun at sunrise was seen by several early risers at Crown Point on Wednesday, August 30, 1905, the day on which we should have met had not the county fair been held at that time.
The fair had a large attendance. Among visitors then in the county were Consul Winslow and wife and Captain Almon Foster.
SOME SOCIAL EVENTS
The Dinwiddie Clan met at Plum Grove September 2. About one hundred and forty present. The reunion was at O. Dinwiddie's. The lawn was beautifully arranged. It was decorated on two sides by "flags of all nations," so called, twenty-two in number.
THE PATTEN FAMILY REUNION.
A long table was set on the lawn of Mr. Joseph Patten in Crown Point. Four brothers were present and one sister, Mrs. Colby, and children and grandchildren were also present, numbering in all forty-one. The four brothers and the sister were each between 70 and 81 years of age.
THE DICKINSON FAMILY REUNION.
The members of this family group met this year at the Fair ground. There were present of the Dickinson families forty-five men, women and children and eight guests. They took their dinner in Floral Hall, which formed for them a very commodious and beautiful dining place, some occupying the center and some the outside of the circular tables, reminding one of the dining arrangements in Bible times when the guests reclined at the tables. The business meeting was held in the grand stand, where they had plenty of room. The air was very still in the afternoon, the surface of the lake without a ripple, and the reflection of the trees on the further side of the lake made in the water a very beautiful picture. The members of the families lingered amid the quiet beauty of the lake and the oak trees, the twenty young people enjoying their sports, until the evening shades began to draw near. The full membership of this group of families is about 75. Crown Point is not for them a central place of meeting, as the homes of most of them are near Lowell.
The three large family gatherings that have now been named were exceedingly pleasant occasions all, and at each one the Historical Secretary and his wife were guests, a privilege they highly enjoyed. Artists Vilmer and Lynch took views of the Dinwiddie Clan and Artist Hayward of the Patton Group.
Early in September occurred an automobile accident, perhaps the first in the county resulting in death. Asa Bullock, Esq., a lawyer of Hobart, was passing in a buggy to attend court at Crown Point and not far from Merrillville met one of those vehicles which so many yet dread. His horse was frightened, his buggy was overturned, he was thrown into a roadside ditch, a limb was broken, other injuries inflicted, and he died. Many are deprived of the use, or at least of the comfortable use of the improved roads of the county, because of these headlong rushing machines called automobiles. It is a matter of observation, and can be recorded without hesitation, that some who use them pay very little regard to the rights of others. Seven of these automobiles are now owned in Crown Point.
A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.
September 14, 1905, was the 79th birthday of one of the noble women, of whom Lake County has many, Mrs. Albert Kilborn. A surprise party was planned and successfully carried out. It included a feast prepared by the ladies, presents and speeches.
On Monday, September 25, robins were still staying with us.
On the T. J. Wood place were raised with summer of 1905, 1,500 ducks.
At a cheese factory established at Woodvale, or Deep River, which commenced business April 17, 1905, where excellent cheese is made, in a single day in the summer of 1905 were taken in 5,200 pounds of milk.
In Ross township eleven schools in session in October 1905.
In Winfield township seven schools.
These two townships may be considered about the largest and the least in the county.
In the fall of 1905 the school girls of Crown Point, large and small, probably in others parts of the county, took up the custom of going without hats. Bare-headed each day they went to their school rooms for some weeks, but soon they learned, healthy and strong as they looked, with their bright, "laughing eyes," that over their heads were no tropical skies, for on Thursday, November 2, 1905, when in the afternoon a shower of sleet came down, every head of brown hair was covered. The bare-headed fashion will probably not return till spring comes.
On Friday, October 20, was completed the last of the stone walk around the public square of Crown Point in front of the business houses. This last part was real stone laid in front of Mr. Paul Raasch's business place. The rest of this stone sidewalk is all, or nearly all, concrete. Except some brick paving across the walk, where wagons are to pass, one can now go the entire circuit of the square on stone. One can drive around the square now on brick pavement and walk around the inner square of the court house on stone, real stone; something that Solon Robinson and Judge Clark did not foresee when they proposed to leave for the coming years as open square on which in their day men and boys were accustomed to take athletic exercise, playing, not the modern, but the old style baseball.
A SOLDIERS' REUNION.
The Twentieth Regiment of Indiana Infantry, those who "were left of them," held a reunion at Crown Point Wednesday and Thursday, October 4 and 5, 1905. Wednesday evening they had public exercises of different kinds at Music Hall. There were reported present twenty-five of that noted Twentieth Regiment.
At 6:35 in the morning of Friday, Oct. 27, 1905, Frank E. Cooper, superintendent of the schools of Lake county, passed from the duties of his office, passed from the relations of life and the scenes of earth, passed into the world invisible to mortal eyes. He had long warning that his years on earth would probably not be many, as some count years.
He was born in Lake county April, 1855, and became school superintendent in 1882.
About 2: 30 in the afternoon of Friday, October 27th, I saw, to my surprise, a robin. I had seen none since September 25th and had supposed all were gone.
At about 8 in the evening of October 30th, 1905, Mr. Blakeman, who has been feeble for a long time, departed from this life, a member of the Free Methodist church.
On Saturday, November 4, 1905, the township trustees of Lake county met at Crown Point and elected W. R. Curtis of Hobart, as superintendent of schools, to take the place made vacant by the death of Frank E. Cooper.
RURAL MAIL DELIVERY.
The first rural mail in this county and the first in this part of the State was Rural Mail Route No. 1, going out from Hobart. It was obtained by Mr. N. P. Banks. Delivery commenced August 1, 1899.
Rural route from Hobart No. 2 commenced delivery in August, 1902.
These two lines supply about 275 families.
In October, 1905, in the Hobart postoffice, were 300 boxes for town delivery and 35 lock boxes.
In the same month were two banks in Hobart, seven churches, and ten saloons.
The Owen terra cotta works have been bought or absorbed by a union.
In November, 1905, in the Lowell post office, were in all 364 boxes, and four lines of rural mail delivery went out from Lowell supplying 400 families. Proceeds of Lowell postoffice $1,400.
In this summer of 1906 there are going out from Crown Point seven mails on rural lines, supplying 500 families.
There are thirty-three postoffices in the county.
Among several barns erected in the fall of 1905, the following particulars have been received in regard to one built by Mr. Thomas Hooley, living between Merrillville and Shererville. It is 72 feet long, 32 feet wide, has a large grain bin, stalls for eight horses, places for about thirty cows, is quite high in the second story, fitted to receive a large amount of hay, stands on brick pillars, and appears to be strongly built and done off in good style. Four men worked upon it twenty-one days, completing their work, carpenter work, October 21, 1905.
Mr. Hooley has shipped milk to one man in Chicago for some twelve years, and has met with no losses. He now keeps thirty cows.
The barn of Herbert M. Esty is very fine looking. It is in form an exact circle, in diameter 80 feet, and in circumference 251.328 feet. The height to the roof, which is beautifully curved is 20 feet. The extreme height is 54 feet. The silo, which is in the exact center, is 16 feet in diameter and 36 feet deep. The barn will hold about 50 cows and 150 tons of hay. The area of the ground covered is 5,026 feet, or equal to a barn 100 feet by 50 or a little larger than a barn 80 feet long and 60 feet wide.
Some time in November a birthday anniversary celebration was held at the home of Herbert M. Esty. The mother of Mrs. Esty, Mrs. Drury, was then 69 years of age and her brother, A. L. McMurphy, 59 years of age.
Mr. Alonzo L. McMurphy was a member of Captain John Douche's company, 7th Indiana Cavalry, and he and his wife left Lowell thirty-four years ago. They reside in Kansas, near Sterling, when in 1905 Mr. McMurphy raised 40,000 bushels of wheat and 18,000 bushels of corn. The McMurphys were visiting in this county at the time of the birthday celebration.
On the way to the county fair last fall, in the last week of August, Mr. John N. Sanger found between his house and what is known as Sanger's Corners, an old Spanish coin, such a piece as seventy years ago was in circulation here, and worth twelve and a half cents. The date on this coin is said to be 1732. How it came to be where it was found and how long it had lain there no one knows. It may have been that a pioneer or perhaps an Indian lost it. Its age makes it valuable.
It is reported that Mr. Newland, working on the dredge of John Hack and Son, found some time this year, the well preserved antlers of a deer in the West Creek ditch eight or nine feet below the surface.
I found last fall at Mrs. George Phillips, near Elliott Station, an old letter that may be of some interest as a relic and as illustrating those early times. It is dated 1839, is written in French and a knowledge not only of French as printed but as written would be needful to enable one to read it.
On Tuesday, September 26, 1905, a verdict of $1,500 was rendered by the jury in a Chicago court, against the Chicago City Railway, in favor of the estate of George W. Waters of Lowell, who was fatally injured by a street car March 20, 1902.
The Lake County Title and Guaranty Company having employed quite a clerical force for many months in getting up a set of abstract books, commenced to furnish abstracts of titles in the spring of 1906.
Each year some of our number pass away from earth.
1. Mrs. Atkins, Ruth Alice May, born in Akron, Ohio, Oct. 2, 1826, married to Alexander MacDonald in December, 1852, after his death to Henny Pratt, and finally, September 27, 1887, again a widow. She was married to Major B. Atkins, whom she outlived for several years and died August 31, 1905, nearly 79 years of age. She was a faithful mother to many, and a well known, highly esteemed woman in Crown Point for nearly fifty years.
2. James Frazier was born in Central Tennessee, September 17, 1827, and became a resident of Lake County about fifty years ago. Of six children, one only, William Frazier of Chicago, is now living. He died quite suddenly, Tuesday morning Sept. 19, 1905, 78 years of age. He left a second wife, to whom he was married thirty-three years ago.
3. Died Sept: 25, 1905, Abiel G. Plumer, born in Boscawen, New Hampshire, May 24, 1824, who settled in Lake Prairie in 1852, and died in Lowell, in the 82d year of his age.
4. Albert Kilborn was born in Vermont, Dec. 3, 1826, but in childhood went with his father's family into Canada, and was there married to Frances C. Evans, and then, about fifty-six years ago, came as a resident to Lake County. He died at his home in Crown Point, Feb. 25, 1906, in the 80th year of his age.
Of New England parentage and of Canadian training he was a tried and true man, a valuable citizen, a very worthy member of the Methodist Church, one to be greatly missed.
5. Died at Lowell, March 22, 1906, Edgar Hayden, born Oct. 16, 1840, a son of that well known pioneer settler, Nehemiah Hayden of West Creek.
6. At Elkhart, Indiana, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Ames Compton, April 23, 1906, died, Mrs. Ames, widow of Hon. Samuel Ames, who was among the founders of the New Hampshire neighborhood of Lake Prairie, and mother of E. P. Ames of Hammond, wanting but seven days of being 84 years of age. She was an excellent singer and a noble Christian woman.
Mr. Henry Uhter, who lived a little east of the Egypt school house, born in Germany, Jan. 20, 1818, coming to Lake County in 1870, was found dead in his room Sunday morning April 15, 1906, with a gun upon or beside him. He was 88 years of age. Had been quite an invalid for twelve years. Three sons and six daughters, four of the daughters married, are living. The married daughters are: Mrs. Albert Hack, Mrs. Westberg, Mrs. Henry Worley, Mrs. John H. Worley. Mrs. Uhter is also living.
Parry Hathaway, an early resident in Lake County, brother of Mrs. J. L. Worley, died in Momenee, where he had been living for many years, March 30, 1906, over 80 years of age.
George F. Gerlach, one of those appointed to prepare a paper for the semi-centennial celebration of Lake County, see page 9 in Lake County, 1884, and who has taken a good interest in our publications, always a friend of the Old Settlers, a leading business man of St. John township, died at his home in the town of St. John, at 9:15 Thursday morning, March 29, 1906. He was born in Bavaria and was 66 years of age. He had resided for many years in this county.
Mrs. Charles L. Merrill, Louesa M. Dutton, born Oct. 2, 1853, married April 3, 1872, died in a hospital in Chicago, March 15, 1906, in the 53d year of her age. The burial services were held at Merrillville, March 18th.
May 18th, 1906, died at her home in Crown Point, Mrs. S. B. Meeker. She was born March 7, 1830, in Pennsylvania, was married November 4, 1849. She was known in girlhood as Elizabeth A. Cress. She was 76 years of age.
Phoebe Jane Foster was born December 13, 1840, was married to Mr. John MacNay, October 21, 1858, and died May 19, 1906.
Thus within two days there passed away from this life two very worthy women. Mrs. MacNay, for many years residing in Crown Point, was a quiet home-keeping woman, one to leave a great vacancy in a home where she had long been a light and joy. The home was lonesome after her departure.
Each year some bodies are brought by kindred and friends to find a resting place in some of our cemeteries.
Dr. Andrew S. Cutler, a son of Mrs. Esty of Creston, who had a home for a time near Creston and at Crown Point, but where professional life as a dentist was spent in Kankakee, Illinois, died at Rockwood, Tennessee, on Monday, June 11, 1906, at one p.m., and the body was brought to Creston, where after religious services in the church, it was laid away to sleep till the morning comes. A heaten poet, Ossian, wrote,"When shall day dawn on the night of the grave?" And the Christian asks when?
[Note-The body of Dr. Cutler came to Creston in the care of his wife, Mrs. M. J. Cutler, who was Mary Jane Ball of Cedar Lake, and she prepared and published the next year a volume of 267 pages, well written, well printed, much of the work done at the Star office in Crown Point, entitled, "Memories of Andrew S. Cutler." The book is well worthy of a place among our publications.]
Another body was also brought home for its resting place.
Hiram S. Holton, born in Canada, but of New England parentage, a prominent citizen of Crown Point for many years, enjoying the last two anniversaries here with us, died in Englewood at his daughter's home June 30, 1906, 77 years of age. The burial services were held in the Methodist Church conducted by Dr. White of Englewood, assisted by Rev. J. M. Brown, the pastor of Crown Point, Rev. T. H. Ball reading the memorial, and the Lake Lodge of masons taking charge of the body and laying it away in the Crown Point cemetery.
John Mondernach, father of the present trustee of Hanover Township, who was an early resident and an excellent citizen of the west side of Cedar Lake, died about June 20th at the home of his son in Iowa, 90 years of age. Before his marriage he was for some time a member of the Ball family at Cedar Lake, and a member there of the then existing Baptist Church. He became afterward a member of the German Methodist Church. Between him and the writer of this record was a special friendship.
Another true pioneer of the county passed from among us this year, Joseph A. Clark, born in the State of New York, Ontario County, March 27, 1827, coming with his father and mother, Joseph A. and Harriet S. Clark, to Lake County in May, 1837, the family settling in what is now Cedar Creek Township, passing through all the pioneer and the later railroad life, he died at one p.m., July 9, 1906, in the 79th year of his age. His record as a citizen soldier is of more than ordinary interest. He enlisted July 22, 1861, in Company B, 20th Indiana, became lieutenant of his company, was in all of the more than thirty hard fought battles of that regiment, and was wounded five times, but not seriously.
He was the first master of Colfax Masonic Lodge. His two children are J. Addison Clark and Mrs. Carl Brownell.
1A descendant of two of our early families, the Barney and Williams families, Nettie Williams, born in School Grove, youngest daughter of Mrs. Henry Williams, died at her mother's home July 17, 1906. She was born Sept. 12, 1873. She was a very interesting child.
Peter Buderbach, a prominent German Roman Catholic citizen, died August 7th at 4:40 in the morning, after a long struggle with disease. He was 78 years of age. Had been a singer in his church choir. A liberal minded and good man.
September 18, 1905. Monday afternoon the Erie train brought two bodies from Englewood for burial in the Crown Point cemetery. Horace Meyer and his wife, who both left the confines of earth at about the same time. The circumstances were sad attending the death of each.
The train was late. As the funeral procession, two hearses and several carriages, started westward the red sun was on the horizon and toward that they pressed rapidly onward. Turning at length southward the procession passed along Main street at a more rapid rate than one had been known to pass before. The cemetery was reached. Night was coming on. The bodies were committed to the earth, a few words were spoken by the aged friend of the Meyer family, Rev. T. H. Ball, one solemn prayer was offered, and the city of the dead, with no electric light to shine upon its mounds and its tombstones, was left to the silence of the night and the vigils of the stars, and of the angels.
On Tuesday, September 19th, 1905, was another impressive burial service. Ida Taylor, an attractive young woman, a great granddaughter of the pioneer Horace Taylor, born a littleway east of the old West Point, was shot at the old Adonijah Taylor place, not known as Binyon's Hotel, a short time after her marriage, by a young man who had wanted to marry her, but whom, it seemed, she had discarded. It was certainly a cruel murder, of which in these lawless times there are many.
The funeral procession passed from Binyon Hotel to the Creston church, where the burial services were held, conducted by Rev. T. H. Ball, in the presence of a large assembly. To be thus murdered was sad. Sad events are constantly occurring in this world where accidents are so common, and there are, as in others things, degrees of sadness. One of these sad events in Crown Point was the death of Wilbur Etling, eight years of age, who was bitten quite severely in August last by a small stray, black dog that came into his father's yard.
The dog bit some others slightly and was soon after killed. He was not known to be mad. The boy was petting the dog, which had a sore foot, and, as a stray, would naturally have received kind treatment gladly. The wound which the boy received was carefully treated, and was supposed to be perfectly healed. But the boy became sick, and in November suffered intensely, and died exhibiting, as medical men supposed, symptoms of hydrophobia. The burial on Wednesday, November 8th, the services held in the Lutheran Church, the school children of Miss Edna Maynard's room attending in a body, was very pathetic.
"S. S. M." in the Register says:
"No death has reached the hearts of the community in the manner that this sad taking away has. He was an unusually handsome child and possessed a very attractive personality. He was studious and manly, gentle and tender hearted."
Another of these sad events was the death by fire of Miss Abbie and Miss Mabel Simpson at Lowell in the night of Monday, Nov. 6, 1905. (See Lowell Tribune, Nov. 9, 1905). After mentioning the disastrous fire, details are given too long and too sad for this report.
It is sad enough to be obliged to record that the two sisters mentioned above, Edith Mabel Simpson and Abbie Burnette Simpson, one 23 and the other 20 years of age, lost their lives by suffocation in what must have been the fearful confusion of that conflagration. One of the sisters was on night duty at the Central Telephone office, the other was staying with her. Beneath their office was a drug store. Why they could not get pure air before their bodies were reached does not seem clear in the reports. They did not, and they died, with many persons near. Lowell has had but one such burial service.
In this month of August, on one Saturday evening, Roman Zacharias of East Chicago, a boy ten years of age, was playing on a veranda. Some boys were playing on the sidewalk below him. "Roman," says the Globe, "leaned over the banister to watch the boys below. His weight broke the banister. The boy fell to the cement pavement below, a distance of ten or twelve feet, striking on his head." The physician who came immediately found his neck broken. He was dead. He was an only son. "Was in the bloom of health," and the shock to his parents was terrible. Perhaps that boy was out of his proper place, or perhaps that banister showed defective workmanship. A good banister should hold a boy's weight.
Accidents are almost constantly occurring and the county is now so populous with its growing lake shore cities that no record can be made of many of them. Most of them illustrate the claim that loss of life very often results from persons being where they ought not to be.
On Saturday, August 11th, 1906, two were drowned in the evening, one a boy of eleven years of age, in the Grasselli canal, the other a young man of seventeen in Lake Michigan, off the Lake Front Park in Hammond. The Globe journalist says: "The breakers were running high and the undertow on the beach was exceedingly strong and dangerous." This young man went far out and could not return.
Many nationalities are represented in this county, and religious services have been conducted in several languages, but so far as known the first "Welch service" was held at East Chicago, September 3, 1905. The following is from the Globe: "Sunday afternoon the Welsh people of the city gathered at the Congregational Church to participate in a religious service conducted in their native tongue. The church was filled with the Welsh people and many of their friends. The service was unique and greatly enjoyed by all. Bismark Davis conducted the service. He was assisted by two ministers who were Welsh by birth, Rev. Jones, pastor of the Hammond Baptist Church, and Rev. Williams of the Congregational Church of Bremen."
A very destructive fire broke out in East Chicago, October 14, 1905. It was Saturday night. All business interests were supposed to be safe till Monday morning. Suddenly the fire alarm startled the sleepers. Fires started at three places, Larson & Johnson, at Moon & Hale's ice house and coal sheds and at Black Brothers. This is called the most destructive fire that has come upon that city.
The losses estimated at nearly $11,000. On some of the property destroyed insurance was carried, something which most business men consider it prudent to do.
There have been several fires in the county this past season, barns have been struck by lightning and burned.
A few marriages have taken place this year that seem to require a place on these records. Mr. M. A. Halsted, more than eighty years of age, who had lived with one wife, more than fifty years, was married to Mrs. Cross, a widow, a former resident near Lowell; and Mr. Amosa Edgerton, also over eighty years of age, was married to a comparatively young woman.
Announcements have been received also of the marriage of Miss Lula Pearl Nicholson, a great granddaughter of that pioneer, Richard Fancher, whose name was given to the Fair Ground lake; and also of the marriage of the younger daughter of our secretary, Miss Maude Hill. Of other marriages that may have been, announcements have not been received.
One more for this record.
Married June 27, 1906, in the Presbyterian Church building, by Rev. E. R. Horton, Mr. Clayton Dyer Root and Miss Grace Hill, a kindergarten teacher of Englewood.
The New Bank Building
The building now occupied by the First National Bank of Crown Point was erected in the year of 1905, although not ready for occupancy until January, 1906. On the day opening, January 20th, very many citizens, men and women attended, souvenirs were distributed. The building is larger than the Commercial Bank building but is of much the same style in its architecture. The ----- is two stories, with office rooms on the second floor. In the east end also are some second story rooms connected to the bank rooms, but above the bank proper there is no second story, and the light comes in from above. Besides the main office room of the bank, which is quite large, there are two reception rooms, one on each side, also a ----- room, and a well furnished directors' room. The entire inside finish of the bank is of nice material and workmanship. The woodwork is all of mahogany. The stone ---- are evidently expected to endure for more than one generation, if no earthquake or cyclone comes.
ONE OF OUR CITIES
Already in the last few years we have seen in our county three real cities spring into existence, almost as suddenly as the fabled Minewa of the old Romans is said to have sprung ready armed from the brain of their Jupiter. One of there, East Chicago, properly now the most ----ing, in that it contains Indiana Harbor, has, as all ------ now have, its bright and its dark sides. The East Chicago Globe lately mentioned its five large industries, ---- employment to 2,625 workman, distributing among ---- each month about $100,000, the largest of these being ---- Inland Steel Mills, employing 1,500 men. The other ---- are: The American Steel Foundries, B. cement works, ---- Standard Forging Company and the Ward-Dickey ---- Company.
Its churches and its schools are flourishing, and its saloons are very numerous, over seventy, it has been reported, in Indiana Harbor.
There is no space in this report to do more than glance at the dark side. The East Chicago Globe, by no means a sensational paper, says: "Shocking conditions found within our midst have just come to light through the reports published in the Indiana Bulletin of Charities and Correction. Probation Officer T. A. Muzzall, related his experiences while attending to his duties in our own city." Cruelty, feeble mindedness and drunkenness are in the report.
According to the assessment of the year 1905, the city valuation of East Chicago given in an official statement of Auditor W. L. Allman, amounts of $3,318,682.
The auditor's report gave the number of "1,276 persons assessed for poll tax."
The members of the St. Paul's Swedish Lutheran Church of East Chicago celebrated their fifteenth anniversary on November 22d, 23d and 25th, 1905. On Wednesday evening the 22d was held a mission festival, on Thursday evening their historical celebration, and on Saturday evening a concert.
Again, and for the eighth time, the citizens of East Chicago were invited to assemble for the dedication of a school building. The day was Friday, the month April, the year 1906. The building was the new McKinley, called a magnificent building by the school superintendents of Hammond and of Whiting, and by the county superintendent.
The exercise were "elaborate" and occupied two hours. It was stated that East Chicago then had forty teachers and paid out each month $2,115.
Another destructive fire occurred at Creston. On Friday morning, March 23, 1906, the grain elevator of J. E. Love was set on fire, according to the published statement, by a passing engine, and between two and three thousand bushels of grain destroyed. An effort was made to save some of the grain by letting it out upon the ground and hauling it away with teams. It took time to get the teams to the grain pile, and then the intense heat prevented any success. So the loss of the grain was total. There was some insurance, on both the grain and building.
GARY. A NEW PROSPECTIVE CITY.
According to the Chicago Tribune of January 30, 1906, a tract of fifteen hundred acres of land between Lake Michigan and the Calumet River was purchased by two railroads the day before for about one million of dollars. It was soon announced that stel mills would be located on this land lying north of Tolleston and work actually commenced in the early summer. The city to be built was named Gary, and on June 29th it was published in the Gary paper called the NORTHERN INDIANAN, that about one thousand men were then there at work, and that on Prospect avenue were then located the firt inhabitants, numbering five hundred of the real town that was established. The historical secretary has received from the publisher the Gary paper, called the NORTHERN INDIANAN, "Vol. I, No. I, Gary Indiana, April 27, 1906." The paper is large, nearly 24 inches by 17, eight pages, well printed. It says that the city will have the largest steel mills in the world, to employ 15,000 men.
Of new enterprises in the county the National Brick Company is one not to be overlooked. Much building was done east of Maynard by this company last summer, and this year the manufacturing of brick is going on.
In Crown Point Crowell & Lehman have formed a company and are manufacturing concrete blocks for buildings, and erecting some houses with their blocks. Whether they will to any extent take the place of brick for building remains to be seen. Bricks have been used for buildings for thousands of years.
An honor to a Hanover Township girl. A scholarship by the Valparaiso college was offered to the pupil obtaining the highest grade in the examinations for graduation from the common school course in the schools of Lake County. Nearly two hundred eight grade pupils were competing. The highest per cent., 93. and 3-10 (93.3) was attained by Veronia Kretz of Hanover, a girl of fourteen years of age. The next in grade were Harry Price of Ross Township and Margaret Ludwig of St. John Township, each of them reaching 92.8 per cent. It is said that this Hanover girl has always been at the head of her classes in school work.
Slowly the Gifford railroad is coming northward. The Lowell Tribune contains an interesting account of a "free-ride" excursion over the road on Saturday, June 23, 1906, the account written by O. Dinwiddie of Plumgrove. The terminus of the road at that date was near the center of O. Dinwiddie's farm, where about 170 men, women and children went on board the train and at the Range Line about 130 more, making 300 to cross the river, these representing besides Eagle Creek Township, Crown Point and Lowell, Leroy and Hebron. The train wentsout h to McCoysburg and returned, Mr. Gifford himself being on board, and the excursion was largely enjoyed.
As ice in these days seems to be for many a necessity, and as the mildness of last winter prevented the filling up of the ice houses of the county as usual, buildings have been erected this year, for the first time, I think, in this county, for the purpose of turning water into ice in the summer time. The Lake County Ice and Cold Storage Company of East Chicago commenced operations early in July of this summer, their machinery having a capacity of 2.5 tons of ice every 24 hours. "The freezing process requires 48 hours," says the Globe, and its details are certainly of interest.
The brewing company of Crown Point are also making their ice this summer and supplying the town.
The Hammond Pure Ice Company also commenced work this summer.
Among the 85 cities in this State of Indiana in 1905, Lake County has three of them. Among the 345 incorporated towns of 1905 Lake County has four, and now, in 1906, we have at least six incorporated towns.
A new bank, The Citizens' German Bank, was opened for business at Hammond, about June 1st, 1906, thus making for Hammond four banking institutions.
On Monday, August 13th of this year, 250 men commenced work on the foundation walls of a new building erected by the Universal Portland Cement Company of East Chicago.
Several small strawberry beds in gardens have been quite profitable. As one example, Mrs. Henry Griesel had last summer a small bed of eleven rows, twenty-four hills in a row, from which she sold eight dollars worth of berries at ten cents a quart, good quart cup measure, besides supplying her family twice a day with all the berries they cared to eat. She had three varieties and her berries lasted from June 1st to about July 8th.
A productive and profitable apple orchard in the edge of town is owned by Mr. Koupal.
Some home manufacturing has been done the past year in the line of woolen work. A group of women and girls about twenty in number, have earned quite a good living in their homes, making for a Chicago house what are called facinators. It is light work and not difficult to do. Industry is needful to make it profitable.
The shirt factory, so-called, has been going on through the year. This gives employment to about twenty young women.
There is also a small group of artists, in good circumstances, who do remunerative work in painting on china-ware. Their work is beautiful. I have seen specimens of ware as painted by Miss Bessie Rose and Mrs. John Lehmanan d can speak well of it as truly nice work.
The Crown Point Shirt factory may be called a Jewish industry, but making no discrimination in regard to those who are employed. It is said that about twenty Jewish families are now quietly settled in and around Crown Point, having as yet no synagogue, but endeavoring to keep the old Jewish law free from all persecution on account of their faith or practice.
Besides the fortnithly musicale which has been in existence for someyears , new interest has this year been taken in vocal music, resulting in the formation of the Crown Point Choral Class, in origin, it is understood, due largely to that public spirited woman, Mrs. J. W. Youche. This choral class has been instrumental in bringing before the citizens of Crown Point some excellent noted musicians.
The teachers institute this year made quite a departure from the practice of former years, in bringing before the teachers and the community a good representative of southern university conservatism in the person of Prof. Robert Allen Armstrong.
August 8, three weeks ago, I had a short, pleasant visit with two of the very few remaining pioneer children who can remember their first experiences in the western wilds. These were Mr. J. Kenney and his wife, who was a member of the Woodruff family, the one who will be 83 in November, the other now 76. By some means the early history of these two pioneer families has not been gathered as fully as it should have been. In the "Sunday Schools of Lake," page ten, can be found a mention of the journeying of the family of Charles Kenney in January, 1838, from the State of Maine, in a wagon drawn by four horses. To make that journey now, one would take an automobile. The changes which Mr. Kenney, a youth then, has seen between the four-horse team, which was several weeks on the road, and an automobile, are many and wonderful. I am glad that he and his wife and I, and a few more of us, have lived to see this day. Other pioneers came here in vehicles drawn by horses or by oxen, but none from a greater distance than the Kenney and Woodruff families of Orchard Grove.
August 14 had a pleasant visit in town with Mr. John Bryant. Another visitor from the West, Mr. Frank Larabe. Also Mr. Alfred Frazier. Among other visitors to the county this summer are Harper MacLaren and wife, his wife a daughter of Mr. Perry of Crown Point, himself a son of the founder of Le Roy. He has been absent from the county about twenty-seven years and finds changes here, but not such great changes as he has seen in Kansas, where he lives. A few years ago a wild region, and now telephones all over it, even as in Lake County. He himself, counted, as he says, a small farmer, has raised this year about 8,000 bushels of wheat, has forty-nine head of horses, and has had twenty-two in the harness every day, running four-horse teams and six-horse team. Four of his six sons aid him in his farming work. Lake County boys have made active men somewhere. Mr. MacLaren reports having seen at his county seat 60,000 bushels of wheat lying on the ground at one time, in one huge pile, and at Mullinville 40,000, for want of elevators or cars in which to store it. We surely know nothing of wheat raising here. One of their machines, he says, has the record of having threshed 3,004 bushels in one day.
August 15 I met in Crown Point James Rosencrentz, from Nebraska, who also had been absent twenty-seven years. Like Mr. MacLaren, he had been a student at the Crown Point Institute, at the same time with Miss Inez Wilcox, now Mrs. Gibson of Tolleston. Another visitor who met the Secretary in Crown Point August 24 was Mr. B. H. Sanger of South Omaha, Neb. He is a son of Ross Sanger, and grandson of the pioneer H. C. Sanger.
Among no doubt many birthday celebrations of children and young people, there is one so noteworthy as to find a place in these records. August 17, 1906, was celebrated the seventh anniversary of the birth, August 10, 1899, of Eleanor Dinwiddie of Crown Point. The noteworthy fact is that as an only daughter of an only daughter she is the great-great-granddaughter of Henry Sasse, Sr., who was, so far as is known, the first Lutheran or Protestant German pioneer in Lake County. She ends, for the fifth generation, the Sasse line. She is also a great-granddaughter of that well-known pioneer in Eagle Creek, J. W. Dinwiddie. It is to be hoped that she will do credit to her ancestry.
This year of 1906 will be memorable not only for the commencement of work at Gary, but as the great year for building or laying down concrete sidewalks. Also it has been in Crown Point an unusual year for the erection of dwelling houses.
The building of a roundhouse by the Michigan Central Railroad Company at what was once the noted Gibson Station is likely to render that spot a center once more and now of a thriving business community. It is safe to predict that never more from Gibson and Tolleston will a thousand bushels of huckleberries be shipped in a season.
In closing this rather lengthy report of a busy year, the Secretary does not thing any apology is needed in regard to its length, but he would quote in his behalf the following words of a thoughtful man: "The collection and preservation of perishable memorials of local and antiquarian history is one of the most praiseworthy of literary tasks." An editorial in the East Chicago Globe, speaking of the value of these reports presented by your Secretary annually since 1875, closes with this statement: "Rev. T. H. Ball is no doubt doing a work which future generations will appreciate." I hope they may; but I hope our citizens, when this report comes to them in book form, will show a financial interest therein.
THE FULLER FAMILY.
A paper, by Miss Vada McNay. James Fuller, his wife, and family, consisting of nine boys and one girl, started from Ohio in the autumn of 1839. He brought with him --- goods in one four-horse wagon, then known as the Pennsylvania wagon, and a two-horse covered wagon, also nine head of cattle, and a saddle horse. The manner of which they obtained their butter while traveling is interesting. The boys would milk the cows in the evening and the milk was then strained and put into the churn; in the morning this was repeated, and the next night when they stopped, the butter was churned. Thus every day the churning was done without any effort on their part.
James Fuller rented a small house, which stood in what is now the southeast part of Lowell, during the first winter, that of 1839. In the spring of 1840 they moved ---out two miles east of Lowell. The same place is now known as the Pat Buckley Farm. James Fuller bought considerable land. At that time land was only $1.25 per acre. The nearest school was about a mile and a quarter from their home. Crown Point was the nearest town and Chicago was the grain and meat market. But there were no railroads at that time.
The children married and settled in this and other states. One by one they have fallen from the ranks of the old settlers, until there are but three of the sons living, one at Shelby, one at Crown Point, and one in Texas. At the present time there are living, but scattered over the country, three grandsons, sixty-six grandchildren, eighty---- great-grandchildren, and at least forty-five great-great-grandchildren.
THE DEER STORY.
The summer of 1850, or possibly a year of two later, was very hot and dry. The marsh fires had consumed the marsh grass, thus leaving the marsh bare. In the early fall and winter heavy rains set in followed by cold weather and a great freeze-up. The marsh became a mass of glare, slippery ice. As was the custom, the farmers hunted in the winter.
In the winter of 1850 the Goodrich boys, Aaron Fuller, and several others, camped on the Kankakee marsh. They succeeded in killing eight or nine deer in one day. This created the desire of the neighbors to go deer hunting. So the next day all the men from the surrounding country went deer hunting. Soon, from all directions, could be seen the frightened, slipping, half running, bawling deer, pursued by barking dogs, and eager men with guns, tomahawks, anything with which they might kill the deer. The deer collected on Salie Island, an island of about nine acres. But the great deer slaughter occurred on Eagle Island.
For weeks afterward the frightened deer were seen running northward. Since that time the deer have not been so plentiful, and at the present time, 1906, there are no wild deer in this county.
Notes-Miss McNay, the author of the foregoing paper, is a quiet young girl, having not much experience in writing, but willing to add something to the family facts and traditions which has association is endeavoring to preserve. All of these traditions its members consider valuable. Her mother is a descendant of Mr. James Fuller, the pioneer, which gave to the daughter access to traditions and to the facts of the Deer Story, which others did not possess.
Historical Secretary's Report
Transcribed by Susan Geist
I commence gathering and arranging the items of this, our thirty-second year, in the pleasant month of September, the beginning of the glowing autumn of 1906. As the public school of Crown Point opens, the bareheaded school-girls, as blithe and gay as ever, again appear upon the streets. Besides bare heads, arms bare to the elbows is this year the style, and brown from exposure and stout from use those arms appear. Health is a blessing and strength is a blessing for which, as well as for life continued, hearty thanks should be given to God.
We commence this associational year with thousands of children attending our public schools, children that need good home and school training, that they may be a blessing to the land and to the world; we commence the year in the autumn time with fruit very abundant in the county, with good harvests, with prosperity among the farmers, and with about forty automobiles owned in our cities and towns, when seventy years ago there was hardly to be found a single buggy. Just seventy years ago this summer of 1907, then June or July of 1837, the Historical Secretary took his first view of the beautiful prairies of Lake County, coming here from City West with his father in a one-horse buggy, quite surely the first one that made wheel marks in the sand around the head of Cedar Lake. Now in this year, beginning with three cities, six towns, forty automobiles and other corresponding improvements and luxuries, railroads and telephone wires nearly all over the county, the events as recorded are the following:
First in the order of time, after our thirty-first anniversary, came the two large family gatherings, the thirteenth anniversary of the Dinwiddie Clan, and the Dickinson Reunion, both on the same day, Saturday, September 1, 1906; the former at the home of O. Dinwiddie, the latter at the residence of T. D. Dickinson, both well attended.
At Crown Point on the evening of the same day, Saturday, September 1, according to the Lake County Star, "H. E. Sasse, a member of Crown Point's Bachelors' Club, gave a lawn party to about sixty guests."
Also at Crown Point on Tuesday evening, September 4, invitations having been sent out by Mr. O. G. Wheeler and wife and daughter, about one hundred guests met at their home for a musical entertainment, given in honor of a former Crown Point boy, now Professor Clarence Krinbill, grandson of one of our early settlers, George Krinbill, Sr. The program was arranged by Miss Myra Wheeler and Professor Krinbill and was carried out by him as pianist, assisted by an accomplished violinist, Miss Gambrell. The instrument on which she played was said to be four hundred years old and to have cost one thousand dollars. After the instrumental music, cake, coffee and lemonade were served, followed by some vocal music.
The Odd Fellows
On Saturday, September 22, 1906, was held in Crown Point, on the public square, the first annual meeting of the Lake County Odd Fellows' Association. This is called District No. 45, and in the county were reported seven lodges, located at Crown Point, Whiting, East Chicago, at Hammond two, and at Lowell, and at Hobart, with a reported "Total Membership, 698." President of the Association, George M. Death; Secretary, H. E. Jones; Treasurer, A. J. Swanson; First Vice President, Mrs. Jennings of Whiting; Second Vice President, Mrs. Gordon of East Chicago.
At the public meeting introductory remarks were made by the President, prayer was offered by Rev. Artman, and the address of the day was given by Hon. Thomas R. Jessup, Past Grand Master, of Richmond, Indiana.
Soldiers At Crown Point
Many citizens of Crown Point, especially women and school children, witnessed a scene of large interest on Thursday, September 27, 1906. Some five hundred soldiers, United States troops, on their way to Fort Sheridan, with baggage wagons-four-horse teams-and the various things an army needs on a march, reached Crown Point about 10:15 in the morning, and left on the cars at 1:15 in the afternoon, the three hours of their stay being spent in getting their dinner, preparing their baggage for the changed mode of transportation, and taking some rest. They had camped at Orchard Grove the night before, and must have started on their march in the early morning. They have marched up from Indianapolis. They halted and dined on the open meadow eastward from the Pan-Handle station and north of North street. Several officers were with them, some of them, and especially the wagon guard, being mounted, others of the wagon guard on foot. The wagon train started out between twelve and one o'clock, expecting, some of the men said, to march until ten in the night. To see the guns of five hundred soldiers stacked in long lines on the green sward, to see the various arrangements for the dinner, to see, at length, each soldier pick up his baggage and load himself for marching, as if ready for war times, and see the quiet, perfect discipline that seemed to exist, as instantly, at the sound of the bugle, the soldiers formed in line, took up their guns, marched orderly on board the train, ought all to have been not only interesting but instructive to the many school children who were present.
The officers and soldiers were courteous to their visitors and communicative to proper questionings, and must have left a good impression in Crown Point of some members of our small "standing army."
A Golden Wedding
On February 12, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wilson celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage, at their present home in Crown Point. Mrs. Wilson was Jane McCoy, and they were married February 12, 1857, at the home of her father, John McCoy, at what is now Le Roy, by Rev. J. N. Buchanan, who is no longer living.
An interesting fiftieth anniversary was celebrated at Schneider in the south part of this county, April 19, of this year. Those enjoying this golden wedding were Mr. and Mrs. Ahlgrim, born in Germany, the one coming to this country in 1853 and the other in 1856, and married, of course, in 1857.
Present at their anniversary were four children, three daughters-in-law, eighteen grandchildren, two grand-daughters-in-law, and one great-grandchild.
And so the thousands keep coming from the Old World adding to the millions already in this New World. Germans seem very soon to become Americans.
Marriage Of Members And Of Pioneer Descendants
One of our members, Joseph Patton, went far out into the vast West, even beyond the Dakotas, into Montana, and there on Tuesday afternoon, October 23, 1906, was united in marriage with Mrs. Mary L. Bostwick, himself 72 and she 68 years of age, and soon returned with her to his home in Crown Point.
It is quite natural that pioneer descendants should come, for their marriage ceremony, to the home of the chaplain of this Association, Rev. T. H. Ball; and by him were the following eight marriages duly solemnized:
1. Mr. Harry H. Woods, grandson of Hon. Bartlett Woods, and Miss Eleanor Arnold, Nov. 10, 1906;
2. Mr. Charles John Powell, of Chicago Heights, and Miss Sarah Effie McColley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. McColley, members of this Association, Nov. 24, 1906;
3. Mr. Bert L. Worley, grandson of Rev. J. L. Worley, and Miss Anna Belle Stanley, Jan. 23, 1907;
4. Mr. Thomas Lake and Miss Mabel Gertrude Post, granddaughter of Volney Holton, March 6, 1907;
5. Mr. Charlie E. Boyd and Miss Edna M. Saxton, granddaughter of Ebenezer Saxton, April 2, 1907;
6. Mr. Herbert A. Saxton and Miss Nora E. Pierce, the latter a descendant of the pioneer Muzzall, of Turkey Creek, the former of Ebenezer Saxton, June 12, 1907;
7. Mr. Ralph W. Muzzall and Mary K. Miller, August 3, 1907;
8. Mr. Harry Powell and Miss Maude McGary, born at Ross Station, a granddaughter of Julius Denmon, August 17, 1907.
These sixteen were all quite young people starting out hopefully into a new, untried life.
Also, of pioneer descendants, Miss Josephine Lois Lincoln, great-granddaughter of Solon Robinson, and Howell V. Parry, of Crown Point, were married in the city of Muncie, March 27, 1907
Also, Miss Myra Wheeler, great-granddaughter of Judge Clark, and also of the pioneer James Farwell, of Hanover township, and John Fisher, a brother of Mrs. Claude Allman, were married by Rev. E. R. Horton, June 29, 1907;
Also, Miss Jessie Allman, a descendant of the Luther and Allman pioneers, and Frank B. Pattee, Esq., a member of an old Lake County family, were married by Rev. W. F. Hovis, of South Bend, at the home of Judge McMahan, August 14, 1907;
Also, Miss Bessie Brown, granddaughter of Eli Sigler, was married in July, in the city of Chicago, to Dr. Robert Krost, of Crown Point.
Note.-Ebenezer Saxton, the pioneer, settled at Wiggins' Point, now Merrillville, in 1837. The marriage, therefore, of two of his descendants in 1907, celebrated 70 years of the residence of the family in the county.
Marriage Anniversary-April 2, 1907, was the sixty-first anniversary of the marriage of Noah Bibler and his wife, who was Lydia M. Palmer, sister of Dennis Palmer, of Palmer, the one being 82 and the other 80 years of age.
On that same day, April 2, 1907, were married at Wheaton, Illinois, one of the two grandsons, Allison A. Bibler, editor of the Crown Point Register, and Miss Petra E. Lyng.
Gary people preparing for inhabitants. On September 11, 1906, there was filed in the County Recorder's Office by the Gary Land Company, a plat of the proposed city of Gary, containing 119 blocks and more than 4,200 lots, the land being situated in sections 3 and 4, ranged 8, township 36, and comprising 400 acres or more.
The grain elevator at Dinwiddie station was opened for business on Friday, November 23, and the first load of grain was delivered there by Orville Hale. The second was by Tyler Hogan.
On Thursday, January 24, 1907, C. E. Nichols & Co., of Lowell, took in 155 loads of corn and 5 loads of seed and hay. Their receipts for the week were over 20,000 bushels or corn and their outlay for the same exceeded $75,000.
On Saturday, January 26, the S. M. La Rue Company sold at Lowell, 3,000 pounds of sugar.
Ed Fuller, from March 1 to June 5, of this year, has bought of Lowell merchants 1,300 cases of eggs, amounting to $5,553.
August 1, 1907, the Crown Point banks commenced allowing 3 per cent. interest on time deposits.
Other banks in the county had been allowing interest for some time past. Quite large sums of money are on deposit in the county waiting for profitable investments.
February 1. Cloudy this morning. Mercury 30°. Some two inches of snow now on the ground. Some sleds and cutters were running yesterday. There have now been, after some zero weather, four good days of putting up ice. At the Fair Ground Lake the ice is said to be from six to seven inches in thickness, clear and good ice. At Cedar Lake it is reported to have been this week from six to ten inches thick.
On Sunday, March 10, of this year, 1907, the Tod Opera House in East Chicago, built in 1888, was destroyed by fire, and much other property. Loss, about $16,000.
The following item of history ,so far as I know, is not on any special record, and as it may be of interest at some future time I insert it here:
The first county farm for the poor was on section 20, two miles south of Crown Point, and was bought in 1854. The second, which is the present one, is on section 11, three miles east of Crown Point, and was established as the county farm in December, 1869.
Those who have had the charge of the present one, are: Gordon McWilliams, who was in charge at the time of the removal; Captain W. Babbitt, 1881; T. A. Muzzall, 1886; Captain Babbitt in 1887, 1889. Others not known.
Another Old Burial Place
In our earlier history known as "Lake County, 1872," thirty-eight burial places were named and locations given. Since 1872 at least two other old cemeteries have been located, and now, in May of 1907, the Lake County Star mentions another very little known ancient ground which may be called the Foley Mill Cemetery. The authority given for this statement is Mr. Abe Sowards, born in that Foley neighborhood and now sixty-five years of age. Sixteen bodies, it is said, were there committed to the earth, and the Star says: "They have been there now sixty years and over, and it is still a lonesome, unsettled place, where nobody but hunters have ever traveled."
The Historical Secretary remembers well a time, in 1843, as he was a young teacher in that district then, when in that Stringham and Foley neighborhood there was abundant life. But that was sixty-four years ago.
A Crown Point Tragedy
At the Erie station in Crown Point on Wednesday evening, March 20, 1907, two boys, Eddie Kaiser and Freddie Wise, "news boys," quarreled over a game of marbles, and the Wise boy struck the Kaiser boy a blow on his jaw which knocked him senseless and in a short time resulted in his death.
On Thanksgiving Day children and grandchildren met at Mr. Jacob Hayden's where 38 dines on "duck, goose and turkey," with other good things.
On Christmas the family of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Brownell enjoyed a family reunion, the first full gathering of children and grandchildren for four years. Thirty were present at the dinner. Chicken and turkey meat was abundant with other good things.
On both these festive occasions there were many other family gatherings in the county, a county in which supplies of good food are abundant, and comparatively few suffer want.
January 3, 1907, Mrs. H. R. Nichols, a pioneer woman, was 81 years of age. The anniversary was celebrated by children and grandchildren partaking with her at her home of a fine birthday dinner.
February 16, T. H. Ball also reached his 81st anniversary, which was duly celebrated by the kindness of Mrs. Youche and her son, Julian Youche.
Sunday, June 30, 1907, was for the Methodist Episcopal Church at Hammond a notable day. It was the day of the dedication of their new church building, a large brick structure with towers instead of a spire, costing about thirty-one thousand dollars and containing seatings for eleven hundred people. There were interesting exercises in the morning, afternoon and evening. A large attendance.
In the city of Hammond are twelve churches, the three leading or largest religious bodies, according to their buildings, are the Roman Catholics, the German Lutheran, and the Methodist Episcopal, the buildings of the first having cost $35,000, which now would cost $50,000; the building of the second, a massive brick with a very tall spire, having cost $30,000, and would now cost about $40,000; and the large, solid looking building of the third costing $31,000. About one hundred thousand dollars these three denominations have already laid out for buildings in the young city of Hammond, where not many years ago was only along this river known as Calumet the State Line Slaughter House.
Voters And Aged Men
The enumeration of voters in the county, with their several ages, which is taken every six years, shows for this year the following numbers in the townships:
The whole number of voters will first be given, then those among them who are between 70 and 80 years of age, and then those who are over 80 years of age.
North township, 14,132 voters.
Calumet - 1,527 - 20 - 4
Hobart - 886 - 26 - 12
Ross - 362 - 14 - 3
St. Johns - 425 - 10 - 5
Hanover - 270 - 7 - 2
Center - 947 - 65 - 19
Winfield - 178 - 7 - 3
Eagle Creek - 194 - 4 - 1
Cedar Creek - 653 - 36 - 8
West Creek - 316 - 3 - 1
It thus appears that the largest number of aged men are in Center township, the smallest number in West Creek, and the next in Eagle Creek. And it seems a little surprising that in Cedar Creek, lying right between the two, there should be 44 over 70, and in both the other townships there are only 9.
The above figures have been taken with considerable care from the reports of the township trustees made to the county auditor in July and August of 1907. They must be quite accurate. It thus is shown that, at this time, the voters of the county numbered 19,890, or nearly 20,000, and that of these 250 were over 70 year of age. A few more details may be worth preserving in this record.
In Calumet township are reported 57 colored voters. Probably in Gary.
In Hobart township the ages of five of the voters are 90, 92, 93, 93, 95. The last is the age of Fred Shavey, the second oldest voter in the county. The oldest voter in the county is Charles Westman, 96, in Center township.
The very aged men of Hobart township are, at this date, Gustave Carlestrom, A. K. Garhart, C. W. Harper, Z. W. Parks, Jerome Shurer and Frank John.
In Ross are three. D. Underwood, 80; J. Gentry, 81; Nathan Wood, 82. In Hanover are two over 80, one is 82, and one 83. One of these is Dr. Gromann.
The voters in North township are thus distributed: In Whiting, 1,915, with a population of 7,420; East Chicago, ?393 voters, and a population of 17,652; Hammond, voters --?,384, and a population of 24,244. Entire population of the North township at this time, 51,438. The trustees' reports give only the voters.
A few more statements may be worthy of attention as showing where growth has been slow and where it has been more rapid. In the last twelve years a comparison of the reports of the trustees showed an increase in the number of voters, in West Creek 19, in Eagle creek 16, in Hanover 12, in St. Johns 4, and in Winfield 4. In Calumet the gain is 1,213, and in North, 9,823. Hobart, Center and Cedar Creek have made fair gains.
Twelve years ago the school children of the county numbered 9,380; now they number 16,336.
There is an interesting history connected with what was once known as Gibson Station, soon, apparently, to be more widely known as the town of Gibson in the Calumet Region of Indiana. When the Michigan Central Railroad went through the county, about 1851, the spot which became known as Gibson was made a watering station and a shipping point.
New railroads often change town localities. The Indiana Harbor railroad was built a few years ago, and a place soon was needed for their yards. St. Johns was elected at one time and work was commenced there, but there were causes of dissatisfaction arising, and then the opportunity for the old Gibson Station came. The railroad yards were located there. A large round-house was erected, and then for offices an "immense three story structure" was built where had once been the little Gibson village. The removal of the entire office force of what is now called the Chicago and Indiana Southern to this building led other improvements. Other interests besides the material needed care, a fact which the founders of some of our towns seem never to have realized. Railroad officials met with members of the Y. M. C. A., and the result was the erection of what the East Chicago Globe called "the modern and imposing structure, three stories high, that stands beside the monster office building of the Chicago and Indiana Southern, dedicated by the Young Men's Christian Association and known as the Y. M. C. A. building." The opening was Friday, July 19, 1907. At the exercises W. C. Belmon, of Hammond, presided. Some of the speakers were, W. C. Hotchkins, President of the C., I . & S. railway; Dr. B. A. Brown, surgeon for the Big Four railroad, and Secretary Stacy, who presented the certificate from the officers of the State Association authorizing the Gibson Division. A number of telegrams from railroad men were read, among them one from B. J. Gifford.
It seems from the report in the Globe that the New York Central lines furnished the funds for the building. One of the speakers said: "The company was willing to expend the money for the building because it would be a benefit to the company and to their men." So it is evident that the railroad men yet believe in the beneficial influence of Christianity. Referring to material interests, one speaker said of Gibson, "It is the geographical center of the greatest consuming and producing area in the world, and is destined to become known in the business centers of the world as a great business center." So the old Gibson Station which a few of us knew when Hesseville was the center of North township, as to influence, is likely now to live on as long as Hammond itself, as a great center of business around a Y. M. C. A. building erected by railroad men, the first edifice of its kind in all Lake County.
Among the changes and improvements, changes called progress, Gary continues to grow. According to a table of assessments in my hands supposed to be correct, it is credited for 1907 with an assessed value of $3,197,859, East Chicago having an assessed value but little larger, $3,351,345. Its church buildings as yet are few, and it seems to be destitute as yet of a Y. M. C. A. building, structures which it will need before reaching its anticipated population of 100,000 people. Many of the 1,500 voters in Calumet must be residents of Gary.
The improvements or evidences of growth over the entire county are too many to be given in detail. Buildings of different kinds have been erected, long stretched of concrete sidewalks have been built, Crown Point is now putting in a sewerage system at an expense of $50,000, entire length to be 7 miles, and for enlarging the court house at Crown Point $90,000 have been appropriated.
The "Departed," from September, 1906, to August, 1907:
Every year some, and some of our own number, depart from earth.
Mrs. M. Pierce, wife of Mycil Pierce, of Merrillville, a daughter of that pioneer, Abram Muzzall, of Turkey Creek, died suddenly, Sept. 11, 1906.
Died, Sunday afternoon, Dec. 3, Frederick Perry, born in 1821. Age 85 years. Children living, 5; grandchildren, 27. Mrs. Perry, who was his very faithful wife, still lives.
Died at his home in Crown Point, October 2, in the night, Cyrus Chapman, born in Ohio in the summer of 1827. Age 79 years and 4 months. An inhabitant of Lake County for 60 years.
Died unexpectedly of paralysis, on Thursday, October 11, Rodman H. Wells, the older son of a veteran pioneer, Henry Wells, a settler in what became Crown Point in 1835. Captain Wells was born June 9, 1838, was a soldier and officer in the Union Army, and was 68 years of age.
Died on Wednesday, November 28, Walter Bowes, born in February, 1849, in Chicago; married in January, 1881, to Arvilla Irish, and a resident in Crown Point for 25 years.
Died on Friday morning, December 21, 1906, at her home in Crown Point, Mrs. Mary Hackley Clark, wife of W. A. Clark. She was born in Ritchfield, N. Y., May 3, 1819, and came into this county about 1840.
Died at Los Angeles in California, Monday night, Nov. 12, 1906, Mrs. Jennie S. Rowins, daughter of Mr. J. S. Holton, 51 years of age, born in Crown Point, June 25, 1855. The body was brought to Crown Point for burial, the casket covered with the beautiful flowers of the West.
Died very unexpectedly at the home of her daughter, Mrs. McMahan, on Thursday, February 7, 1907, Mrs. Mary A. Allman; born in Chazy, New York, October 18, 1832, and so in the 75th year of her age. She was a prominent and very active member of this Association.
Died, May 1, 1907, Ora C. Serjeant, at her father's home in Lowell, nearly 32 years of age. A good teacher.
Isaac B. Pierce
It seems appropriate to make a mention here of the death in Santa Barbara, California, of Isaac B. Pierce, a former resident of our county, who went to California in 1872, and died in January, 1907, 81 years of age, it is said, having been born in Canada in 1826, and married in our county in 1844 to Miss Emily Hayward. A Santa Barbara paper says that in that city he had about two hundred relatives, among them a brother, W. W. Pierce, 85 years of age.
The Star of March 15, says that a late copy of the "Morning Press," of Santa Barbara, announces the death here of Wheeler W. Pierce, who left Lake County in 1875. He lived but a few weeks after his brother's death.
Died in Crown Point, Feb. 15, 1907, Mrs. Emily W. Wells, of the Vanhouten family, widow of the late Captain R. H. Wells, in the 64th year of her age, having been born in Steuben county, New York, August 29, 1843.
Died in Merrillville, Feb. 16, 1907, Mrs. Martha M. M. Coffey, in the 83d year of her age, a resident for many years on a farm in Winfield township, and afterward on a farm east of Merrillville, and in these later years, after the death of her husband, residing with her daughter in the village of Merrillville.
Died at Manteno, Illinois, on Tuesday, May 21, 1907, Lyman Farley, the last of his generation of the pioneer Farley family. He was 84 years of age. He left kindred at Lowell and Crown Point.
Some time in May, the date not at hand, Clint Dutton, an early resident in this county, the father of the late Mrs. Charles Merrill, departed from this life at his home in Cogad, Nebraska, at about the age of 80 years. He visited our Association a few years ago to see his old friends once more. He was a very worthy man.
A copy of the following from a printed announcement sent to me by her kindred:
"Passed away at her home, Thursday, June 13, 1907, at 5 a.m., Mrs. Wesley Pattee, aged 70 years and 4 months."
Died in Crown Point, Saturday, August 10, an aged woman, Mrs. Margaret Smith, born in Maidstone, County of Kent, England, February 6, 1818, and therefore in the 90th year of her age. She was a member of the Jones family of Maidstone, had been in this country about 55 years, and was the mother-in-law of Mr. C. S. Coneway, where she had been well cared for, although her daughter had been dead for many years.
On Saturday, June 8, 1907, William Brown, born December 5, 1821, having resided many years on his prairie farm near South East Grove, and for the last few years at Crown Point, a life member of this Association, passed from the scenes of earth. He was in his 86th year. We miss his cheery presence among us here to-day.
Another death by accident, or what is called accident, took place at the Fair Ground Lake on Saturday, June 15, 1907, at 3 p.m. Several Crown Point boys, as is their custom in the summer time, were bathing and swimming in the lake,--it is supposed that all Crown Point boys over 14 years of age can swim-when one of them, Walter Brown, son of W. B. Brown, undertaking to swim from a raft to the shore, suddenly threw up his hands and went down. Not till about 6:30 p.m. was the body recovered. Burial services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m., June 18. Walter was an only son, 16 years of age.
On Tuesday, April 16, 1907, the body of Mrs. Julia Watkins Brass was brought to Crown Point for burial in our cemetery. In the early days the name of Brass was well known to travelers along the Sand Ridge road. Mrs. Brass, who resided for some years in Crown Point, the grandmother of Dr. A. L. Salisburg, died on pneumonia, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S. W. Briggs, on Saturday, April 13, having lived more than 85 years.
Died at 2 p.m. Monday, March 11, 1907, Peter Phillips, of Ross township, after a residence here of sixty years. He was born March 25, 1833, in the State of New York, was married here to Rachael A. Butler December 20, 1857. Ten grandchildren are living. In thirteen more days he would have been 74 years of age.
Abel Sherman, born in Canada November 15, 1832, and so nearly 75 years of age, died on Tuesday night, August 20, 1907, at his home in Crown Point, where he has spent a long, an active, and a useful life.
Died, at her home, near Amboy, Ind., in the night of August 21, Mrs. Marion Bliss, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brown, of Crown Point.
An Unusual Record
On June 7, I learned of the death, at her home in Illinois, in the month of February, 1906, of one of our real pioneer women, Mrs. Valona Cutler, who was the daughter of that early settler of 1836 or 1837, --see his record in Lake county, 1872 - Richard Church, and the wife of Leonard Cutler. At least as early as 1837 these Church and Cutler families were settlers on Prairie West, along with the Rockwell family. Mrs. Cutler was born in 1805, and was associated in school and church and social life with Mrs. J .A. H. Ball, of Cedar Lake, who was born in 1804. They were in quite young womanhood in 1839.
One brought up a family of six and the other of seven children. In 1854 the Cutler family lived in Crown Point, occupying the house now the residence of Mrs. Abe Sherman. They left this county not long after, made a home in Illinois, where, last year, in February, Mrs. Cutler died, having lived 101 years.
As a member of the large Church family, an active and very worthy and useful pioneer woman, although absent from us for fifty years, she surely deserved to have her name and venerable age preserved in our records.
For the sake of variety, the report for this year is largely in diary form, and is, therefore, chronological.
August 29, 1907. Some went from Crown Point to-day to the Phillips family reunion in Porter county. Said to be 400 persons present.
September 6. Some went to Hebron to-day to attend the Dinwiddie reunion.
Mr. James Brannon died on Sunday morning, September 1, 1907, 75 years of age.
September 8. The Presbyterian church building at Lowell was this day dedicated, making for Lowell four church buildings, the early Baptist church having disappeared.
The fall enrollment of pupils at East Chicago gives the following numbers: In public schools, 1,311; parochial, 535.
Died, on Wednesday night, September 18, Fred Herlitz, of pioneer descent, 70 years of age, himself a pioneer boy, and of excellent character. He was never married.
September 21. Allen family reunion at Thomas Dickinson's. About 100 present.
October 17. On this day Mr. Joseph Patten, born in 1834, celebrated the 73d anniversary of his birth. He was born two weeks before the arrival in Lake county of Solon Robinson.
A record. In the middle of this October, 1907, eggs in Crown Point are now selling at 28 cents a dozen, and butter at 32 cents a pound.
October 14. A frost in Crown Point that killed considerable vegetation. Mercury the 14th and 15th, 34 degrees.
October 12. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry M. Kenney celebrated on this day their 59th marriage anniversary, one being 83 and the other 77 years of age.
October 19, Saturday. The Ragon Scholars' Association was this day organized at Lowell. Members of six schools were present, and 150 were reported as partaking of the abundant dinner. A full account of this interesting meeting will be preserved for reference, when the fireproof room is ready for use.
October 30, Wednesday. The Moon and Hale Co. commenced running their cars on a little tram road from the Panhandle railroad to the Public Square, to convey the gravel for the construction of Main street. Four horses were required on the steepest part of the grade.
November 2. The cornerstone of the enlarged court house at Crown Point was laid.
November 9. Mrs. M. F. Pierce was killed by the cars this morning at Merrillville.
November 9, Saturday night. The Erie station at Highland was burned; also the M.E. church at Crown Point took fire, and considerable damage was done.
November 12. The first fall of snow. Wet.
November 17. The mercury has been down to 18 degrees, and snow six or eight inches in depth has been on the ground, and yet a little dandelion showed its yellow petals from under the leaves to-day.
November 20. After riding yesterday far down in West Creek township to attend a funeral, the Historical Secretary left Crown Point for Tennessee and returned to his home January 16.
Thursday, January 16, 1908. Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Palmer celebrated their 59th marriage anniversary at the home of their son, Jasper Palmer. Came to Indiana in childhood, married in 1849. Children 9, grandchildren living 22, great-grandchildren 13.
Reported by a friend for January 10, the death of Henry R. Kolb, whose wife was Polly F. Graves, youngest daughter of Orrin W. Graves and Achsah Farley Graves. Mrs. Polly Kolb's four children and six grandchildren are, therefore, of pioneer descent.
On Tuesday, January 14 of this year, Mrs. Susan G. Wood, widow of Hon. Martin Wood, was 80 years of age, and the event was duly celebrated at Hammond, her seven children all being present.
Died, on January 18, in the night of Saturday, or more exactly, between 1 and 2 o'clock on Sunday morning, one of our oldest citizens, Mr. John Millikan. He was born July 16, 1814, and was, therefore, 93 years of age last July. He was for many years editor of the Crown Point Register, was a thorough, practical printer, came to South Bend in 1837, and in 1877 to Crown Point. He was the oldest Odd Fellow in the State of Indiana, and received an Odd Fellow burial on Tuesday afternoon, January 21, 1908. One of his great characteristics was meekness.
Died, on the next Saturday night, January 25, at about 9 o'clock, Mr. Janna S. Holton, born December 17, 1822, and was 85 years old last month. He died on the forty-eighth anniversary of his second marriage. He came to Crown Point in 1844, became a business man, a merchant, a county officer, a very prominent citizen, and for sixty years went every day, with few exceptions, from his home to his store or office. The burial services were held on Tuesday afternoon, January 28, in the Presbyterian church. The burial was Masonic. He was the last of Crown Point's earliest merchants, commencing with Solon and Milo Robinson, and including among them H.S. Pelton, William Alton, Joseph P. Smith, J. W. Dinwiddie, David Turner, E. M. Cramer and John G. Hoffman. Other names may be found in our histories. Mr. Holton leaves three daughters, thirteen grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Thus, within one week, we have lost two of our aged and prominent and worthy citizens. The lately young men and boys are rapidly taking the places of the aged and well known, but they will be remembered by what they have done.
The first ten days of February, snowy and icy, the walks covered with ice, many people falling, and at length the sidewalks were largely abandoned, pedestrians taking the middle of the streets.
February 13. The snow has disappeared and the ice from the walks.
Tuesday morning, February 11. Harold Woods, only son of Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Woods, died of typhoid pneumonia at Columbus, Ohio, where he was attending school at the University.
On Tuesday evening of the same day, February 11, the Carnegie Library Building was opened to the public. Addresses were given by Judge McMahon, O. J. Bruce, Esq., T.H. Ball, Miss Curtis, Editor Bibler and Miss Scott, Public Library Commissioner of Indianapolis.
February 12, Wednesday morning. Mr. Frank Fuller was killed by the cars this morning at Cedar Lake.
It is reported in the Star that Dr. Hauk and Marshal Young crossed Cedar Lake to-day in an automobile, the first time, probably, that such a vehicle ever went over the ice on that lake.
Monday, February 17. The body of Janna F. Holton, a son of the pioneer, Volney Holton, was brought here for burial in the Crown Point cemetery.
February 18. A snow storm commenced in the morning and continued all day and the following night, 19th. All blocked up with snow drifted heavily. Traffic impeded. Trains stopped. February 20, storm over. The heaviest snow fall for several years. The weather not cold.
On Thursday, 20th, married in Crown Point, Miss Grace G. Bothwell, granddaughter of the pioneer, John Bothwell, and Frank Almon Carlson, of Merrillville.
DEATH OF TWO PIONEERS.
Mrs. Phoebe A. Brooks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nehemiah Hayden, born in Ohio May 15, 1827, coming, as a child ten years of age, into Lake county in 1837, with her father and mother, died February 21, 1908, nearly 81 years of age.
Ozias W. Clark, born in Naples, New York, December 11, 1831, coming into Lake county a young child in 1837, died February 23, 1908, 76 years of age. He was never married. He was assessor of Cedar Creek township nearly twenty-five years.
Of the Hayden family, once numbering fourteen, there are now left, according to the Lowell Tribune, three of Mrs. Brooks' brothers, Jacob, Cyrus and William Hayden, and one sister.
February 28. The Swedish young people of East Chicago attended a district meeting in the Gustavus Adolphus church at Grand Crossing.
March 6. A Welsh society of East Chicago celebrated St. David's day.
March 8, Sunday. At about noon to-day there died in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Henry Fry, Mr. Almon Wilkinson, born in Monroe county, New York, April 4, 1820, nearly 88 years of age.
On the same day, March 8, 1908, died Dr. Groman of Brunswick, 84 years of age.
March 10, 1908. In the winter a Carpenters' Union was organized in Crown Point, and to-day occurred the first "strike." The carpenters at work on the court house were receiving 35 cents an hour, and they demanded 50 cents. They obtained it, and resumed work in the afternoon of to-day, March 11.
March 13, 1908. Friday evening Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pearce had a surprise celebration of their 25th marriage anniversary. Many guests were present and nice gifts were received.
March 20. Mrs. Carl died, aged 93 years, November 31, 1907.
April 1, 1908. A weather note. March has been a quite mild and pleasant spring month. The Calumet and Kankakee waters have been much higher than usual. High water in rivers.
April 3. Mr. Noah Bibler died, nearly 84 years of age. Had been married 62 years. A citizen of Lake county 55 years.
April 8. Wednesday, at 8 p. m., Mrs. Abel Farwell died at the home of her daughter in St. Joe, Mich. She was known in girlhood as Louisa Burns, and came to Hanover township in 1836. She was 82 years of age. She was born in the State of New York December 23, 1825. Burial at Lowell April 10.
Died April 12, at Creston, Mrs. Alfred Edgerton, widow of a pioneer of 1836. She was Jane H. Scritchfield, a member of one of Lake county's very large families. She leaves five brothers, five sisters, nine children, twenty-eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. She was about 70 years of age.
Died at Hebron, on Wednesday, April 15, Mr. Isaac Bryant, long a resident at Plum Grove, or near it; about 68 years of age, a member of a pioneer family.
Also, on the same day, died at Crown Point, Mr. Frank Mann, 80 years of age.
April 16. Ice at Crown Point an eighth of an inch in thickness.
April 20. Dandelions in blossom.
April 22. Some peach blossoms open; fruit trees loaded with buds.
Mr. Moses M. Esty passed away from earth at the family home on Wednesday, April 22, nearly 78 years of age.
April 23. The Lowell Tribune contains a notice of the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Wood, former residents near the Robinson Prairie school house, now of Buffalo, Kansas, married in Massachusetts April 6, 1858, removed to Kansas in 1878.
May 1. Many strawberries in blossom.
May 9. Sunshine after five wet days. May enumeration of school children of 1908. East Chicago, which includes Indiana Harbor, 3,237, a gain of 351 ; Crown Point, 637, a loss of 41 ; Hammond, 5,713, a gain of 174 ; Whiting, 4,725; Gary, 1,497; Lowell, 343.
Died, May 19, Tuesday, at 10 p. m., Mrs. Joseph A. Clark, still in middle age. A great loss.
Wednesday, 20th, Miss Lucinda Van Valkenburg died, 90 years of age.
May 21. Electric street cars commenced running in Gary.
May 29. Quite a severe storm passed over the county last night. This has been a wet month.
June 2. Some ripe strawberries.
High school graduates this June: Whiting, 6; Crown Point, 12; Lowell, 20; Hammond, 25; East Chicago, --; Hobart, --. (It is difficult to obtain some figures. Historical Secretary.)
June 17. This morning Mrs. William Nicholson--Annie Brown--died suddenly. Cause, paralysis. Aged 61 years. A native of Lake county.
June 19. Mrs. J. L. Worley to-day passed over the line of four score years. The event was duly celebrated at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Y. C. Vosburg. She has resided in this county 65 years. She is quite active, visits her six children, and is said to be remarkably cheerful. It is said that "she has a wonderful memory."
June 20, Saturday evening. Two events were celebrated at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Festus P. Sutton; the nineteenth anniversary of their marriage, and the 40th anniversary of Mrs. Sutton's birthday. The items received are, "A bountiful supper," "valuable presents." Quite a number present from Oklahoma and elsewhere.
June 25. The Lowell Tribune of this date reports that John Dies, from one acre and a half of vines, has picked and marketed this season some over 300 cases of strawberries.
June 27, Saturday. This day was celebrated by quite an unusual event at the fair grounds. The Indiana Society of Chicago, by invitation of Mr. Will J. Davis, of Willowdale, who is very friendly towards Crown Point and Lake county interests, came out from Chicago in an automobile, and some on the cars, and held, at our fair grounds, their "annual basket picnic." Twenty-five large automobiles were counted on the grounds, and as they came in loaded with passengers, the sight was beautiful and suggestive, and well worth seeing. Some came from South Bend. One of these was the Studebaker car. Many citizens of Lake county were present by invitation, and some of these could remember when persons came to Crown Point in wagons, with board seats across the tops of the wagon boxes, and some of the wagons drawn by the oxen of those days. The twenty-five automobiles would surely have frightened the oxen and horses and perhaps even the children. After the ample basket dinner some time was devoted to speech-making as well as to visiting. An address of welcome was given by J. B. Peterson, Esq., followed by addresses from Judge Landis, who gave the $29,000,000 decision at the fine against the Standard Oil Company, and who presented reminiscences of his life at Crown Point twenty-two years ago; also from Mr. Watson, candidate for governor, and from some others. After the speeches some part of the "Sport Program" was carried out. The weather was delightful.
Married, June 29, 1908, Miss Cora May Saxton, of the Merrillville pioneer Saxton family, and Mr. Fred C. Papha, of Tolleston; born in Lake county, but of European ancestry.
The Lowell Tribune of July 9 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 (sic) 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.
About the first of July your secretary was shown, by the courtesy of Mr. W. C. Belman, through the many rooms of the First National Bank of Hammond. This bank structure is truly a city building, and its rooms are finely fitted up. A. Murray Turner, once a Crown Point boy, is president.
On Monday evening, July 13, again young life went suddenly out at Crown Point. Leo McColley was bringing the cow home from pasture with the rope by which he led her tied around his body. Arriving in town the cow, said to be usually very gentle and afraid of nothing, became frightened and began to run. The boy fell and was dragged to his death before help reached him. He was 9 years of age.
On Tuesday, July 14, in the forenoon, a prominent merchant of LeRoy, A. Z. Green, driving toward home from Crown Point, was killed by a freight train on the Houk crossing. It is said that an open car was in advance of the locomotive, and that this, probably, the driver did not notice until it was too late to stop.
July 23. 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.
August 9. Married, at Crown Point, Mr. Roy W. Halsted and Miss Lula Maud Burge, both of early settler families.
August 13. The Lowell Tribune of this date contains an account of the Foresters' picnic, held at Lowell August 8, and some day these figures may be of interest to some ambitious athlete: 100-yard dash, time, 11 seconds, made by Milford Anderson. Second 100-yard dash, time 12 seconds, made by Robert Palmer. Running broad jump, 18 feet and 8 inches, Ralph Trump. Standing broad jump, 8 feet, Ralph Trump. Running high jump, 5 feet 2 inches, Milford Anderson. Standing high jump, 4 feet 6 inches, Charles Lambert.
The season that has now passed was good for strawberries and raspberries. Besides our large fruit raiser, Mr. Meeker, several families raise fruit for sale. One family on South Main street, the Davis family, from a quite small patch, sold 1,016 boxes of strawberries and hundreds of boxes of raspberries. Cherries and peaches were few, but there are some apples.
The Lake County Agricultural Fair, which has just held its fiftieth annual fair, was organized in August, 1851. Its first officers were: Hervey Ball, president; William Clark, vice-president; J.W. Dinwiddie, treasurer; Joseph P. Smitt, secretary. The same president and secretary continued in office for six years. The directors were: Henry Wells, A.D. Foster, Michael Pearce, H. Keilman, Augustine Humphrey and William N. Sykes. Not one of the first officers or directors is now living. From 1859 until 1867 no fair seems to have been held. New officers were elected: Hiram
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[Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake County, Indiana. From 1906 to 1910 Printed in accordance with the vote of the Association, August 25, 1909; Crown Point, 1910 J. J. Wheeler, Printer]