echoes of the past | Chesterton Tribune
10 years ago
Wednesday December 21, 2011 – Sarah lowe wins the Chesterton Middle School Grade 8 Spelling Contest and will enter the Lake District / Porter County District Spelling Contest. Desiree Bell is second and Nathan Poczekay third. . . A fire damages a house in the villages of Sand Creek. . . Porter County Commissioners endorse the use of certain hospital interests to help the Nonprofit Opportunity Businesses, the Youth Service Bureau and the Porter County Aging and Community Services.
15 years ago
Thursday December 21, 2006 – All Duneland schools exceed the state average on ISTEP scores. . . Online auction bay at 107 S. Calumet Road will handle online sales. . . CHS wrestlers beat Portage 38-29 with wins in eight weight classes. The coach is Chris Joll. . . Dana christensen scores the winning basket in the CHS women’s basketball team’s 35-33 victory over Valparaiso. . . Carpenters Union purchases 55 acres at Coffee Creek Center.
25 years ago
Thursday December 19, 1996 – John Shanahan is appointed the first-ever Porter County Juvenile Court magistrate. . . CHS bands will present a preview of their performance at the Outback Bowl. . . CHS wrestler Todd Ribar is 18-0 this season after the team beat Michigan City 54-21 … Matt Gillikin and Mike Shaw lead the Chesterton Middle Schools seventh-year Lions in a 45-36 victory over Washington Township.
50 years ago
Tuesday, December 21, 1971 – A rigorous policy aimed at putting an end to school vandalism was approved by the Duneland School Board last night. Dr Karl Speckhard, Duneland Schools Superintendent, distributed copies of an Indiana law of 1869 aimed at combating school vandalism and drew attention to the section that makes vandalism a felony as well as to the section which makes it a crime for a person to refuse to leave the premises of a school at the request of a duly constituted authority, for whatever reason. He was given permission to prosecute the school vandals if necessary. . . Damage estimated at $ 800 was caused at Westchester Junior High School on Sunday, Chesterton police reported. Three windows were smashed and a file cabinet damaged. Nothing was reported missing … Vandalism in the old building of the Sandpiper restaurant was discovered by Chesterton Police today. Four large picture windows were smashed and two door handles were removed. . . Mrs. Russell Brocksmith, 605 W. Indiana Ave., reported that a bay window, valued at $ 250, was shattered by a stone thrown through it. . . A man of about 45 has left the Big T, failing to pay for three canned hams, Chesterton police said. The loss was set at $ 35. . . Merle Phillips, 107 S. Eighth St., reported to Chesterton Police that three strings of Christmas lights had been removed from a tree in front of his house. . . Vytenis Jonynas from Jonynas Hall on Veden Road complained to Chesterton Police that people were cutting Christmas trees on his property without permission. The police keep watch and warn intruders and tree cutters that they will be prosecuted. . . The addition of 30 units to the Liberty Farms mobile home park over US 6 between Ind. 49 and Meridian Road was approved last night as a special exception by the Porter County Board of Zoning Appeals. With the expansion of 30 units, the park will accommodate 130 mobile homes and the owner of the park, Peter Bulthius, will build a wastewater treatment plant for the park … Tonight’s TV highlights: “A Christmas Carol”, ABC. Half-hour animated version of the Charles Dickens story. . . Bob Hope brought his Christmas troupe to Vietnam today, and halfway through his opening monologue, a 24 hour rain stopped and the sun made its appearance. “How hard must it rain in here before we end this war?” Hope shattered just before the downpour stopped.
75 years ago
Thursday, December 26, 1946 – This year, the boys and girls of the city were treated to the unusual sight of two Santa Claus, or so rumors have it. Maybe someone saw double. In any case, some do not agree on the number of Santa Claus. One thing is certain: there was. If there were two, it is recorded from one of them that he did a quick disappearance act at a local store. Some of the toddlers say he just passed away. We know in good faith that Santa Claus had a particularly good turn this year, touring several houses where there were sick children. Were they happy to see him. . . Porter County now has seven incorporated towns and Chesterton welcomes Beverly Shores to the fold, as citizens went to the polls on December 21 and voted to incorporate the community as a town. The result of the municipal election was 103 to 63 in favor of incorporation. There were 190 eligible voters. . . Jacques Nevers, a well-known man in the Navy, is on his way to the South Pole with Admiral Byrd’s expedition, a trip many would consider the thrill of a lifetime. In his last letter written on December 7, Jake said he was a few miles from Panama. He works as a radio chief and says they will have no way of sending or receiving mail until they encounter the USS Philippine Sea, an aircraft carrier, when it performs its only planned trip to Antarctica. . . Wilbar Manufacturing Company on Park Avenue has a nostalgic name for the Anderson brothers, owners, as it is derived from their hometown in Pennsylvania, Wilkes-Barre. They moved to Ogden Dunes in 1928 and began their current settlement in the basement of their home, moving to their current location in 1930. Wilbar does light fabrication, as well as development and experimentation. During wartime, they worked full-time on contracts for companies such as Bendix of South Bend and Kingsbury Ordinance, employing around 125 local men and women. At present, the payroll has about 50 employees, of which 15 are women. . . Abatex manufacturing company, after almost a full year of successful operation at Chesterton, offered its 30 employees a 2% Christmas bonus. The clothing business is located on Calumet Road, above Herb Anderson Market. She plans to expand her activities next spring.