Plans under way to replace destroyed Rumely Historical Marker on hospital grounds

The front and back of the Rumely Companies historical marker that stood on the LaPorte Hospital grounds, recently destroyed by a vehicle. (Photos provided; click to enlarge)

By Fern Eddy Schultz, LaPorte County Historian

Recent destruction of the Rumely Historical Marker, which was located on the northwest corner of Lincolnway and Madison Street, has brought attention to the other Indiana Historical Markers in LaPorte County.

The Rumely marker, dedicated March 15, 2003, on the grounds of LaPorte Hospital, was destroyed when hit by a car. The Indiana Historical Bureau is currently in contact with the driver about insurance to replace the marker. At this point, all that remains of the marker is the post. It will be replaced, but at this time it is not known when this will occur.

This isn’t the first local marker to sustain such damage. Two other Indiana markers in LaPorte County have been, at one time or another, destroyed or damaged by vehicles. The Air Line marker on Ind. 39 was destroyed June 28, 2007; car insurance paid for the manufacture of a replacement marker, which was installed in August 2008. The Civil War Camps marker at Ind. 2 West and Colfax Avenue was damaged in November 2002. There was no police report made of this. The marker was repaired and re-set in April 2003.

Other Indiana Historical Markers located in LaPorte County are:

— LaPorte’s Carnegie Library, located on the southwest corner of Indiana and Maple avenues, dedicated June 5, 2002

— LaPorte County Circuit Courthouse, located on the Michigan Avenue/Lincolnway corner of the courthouse lawn, dedicated May 24, 2001

— Indiana Territory Boundary Line, located on the lawn of Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, Pine Lake Avenue, dedicated April 29, 1999

— Camp Anderson, located at corner of East Michigan Boulevard and Carroll Avenue, Michigan City, dedicated Nov. 16, 1996

— Lincoln Funeral Train, located on lawn of City Hall, Michigan City, installed 2016

— Old Lighthouse Museum, Washington Park, Michigan City, erected by Indiana Sesquicentennial Commission, 1966 — no longer standing; replaced by local marker

Information about securing Indiana Historical Markers may be found on the website of the Indiana Historical Bureau, www.in.gov/history.

FERN EDDY SCHULTZ is LaPorte County’s official Historian. To learn more about our rich local history, visit the LaPorte County Historical Society Museum and its website, laportecountyhistory.org.

2 Responses to “Plans under way to replace destroyed Rumely Historical Marker on hospital grounds”

  1. Anon

    Sep 06. 2017

    Careful with historical markers. Regressives might destroy them again. It would be cool if we could get a marker for the church that was leveled. Even for just its historical significance.

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  2. Cori

    Sep 11. 2017

    Fern Eddy Schultz is a local treasure and we are so lucky to have her. Nobody knows the history of this area like she does. I hope that someone at the state level realizes this and honors her. I’m sure that most of the historical information I know about this area are things I’ve learned from her along the way, either in news articles, old “this day in history” entries formerly in the local newspaper, talks she has done to various organizations, or through her contributions at the La Porte County Museum. Just wanted to let her know how much I appreciate her. La Porte is so lucky to have her! Thanks, Fern!

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