“Chicago Med”

By Sharon Birlson Kirkham Every report card from the beginning of the year all the way through spring, until she promoted me into the 3rd grade (which I’m sure she was anxious to ... Continue Reading →

Laketon: a La Porte village that soon met its demise

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian There seems to be much interest these days in villages that never became recognized, many of which were referred to as “flag stops” ... Continue Reading →

Forward thinking: Thomas Reynolds’ premonition led him to make his casket ahead of time

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian We continually hear it recommended that we plan for our futures. Well, Thomas C. Reynolds, a resident of Westville in early La Porte ... Continue Reading →

Bringing Share’n home

Photos above: The before, during and after shots of the Share’n renovation, with Cary Kirkham doing the work. By Sharon Birlson Kirkham It was around Valentine’s Day and ... Continue Reading →

An odd twist of La Porte history: how an early shorthand school and “The Island” are directly linked

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian In 1878, Holmes’ Shorthand Business College was established in La Porte. As near as can be determined, it was initially located on ... Continue Reading →

Welcome to Puddletown!

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian According to recorded information, a place called Puddletown was located between New Carlisle and La Porte. Puddletown was one of the ... Continue Reading →

Hailmann School is named for a man, but his wife had a larger impact in the national education field

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian During the Bicentennial celebration for the State of Indiana throughout the year 2016, the La Porte County Historical Society Inc. displayed ... Continue Reading →

Learning the ropes

By Sharon Birlson Kirkham Well, folks, spring has sprung and as the song, “Summer’s Comin’” by Clint Black goes, “nothing on earth that’ll get me hummin’ like a heatwave ... Continue Reading →

Wagons, ho! A guy named Lemon built a toll bridge to help them traverse the Kankakee River in the 1800s

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian In the early years of La Porte County, a major question was how to get across the Kankakee River to access La Porte County. Lemon’s ... Continue Reading →

La Porte County originally had 3 townships; now there are 21. How many in the future?

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian When we first became La Porte County on 09 January 1832, we had three townships: New Durham, Scipio and Kankakee. On 28 January 1842, ... Continue Reading →