The Iroquois Theater fire revisited: New information surfaces about LaPorte County victims

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian On Monday, 27 November 1903, the brand new Iroquois Theater, an “absolutely fireproof” theater, opened in Chicago at 24-28 Randolph ... Continue Reading →

Mike Kellems: It is time

EDITOR’S NOTE: Mike Kellems has been a generous and talented photo and story contributor to WNLP pretty much since our inception in 2009. Through many of his shared thoughts and ... Continue Reading →

Counterfeiting (sometimes referred to as the 2nd oldest profession) had a few early “entrepreneurs” right here in LP County

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian We find that counterfeiting became a part of La Porte County’s history very early on in the existence of the county. Jasper Packard ... Continue Reading →

Hoosiers need to speak out for redistricting reform

Opinion column by Leigh Morris Periodic redistricting is a key element of helping to assure equity and vitality of our electoral process. Every 10 years after the completion of our ... Continue Reading →

A shout out to Steven

By Sharon Birlson Kirkham This is a “shout out” to a fine young man by the name of Steven who lives in Fairfield subdivision in LaPorte, who came to my rescue after I took an unscheduled ... Continue Reading →

Cop (with more hair at the time) recalls what he had to do 25 years ago to end rogue buck’s downtown destruction

EDITOR’S NOTE: Sometimes officers are called upon to put animals out of their misery. That was the case 25 years ago when a buck, after sustaining injuries as it crashed into several ... Continue Reading →

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

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 ... Continue Reading →

Dr. William H. Wishard honed his medical skills in La Porte — but where’s his diploma? (And for that matter, where is Dr. Mayo’s?)

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian Dr. William Henry Wishard was born near Carlisle, Kentucky, January 17, 1816, and died in Indianapolis in 1913. When he was 22 years ... Continue Reading →

Saving Bubby: “We shaved a few seconds off the clock”

By Mike Kellems WNLP EDITOR’S NOTE: Family members continue to report that Edward “Bubby” Burek-Phillips, 3, is making progress in his recovery at Comer Children’s Hospital ... Continue Reading →

Robert Kennedy (check out this rare video!), Earhart, Roosevelt, Hope, and more visited LaPorte County

WNLP EDITOR’S NOTE: The rest of the story — Along with this column, Fern included a different photo of Robert Kennedy speaking in LaPorte. After a little research we learned ... Continue Reading →