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 →

Fern: Heating problems at the courthouse? What else is new?

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian How often today we hear “Everything Old is New Again” when we hear of the day’s activities. That happened when the La Porte courthouse ... Continue Reading →

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 →