Moments in Time … in photographs


Photos and information courtesy of La Porte County Historical Society Museum

This fountain for horses was given by A.J. Stahl in 1888. It was located at the northwest corner of Lincoln Way and Indiana Avenue. Stahl, 1853-1941, was an insurance agent, financier and real estate investor, and organized the group that started the La Porte Electric Company. He was described as “the city’s largest real estate owner, having 300 tenants living in his houses and apartments.” In the background at right is a window advertising Fredrickson & Truesdell Real Estate and Collections.

Businessmen and county officials are pictured in 1882. The photo was taken on the courthouse lawn, when a brick walk, a bandstand and an iron fence were fixtures. The fence (visible in background) was later moved to the former Cutler Funeral Home location on Indiana Avenue (now Judee’s). Note the Michigan Avenue buildings in background. Standing, from left: Warren Hosmer, Del Brown, Fred Hausheer, Edward Burson, George Ohming, George Bodley, Charles Middledorf, and one unknown. Seated, from left: Louis Wendt (or Bob Rheutan), Luther Hamilton, Joseph Jackson, William Eberhardt, Herman Sallwasser, Fred Swan, and Jake Haines.

Peter W. Betz (presiding in the wagon window) is pictured with his horse-drawn ice cream wagon, advertising “The More You Eat, the More You Want.” Also advertised are Home-Made Ice Cream Cones, Hot Buttered Popcorn, Fresh Cracker Jacks, Hot Peanuts, and Soft Drinks of All Kinds. Treats were 5 cents and quarts of ice cream were 25 cents.

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