USS Indianapolis WWII survivors witness the call for new vessel: “Man our ship and bring her to life!”

WNLP photos and story by Mike Kellems (scroll down for story) “It’s a great day to be a Hoosier … it’s a great day to be an American.” Those were ... Continue Reading →

66 heavy Army trucks tested out the new, nationwide Lincoln Highway in 1919

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian In August 2019, a convoy of antique and modern military vehicles visited La Porte. Members of The Military Vehicle Preservation Association ... Continue Reading →

James Whitcomb Riley was a no-show in La Porte, but his name is on a school and a street here

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian A traveling exhibit from the Indiana Historical Society entitled “Golden Age of Indiana Literature” is being featured at ... Continue Reading →

The imperiled political center

Opinion column by Leigh Morris, former mayor of LaPorte and former chairman of the LaPorte County Republican Party The other day, I was driving down a road that was recently repaved ... Continue Reading →

What is wrong with these people?

Column and photos by Mike Kellems This past Friday, Aug. 23, while on my way home I saw a porta-john knocked over along the roadside. It was about 4:30 p.m. and when I spoke with ... Continue Reading →

That big 1926 bank heist in LaPorte? It wasn’t Dillinger, doggone it

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian Most will not know much if anything about the crime in La Porte County in 1926. However, with all of the recent publicity about the ... Continue Reading →

La Porteans used to gather for reunions — in Long Beach, California

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian On May Day, May 1, 1926, the La Porte-California Colony held its 12th reunion in Bixby Park, Long Beach, California. There were over ... Continue Reading →

2019 LPHS grads, please raise a glass of punch to Lester Houseman, John Walker and W.C. Weir

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian This year (2019), La Porte High School is celebrating the graduation of its 150th class. There seems to be no definite record of the ... Continue Reading →

Memorial Day’s meaning sinks in: “Nothing about this is pretty. Nothing.”

Story and photos by Bob Wellinski “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13) On March 1, 1969, while on a late night watch ... Continue Reading →

Kankakee existed as a whistle-stop (but Rolling Prairie won the name game)

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian Early in the history of La Porte County, there were those attempting to promote the name of Kankakee for the village of Rolling Prairie. ... Continue Reading →