Those newfangled horseless carriages made in La Porte caught the fancy of many (except the horses)

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County (IN) Historian Most of us are acquainted with the Munson automobile. In 1898, the Munson Co. of Chicago announced its desire to move to La Porte. ... Continue Reading →

A major export here in the late 1800s/early 1900s? Ice. Huge slabs of ice.

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian Although the Old Farmer’s Almanac came into existence in 1873, it is doubtful that local ice house owners relied on it for weather ... Continue Reading →

On Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and every day, doff your cap to our cops

WNLP column by Mike Kellems Today, Jan. 9, 2019, is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. This day is an opportunity for the citizens of our communities to express their appreciation ... Continue Reading →

Boiler up! Thank you, Tyler, for your unending spirit

EDITOR’S NOTE: Tyler Trent passed away Jan. 1, 2019, after inspiring, and being embraced by, the entire Purdue community. WNLP column by Mike Kellems Despite New Year’s Day ... Continue Reading →

Bates & Rogers & KOP (and a little personal connection)

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian As early as 1937, the Ordnance Department had started making studies on what to do to prepare for war. As a result, there was considerable ... Continue Reading →

Attack on Pearl Harbor was 77 years ago, but LaPorte industries had a jump on the war effort

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column by LaPorte County Historian Fern Eddy Schultz was originally published by WNLP in 2009. It is being re-posted here in honor of the 77th anniversary of ... Continue Reading →

b sharp or b flat, but b good: Polk College of Piano Tuning students plinked away in LP

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian Caleb C. Polk, a master of the art of piano tuning, conceived the idea of a piano tuning school while traveling in the West as an expert ... Continue Reading →

Still greeting thankful LaPorteans to the end, educator, intrepid bicyclist, community leader and war hero Ralph Howes passes away

WNLP column by Mike Kellems LaPorte lost a legend Thursday. Many folks will be sad to learn that Ralph Howes Sr. passed away at his home a little after 5 p.m. I recently have found ... Continue Reading →

“Final resting place”? Not so much for residents of La Porte’s Old City Cemetery

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County (IN) Historian The old city cemetery was situated on the south side of Lake Street past the location of today’s waterworks. Because it has been ... Continue Reading →

A little fawn, and the abrupt end of what was a great day

Column and photo by Mike Kellems I was having a great day… Monday was the start of school in Chesterton and everything went very well. The first few ... Continue Reading →