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 →

Guest opinion: It’s past time for new approaches to address Indiana’s voter turnout problems

Submitted by Leigh Morris Voter turnout is a concern across the country but it’s especially problematic in Indiana, where it has been lagging for years. It hit rock bottom in 2014 ... Continue Reading →

Dr. Jesse A. Wasson: a big man in La Porte, IN, AND in LaPorte City, IA — in more ways than one

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian Recently I was contacted by a person who had been on a tour of the British Isles and met another tour member who was from La Porte City, ... Continue Reading →

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 →