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 →

“Chicago Med”

By Sharon Birlson Kirkham Every report card from the beginning of the year all the way through spring, until she promoted me into the 3rd grade (which I’m sure she was anxious to ... Continue Reading →

Laketon: a La Porte village that soon met its demise

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian There seems to be much interest these days in villages that never became recognized, many of which were referred to as “flag stops” ... Continue Reading →

Forward thinking: Thomas Reynolds’ premonition led him to make his casket ahead of time

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian We continually hear it recommended that we plan for our futures. Well, Thomas C. Reynolds, a resident of Westville in early La Porte ... Continue Reading →

Bringing Share’n home

Photos above: The before, during and after shots of the Share’n renovation, with Cary Kirkham doing the work. By Sharon Birlson Kirkham It was around Valentine’s Day and ... Continue Reading →

An odd twist of La Porte history: how an early shorthand school and “The Island” are directly linked

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian In 1878, Holmes’ Shorthand Business College was established in La Porte. As near as can be determined, it was initially located on ... Continue Reading →

Welcome to Puddletown!

By Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian According to recorded information, a place called Puddletown was located between New Carlisle and La Porte. Puddletown was one of the ... Continue Reading →