echoes of the past | Chesterton Tribune
10 years ago
Wednesday December 7, 2011 – On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Chesterton Town Manager Bernie Doyle recounts his time in the National Park Service, as chief of operations at the USS Arizona Memorial. . . Governor Mitch Daniels announces that 1,250 acres in a former state prison farm in Pine Township will be transferred to the Department of Natural Resources for a public game habitat area.
15 years ago
Thursday December 7, 2006 – Burns Harbor Park Council will equip the new Harbor Trails Park, located east of Salt Creek Road and north of US Highway 20.. . More than 440 swimmers 15 clubs attended the spectacular fall meet hosted by the Duneland Swim Club. . . American Indiana Water Company files a petition with the Indiana Utilities Regulatory Commission asking for a 17.64% rate increase in its Northwestern district, which includes Duneland.
25 years ago
Thursday 5 December 1996 – A president is wanted for the Christmas program project in April, which would rehabilitate houses … A dry well is installed in Chesterton Park to improve drainage. . . Ernest Anderson dies at the age of 104. . . Ruge & Fils Meats celebrates its 50th anniversary. . . Over 100 CHS music students attend the 24th Annual Madrigal Dinners.
50 years ago
Tuesday, December 7, 1971 – Coffee Creek Park is expanded for skaters, the Chesterton Park board learned at their meeting last night. The Coffee Creek Park rink is twice the size of last year, the first year of use, and there will be an area for hockey players this year. Hockey goals are being installed and a new heated shelter is being installed. Dogwood Park, meanwhile, will be the only park in which snowmobiles will be permitted, and trails will be built in this park. There will also be a parking area for snowmobile trailers. Rules will be posted at the park. . . About 25 snowmobile enthusiasts attended the Chesterton Police Commission yesterday to hear about the snowmobile trails in Chesterton. The city will develop trails at Dogwood Park, but Porter County District Attorney David Bahlman, who has read the snowmobile laws passed in April 1971, said the cooperation of Porter County and City authorities will be needed. for the city trails to lead to the county trails or to Porter. . . Indiana State Police Arrest Three Portage Boys after reports of boys firing high powered guns from the Willow Creek Bridge at cars on the toll road last night. A LaPorte man’s car and four out-of-state cars were hit, but no one was injured. The boys, 14 and 13, admitted to taking the guns on Sunday night at Sport Port in the Portage shopping center and firing through the windows of Ayleworth Junior High. They were caught fleeing the Willow Creek Bridge and found to have six guns and ammunition … 15-year-old Chesterton boy turned over to probation authorities in connection with the burglary of Floyd Cheney’s home on South Fifth Street yesterday morning. The boy went to high school and called a cab, which took him to the Valpo bus station, where he bought a ticket to Del Ray Beach, Florida. The Valparaiso police interrogated him at the bus station and found the $ 140 missing at the Chaney at home…. The CHS Letters Club will sponsor a “Preserves for Christmas” campaign from December 8-17 to collect preserves for families in need through the Duneland School Corporation. . . “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens is as much a part of the holiday season as Santa Claus. “Mr. Scrooge,” a musical adaptation of this classic, will be presented by CHS drama and music students December 15-16 at Bailey Elementary School. Kevin Doler will play the title role. Tonight’s TV highlights: “Dr. How the Grinch Stole Christmas from Seuss,” followed by “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” CBS.
75 years ago
Thursday 12 December 1946 – George Lowry, Porter Hardware Store, rented the old ice rink to John Saidla and will soon be opening a furniture store there, to be called the Chesterton Furniture Store. He says good, substantial products will be available at reasonable prices. Plumbing, heating and electrical supplies will also be handled in the new store. For a week or two, the interior of the old ice rink has been undergoing renovation. . . One reader reminded us this week that he hadn’t seen anything in the newspaper about the Chesterton Tribune’s new meter. It was installed a few weeks ago and has the popular horseshoe shape, with a masonite top and chrome trim. The back of the counter is a shelf offering storage space…. A crowd in overcapacity, many of them from Chesterton attended an exciting basketball game at Crisman Gymnasium last Friday when Portage High School, winner of all opponents so far, defeated so far undefeated Chesterton 5, 35-24 . . . Herman G. Kempf succeeds William Givens as Porter State Bank teller on December 1 and we are happy to have him with us. However, Mr. Kempf is no stranger to the North End. He worked once at the local bank, between 1940 and 1942, moving from there to the State Bank of Valparaiso. Here he served as a cashier until his current appointment. . . The Chesterton Post Office is expecting the biggest season in history this year. This means that if people call the office every day and pick up their packages, the congestion will be greatly relieved. Floor space is very limited. Packages left for a day will be stored until after Christmas, as the post office has no room for them. . . CHS PTA to sponsor Christmas vespers service Sunday December 15, during which Reverend Lloyd Smith will deliver the Invocation, Reverend Walter Wilson the Christmas Message and Reverend Carl Lorimer the Blessing. The Girls Sextette will sing Glory to the King of Kings, Lo, There is Born a Savior and Hark the Herald Angels Sing. . . Dear Santa: Merry Christmas! I would like a doll with pigtails, doll clothes, a doll cradle, a dollhouse with furniture, a bathrobe and slippers. Don’t forget my new cousin Deborah, who lives in Plymouth. She is only three months old, so maybe she would like a rag doll. Love from your friend, Linda Lou Witte.
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