100 Years Ago in March, 1917

01 Mar 100 Years Ago in March, 1917

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in March, 1917. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines.
March 1-4

Four more ships, one Norwegian, one French, and two British, have fallen victim to the new submarine warfare. Germans issue another warning to all vessels to stay out of the barred zone.

President Wilson will deal with Germany in his own way. There will be no extra session of congress.

The city’s youngest councilman, Fifth ward Republican David W. Osborn, enters the race for reelection.

Computer users should practice safe computing because of viruses like one called Michelangelo which could trigger millions of computer crashes and erase data on hard disks this week.

Business owners and managers at La Porte Towne Square, formerly Maple Lane Mall, are excited about what the mall’s Chicago owners have planned for the languishing shopping center.

Attempted justification by Herr Zimmerman, the German foreign minister, of Germany’s effort to line up Japan and Mexico against the U.S. finds no response in Washington today.

Woodrow Wilson, of New Jersey, subscribes to the oath of office as his own successor as President of the United States.
March 6-11
Fire breaks out in the La Porte Argus at Michigan avenue and State street. It also affects the Wolf hall, Leo Rumely Tractor Co. plant and office, and Advance-Rumely club in the same building.

Mayor McGill, who obtained cheaper and better electric lights and electric power and better street lights at lower cost, opens a campaign for cheaper gas for La Porte people.

Governor Goodrich signs the bill making legal the operation of moving picture theaters on Sundays.

In the first game at the sectional basket ball tourney here, South Bend defeats Interlaken by a score of 37 to 17.

Death comes in tragic form in the early hours of the morning. Miss Lucy A. Lemon, former school teacher, burns to death after either dropping or tipping over a coal oil lamp.

New Castle, Indiana, famed for its beautiful roses, is a city of death and ruins after yesterday’s tornado. Thirty to fifty persons are believed to be dead and about 200 injured.
March 13-18
Indiana national guard troops, fresh from Mexican border duty, patrol the streets of New Castle which was swept by a tornado.

The Gleaners of La Porte county will hold a rally in Richter hall in La Porte. Mayor David H. McGill will welcome the farmers and their friends to the city.

An enormous crowd welcomes 59 members of Company B 1st Ind. Inf. national guard in La Porte after an absence of nearly nine months which they spent in Mexican border service.

President Wilson leaves his sick bed to cope with a rail strike to go into effect at 6 p. m. tomorrow, the greatest clash in labor history.

John M. Studebaker Sr., founder of the vehicle manufacturing concern bearing his name, died in South Bend following a long illness.

There will be no nation-wide strike on the railroads. A basic eight-hour day for railroad employees will go into effect.
March 20-25
No American lives are lost when the American steamer City of Memphis was sent to the bottom by a German submarine.

President Wilson decrees that Congress will reply to Germany and schedules an extra session for April second.

Julius Rosenwald, president of the Sears Roebuck company of Chicago, makes the largest contribution ever made by an individual to charity, $1,000,000 to Jewish war sufferers.

Preparations are being made at Culver Military Academy to take care of 25,000 volunteers in case a call for troops is made by the president.

German newspapers say that Germany will declare war against the United States just as soon as an armed merchantman fires upon a German submarine.

Germany’s 1917 drive against Russia has apparently begun.
March 27-31
The navy department and nearly all recruiting stations report they have been jammed with applicants.

La Porte will make a generous and immediate response to the cry for help from New Albany, Ind. A tornado there killed thirty-seven, wounded several hundred and made 25 hundred homeless.

New York Red Cross officials are taking radical precautionary measures in the making of bandages following disclosures that some have been sprinkled with ground glass in order to irritate soldiers’ wounds.

Buy $7.50 blue serge confirmation suits for $5 at Blumenthal’s opposite the Princess Theater.

Admiral Royal E. Ingersoll, a La Porte resident who for years has been on the retired navy list, has been called to Washington. It is possible that retired naval officers may be called to active service.