100 Years Ago

03 Apr 100 Years Ago

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in April, 1917. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines.
April 1-8

One hundred and sixty-seven lives were lost when a Red Cross hospital ship was torpedoed in the English channel on March 21.

The cabinet faces the certainty that before the end of the week, the nation actually will be at war with Germany to an extent not considered possible at its last session.

The Red Cross wants 2,500 members in La Porte to be willing to give aid in peace or in war.

The nation turns its attention to vast preparations for entry into war on the side of Britain, France, and Russia.

The U.S. is at war with the Imperial German Government. The house this morning passed the Flood-Martin resolution, declaring that a state of war exists.

Austria-Hungary has broken off relations with the United States, following America’s formal entry into the war.

An American owned ship, for the first time since the beginning of the war, has sunk a German submarine.
April 10-15

A munitions plant in Pennsylvania blows up. At least fifty men are killed. Bodies are torn to little bits and flung a half mile from the wrecked plant. Over 300 others are injured.

La Porte will have a patriotic celebration called “Your Country Needs You” this Friday to Sunday. There will be a parade with music, flags, and marching soldiers and citizens.

Anti-liquor forces are standing on the threshold of their greatest victory. They declare that nation wide prohibition will save the country 600,000 bushels of wheat for war needs.

The government takes up in extreme earnestness today plans for averting a disastrous shortage of food among the entente allies and in the United States.

Thousands in La Porte marched in a mighty procession in appreciation of their citizenship on the biggest day in the city’s history.

A big $7,000,000,000 bond issue to finance war with Germany is reported on favorably by a Senate committee.
April 17-22

Germany has brought the war to the very doors of the United States. A German submarine attacked the torpedo boat destroyer Smith, 40 miles off the Long Island coast.

A Red Cross benefit will be at the Princess and Phoenix theaters on Sunday.

Shouts of “down with war” and “we want peace” and “give us bread” ring around the German emperor’s palace in Berlin during labor and food riots.

Mayor David H. McGill calls upon every citizen to attend a meeting in the court house yard on the night of April 25 for the purpose of launching a campaign to secure recruits for the U. S. navy.

A near-tornado whips La Porte. Sections of Oil Pull Plant buildings were unroofed and the roof was entirely lifted from the Niles & Scott foundry. There was no clashing of the elements in Michigan City.

Seventeen million bushels of grain, mostly wheat, is on its way to the mills of the east, following the breaking up of ice on the Great Lakes. This is expected to aid the provision situation.
April 24-29

Gasoline advances one cent to 20 cents a gallon in Chicago according to the Standard Oil company.

Food and then more food and trained men by the hundred thousand for transport work must be America’s initial contribution to end the European war.

Advocates in congress of the volunteer system for raising an army to fight Germany admit that defeat awaits their efforts to thwart President Wilson’s plan for an army raised by selective conscription only.

American people may face a food card system soon because a shortage of edibles is wholly probable.

The U. S. must become a vital leading factor in the present war. It must at once arouse from the existing lethargy and realize that its cause is far from rosy.

Men and not lads must fight the present war. A compromise providing for selective draft of males between 21 and 35 is being considered by Congress.