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Snippets -   The definition of a Snippet is "a small piece of anything (especially a piece that has been snipped off)" Okay, so do you have the idea? This is a place we will be adding small bits of information that we discover along the way while researching the people of our County.  It will just be a paragraph or a couple of sentences telling about the residents in every day life of yesteryear.
If you want to join in the fun, be our guest and do so; just remember to quote the source (i.e.. newspaper) that the "Snippet" came from and make sure it appeared in print before 1950.


  George Marsh (David Marsh's brother, for whose late wife Arzilla Zilla Square is named) had a son named George Clinton Marsh by his first wife Grace.  George C. Marsh married someone named Jessie Robinson.  This Jessie may have been the daughter of William "Jack" Robinson, the one-time proprietor of the St. Nicholas Hotel.  Strong evidence of this is that the Marsh family and the Robinson are living next door to each other in the 1860 census.
           This would be interesting, because apparently "Jack" Robinson was (according to at least one article from the MC Dispatch from the 1880s) a "railroad man."  George C. Marsh was listed as a RR Mail Agent according to one census, and both David and George Marsh (Sr.) apparently also had something to do with the railroad.  Both were into the lumber business and one also had shares of one of the local banks of the day.   - informant Scott Hoffman  9/20/2015


William Kellem and family plane crash on January 1, 1959
Ref: January 2, 1959 – Vidette Messenger, Valparaiso, IN
Plane Crash Kills 6 From One Family
Pontiac, Ill (AP) – All six members of an Indiana family were killed Thursday in a crach of the single engine plane in which they were returning from a California
vacation. They were 200 miles from their home in LaPorte.

Those who perished in the Cessna 190 after it plunged into a farm field about seven miles west of Pontiac were William O. Kellems, 34, a plastering contractor who was
piloting the craft; his wife, Mary Louise 28, and their four children, June Penny 10, Sherry Ann 8, William Jr., 7 and Gail 5.

Bodies Hurled: The bodies of Mrs. Kellems, June Penny and Sherry Ann were thrown some distance from the plane. Those of the Kellems and the other two children
were found in the debris.
The farmers, Carl Kalkwarf, 62 and his sone, Carl, 35, were unloading hay in the field adjoining that in which the plane crashed. They said they sky was heavily
overcast with a light snow when they heard a plane motor sputter, pick up, then sputter again. Then they saw the plane almost nose down, break through the low
overcast and plummet into the ground.
No Fire Follow: Neither a fire nor an explosion followed the crash
Coroner Vernon Von Qualen said papers found on the Kellems indicated the family spent Wednesday in an El Paso, Texas motel en route from San Clemente Calif., |
where they had vacationed.
The Civil Aeronautics Authority sought the cause of the crash.
The bodies were sent today to LaPorte.


1896 Michigan City, High School burns

Friday, January 10, 1896 - Fort Wayne Gazette , Fort Wayne, Indiana - High  School Burned and Children will have a vacation .
Michigan City, Ind., January 9,
The city high school building was burned tonight, fire being discovered a few minutes after school was dismissed. It had gained such headway before the department arrived
that with all its exertions it could not be subdued. The fire caught near the hot-air shaft. Loss $50,000; insured $30,000. A valuable library and laboratory were destroyed.
All books in twelve rooms were lost.

Area Grocers

Ashton, Lyman Blair (Son of Gallatin and Susan Ashton) and his wife Ellen R. (Mosse) wed 30 Oct 1872 and owned a Grocery business at 202 Franklin Street. Building no longer in existance. Lyman sold his business out sometime after 1905 and moved to La Porte living with his daughter, Mabel and Son In Law Leroy Bosserman. They all moved to Glendale, Los Angeles Co., California and lived out the remainder of their lives, Lyman and Ellen died in 1931.
(Also see Schoeneman and Ashton Grocery houses in La Porte County History)

1010 Franklin Street

1010 Franklin Street today. Roof Line and windows same as in 1900 but store front has been modernized.

Evert, Louis - Louis Evert grocery, 1010 Franklin St
Built ca. 1900 (listed address on census for that year)
1890-1, 1893-4, 1896 915 Franklin or 1316 Franklin
In 1902 City Directory. “Groceries and provisions.”
Also in 1905 City Directory. “Groceries and provisions.”

Louis Evert b. Oct 1840 Germany, d. 10 Oct 1907?
**Hans Joachim Ludwig Evert baptized 4 Oct 1840 in Friedrichshafen, parents Johann Christoph Evert and Maria Elisabeth Schmidt. Same individual?**
Louis Immigrated 1867, Anna & her mother immigrated 1868. L. & A. married 1868
Anna Evert (Westphal) b. May 1841
**Daniel Westphal & Anna Westphal parents, Sophie Westphal sister? – possibly immigrated aboard ship Teutonia – departure 3 Oct 1868. Residence Wendorf, Mecklenburg? Destination New York?**
**Anna b. 14 May 1841 in Gägelow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, parents Johann Joachim Daniel Westphal and Anna Maria Moeller?****Both parents born about 1812**


The Fair – General Merchandise, W. Felton 1113 Franklin
Built ca. 1905? Listed in City Directory of same year.
Walter J. Felton, Mabel, John and Emma listed under same address, John “Cigar maker”

Max Propp Men’s Furnishings
Max Propp, b. Dec 1857, immigrated 1884, married 1888

Children – Clara, Anna, Bertha, Grace
Max listed 1925 City Directory as business 1113, res. 1026 Lake Shore Drive, as well as Ruth and Bertha.
Address given 4 Sherman Apts in 1931 City Directory, same Ruth and Bertha.
Apparently ran jewelry store in Kouts in 1894 – mentioned in Fort Wayne newspaper article.
Listed as “Formerly of Kouts” Valparaiso newspaper article 19 Aug 1937 – mentions daughter Anna and her husband from Chicago.


Michigan City News, 3 July 1907
The meeting to perfect an organization for improving the Low cemetery at Midway was a failure on account of the threatening weather. Another meeting will be held in the school house next Saturday evening. This neglected and unkempt spot fronts one of the leading highways and railway lines of the state. It meets the eye of strangers every day in the year. It is a reflection upon the seemingly forgotten dead and savors of a disgrace to the living. It should be attended to.


Between 1900 and 1920 the Hudson Lake Beach Club House was built. It was located off Emery Road at the corner of Hickory Road and Poppy Lane. It was offered to the Chicago folks how owned resort property in the area. If you purchased a subsciption from the Chicao Tribune, you got a lot or several lots depending on the subscriptions you purchased. in the 1930's to 1940's Ray Lineberry was a contractor who was hired to take the clubhouse apart. The middle section was removed and placed behind the former Hotel Hudson. The end portions of the clubhouse were turned into appartments. Approximately in the 1950's to 1960's the two remaining structures were sold as houses.


LaPorte residents in the military: WWI
Newspaper Article from an unnamed publisher:
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Voss, of this city [LaPorte, Indiana], have received a letter written by their two sons, Fred H. and Herbert H., who are in France, stating that they are in the best of health and spirits and narrating a reuniting of the two brothers after a separation of three years and six months. Herbert added that it certainly made him feel good to meet a brother after such a long separation. At the time the letter was written the two brothers had been together three days and had been enjoying themselves seeing the sights of France. Fred was to leave in a few days for Coblenz. Herbert has been engaged in work in the infirmary Reemes. "Tomorrow we expect Herbert Zach up here," the letter continues, "and we will have one grand old time. Fred has had his picture taken and as soon as he gets back to Coblenz he will send you a couple." With three sons in the service, two of whom are in France, the Voss boys are certainly doing their bit towards establishing the cause of democracy."
article contributed by: Holly Ringle


Addition for Door Village Cemetery burials - From my paternal line, the Jessup and Palm family burials are in Carmel Chapel Cem., except for Carl Joseph (Josephson) Jessup who died before the Carmel Cem. was established. The book written for the Palm Family Reunion in 1980 devotes a paragraph to his burial - Phyllis DelBene in Ohio


Carl Otto Bachman was born in Hillsdale Co., MI 23 Oct 1887 He and his parents are still living in Hillsdale City, Hillsdale Co., MI in the 1900 census. But let me back up a minute and this is what I was able to find on his line. His grandfather: John C. Bachman was a Tailor born Switzerland b. abt 1828 and Anna the grandmother b. abt 1831Switzerland. His father John C. Jr. Sept. 1857 in Ohio. Ref: 1880 Hillsdale co., census Michigan.
  In the 1900 census both father and son (John C) Occupation - capitalist - are living next door to each other. John Jr. occupation market taylor - is now married to Etta born Apr 1864 in Illinois. They have been married 17 years. Etta birthed 3 children and 2 are still living. There is an older son and I think his complete name might have been John Theodore b. Dec 1883.
  By 1910 the two brothers have moved to LaPorte city, Indiana. Your Carl Otto Bachman is working as a tower and telegraph operator. Both brothers, according to the WWI draft registrations are working for the New York Central Railroad. John Theodore is an Operator Foreman. Dec 19, 1883 Brother John's wife's name is Marie A. Carl Otto wed Helen C. Rachor 25 June 1922 application and marriage date was 24 Sep 1922. Another interesting point is John T. married Maria A. Rachor 24 Oct 1906. One more thing, John and Carl's father died 29 June 1912. His full name was John Caspar Bachman Jr. He was 55 years of age. John and Maria are buried here: http://www.ingenweb.org/inlaporte/cemeteries/sstjoecatholiccentre/stjocentrepg3.htm And of Carl Otto Bachman is buried in Pine Lake Cemetery in LaPorte, IN.

Fanter & Logmann or Lagemann families. ---- recieved an inquiry from Nada Logmann, but my response bounced back in the emails. So I will post it here for other
researchers. Although they show up as Logman on some of the census or Logman, they also appear as Lageman or Lagemann on some records.

Keeping this in mind; I show the following.
Fanter:   I quickly found Fanter in the 1870 census living in Porter County, town of Valparaiso, which is right next to our county. Henry Fanter b abt 1832 and Katherine of English spelling of Catherine b abt 1833 both from Germany. Later in the 1900 census they show that they had 3 children. Two of the children are Emma and her sister Bertha. Sister Bertha later married a Gloye. In the 1900 Census, states born December 1839 Germany he arrived this county 1865 as did his wife Katherine. She states she was born in Germany in August of 1831.

Lagemann   John Logman apears in the 1900 census for Laporte County, IN states he was b. German in Dec 1844 and arrived this county in abt 1868; he later died 1914 wf, Emma b. Dec 1862 in Germany arrived in USA abt 1865. in this same census she so states that she had 8 children, 5 of which are still living. Look at the Greenwood files and I think you will find at least 2 of the burials of these infants. Living children are Lizzie b. Feb 1886 Ind. Bertha b. Oct 1890 Illinois Katherine b Jan 1893 Ind. Herbert May 1895 Ind Henrietta b May 1900
Kartherine later m. Louis Peo 18 Dec 1909.


My grandfather Louis E. Kimball's sister, Ella Kimball Barnes and the Manny Family are mentioned as well on this website.
The early Kimball settlers in Michigan City were brewers from Saxony. Louis E. Kimball listed as one of the 8th grade graduates for 1892, was my maternal grandfather. He moved to California circa 1905 and died there in 1963.


A Few Jessup family facts. Also, don't forget to do a search on our site for more Jessup information.
In March and November of 1837 James Jessup bought a considerable amount of property in the LaPorte Coolspring 37N Range 4 West Section 32 area.
This abutts New Durham Township. By 1850 there are no male Jessup family members with that surname living in the Coolspring area.

Also, in this same year, more of the Jessup family members purchased property in the Porter County - 30 Mar 1837 , the following Jessups purchased land 36N Range 5W:
Stephen, Isaac, John and Daniel. Also living in the Porter County area was Simeon Jessup who appears there in the 1850 census, showing his DOB as 1801 New Jersey and later went to Polk Co., Iowa where he lived out the remainder of his life.

Jessup Family in the 1840 La Porte County, Indiana Census

Daniel Jessup

Isaac Jessup

Israel Jessup

James Jessup

John Jessup

Pine Lake Cemetery:
Jessup, Elizabeth Taylor, wife of Irwin S. (no dates)
Jessup, Irwin S. Mar 7, 1818 - Sep 6, 1874
Jessup, Jennie B., dau Irwin S., Mar 30, 1853 - Feb 26, 1934
Jessup, Alice Goit 194(?) - Sept 11, 1922
Jessup, Nancy B., dau Daniel  1823 - 1895
Jessup, Katherine B. , 1857 - Sep 22, 1944
Jessup, John S. Apr 25, 1879, ae 64 yr, 6 mo, 10 da.
Jessup, Mary (Young), wife John S. Sept 23, 1820 - ?? 1897
Jessup, Anna R. 1859 - 1904
Jessup, Mary Ellen  Jan 6, 1864 - Mar 3, 1950
Jessup, Martha Shannon, 1865 - July 16, 1938


Jacob Replogle buried at Pine Lake Cemetery, Oct 2, 1800 - May 5, 1887, Sinia Replogle, wife of Jacob - Dec 2, 1804 - Jul 15, 1870. Married Dec 2(0?), 1828, New Philadelphia, Ohio. Moved to Center Township, PaPorte Co., Indiana, April 15, 1834. They were the parents of 5 children: George W; Elizabeth; Caroline; William H; Angeline. According to the list, all of this information is on the tombstone.

Other Replogle burials in Pine Lake:
George W. - 1847-192(3)?
William H. - 1834 - 1907
Anna Elizabeth, wife of William H. 1838 - 1930
Chauncey L., 185(0?) - 1915
Sarah, wife of Chauncey L. - 1846 - 1919
Stephen W. - 1856 - 1944
Nettie E., wife of Stephen W. - 1855 - 1939
Orpheus E. - 1859 - 1952 Julia H., wife of Orpheus - 1861 - 1924
Nettie Weiler Replogle, wife of Orpheus E. 1861 - 1933

Elizabeth Replogle buried in Westville Cemetery, but she was the wife of David Replogle.

From the 1880 La Porte Co. History - Old Settlers List
Jacob Replogle, born in Bedford Co., Pa., Oct 2, 1800; a farmer, and settled April 15, 1834
Sinia Replogle, born in 1804; lived 35 years in Indiana

There's a biographical sketch of Jacob Replogle, also in the 1880 History, which reads, in part, "Jacob Replogle was born at Morrison's Cove, Bedford county, Pa., in 1800. His parents, Jacob and Elizabeth (Booher) Replogle, were natives of Pennsylvania and settled at an early day in Montgomery county, Ohio. Subsequently they removed to South Bend, Ind., where they both died.


Excerpts from the Diary of John Sutherland written in 1840

   May 1 – Friday, very pleasant. I ploughed most of the day, in the afternoon, about the middle I went down to the schoolhouse with Mr. Wagoner to exchange the Sabbath school books with their school but the book agreed so near we did not exchange. I have a very bad headache this evening.
   May 2 – Very pleasant. I ploughed all day. Father went to La Porte on the business of Stearns and himself and when he got there they told him he might go home, the trial was over. Stearns lost it; it was read and thrown out of court. Stearns has to pay the costs. I was hindered some today about my ploughing, first Benjamin Salsbury came and talked awhile; the next was Chamberlain, he wanted some wheat which he got, 4 bushels. He promised to help us to plant corn; the next was John Andrews, he hindered some time, the next was Flemen (Fleming) Reynolds so I did not plough more than 2 acres this day. I ploughed 12 ½ acres this week and harrowed in 6 acres of oats twice over.
   May 3 – Quite bad, it rained all day with the exception of 2 hours about noon . Flemen (Fleming) Reynolds and myself went out to see Mr. Oseten ( Austin ), he is very low. We stayed 2 or 3 hours then we started for home but it commenced raining so we had to stop at Mr. Jourdens until the rain was over.
   May 4 – Tolerable pleasant. In the morning I went over to Mr. Belshaw’s to see a mare colt that Will owns. He is coming over here this week with her. I talked of buying her. In the afternoon I ploughed 1 ¼ , quite wet. We had some young turkeys to step out today.
   May 5 – Quite cold. I ploughed until noon , then I got out a flooren of wheat, the troughs this evening and commenced on the short ones. Marg. And Nancy went down to Mr. Aldrich and Andrews. Some considerable news there about me, the news is from the press direct, I expect.
   May 6 – Very pleasant. In the morning Father got out a flooren of wheat and I went out in the woods and got some timber to make the benches and …….. of a sled. After Father was done threshing I went to ploughing and finished quite early in the evening. Father and Nancy cleaned up 10 bushels of wheat, he is going to the City tomorrow. Wheat is worth the same old price, corn and oats the same. Wheat that is growing is 6 or 8 inches high, it is uncommon forward this season. The weather is quite cool, several severe frosts, some of the fruit is dead if not all.
   May 7 – Cool but pleasant. Father and Mother went to the City with wheat, butter and eggs. The came home just at dark, they got along first rate. We yoked up the cattle this morning and tried to harrow with them, but they were not strong enough. I hauled out the timber to make knees and benches for a sled.


Charles G. Powell was born in Monroe County, New York, Dec. 1, 1829 and was brought to LaPorte County when 10 years old. In November, 1856, he purchased the Westville Herald, which he moved to Laporte in 1859 and renamed the Laporte Herald. In 1867 he pruchased the Laporte Union of Cullaton Brothers and consolidated it with the Herald.
  Mr. Power was postmaster at Laporte from 1877 to 1882 after which he went to Washington where for 12 years served in an official position in the Pension Department. He returned to Laporte in 1894 and started the Weekly Republican, which twelve years after he sold to the Herald, retiring then because of ill health.He is survived by two sons.
Ref: The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, IN - October 16, 1913


Gust Millbranth - These are from WPA listings, not from primary documents, so spelling could be transcription errors. The marriage of Gust Millbranth on 9 November 1902 was to Iva WEST. There was a male child born to G.E. & Iva May (West) Millbranth on June 14, 1904 - Bessie MILBRAUTH (female) was born to Gustave and IRVIN (West) on October 17, 1910 M.A. (a female child) was born to Gust E. & Ida Mae (West) MILLBROUTH on June 15, 1913 Bessie MILBRATH is buried in Salem Evangelical & Reformed Cemetery. The record shows: Milbrath, Bessie, dau. of G. & I. 1910-1910 There is an application for Gust's second marriage (to Mary). On that application, he states that this is his 2nd marriage and that the first ended with death of the spouse, on May 12, 1917.


Johann George Karl Puffpaff - was born in the Dargun area of Mecklenburg Germany on the 25th day of November in 1825. His parents were Johann Puffpaff and his wife, Christina Elizabeth Kroeger who had married just over a month before John’s birth on October 22, 1825. That did not seem to be uncommon in that era in Germany , as we’ve found other German families with that same aspect in genealogy. John was a drayman, a deliverer of goods. He gave Lichenstein as his birth place in the 1860 census of LaPorte County . The family of John, his wife Dorothea Martinsen and their two-year old daughter, Dorothea had arrived six years earlier on the 3rd of July in 1854 on the ship, Sir Robert Peel. John was an invalid for quite sometime before his death which occurred the 27th of September in 1891. John was naturalized ten years before his death, although his 1st intent papers were taken out not long after he arrived. He and Dorothea had five children, all born in LaPorte County except for the above mentioned Dorothea who married Ed Deusing and had at least three children, Annie, Tina and Ed. The other Puffpaff children were: Charles who died young as well as three more brothers. Also, Albert who died of thyphoid fever on October 25, 1907. Albert had married Cornelia Iffland and left four young daughters, Luella, Edna, Cornelia and Louise at the time of his death. It is interesting to note here that Dorothea died four days later, “in hopes to join my son.” Theodore Puffpaff I believe was never married. He was born in 1864 and died October 13, 1912. Annie Puffpaff married Fred Dahne Jan 9, 1890 and had at least one child, Mable. I do not Annie’s death or anything else about this family. John and Dorothea’s other child, Amelia Louise Puffpaff was my husband’s great grandmother. She married William Frederick Zach (10 Oct 1864-22 Feb 1934) and was born June 25, 1867 in LaPorte, dying Jan 9, 1950 also in LaPorte. Their only two children were Daisy who married Ben Parker. Their son Fay Parker was a long-time educator in LaPorte County . He had four siblings, Ben, Jr, Beatrice, Dorothy and Harriet. The other Zach child was Herbert Frederick John Zach born April 28, 1891. He married twice in his short life (dying March 23, 1925 of an aneurism of the brain during an operation to help correct a problem after being hit by a car). He had a daughter Marjorie who married Joe Keltz and remained in the area and a son by his second wife, Helen Marschke (10 March 1890 – 28 Oct 1972) William Albert Zach born 14 April 1921 died 21 November 2003. Amelia Puffpaff Zach was a funny, loving mother and made life a happy one for her two children. from Karen Zach, Waveland, Indiana


Marschke - Quite a gutsy lady, Augusta (Justine) Krueger Marschke brought her four children to America in 1881 on the ship, Mosel after her husband’s death in Niederzehren , Germany . Her husband, Gus Marschke had been a master tailor. Augusta was born March 20, 1825 to Gottfried Krueger and Louise Schlaack. The Krueger’s had 11 children and several came to America , including Justine’s sister, Emma on the same ship. Augusta Marschke died October 27, 1900 of paralysis and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery . Her children were: Reinhart, Emma, Bernhardt and Johanna. The whole family were active members of the St. John’s Evangelical Church . Son Reinhart was the father of eight children (Henrietta, Bertha, Lavinia, Henry, William, Evalyn, Anna Flora, and Arthur , all of whom stayed in the LaPorte-Michigan City area except Henry who lived in Niles , Michigan . Her daughter Emma married Carl Raffel and had Helen, Johanna, Elizabeth and Otto. Daughter Johanna Marschke married Herman Clough and had eight children, Charles, Agnes, Wanda, Freida, Elmer, Ernest, Otto and Oscar. Bernhardt Marschke, Augusta ’s son, was born November 8, 1858 and died in Michigan City September 15, 1925. He married Otillie Catherine Kahn (born in Posen , Germany Feb 10, 1866 and died in Michigan City May 11, 1935). Bernhardt was a member of the Immanuel Church and worked for the city water department. He was killed when a car hit him. He and Otillie had ten children, Emil, Ottilie Segnbusch, Helen Zach, Albert, Frederick, Ella Schlundt, Otto, Charlie, an infant and Annie Kyle. Several of these family members remained in the area. - contributed by Karen Zach


This is a letter my dad Herb Moon wrote. -donation from the Moon family.
Dear Sir:
As I am in the corn testing contest. So I will tell you how I did my testing. First I picked out twenty good ears of corn. Then I got a board eight inches wide and marked of twenty square and number them from one to twenty. Then I place an ear on each number then I got some envelopes and folded them and at each fold a put the number of an ear. Then I took my knife and took six kernel out of each ear, two at the butt, two in the middle, and two at the tip. And when I drop six kernal at each fold I pined the fold to keep the six kernal from getting mixed with the next six. My mother gave me a cloth one foot wide three feet and four inches long, and at school I left a space one foot from each end then I marked off ten squares in length then I drawed a line six inches from each side the cloth and the line run lengthwise then I place the kernal on my cloth with the sprout side up when I had all of my kernal place on the cloth. I rolled it up from one end of the cloth. Then my teacher gave me a string and I put it around my rag doll then a brought it home with me I put it in. I can and sat it side the stove pipe off the warming closet of our stove and every night I put it in warm water for a half hour then I pored the water off. I did this until the corn began to sprout then I took it to school and we open it at school and counted my percentage.

Selma Sally Christanna Moon was born to Fredrick Carl and Johanna Henrette Plagemann on May 22, 1885 at Meyersdale Somersett County PA. On July 22, 1904 she was united in marriage to William Moon whome died on Jan 8, 1956. She has one surviving son, Herbert L. Moon. Springfield Twp. One son Steward E. Moon proceded her in death. She has Seven grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, one sister and three brothers proceded her in death. She was member of the Springfield Twp Volunteer Fire Dept Womens Auxillary.


Daily Herald, Wednesday, July 7, 1897 - Galena - There will be an ice cream festival in the big orchard north of the Rossberg Dunkard Church for the benefit of the cemetery there next Saturday afternoon and evening. All those interested in the cemetery there are requested to bring cake.

Waterford - from the Michigan City Evening News 6 Jun 1901 Page 3.
Nick Dunphy and son, Allie, are building a barn for Walter Tilden at Wanatah.
Rev.R.J. Shreve and wife have been visiting their son, Hiram Shreve, at Wooddale, Ill.
Mrs. Edna Pepple, who has been visiting her parents at Marion, Ind., returned home Sunday.
Mr.and Mrs. Aaron Pepple and Mrs. Marion Pepple spent last Sunday at Walter Tilden's at Wanatah.


Mt. Pleasant - I would say it refers to St. John Kanty Cemetery since St. John Kanty was established as a Polish parish. I take further verification from the following written by James Landing about "LaPorte Co., IN Villages & Towns of the Past & Present" and appeared in the News-Dispatch on 14 August 1971:

MT. PLEASANT refers to two rural areas, both in Galena Twp. The earliest was related to the building of the Mt. Pleasant Methodist Episcopal Church in the southeast corner of section 31, in 1844. This church has long been known as Lamb's Chapel in honor of Mr. S. Lamb, upon whose property the church was located. Lamb's Chapel also has the distinction of being just west of the highest point in the county above sea level. The second reference is to the building of an elementary school in the southern portion of section 26, although there had been a school earlier just to the east. This area is about one mile due west of where St. John's Church is today. In general, however, the term Mt. Pleasant, was also applied to the middle of the three main ridges which form the Valparaiso Moraine, a rugged glacial feature, which accounts for much of the scenic beauty of Galena Township. Note:

The elementary school mentioned in sec. 26 would have been just east of Teeter Cem. per 1921 Atlas of La Porte Co.
Information contributed by: Patricia Gruse Harris


Alien Registration - 1918 - Notice to Registrants
  In accordance with President Wilson's proclamation requiring all male German alien enemies 14 years or over ,residing on the four rural routes served out of the Michigan City post office to register,
  I hereby order all such German alien enemies within the confines of this territory that they must register with me as chief registrar between February 4 and March 5, said registration is to be made at the post office.
  Signed: Henry Schaal, Post Master

Daily Herald, Mon, Nov 12, 1894 - John C. Zahrn, the sexton of Greenwood cemetery, discovered a new made grave of small size in the potters' field of Calvary cemetery this morning. He says the grave was made sometime during the night or early this morning or he would otherwise have known of it at the time. No permit had been issued for the interment of an infant for several days and Mr. Zahrn considered the matter looked a little suspicious. Accordingly, he reported the case to Coroner Cole, who is making an investigation.. --
    Michigan City News. Daily Herald, Thurs, Nov 15, 1894 - Exhumed an Infant. Saturday evening The News mentioned the fact that Coroner Cole had gone out to Greenwood cemetery to investigate a new-made grave that Sexton Zahrn could not account for. The grave had been made sometime during Friday night and was nicely rounded off showing that great care had been taken in the burial. Coroner Cole had a man exhume the contents of the grave, which proved to be a small box containing the remains of an infant of premature birth. There was nothing to indicate to whom it belonged or who had deposited the remains there, and up to the present time the coroner has been unable to ascertain anything further regarding it. The interment was made without a burial permit and in the night and these facts gave rise to the suspicion that the child was of illegitimate origin and this method was resorted to to conceal the guilt of the interested parties. Dr. Cole regrets his inability to learn more about the case. It is undoubtedly nothing less than murder and the guilty parties should be made to suffer for it. - Michigan City News.


Licensed to Wed-Vincent J. Hefferman, Chicago, and Miss Hazel Wiltfong, Mill Creek, were licensed to marry at Chicago today.
Source: The Daily Herald in LaPorte, LaPorte , IN , Sat Jul 28, 1923.

County Correspondence : Misses Hattie and Tillie Shultz visited their sister, Mrs. Wiltfong, one day last week.
Source: The LaPorte Daily Argus Bulletin, Wed, Nov. 26, 1913 pg. 2.

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Wiltfong and daughter, Eileen, went to South Bend Wednesday.
Source: The LaPorte Daily Argus Bulletin, Wed, Nov. 26, 1913 pg. 2.


Genealogical Gleanings from the La Porte County Whig, 1847-51 - Fern Eddy Schultz
The Indiana Medical College was in existence from 1842 to 1852
11 Sep 1847 Died In La Porte, September 2nd, Lucien D. WOODBURY, son of William WOODBURY of Groton, New York.
Lucien C. Woodbury - Daily Herald, Thursday, May 11, 1893: The remains of Lucien C. Woodbury, one of the four students of the old Indiana Medical College who were poisoned, as it is supposed, while dissecting, were exhumed from the old cemetery this morning and reinterred at Patton's cemetery. John Ball and Robert Mecum accomplished the work.


Michigan City Ind. News Wednesday, 7 May 1889, p1 c4
February Deaths    -    Following is the list of deaths for the month of February, ending to-day.
The age of deceased, and cause of death is also given:
Feb. 1st--Wm. Werdein, 6 years, diphtheria.
4th--Emily Steinbenser, 4 years, chronic hip disease.
5th--Charlie Nichols, 3 years, diphtheria.
6th--Frank E. Healion, 2 years, diphtheria;   Wm. Draper, 19 years, dropsy;   John Debre, 4 years, diphtheria.
8th--Kate Block, 21 days, cause unknown.
9th--Sarah Wilsey, 48 years, congestion of the lungs.
12th--Infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Dolan and child named Gunther.
14th--Mrs. Henry E. Sadenwasser, 25 years, typhoid malarial fever.
19th--John A. Glasser, 60 years, paralysis.
22nd--Roy Bierman, 3 years, diphtheria.
26th--Daughter of Aug. Ohlka, aged, 1 year.

Michigan City, IN News Thursday 14 Feb 1889, p1,c5
DEATH OF MRS. WILSEY Mrs. Wilsey, wife of Miles Wilsey, died Friday morning at 9 o'clock, at the residence, on Fourth street. She had been ill for about a week, but had not been confined to her bed until Wednesday. Congestion of the lungs was the cause of her death. Deceased was 44 years of age, and leaves a husband and two children. Mr. Wilsey is a poor man and the blow is a severe one. She has a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Oldfield, residing at South Niagara Falls, Ontario.


Monday, November 16, 1891, La Porte Daily Herald - "Samuel Weihl, an inmate of the county house, died last night."
death index shows Samuel's date of death is November 15, 1891...he was 32 years old.

"Godless La Porte..The salvation army, having converted every sinner in Valparaiso, has struck tents and is moving four columns abreast towards the godless city of La Porte - Indianapolis Independent".  La Porte Daily Herald, Wed., Sep 16, 1891:

"A hair brained idiot who lives in La Porte, who says he has always been a Republican and a christian, threatens to turn Democratic because The Herald, a La Porte daily, refused to permit him and his companions to hold religious meetings in that office. The Democrats should enjoin the fellow and keep him out of the party. Yes, any man who imagines religious meetings can be held in a Republican print shop in Democratic La Porte county is too big a fool to belong to any political party." The La Porte Daily Herald: Friday, January 27, 1899:

Fort Wayne Journal - Gazette June 16, 1908 To Ship Gunness Bodies to Chicago for Burial Laporte, Ind., June 16. __ The bodies of Mrs. Belle Gunness and her children, who lost their lived in the destruction of the Gunness house on April 28, were today ordered by Coroner Mack turned over to the publice executor, who has arranged for shipment of the bodies to Chicago for burial next Thursday in Forest Home cemetery, in accordance with a request made by Mrs. Gunness in her will.

Please Return the Ladder - Will the party who removed the ladder from the premisses at 121 West Michigan street please return the same. The person
who borrowed the ladder must be through using it by this time. Source: MCEN - Sat 7 Mar 1908

Sunday School Medals. - The distribution of medals and tokens among members of Trinity cathedral Sunday school took place yesterday.
The medals were given for the best attendance at the special afternoon services each day last week and each was inscribed with the Lord's prayer.
Ethel Cheney aged 9 years, was given a beautiful oil painting of Jesus Christ for making the best cross among the girls. Her cross was of oak and was very attractive.
Howard Dunn was rewarded for writing the best composition on the daily lesson. Source: MDEN Monday 9 Mar 1908.

WWII, men march off to war. Lawrence Rinehart and his wife owned a little grocery store by the railroad tracks at 2700 S. Franklin Street., Michigan City.
As each of the son of a patron left for the war effort, Mr. Rinehart gave him a silver dollar with the instruction that they would bring it back to him when their military obligation
had been fulfilled and they returned home safely. The happy ending to this story is all, save one, of those silver dollars were returned. Story contributed by Rob and Carol Rinehart.

Andrew (Andrej) Komasinski (Kemil) - I discovered the web-site of Otis' cemetary today-June 10, 2006. My name is Noreen Komasinski; my husband is a direct descentant of Andrew (Andrej) Komasinski (Kemil), who is buried there along with his sons Joseph and Jacob (unmarked). Mary (his daughter) married on Jan Kaiser Sr. born very early in 1800's. She sailed over in 1863 (I have a record of the ship's register) to be Jan's second wife and mother to his young family and her own afterwards. Jacob owned property where the Pines Twp Hall (and formally a school site) is located. He died in 1896. Andrew died in 1893. Jacob's sons Boleslaw (Benjamin) and Ladislaw (Loge) owned property on neighboring roads in the early 1900's. Ben became a township trustee; Loge moved to East Chicago to work in heavy industry. Loge married the daughter of Jacob and Paulina (Paliga) Nawrocki, also buried in Otis. Paulina Janowski was the first child born in Indiana when her parents immigrated here in 1867. Her parents are Napoleon and Julia and buried in St Patrick's Cemetary in Chesterton. When I was researching the name Komasinski, a cousin stated to me that the family used a lot of aliases. Sure enough, when I went back to the census records I found Andrew "Campbell" born in Poland. When Jacob died, his will listed his name and alias "Kemil". Ben Kemil (Komasinski) has the road and beach named in his memory. William (Valenty) Komasinski who is buried in Otis was Andrew's son by a second wife; he married Polly (Paliga) Wozniak. When I died rather young, she married his brother Frank, who was killed in a farm accident. Her father was an old timer also in the Michigan City, Otis-Holmesville area.



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