History of Porter County, 1912County history published by The Lewis Publishing Company . . . .

Source Citation:
The Lewis Publishing Company. 1912. History of Porter County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, its People and its Principal Interests. Volume I.  Chicago, Illinois: The Lewis Publishing Company. 357 p.





In the study of history, too much attention is often paid to great national or international events, while those of local significance are neglected. Ninety years have passed since the first white man built his cabin in what is now Porter county, and seventy-six years since the county was organized by act of the Indiana legislature. During this time the record of many incidents of historic interest to the inhabitants has been preserved only by being handed down from sire to son, and many other events have been allowed to pass into oblivion.

The chief object in presenting this history to the people of Porter county is to give them an authentic record of much that has occurred since the first settlement, particularly the educational and industrial development of the county. This work represents months of research and patient labor, no source of information having been overlooked in its preparation. Among the authorities consulted, those most deserving of special mention are: The Reports of the United States Bureau of Ethnology; the Reports of the State Geologist, the State Bureau of Statistics and the State Board of Health; the Session Laws of Indiana, the Official Records of the County, and the files of the Valparaiso and Chesterton newspapers. A number of the personal sketches of the old physicians and lawyers were compiled partly from recollections of old settlers, though memory is not always reliable, and where it was possible this work has been compiled from official sources.

The author desires to acknowledge his indebtedness to the people of the county for the uniform courtesy shown him while engaged in his work, and the publishers desire to express the belief that the patrons of the history will find it both authentic and comprehensive. No effort has been spared to make it as perfect as possible, both in the matter embodied and in its mechanical construction.

CHICAGO, September, 5, 1912.



CHAPTER I - General Features
CHAPTER II - Aboriginal Inhabitants
CHAPTER III - Settlement and Organization
CHAPTER IV - Internal Improvements 
CHAPTER V - Educational Developments
CHAPTER VI - Military History
CHAPTER VII - Township History
CHAPTER VIII - Township History (continued)
CHAPTER IX - The City of Valparaiso
CHAPTER X - Financial and Industrial
CHAPTER XI - The Professions
CHAPTER XII - Societies and Fraternities
CHAPTER XIII - Religious History
CHAPTER XIV - Miscellaneous History
CHAPTER XV - Statistical Review

Transcribed by Steven R. Shook, November 2011


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