The Vidette-Messenger Centennial EditionThe 1936 special edition celebrating Porter County's centennial year . . . .

The following article has been transcribed from the August 18, 1936, issue of The Vidette-Messenger, published in Valparaiso, Indiana. This particular special edition focuses on Porter County's centennial celebration and contains a 94-page compendium of Porter County history up to that time.

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Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; August 18, 1936; Volume 10, Section 1, Page 23.



Here is a side-splitter from a Chesterton lady:

One day the pastor of the Catholic church in Hammond, who was raising funds to help pay the church debt, went to one of his parishioners, a wealthy Irishman, and asked him to subscribe a thousand dollars to the church debt fund. His first name was Mike. Never mind his last name. Mike said he would think the matter over. Time went on and nothing was heard from Mike, Finally the priest called on Mike at his home and asked if he had decided to make the contribution. "No, Father," answered Mike, "after thinking the matter over I have decided to move to Chesterton, join Pete Snyder's church and go to hell."

I heard a story in the Elk's rooms, but or the life of me, I cannot remember the name of the teller. It involved one of Valparaiso's old tailors. They nailed the story on old John Bruhns. It goes something like this. One day Mr. Bruhns had occasion to order two of those large tailoring irons. Their trade name is "Tailor Gooses." The word did not sound right. And he couldn't see how the word should be converted into "Geese," when he wanted more than one. So he sat down and wrote his wholesale house, as follows: "Dear Sires: Please send me one tailor's good, size No. 6. And, day, damit, send me another goose, same size." The order was correctly filled.

Article transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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