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 4, Page 18.




Among my earliest recollections of my family, Mr. and Mrs. David Herr, was their trip to Porter County from Eugene, Vermillion County, of the State of Indiana, when I was a baby with my older brother, Frank. That has been about eighty-three years ago as I will reach the age of eighty-four years in September. We travelled by train and I can remember a darkey lady rocking me and taking care of me as she was also travelling. The reason for our locating here was that our relatives, the John Dorrs, previously had settled here. Our first home was a log cabin as that was the predominating type of home at that time, located near Sager's lake near the old Stoner farm. It was all woods at that time and there was an abundance of fish and very large turtles. Our neighbors were the Sam and Dan Stoners. The school which I attended was located somewhere near the Dell Kellogg home on LaPorte avenue. It was called the White School. My teachers name was Celista White who later married a Mr. Elam but who is now dead. From here we moved east of town, just east of Karicoff park. This was also a wooded section and the timber was cut down to clear the land for farming and homes. A load of chips taken to town could be sold for one dollar as they were used for fuel. This was during the time of the Civil War and I remember many young men joining the ranks as soldiers. I also can remember the tolling of a bell all day for Abraham Lincoln's death. I can also recall an incident of my mother whilst out hunting her cow with her dog, Romem, a wolf appeared but was frightened away by the dog. This dog, by the way, when a pup, was given to us by our former neighbors, the Stoners and was a very smart dog. Some of our neighbors in this locality included the families of the Bennett's, Kinney's, Millards, Radys, Jimmy Dillsiys, Irvin Talbots, Gid Martins and many others. There were lots of peddlers then as there were no stores except for the very few in our loop. There was also a school house in this locality and my teacher's name was Amanda Cuben, whose married name was Wass, who is now dead.

I lived in this place until and after I was married and some of my family were born and then moved in various places until I settled where is now my permanent home.

Article transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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