Historical Images of Porter County

Chesterton, Indiana

Date: Circa 1890s
Source Type: Photograph
Publisher, Printer, Photographer: J. M. Harkless
Postmark: Not Applicable
Collection: Gordon D. Rogers
Remark: William (Bill) Michaels of Porter is seated at the far left in this photograph.

Printed in the Chesterton Tribune on June 27, 1896, was the following notice:

"J. M. Harkless, photographer, is making a great many photographs for Chesterton people, and giving splendid satisfaction. He will be here until July 10, and those wishing work done should call at once to get it done. Gallery in Shaper's building Chesterton."

The following obituary for William Michaels was published in The Vidette-Messenger in 1958:


CHESTERTON -- William J. Michaels, 85, Lake Worth, Fla., died at West Palm Beach Saturday, after a long illness, it was reported here today. He had lived in Porter most of his life, moving to Florida in 1939.

He was a past master of Calumet lodge 379, F&AM and a member of Lakeland lodge in Florida.

He was born in Germany June 17, 1873. His wife, Eva, preceded him in death. Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Fred Lorenz, Chesterton, one sister, Mrs. Henry Donovan, Gary, four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Services will be held at the White Funeral home in Chesterton, Saturday at 2 p. m., with the Rev. H. J. Heubschmann, of St. John's Church of Christ, Chesterton, officiating. Burial will be made in Chesterton cemetery.

Friends may call at the White Funeral home in Chesterton after 2 p. m. Friday until time of services.

Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; December 24, 1958; Volume 32, Number 135, Page 6, Column 7

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