Vidette-Messenger of Porter County from Valparaiso, Indiana (2024)

Porter County Area: Orderly Development Greater The Didette Messenger Promoting Progress, Second Section Valparaiso, Indiana, Monday, May 6, 1968 A Three County Men Killed In Crashes Three Porter county residents were killed Sunday and early this morning in separate automobile accidents, raising the county's 1968 traffic death total to 16. Dead are James T. Lane, 40, 305 Oak street, Valparaiso; David R. Pfeiffer, 22, of Wheeler and a former resident of Kouts; and Kemon (Kominakis) Kamos 30, Lenburg road, Portage, a former resident of Rensselaer. Lane died at 10:50 p.m.

Sunday at Wesley Memorial hospital in Chicago from injuries suffered at 2:15 a.m. in a one-car crash on U. S. 30, at the south Body Found In Lake CHESTERTON The body of a 10-year-old boy, one of six victims of an airplane crash March 8 ipe Jake Michigan near Chicago, was found Sunday along the beach at Dunes State park by four Boy Scouts from Whiting. The body of Edward H.

Litchfield, was found at 9:45 a. m. Sunday about 2 miles east of the state park pavilion, Porter County Coroner Leonard Wetmore reported. Wetmore was notified of the finding of the body by William Svetic, park superintendent, after the scouts advised him that a body was washed up on the beach. Still missing is the body of a five-year-old brother, DeForest.

The body of the father, Dr. Edward H. Litchfield, 53, Coudersport, was found about five miles northeast of Chicago's lakeside airport, Meigs field, the day following the fatal crash in thick fog. Litchfield was board chairman of Smith Corona Marchant, and former chancellor at University of Pittsburgh. The body of the pilot of the private twin engine plane was found March 13, while the body of the boys' grandmother, Ethel was found last Friday and the body of the mother, Mary, was recovered last Saturday.

78 Cast Ballots Interest in Tuesday's primary among absentee voters, is reflected in a final report today by the absentee voters board, Mrs. Catherine DeFries, Democrat, and Mrs. Mary Frances Babco*ck, Republican. As of close of official business Saturday noon, 78 persons cast absentee. ballots in the special booth on the third floor of the courthouse.

The office had open for the statutory 17 Of the 231 absentee ballots mailed to qualified voters, only 114 had been returned, according to the report today. Duly appointed absentee boards were busy today ing the vote to 78 persons confined to homes, hospitals or other institutions throughout the county because of injury or illness. Passenger Hurt In Portage Crash PORTAGE Police reported a two car accident Sunday on U. S. 20 and Ind.

249. Involved were James A. Lewis, 69, Gary, $300 damage, and Richard Whitlow, 27, Michigan City, $350. Police said a passenger, Sadie Lewis, Gary, was taken to Gary Mercy hospital for treatment of minor injuries. WEATHER Fair and not so cold tonight.

warmer with chance of showers Tuesday partly cloudly and. in afternoon, Low tonight 38 to 45. High Tuesday 65 to 72., ceded him in death on April 5, 1966. Surviving are two sons, James, Rome City, and John, Michigan City; two daughters, Mary Alice Darrell and Miss Diane Dudeck, both of Phoenix, two sisters; three brothers; and four grandchildren. Services will be held at 10 m.

Wednesday in St. Joseph's Catholic church, with the Rev. Albert Zimmerman officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's cemetery, Otis.

The rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m.. Tuesday in Weaver Funeral homie, Westville. where friends may call until time of services. edge of Valparaiso. According to Indiana State police, Lane was traveling west on U.

S. 30 when his car went out of control. His 1563 Oldsmobile traveled 570 feet along the median strip and then crashed into the abutment of the folk and Western railroad overpass, one half mile east of Ind. 2. Lane was brought to Porter Memorial hospital and then taken to the Chicago hospital.

He reportedly suffered multiple laceration, fractured pelivs, dislocated hip and head injuries. Pfeiffer was killed at 7:20 m. today when car prently swerved into the on- coming traffic lane on Ind. 130 near CR 475W and collided with an empty tanker truck driven by Billy J. Risner, 25, Knox, sheriff's deputies reported.

Two witnesses verified the truck driver's report. Pfeiffer was probably killed instantly, deputies indicated. Risner was not hurt. Kamos was fatally injured when a car driven by Clarence Fauser, 76, Cedar Lake, reportedly pulled out in front of him as he was travelling south on Ind. 2 near CR 650S, sheriff's deputies said.

Kamos' semi tractor-trailer. jack-knifed as he tried to avoid the collision and left the road The steel load on the trailer apparently broke loose, slamming into the cab, killing Kamos. Fauser was arrested on charges of failing to yield the right of way. His car sustained $700 damage. Kamos' truck sustained $25,000 damage deputies said.

Bodies of Lane and Pfeiffer are at the Wetmore Funeral home where services are pending. Services for Kamos will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in First Baptist Church, Rensselaer. Body. is at Jackson Funeral Home there.

BUILD HOUSE UNTO LORD Ground-breaking ceremonies for new First Methodist church, to be erected on site of old church at Franklin and Jefferson, were held Sunday morning. Participating in initial rites for $700,000 structure were, from left, Rev. John H. Cole, associate pastor; Ralph Harvey, building committee COURT NOTES JUSTICE Center Township Justice James Leffler heard four cases OVer the weekend. Saturday, John F.

Murray, 16, 1460 Sherwood, arrested Friday on a charge of no registration plate while operating his go cart on a public street, paid $19.25. Sunday, Rufus J. McGee, 47, 256 Lincolnway, and John H. Pinkowski, 48, 72 Lincolnway, both arrested Saturday on publie intoxication charges, paid $23 and $26 respectively. Early this Michael R.

Cawthon, 19, 507 Erie, was arrested and tried on speeding and improper passing charges. He was fined $86.50 and confined for non payment of the fine in Porter County jail. Superior Judge Russell Nixon Friday issued a temporary restraining order in 1 favor of the Lake County Department' of Welfare enjoining the Indiana Union of Welfare Employes from further picketing the departments offices pending a hearing in Porter Superior court Thursday at 10:30 a.m. The union has been picketing the department's offices in Lake county from time to time since April 25 of this year. The injunction suit was venued here from Lake county.

Portage Offices To Close Tuesday PORTAGE City offices will be closed election day. City hall will be the polling place, however, for voters of the 9th precinct. Voting machines will be set up in the building department office on the first floor. In the past Precinct, 9 voters cast ballots police station. chairman; John Blank, of Tonn and Blank General Contractors, Michigan City; Dr.

Eugene R. Balsley, United Methodist church superintendent, Crown Point; Dr. Donald Sunshine, of Sunshine and Jaeger Architects, Park Ridge, and Dr. Almon J. Coble, pastor.

(V-M Staff Photo) Obituaries KULLIN'S RITES HOBART Services for Mrs. Nellie B. Kullin, 82, who died Friday, were held at 2 p.m. today in Hope Lutheran church, Portage, with the Rev. S.

L. Klopfer officiating. Burial was in Blake cemetery. JOHN H. WIENCKEN, SR.

LAPORTE Services for John H. Wiencken, 70, RFD 3, LaPorte, a former Valparaiso resident who died at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Street Division hospital, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the ler Brothers Funeral home. The Rev.

Manfred E. Reinke will officiate with burial in Salem cemetery, near LaPorte. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. today. A resident of LaPorte county for 40 years, coming from Valparaiso, Wiencken was born in Germany, May 24, 1897.

A painter by trade, Wiencken was employed by the Thunderbird Bowling Alley, LaPorte, at the time of his death. On June 6, 1925 at Valparaiso, he married Agnes Matt, who survives. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran church and the Painters' union. Surviving besides the widow are one daughter, Mrs.

Norman Sacks, LaPorte; one son, LaPorte; eight grandchildren. -He was preceded in death by three brothers. MARVIN I. SWYNENBERG Marvin I. Swynenberg, 59, 605 Lafayette, a resident of Valparaiso for 36 years, died Saturday at Porter Memorial hospital.

Born March 23, 1909 in McCool, he was the son of Charles Lee and Flora (Gott) Swynenberg. He married Grace Kinne, who survives. He was a member of the First Christian church and was a past president of. the Jaycees. He was employed as a decorator.

1. Surviving besides the widow are one son, Charles Lee of Aurora, two daughters, Mrs. Kenton (Kay) Hoover, Valparaiso, and Mrs. Bill (Karen) Tabler, Kouts; one brother, Floyd of Hobart; and nine grand children. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one granddaughter.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bartholomew Funeral home with the Rev. Thomas Alston officiating. Burial will be in Graceland cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home until time of services.

MRS. JOHN VERMESON WANATAH Services will be held Tuesday for Mrs. John (Mary) Vermeson, 81, who died Friday at the home of her daugh ter, Mrs. Charles Zbuka, RFD 1, with whom she resided. In addition to Mrs.

Zbuka, three grandchildren survive. Her husband John preceded her in death Jan. 1 of this year. A former Gary resident, she was a member of the Romanian Orthodox church and the B. B.

Abraham Lincoln society. The Rev. Richard Grabowski will officiate at the 10 a.m. Tuesday funeral at the Lach Stillinovich Funeral home, Gary. Burial will be in Graceland cemetery, Valparaiso.

Friends may call until time of services. Prayer service will be held at 7:30 tonight. Wiesjahn Funeral home is in charge of local arrangements. MRS. HARRY BOLLES PORTAGE Mrs.

Harry (Ruth Bolles, 74, 10411 Central, a 60 year Portage resident, died Sunday at Gary Methodist hospital. She attended Hope Lutheran church. She was a member of START NEW V. F. W.

POST Preceding start of construction today of new headquarters for Valparaiso VFW Post 988, ground was broken in ceremony held Sunday at site on Roosevelt road, across from post office annex. Watching as shovels mark site for building expected to be completed by Aug. 6, is Art Smith, of Smith Nuppnau company, contractor for project. To left of Smith are Barney Ilic, post commander; Julian Rangus, architect engineer; John Luke, post quartermaster; and Raymond Rans, commander elect. (V-M Staff Photo) the American Legion post 260 auxiliary, a member of the auxilliary's past president organiaztion, and the War Mothers group.

She was also a member of the Porter County Salon 605-8 and 40 which will conduct memorial services at 8 p.m. today in 01- son, Reiser and' Frum Portage chapel. Surviving besides the husband, Harry, are six daughters, Mrs. Florence (Helen) Anderson, Walter (Ruth) Ponsler and Mrs. Jesse (Lorena) Peters, all of Portage, Mrs.

Thomas (Elizabeth) Bachinski, Hobart, Mrs. Thomas (Katherine) Diener, Tarzana, and Mrs. Kenneth (Carol) Hine, New "York City, N. four sons, George of Valparaiso, William of LaPorte, Albert of Gary, and Fred of Griffith; 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 2 p.m.

Tuesday in the funeral home with the Rev. S. L. Klopfer officiating. Burial will be in Ridgelawn cemetery, Gary.

Friends may call at the funeral home until time of services. HEWARD SERVICES CHESTERTON Services for. Joseph H. Heward, 73, 519 E. Morgan, a retired Chesterton druggist who died Saturday at Porter Memorial hospital, will be held at 2 p.m.

Tuesday at the Carl Edmonds Funeral home. The Rev. David Wade, St. John's United Church of Christ, will officiate with burial in Chesterton cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home today.

Masonic rites will be conducted at 8 p.m. today. Born June 28, 1894 at Grass Creek, he was the son of Wilson and Alley (Hammond) Heward. Heward had been a resident of Chesterton since 1935. He operated the Heward Drug Store before retiring in 1960.

He was a member of Masonic lodge 379. Surviving besides the widow, Lethale, is one sister, Mrs. Irene Callahan, Rochester, Ind. His first wife, Antoinette, preceded him in death in 1947. MRS.

CORA WEIMER CHURCHS FERRY, N. D. Mrs. Cora B. (Hineline) Weimer, 84, a former resident of Porter county, died, Saturday in a hospital at Cando, N.

D. Born in Porter. county, Feb. 11, 1884 she was the daughter of Ben and Dora (GGlissman) Hineline. She went to North Dakota to teach school when she was about 18, married and spent her life there.

She was a member of the Methodist church at Churchs Ferry. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Ted Nelson, Devils Lake, N. Mrs. Floyd Peterson, Emigrant, and Mrs.

Kenneth Neckels, French Camp, eight sons, George, Leeds, N. Byrl, San Diego, Elton, Logansport, and John, Herbert, Harwood, Ralph and Donald, all of the Valparaiso area; two sisters, Mrs. Carl Johanson, Valparaiso, and Mrs. Roy Linderman, Chesterton; 28 grandchildren and 29 greatgrandchildren. Services will be held at 2 p.

m. Wednesday at the Methodist church in Churchs Ferry. PAUL J. DUDECK LAPORTE Paul J. Dudeck.

52, Lincolnway, formerly of the Pinhook-Westville area. died Saturday at Robert Long hospital, Indianapolis, from burns suffered April 23 in a fire in his LaPorte apartment. He was born May 10, 1915 in Rolling Prairie, On June 1, 1935 in Michigan City, he married (Marcia Levendonki, who TRAFFIC FATALITY--James T. Lane, 40, 305 Oak street, was fatally injured at 2:15 a.m. Sunday when 1963 Oldsmobile he was driving went out of control and crashed into Norfolk and Western railroad overpass, abutment at south edge of Valparaiso.

(V-M Photo by Chet Dyniewski) Street Sweeping To Begin While Valparaiso residents, businessmen, schools and industries pitch into programs scheduled for the city's Annual Spring Clean-Up Week, now in progress, the city will join in the cleanup campaign by opening a fourday street sweeping schedule Tuesday at 1 a.m. Mayor Donald E. Will requests cooperation of citizens by parking vehicles in areas other than those scheduled to be swept on given days. be kept north side of On Tuesday, vehicles should Chicago, Jefferson, Lincolnway, Indiana and Monroe from Campbell to Roosevelt. Vehicles should be kept off the couth side of streets listed above on Wednesday.

Sweeping will be conducted between 1 and 7 a.m. Program promoting sidewalk Promotion Event- Ends Conclusion of the 10-day Retail Merchants bureau "promotion, Auction Dollar Days, was Saturday when approximately 2,000 people gathered on the courthouse lawn to bid for 200 prizes with their Auction Dollars. Walt Kiger, chairman of the program, said today the special event was highly successful and the crowd enjoyed th program which was highlighted with featured performer, "The Amazing Mr. Bradbury," who also served as auctioneer. Top prize of the day, a 1962 Chevrolet station wagon, was purchased by Steve Selman, 18, 901 Campbell, for $2,200 in Auction Dollars.

The auction began at 3 p.m. and concluded at 5 p.m.; Kiger said, with 200 people going away with valuable prizes purchased with their Auction Dollars. City, County Offices, License Unit To Close: The Valparaiso branch of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles will join governmental offices in the city and Porter county in observing primary election day by remaining closed all day Tuesday. Also to be closed Tuesday are treasurer's the Valparaiso city clerk office, sanitation and water departments. The Porter county courthouse, with the exception of the Social Security office, will suspend business South courthouse entrance will be used only for Center Precinct 3 voting.

North entrance will be open to persons having business with the Social Security office on the third floor. The Valparaiso post office (and window cleaning at business places is scheduled for Wednes day, with George Neeley in charge of Merchants Day. Thursday's School Day program will be headed by Garth Johnson. Planting of new shrubs at Valparaiso High school is one of school improvements planned. Under direction of Detlef Rathmann, industries have been asked to concentrate on general cleaning, painting and planting Industry Day to be observed Friday.

Meanwhile, clean-up and beautification officials broke ground Saturday for a Valparaiso Public Library improvement project. A new walk, landscaping and bike rack, will be provided. Project Chairman Dan Calloway said principal donors to the Accidents Authorities reported five no injury accidents Saturday. Elanor F. Stalbaum, 1505 Roosevelt road, $45 damage, and parked car of James Hendrickson, O'Fallon, $75 damage, near 104 Roosevelt.

Larry D. Chupp, 26, RFD-1 1, $75 damage, and Nancy S. Cunningham, 805 Brown, $150 damage, at Garfield and Lincolnway. Parked car of L. W.

Dolbearo, MR 2, $100 damage, David S. Stout, 32, 1009 Beach, $50 damage, and Larry J. Clark, 26, Kouts, $10 damage, near 208 Lincolnway. Nancy S. Hastings, LaPorte, $2,000 damage as her car rolled on turn at CR 150W and CR 500N.

Kenneth L. Wirick, 24, Gary, $1,000 damage and Bonnie B. Saparago, Portage, $250 damage, at U. S. 6 and Swanson road.

One no injury accident was reported Sunday as Ernest B. Lembke, 65, 256 Plum, $175 damage, collided with Paula L. Palen, MR 31, $200 damage near 1612-Lincolnway. Porter Alex J. Gaber, 52, St.

John's $900 damages, and John Marti, 67, Chicago, no damages, 4:30 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 20, near East Oakhill, road. Concert To Kick Off Westchester Tag Day CHESTERTON The Westchester Choir and Music ers will hold a tag day Saturday at Chesterton. Prior to the event, the band and choir will present a concert, starting at 10 a.m.

Saturday at Thomas Centennial park. Funds realized will be used to help pay for blazers for the junior high school and freshman band and choruses. will be open for regular hours, with regular mail deliveries to be- made. project are the Neal Valparaiso Jaycees, Merchants Bureau, Structural Dynamics and Lake and Porter Land Development Co. Dedication of the library improvement project will be the climax to Clean-Up Week on Saturday.

The library, closed today, will also be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, for installation of the sidewalk. Wade Kanney, chief librarian, said the library will also remain closed Thursday when the entire staff will attend a conference of District 1 of the Indiana Library association at St. Mary's college in South Bend. Chairman of the entire cleanup program is Steve Naumoff. General beautification chairman is Dr.

Dan Evans. Youth Thrown From Vehicle PORTAGE Damages totaling $1,500 and minor. injuries to one driver in a two car accident on, Blake road, near Concord avenue Saturday evening, were reported today by Portage police. Police said a car driven 1 by Danny Purser, 17, 9811 Central, collided with a vehicle operated by Clark Coppinger, 34, 2880 Blake. Purser, who refused medical attention sustained scratches on the forehead and complained of arm pain.

He was thrown from the car, police said, According to reports, the Purser vehicle, which sustained $900 damage, was southbound on Blake road when the driver lost control on a crest, sideswiped the Coppinger car and struck a Northern Indiana Public Service utility pole. The car rolled over, coming to rest on the hood. The Coppinger vehicle sustained $400 damage and damage estimate to the NIPSCO pole is set at $2002 Suspects Arrested PORTAGE Two subjects allegedly involved in a strong. arm robbery in were apprehended this morning by Portage police. Held for state police afterbeing arrested at U.

S. 20 and Dombey road, were William P. Pritchard, 20, Gary, and a 16- -old juvenile. According to Portage police, they received a radio: dispatch to be alert for the two subjects, believed to have pickup up a hitchhiker, whom they reportedly beat and robbed..

Vidette-Messenger of Porter County from Valparaiso, Indiana (2024)


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