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Tom Kepshire

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Historical Program
« on: February 14, 2012, 02:14:14 pm »
Come one, come all to Cedar Lake, Sunday, March 25, 2012. The MRHTS in association with the Cedar Lake Historical Association and the Museum of the Red Cedars present a Power Point and program on the Monon Railroad and Cedar Lake. Program begins at 2:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (Chicago) and will be at the Cedar Lake Town Hall. We hope to have a packed house. This is the second time Ken Weller and I have presented a program to this group, so they must have liked us to invite us back.
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Re: Historical Program
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2012, 08:19:09 pm »
June 5, 1890
Logansport Pharos
From the City News section
The Monon railroad has purchased several acres
of ground at Cedar Lake and will build a fine depot there
this summer.

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Re: Historical Program
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2012, 07:59:51 am »
Tom , are you going to do something like this at the convention ? It's quite a trip to Cedar Lake from down here although I would like to attend. Vic

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Re: Historical Program
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2012, 08:34:05 am »
It is possible to run the Power Point at the Convention. I am sure we could arrange that.
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Re: Historical Program
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2012, 09:33:49 pm »
  March 10, 1902
 
  Logansport Pharos
  Bad Fish To Be Killed (Excerpt)
 
  The Monon Railroad Company will seine Cedar Lake in a short
  time and will kill all the carp, gar and turtles brought up
  in the seine. The work will be done under the direction of
  the fish commissioner.

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Re: Historical Program
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2012, 09:56:06 pm »
  June 13, 1905
 
  Logansport Journal
  Hatch 50,000 Fish Every Year
 
  The United States Fish Commission, with the assistance of
  the Monon Railroad has established a fish hatchery at Cedar
  Lake. The enclosure is 40x200 feet and it is expected that
  as many as 50,000 young fish, principally bass, will be
  hatched every year. As soon as the  minnows are large
  enough to avoid destruction by the larger fish, they will
  get the freedom of the lake.

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Re: Historical Program
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2012, 09:58:31 pm »
  August 5th 1910

  Bloomington Evening world
  Excursion Trains Over the Monon

  One Last Week from Chicago to Cedar Lake Had 120 Coaches and
  carried 8000 people

  Because of a lack of equipment, the Monon finds itself swamped
  with passenger business this summer.  John R. Priest,
  travelling passenger agent of the road who is in Bloomington
  today, states that the company has had to borrow many coaches
  and yet does not have enough.

  Only a few weeks ago the Monon had one excursion from Chicago
  to Cedar Lake, which required 120 coaches.  It was for the
  employees of the two mammoth stores of Marshall Field & Co.,
  8,000 in all.  The store was closed for the picnic and the
  excursion was run in eight sections.

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Re: Historical Program
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2012, 10:30:07 pm »
  July 1, 1914
 
  The Indianapolis Star
  Moody Institute Buys Park At Cedar Lake From Monon
 
              Hammond, Ind., June 30—That negotiations are
  pending between the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago and the
  Monon Railroad for the purchase of the latter’s
  twenty-acre park at Cedar Lake is a report that has been
  confirmed by General Manager Gaylord of the institute.  Mr.
  Gaylord was noncommittal as to the institute’s plans with
  regard to the site, but it is reported that a summer
  Chautauqua is contemplated for the summer resort.  In former
  years Cedar Lake was a popular excursion place for
  Chicagoans, but picnics during the last two years have been
  discontinued.  Cedar Lake is thirty miles south of Hammond.

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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2012, 10:31:27 pm »
  August 11, 1916
 
  Logansport Pharos Reporter
  Monon Abolishes Cedar Lake Picnic
 
              Hammond, Ind., Aug 11—The Monon railroad has
  cut off a great source of summer revenue by abolishing
  Chicago picnics at Cedar Lake and presenting the Moody
  church of Chicago with its beautiful forty-acre park at
  Cedar Lake, until recently the training rendezvous for prize
  fighters.

              The church has launched a religious conference
  enterprise on a large scale, modeled on Keswick, England’s
  famous conference center, and the Nortfield conference of 20
  years ago.

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« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2012, 10:33:17 pm »

  September 2, 1916
 
  Daily Republican
  Conference Is held At Old Sporting Place
 
  Cedar Lake, Ind., Aug. 26—On ground once well known as
  the training quarters of Jack Johnson, negro champion, and
  favorite spot for Chicago beer parties, the Moody
  Evangelistic, Missionary and Bible Conference convened
  today. The site of the conference is Monon Park, formerly
  owned by the Monon Railroad.
 
  For years Monon Park was the rendezvous for members of the
  Chicago sporting fraternity and beer flowed freely. Today
  it appears destined to become one of the leading religious
  gathering places of the Middle West.
 
  As a thirst quenching resort it was profitable to the
  Monon Railroad, but when Fairfax Harrison became president
  of the road it was abandoned. The board of directors agreed
  with President Harrison that it wasn’t good business to
  allow one of the most beautiful lake resorts in the Middle
  West, within forty miles of Chicago, to be known as a prize
  fighter’s paradise.
 
  The picnics were stopped and Monon Park, with its large
  buildings deserted.
 
  It happened that Rev. E.Y. Wooley, associate pastor of the
  Moody church, passing Cedar Lake one day on a Monon train
  got the idea that Monon Park would be an ideal place for a
  conference similar to that started by Moody at Northfield,
  Mass. Obtaining interview with Frederic S. Delano, then
  president of the Monon, he explained the need of the Moody
  church at his own vision of a conference center.   
 
  “We will give Monon Park, its ground and its buildings to
  the Moody church,” said President Delano.
 
  An understanding was quickly reached and a contract drawn
  up which was ratified by the official boards of the
  railroad and church and the latter was given possession of
  the property.
 
  In development of its conference project, Moody church
  recently acquired about sixty acres immediately south and
  north of Monon Park. A big athletic field has been laid
  out and a bathing beach constructed.

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Re: Historical Program
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2012, 10:36:01 pm »
  February 4, 1936
 
  Vidette Messenger
  From the ‘Round About section
 
              Approximately 7,000 tons of ice making up 275
  carloads, has been harvested and shipped from Cedar Lake by
  the Monon Railroad company.  More than 100 men have been
  engaged on the project, cutting the ice which was fifteen to
  sixteen inches thick.  It was reported work was handicapped
  by a lack of sufficient men.

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Re: Historical Program
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2012, 10:40:33 pm »
  December 28, 1949
 
  Vidette Messenger
  Flood Blame
 
              Crown Point-The Monon railroad relocation
  project near Cedar Lake has been blamed for the flooding of
  a residence-forcing a family out of its home.  The Cornell
  Carlsons said the flooding of their basement, which ruined
  their oil furnace, was a direct result of the rail
  relocation which causes water to run off the railroad right
  of way into their yard and basement.  Carlson is seeking to
  take his troubles to court.

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Re: Historical Program
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2012, 09:37:03 am »
Thanks for doing all the research Stew, keep up the good work. Vic