101 Stories

with which I follow the road of the Family for a Century

98. Indiana Harbor...Steel Mill City.

When we left Chicago University we went to live at Indiana Harbor. We had only Anita, a two-and-a-half-year-old girl. No family ever fell into the hands of a more cordial church group than we did there. To this day they are our truest friends, and when Anita and Tom gave a recital in LaGrange once, some of them came to see and hear her whom they first knew as a baby.

We lived at 3602 Elm St., and at 3918 Hemlock St., then bought the little home at 3714 Ivy St. Laura was born at Elm St. and Andrew at Ivy St.

When we moved to Indiana Harbor, 92% of the population were non-English-speaking. We always rejoice in the memory of Katherine House, the Christian Center we built and left in that polyglot community.

So much was crowded into the days spent there that stories crowd it from every side. It was here we first met Miss Sarah E. Noyes, who has been such a close friend of the family during the years.

We began the Daily Vacation Bible School work in that city. Anita attended the first kindergarten. For ten years she was in a D.V.B.S. each year and her picture was in a national publication with the Christian and American flags crossed when she had finished the tenth season.

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