by Jeanine Rhodes
Elkhart has certainly had its share of disasters – natural and otherwise – over the years. The early years of the city were especially dangerous, since safety and fire regulations and systems were not well developed.
Because the city is located on two rivers, the Elkhart and the St. Joseph, flooding has always been a concern. One of the first major floods recorded occurred in February 1887, with the Elkhart Sentinel newspaper reporting 75 buildings under water following days of rain. The flood of March 1908 resulted in Island Park, as well as a number of other low-lying Elkhart streets, being under water. Photos show residents taking to the streets in boats in order to reach their homes. Nearly 400 families were affected by the flooding.
Fire claimed a number of Elkhart factories and stores. On the morning of March 15, 1904, fire broke out in the H. B. Sykes & Co. Dry Goods Store. The first alarm sounded at 7:30. Within ten minutes of the alarms, the crowd was such that police were called to keep them at a safe distance. Fifteen store clerks were inside when the fire began, and all were safely evacuated. At one point, there were six lines streaming water into the building. Heat and smoke built up inside, bursting the ground floor display windows and showering half a dozen firefighters with glass and debris. The fire caused an estimated $100,000 loss of goods, with another $10,000 loss in structures, but no loss of life.
The Harvest Queen Flour Mill (originally the Old Sage Grist Mill), located at 500-504 E. Jackson St., was discovered burning at around 6:30 a.m. on October 21, 1909. It was suspected that mill dust ignited on the fourth floor, starting the fire. The blaze totally destroyed the mill, except for the books in the office. Several firemen were injured by falling debris, and the loss was estimated at around $56,000.
The C.G. Conn Musical Instrument Factory at 414-432 E. Jackson St. was destroyed by fire May 22, 1910. The extent of the damage prompted the city to purchase a steam powered pumper for the fire department. One of the night watchmen who had discovered the fire died, and nearly 100 employees were left without jobs. The company quickly rebuilt a new factory at 1101 E. Beardsley.
Shortly after the Conn fire, the Star Match Factory burned. This company was located on the north side of Ren St. between the railroad tracks and Sterling Ave. The factory had just been built the year before. Unfortunately, the new motorized pumper ordered after the Conn fire had not yet been delivered.
A spectacular explosion on the night of February 12, 1891, at the Combination Board Mill, ranks as one of the worst industrial accidents in Elkhart’s early history. The explosion was caused by the buildup of steam along with ammonia gas inside a boiler which had not been shut down when the machine was stopped to make repairs. One of the workers, Schuyler Neiswander, was killed when his body was blown some 125 feet away. The reverberation from the blast was felt by residents as far away as Wolf’s Addition (now the Indiana/Prairie/Benham Ave. area). The Combination Board Mill was located along the St. Joseph River where Johnson and Jackson Streets meet, and was immediately rebuilt following the disaster. Several local newspapers mentioned that the company seemed to suffer more than its fair share of accidents.
The Main Library has numerous books, newspapers, photos, databases and other materials available to assist with researching significant events in Elkhart’s history. Visit the Reference Desk on the second floor, and staff will be happy to point out resources of interest.
Breakfast provides a way to start each day with a healthy and nutritious meal and lays the foundation for lifelong health benefits. Adults who eat a healthy breakfast are more likely to consume more vitamins and minerals, eat less fat and cholesterol, enjoy better concentration and productivity throughout the morning, control their weight, and have lower cholesterol, which may reduce the risk of heart disease.
is especially important for children and adolescents. According to the American Dietetic Association, children who eat a healthy breakfast are more likely to: meet daily nutrient requirements, concentrate better, have better problem-solving skills and hand-eye coordination, be more alert and creative, miss fewer days of school, and be more physically active.
Start your work or school day off with a healthy breakfast for optimum success.
THE ART OF BREAKFAST: HOW TO BRING B&B ENTERTAINING HOME by Diana Moos. (641.52 M825) Down East, c2011.
BEST RECIPE’S FROM AMERICAN COUNTRY INNS AND BED & BREAKFASTS by Kitty Maynard. (641.5973 M471) Rutledge Hill Press, c2004.
BREAKFAST COMFORTS by Rick Rodgers. (641.52 R691) Weldon Owen, c2010.
THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA BREAKFASTS & BRUNCHES: OVER 175 NEW RECIPES FROM THE WORLD’S PREMIER CULINARY COLLEGE. (641.52 B282) Lebhar-Friedman Books, c2005.
EASY BREAKFAST & BRUNCH: SIMPLE RECIPES FOR MORNING TREATS. (641.52 E13) Ryland Peters & Small, 2007.
ESSENTIALS OF BREAKFAST & BRUNCH: RECIPES, MENUS, AND IDEAS FOR DELICIOUS MORNING MEALS. (641.52 E78) Oxmoor House, Inc., c2007.
THE BACON COOKBOOK: MORE THAN 150 RECIPES FROM AROUND THE WORLD FOR EVERYONE’S FAVORITE FOOD by James Villas. (641.664 V726) John Wiley, c2007.
THE FARMSTEAD EGG COOKBOOK by Terry Blonder Golson. (641.675 G628) St. Martin’s Press, 2006.
THE FRESH EGG COOKBOOK: FROM CHICKEN TO KITCHEN: RECIPES FOR USING EGGS FROM FARMERS’ MARKETS, LOCAL FARMS, AND YOUR OWN BACKYARD by Jennifer Trainer Thompson. (641.675 T473) Storey Pub., c2012.
SAUSAGE: RECIPES FOR MAKING AND COOKING WITH HOMEMADE SAUSAGE by Victoria Wise. (641.66 W813) Ten Speed Press, c2010.
SEDUCED BY BACON: RECIPES & LORE ABOUT AMERICA’S FAVORITE INDULGENCE by Joanna Pruess. (641.815 H676) Lyons Press, c2006.
From the Pan
CRÉPES: SWEET & SAVORY RECIPES FOR THE HOME COOK by Lou Seibert Pappas. (641.815 P218) Chronicle, 2006.
FRENCH TOAST: SWEET & SAVORY DISHES FOR EVERY MEAL by Donna Kelly. (641.815 K296) Gibbs Smith, c2008.
PANCAKE: A GLOBAL HISTORY by Ken Albala. (641.815 A325) Reaktion, 2008.
BAKING ARTISAN PASTRIES & BREADS: SWEET AND SAVORY BAKING FOR BREAKFAST, BRUNCH, AND BEYOND by Ciril Hitz. (641.815 H676) Quarry Books, c2009.
THE DONUT BOOK: THE WHOLE STORY IN WORDS, PICTURES & OUTRAGEOUS TALES by Sally Levitt Steinberg. (641.86 S819) Storey Publishing, c2004.
BISCUIT BLISS: 101 FOOLPROOF RECIPES FOR FRESH AND FLUFFY BISCUITS IN JUST MINUTES by James Villas. (641.815 V726) Harvard Common Press, c2004.
THE COMPLETE MUFFIN COOKBOOK: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO MAKING GREAT MUFFINS by Gloria Ambrosia. (641.8157 A496) Square One Publishers, c2006.
DONUTS: AN AMERICAN PASSION by John T. Edge. (641.8653 E23) G. P. Putnam’s Sons, c2006.
GREAT COFFEE CAKES, STICKY BUNS, MUFFINS & MORE: 200 ANYTIME TREATS AND SPECIAL SWEETS FOR MORNING TO MIDNIGHT by Carole Walter. (641.815 W231) Clarkson Potter/Publishers, c2007.
MUFFINS: IRRESISTIBLE CREATIONS TO SHARE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS: 75 RECIPES SHOWN STEP BY STEP IN 300 BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS by Carol Pastor. (641.8157 P293) Lorenz Books, c2009.
MUFFINS: SWEET & SAVORY COMFORT FOOD by Cyndi Duncan. (641.815 D911) Gibbs Smith, Publisher, c2008.
THE PASTRY CHEF’S APPRENTICE: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO CREATING AND BAKING SWEET CONFECTIONS AND PASTRIES, TAUGHT BY THE MASTERS by Mitch Stamm. (641.865 S783) Quarry Books, 2011.
SOUTHERN BISCUITS by Nathalie Dupree. (641.815 D942) Gibbs Smith, c2011.
THE ULTIMATE MUFFIN BOOK: MORE THAN 600 RECIPES FOR SWEET AND SAVORY MUFFINS by Bruce Weinstein. (641.815 W424) Morrow, c2004.
500 SMOOTHIES & JUICES: THE ONLY SMOOTHIES & JUICES COMPENDIUM YOU’LL EVER NEED by Christine Watson. (641.87 W337) Sellers Pub., c2008.
THE BLUE BOTTLE CRAFT OF COFFEE: GROWING, ROASTING, AND DRINKING, WITH RECIPES by James Freeman. (641.3373 F855) Ten Speed Press, c2012.
COFFEE & CAKE: ENJOY THE PERFECT CUP OF COFFEE–WITH DOZENS OF DELECTABLE RECIPES FOR CAFE? TREATS by Rick Rodgers. (641.8653 R691) William Morrow, c2010.
THE JUICING BIBLE by Pat Crocker. 2nd ed. (641.875 C938) R. Rose, c2008.
MILK: THE SURPRISING STORY OF MILK THROUGH THE AGES: WITH 120 ADVENTUROUS RECIPES THAT EXPLORE THE RICHES OF OUR FIRST FOOD by Anne Mendelson. (641.371 M537) Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
TEA: A GLOBAL HISTORY by Helen Saberi. (641.3372 S115) Reaktion Books, 2010.
THE TEA ENTHUSIAST’S HANDBOOK: A GUIDE TO ENJOYING THE WORLD’S BEST TEAS by Mary Lou Heiss. (641.3372 H473te) Ten Speed Press, c2010.
For the second year in a row, the Libraries of Elkhart County won the 1st place award for Inside Non-Commercial Exhibit at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.
- Bristol Public Library
- Elkhart Public Library
- Goshen Public Library
- Middlebury Community Library
- Nappanee Public Library
- Wakarusa Public Library
Many thanks to all who staffed the booth. Extra kudos to the intrepid library staffers who spent days in the sweltering heat, creating this wonderful, whimsical exhibit.
Use Library Extension in Google Chrome to view library titles through Amazon.com
As you browse book and e-book titles on Amazon, the Library Extension checks your library’s online catalog and displays the availability of that title on the same page. If the book is available at your library, you’ll know instantly. There’s a quick, convenient link to access and reserve the title at your library.
The Library Extension is free, but currently only works with the Google Chrome web browser. You will see availability on the same page as Amazon’s offers and reviews. It’s free and no sign-up is required. Install the Library Extension from www.libraryextension.com.
Once you have installed Library Extension, go to Amazon.com and open the Library Extension menu by clicking the bookstack icon at the right end of the address bar.
From the drop-down menus, choose your state, then your library, and click the plus sign on the right. The name of your library will show up in the space below. “Books” and “eBooks” will be checked. If you only want to see holdings for one of them, uncheck the other. Click “close” in the bottom right corner.
If you ever want to change, add or remove a library, or update your book/e-book preferences, simply click the bookstack icon.
Browse Amazon and select a title. If the library has the book, it will be listed on the right side of the screen. Clicking on the plus sign will show which library locations currently have the title available.
Do you need to learn a foreign language for business or travel?
Are you interested in learning a new language just for fun?
¿Te gustaría aprender cómo hablar en Inglés?
With Mango Languages, you can learn a language in the comfort of your own home; on your own schedule. All you need is a high-speed internet connection and a resident Elkhart Public Library card. Learning a new language with Mango Languages is FREE to all resident EPL card holders.
Mango offers 60 foreign languages, as well as ESL (English as a Second Language) courses for speakers of 17 different languages. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions.
- Go to myepl.org/info247.
- Find “Language” on the list.
- Click on the plus sign and choose Mango Languages.
- Create a profile. You will be asked to sign in each time you use Mango, so you can track your progress;
- OR Click the “Start Learning” button to use Mango without creating a profile.
- Select a language course or click on the “Translate” tab, which uses the Google translation tool to interpret the ‘gist’ of conversations from one language to another. It is not a substitute for human translations.
Try the first lesson in any language on the Try Mango page.
NOTE: While it is helpful to have a microphone for a more interactive experience, you can benefit from the lessons without one.
Mango in Action
Watch this short video to see Mango Languages in action and learn about how this language learning software actually helps you converse in the language(s) of your choice.
Take your language learning everywhere you go with Mango Mobile Library Edition. Download for Android, iPhone or iPod. For the apps to work, you must first have Mango account set up through the Library. Download the app for your iPhone/iPod or Android device,enter your Mango Languages log-in information, download a course and start learning at your own pace with or without an Internet connection!
This is a re-post of an earlier blog, updated to reflect the increased number of languages offered.