Gypsies in Whiting

Gypsies known as the Rom arrived in the United States from Serbia, Russia and Austria-Hungary beginning in the 1880's. I first discovered that there was a connection with gypsies in Whiting, when I came across a poem written by James Hazzard, in his book New Year’s Eve in Whiting, Indiana.

the world’s smallest post office

There was a time when the world’s smallest post office was in Whiting-Robertsdale. Believe it, or not.

Whiting: A Pioneer Land of Plenty

With the hustle and bustle of the Amoco refinery and other modern manufacturing industries, it is very easy to overlook the fact that Whiting was once a frontier town teeming with flora and fauna.

Life Magazine & Whiting’s Agile Trio

Cheerleading was a sport that was dominated by men in its inception. However, when large numbers of young men went off to fight in World War II, the ladies were given a shot to root on their teams. Whiting, Indiana shared the cheerleading spotlight in 1941, when the nationally published Life Magazine did a story on the “Agile Trio.”

Whiting in 1959

Going back in time sixty years, we can see how things might have taken longer to happen, but life was much more simply lived. Many of the things that were part of Whiting in 1959 are still here, whereas many other things, like the voice of a real live person connecting your phone call, are gone forever.

A Whiting Landmark

It has gone by many names over its century-plus on the corner of 119th and New York, but most would agree that there is one name the building deserves to be called: A Whiting Landmark.

Berry Lake & Marktown

The following Berry Lake history comes to us with compliments from Paul Meyers, the unofficial “mayor” of Marktown.

Whiting’s Ice Companies

Nothing quenches thirst on a hot summer day, like an ice cold drink. However, Whiting’s early residents couldn’t just open up the freezer and plop a couple ice cubes in their glass of lemonade. The reliance of an ice company was necessary to not only keep their drinks cool but to preserve any perishable food on hand.