1974-75

Greatest sports year in PHS history? Please take some time and read this Sports History article by Bob Miller a 1974 Portage High School Graduate.

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New Names·for Portage- Streets 1969

Chicago Street-becomes Blake Street Hilldrive and Pulman Streets become Hickory Street Eastern Avenue becomes Locust Street Pearl and Center Streets become Kentucky Street East Street becomes-Dombey Street Summit Street becomes Indiana Street Main Street becomes Summit Street Center Street becomes Persian Street State Street becomes Blake Road Pine Street becomes Hickory Street Erie Street becomes […]

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Gordon Petersen Family Presentation

Gordon Petersen Family Presentation Two Brothers Bowen Theory Cut Off - Evolution The Big Mystery One brother changed his last name “Petersen” when arriving at Ellis Island The other brother changed his name “Peterson” when arriving to Ellis Island…….or so the Petersen family thought How does one account there being very little knowledge of the […]

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HISTORY OF THE PORTAGE COMMUNITY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM

As near as we know, the house was built by Charles Trager between 1900 and 1920. Judging by its construction, it was probably nearer to 1900. According to the 1876 Porter County census, the land, a 76 acre parcel, was owned by George Earle. In 1895, Charles and William Trager each owned one half of […]

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Things that happened on October 30th

70 years ago today, October 30 1948, Cortie Wilson of PHS finished 15th at the 2nd IHSAA state cross country meet.  Wilson had finished first at the Hobart sectional with a state best time.  It was also the 2nd year that PHS fielded a team.  He was the first PHS runner to appear at the […]

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History of Portage Township

The Portage area was controlled by the Pottawatomie Indians well into the 19th century. The Indians did not sell out their major land holdings until, 1932. There was little bloodshed as the Indians left the land. Among the lasting reminders of the Indian episode is “Calumet”, the Pottawatomie word for peace. Portage Township received its […]

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1900’s Early Pictures and Documents

Portage Township Mandolin Club of 1904 Top Row: Wm. E. Samuelson, Mrs. Wm. A. Briggs, John Johnson, Christina Malmatone, Lidea Traeger Clemens. Middle Row: Tressie Kimmel Koch, Delma Nicholson Buhman, Lewis E. Johnson, George Samuelson, Arthur A. Foreman, Carrie Kimmel Baker. Bottom Row (Seated): Lily Samuelson Jannasch, August A. Malmstone, Burt Spencer, Ida Malmstone Pearson, […]

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