Death of Sidmon McHie
ITfK HAMMOAU TIMES Tuesday, September 5, 1944 Injury, Fatal To Publisher Of Times (Wednesday, Aug. 30, 1944) Sidmon McHie, 81, publisher and owner of The Hammond Times, died at 3:07 a.m. today in St. Margaret's hospital of Injuries sustained Friday when his car was struck by two locomotives on the Pennsylvania tracks on Torrence avenue, near Lansing. The body will lie in state at the Burns' funeral home until 2 p.m. Thursday, when services will be conducted in the Burns' chapel by Rev. Peter Langendorff. Last rites for the publisher also will be held in Detroit on Saturday where he will be laid to rest in Elm-wood cemetery at the side of his mother. Founded Hammond Times Born Jan. 24, 1863, at Grosse Pointe, Mich., Mr. McHie came to Hammond more than 38 years ago and, in 1906, founded The Ham mond Times, which grew with the Calumet region. He owned a grain elevator in Hammond, erected the Hammond building at the corner of Hohman avenue and Fayette street, purchased a tobacco firm in Detroit, once owned a railroad ind built a race track in the city which later was sold as a site for the Standard Steel Car Manufacturing company. Sidmon McHie and The Times have supported worthwhile civic, charitable and war endeavors. His varied philanthropies and charities, were at his own request, never publicized.. In civic affairs, the publisher has been the guide and mentor of the community and much praise is due him for the industries he brought to this city; his interest in St Mar garet's hospital; his aid in building small country school houses and a church at St. Anne, 111., and his persistence in planning for track elevation for the city of Hammond. Fought Grade Crossings Mr. McHie campaigned against the hazards of railroad grade crossings for many years and, in 1930, he succeeded when plans were drawn for several grade crossing separations. The publisher con ferred with presidents and presidents of many of the railroads routed through Hammond and city-officials and it is believed that the proposed plans outlined for track elevation would have been carried out, were it not for the stock market crash, the depression and the second World war. After establishing The Times, Mr. McHie went to New York City to found the brokerage firm of McHie and Company and to direct his many interests in Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit and other cities. During his absence from Hammond, the publisher's brother, Richard, at one time postmaster of Hammond, directed activities of the newspaper. Returned in 1925 Mr. McHie returned from New York in 1925 to 'become actively associated with The Times. A few years later he started construction of the Hieland. lodge and golf course on the Kankakee river near St. Anne. The lodge and 18-hole course, in existence now for approximately 17 years, adjoins Mr. McHie's farmlands in Illinois. Born the year of Abraham Lincoln's presidency, the son of Alexander McHie, first auditor of Wayne county, and Catherine McHie, he was the youngest and last surviving member of a family of seven boys and one girl. They were Archibald, 3eorge, Joseph, William, Mary and James (the twins) and Richard. A-life-long Republican, the publisher has been untiring in his fight for constitutional government and the American way of life, serving his party not only with a forth right editorial policy in his newspaper but as a delegate from the First district of Indiana to the national conventions in 1936, 1940, and 1944. He lived through the great era of railroad expansion and development of the steel industry, followed by the automobile age and the growth of oil refineries. Although he had no children, the late publisher Is survived by 36 nieces and nephews and many grand nieces and grand nephews. Pallbearers at funeral services tomorrow will be Dr. Henry Eggers, Julius Meyn, Clarence Fox, R. C. Grothe, Richard Tinkham, Henry James S. To Manage In accordance with the instructions of the late management and publication henceforth will be under the DeLaurier, representing the administrators. DeLaurier has company since the annual election December. DeLaurier was selected for of the newspaper by Mr. McHie experience in offset printing as for the Lithomat Corporation, United States army air corps interests. As a resident of this familiar with its problems and in civic affairs. With his increased duties Times, DeLaurier will carry and enforced by Mr. McHie newspaper 38 years ago and cities and towns of Lake and the adjacent rural districts There will be no departure adherence to the highest ideals press, and his impartial, honest the news. The fight he waged good government, for needed the upbuilding and progress the locating of new and postwar employment at good the American way of life, will Besozzi and John Bieker, Leo Whitaker. Honorary pallbearers are F. Richard Schaaf, Dr. E. S. Jones, Dr. Robert Roy Gillis, Frederick C. Crumpacker, E. C. Minas, Sr., Sen. James Watson, James T. McNam-ara. Col. Walter J. Riley, Joseph Meyers, Frank Gorsline, L. L. Bom-berger, Lee L. Caldwell, David Emery and Rex L. Hidy. Many Send Regrets Messages of condolence from friends and associates of the late publisher were received today from all parts of the country. The fol lowing communication came from Gov. Henry Schricker "I was deeply shocked to learn of Mr. McHie's death, and I hasten to express my sincere sympathy to his relatives and business asso ciates. Mr. McHie will be remem bered as one of the outstanding newspaper publishers of his gener vice-1 ation - and one who contributed mignuiy to me growtn ana aevei-opment of the great Calumet re gion. His death marks the passing of one of Indiana's outstanding citizens." Senator Wires In another telegram received by The Times, R. E. Willis, U. S. senator from Indiana, wrote: "The newspaper profession and the nation have lost a sterling supporter in the death of Sidmon McHie. His long steadfast and loyal devotion to the fundamentals of American government have been a steady influence in this day of confusion aod trouble. He will be missed tremendously." Mayor John W. Jaranowski, Calumet City, said: "Under Sidmon McHie's leadership The Hammond Times has been a potent force for progress in Calumet City and southeastern Cook county. Aside from his newspa per interest in our affairs, he maintained a strong personal in terest which always reacted to the betterment of our community. "As a personal friend of myself and others in Calumet City, he always was ready to aid us solve our problems and to secure for our area improvements that have done much to make Calumet City a better place in which to live." Major Paul Nelson, territorial secretary, public relations, Salvation Army, said : "Sidmon McHie's support of charitable, civic and religious movements was a part of his public service and his own private nature. "His passing is a distinct loss to many organizations In which he took an active and newspaper inter est. His support, when I was in Hammond, did much to making effective my work there. I mourn him as a personal inena. SAFE FOUND IN WOODS (Tuesday, Aug. 29, 1944) HOBART A safe stolen from the John Hagerty filling station on West Third street last Thursday night has been found, looted of $50, in a woods near the Turkey Creek cemetery. The safe weighed about 500 pounds and had been battered open with sledge hammers.