Schererville facts

2013-06-04T14:20:00Z Schererville factsBetty Jonas President Schererville Historic Society nwitimes.com

---Schererville is still called the "Crossroads of the Nation" because it is

located at the intersection of routes US 41 and US 30.  US 41 runs the entire

length of the United States from north to south.  US 30 covers the entire United

States from east to west.

---The homestead of Schererville's founder, Nicholas Scherer  is occupied and

still stands at 33 E Wilhelm Street,  the street directly behind the police

station building.

---Two brothers, Martin and Steve Teibel, were running a garage in Hammond in

1929 when the routes of two new highways, 41 & 30, were announced.  The brothers

saw a chance to create a rural business, borrowed some money, bought two corners

and built a small hamburger stand-restaurant on the southeast corner.  This was

the beginning of the now famous Tiebel's Restaurant.  At the time a big sign

above their restaurant advertised, "1/2 chicken dinner 50 cents."

--- Eventually the Teibel brothers were able to buy the two remaining corners. 

Anyone living in Schererville or the surrounding area before 1990 knew of

Sauzer's Waffle Shop.  It was located on the northeast corner of Rts. 41 & 30. 

Frank Sauzer Sr. ran the waffle shop for decades.   The Teibels were his

landlord.  The amazing fact is that Mr. Sauzer never had a written rental

contract with the Teibels.  At one time a person's word meant something, they

simply shook hands.  That was their contract. 

---In the 1930s and 40s the Schererville Fire Department building was located at

about the area of the present day Schererville Town Court.  According to Art

Schewitzer, Schererville's historian who passed away in April 2010, the fire

department bought the town's first television set in approximately 1947.  Art

remembers that is was a 10" RCA.  The kids of Schererville were allowed to watch

TV whenever a member of the fire department was around, and it was a popular and

appreciated activity.

---Michael Steuer, appointed in 1911, and later Peter Cope, appointed in 1925,

were the first town Marshals.   Steuer had no office and no jail.  His

protection was his billy-club and a star.  Cope's uniform was said to be a black

vest and his star.  He did, however, have a gun.  His patrol car was his

personal Model T. 

    Peter Redar, Schererville's first Chief of Police, graduated from a Model T

to a Model A.  Before the police cars had a radio hook-up, a signal system was

in effect for the police department.  It consisted of a phone and two porch

lights.  Mr. Redar would take all phone calls at his home and when the police

were on patrol they would watch for the porch light.  If the light went on, they

were to come up to the house and find out what the trouble was.  This "modern"

system was used into the early 60's according to the late Bob Florkiewicz, a

retired former Schererville policeman.  Redar Park, in central Schererville, was

named after Peter Redar who died on August 4, 1964,  as a result of injures

incurred in an accident at routes 41 and 30.  His squad car was hit head-on by a

semi that jackknifed on the rainy, slippery pavement.

----Located in the southwest part of the current Homan School property,

Schererville Township School #1 was built in 1892.  In the 1905 picture, the

"school buses" were ready to take the students home.  The school was used until

1941, but the buses stopped eating hay.

----In the early 1900s railroads were important in the areas in and around

Schererville.  They were the movers of freight, live stock and people between

Chicago and central Indiana.  The Pensy steam engine comes out of the Hartsdale

yard heading south.  Trains would go through downtown Schererville, crossing

Joliet Street approximately every 1/2 hour, day and night.  The town was often

blocked by a freight train.

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About Schererville

Town of Schererville

10 E. Joliet Street Schererville, IN 46375
219.322.2211
219.865.5515 (Fax)

Police Department

25 East Joliet Street Schererville, IN 46375
219.322.5000
Fax: 219.865.5529

Fire Department

1650 Cline Avenue Schererville, IN 46375
219.322.2599
Fax: 219.865.5506

Parks and Recreation

Office in Rohrman Park
219.865.5530
219.865.5534 (Fax)

Lake Central School Corporation

Kay Trapp Administration Center
8260 Wicker Avenue
St. John, Indiana 46373
Phone: 219.365.8507