Hoosier Highlights

Indiana (NNDC):

March 8 – March 14

The Week in Indiana History

capitol1878     The dome of the old Statehouse in Indianapolis was reduced to a pile of bricks and hauled away.  The building, completed in 1835, had suffered serious deterioration, and officials deemed it prudent to replace it with a larger, sturdier structure.  The current Statehouse, on the same site, was finished in 1888.

1901     Former President Benjamin Harrison died of pneumonia at his home on Delaware Street in Indianapolis.  Thousands of mourners passed by his casket in the rotunda of the Indiana Statehouse, after which President William McKinley attended funeral services at the Presbyterian Church.  Burial was at Crown Hill Cemetery.


1911     Margaret, Hannah, Elizabeth, and Mary Frances Overbeck began making pottery at their home in Cambridge City.  Their ceramics became known for their exquisite beauty and high quality, winning awards at international exhibitions.  The pottery closed when the last sister died in 1955.  Overbeck pottery is highly desired by collectors today.

Franklin100 YEARS AGO

1920     Franklin High School won the first of three consecutive state basketball championships.  The team, called the “Wonder Five,” went on to play for Franklin College where they scored 50 consecutive victories, defeating much larger schools like Notre Dame, Purdue, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

buick1939     The Monarch Motor Company advertised a brand new 1939 Buick for $894.  The dealer praised the “ride that’s like a lullaby” and the “power of the eight eager Dynaflash cylinders.”  Included in the price was the new “Flash-Way Directional Signal,” the first turn signal system offered by a major car maker.

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Mari Evans 2017     Author Mari Evans died in Indianapolis at the age of 95.  A creator of poetry, short stories, and children’s books, she was a major influence in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s.  She is honored by this 30-foot mural on Massachusetts Avenue, painted by local artist Michael Alkemi Jordan.


Indiana Quick Quiz

1.  In what city is the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame?

2.  Name the Hoosier actor and comedian who created the character known as “Clem Kadiddlehopper.”

3.  In 1935, Amelia Earhart served as an advisor at what Indiana school?

Answers Below


Key Dates for the 2020 Census

March 12: Households start receiving census information and begin participation

March 26:  Reminder postcards are sent to those who did not respond


April 9: Census workers go door-to-door

July 31:  Final day to respond for most people



“My hometown had one big trouble: not enough get-up-and-go.  Actually, we’d get up, but there wasn’t anyplace to go.”

– – – Herb Shriner

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Did You Know?

     For over 50 years, the President of the United States has followed the tradition of sending a wreath to the grave site of each deceased former President on that President’s birthday.  It is an annual event at Crown Hill Cemetery on or around August 20, the birthday of Benjamin Harrison.  In addition to the White House spokesperson, the program includes representatives from the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site and the Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Music is provided by the boy scout band.

ANSWERS:  1.  New Castle  2.  Red Skelton  3.  Purdue University