Hoosier History Highlights for August 23 – 29th

Indiana (NNDC):

August 23 – August 29

The Week in Indiana History


Beck's Mill

1808     The first corn was ground at Beck’s Mill in Washington County.  Settlers from nearby Pigeon’s Roost were among the first customers.  A sawmill was soon added, and the business became an integral part of the development and economy of the area.


gavel1920     What is considered the first all-woman jury in Indiana met in Indianapolis in the courtroom of Justice of the Peace T. Ernest Maholm.  The 12 members took only five minutes to render a decision in favor of the plaintiff who was suing a pawn shop over ownership of a talking machine (phonograph.)  At the end of the hearing, Justice Maholm thanked the women for their service and awarded each a white carnation.

elm1925     Newspapers reported that the historic Indiana Constitution Elm in Corydon was almost completely gone.  The tree had  been dead for over a year.  All limbs had been removed, but a 10-foot section of the trunk was saved for posterity.  It is said that members of the Indiana 1816 Constitutional Convention sometimes conducted meetings in the shade of the huge tree.

Lockfield1936     Cornerstone ceremonies were held for Lockfield Gardens, a new housing section for near-downtown Indianapolis.  Those on the program included Mayor John W. Kern and State Representative Henry J. Richardson, Jr.  Music was provided by the African-American Boy Scout Band.  Called at the time a “slum clearance project,” it was part of the federal government’s “New Deal” recovery program and was the first public housing section in the city.  Only a few of the original 24 buildings remain, and they have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Franklin Booth1948     Franklin Booth died in Manhattan.  Born in 1874 on a farm near Carmel, Indiana, he became a renown pen-and-ink artist whose exquisite work earned him a place in the Illustrator’s Hall of Fame.  His beautifully-detailed pictures appeared in all the popular magazines, including Collier’s, Good Housekeeping, and Saturday Evening Post.  He also illustrated books for such authors as James Whitcomb Riley, Mark Twain, and Meredith Nicholson.  Pictured on right:  A bookplate for the Indiana State Library designed by Franklin Booth.  

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frank1970     Frank Sinatra and Jerry Lewis performed in front of a sell-out crowd at the Civic Auditorium in Richmond, Indiana.  Produced by Sinatra, the show was a benefit for the family of Dan Mitrione, the former Richmond police chief who had been murdered by terrorists while working for the U. S. Embassy in Uruguay. Sinatra bought tickets for local firemen and policemen and 400 military members.  A 36-piece band was on stage for the event, which raised more than $80,000 for the family.

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INDIANA QUICK QUIZ

     Test your Indianapolis 500 knowledge.

1.  The winner of the first race in 1911 was  a/ Gaston Chevrolet     b/ Wilbur Shaw   c/ Ray Harroun

2.  How many times around the Speedway track equals 500 miles?  a/ 100   b/ 150  c/  200

3.  According to legend, what auto safety device originated at the Speedway?  a/ Seat belt   b/ Rear view mirror  c/ Disc brake

Answers Below


Did You Know?

     Visitors to the Indiana Statehouse during the legislative session have the opportunity to see the original handwritten State Constitutions.  They are housed in a display case located in the rotunda.  The display case itself has some history.  The wood used in its construction came from the famous Constitution Elm in Corydon.   When the tree was taken down in 1925, much of its wood was saved and used in a variety of ways, including the making of souvenir pieces like gavels and letter openers.  In the year 2000, there was enough of the elm wood left to build the case.  As the elm sheltered the signers of the Constitution in 1816, the wood from the tree still protects the document they produced.


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HOOSIER QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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“I think a knowledge of art is not a thing held in trust by any, but is, rather, universal and comes to them who hunger and thirst after it.”

– – – Franklin Booth  (1874 – 1948)


ANSWERS:  1. c   2. c   3.  b

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