Hoosier History Highlights

November 8 – November 14The Week in Indiana History
1888     Charles Edward Henry began production at the Opalescent Glass Works in Kokomo.  It was one of many glass operations which resulted from the “Gas Boom” in Indiana in the late 19th century.  Early clients included Louis Comfort Tiffany.  Still in business, the company is known for high-quality hand-mixed sheet glass and art glass.  

1913     Felrath Hines was born in Indianapolis.  He graduated from Crispus Attucks High School and attended classes at the John Herron Art Institute. He went on to become a successful abstract painter and the first African American chief conservator for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.  His work is on exhibit in museums around the world. 

1916     Dedication ceremonies were held for the new Carnegie Library in Winamac.  Through the efforts of the local women’s club and other interested citizens, a building lot was obtained and an application made to Andrew Carnegie.  A grant of $10,000 built the sturdy, brick neo-classical style building which, with upgrades and additions, continues to serve the readers of Pulaski County.  

1925     In a courtroom in Noblesville,  D. C. Stephenson, Grand Dragon of the Indiana Ku Klux Klan, was found guilty of second-degree murder.  His trial and conviction revealed a series of sordid crimes and corruption which ruined the reputation of the Klan and severely weakened its influence in state government.  

1933    On Veterans’ Day, Governor Paul V. McNutt led dedication ceremonies for the Indiana World War Memorial.  A solemn crowd of thousands braved the chill November winds to commemorate the signing of
the Armistice 15 years earlier which had ended World War I.  The
building had been under construction for six years, with the cornerstone installed in 1927 by General John “Black Jack” Pershing.

75 YEARS AGO1945     Terre Haute businessman Tony Hulman
purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for $750,000.  He bought the property from famous pilot and race driver Eddie Rickenbacker.  The track had been closed during the duration of World War II.  The 320 acres were covered with weeds and many of the structures had deteriorated. 
However, the track was renovated enough to conduct the 500-Mile Race
the following May.   

 Hoosier Quote of the Week“Genius is immediate, but talent takes time.”- – – Janet Flanner  (1892 – 1978)      She grew up in Indianapolis where her father was co-owner of a mortuary.  A popular author, she served many years as the Paris correspondent for the New Yorker magazine.  

Indiana Quick Quiz
     
Many Indiana cities are known for their industry.  Match each city to the product produced.1.  Bedford   2.  Gary    3.  Warsaw 4.  Elkhart     5.  Batesville – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – A. Steel     B.  Orthopedic Devices  C.  Limestone products                D.  Caskets    E.  Recreational Vehicles

Answers Below Did You Know?     Kokomo is known as the “City of Firsts.”  The origin of this title goes back to the summer of 1947 when local resident Gertrude Arlean tuned  to radio station WLW.  A program called “Builders of Destiny” was having a contest in which listeners were invited to write about why their city should be called the “City of  Firsts.”  Gertrude had many things to list for her hometown.  Among them were the first commercially-built automobile, the first carburetor, the first stainless steel, the first canned tomato juice, the first push-button car radio, and many more.  Needless to say, Gertrude’s entry won the contest and Kokomo has worn the title proudly ever since.  ANSWERS:  1.  C    2.  A     3.  B4.  E      5.  D

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