news stories & adverts from one hundred years ago

  • Steve Barnett

From The Indianapolis Times, Monday, June 28, 1920: Yesterday the soldiers of the McCook Field baseball team were flown from Dayton, OH to play the Speedway Aviation Repair Depot team completing the first airship trip ever made with baseballers as the cargo. Lt. Harris, piloting a twelve passenger Martin bomber, its interior arranged with cute little seats along the sides, picked up eight McCook men, two photographers, and a Y.M.C.A. man and left Dayton shortly after lunch and “dropped” its “cargo” on the Speedway diamond at 1:30 p.m. Lt. Forshay, piloting a pale-yellow Dayton-Wright Honeymoon Express with two additional players, landed ahead of the Martin. After grabbing a 6 to 2 win over the Speedway nine, the McCook men waved their “buddies” a fond farewell and climbed back in their air chariots, arriving at Dayton just in time for supper.

“McCook Field Soldiers Enjoy Air Trip and Win Over Speedway Buddies,” The Indianapolis Times, 28 June 1920, p. 8:3

“Ball Players Come in Plane,” The Indianapolis Star, 28 June 1920, p. 16:3

From The Indianapolis Star, Wednesday, June 23, 1920: Brothers Louis Haag and Julius Haag, Haag Drug Co proprietors, were found guilty yesterday by a jury in Federal court on twenty-eight counts of violating the Reed Amendment, transporting whisky from a “wet” to a “dry” state, and one count of conspiracy against the United States. The government showed Louis Haag ordered 1,015 gallons of whisky between December 13 and 23, 1918. He ordered all this to be rushed. The Haags claimed the whisky was for medicinal purposes and the large number of prescriptions filled at their drug store on Pennsylvania St was the result of the influenza epidemic. The U. S. district attorney sarcastically said, “Oh yes, it must be rushed, for everybody was dying of the flu then!” The brothers were sentenced to eighteen months in the Atlanta federal prison.

“Haag Brothers Found Guilty in Liquor Case,” The Indianapolis Star, 23 June 1920, p. 1:1

“Haags Flayed in Court by Can Nuys,” The Indianapolis News, 22 June 1920, p. 1:7


From The Indianapolis Star, Thursday, June 17, 1920: The Kiwanis Club building fund for a hut on the Boy Scout reservation near Ft. Benjamin Harrison has been increased to $3,500 (2019: $45,409). The original plan of building a “bunk house” consisting of a large living room with a fireplace across one end, a kitchen and bunkroom for the Scouts has been revised to include living quarters and for the structure to serve as the reservation headquarters. The committee in charge of the construction is composed of scout executive Francis O. Belzer, architect Robert Daggett, the Rev. J. A. Dunkle, former mayor Joseph E. Bell, John A. George, John Hook, and J. R. Santney. The additional $1,800 (2019: $23,353) to complete funding for the structure was subscribed in about twenty minutes at the Kiwanis Club’s weekly luncheon at the Hotel Severin.


“Kiwanis Raise Fund for Boy Scout Hut,” The Indianapolis Star, 17 June 1920, p. 8:3

“Indianapolis & Vicinity…For Kiwanis Hut,” The Indianapolis News, 11 May 1920, p. 17:6

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