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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, May 27, 1920:  The appointment by the mayor of an Indianapolis city planning commission was urged in remarks last night by Flavel Shurtleff, secretary of the National Conference of City Planning, before a meeting of the Architects’ Association and the Architectural League of Indianapolis.  One of the most important problems in city planning, he said, is the question of districting.  Setting aside districts for residence, business, and industries in different parts of the city need not have the same geographical classifications.  Some may be large, others so small that one side of a street may be set aside as a business district.  Flexibility and future change must be provided for in districting.  There should be street paving classifications; minor residential streets need not be entirely paved, just enough for use, leaving parts in grass.

“Planning Board Urged for City,” The Indianapolis Star, 27 May 1920, p. 13:1


Updated: May 29

From The Indianapolis Times, Friday, May 21, 1920:  The Indianapolis Real Estate board is in a quandary over admitting women.  Alta Bohren and Gertrude Berry have been trying for over a month to become members, but as board secretary Harry Templeton explains, an argument has developed among the men as to whether women should be admitted or not; they hold divided opinions.  “This is the first time the board has ever received applications from women.  Neither the board of directors nor the real estate board desires to take the responsibility of accepting the women.  They ‘pass the buck,’” he said.  While board member Orin Jessup said women now have the vote, have been accepted in other organizations, he sees no objectionable reason that should bar them from the board, others contend it is unwise to admit women to the board. 


“Real Estate Board in Quandary as to Admitting Women Members,” The Indianapolis Times, 21 May 1920, p. 1:2


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