news stories & adverts from one hundred years ago

  • Steve Barnett

From The Indianapolis News, Monday, September 20, 1920: For the fourth time Indianapolis is the host city to the annual national encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic. The fifty-fourth national encampment opened today with over 60,000 visitors expected to attend the week-long event. By the end of the first day, 10,500 veterans had registered and more than eighty brigade and regimental reunions, along with other meetings of Civil War organizations, are scheduled at various locations throughout the downtown area in the coming days of the encampment. The Seventieth Indiana Volunteers will meet tomorrow at the Irvington home of W. H. H. Shank, 6002 E. Washington St. The 1,277 official delegates will meet this evening for a reception at Tomlinson Hall to hear welcoming addresses from Gov. James Goodrich and Mayor Charles Jewett. A parade will be held Wednesday.

“G.A.R Reunion Gets Underway,” The Indianapolis News, 20 September 1920, p. 1:1

From The Indianapolis Times, Friday, September 3, 1920: To vote in the November election it is absolutely necessary that you take one of the two opportunities provided to register to vote. Tomorrow is the first of two registration days for voters to register in person in their home precinct from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is now too late for voters to register by mail. Women, as well as men, must register. Democratic and Republican state and county parties are completing arrangements to get as near a 100 per cent registration as possible for their strength in the general election will be determined by the number of voters who register. It is up to the precinct organizations to see that every voter is properly registered. The next and last opportunity to register to vote after tomorrow is October 4.


“Want to Vote? Register; Two Opportunities,” The Indianapolis Times, 3 September 1920, p. 1:1

  • Steve Barnett

From The Indianapolis Star, Friday, August 27, 1920:  An indignation meeting was held last evening at Shelby and Hervey Streets, with over one hundred South Side citizens attending, to protest against the pollution of Pleasant Run and Bean Creek.  One protester said that a man fell into Pleasant Run recently and died later from the poisoned water.  Carl Neiger, 1434 Cottage Av, said he had to close the doors and windows of his home three times within the year because of the odor from the stream.  A resolution adopted citing the Indianapolis board of public health having called attention to the deplorable and unsanitary conditions of the streams caused by the waste from industrial plants, called upon the local and state boards of health “to stop this condition, by use of the ample power vested in them by state laws.”




“Filthy Creeks Cause Protest,” The Indianapolis Star, 27 August 1920, p. 17:1

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