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From The Indianapolis Star, Tuesday, March 28, 1922: WOH, the newest Indianapolis radio station, will air its first official regular programing tomorrow night. Broadcasting from the Hatfield Electric Company Radio Studio, 531 N. Meridian St, the city’s most powerful wireless station will open its program with short addresses by Gov. Warren McCray and Mayor Lew Shank, followed with remarks by Hoosier authors Booth Tarkington and Meredith Nicholson. Programming will continue with a concert by the Purdue University Glee Club, a solo by Miss Hazel Silvey, and several numbers played by Holler’s orchestra. The current carrying the voices or other sounds from the Hatfield studio will be broadcast from a 100-foot antenna extending above the building, and with Indianapolis as the epicenter cover a range 3,600 miles in diameter. Visitors will be welcomed at the studio to hear the regular programming.

“City’s Most Powerful Radio Station Opens Tomorrow Night,” The Indianapolis Star, 28 March 1922, p. 8:2

“Local Wireless Station Broadcasts First Program,” The Indianapolis Star, 23 March 1922, p. 13:2

From The Indianapolis Star, Tuesday, March 21, 1922: “Daddy Buttons” are being sold for $5 (2020: $79) by the city’s fourteen Girl Scout troops as part of a week-long drive to raise $10,000 (2020: $157,224) to carry on the work of the movement in Indianapolis. Authors Booth Tarkington and Meredith Nicholson were among the first to have Girl Scouts pin a button on the lapel of their coats and become a “Girl Scout Daddy.” Two troops lead button sales with twenty-five sold. Exhibits have been placed in downtown store windows demonstrating the work of Girl Scouts in child and home nursing, and cooking and table service. Other exhibits feature Girl Scout equipment, first aid, and rope work. Tomorrow there will be a candy sale at the Spink-Arms Hotel, 410 N. Meridian St, of homemade candy made by the Girl Scouts.

“Many Visitors Are Entertained at Girl Scouts’ Open House,” The Indianapolis Star, 18 March 1922, p. 3:5

“Decorated as ‘Girl Scout Daddy’,” The Indianapolis Star, 20 March 1922, p. 7:6

“Girl Scouts Raise $2,300 in First Two Days of Campaign,” The Indianapolis Star, 22 March 1922, p. 9:4

From The Indianapolis Star, Thursday, March 16, 1922: Yesterday, the Indianapolis board of public works rescinded its earlier action allowing the Ku Klux Klan to use Tomlinson Hall for a public meeting Saturday evening. The board took this step on advice of Taylor Groninger, city corporation counsel, who declared such a meeting would be against public policy and possibly incite race and class feeling. The chief contention arose over a clause asserting “white supremacy” in the principles of the Klan. The corporation counsel pointed out this will cause racial feeling if the meeting is held. Mayor Shank said city officials had received more complaints about the Klan meeting than any other meeting so far. The mayor and president of the board of public works said they had no objection to having the meeting in a private hall in the city.

“Bars Klan from Tomlinson Hall,” The Indianapolis Star, 16 March 1922, p. 1:3

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