THIS WEEK IN INDIANAPOLIS 

1921

news stories & adverts from one hundred years ago

From The Indianapolis News, Thursday, May 12, 1921: The first National Hospital Day was observed today throughout the United States and in Indianapolis with the city’s hospitals throwing their doors open to the public. Visitors were welcomed at City, Methodist and Deaconess Hospitals. These hospitals have contracts with the U. S. public health service for the care of disabled former soldiers, and there was renewed interest in the treatment these ex-servicemen are receiving. The American Legion distributed flowers and flags among 175 veterans, taking all who were able on automobile rides. Reception committees were busy all day greeting visitors at Sunnyside Sanatorium, Marion County’s tuberculosis treatment facility, Robert W. Long Hospital, under the direction of Indiana University, St. Francis Hospital, managed by the Sisters of St. Francis, and Norways Sanatorium and Neuronhurst, which care for conditions affecting the nervous system.



“Indianapolis Institutions Keep ‘Open House’ in Celebration of National Hospital Day,” The Indianapolis News, 12 May 1921, p. 19:2

From The Indianapolis Star, Wednesday, May 4, 1921: The “doo-dad” is the curse of the modern American home,” declared Ross Crane of the Art Institute of Chicago in remarks given at the opening of the Better Homes Institute he is conducting at Tomlinson Hall under the auspices of the Indianapolis Real Estate Board. “We buy doo-dads because doo-dads are ‘the thing;’ we bring home things without use or beauty. When we get rid of the nonessentials, we get the essentials of our lives into working order. If a thing is beautiful, why hide it? If a thing isn’t beautiful, why have it?” he said. “Interior decoration is based on color, form, line, texture, and utility. If the American people would learn beautiful furniture and draperies are always ‘in,’ it would cost less for them to furnish their homes,” Ross asserted.



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“Death-Knell of Doo-Dad Sounded by Ross Crane,” The Indianapolis Star, 4 May 1921, p. 10:5

From The Indianapolis Star, Saturday, April 16, 1921: The Seventh District Federation of Clubs adopted a resolution yesterday demanding yearly quotas on the number of immigrants admitted into the United States, “accepting only those essential to our well-being and urges that judicious methods be adopted to assimilate and incorporate the alien into the life of the nation.” The resolution also deplored the publication of 300 foreign language newspapers in the United States, urging legislation looking to having these papers published in the English language. The action followed a talk on “Americanization” by Dr. Virgil Rorer, pastor of Meridian Street Methodist Church, who advocated, in addition to the measures in the resolution, keeping immigrants from the slums and locating them where needed. He also called for the teaching of Americanization. The resolution will be sent to the Marion County Congregational delegation.



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“District Clubs Demand Revised Immigration Laws,” The Indianapolis Star, 16 April 1921, p. 18:4

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