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From Aurora Magazine of Sigma Gamma Rho and Other Sources: Sunday, November 12, 1922: Seven young African American women educators met on the Irvington campus of Butler College to found Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. The Grand Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho was incorporated the following month under the laws of Indiana. The founding members of Alpha Chapter were Butler College graduate Nannie Mae Gahn; Indianapolis Normal School and Butler College graduate Vivian Irene White; Indianapolis Normal School graduates Mary Lou Allison, Bessie Mae Downey, Dorothy N. Hanley, and Cubena McClure; and Indiana State Teachers College graduate Hattie Mae Annette Dulin. Founded on the tenets of excellence in scholarship, sisterhood, and service, Sigma Gamma Rho was initially composed of young women who had had normal training and who were working for college degrees. The sorority continues to adhere to its slogan Better Service, Greater Progress.

The Aurora Magazine of Sigma Gamma Rho

The Indianapolis News, 18 November 1922, p. 39:8

From The Indianapolis News, Friday, November 10, 1922: The new Hoosier Motor Speedway, East 38th St and Pendleton Pike, will open with pomp and ceremony tomorrow, Armistice Day. The day’s events will begin with Mayor Lew Shank and a detachment of mounted police leading a parade of thirty-five racing machines through downtown streets before the cars speed off to the track for the elimination trials. Many well-known dirt track drivers will be competing to be one of fifteen racers selected to start in the seventy-five-mile event. Spectators in the home stretch stands will see thrills aplenty, as anyone who has followed dirt track racing knows, as the speedsters and their drivers sprint around the half-mile sixty-foot-wide banked turn oval dirt track. A pagoda opposite the stands will allow judges to score the race and the press to report the results.

“Racers to Parade in City Streets,” The Indianapolis News, 10 November 1922, p. 36:1

From The Indianapolis Times, Tuesday, October 31, 1922: This afternoon the traffic signal control system in the tower east of Meridian in Washington St was tested for its debut tomorrow. Traffic officer George Cox, a ten-year police department veteran, flashed a green light, giving east and west traffic the right of way, an amber light meaning “go” for north south traffic, and a red light compelling all traffic to stop while street cars turned into or out of the traffic. Motorists are to pay no attention to the lights on the tower which serve as signals to traffic officers at intersections who all change their semaphores in unison with the tower lights. Under this system, it is possible for vehicles to go from Alabama St to Senate Av without stopping. This arrangement is expected to facilitate downtown traffic flow considerably.


“Police Try Out Tower Control Traffic System,” The Indianapolis Times, 31 October 1922, p. 1:3

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