news stories & adverts from one hundred years ago

Updated: Nov 10

From The Indianapolis Times, Tuesday, October 25, 1920:  “Buy a Brick for $1 (2019:  $13) - Help Build the Shelter for Animals,” is the advertising slogan of the Indianapolis Humane Society’s appeal for facilities to care for the city’s outcast and stray animals.  Solicitation begins next week when 25,000 miniature bricks will be available for purchase by Indianapolis citizens whose hearts are in sympathy with the goal of the Society.  Harry Stutz, president of Stutz Motor Car Co, endorsed the project saying, “I am heartily in sympathy with this campaign and you may put me down for $100.  A man would have to be a very poor sportsman not to have sympathy for dumb animals.”  Money from the appeal will go entirely for building costs.  Membership dues and a monthly community chest allotment provide funds for maintenance of the Society.



“Plan Shelter for Animals,” The Indianapolis Times, 25 October 1920, p. 12:1

From The Indianapolis Times, Thursday, October 21, 1920:  With the opening this week of the woman’s bank department of the Fletcher American National Bank, Indianapolis joins with Boston as the only cities in the country with such a department.  Located in the northeast corner of the Market Street bank building, the Italian marble and the bronze gold plated metal work decoration is decidedly different from anything heretofore attempted in Indianapolis.  Four teller windows can serve 200 people an hour and a vault specifically for the woman’s department has been installed.  A private elevator runs to the second floor where a checkroom, a restroom, and toilet have been installed, along with a committee room that can be used by women’s organizations.  Frank F. Wocher is manager of the Woman’s Bank Department and Miss Florence Coffin, of marked ability, is assistant manager. 


“Woman’s Bank Unique in U.S.,” The Indianapolis Times, 21 October 1920, p. 6:5

From The Indianapolis Star, Thursday, October 14, 1920:  Thousands of Marion County citizens will not be able to vote in the coming election unless special arrangements are made, according to county clerk Richard Sipe.  With over 169,000 registered voters in the county, the 180 voting machines are sufficient for about 119,000 voters, leaving about 50,000 votes to be cast by Australian (paper) ballot.  In the time allotted for voting, voters will have to scramble to cast their votes and thousands may not be able to vote.  The clerk estimates the tabulation of machine and Australian ballot returns from many precincts may not be received until noon on the day after the election.  Placing machines in heavily registered precincts and using the Australian ballot in outlying precincts where registration is light will help to manage the election economically and efficiently.    



“Thousands Here May Lose Vote,” The Indianapolis Star, 14 October 1920, p. 18:3

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