news stories & adverts from one hundred years ago

One Hundred Years Ago – From The Indianapolis News, Tuesday, August 1, 1922: A proposed zoning ordinance, prepared by the Indianapolis plan commission, divides areas of the city into five district classifications: U1 dwelling house, only residential buildings; U2 apartment, occupies the principal part of the north side and areas east and west of the city; U3 business, is the downtown district, and various neighborhoods where store buildings may be built; U4 first industrial, surrounds the downtown district on the east, south, and west, and extends in strips northeast, east, south, and into West Indianapolis; and U5 second industrial, where semi-nuisance industry such as chemical plants, iron works, packing houses, fertilizer plants and similar industries may be placed. This includes West Indianapolis where such industries now are and small areas southeast, west, northwest and northeast of the city. The ordinance will not affect existing buildings.

"…City Building…Under Proposed Zoning Ordinance,” The Indianapolis News, 1 August 1922, p. 19:2

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

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