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news stories & adverts from one hundred years ago

Compiled by Steve Barnett
Ads & Illustrations clipped by Carl Bates

From The Indianapolis Star, Tuesday, April 1, 1924:  The Indiana Society for Medical Freedom met last night and passed a resolution calling on city school authorities and the board of health to respect state law exempting from medical examination or treatment any school pupil on objection of parent or guardian.  The action was taken following Indianapolis board of health orders issued last week that all public, parochial, and private school pupils must be vaccinated for smallpox within the next two weeks.  Children failing to comply could be barred from school.  Dr. Herman Morgan, city health officer, asked for the compulsory vaccination order to help stamp out the disease after 128 cases of smallpox had been reported in the city.  While no unvaccinated children have yet been barred from school, Indiana Supreme Court rulings give such authority to boards of health.   

“Hold Vaccination Cannot be Forced” The Indianapolis Star, 1 April 1924, p. 3:3

“Vaccination Order is Given to Pupils,” The Indianapolis Times, 25 March 1924, p. 9:4

“Vaccination of Pupils Ordered,” The Indianapolis Times, 21 March 1924, p. 1:8

From The Indianapolis Times, Thursday, March 27, 1924:  Policewoman Anna Bruner says dancers have been getting away with improper actions under the eyes of dance hall matrons.  “Why, at times you couldn’t get a match between the dancers,” Bruner asserted as the modern sheik and sheba glide over dance hall floors, their cheeks plastered together, their arms around each other in a strangle-hold.  “The way the girls display their terpsichorean ability is an open invitation to male partners,” she said.  Police chief Herman Rikhoff defined the authorized dance position as partners facing each other, parallel and erect, looking over the right shoulder of the partner, the lady’s hand resting gently in the gentleman’s left hand, arm curved at elbow to upright position.  Gentleman’s right hand lightly placed below right shoulder blade; lady’s left hand rests gently on gentleman’s right shoulder.

“Age Certificates Should Be Part of Girls’ Costumes When They Attend Public Dances…,” The Indianapolis Times, 27 March 1924, p. 1:4

“Here’s How to Dance and Keep Policemen Away,” The Indianapolis Times, 28 March 1924, p. 8:2

From The Indianapolis Star, Sunday, March 16, 1924:  The Butler College Bulldogs won the national A. A. U. (Amateur Athletic Union) basketball tourney last night in Kansas City by defeating the defending champion Blue Diamonds of the Kansas City Athletic Club, 30 to 26, before 12,000 persons packed into the mammoth Convention Hall gymnasium.  With three minutes to play, the score tied 26 all, Bulldog sensational forward Bob Nipper dribbled through the Blue Diamond quintet, made a lightning pivot underneath the basket, dropping in a marker, putting Butler in the lead.  Then, like a flash after the tip-off, Bulldog center Hal Griggs received a swift pass enabling him to score.  The gun sounded shortly afterward and following what was one of the premier games in hardwood history Butler College clinched the national title and the A. A. U. gold medal.   


“Butler Captures National Court Tourney. 30 to 26,” The Indianapolis Star, 16 March 1924, Pt. 3, p. 1:8

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