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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, Friday, November 9, 1923: D. C. Stephenson, known as “Steve” or the “Old Man,” who recently resigned as Ku Klux Klan grand dragon for Indiana and Ohio due to ill health brought on by overwork on behalf of the Klan, has purchased a home in Irvington located on University Av near Downey Av. The house is currently being remodeled and he will move into it sometime this winter. It has also become known that Stephenson had leased office space downtown in the Kresge Building where he plans on entering the coal business. Before devoting his time to the Ku Klux Klan, Stephenson was in the coal business in Evansville, Indiana. It is understood that the former grand dragon will use Indianapolis as a headquarters for a system of coal distribution from mines direct to the consumer.


"Ex-Grand Dragon Buys Home Here,” The Indianapolis Star, 9 November 1923, p. 12:3

From The Indianapolis Times, Wednesday, October 31, 1923: Tonight, goblins, black cats, ghosts, witches, and fun-seekers will rule for it is Halloween. Youngsters will don masquerade costumes and funny faces and make their merry rounds. In the days leading up to Halloween, junior high teachers and students in many schools talked over vandalism versus innocent pranks and while the mysterious creatures that make All Hallows Eve terrifying will take full advantage of their privileges, Police Chief Herman Rikhoff intends that there will be no vandalism. A squad of police have already been busy last night touring the city and breaking up crowds of boys playing Halloween pranks. However, as night falls, porches will be well-lighted, porch furniture will have been taken inside and buckets of water will be handy for not all ghost and goblins will abide by the rules.

“Goblins, Black Cats and Fun-Seekers Rule Tonight,” The Indianapolis Times, 31 October 1923, p. 1:1

Picture clipped from The Indianapolis Times, 30 October 1923, p. 1

From The Indianapolis News, Monday, October 22, 1923: David Lloyd George, Britain’s World War Premier, received a warm Hoosier welcome by enthusiastic throngs that gathered at Pennsylvania Railroad stations along the route from Louisville to Indianapolis today. Rousing cheers greeted the train as it pulled into Union Station and shortly after noon the 11th Infantry Band and a company of soldiers from Ft. Harrison led the open car carrying Lloyd George and Gov. McCray through downtown streets lined with hundreds of people waving miniature Union Jacks. At the Soldier and Sailors’ Monument members of the Grand Army of the Republic, Butler College students, high school pupils and Boy Scouts greeted the former premier as the troops halted and formed a lane through which Lloyd George walked up the steps and placed a wreath in memory of the Civil War veterans.

“David Lloyd George is Cheered by Thousands,” The Indianapolis News, 22 October 1923, p. 1:1

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