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From The Indianapolis Star, Wednesday, February 14, 1923: City health board statistics show a record fifty-seven deaths from pneumonia and influenza in Indianapolis in the last twelve days. Dr. Herman Morgan, board secretary, estimates 70,000 persons are suffering from respiratory infections and while the highest percentage of illness is among school age children, persons of middle age and older lead in deaths. Physicians and nurses are overworked in their efforts to care for the large number of patients, and there is no indication of an immediate easing of the respiratory infection epidemic. According to Dr. Morgan, much of the illness may be traced to clouds of smoke that hang daily over the city. “Indianapolis should adopt drastic measures to eliminate the smoke nuisance. Citizens should not be compelled to go through another winter breathing the smoke-laden air,” said Dr. Morgan.

“Pneumonia and Flu in City Take Toll of 57 in 12 Days,” The Indianapolis Star, 14 February 1923, p. 22:3

From The Indianapolis News, Saturday, February 3, 1923: The Irvington Commercial and Welfare Association has made arrangements for the filming of the classic suburb. The movies will be taken by the Indianapolis Motion Picture Co, starting in the next few days. Pictures of Butler College, churches, schools, and other public buildings along with some of the stately old Irvington residences will be shown. Pictures of the winding Irvington streets will not be made until the late spring, when added beauty will be given by the foliage. Some of the prominent citizens and members of the older Irvington families will be filmed. When completed, the film will be shown on the screen for the citizens of Irvington and then it will be tucked safely away in the custody of the Welfare Association to be preserved for the enlightenment of future generations.


“Classic Irvington May Be Seen in Action 2,000 Years from Now,” The Indianapolis News, 3 February 1923, p. 1:2

From The Indianapolis Times, Monday, January 29, 1923: Spring isn’t here yet, but marble games are, and that’s a sure sign nice warm weather isn’t very far away. There’s something that gets in a kid’s blood along about this time of year, and there is just one way to get relief; that’s to get out some place, mark off a ring and start a marble game. The boys don’t have to hunt very long for a place to play, for they remember from last year where the best places are - an old walk or alley where the ring already is marked off in concrete and there can be no dispute over “liners.” New players are told to “knuckle two,” meaning knuckle down with two fingers, and “no fudgin’,” as they are about to “take a crack” at the ring.

“Spring’s Coming, Folks!” The Indianapolis Times, 29 January 1923, p. 1:6

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