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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

From The Indianapolis Star, Wednesday, October 6, 1920:  A total of 168,741 Marion County citizens have registered and are entitled to vote in the November presidential, state and county election according to tabulations completed by the county auditor.  Of this number, 93,232 are men and 75,509 are women.  The results of the heavy number of women registering on Monday, the last opportunity to register, may be seen in Ward Two and Ward Eight where the total number of women registrations exceed the total number of registered men.  The total registrations surpassed the expectations of the county Democratic and Republican party leaders.  The large number of women registering shows that the women of Indianapolis and Marion County are well versed in their duties under suffrage and are prepared to vote side by side with their male counterparts on election day.   



“168,741 Voters are Qualified,” The Indianapolis Star, 6 October 1920, p. 18:3

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