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From The Indianapolis News, Wednesday, September 29, 1920: Irvington will be the center of football followers as record crowds are expected to fill the stands Friday and Saturday afternoons when the Indianapolis football season opens on Irwin Field at Butler College. The first contest pits the Manual Training High School eleven against the Wabash College squad. This will be the first city high school football contest since 1907 and joyous shouts of hundreds of students, teachers and alumni will welcome the home team. Saturday, city play continues when the teams of Shortridge and Bloomfield High Schools meet on the Irwin gridiron in the preliminary game before the Pagemen of Butler College take on the eleven of Wittenberg College. Manual and Butler engaged in a stiff scrimmage yesterday and this afternoon Shortridge had a snappy scrimmage with the Butler gridders.


“Football Attention Centers in Irvington,” The Indianapolis News, 29 September 1920, p. 21:4

From The Indianapolis News, Monday, September 20, 1920: For the fourth time Indianapolis is the host city to the annual national encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic. The fifty-fourth national encampment opened today with over 60,000 visitors expected to attend the week-long event. By the end of the first day, 10,500 veterans had registered and more than eighty brigade and regimental reunions, along with other meetings of Civil War organizations, are scheduled at various locations throughout the downtown area in the coming days of the encampment. The Seventieth Indiana Volunteers will meet tomorrow at the Irvington home of W. H. H. Shank, 6002 E. Washington St. The 1,277 official delegates will meet this evening for a reception at Tomlinson Hall to hear welcoming addresses from Gov. James Goodrich and Mayor Charles Jewett. A parade will be held Wednesday.

“G.A.R Reunion Gets Underway,” The Indianapolis News, 20 September 1920, p. 1:1

From The Indianapolis Times, Saturday, September 11, 1920: Driven to desperation by high rents, exorbitant prices of coal, groceries and other necessities, a number of families are considering living two in the same house this winter. The plan is being considered not only in the less exclusive neighborhoods of the city, but also in classic Irvington and highbrow North Meridian Street. Persons advocating “doubling up” say this is the only effective weapon left to renters battling unscrupulous landlords, leaving some apartment and dwelling owners apprehensive lest their profiteering of the last three years may be coming to an end. Widespread dissatisfaction with landlords in Indianapolis and elsewhere led to “doubling up” during the winter of 1916-17 that produced favorable results; landlords offered lower rents to prospective tenants if they would move to their properties. It was truly a renters’ paradise.


“Doubling Up Move Planned to Pierce Rent Hog’s Hide,” The Indianapolis Times, 11 September 1920, p. 1:2

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