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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, Sunday, May 18, 1924:  Butler College held an open house at its new Fairview Park site yesterday and a large number of friends of the college came out to inspect the grounds and see a baseball game between the Bulldogs and the University of Chicago.  Members of the Scarlet Quill Club, an honorary society for Butler women, guided visitors over the new campus pointing out the proposed location of college buildings.  Flags in the blue and white Butler colors marked the driveways through the campus and the position of the new buildings.  The proposed site of the athletic field, where the baseball game was played, was decorated with the colors – blue-white and maroon - of the two teams.  The first athletic contest on the Fairview campus before about 2,000 fans ended with an 8-6 Bulldog win.  

“Butler College Entertains at New Site, ‘Scarlet Quill’ Points Out Beauty Spots,” The Indianapolis Star, 18 May 1924, Pt. 2, p. 1:2

From The Indianapolis Star, Tuesday, May 13, 1924:  Ku Klux Klan representatives from ninety-one Indiana county Klan councils, meeting last night at the Cadle Tabernacle, defied the “despotism and imperialistic power” of the national organization and unanimously adopted resolutions of self-determination for the Indiana Klan, electing D. C. Stephenson, “the old man,” grand dragon for the realm of Indiana.  Speaking after the meeting, Stephenson said, “It does not mean secession.  As the strongest and most effective unit in the nation the Klansmen of Indiana take leadership of their own destiny.  They have thrown off an outside control which was out of harmony with their purposes.  By their influence for constructive citizenship, they will bring out what is best in city, state, and nation.  Indiana has 92 per cent of the native-born citizens with the best blood and traditions of America.”  


“Stephenson Heads Defiant Klansmen,” The Indianapolis Star, 13 May 1924, p. 1:4

From The Indianapolis Star, Wednesday, May 7, 1924:  Yesterday’s primary election demonstrated the Ku Klux Klan’s ability to become a controlling factor in Indiana politics.  Hoosier voters went to the polls and expressed their sentiments either for or against the Klan, and apparently the Klan claims of strength have not been exaggerated.  The Ku Klux Klan successfully put across the nomination of Ed Jackson as the Republican nominee for governor and returns from over the state indicate that in most counties Klan slates supporting Republican candidates have won.  In Marion County the only exception was in the race for prosecutor with incumbent William H. Remy defeating Klan-backed James E. McDonald.  While some may not like the idea, there is no longer a particle of doubt that at the present time the Klan is the most powerful influence in Indiana politics.  

“‘Nomination of Jackson is Assured,” The Indianapolis Star, 7 May 1924, p. 1:7

“Primary Results, The Indianapolis Times, 8 May 1924, p. 4:1

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