THIS WEEK IN INDIANAPOLIS 

1921

news stories & adverts from one hundred years ago

From The Indianapolis Star, Thursday, March 31, 1921: Organizers for the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan have been working several weeks in Indianapolis, Chicago, Cincinnati, Seattle and other cities and towns of the West and Middle Western States, Col. William Simmons, imperial wizard of the Knights, has confirmed. “Ku Klux Klan representatives have been working in these states in response to requests from thousands of patriotic, red-blooded American citizens who desired membership in an organization which stands four square on all questions involving the perpetuation of American ideals and institutions and the heritage bequeathed to us by the founders of this great republic,” Simmons said. Verifying that thousands have been taken into the Klan, the imperial wizard announced, “This proves the Ku Klux Klan is not a sectional organization, but an American institution of and for white American citizens.”



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“Ku Klux Klan Leader Admits Active Work in Indianapolis,’” The Indianapolis Star, 31 March 1921

From The Indianapolis Star, Wednesday, March 23, 1921: Miss Clara Burnside, supervisor of the women’s police bureau, has been promoted to the rank of captain of police by the board of public safety. This action places the Indianapolis department at the head of similar organizations in the United States. Only in Washington, DC and Seattle, WA are the woman’s departments under the supervision of a woman. The success of the department is largely due to Miss Burnside’s work. There are now twenty-three members of the department, all of whom have had some training in social work. The women supervise the conduct of those attending public dance halls and many private dances given in halls. They also have been very successful in detecting shoplifters in downtown stores and settling domestic troubles. Arrests are the last steps taken by the women police.



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“Women’s Police Department Ranks First in Country,” The Indianapolis Star, 23 March 1921, p. 10:5

From The Indianapolis Times, Monday, March 14, 1921: Indianapolis becomes the basketball center of Indiana for the first time when the best sixteen high school teams start their two-day elimination contest Friday for the State basketball championship at the Coliseum. The tournament will be the biggest in the history of the game; the Coliseum at the fair grounds is prepared for a crowd of 10,000 fans from all over Indiana who will be rooting for their favorite team. While it is disappointing that no local team made it to this stage of the basketball championship, Indianapolis civic organizations realize the importance of the tournament to the city and are preparing for the event. The Better Business Bureau is seeing that hotels and restaurants do not charge visitors exorbitant rates and the Chamber of Commerce is cooperating with the host committee.



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“City Becomes State Basket Center Friday,” The Indianapolis Times, 14 March 1921, p. 6:4

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