top of page



news stories & adverts from one hundred years ago

From The Indianapolis Times, Monday, February 26, 1923: “I’m the last member of the Nowland family, and I certainly do regret to see the memory of my ancestor and the other pioneer citizens of Indianapolis desecrated in this way,” Edwin Nowland said in response to an Indiana state senate bill which provides for the confiscation of historic Greenlawn Cemetery for the site of a freight terminal for the traction companies. Overgrown with weeds, cluttered with junk and the city’s refuse, the graves of pioneers receive no attention from the citizens of the city which these men and women founded. The names of many families prominent in the early history of Indianapolis appear on broken slabs and markers in the dilapidated cemetery. “It is an outrage. The people should make this a beauty spot. Their memory should be respected,” Nowland declared.

“Graves of City’s Founders May be Terminal Site,” The Indianapolis Times, 26 February 1923, p. 2:2

From The Indianapolis Star, Tuesday, February 20, 1923: Last night, Mayor Lew Shank approved a plan to install a radio receiving set in each police automobile so that when a crime is reported to headquarters the information could be immediately broadcast to every police officer in an automobile in the city. When Patrolman Franklin Bensley presented the proposal six weeks ago, a radio transmitter set would have been installed in police headquarters, but the police chief thought the cost of such a radio system would be prohibitive. However, since then Francis Hamilton, who operates a sending station at 2029 N. Alabama, has developed a plan to connect a direct telephone line to police headquarters so when a crime is reported the information can be immediately relayed to the radio operator who would then broadcast the information to each police car.

“Mayor Favors Idea of Radio on Autos,” The Indianapolis Star, 20 February 1923, p. 8:3

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

Search By Tags
bottom of page