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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 Times, Tuesday, April 29, 1924:  Gov. Warren T. McCray resigned today following his conviction in Federal Court last evening for mail fraud.  The jury returned its verdict after deliberating thirteen minutes, finding McCray guilty of fraudulently writing 2,500 letters, each one in violation of the postal laws, in order to obtain money under false pretenses.  After the verdict was read, in a caustic and biting denunciation, Judge Albert Anderson branded the Governor as a forger saying, “The evidence is of remarkable character.  The circumstances are so enormously bad that there is no excuse for them…In my forty years’…never have I seen anything to approach this in the number of continuous felonies.”  McCray will be sentenced tomorrow and then taken to Federal prison in Atlanta, GA.  Lieutenant Governor Emmett Branch plans to take the oath of office immediately.

“‘M'Cray Resigns as Governor,” The Indianapolis Times, 29 April 1924, p. 1:1

From The Indianapolis Star, Sunday, April 20, 1924:  The Blue Triangle Hall, the new Y.W.C.A. boarding residence for employed girls, will open its doors this week.  Located at 725 N. Pennsylvania St, the hall can accommodate as many as 115 young women, giving them pleasant rooms, wholesome meals, and congenial companionship.  A girl can share one of the larger rooms with three other girls for $6.75 (2024:  $122.50) a week or the girl who desires the best private room will pay $12.50 (2024:  $226.85) a week.  The location is within walking distance of six factories and all the department stores.  The building faces the proposed Memorial Plaza, and the front rooms will look out over one of the city’s real beauty spots.  It is a short block from the library and within walking distance of the John Herron Art Institute.   

“‘Blue Triangle Hall, Y.W.C.A. Girls’ Home, Becomes a Reality,” The Indianapolis Star, 20 April 1924, Pt. Two, p. 1:2 

From The Indianapolis Star, Tuesday, April 1, 1924:  The Indiana Society for Medical Freedom met last night and passed a resolution calling on city school authorities and the board of health to respect state law exempting from medical examination or treatment any school pupil on objection of parent or guardian.  The action was taken following Indianapolis board of health orders issued last week that all public, parochial, and private school pupils must be vaccinated for smallpox within the next two weeks.  Children failing to comply could be barred from school.  Dr. Herman Morgan, city health officer, asked for the compulsory vaccination order to help stamp out the disease after 128 cases of smallpox had been reported in the city.  While no unvaccinated children have yet been barred from school, Indiana Supreme Court rulings give such authority to boards of health.   

“Hold Vaccination Cannot be Forced” The Indianapolis Star, 1 April 1924, p. 3:3

“Vaccination Order is Given to Pupils,” The Indianapolis Times, 25 March 1924, p. 9:4

“Vaccination of Pupils Ordered,” The Indianapolis Times, 21 March 1924, p. 1:8

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