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From The Indianapolis Times, Monday, November 14, 1921: An investigation by the Indianapolis board of health has resulted in twenty-one indictments against local firms and individuals by the Marion County grand jury for violations of the mattress label law. The indictments allege the defendants “did feloniously and knowingly offer for sale, sell and have in possession with the intent to sell…a bed mattress that did not have plainly and indelibly stamped or printed thereon” the kinds of material used and by whom manufactured as required under Indiana law. The grand jury probe into the mattress label law violations grew out of an investigation by agents of the city board of health who found mattresses filled with filth in city and county institutions. Among those indicted are Victor Furniture Co, Normal Furniture Co, Used Goods Store, and Vin Cannon Furniture Co.


“Grand Jury Indicts 21 as Violators of Mattress Label Law,” The Indianapolis Times, 14 November 1921, p. 1:2

From The Indianapolis News, Friday, November 11, 1921: Indianapolis commemorated the anniversary of Armistice Day in speech and ceremony with tributes paid to the “unknown soldier,” laid to rest today in the nation’s capital at Arlington Cemetery. Prayers were offered for the success of the international disarmament conference, and despite the downpouring of rain several hundred citizens were present at one of the day’s most impressive ceremonies, conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars on the south steps of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument. After remarks by Gov. Warren McCray and others, as the chimes of Christ Church began to strike twelve, more than 100 uniformed ex-servicemen bowed their heads in silent prayer and then stood rigidly at attention as a rifle volley was fired and taps sounded. The Star-Spangled Banner was played by the Shortridge High School Cadet Band.

“Dead Remembered in Fitting Service,” The Indianapolis News, 11 November 1921, p. 1:2

From The Indianapolis Times, Friday, November 4, 1921: A great parade with long lines of marching men, regular soldiers, national guardsmen, veterans, war nurses and women war workers honored Marshal Ferdinand Foch, commander-in-chief of the allied armies during the final year of the Great War, this afternoon. The French Marshal, escorted by the Black Horse Troop of Culver Military Academy, made his way along the line of march, to storms of applause from an enormous, happy, and enthusiastic crowd, until taking his place on the reviewing stand. The Red, White, and Blue and the Tri-Color of France flew in profusion from flag poles, windows, roof tops, and lamp posts as old war-time tunes crashed forth from marching bands on the streets below. Following the parade, Marshal Foch went to University Park to dedicate the ground for the Indiana War Memorial.

“Foch Given Real Hoosier Welcome,” The Indianapolis Times, 4 November 1921, p. 1:1

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