news stories & adverts from one hundred years ago

From The Indianapolis Times, Tuesday, January 4, 1921: Motorization has rendered the ninety-eight fine horses in the fire department useless. Once the pride at the various fire stations, the horses stand idle and disconsolate in their stalls, having been replaced by motor fire-fighting monsters. With the delivery of ten motor pumpers from the Stutz Fire Engine Co, the public safety board will take immediate steps to dispose of the horses. Appraisers have been appointed to fix not only the value of the horses, but also of all the wagons and trucks made unnecessary by the motor equipment. Five of the best animals will be turned over to the mounted police to replace old horses, and the park board will receive ten other horses. Some of the horses will be shipped to eastern buyers where a better price can be obtained.


“Plan to Sell 40 City Fire Horses,” The Indianapolis Times, 4 January 1921, p. 2:1

From The Indianapolis Times, Friday, December 31, 1920: Dancing the old year out and ushering in the new one has been assured in Indianapolis since the police have sent out word that dancing would be permitted until 1 a.m. The announcement brought joy to the hearts of those bent on dancing to the mesmerizing strains of the saxophone, the wail of the banjo, and the syncopated sighing of the slide trombone. In addition to New Year’s Eve arrangements made for the fox-trotting public at hotels and clubs, churches will hold watch night services and homes will be the scene of watch night parties. While there will be dancing, it will be a “dry” celebration among the merrymakers; “hip pocket parties” will not be tolerated by law enforcement and hotels will not permit dispensing of cheering cocktails from individual bottles.


“Indianapolis Folk Will Jazz in New Year with Lid Tilted ‘Just a Bit’,” The Indianapolis Times, 31 December 1920, p. 1:4

Updated: Nov 10, 2020

From The Indianapolis Times, Tuesday, October 25, 1920:  “Buy a Brick for $1 (2019:  $13) - Help Build the Shelter for Animals,” is the advertising slogan of the Indianapolis Humane Society’s appeal for facilities to care for the city’s outcast and stray animals.  Solicitation begins next week when 25,000 miniature bricks will be available for purchase by Indianapolis citizens whose hearts are in sympathy with the goal of the Society.  Harry Stutz, president of Stutz Motor Car Co, endorsed the project saying, “I am heartily in sympathy with this campaign and you may put me down for $100.  A man would have to be a very poor sportsman not to have sympathy for dumb animals.”  Money from the appeal will go entirely for building costs.  Membership dues and a monthly community chest allotment provide funds for maintenance of the Society.



“Plan Shelter for Animals,” The Indianapolis Times, 25 October 1920, p. 12:1

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