Rickenbacker was a relief driver in the first Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. He drove at the Speedway between 1911 and 1916, then later owned the racetrack from 1927-1945. He was also an air pilot in World War I.
Rickenbacker, Eddie, 1890-1973; Automobile racing drivers; Indianapolis Speedway Race; Cakes; Cooks; Aprons
In 1814 George Rapp and his followers came up the Wabash River by flatboat and founded the utopian community of Harmonie. The Harmonists were a group of Lutheran dissenters who had left Germany in 1805 seeking religious freedom and settled in...
Rapp, George,1757-1847; Rappites; Harmony Society; Germans--United States; Harmonists; United States--Emigration and immigration; Immigrants; Germans--Indiana
McCutcheon graduated form Purdue University in 1889. He moved to Chicago and worked for the Chicago Morning News in 1895 and wrote front page cartoons. He was a political cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune from 1903-1945. McCutcheon received a...
Childhood through college.
McCutcheon, John T. (John Tinney), 1870-1949; Cartoonists; Newspaper industry; Authors, American--Indiana
Coffin was born in North Carolina and moved with his family to Newport (now Fountain City), Indiana, in 1826. He became a leading merchant and miller. In 1844 he began selling only goods not produced by slave labor. He and his wife Catherine...
Coffin, Levi, 1798-1877; Underground railroad system; Abolition movement; Abolitionists; Business people
Mariah Bowerstock Mendenhall was a midwife from 1840-1900. Some time during the mid-1890s she figured she had assisted with 980 births. In her records she notes that she never had a woman die while in her care. She always went when someone called...
He was a professional baseball player and manager of the Negro Leagues from 1915 through the 1950s. His career began playing for the Indianapolis ABCs in 1915 and included stops with several teams during his lengthy career, including the Harrisburg...
Charleston lived in Indiana various years throughout his life.
Robert Wise is a four-time Academy Award winner and one of the most respected editors and directors in Hollywood. His films include Citizen Kane, West Side Story, and The Sound of Music. His fascination with movies as a young boy eventually led him...
Wise, Robert, 1914- ; Motion pictures; Academy Awards (Motion pictures); Motion picture producers and directors; Living Legends
William Henry Harrison became famous as the victor in the Battle of Tippecanoe (Nov. 7, 1811), while also serving as Indiana's first territorial governor, 1801-1812. Through his negotiations with Native Americans 1803-1809 he secured the southern...
Governors; Politicians; Portraits; Presidents
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