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Sperry, Ralph, 1880-1961; Pianos; Musical instrument industry; Piano--Construction; Rudolph Wurlitzer Company
Ralph Sperry was a nationally known piano designer. When the Great Depression hit he was living with his family in Ft. Wayne where he worked for the Packard Piano Company. The family moved to Nashville,...
Sports; Basketball; Basketball players; Tennis players; Athletes; Robertson, Oscar, 1938-; Ashe, Arthur
Oscar Robertson attended Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis and was known as the "Big O." He was a member of the first African American high school team to win the state championship. They won...
T. C. Steele
Steele, T. C. (Theodore Clement), 1847-1926; Artists; Artist colonies; Beards
Steele began drawing as a child and at the age of 12 was teaching schoolmates. With the financial support of friends, he and his family went to Germany where he studied art at the Munich Royal Academy....
George P. Stewart
Stewart, George P. (George Pheldon), 1874-1924; Newspapers; Newspaper industry; African Americans; Journalists
Stewart along with Will H. Porter co-founded the Indianapolis Recorder newspaper in the 1890s. It began in an office on New York Street in Indianapolis. Stewart eventually became sole owner. He was active...
Gene Stratton Porter
Stratton-Porter, Gene, 1863-1924; Naturalists--United States; Women naturalists--United States; Women novelists, American; Authors, American--Indiana; Wildflowers
Gene Stratton Porter and her husband Charles lived in Geneva, Indiana, near the Limberlost Swamp. She began photographing birds and animals in their natural habitat. Some of her photographs were published...
William Ashley (Billy) Sunday
Sunday, Billy, 1862-1935; Baseball players; Clergy; Evangelists
Sunday was a professional baseball player who became an ordained Presbyterian minister. He drew large crowds to hear his "fire and brimstone" sermons at Winona Lake.
Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946; Authors; Pulitzer Prizes; Clothing & dress; Men; Cigarettes
Tarkington was a famous author who wrote novels about everyday people. He attended Purdue University and Princeton. In 1919 he won the Pulitzer Prize for his book "The Magnificent Ambersons." In 1922 he...
Tecumseh, Shawnee Chief, 1768-1813; Indians of North America; Tribal chiefs
Tecumseh was born in the Shawnee town of Piqua, Ohio. His brother Tenskwatawa, or The Prophet, were important Shawnee leaders. When the Treaty of Greenville was signed giving most of Ohio to whites, Indian...
Albert Von Tilzer
Von Tilzer, Albert; Composers; Musicians; Music publishing industry; Music; Suits (Clothing)
Albert Von Tilzer's real name was Albert Gumm. He and his brother used their mother's maiden name, Tilzer. He was born in Indianapolis and worked in the family's business. In 1899 he moved to Chicago and...
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Vonnegut, Kurt; Authors; Veterans; Living Legends; Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-five; Prisoners of war; World War, 1939-1945
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. graduated from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis. He attended Cornell University but left to enlist in the Army during World War II. Vonnegut was captured by the Germans during...
Madam C.J. Walker
Walker, C. J., Madam, 1867-1919; African Americans--Indiana--Indianapolis; Beauty shops; Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company; Beauty culture--Indiana--Indianapolis; Cosmetics industry--Indiana--Indianapolis
Walker created a product to stimulate hair growth and a steel comb that helped straighten hair. She established her own company in Indianapolis employing people there and thousands of agents across the...
Wallace, Lew, 1827-1905; Lawyers; Authors, American--Indiana; Governors; Courts-martial and courts of inquiry--United States; Politicians; American literature--19th century; Diplomatic and consular service, American--Turkey; Trials (Assassination)--United States; New Mexico--Politics and government--1848-1950; Turkey--History--1878-1909; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Wallace served in the Mexican War from 1846-1847. He returned to Indiana and was admitted to the bar in 1849. He established his law practice in Indianapolis and was elected to the State Senate in 1856....
Wayne, Anthony, 1745-1796; Military officers; Military uniforms
In 1794 when negotiations with the Indians over land failed, Wayne was authorized to fight them. In August his men defeated the Indians at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in Ohio. In September he established...
Webster, Marie D. (Marie Daugherty), 1859-1956; Quilts; Quilting; Artists; Textiles; Textile art; Business enterprises; Authors; Women; Clothing & dress; Fur; Business people
Webster was one of the most influential quilt designers of the twentieth century. Her book, "Quilts: Their Story and How to Make Them," published in 1915, was the first book wrritten on the history of...
Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944; Politicians--United States; Authors, American--Indiana; Lawyers
Willkie was the Republican candidate for president in 1940. Following his loss he toured the world at the invitation of President Roosevelt, meeting the leaders of other countries. Following this trip...
Wise, Robert, 1914- ; Motion pictures; Academy Awards (Motion pictures); Motion picture producers and directors; Living Legends
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...
Julia Graydon Sharpe
Women artists; Artists; Watercolorists; Watercolors; Women; Clothing & dress; Sharpe, Julia Graydon, ca. 1857-1939
Julia Graydon Sharpe was born into a wealthy family in Indianapolis. At first she painted as a hobby, then in her mid-thirties she decided to study painting seriously. She attended art schools and studied...
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