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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...
Ehrmann, Max, 1872-1945; Poets; Authors; Poetry; Ehrmann, Max, 1872-1945. Desiderata; Paintings; Portraits; Palettes; Philosophers
Ehrmann was born in Terre Haute, Indiana. He attended DePauw University and edited the DePauw Weekly. He later studied law and philosophy at Harvard. He worked as a lawyer at his brother's overall factory...
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...
Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901; Presidents; Legislators; Politicians; Generals
Harrison, the grandson of President William Henry Harrison, moved to Indiana from Ohio in 1854. He was a lawyer and was active in politics. He was in the 70th Indiana Infantry in the Civil War reaching...
Coffin, Levi, 1798-1877; Underground railroad system; Abolition movement; Abolitionists; Business people
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...
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...
Bushemi, John; Photographers; Photographic apparatus & supplies; Photography; Photojournalism; World War, 1939-1945; Soldiers; Photojournalists; Cameras; Military uniforms; Helmets; Firearms; Rifles; Cigarettes
John A. Bushemi was born in Centerville, Iowa in 1917. His family moved to Gary, Indiana in 1930. He quit high school to work in the steel mill and got his first camera as a teenager. In 1936 he went to...
James Whitcomb Riley
Riley, James Whitcomb, 1849-1916; Poets; Poetry; Neckties; Suits (Clothing); Men
Riley was born in Greenfield, Indiana, and later lived on Lockerbie Street in Indianapolis. He worked as an artist and a newspaper reporter before becoming nationally known for his poetry. He spent a significant...
George Rogers Clark
Clark, George Rogers, 1752-1818; Explorers; Surveyors; Soldiers; Military uniforms; Clark's Expedition to the Illinois, 1778-1779
Clark was from Virginia and was a trained surveyor and frontiersman. He also fought in the Revolutionary War. His brother William was famous for the Lewis and Clark expedition. In 1778, Patrick Henry,...
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968; Jazz; Jazz musicians; Musicians; African Americans; Guitarists; African American guitarists; African American jazz musicians; Grammy Awards
Montgomery was a jazz guitarist. He played with the Lionel Hampton band, and in a trio with his brothers. In 1965 he won a grammy for his album "Goin' Out of My Head." His album, "A Day in the Life" was...
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...
Little Turtle, 1747?-1812; Indians of North America; Miami Indians; Tribal chiefs; Fallen Timbers, Battle of, 1794; Greenville, Treaty of, 1795; Necklaces; Earrings
Little Turtle was a Miami Indian chief. He fought against settlers in the Northwest Territory. After the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794 he reluctantly signed the Treaty of Greenville giving Indian land...
Poetry; Poets; Prisoners; African Americans; Knight, Etheridge
Etheridge Knight was born in Mississippi. He was in the Army and served in the Korean Conflict. He was seriously wounded there causing him to become addicted to drugs and alcohol. He turned to crime to...
Sperry, Portia Howe; Dolls; Authors; Toys; Rag dolls
Portia Howe Sperry was born in Illinois. She married Ralph Waldo Emerson Sperry and they lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Sperry's husband Ralph was a nationally known piano designer. When the Great Depression...
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,...
Lilly, Eli, 1838-1898; Pharmaceutical industry; Drugstores; Soldiers; Military uniforms; Beards; Men; Military officers; Mustaches
Lilly was born in Maryland. His family eventually settled in Greencastle, Indiana. He began working in a drug store there then served as a Colonel in the Civil War. After the war he tried starting drug...
Mills, Caleb, 1806-1879; Education; Teachers; Educational change; Public schools
Mills was a teacher who came to Indiana from New Hampshire in 1833. He was the first professor at what would become Wabash College. He lobbied the government for a public school system in Indiana that...
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