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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,...
John T. McCutcheon
McCutcheon, John T. (John Tinney), 1870-1949; Cartoonists; Newspaper industry; Authors, American--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...
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...
Rapp, George,1757-1847; Rappites; Harmony Society; Germans--United States; Harmonists; United States--Emigration and immigration; Immigrants; Germans--Indiana
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...
Business people; Businessmen; New York Stock Exchange; Portraits; Paintings
Director and Chairman of the Board of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, President of the New York Stock Exchange
Dan Patch (Race horse); Horses; Horse racing; Racetracks (Horse racing)
From the time he started racing in 1900 until he retired from exhibitions in 1909, Dan Patch did not lose a race and finished second in only two heats. In 1905 Dan Patch set a world's record for the mile...
Mordecai "Three Fingers" Brown
Baseball; Baseball players; Sports
Mordecai Brown played baseball for 14 years in the major leagues, including pitching several seasons for the Chicago Cubs. He was a right handed pitcher, throwing a natural sinker and curve ball. In 1949...
Hoagland Howard Carmichael
Songs & music; Composers; Singers; Musicians; Pianos
Carmichael was born in Monroe County and grew-up during the ragtime era. He formed a jazz band while he was studying law at Indiana University. In 1927 when he heard a recording of his song "Washboard...
Carl G. Fisher
Business people; Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp.; Eyeglasses; Bicycle shops; Bicycle racing
In 1891 Fisher and his brothers opened a bicycle shop in Indianapolis. He became known as a daredevil cyclist. In 1904 Fisher, in partnership with James A. Allison, formed the Prest-O-Lite Company which...
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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