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Ade, George, 1866-1944; Authors, American--Indiana; Dramatists; Journalists
George Ade was a humorist, author, playwright, and newspaper columnist. After graduating from Purdue in 1887 he worked as a journalist in Lafayette before taking a job at the Chicago Daily News. His daily...
Authors, American; Children's literature; Artists; Cartoonists; Motion picture industry; Animation; Peet, Bill, 1915-2002
As a child Bill Peet spent much of his time drawing pictures. He was awarded a scholarship to study at Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis. He went to work for Walt Disney studios and worked on several...
Frank Clayton Ball
Ball, Frank Clayton, 1857-1943; Business people; Philanthropists; Ball Brothers Company, inc.; Ball Corporation; Glass fruit jars; Glass industry
Glass canning jar family business and the Ball Foundation.
Baseball; Baseball managers; Baseball players; Baseball Hall of Fame (Cooperstown, N.Y.); Baseball managers, African American; Negro baseball leagues; Negro athletes; Sports
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...
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...
Basketball; Basketball players; Sports; McGinnis, George, 1950-
George McGinnis grew up in Indianapolis and attended George Washington High School where he excelled in basketball. He was Indiana's Mr. Basketball in 1969. He attended Indiana University but left to begin...
Baxter, Anne; Actresses
Anne Baxter was an actress. She performed in plays, movies, and on television. In 1946 she won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in the movie, The Razor's Edge.
Bayh, Birch, 1928- ; Politicians; Lawyers; Legislators
Bayh graduated from Indiana University Law School in 1960 and was admitted to the bar in 1961. He was in the Indiana State House of Representatives from 1954-1962. In 1961 he was elected to the U.S. Senate...
William E. Biederwolf
Biederwolf, William E. (William Edward), 1867-1939; Chaplains; Clergy; Evangelists; Military uniforms; Spanish American War, 1898--Regimental histories--United States; United States. Army. Indiana Infantry Regiment, 161st (1898-1899); Hats; Soldiers
In 1898 President McKinley called for 75,000 volunteers to help fight in the war with Spain. The 161st Indiana Regiment was formed from companies located across the state. William E. Biederwolf who was...
Sarah Tittle Barrett Bolton
Bolton, Sarah T. (Sarah Tittle), 1814-1893; Poets; Authors; Composers; Clothing & dress; Women's rights; Suffragists
Known for her poetry, including her classic "Paddle Your Own Canoe," Sarah Bolton began writing at a young age and contributed poems to newspapers and to the Home Journal. She was poet laureate of Indiana...
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...
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
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...
George Alexander Ball
Business people; Philanthropists; Glass industry; Glass fruit jars; Ball, George A., 1862-1955; Ball Brothers Company, inc.; Ball Corporation
Glass canning jar family business and the Ball Foundation
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Chief Menominee, d. 1838; Indians of North America; Potawatomi Indians--Middle West; Potawatomi Indians--Relocation; Indians of North America--Relocation; Trail of Death, 1838
Chief Menominee was a leader among the Potawatomi Indians. In 1838 some of the Indians in the state had agreed to leave their land by August, but white settlers began moving in early. Governor David Wallace...
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,...
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...
Crowe, Ray, 1915-2003; African Americans; Teachers; Coaches (Athletics); Basketball; Politicians; Basketball coaches--Indiana; Crispus Attucks High School (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Crowe grew up on a farm in Johnson County. He graduated from Indiana Central College and was a public school teacher in Indianapolis. In 1955 he coached the Crispus Attucks High School basketball team...
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...
Eugene V. Debs
Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926; Labor movement--United States; Labor unions; Labor leaders; Socialists--United States; Socialism; Social-Democratic Party of America; Presidential candidates--United States
Debs was a founder of the American Railway Union and served as the Union's first president. He organized the Social Democratic Party of America in 1897, and ran for the U.S. Presidency in 1900, 1904, 1908,...
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