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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...
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...
Skelton, Red, 1913- ; Comedians; Radio industry; Television programs; Entertainers; Actors
Skelton was an all-around entertainer. He left Vincennes in 1925 to join Doc Lewis's Patent Medicine Show. From there he went on to entertain people in tent shows, showboats, circuses, dance marathons,...
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...
Mendenhall, Mariah, b. 1813; Midwives; Women; Births; Frontier & pioneer life; Pioneers; Clothing & dress; Horses; Horseback riding
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...
Robert Dale Owen
Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877; Politicians; Social reformers--United States; Legislators
Robert Dale Owen was the son of Robert Owen who founded New Harmony, Indiana. Robert Dale was a philosopher, author, politician, and social reformer. He was an advocate for women's rights and served in...
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...
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...
Lombard, Carole, 1908-1942; Actresses; Comedians; Governors; Schricker, Henry F. (Henry Fredrick), 1883-1966; Hays, Will H. (Will Harrison), 1879-1954; Motion picture industry; Military officers; Autographing; Clothing & dress; Fur coats; Hats
Lombard began acting in silent films. By the 1930s she was popular for "screwball" comedies and was nicknamed the Hoosier Tornado. Lombard was married to screen idol Clark Gable. She was killed in a plane...
Chief Menominee Statue
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...
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....
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...
Senator J. Danforth (Dan) Quayle
Quayle, Dan, 1947- ; Politicians; Legislators; Vice presidents; African Americans
Elected to the U.S. Congress in 1976 and to the U.S. Senate in 1980. He was reelected in 1986. In 1988 George H. W. Bush chose him to be his running mate in the presidential election. Quayle was the ninth...
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.
Duke Hampton Family Orchestra
Jazz; Big bands; Jazz musicians; Families; Musicians; Wind instruments; Pianos; Drums; African Americans; Trombones; Trumpets; Saxophones; Brass instruments; Stringed instruments; Musical instruments; Music ensembles; Orchestras; Bands
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.
Noble Lee Sissle
Musicians; Sissle, Noble, 1889- ; Horne, Lena; African Americans; Singers; Composers; Dramatists
Sissle was a famous musician, playwright, and composer.
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
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,...
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.
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