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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.
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...
Dresser, Paul, 1858-1906; Composers; Singers; Tuxedoes; State songs
Dresser's real name was Johann Paul Dreiser, Jr. He studied at St. Meinrad's seminary in Southern Indiana, but left the school to become a composer and singer. He went to Chicago and worked as part 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...
Julius R. Frederick
Frederick, Julius R., 1852-1904; Explorers; Discovery & exploration; Expeditions & surveys
In 1881 Frederick volunteered for a polar expedition to Lady Franklin Bay, also known as the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition or Greely Expedition. Lt. A. W. Greely of the 5th U.S. Cavalry led the expedition...
Richard Jordan Gatling
Gatling, Richard Jordan, 1818-1903; Gatling guns; Arms & armament; Machine guns
In 1862 Gatling invented and patented the first Gatling gun, a hand-cranked rapid fire weapon with 10 revolving barrels. Due to production problems the weapon was not used during the Civil War, but later...
Haynes, Elwood, 1857-1925; Haynes automobile; Inventors; Inventions; Automobile industry; Automobiles; Business people; Indiana Natural Gas and Oil Company
Haynes is responsible for the first commercially built gasoline-powered automobile in Indiana. It was built in 1894 while he was manager of the Indiana Natural Gas and Oil Company. He also discovered stellite...
Journalism; Journalists; Newspaper industry; Reporters; Newspapers; Authors; Women; Portraits; Portrait photographs; State parks & reserves; Strauss, Juliet V. (Juliet Virginia), 1863-1918
As a child Strauss showed a talent for writing. The editor of the Rockville Tribune noticed her talent and encouraged her. In 1893 she began writing the column "Squibs and Sayings" for the Rockville 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...
Lilly, Ruth, 1915- ; Philanthropists; Philanthropy; Humanitarianism; Living Legends
Ruth Lilly personifies philanthropy. She believes in helping others. In her first major gift, Lilly and her brother donated their family home, Oldfields, to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, along with trust...
Oliver, James 1823-1908; Inventors; Plows; Metallurgical industry; Business people
Oliver invented the Chilled Plow. He experimented for twelve years and found that chilling the iron in the moldplate of a plow made it stronger. This plow was also easier for a farmer to operate. The plow...
Owen, Robert, 1771-1858; Education; Educational change; Educational equalization; Social reformers--United States; Socialists--United States
When the Rappites decided to return to Pennsylvania, Robert Owen bought the town they called Harmony and renamed it New Harmony. His followers were given the name Harmonists. Owen hoped to establish a...
Rickenbacker, Eddie, 1890-1973; Automobile racing drivers; Indianapolis Speedway Race; Cakes; Cooks; Aprons
Rickenbacker was a relief driver in the first Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. He drove at the Speedway between 1911 and 1916, then later owned the racetrack from 1927-1945. He was also an air pilot in World...
Sanders, Harland, 1890- ; Restaurants; Fast food restaurants; Kentucky Fried Chicken (Firm); Chicken industry; Clothing & dress
Harland Sanders began cooking as a child. Afer his father died he was responsible for looking after his younger brother and sister while his mother worked, so he prepared their food. He had a variety of...
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,...
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....
David Curtis Stephenson
Stephenson, David Curtis, 1891-1966; Ku Klux Klan (1915- ); Racism; Politics
D.C. Stephenson came to Indiana in 1920. He joined the KKK and became Grand Dragon of the Indiana Realm in 1923. Stephenson was a powerful orator and had a charming personality. Unknown to his followers,...
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...
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.
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