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Journalism; Journalists; Reporters; World War, 1939-1945; Military life; Military personnel; Military uniforms; Pyle, Ernie, 1900-1945
Pyle attended Indiana University in Bloomington and left before graduation to become a reporter for the LaPorte Herald. From there he moved on to a job at the Washington (D.C.) Daily News, part of the...
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...
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Vonnegut, Kurt; Authors; Veterans; Living Legends; Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-five; Prisoners of war; World War, 1939-1945
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. graduated from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis. He attended Cornell University but left to enlist in the Army during World War II. Vonnegut was captured by the Germans during...
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...
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....
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...
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Presidents; Politicians; Lawyers; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. He is credited with preserving the union, freeing the slaves. He had a good command of the English language as demonstrated in his Gettysburg Address....
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...
Thomas A. Hendricks
Legislators; Politicians; Vice presidents; Governors; Hendricks, Thomas A. (Thomas Andrews), 1819-1885
He served in the Indiana House of Representatives and the U. S. House. He was a United States senator during the latter years of the Civil War and the first years of Reconstruction. Hendricks became governor...
William H. English
English, William Hayden, 1822-1896; Politicians; Legislators; Authors, American--Indiana; Hotels; Opera houses
William English was a politician who served 4 terms in the U.S. Congress. In 1880 he was the Democratic candidate for vice president. He built the English Opera House and Hotel on the northwest quadrant...
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...
Slocum, Frances, 1773-1847; Indians of North America; Indian captivities; Miami Indians; Women; Kidnappings; Clothing & dress
Slocum was taken from her family when she was 5 years old by Delaware braves. She was raised by a Delaware couple who settled in the Miami village of Kekionga near present day Fort Wayne, Indiana. In the...
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...
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...
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,...
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,...
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