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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...
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...
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...
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...
Garfield (Fictitious character); Cartoon characters; Comics; Cartoonists; Dogs; Cats; Artists; Environmentalists; Living Legends; Davis, Jim, 1945 July 28-
Jim Davis created Garfield the cat. That cartoon strip is the most widely syndicated Sunday comic in the United States and is read daily by more than 220 million people worldwide. Davis is an active environmentalist...
Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh
Religious education; Education; University of Notre Dame--Presidents; College presidents--Indiana; Catholic Church--United States--Clergy; Social reformers--United States; Presidential Medal of Freedom; Living Legends; Hesburgh, Theodore Martin, 1917-
Rev. Hesburgh is president emeritus of Notre Dame University. He is a national leader in the field of education. During his career he has served on numerous commissions, was chairman of the International...
Poets; Poetry; Carter, Jared, 1939-
Jared Carter is known for his poetry. His book "Work, for the Night is Coming" received the Walt Whitman Award in 1980.
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....
Rorem, Ned, 1923- ; Composers; Authors
Ned Rorem is a distinguished author and composer. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1976 orchestral suite, "Air Music." He has written several books and was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a Guggenheim...
Dillinger, John, 1903-1934; Criminals; Firearms; Machine guns
In 1924 Dillinger attempted to rob someone in Mooresville. He was apprehended and sent to prison for 9 years. After his parole he began robbing banks across the state. He was captured in 1934 but escaped...
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....
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...
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...
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...
Tecumseh, Shawnee Chief, 1768-1813; Indians of North America; Tribal chiefs
Tecumseh was born in the Shawnee town of Piqua, Ohio. His brother Tenskwatawa, or The Prophet, were important Shawnee leaders. When the Treaty of Greenville was signed giving most of Ohio to whites, Indian...
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...
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...
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.
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,...
Rev. Jim Jones
Jones, Jim, 1931-1978; Clergy; Peoples Temple; Cults--United States; Jonestown Mass Suicide, Jonestown, Guyana, 1978
Jones was a religious leader who founded the Peoples Temple. He moved the church to California in 1965 and started churches in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He and his followers moved to Jonestown, Guyana...
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