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Anton "Tony" Hulman Jr.
Indianapolis Speedway Race; Business people; Pens; Globes
Tony was born in Terre Haute but then attended private schools in the east. After graduating from Yale University's Scientific School in 1924 with a degree in engineering, he returned to Terre Haute to...
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...
Lilly, Eli, 1885- ; Eli Lilly and Company; Pharmaceutical industry; Philanthropists; Historians; Business people
After graduating from college, Lilly joined the family pharmaceutical business. He was president of the company from 1932 to 1948. Following that he was chairman of the board. He showed great management...
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...
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,...
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.
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
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...
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...
Webster, Marie D. (Marie Daugherty), 1859-1956; Quilts; Quilting; Artists; Textiles; Textile art; Business enterprises; Authors; Women; Clothing & dress; Fur; Business people
Webster was one of the most influential quilt designers of the twentieth century. Her book, "Quilts: Their Story and How to Make Them," published in 1915, was the first book wrritten on the history of...
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...
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...
Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946; Authors; Pulitzer Prizes; Clothing & dress; Men; Cigarettes
Tarkington was a famous author who wrote novels about everyday people. He attended Purdue University and Princeton. In 1919 he won the Pulitzer Prize for his book "The Magnificent Ambersons." In 1922 he...
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...
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