100 Years Ago: July 28-Aug. 3

From The Indianapolis Star, Sunday, July 29: Mars Hill residents have formed a vigilance committee under the auspices of the Patriotic Gardeners Association in response to garden thieves who have been reaping a crisp harvest from the gardens in the area. Potatoes by the bushel have been dug up, beans by the wagon load have disappeared, and cabbages by the hundreds have vanished. In the absence of city police protection, the Mars Hill and Maywood communities will be divided into six commands under the responsibility of a vigilance committee captain deputized by the sheriff. Patrols in each command will provide protection for the gardens day and night. A placard placed in each garden will give notice to anyone yearning for somebody else’s vegetables that the garden is under surveillance and that each citizen has police power and a gun.