100 Years Ago: Aug. 24-31

From The Indianapolis Star, Sunday, August 26: Plans are tentatively under discussion by prominent Indianapolis men for the construction of an endowed, free 300-bed hospital dedicated to the treatment of invalid and crippled children. Within the last few days the proposal has received the hearty approval of hundreds of Hoosier citizens who for years have seen the need for such an institution. The committee appointed last week under the leadership of Josiah K. Lilly to inaugurate the hospital campaign has received pledges of substantial support. While the hospital will not be built until after the world war, it already has a name — the James Whitcomb Riley Memorial Hospital. Favorable support for the children’s hospital crystallized last Sunday at a meeting of a representative group of Indianapolis businessmen at the home of Linnaes C. Boyd, vice president of Indianapolis Gas Co.