Steven R. Barnett’s Story Archive

Ante Up

Happily tossing three coins in a Roman fountain may be romantic and putting another nickel in the nickelodeon, as the old song says, may bring love and “music, music, music,” but grudgingly travelers ante up for the daily privilege of driving many of the roadways across the good ol’ U. … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: Feb. 23-March 1

From The Indianapolis News, Saturday, February 23: The first Girl Scout Troop in Indianapolis has been organized in Irvington by twenty girls between the ages of ten and eighteen. The new troop is officially designated Red Clover Troop No. 1, and (Mrs. Gilbert) Anna Ridge, 23 Johnson Av, is the … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Feb. 23-March 1

From The Indianapolis News, Monday, February 25: The War Department will send 500 men to Indianapolis high schools Emmerich Manual Training and Arsenal Technical April 1 for specialty training in blacksmithing, automobile repair, and gunsmithing. Purdue University will provide instruction on airplane making, and students will be taught in the … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Feb. 16-22

From The Indianapolis News, Wednesday, February 20: The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce war contract bureau has been so successful in obtaining war contracts for Indiana businesses that in many parts of the United States it is known as the “Indianapolis Plan.” Through its Washington, DC office, the Chamber of Commerce … Read More

200 Years Ago: Feb. 16-22

From The Indianapolis News, Thursday, February 21: Jacob Dorsey Forrest, general manager of the Citizens Gas Co, notified city officials today “that every public and private consideration at this time warrants the complete suspension of gas main extensions.” Although franchise requirements for extensions amount to 35,840 feet per year, during … Read More