Steven R. Barnett’s Story Archive

World War I 100 Years Ago: Oct. 20-26

From The Indianapolis News, Saturday, October 20: Consumers are advised to save their sugar. The sugar supply in Indianapolis is shrinking and wholesalers are limiting retailers’ orders to 100 pounds. The European War is the primary cause of the shortage because Cuban sugar cane growers are supplying most of Europe. … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: Oct. 20-26

From The Indianapolis Star, Thursday, October 25: The concluding races for the boys city bicycle championships will be held Saturday at the State Fair Grounds half-mile dirt track. Charles Wehr, City Parks Cycle Club supervisor, announced that there will be five bicycle events – one quarter-mile race, one half-mile race, … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: Oct. 13-19

From The Indianapolis Star, Saturday, October 13: So acute has the coal shortage become in the last few day that unless a state coal administrator is named soon by the Federal Fuel Administration the state government will take the necessary action to see that Hoosiers are supplied with fuel. Ernest … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Oct. 13-19

From The Indianapolis News, Saturday, October 13: A few days ago, the first airplane flight of the United States Army signal corps’ aerial arm crossed Indiana between the government’s flying fields at Rantoul, IL and Dayton, OH. It was the first use of the “aerial route” between the two fields … Read More

100 Years Ago: Oct. 6-12

From The Indianapolis Star, Sunday, October 7: Indianapolis baseball fans closely followed the first game of the World Series from Comiskey Park between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants by dialing 1207 and hearing operators repeat the inning by inning bulletins. “All Indianapolis, it seemed, was interested … Read More