Steven R. Barnett’s Story Archive

100 Years Ago This Week: March 10-16

From The Indianapolis Star, Thursday, March 15: A benefit performance by entertainers appearing this week at the various Indianapolis theaters will be held at the English Theater tomorrow afternoon for the Newcastle (Indiana) Relief Fund. All seats will be $1 (2016: $19). Donations to the Indianapolis branch of the Red … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: March 10-16

From The Indianapolis News, Wednesday, March 14: Declaring, “Our children lack patriotism…and now is the time to teach it,” Indianapolis school board member Mrs. Julia B. Tutewiler offered a motion at last night’s board meeting to have “Old Glory” draped on the front wall of every schoolroom in the city … Read More

100 Years Ago: March 3-9

From The Indianapolis Star, Thursday, March 8: Two hundred women meet yesterday afternoon at the Chamber of Commerce and formed a nonpartisan league to educate Indianapolis women on political subjects following a motion by Mrs. Samuel E. (Mary) Perkins that was carried unanimously. Miss Julia Landers was chosen temporary chair … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: March 3-9

From The Indianapolis News, Tuesday, March 6: James A. Allison, Indianapolis Motor Speedway secretary-treasurer, announced yesterday that if the United States declared war on Germany, the May 30 annual racing classic would be cancelled. Allison believed everybody should stand ready to back the United States, and that everything possible should … Read More

Kiddie Matinee Afternoons

Across Indianapolis from the late 1930s through the 1960s, thousands of kids could be found every Saturday afternoon at their neighborhood movie theater enjoying a special “kiddie matinee.” After paying an admission from 10ȼ to 35ȼ, the next stop was the concession stand — a box of popcorn, a cup … Read More