Steven R. Barnett’s Story Archive

World War I 100 Years Ago: Aug. 4-10

From The Indianapolis Star, Wednesday, August 8: A campaign to enroll all Marion County boys between the ages of sixteen and twenty in the United States Boys’ Working Reserve will begin tomorrow. Carl B. Fritsche, assistant state director of the reserve, spoke to a group of fifty men from the … Read More

“At the sign of the Big Red Rooster”

Late last month there were news reports of a “gas war” between two south side Indianapolis stations, which reminded me of the “gas wars” of the late 1950s and early 1960s. In those days of black and white television and “duck and cover,” a gallon of fuel was 21.9ȼ which … Read More

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 … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: July 28-Aug. 3

From The Indianapolis Star, Thursday, August 2: The drafting of men for the new national army begins in Indianapolis this morning at 8:00 a.m. when the first call of 282 local men appear for their physical test. Examinations will be conducted at School No. 3, 23 N. Rural and at … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: July 21-27

From The Indianapolis News, Thursday, July 26: Today begins the three day canvass for Sympathy Saturday to raise funds to send sick and weak children to the Summer Mission camp at Fairview Park. This campaign combines into a single appeal under the auspices of the Children’s Aid Association’s Pure Milk … Read More