Steven R. Barnett’s Story Archive

100 Years Ago: Dec. 1-7

From The Indianapolis Star, Saturday, December 1: Consolidation of city, township and county governments in Indianapolis and Marion County is the recommendation of the New York Bureau of Municipal Research in its continuing survey of Indianapolis city government. One proposed plan, as a step toward greater efficiency and economy in … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Dec. 1-7

From The Indianapolis Star, Sunday, December 2: The liberal purchase of Red Cross Christmas Seals was encouraged by Dr. George Thomas Palmer, president of the Illinois Tuberculosis Association, in an appeal for help made at the Chamber of Commerce Saturday Lunch to solve the problem presented by tuberculous soldiers who … Read More

“Everybody Comes to Rick’s”

“Festive haunts of pleasure seekers” date to at least the fifteenth century (or maybe earlier to the Cavern on the Green frequented by the Flintstones and Rubbles) when Parisians sought drink and food — no song and dance — at the Suckling Calf, the Valley of Misery, and the Pomme … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Nov. 24-30

From The Indianapolis Star, Thursday, November 29: Parents, wives, sisters, sweethearts and brothers of Indiana artillerymen now overseas were told last night that it was their task to maintain the morale of men on the fighting line by writing sane letters and by sensible giving. This was the theme of … Read More

100 Years Ago: Nov. 24-30

From The Indianapolis News, Thursday, November 29: Thanksgiving Day dawned with gloomy skies and threatening rain-clouds. Commercial life stopped throughout the city, but there was no holiday celebration in homes or churches as the war against Germany brought solemn thought of American sacrifices to be paid of life and service. … Read More