INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – The state of Indiana is rich in history. Did you know the following things happened the week throughout the Hoosier state? The Indiana Department of Administration compiled a list of notable events in this week’s Hoosier History Highlights.
Indiana Quick Quiz
Use each clue below to determine the name of the Hoosier born in February:
1. The governor doctor from Bremen
2. Rebel Without a Cause
3. Ma Kettle
Did You Know?
The George Rogers Clark Memorial in Vincennes was dedicated in 1936 in ceremonies led by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson was in attendance when the building and grounds became a part of the National Park Service. Above the entrance of the memorial is an inscription which reads “The Conquest of the West – George Rogers Clark and The Frontiersmen of the American Revolution.” In the rotunda are seven murals painted by Ezra Winter and a bronze statue of Clark created by Hermon Atkins MacNeil. At 80 feet in height and 90 feet at the base, the memorial is the largest federal monument outside of Washington, D. C.
February 24 – March 2
This Week in Indiana History
1779 George Rogers Clark and his small army of frontiersmen captured Fort Sackville at Vincennes, marking the end of British influence on the United States western frontier. The George Rogers Clark Memorial stands at the site of the old fort.
1888 The Ball Brothers began glass production in Muncie. The company had relocated to Indiana to take advantage of the abundant natural gas in the area. The firm became famous for their glass canning jars
1894 Two of the most popular authors of the era, Mark Twain and James Whitcomb Riley, appeared together on stage at Madison Square Garden in New York. The New York Times reported that the audience had “an evening of laughter.” Riley, the “Hoosier Poet,” received three encores.
1920 Three-year-old Morrison Marshall died in the Vice Presidential Suite of the Willard Hotel in Washington, D. C. He was the adopted son of Vice President and former Indiana Governor Thomas Marshall and his wife Lois. The little boy, a favorite at the White House, died of acidosis. His father described him as “beautiful as an angel, brilliant beyond his years.”
1937 The Indiana General Assembly adopted a resolution which declared “The Crossroads of America” to be the official motto or slogan for the state. The Hoosier State has historically been at the hub of travel across the nation, from the Old National Road to railroad lines to modern interstate highways.
1940 Harold Jones was born in Richmond, Indiana. As a professional drummer, he has become a legend, appearing with such artists as Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, B. B. King, Ray Charles, Count Basie and Oscar Peterson. He still teaches drumming at college workshops and recently toured with Tony Bennett.
1. Dr. Otis Bowen 2. James Dean 3. Marjorie Main