Hoosier History Highlights

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Hoosier History Highlights

February 11 - February 17

This Week in Indiana History


February 11, 1936 Fred Jewell died in his hometown of Worthington, Indiana. He was conductor of the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey circus band. A prolific composer, he became known as "Indiana's March King." In later years he returned to Worthington to conduct the high school band as well as the Murat Temple and Sahara Grotto bands in Indianapolis. 

The iconic LOVE image was created by New Castle born, Robert Indiana. The original design was created in 1964 for cards Indiana gave to his friends. 

Robert Indiana

Abe Lincoln

February 11, 1861 Abraham Lincoln woke up on February 12, his 52nd birthday, at the Bates House Hotel in Indianapolis. He had breakfast with Governor Oliver P. Morton before boarding a train to continue his trip to Washington where he would take the oath to become the 16th President.  

February 14, 1913 Jimmy Hoffa, Union leader of the Teamsters, ties to organized crime, born in Brazil, IN. Hoffa disappeared in 1975.


Florence Henderson

February 14, 1934 Florence Henderson, actress, “Carol” in “The Brady Bunch”, born in Dale, IN.

Our Where in Indiana? from last week was taken in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Lucas Oil


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1. The official Indiana state snack is Indiana grown popcorn.

2. The official Indiana state insect is the Sey's Firefly.

3. Indiana is known as the automobile racing capital of the world.

4. In 1917 the first tomato juice was served at French Lick Springs Hotel in Orange County. When Chef Louis Perin ran out of orange juice, he created tomato juice.