HOOSIER HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS: Zerelda Wallace Talks to Lawmakers

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Hoosier History Highlights

January 20- January 26

This Week in Indiana History


1851     William H. Bass was born in Bartholomew County.  After a few years in teaching, he went into the photography business in Indianapolis.  His company took thousands of pictures around the city througout the 20th Century.  This collection continues to be an invaluable resource for historians.  

1875     Zerelda Wallace, widow of Governor David Wallace, addressed the Indiana General Assembly and presented over 21,000 signatures on temperance petitions.  Five years later, she testified before the United States Senate in favor of women's suffrage.  

1930     Members of the Indiana Bankers' Association met at the Claypool Hotel in Indianapolis to deal with the rash of bank robberies that had taken place during the previous two years.  They recommended a statewide police radio system to address the problem, along with a "well-armed guard of volunteer vigilantes."

1968     Music legend Louis Armstrong performed on stage at Butler University's Clowes Hall.  The Indianapolis News reported that he "treated the capacity crowd with his golden trumpet jazz."  In an interview, Armstrong, known as "Satchmo," said he started his career by playing on riverboats up and down the Mississippi River.  


1978     The state of Indiana was nearly paralyzed by a snowstorm that became known as the "Blizzard of '78."  Schools were closed for several days after winds gusted to 55 mph and snow accumulated to as much as 20 inches or more.  

1989     Dan Quayle of Huntington took the oath of office as the 44th Vice President of the United States, serving under President George H. W. Bush.  Quayle had spent eight years in the United States Senate and four years in the U. S. House of Representatives.  


The recent snowfall presented a wintry view from the east side of the Statehouse, looking over the shoulder of the statue of Governor Oliver P. Morton  

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Indiana Quick Quiz

1.   What is the most common first name for Indiana governors?  a/ Joseph  b/ James  c/ Samuel  d/ Thomas e/ Henry

2.  What Indiana city is home to a goldfish farm?

3.  What is the third largest city in Indiana?

Answers Below 

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Did You Know?

     Six men from Indiana have served as Vice President of the United States.  The year shown is the year he assumed office.  

1869  Schuyler Colfax under U. S. Grant  

1885  Thomas Hendricks under Grover Cleveland

1905  Charles Fairbanks under Theodore Roosevelt

1913  Thomas Marshall under Woodrow Wilson

1989  Dan Quayle under George H. W. Bush

2017  Mike Pence under Donald Trump

Answers:   1. b/ James                 2.  Martinsville 3.  Evansville