Archive for June, 2014

June 29, 2014

Business: J. I. Holcomb Manufacturing Company Year of this Advertisement: 1939 Location:  Barth Avenue and Palmer Street, former home of the Leedy Manufacturing Company (located there from 1903-1930) Neighborhood: Bates-Hendricks Neighborhood What they did: Developed and sold cleaning products Years of operation: 1896-1964 (purchased for […]

Indianapolis Collected: The Fall of the House of Fletcher

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June 28, 2014, 7 Comments

When the youngest son of pioneer leader Calvin Fletcher graduated from Phillips Academy in 1865, he asked his classmates to sign an autograph book. &# ...

In The Park: Fall Creek Greenway

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June 28, 2014, No comments

It’s 7:30 on a Monday morning.  I’m weaving in and out of traffic on Fall Creek Parkway en route to an 8 am meeting downtown and as usual, I’m ...

Friday Favorites: History… Taking It Personally

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June 27, 2014, 1 Comment

What Is History? It’s a right and wonderful thing to save a venerable old building from the wrecking ball of “progress.” It gives gr ...

  • Penny Post: Write the letter to win the nickel
    June 25, 2014, No comments

    Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND – FEB. 22, 1923 – 4 PM Message: Indianapolis, Ind. 2-21-23 Dear Folks: Rec’d your card. Glad you both escaped the flue; so have we this winter – Mother not well but keeps going. We can’t k ...

  • HI Mailbag: Tab Recreation
    June 24, 2014, 7 Comments

    Reader’s Question: I played several different sports at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church back in the 1950s.  I remember hearing that Tab’s recreation program was one of the oldest and largest church-sponsored athletic depart ...

  • Misc. Monday- It wasn’t just zoning…
    June 23, 2014, No comments

    …that kept the use of the southeast corner of Illinois and Georgia Streets the same for so long. It was proximity to our transit hub–Union Station. Before the Severin Hotel was built in 1913, The Normandie, European Hotel stood ...

  • Sunday Adverts: The Marott Hotel
    June 22, 2014, 7 Comments

    Business:  The Marott Hotel Year of this Advertisement:  Based on the fashions, circa 1960? Location:  2625 North Meridian Street Neighborhood:  Mapleton-Fall Creek What they did:  Hotel/ Apartments Years of operation:  November 25, ...