Author: Ellen Davis

Flashback Fridays: Lillian Berry

Indianapolis history is not just made up of buildings, historic homes, and age-old events. After all, it IS people who make history happen, so what better way to know Indianapolis history than to hear from life-long Indy residents? HI is featuring some of Indianapolis’ oldest residents to unlock the personal memories and nearly forgotten stories of this great city. Meet Lillian Harrison Berry, my oldest interviewee at 98-years-old who is an open book about her long life in Indianapolis. When I spoke with Lillian, I also had the pleasure of meeting with her daughter, Diane Berry Cook, and her granddaughter, Brigette...

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Flashback Fridays: Walter Smith

Indianapolis history is not just made up of buildings, historic homes, and age-old events. After all, it IS people who make history happen, so what better way to know Indianapolis history than to hear from life-long Indy residents? Every other week, HI is featuring some of Indianapolis’ oldest residents to unlock the personal memories and nearly forgotten stories of this great city. _ Meet Walter Smith, a life-long Indy resident born in the early 40s in the thriving hub of black Indianapolis. Though he came from humble beginnings, Walter has done well for himself through hard work and encouraging motivators. Not only...

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Flashback Fridays: Ruth Shaw

Indianapolis history is not just made up of buildings, historic homes, and age-old events. After all, it IS people who make history happen, so what better way to know Indianapolis history than to hear from life-long Indy residents? HI is featuring some of Indianapolis’ oldest residents to unlock the personal memories and nearly forgotten stories of this great city. Ruth Shaw is a difficult to describe in few words. Actually, I’d say she’s difficult to describe in words at all, and I’m so thankful I got to meet this gem of a woman. Ruth is extremely warm-hearted, joyful, and talkative. She’s full...

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Flashback Fridays: Mary

Mary’s Senior Photo at Arsenal Technical High School, 1935. (From Archive.org). Indianapolis history is not just made up of buildings, historic homes, and age-old events. After all, it IS people who make history happen, so what better way to know Indianapolis history than to hear from life-long Indy residents? Every other Friday, HI is featuring some of Indianapolis’ oldest residents to unlock the personal memories and nearly forgotten stories of this great city. _ Some Indy folks are wary of having their stories floating in the internet cloud, and sweet, 95-year-old Ms. Mary is one of them. So, we’ll just keep...

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Flashback Fridays: Joanie Nichols

Indianapolis history is not just made up of buildings, historic homes, and age-old events. After all, it IS people who make history happen, so what better way to know Indianapolis history than to hear from life-long Indy residents? HI is featuring some of Indianapolis’ oldest residents to unlock the personal memories and nearly forgotten stories of this great city. Meet Joanie Coxen Nichols, a dear woman, born in Indianapolis within months of the Stock Market Crash of ’29. Joanie has faithfully served her city and helped with the beginnings of some of Indy’s beloved treasures, including the Children’s Museum Haunted House...

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Flashback Fridays: P.E. MacAllister

Indianapolis history is not just made up of buildings, historic homes, and age-old events. After all, it IS people who make history happen, so what better way to know Indianapolis history than to hear from life-long Indy residents? HI is featuring some of Indianapolis’ oldest residents to unlock the personal memories and nearly forgotten stories of this great city. I never thought I’d be meeting a 94-year-old man in his work office during a scheduled time slot. But P.E. MacAllister is not just any 94-year-old man. P.E.  is a true Renaissance man, and his involvement in all-things Indianapolis is almost exhausting....

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Flashback Fridays: Alice Ashby Roettger

Indianapolis history is not just made up of buildings, historic homes, and age-old events. After all, it IS people who make history happen, so what better way to know Indianapolis history than to hear from life-long Indy residents? HI will be featuring some of Indianapolis’ oldest residents to unlock the personal memories and nearly forgotten stories of this great city. Alice Ashby Roettger has been a Broad Rippler since learning to walk and talk, and is still an active member of her beloved neighborhood. A self-taught historian and a writer, Alice could tell you anything and everything about dozens of Broad...

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Flashback Fridays: Luther Duke

Indianapolis history is not just made up of buildings, historic homes, and age-old events. After all, it IS people who make history happen, so what better way to know Indianapolis history than to hear from life-long Indy residents? HI will be featuring some of Indianapolis’ oldest residents to unlock the personal memories and nearly forgotten stories of this great city. — Though an unassuming man, Luther Duke is familiar to anyone who works at St. Vincent Hospital on 86th Street. Why, do you ask? Well, Luther happens to be the longest-serving employee at the hospital. Come September, he will have worked...

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Flashback Fridays: Marge Faulconer

Indianapolis history is not just made up of buildings, historic homes, and age-old events. After all, it IS people who make history happen, so what better way to know Indianapolis history than to hear from life-long Indy residents? HI will be featuring some of Indianapolis’ oldest residents to unlock the personal memories and nearly forgotten stories of this great city. Meet Marge Faulconer, born Marjorie Ann Arthur at Coleman Hospital in Indianapolis at the tail end of the Roaring Twenties. Marge’s Indianapolis heritage stretches back into the late 1800s, as both her paternal and maternal families were Indy residents....

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