All posts in Misc Mondays

A grab-bag of subjects from Indy history

  • Misc Monday: Rufus Cantrell, Intruder in the Dust
    October 19, 2015, No comments

    In 1935, the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges weighed in on what mathematicians later called chaos theory: the results of some phenomena are simply impossible to predict, control, or even explain.  Take the freak reasoning of Bartolomé ...

  • Misc Monday: A Ku Klux Quaker?
    September 28, 2015, 6 Comments

    Women are often the most fascinating characters in Hoosier history. Their lives continue to be relevant to pressing issues today.  Yet while most notable Indiana women could still be held up as role models, a few figure into the dark [&hel ...

  • Misc Monday: Of Spirits and Soldiers
    September 21, 2015, 2 Comments

    Fall is here.  So it’s time to keep on the spectral side of life. On June 6, 1910, the Indianapolis News carried the obituary of a woman once hailed as the patron saint of Hoosier Civil War veterans.  Appearing above […]

  • 100 Years of Allison
    September 14, 2015, 5 Comments

    September 14, 2015 is a special 100th anniversary day in the history of Indianapolis.  It was on September 14, 1915 that Frank Wheeler, Theodore Myers, Arthur Newby, James Allison, and Carl Fisher, filed the Articles of Association with th ...

  • Misc Monday: A German Firebug?
    August 31, 2015, 2 Comments

    Most Americans know nothing about the time Nazi submarines stalked the Eastern seaboard of the U.S.  But if you’re ever on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and see anyone old enough to remember the year 1942, strike up a […]

  • Misc Monday: Curb Cooties and Their Moveable Porches
    August 10, 2015, 2 Comments

    Ever wonder about the history and folklore of cooties?  Around 1950, these mysterious critters evolved into a fictitious bug or imaginary microbe infesting American elementary school playgrounds.  Getting cured had nothing to do with pro ...