• Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Musical Families in Early Indianapolis

    Reader’s Question: I noticed a promotion for an upcoming concert by the DePue Brothers Band.  It made me wonder if Indianapolis has any history of musically talented families in earlier times.  ~ Steve L., Indianapolis    ...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Northwest Corner of Illinois and 34th Streets

    Reader’s Question: I’m interested in knowing what the building used to be that is located on the northwest corner of Illinois and 34th Streets.  I look forward to seeing what you discover. Thank you. ~...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: The Sidewalks of Randolph Street

    Reader’s Question: I lived all my childhood in the 2400 block of S. Randolph St.   On every corner was the name of the street in the sidewalk.  But on our street it said Nelson.  I know there is...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Halloween circa 1914

    Reader’s Question: While doing Saturday morning errands at the hardware, grocery, and drugstore last weekend, I was amazed to see how commercial Halloween has become.  I was inundated with Halloween products everywhere I went.  It made me curious...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Music Memory Contest

    Reader’s Question: I remember participating in a grade school activity back in the 1950s, called the Music Memory Contest.  I haven’t heard of it for many years, so I assume that the program no longer exists.  Can you provide a little history...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: New Augusta

    Reader’s Question:  Since moving back to Indianapolis, after living out west for a number of years, I have enjoyed rediscovering parts of the city I knew when I was growing up.  The other day, I found myself in...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Pentalpha Lodge

    Reader’s Question: In a couple of obituaries I’ve read, the people were listed as having been members of the Pentalpha Club.  What was the significance and history of the group?    Was it connected with the Columbia...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Haverway Farm

    Reader’s Question: What can you tell me about Mary Stewart Carey’s Haverway Farm?  Do you know how big the farm was originally?  ~ Thanks, Steve P., Indianapolis  HI’s Answer: For readers who may not be...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: The Esplanade Annex

    Reader’s Question: Our company has been renovating the Esplanade Annex for the past two-and-a-half years.  We are interested in learning a little of the building’s history, as well as who some of its past residents were.  ~ Christopher...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Hetherington & Berner

    Reader’s Question: The columns at the City Market have the name “Hetherington & Berner” imprinted on them.  Did that company help build the facility?  What is their story? ~ John R., Indianapolis HI’s Answer: In the early years of...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Deaconess Hospital

    Reader’s Question: My 92-year-old neighbor told me that she was born in Deaconess Hospital.  I had never heard of this institution before.  I’m wondering if it still exists today but is known by a different name?  ~ Kathy Z., Indianapolis ...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: H. Lieber Co.

    Reader’s Question: I bought a painting at an auction that has a tag on the back of it that says “H. Lieber Co.”  What is the story of that company? ~ Katherine R., formerly of Indianapolis HI’s Answer:...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Tab Recreation

    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 departments in the country.  Can you provide a little...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Lux Laundry Fire

    Reader’s Question:  I have recently moved back to Indianapolis after living most of my adult life in Virginia.  I still have vivid memories of a fire in a business near my family’s home, when I was about...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Rhodius Park Area

    Reader’s Question:  A friend of mine has asked me about the history of the Rhodius Park area, since she has just moved into a house across from the park. I tried searching the HI website,...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Ovid Butler Jameson House

    Reader’s Question: I recall having come across a photo of a mansion on either Meridian or Pennsylvania Street that belonged to a member of the Jameson or Tarkington family.  If you are familiar with the...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Woodland Cemetery

    Reader’s Question: Would you have any information about a cemetery that once existed on the east side of Indianapolis, called Woodland Cemetery? ~ Mike B. HI’s Answer:  Although the name “Woodland Cemetery” ceased to exist nearly a century ago,...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Beach & Arthur, Inc.

    Reader’s Question: I’d love to know what Beach & Arthur, Inc. was, which was located in an industrial building at 2906 Columbia Avenue.  ~ Jeff C., Indianapolis HI’s Answer: The deserted looking building at 2906 Columbia Avenue belies the many years...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Typographical Terrace

    Reader’s Question:  What can you tell me about the residence that once stood in the 2800 block of North Meridian Street and served for many years as the headquarters of the International Typographical Union?  ~ Manny B., Indianapolis   ...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: 25 McLean Place

    Reader’s Question: I would love to hear the history of the building at 25 McLean Place.   I think it may have originally been a stable.  Jeff C., Indianapolis HI’s Answer: The building at 25 McLean Place...

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