2100 block of Pennsylvania, Riley’s Rental?
Today is James Whitcomb Riley’162nd s birthday which brought to mind a Herron-Morton Home in the 2100 block of Pennsylvania that has a paddle with the years “1892-1908” and the name James Whitcomb Riley engraved on it. The Herron-Morton Place Historic Area Plan entry on the property says that James Whitcomb Riley owned this house between those years and that it was occupied by Frank Payne who was a telegraph operator for the Indianapolis Journal, for which Riley wrote.
Neither the Greenfield nor Indianapolis Riley homes had any knowledge of this place. Is it an urban legend, like “John Dillinger drank here/ slept here/ robbed here.” Or did the Hoosier poet really own a rental property?
Where is the poem about being a landlord?