THIS WEEK

IN INDIANA HISTORY


SEPTEMBER  20 - SEPTEMBER 26


1853     The first boat to travel the entire length of the Wabash and Erie Canal reached Evansville.  The canal, under construction for 11 years, connected the Great Lakes with the Ohio River.  At 459 miles, it was longest canal ever built in the United States.  The waterway was 30 feet wide and 6 feet deep and was adjacent to a tow path for mules pulling the canal boats.       

1902     President Theodore Roosevelt arrived in Indianapolis after a tour of the state, visiting Logansport, Tipton, Kokomo, and Noblesville.  In the capital city, after speaking at Tomlinson Hall and the Columbia Club, he was admitted to St. Vincent Hospital.  Doctors performed surgery on a leg wound he had received a few days earlier in a carriage accident.  The President cancelled the rest of his tour and returned to the White House later the same day.

1925     The Broadcast Listeners’ Association of Indianapolis held an exposition at Cadle Tabernacle in the city.  Radio was the new marvel of the era, and there were many of the latest models on display.  Special events included addresses by Indiana Governor Ed Jackson and Indianapolis Mayor Lew Shank.  Music on the program included Bill Watson and his musical saw, Whistler J. L. Hall, and the Carmel Symphony Orchestra.  The program was broadcast live on station WFBM.

1929     A large crowd was present at the Indiana Statehouse for the unveiling of a plaque honoring Frances W. Willard, educator, suffragist, and leader in the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.  Participants included Indiana Governor Harry G. Leslie and Lorado Taft, the artist who designed the tablet.  A fleet of airplanes showered roses on the building as 5,000 children paraded into the Statehouse rotunda to  place flowers at the foot of the plaque. 

1961     The final episode of the “I Love Lucy” was broadcast on CBS Television.  One of the principal writers on the show was Madelyn Pugh.  Born in Indianapolis, she graduated from Shortridge High School and the Indiana University School of Journalism.  She and her long-time writing partner, Bob Carroll, Jr., created scripts for hundreds of radio and television episodes. 


1982     14-year-old Joshua Bell played a violin solo with the prestigious Philadelphia Orchestra.  After he finished Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3, the audience burst into applause.  Bell, a sophomore at North Bloomington High School, started playing the violin at the age four.  He has gone on to perform with virtually every major orchestra and today is one of the most celebrated violinists in the world