THIS WEEK

IN INDIANA HISTORY


JANUARY 20 - JANUARY 26


1851     William H. Bass was born in Bartholomew County.  After a few years in teaching, he went into the photography business in Indianapolis.  The company he established took thousands of pictures around the city in the early decades of the 20th century.  This collection continues to be an invaluable resource for historians.

 1875     Zerelda Wallace, widow of Governor David Wallace, addressed the Indiana General Assembly and presented over 21,000 signatures on temperance petitions.  Five years later, she testified before the United States Senate in favor of women’s suffrage. 

 1930     Members of the Indiana Bankers’ Association met at the Claypool Hotel in Indianapolis to deal with the rash of bank robberies that had taken place during the previous two years.  They recommended a statewide police radio system to address the problem, along with a “well-armed guard of volunteer vigilantes.”

 1968     Music legend Louis Armstrong performed on stage at Butler University’s Clowes Hall.  The Indianapolis News reported that he “treated the capacity crowd with his golden trumpet jazz.”  In an interview, Armstrong, known as “Satchmo,” said he started his career by playing on riverboats up and down the Mississippi River. 

 1978     The state of Indiana was nearly paralyzed by a snowstorm that became known as the “Blizzard of ’78.”  Winds gusted to 55 mph with snow accumulations of 20 inches or more in some areas.

 1989     Dan Quayle of Huntington took the oath of office to become the 44th Vice President of the United States, serving under President George H. W. Bush.  Quayle had spent eight years in the United States Senate and four years in the U. S. House of Representatives.