IN INDIANA HISTORY
JANUARY 17 - JANUARY 23
1828 Sarah Lincoln Grigsby died at the age of 20 in Spencer County. She was the older sister of 18-year-old Abraham Lincoln. She had played a major role in raising her brother after their mother died 10 years earlier. Married to Aaron Grigsby, she died in childbirth. She was buried in the cemetery at the Little Pigeon Baptist Church which is located today in the Lincoln State Park.
1875 Zerelda Wallace, widow of Governor David Wallace, addressed the Indiana General Assembly and presented over 21,000 signatures on temperance petitions. She was the first president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in Indiana and a member of the Equal Suffrage Society of Indiana. In 1880, she testified before the United States Senate in favor of giving women the right to vote.
1921 Herbert Hoover, former director of the United States Food Administration, hosted a $100 per plate luncheon in the Riley Room of the Claypool Hotel in Indianapolis. The lunch consisted of cocoa, rice stew, and black beans. The meager fare was a representation of food rations for hungry children in Central Europe. Hoover went on to become U. S. Secretary of Commerce and, in 1933, President of the United States. The $100 lunch would be over $1,400 in today’s dollars.
1968 Rowen and Martin's "Laugh In" show premiered on NBC. Among the stars was Jo Anne Worley, comedian, actress, and singer from Lowell, Indiana. The show ran until 1973.
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.
2009 In a non-binding resolution, the Indiana Senate made sugar cream pie the “official state pie” of Indiana. Also known as “Hoosier Pie,” it is made from a simple recipe of sugar, cream, and flour. It was a popular easy-to-fix dessert in pioneer cabins and continues to please Hoosiers of the 21st century.