THIS WEEK

IN INDIANA HISTORY

SEPTEMBER 25 -  OCTOBER 1


1865    General Ulysses S. Grant, on a victory tour after the Civil War, was greeted with a parade in Indianapolis.  Young attorney Benjamin Harrison served as his “mounted escort” and later dined with him at the Bates House Hotel.  

1905    The United Brethren Church founded Indiana Central University.  In 1986, the name was changed to University of Indianapolis.

1906    Indianapolis Police Chief Robert Metzger announced a new system of regulating automobile speed on city streets.  Two bicycle officers, in plain clothes, would mark chalk lines on the street and use stop watches to catch drivers who were exceeding the 8-mph limit. 

1919   Tom Harmon was born in Rensselaer.  A star football player at the University of Michigan, he won the Heisman Trophy in 1940.  He became famous as a sports broadcaster for CBS and ABC.

1933    A major jail break took place at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City.  Ten men, led by notorious bank robber Harry Pierpont, overcame guards with guns reportedly supplied by John Dillinger.  The gang went on a robbery spree for the next several months, hitting banks in Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin. 

1999    The Indianapolis News published its final edition.  Started in 1869, "The Great Hoosier Daily" at one time had the largest circulation of any newspaper in the state.