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IN INDIANA HISTORY

1929 Marmon Roosevelt


MARCH 24 - MARCH 30


​ 1899     Dorothy Stratton was born in Missouri.  She moved to Indiana to serve as the first full-time Dean of Women at Purdue University.  During World War II, she became the first female officer in the U. S. Coast Guard and organized the first women’s Coast Guard Reserve.  In 2010, the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton was christened by First Lady Michelle Obama, who called Stratton “one of the most extraordinary women to serve our nation in uniform.”  Dorothy Stratton died in West Lafayette at the age of 107.    

 1912     In South Bend, the first “automobile fire apparatus” was put into service at the Central Fire Station.  It made its first run on April 2 with I. W. Sibel as driver.  Sibel was one of the 66 firemen with the department. 

 1913     Incredibly heavy rain led to massive flooding in several states, including Indiana where towns along the White, Wabash, and Ohio Rivers were devastated.   Large areas of Indianapolis were under water.  Governor Samuel Ralston ordered the National Guard to help local police. 

 1916     The cornerstone was laid for the new Indianapolis Public Library to be built on St. Clair Street on land donated by Hoosier Poet James Whitcomb Riley.  Schools were dismissed so that pupils could attend the ceremony, which featured a talk by author Meredith Nicholson.  Music was provided by a chorus of 1000 children. 

 1929    The Marmon Company of Indianapolis introduced the “Roosevelt,” the first automobile with a “straight-8” engine to be sold for under $1,000.  Customers were already placing orders for the new model, named for the former President.  The Marmon factory was going strong, producing 200 – 300 cars a day.

 1984     Fourteen tractor-trailer trucks departed Owings Mills, Maryland, in the middle of the night as the Colts NFL team moved to a new home in Indianapolis.