Ida Husted Harper

THIS WEEK

IN INDIANA HISTORY


FEBRUARY 16 - FEBRUARY 22

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​1851     Ida Husted Harper was born in Fairfield in Franklin County, Indiana.  She became a nationally-known journalist and advocate for women’s suffrage.  In addition to her many publications, she authored a three-volume biography of Susan B. Anthony.

1862     The first group of Confederate soldiers arrived at Camp Morton prison in Indianapolis.  The camp was located at the old state fairgrounds in an area bordered by 19th and 22nd Streets between Talbott Street and Central Avenue. 

1904     James Baskett was born in Indianapolis and attended Arsenal Technical High School.  He trained as a pharmacist, but his interest in acting led to radio and motion pictures.  He is most famous for his portrayal of Uncle Remus in Walt Disney’s “Song of the South.”  For that role he received an honorary Oscar in 1948. 

1913     The Woman’s Press Club of Indiana was formed in a meeting in the Tea Room at the L. S. Ayres Department Store.  There were 13 members at the first gathering.  Hester Alverson Moffett, publisher of the Elwood Daily Record, was elected president.    

1917     A huge rally for women’s voting rights was held at the Indiana Statehouse.  The Huntington Press reported that “every train and every interurban car came loaded with men and women interested in the suffrage measure.”  Participants wore suffrage streamers and carried large banners through the corridors.

1945     The Indiana General Assembly agreed to allocate $100,000 to purchase a new Governor’s mansion.  The proposal needed only the approval of the budget committee and not the Governor’s signature.  Governor Ralph Gates, like his predecessor, Henry Schricker, had said he did not want to be in the position of authorizing the purchase of a new home for himself during his tenure.