Hoosier history highlights

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – The state of Indiana is rich in history. Did you know the following things happened the week throughout the Hoosier state? The Indiana Department of Administration compiled a list of notable events in this week’s Hoosier History Highlights.

Indiana Quick Quiz

1. Indiana has how many counties?

2. Name the only Indiana county which begins with the letter “U.”

3. In the 1920s, which Indiana county was known for its “colony” of artists?

*Answers below

April 28 – May 4
The Week in Indiana History

1865 The Abraham Lincoln Funeral Train arrived in Indiana, stopping in Richmond and passing through Centerville, Cambridge City, Dublin, Lewisville, and Greenfield before arriving in Indianapolis. The President lay in state in the rotunda of the old Capitol, where over 50,000 people passed by the bier.

1895 Tenants were moving into the first up-scale apartment building in Indianapolis. Built by General Lew Wallace, the structure was named “Blacherne” after the Byzantine palace in Constantinople, the setting for Wallace’s novel The Prince of India. Rent, considered steep at the time, topped out at $53 a month. The building still stands at the corner of Meridian and Vermont streets.

1908 Albert Von Tilzer, from Indianapolis, published “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Legend has it that when he and lyricist Jack Norworth wrote the song, neither had ever been to a baseball game. Von Tilzer penned scores of tunes for Tin Pan Alley, including “I’ll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time” and “The Moon Has His Eye on You.”

1924 Indiana Governor Warren McCray resigned from office after being convicted of mail fraud. He was replaced by Lieutenant Governor Forrest Branch. McCray spent three years at the federal prison in Atlanta. President Herbert Hoover granted him a full pardon in 1930.


1969 The Indianapolis News reported that over 1,800 state employees were earning more than $10,000 a year. The large salaries went to an average of one out of thirteen persons employed. At the top of the list was the mental health commissioner, earning $35,000. Next was the Beatty Hospital Superintendent at $31,400. The governor was third with annual pay of $31,000, which included a $4,000 expense allowance.

1996 The Indiana High School Athletic Association voted to move to multi-class sports. The decision disappointed coaches, players, and fans who had formed a group called “Friends of Hoosier Hysteria” in an effort to save the traditional single-class basketball tourney.

Lincoln Historic Marker
Excerpts from the text on the Indiana historic marker in front of the Indiana Statehouse:

The funeral train left for Springfield, Illinois April 21 (1865.) In Richmond, Indiana, Governor Oliver P. Morton boarded; train reached Indianapolis, April 30, at 7:00 am. In the rain, Lincoln’s coffin was escorted along crowded streets lined with soldiers to old State House. Reports say at least 50,000 people viewed Lincoln’s open casket in the rotunda. Through streets lit by bonfires and torches, the coffin was returned to Union Depot; train departed at 12:00 a.m. for Michigan City, last scheduled Indiana stop.

Hoosier Quote of the Week:

“Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age.”
-Booth Tarkington

*Answers: 1. 92 2. Union County 3. Brown County