100 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM THE BLOOMINGTON, EVENING WORLD SEPTEMBER 8-14, 1917

100 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM THE BLOOMINGTON, EVENING WORLD SEPTEMBER 8-14, 1917

THE CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN – The biggest news in Bloomington the second week of September 1917 was the arrival of the Sells-Floto Circus. Not only was the circus a big deal in terms of entertainment value in the early-twentieth century, not only did the show feature 5 live bands, scantily clad female aerialists, and an actual hippo but the arrival marked the return of one of Bloomington’s most famous sons, Henry B. Gentry. Gentry, generally known as H.B., had…

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100 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM THE BLOOMINGTON, EVENING WORLD SEPTEMBER 1-7, 1917

100 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM THE BLOOMINGTON, EVENING WORLD SEPTEMBER 1-7, 1917

In the Bloomington Evening World. International News looked bleak as 108 British sailors and civilians were killed in German air raids over Sherness and Chatham and the Russian army was in retreat as the German Army pushed toward Petrograd. The French government refused an offer by the German government to return the province of Alsace-Lorraine blocking the German bid for a  negotiated cease-fire. In war new closer to home Indianapolis manufacturer, Weldely Motor Company (partly owned by prominent Bloomington business…

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100 Years Ago: News from the Bloomington, Evening World Friday, August 17, 1917

100 Years Ago: News from the Bloomington, Evening World Friday, August 17, 1917

Summer Abundance —   The banner headline chimed success for British and Canadian troops in Europe while in Bloomington war news it was reported that the draft quota was nearly filled and listed the men who had passed inspection and not been granted exemptions. It was also reported that 19 of the men who had volunteered for Battery F had not passed their second physical inspection and were being sent home. In other Bloomington news – the planning of a…

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100 Years Ago News from the Bloomington, Evening World Tuesday, August 14, 1917

100 Years Ago News from the Bloomington, Evening World Tuesday, August 14, 1917

Ready For War– “Although it is the operators’ capital that is operating the mines, the supply of coal is a public commodity and, fundamentally, belongs to the public.” Not a declaration from Eugene V. Debbs (Indiana’s socialist radical of the era) but rather a quote from a statement from the office of Indiana Governor Goodrich in which it was announced that the shocking rise in coal prices since war had been declared would be dealt with decisively – the federal…

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100 Years Ago: News from the Bloomington, Evening World Monday, August 13, 1917

100 Years Ago: News from the Bloomington, Evening World Monday, August 13, 1917

And He Called It Macaroni– It’s not the most important story in the paper. That might be sinking of “The City of Athens,” a U.S. based steamer sunk by a mine en-route to South Africa, or the obituaries of two long-time citizens of Bloomington, or the details of IU’s mandatory military studies course offerings for fall all of which can be found on the front page. But I was intrigued by this, an ad in the middle of the paper…

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100 Years Ago: News from the Bloomington, Evening World Saturday, August 11, 1917

100 Years Ago: News from the Bloomington, Evening World Saturday, August 11, 1917

Foodie Friday— Another shocking banner headline on the front page greeted Bloomington readers on this day in 1917, but this one regarding not a far off battle, but a disaster much closer to home – an explosion at a munitions factory in Gary. This early morning blast was being investigated as a deliberate act and it was reported that two suspects had already been arrested. Thankfully there were no injuries or fatalities reported. The work of the local Draft Board…

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100 Years Ago: News from the Bloomington, Evening World Friday, August 10, 1917

100 Years Ago: News from the Bloomington, Evening World Friday, August 10, 1917

  A Cold Wind is Going To Blow– The banner headline read “Allies Start New Offensive” in large letters, but the article accompanying it was small, announcing that the British have captured a hill, known as Westhoek Ridge, in Belgium in the middle of the months long Third Battle of Ypres. In other war related news, Corporal Burton Woolery announced that 6 more men have volunteered for Bloomington’s Company F, the local draft board reported that 8 men out of…

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100 Years Ago: News from the Bloomington, Evening World Thursday, August 9, 1917

100 Years Ago: News from the Bloomington, Evening World Thursday, August 9, 1917

  Still Time Left For Summer Fashion– The war news on Thursday takes up a lot of space on the front page, but it is all about mobilization. There is the slow grind of the draft (6 men ready for service, out of 53 examined for the day) and efforts to recruit more volunteers for Company F. Burton Woolery (warning, spoilers in link, as they say on the internet), apparently already well-known, was back in town to help at the…

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100 Years Ago News from the Bloomington, Evening World: Wednesday, August 8, 1917

100 Years Ago News from the Bloomington, Evening World: Wednesday, August 8, 1917

Fueling The War Economy and, also, What’s A Girl To Do? – The large banner headline on the front page “To Smash Outrageous Coal Prices” as the governors of 15 states met in Chicago to plan an effort to bring down consumer prices for coal, even if it might mean state takeovers of the mines. At the same time, the 25,000 miners in Kentucky were preparing to go on strike. Coal was then the main fuel for not only power…

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