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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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