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 figure, Edward Showers) received a $3,000,000 war contract to build engines for the war effort (I think these may have been intended for tanks, which were built on tractor engines during WWI. I wonder how many actually got built) The featured image shows a French tank of the era.

In local front page news fire destroyed the Delta Zeta Sorority. The house was unoccupied, for the most part anyway, since IU was not yet in session so there were no casualties to report. The fire was believed to have started by squatters leaving an iron unattended. Allen and Allen, the precursor to Allen Funeral home announced the purchase of their first automobile hearse. The hearse was built by the Cole Motor Car Company (1908-1925) in Indianapolis.

Monday, Sept 3 was Labor Day in Indiana (although the federal observance wouldn’t be until the 15th. Banks in the city closed and the Post Office had morning only city delivery, no rural delivery and opened the office only from 9am-Noon.) The State Fair opened to a record crowd in Indianapolis.

 

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