Hoosier history highlights for this week

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. What is the largest Indiana county by population?

2. What is the largest Indiana county by land area?

3. What is the smallest Indiana county by population and land area?

*Answers Below

Booth sketch
Detail from a print by Indiana artist Franklin Booth

July 8 – July 14
This Week in Indiana History

Little Turtle

1812 Mishikinakawa, Little Turtle, Chief of the Miami People, died in Fort Wayne. He was one of the most important Native American leaders of his time. After he signed the Treaty of Greenville, he became an advocate for peace. He was given a military funeral and was buried in an ancestral burial ground near Spy Run in Fort Wayne.

1863 Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his men seized riverboats to cross the Ohio River from Kentucky into Indiana. They engaged both civilian and military defenders as they fought and plundered their way through the state.

1874 Franklin Booth was born in Carmel, Indiana. Beginning as a staff artist for the Indianapolis News, he moved to New York where he became known for beautifully-detailed pen-and-ink illustrations in books and magazines. His intricate creations won him a place in the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. An example of his work is shown above.

1933 July 13 was “Indiana Day” at the Century of Progress World’s Fair in Chicago. A huge parade through the grounds included high school bands from Frankfort, Goshen, Elkhart, Hammond, and other cities. Governor Paul V. McNutt led the Hoosier delegation, which included humorist George Ade, author Meredith Nicholson, and artist Franklin Booth.

James Baskett

1948 James Baskett died in California. Born in Indianapolis, he attended Arsenal Technical High School. His interest in acting led him to radio, theater, and motion pictures. He won a special Academy Award for his performance as Uncle Remus in Walt Disney’s Song of the South. He is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.

1996 The Indianapolis Indians played their first game at the new Victory Field. Governor Evan Bayh and Mayor Steve Goldsmith helped with opening ceremonies. The National Anthem was played on the harmonica by former Brooklyn Dodger Carl Erskine, a resident of Anderson, Indiana.


Did You Know?

At Tech High School, James Baskett had an interest in pharmacy, but fate had other plans for him. His acting talent took him to Chicago and New York, where he was on Broadway. A popular radio performer, he went to Hollywood where he became known as an excellent voice actor. In 1945, Walt Disney held auditions for the role of Uncle Remus in Song of the South. James was there. When Disney heard him, he said “That’s my man.” Baskett will be forever remembered for his joyful rendition of “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.”

Answers: 1. Marion County 2. Allen County 3. Ohio County