Hoosier History Highlights


May 5 – May 11

This Week in Indiana History

Corydon May 5, 1817  The Indiana Supreme Court held its first session. The three judges were appointed by Governor Jonathan Jennings to serve seven-year terms “if they should so long behave well.”

May 7, 1919 Thousands lined the streets of Indianapolis to welcome soldiers home from World War I. A victory arch spanned Meridian Street at the south entrance to Monument Circle.

May 1919

Anne Baxter May 7, 1923  Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana. The granddaughter of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, she became a star of Broadway, movies, and TV. She worked with top directors, including Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, and Cecil B. DeMille. She won an Oscar for her role in “The Razor’s Edge.”

May 10, 1960 Erwin “Cannonball” Baker died in Indianapolis at the age of 78. Born in Dearborn County, he became a pioneer in motorcycle and automobile racing. In 1909, riding his Indian motorcycle, he won the first race ever held at the newly-built Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Edwin Baker

Our Where in Indiana? from last week was taken at the Kosciusko County courthouse in Warsaw, IN.


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May 5

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Indiana Quick Quiz

1.True or False? Indiana produces more steel than any other state.

2.What is the state flower of Indiana?

3.Hannah Milhous was born in Jennings County in 1885. What is her connection to history?

4. What was the original name of Pittsboro, Indiana?

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1. True

2. Peony

3. She was the mother of President Richard Nixon

4. Pittsburg


Indiana’s beautiful state flower!