Hoosier History Highlights


    May 12 – May 18

    This Week in Indiana History

    May 12, 1968 Bunker Hill Air Force Base near Kokomo was renamed in honor of Indiana astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom.”



    May 13, 1931 Jim Jones leader of the Peoples Temple cult (Jonestown Massacre), born in Randolph County, Indiana.

    Jim Jones

    Janet Jackson May 16, 1966 Janet Jackson pop singer (Control, Nasty), sister of Michael Jackson, born in Gary, Indiana

    May 17, 1820 Governor Jonathan Jennings, John Tipton, and others set out on a journey into the middle of Indiana to select a site for a new capital city. Five days later, they arrived at the farm of William Conner and began their survey of the area. Indy

    JR May 18, 1976 Reginald “J.R.” Edwards 10th American, after the Apollo 11 crew and other notables, and the first Hoosier to be inducted into the International Astronautical Federation Hall of Fame, born in Indianapolis Indiana.

    Our Where in Indiana? from last week was taken of the Williamsport Falls in Williamsport, Warren County, Indiana.

    Williamsport Falls

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    Indiana Quick Quiz

    1.Who was Sarah Bolton?

    2. Who was Indiana governor during the state’s centennial in 1916?

    3. In what Indiana city will you find the Randolph County courthouse?

    4. How did the town of Elnora in Daviess County get it’s name?

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    1. An early “pioneer poet” of Indiana whose most famous work is “Paddle Your Own Canoe.”

    2. Governor Samuel Ralston

    3.Winchester, Indiana

    4. It was named for Elnora Griffith, wife of a local merchant.


    Our state flower (peony) is in full bloom this month.