Hoosier History Highlights: Clifty Inn Dedicated


August 21 – August 27

The Week in Indiana History



1922     Liberty Market on East Washington Street in Indianapolis was listed as the biggest retail grocery in Indiana.  August ads included five pounds of sugar for $.42, large potatoes at $.29 per peck, Heinz white vinegar at $.50 a gallon, Wisconsin cream cheese for $.26 a pound, Norwegian mackerel marked at $.10 each, and Armour Star Hams sold at $.27 a pound.  (Pictured:  ad from the Indianapolis Star)

1924     Indiana Governor Forrest Branch and former Governor James P. Goodrich were present for the dedication of the Clifty Inn at Clifty Falls State Park. Branch said that the new state park system should be a “chain of places of scenic interest conserving the natural beauty of Indiana.”

Louis1948     Joe Louis, former heavyweight boxing champion of the world, was in Indianapolis to compete in the United Golf Association Tournament at the Coffin Municipal Course.  Louis, formidable on the links as well as in the ring, took time to visit patients at Veterans Hospital.


1949     Actress Shelley Long was born in Fort Wayne.  She became best known for her role as Diane Chambers on Cheers, for which she won an Emmy Award.

1961     Veteran actor Charles Coburn set new box office records at Avondale Playhouse in Indianapolis.  The play “You Can’t Take It With You” entertained large crowds at the theater in the Meadows on East 38th Street.  It was to be the last performance for Mr. Coburn, 84, who died five days later in New York City.

2010     Walnut Grove, an historical park, was dedicated in Vincennes.  The park was located at Grouseland, the home of Territorial Governor William Henry Harrison.

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Match each Indiana county to the county seat listed below.
1.  Decatur   2.  Jefferson   3.  Marshall   4.  Owen    5. Vigo

Madison    Terre Haute    Spencer    Greensburg   Plymouth



Born in Lowell, Indiana, she was named top high school comedian. After moving to Los Angeles, she studied musical roles.  She was in “Hello Dolly,” and was discovered by Merv Griffin.  She starred in many other programs and, in 1967, assumed an outstanding role in Rowan and Martin’s “Laugh-In.”  She later appeared in scores of TV shows including the Tonight Show, Adam-12, Hollywood Squares, Murder, She Wrote, Pyramid, and Love, American Style.  Who is this famous Hoosier?

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Quiz Answers:  

 1. Decatur/Greensburg                   2. Jefferson/Madison                     3.  Marshall/ Plymouth                   4.  Owen/Spencer                           5. Vigo/Terre Haute

Answer to “Hoosier Guess Who”:  She is Jo Anne Worley, who is now 84 and still says, “What’s better than making people laugh?  I love it!”