Yesteryear

HOOSIER HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS: The First State Elections

1816     In the first state elections, Jonathan Jennings was elected governor, defeating Territorial Governor Thomas Posey.  At age 32, Jennings was faced with...

Yesteryear: In 1934 Civil War Soldiers Parade Through Muncie

June 20 - June 26 The Week in Indiana History 1877     Robert Dale Owen died in New York State.  Born in Scotland, he came to...

WILLARD LIBRARY ARCHIVIST PATRICIA SIDES RETIRES TODAY

Karl Kae Knecht One of the most notable personalities from Evansville’s past is Karl Kae Knecht, who worked for the Evansville Courier from 1906 to...

HOOSIER HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS: FDR Visits Vincennes

June 13 - June 19 The Week in Indiana History 1885     The Indiana Supreme Court, in a case involving Switzerland County, upheld the authority of...

YESTERYEAR: Schear’s Department Store

  Schear’s Department Store by PAT SIDES The Schear’s store, seen here ca. 1960, was one the last of downtown’s grand old department stores. The firm had...

Yesteryear: Future Governors Debate in Kokomo

May 30 - June 5 The Week in Indiana History 1860     Henry Lane (left) and Thomas Hendricks, both running for Governor, had a debate in...

HOOSIER HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS: A Newspaper for Madison in 1813

May 23 - May 29 The Week in Indiana History 1813     The first issue of The Western Eagle newspaper was published in Madison.  The owner,...

Hoosier History Highlights

May 16 - May 22 The Week in Indiana History 1820     Indiana Governor Jonathan Jennings, Commissioner John Tipton, and others set out from the state...

400 Block of SE Riverside Drive by Pat Sides

  This early view of Southeast Riverside and Cherry Street is still recognizable today. The stately residence on the corner (left) has stood since 1856....

YESTERYEAR: 400 Block of SE Riverside Drive

400 Block of SE Riverside Drive This early view of Southeast Riverside and Cherry Street is still recognizable today. The stately residence on the corner...

HOOSIER HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS: Indiana Ratifies the 15th Amendment

May 9 - May 15 The Week in Indiana History 1869     Indiana ratified the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution.  The third and last...

Yesteryear: Artes Pool

Artes Pool by Pat Sides In the 1920s, Evansville officials pursued an aggressive program of expanding the city’s recreational areas, which had been prompted by...

Yesteryear: Here Comes the National Road

May 2 - May 8 The Week in Indiana History 1829     Construction of the National Road entered Indiana at Richmond on the eastern edge of...

HOOSIER HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS: THE CIRCUS COMES TO PERU

April 25 - May 1 The Week in Indiana History 1865     The side-wheeler steamboat Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis.  The boat, built...

Yesteryear: Post-War Housing Boom by Pat Sides

The return of soldiers after the Second World War produced a national housing shortage, which was keenly felt in Evansville. This photo is dated...

YESTERYEAR: HOOSIER HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS

April 18 - April 24 The Week in Indiana History 1816     President James Madison signed into law the Enabling Act, passed by Congress.  The measure...

YESTERYEAR: F. W. Woolworth Company

F. W. Woolworth Company by PAT SIDES Most shoppers appear to be waiting for a bus in front of the Woolworth’s store at Sixth and Main...

Yesteryear: Wilbur Wright Was Born In Henry County, Indiana

April 11 - April 17 The Week in Indiana History 1867     Wilbur Wright was born near Millville in Henry County.  His father, Milton Wright, was...

Yesteryear: Jim Jackson

Jim Jackson by Pat Sides James R. (Jim) Jackson was a fixture in Evansville’s theater community for several decades. A native of Missouri, he served...

YESTERYEAR AT THE EVANSVILLE/VANDERBURGH LIBRARIES

A photograph of Library Director Ed Howard in front of the new McCollough Branch Library. A photograph of the West Branch Library on Franklin Street....