Many Carnegie libraries proudly display this portrait of their benefactorDid You Know? During the early decades of the 20th century, many Indiana communities responded to Industrialist Andrew Carnegie’s offer to provide funds for the building of libraries. Indiana led the nation with 164 applications granted. The first Indiana Carnegie Library opened in 1902 in Crawfordsville. The last one, in Lowell, opened in 1920. The buildings have stood the test of time. Of the original 164, 145 are still standing. Nearly 100 of them are still libraries. The others are serving as city halls, museums, community centers, small businesses, and a few are even private residences. “I shall not lead you down the easy road . . . I shall lead you down the road of sacrifice and service to your country.”– – – Wendell L. Willkie HOOSIER QUOTE OF THE WEEK 1873 Wayne County officially moved its county seat from Centerville to Richmond, ending a 50-year rivalry between the two cities for the designation. Historians noted that “men, women, and children wept bitter tears as the last wagon left the town of Centerville on that eventful evening.” 1927 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig came to town as the New York Yankees played an exhibition gamewith the Indianapolis Indians inWashington Park. The sports page said the Babe hit one over the right field fence which flew south past the railroad tracks and landed “just this side of Brown County.” However, the Indians still beat the Yankees, 8 to 5, in a game that was fun for fans and players, alike. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail 1881 The Indianapolis Leaderprinted “The Land of Used-To-Be,” one of the first poems published by James Whitcomb Riley. Known as “The Hoosier Poet,” he became world famous. Scores of his books were issued in many editions and included such classics as “Little Orphant Annie,” “The Raggedy Man,” and “Out to Old Aunt Mary’s.” A star on the lecture circuit, Riley vied in popularity with Mark Twain. (Pictured: The poet is honored by a large mural on the side of a building on East Michigan Street, near his home in the Lockerbie neighborhood. The mural is the work of artists Christopher Blice and Jon Edwards.) 1912 Dedication ceremonies were held for the new library in Boswell, Indiana, in Benton County. Andrew Carnegie had donated $8,000 for construction of the building, provided the community would pledge $800 per year for maintenance and operation. He insisted that library cards should be free and that books would be placed on open shelves so that readers could browse on their own. The Boswell Carnegie Library continues to serve the community today. It was doubled in size by an addition in 2003. 1940 Elwood, Indiana, made national news as Wendell L. Willkie accepted the Republican nomination for President. Over 250,000 people crowded into Willkie’s hometown on a day that saw the temperature rise to 102. The Pennsylvania Railroad ran 29 extra trains that day. Willkie waged an energetic campaign but failed to prevent President Franklin D. Roosevelt from winning a third term in November. Indiana Statehouse Tour OfficeIndiana Department of AdministrationGuided tours of the Indiana Statehouse are offered Monday through Saturday. For more information, check our website listed at the bottom of this page.(317) [email protected] Take a VIRTUAL TOUR of the Indiana Statehouse August 11 – August 17The Week in Indiana History 1945 Indiana Governor Ralph Gates declared a two-day state holiday to celebrate the end of World War II. He urged citizens to “pay homage to those living and dead who have given so much towards victory.” Over 400,000 Hoosier men and women served in the war. Over 12,000 were killed and over 17,000 were wounded. Indiana Quick Quiz Fill in the blank to complete each passage by an Indiana poet:1. Sarah Bolton: “Paddle Your Own ________”2. James Whitcomb Riley: “When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the ________”3. Arthur Franklin Mapes: “Lovely are the fields and meadows that reach out to rise where the dreamy ________River wanders through paradise”Answers Below ANSWERS: 1. Canoe 2. Shock 3. Wabash Follow us on Instagram: @instatehousetouroffice
Artisan bakery group, The Com-pany of Irish Bakers has launched its first range of products, including Irish porter cake and fruit brack.The group includes four artisan bakeries in Northern Ireland and one in Co Donegal in the Republic, with each of the bakeries contributing its own product.Co Donegal-based Gala Bakery is making Ballybofey spiced fruit cake, and Heatherlea Bakery in Bangor, Co Down, is making Bally-holme Irish oatmeal biscuits.The Corn Dolly Bakery in Newry is contributing Carlingford porter cake, while Hunter’s Bakery in Limavady Roe Valley fruit brack. Robert Ditty’s bakery in Castle-dawson is producing Sperrin Valley smoked oatcakes.Robert Ditty, the driving force behind the company said: “We are maintaining the artisan nature of our products, while creating a very strong market identity. These are retro products, with packaging that appeals to a younger audience.”The bakeries have been working together since 2004 with Invest NI, which aids businesses in Northern Ireland. The five bakeries have also created an online community. Robert Ditty said a consumer launch would take place at the end of June, in Belfast and Dublin.
“Another section of the bill would eliminate a requirement that contracts for maintenance and operation of cafeteria or restaurant services be put out for competitive bidding, potentially saving districts money on these expenses.”“The bill would give districts relief from other contract-rewarding requirements and allow them to seek out vendors that provide the “best value” for the money.”This, as I read it, would eliminate competitive bidding? Doesn’t that leave the doors open to favoritism and cronyism? Don’t we have enough corruption in our state government now? Do away with competitive bidding and see what happens. Talking in generalities and no specifics as to exactly what the mandates are, and exact changes desired, leaves the door wide open to much less clarity in our already very expensive New York state educational system. Doesn’t sound like “best value” to me.Bob LullRotterdamEditor’s Note: The text of the bill contains more specifics as to the mandates and the proposed relief.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighbor Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Dec. 30 editorial, “Give districts mandate relief”: The content starts with subject matter about Earth Day and then evolves into descriptions about changes to mandates from New York state.As stated, about the bill, [SS247/A6513], it contains more than 30 significant changes to mandates involving transportation, educational management services, and special education.Going past the next four paragraphs regarding teaching about Earth Day, and the burden on districts and teachers when the state micro-manages day to day activities, we get to the paragraph I don’t understand.