Back when: March 27-April 2


March 27

In 1964, Greenfield Banking Co. announced the installation of three Burroughs electronic accounting machines that could “read” account information stored in magnetic ink stripes on the back of customer ledger cards. Bank president J. Freeman Wilson said the equipment’s arrival would not lead to a cut in staff but would free employees to “keep pace with the amazing growth of the pay-by-check movement which has been swamping our present clerical force.”

March 28

In 1921, four men pleaded guilty in Mayor’s Court to the charge of manufacturing “white mule” for the purpose of selling it or giving it away. The four had been arrested by federal prohibition officers, who charged them with operating a still and disposing of the product. The still was believed to be the basement of a home northwest of Greenfield.

March 29

In 1943, six Hancock Countians were among the 18 arrested as Indiana State Police confiscated 32 illegal slot machines in simultaneous raids over three counties – Hancock, Madison and Delaware.

March 30

In 1872, James Whitcomb Riley’s first published poem appeared in the Indianapolis Mirror newspaper, bearing the pseudonym “Jay Whit.”

In 2020, Hancock Regional Hospital ended visitation, with a small number of exceptions, amid coronavirus concerns.

March 31

In 1910, H.L. Brown and A.L. Logan came out on top in an all-day checkers tournament in Greenfield. Brown played two boards at a time, losing only one of his 24 games. N.C. Holt, “who holds the record among local players,” organized the tournament, which took place in the lobby of the Columbia Hotel.

In 1916, the effort to build a library in Fortville got a boost in the form of a grant from the Carnegie Foundation.

April 1

In 1911, Uriah Stokes Jackson of Greenfield was chosen Sergeant-at-Arms of the U.S. House of Representatives in a caucus meeting in Washington, D.C. The Democrat was chosen by a 114-to-97 vote over William H. Ryan of New York. The office carried a salary of $6,500 a year.

In 1987, Indiana Gov. Robert Orr spoke to a gathering of parents and educators at Weston Elementary School to promote his A+ education package; among its measures were adding 10 days to the school year and requiring snow days to be made up.

April 2

In 1962, the Zoning Board of Appeals approved with a 3-1 vote a conditional use permit for an antenna tower for a new radio station in Greenfield, WSMJ, broadcasting at 99.5 FM. In a three-hour hearing, 10-20 objectors protested that druggist John C. Byrne’s tower would lower their property values.