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Remembrances: Rural Free Delivery

by president emerita Sylvia Henricks The goal of RFD (Rural Free Delivery), “Everyman’s mail to Everyman’s door,” was a new idea in the late 1800s, but one that John Wanamaker, President Benjamin Harrison’s Postmaster General fully supported. Congress did not…
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1905 Franklin Township Map

This fragment of a 1905 map of Franklin Township, found online by one of our members, gives an indication of the decades-long transition from “New Bethel” to “Wanamaker” (as described in a previous post) in that it labels the town…
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Old Settlers Day wrapup

Thanks to everyone who came by our booth at the Old Settlers Day street fair in Wanamaker yesterday! We had great weather for the festival and a successful day at the FTHS booth, with plenty of new memberships and book sales. Special congratulations…
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Open Hours Changes & Special Events

Just a reminder that there will be no Open Hours during the month of June. This Saturday, June 6, is our Indoor Yard Sale, held at the Civic League building in Wanamaker (8822 Southeastern Avenue). Come by and find some great deals! The…
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Gallery: Franklin Township Fire Department Honors

We have previously shared a bit about the township’s volunteer fire department, which was comprised of four stations. Today we present a gallery of a few of the honors they received in the years shortly before Franklin Township came under the umbrella of the…
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Postcard: New Bethel Church

During the late 19th and first half of the 20th century, postcards were an extremely popular form of communication. From purchased souvenir cards to custom photos printed on postcard-backed paper, postcards were the Instagram of their day — a quick snapshot and short message shared…
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John Wanamaker

Did You Know? The History of Franklin Township, Part 1

It is always a challenge, when recounting the history of an area, to know where to begin. There are long stretches of our land’s past of which we have little or no historic record, including the hundreds of years that Native Americans inhabited…
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Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, pioneer in deaf education, for whom the town was named.

Did You Know? Gallaudet

DID YOU KNOW? … that Gallaudet was a planned town along the route of the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Railroad tracks laid in 1852? Henry Brown, who owned land along Franklin Road, allowed the railroad to go through his property provided they…
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Collection Spotlight: Wanamaker State Bank

Previously, our Collection Spotlight focused on items from the Acton State Bank. Now let’s take a look at some of the many extant artifacts from its neighbor, the Wanamaker State Bank. Many of the promotional items distributed by the bank advertise its membership in…
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Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department

For many decades, until Franklin Township became part of the Indianapolis Fire Department’s coverage area, all fire emergencies were handled solely by township volunteers. There were four volunteer fire houses in the township. These photos are reminders of the well-organized and…
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