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From Bloomingpedia
Years: 1915 1916 191719181919 1920 1921

Significant events from 1918.





  • 2nd - Indiana becomes the 25th state to pass Prohibition, and becomes a dry state.


The city market opens again on South Walnut Street between Kirkwood Avenue and 4th Street. The market was open every Wednesday and Saturday during the summer months.

Landowners in the south part of the city submit a petition to Mayor Weaver to halt the operation of a merry-go-round in the vicinity, as the noise was distasteful to certain sick persons.




  • The creamery, due to hot weather and a shortage of ammonia, requests citizens to conserve their ice as much as possible. On August 5th, the temperature was recorded at 99 degrees.


  • 3rd - The Bastin grocery store at Dolan is robbed. Among the articles missing were a tub of lard, tobacco, and flour.
  • 4th - Robert Livingston is killed by a train when he tries to cross the Illinois Central track in the northwest part of the city.
  • 6th - The A. J. Sanders & Sons saw mill at Whitaker Station is destroyed by fire.
  • 11th - The Ingalls Stone Company mill at Bedford is destroyed by fire. Damages are estimated at $300,000 and 200 men were put out of work.
  • 30th - John Hinkle's barn burns, causing $2500 worth of damage. It was located two miles northeast of the city on Unionville Pike.
  • Joseph W. Henry buys the Morris Vulcanizing Company.
  • County Auditor Blakely buys what is known as the McCalla place, six acres east of town on the 3rd Street pike. Paul M. Strain, a jeweler, sold the property for $5,500.
  • Bert Thrasher resigns from the Eagle clothing store to return to the family farm after his father Peter passes away.

War news

  • The War Department announces plans to establish a training camp for 1200 truck drivers in Bloomington. The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce holds an emergency planning meeting.
  • Word is received that Earl Prince dies in France, the third Monroe County soldier to do so.