52 Ancestors,
in 52 Weeks
Week 46:
Family Finds Charter Oak

My Birthday

For this week’s prompt I take a look at my hometown paper on the day I was born. Newspapers provide a synopsis of what is happening in the world, as well as local events. But, they also are a time capsule of product prices, entertainment and sports. It’s interesting to discover the headlines my parents read in the paper on my birthday. But, I did not stop at the front page. I’ve picked out a few items to highlight. Below are select pages, above the fold, from The Indianapolis Star for Thursday, October 29, 1959.

The Indianapolis Star

The Star is the morning paper in Indianapolis and has been published daily since 1903. On October 29, 1959, The Star consisted of 60 pages. I made the clippings below from Newspapers.com. How about these headlines? These could be in a paper today.

The Star 29 Oct 1959 Front Page

Salute to Women

I met the woman on the right when I was a child. That’s Tommie Walker (1908-1992), the founder and CEO of Walker Research. She gave a talk to my Girl Scout troop and we participated in research groups to earn money for troop activities.

The Star 29 Oct 1959 Page 9

Universalist Head Backs Merge

My family attended All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church when I was a child. So, I find it interesting the merge between the two religious organizations was happening the day I was born.

The Star 29 Oct 1959 Page 19


How about these food prices at Kroger? Three pounds of bacon for $1? I looked up the purchasing power of a 1959 dollar and it’s about $9.50 today. That would make bacon $3.17 a pound, but I just checked Kroger and bacon is $5.49 a pound.

The Star 29 Oct 1959 Page 29

The Funny Page

The comics were more like serialized stories back in 1959, similar to today’s popular graphic novels.

The Star 29 Oct 1959 Page 40

Odds Against Tomorrow

I was interested to see a movie premiere for a Thursday evening. I’ve never heard of this movie, and I watch a lot of old movies. I looked it up and it is “film noire”, which I like, but I could not find it playing anywhere. Although, if I get really curious it is available on DVD.

The Star 29 Oct 1959 Page 42


I hope you enjoyed this look at my hometown paper from my birthday. It was fun to read what was happening on the day of my birth. Oh, I should have checked my horoscope!

Barbara LaFara 1960


  1. Newspaper, The Indianapolis Star, 29 October 1959, pages 1, 19, 29, 40, 42; Online: https://www.newspapers.com/image/105704927/


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Remember Me and I Will Live

Frank Takeo Flucawa

Born Takeo Furukawa on 15 March 1883 in Tottori-Ken, Tokyo, Japan, little is documented of his early childhood. Family oral history stories say that the young Takeo experienced hunger, poverty and the loss of his family. Additionally, the stories tell of friendship, spiritual learning and scholarship.

David L. Osborne: His Indianapolis Homes

My great grandfather, David Louis Osborne, lived at over 20 addresses around Indianapolis between 1876 and 1942. I thought it would be interesting to see all the old buildings and homes where he lived in my hometown of Indianapolis.

The Marriage of David and Jennie Osborne

My great grandfather, David Louis Osborne (1848-1942), was a widower with two young sons in 1886 when he married Jennie Warbington (1857-1918) in Minneapolis on the 27th of May. I decided it was time to put sources to the story.

Do You See A Resemblance?

While working on a family photo project I decided it would be fun to compare side-by-side my father and his parents, at similar ages, to try and discover a family resemblance.

Probate of Jesse King 1868

Jesse King was born in Ohio (probably in the vicinity of Chillicothe) in 1805, he was a son of Philip King and Mary Leah Wright, both of Pennsylvania. Philip King was a farmer, he married Leah Wright in 1801 in Somerset, PA, they had six children, of whom Jesse was the third.

Letter from Sarah Tucker Lafary

A handwritten letter from Sarah Tucker Lafary to the then president of the United States, Grover Cleveland. It was her last appeal for a War of 1812 pension, sadly the pension was denied. The letter gives a glimpse of a woman who had no formal education, a poor farmers wife, then widow, mother of nine, she probably just wanted some independence through an income of her own.

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Luella Pressell: Surprise!

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Rumple Family Photo 1895

For all of us who are procrastinating about labeling photos I have one thing to say, “Be considerate of the genealogist of the future!” My maternal grandmother was very good about labeling old family photos, and there is one, in particular, I found very informative.

Conrad Rumple: Bachelor Uncle

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George Lafary and Catherine Landon: Large Family

My great-great grandparents, George Lafary and Catherine Landon, had a relatively small family, three of their six children survived to adulthood. However, they both came from large families of nine siblings and nearly all survived to marry and have children.

In The Paper

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Genealogy Brick Walls

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Catherine Landon: Out of Place

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Immigrant Ancestors, Fresh Start

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Close to Home

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So Far Away

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Same Name

I get excited when I discover an ancestor with the same name as a friend, or co-worker, or neighbor. Maybe we are related!