Arsenal Technical High School - Arsenal Cannon Yearbook (Indianapolis, IN)

 - Class of 1916

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THE ARSENAL CANNON 3 of wooded land one and a half miles east of the city, containing 75.14 acres was purchased for 835,500 The site chosen by General Buckingham belonged to Calvin Fletcher, Jr., Allen R. Benton and Herman Sturm. Deeds were secured from them on the following dates: Decem- ber 15th and 22nd, 1862 and November 2nd, 1863. The last deed secured Arsen- al Avenue from Nlichigan Street to Ver- mont. The Government improved the entire length to lVashington Street. East Tenth at this time was a poor, country road. The State ceded jurisdiction to the United States on February 21, 1863. The Government began work in August of the same year, under the command of Captain T. Treadwell. The principal buildings were erected under the direction of hflajor James hi. VVhittemore who succeded Captain Treadwell, February, 186-1. The Store House or Arsenal fthe Nfain Buildingj, bearing the date of 1865 on its front arch was followed by the East Residence, Office, Artillery Building CShopsj, and Powder hflagazine. Later the Barn, lVest Residence, Guard House lbuilding at the gatel, the gateway, and VVork Shop CPower House and Electrical Buildingj were built from 1869 to 1893. Thus we learn that the Government manufactured no ammunition on our Arsenal Grounds during the Civil War. All the buildings were built with greatest care and skill from choicest pressed brick and cut Vernon limestone. The excel- lent condition of the buildings after with- standing all these years of weathering verifies the quality of government work- manship. The grounds, walks, and carriage ways show the work of expert landscape gar- dening. Forest trees were allowed to stand, and their growth encouraged. Nlajor A. L. Varney superintended the erection of the water tower and the iron fence. hlajor Comley added the rose beds, grape arbors, and lilacs. During the years 189-1 and 1895, there was a general movement throughout the country toward the abandonment of arsenals. The Indianapolis Arsenal was on the decline. At the outbreak of the Spanish American VVar in 1898 this Arsenal was raised from a third to a first class when haversacks and knapsacks were made in the Shops and Artillery Building. As the war soon ended, this Arsenal was no longer needed. lylajor Charles Shaler who was Commandant at this time, became the last of thirteen commanding officers stationed here. ln 191-1, he came to Technical High School and talked to the members of the Can- non's Staff. iVith the exception of the period during the Spanish American VVar, this Arsenal stored only heavy and lighter arms and some ammunition. At one time there were 100,000 rifles stored in the second and third floors of the Arsenal Chflainl Build- ing. The usual assignment of soldiers consisted of fifty. The property was authorized to be sold under an act of Congress approved June 30, 1902. The final abandonment of the Arsenal was marked by the firing of the last sunrise gun, April 13, 1903. EDWARD OWEN DREAM OF THE TRADE SCHOOL The question of a trade school in lndia- napolis was agitated throughout the year 1902, with the result that on hflarch 27, 1903, the Arsenal Grounds were pur- chased from the government for the pur- pose of establishing such a trade school. The money necessary for this was secured by popular subscription, and placed in the hands of a committee of Indianapolis citizens who bought the land from the United States Government for ,815-l,000. A year and a month later, on April 8, 1904, the school was incorporated under a board of eight trustees and Sol.C. Dickey was made president of the insti- tute. The school was opened in Septem- ber of the same year. In order to enter the school as a stu- dent, one had to pass a moral, scholastic, and physical examination, and no stndent who was under sixteen years of age was eligible. The tuition for original courses was one huundred dollars a year, or sixty dollars a semester. Wihen the school started out in the fall of 190-1, the following courses were offered, pharmacy, decorative painting, lithography, and electric wiring. Other courses were added from time to time until in 1908, the school boasted of seven

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