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Celebrating 80 Years: A Look Back at the Headlines from September 1935

Posted on Friday, September 25, 2015

by Jen Poiry, Marketing Specialist

1935 was a busy year - around the world and in our own community. It's the year our credit union made headlines as we opened our doors and began helping people with their money matters! Here's a look back at a few more of the top stories that were creating a buzz in September of 1935.

Concordia High SchoolConcordia High School | Photo courtesy of The Allen County Public Library

On July 20, 1935, the News-Sentinel reported that 97-year-old Concordia College would “return to the ideals of the founders by making the school co-educational. This will be done by admission of girls to the new high school department of the college which will be opened September 4 in Hanser Hall.” Both the college and the high school were headed by Professor William C. Burhop. The high school boys were required to take military training, “while other forms of physical education will be provided for the girls,” the article stated. Boys’ lodging was available in the college dormitories, whereas girls requiring lodging were to be “placed in selected Lutheran homes.” Tuition was $60 to $80 per year, depending on whether the families were members of cooperating Lutheran congregations. Ninety-five students would be enrolled the first year. Although the high school would be “co-educational,” the junior college would “remain for boys only.” Concordia College was founded in Dresden, Missouri, in 1839, and came to Fort Wayne in 1861. Despite great financial and emotional support by Fort Wayne Lutherans, the first few years were reportedly difficult “on account of the disorders of the Civil War, the lack of adequate facilities, and the recurrences of epidemics.”

Meyer Drug Store | Photo courtesy of The Allen County Public LibraryLargest Drug Store in Indiana on Calhoun & Wayne

The 83-year-old Meyer Drug Store chain expanded its Calhoun & Wayne Streets location with its grand opening on September 4, 1935. The firm became the largest drug store in Indiana. Its soda fountain, vital to its success at the time, increased its seating capacity from 85 to 150. The commissary had started ten years before at their Berry & Harrison Street location. 


1935 Chicago Cubs | Photo courtesy of The Allen County Public LibrarySports News of September 1935

The Chicago Cubs’ famed 21-game winning streak began on September 4 and ended on September 28, 1935. The streak tied the major league record, which had been set in 1880 (when they were known as the Chicago White Stockings) and won the National League pennant (beating the St. Louis Cardinals).



On September 24, Earl Bascom, known as the father of the modern rodeo, and his brother Weldon produced the first rodeo ever held outdoors under electric lights. The event was held in Columbia, Mississippi.

Joe Louis Defeats Max Baer | Photo courtesy of The Allen County Public LibraryIn boxing, the “fight of the year” took place on September 24, 1935, when Joe Louis defeated heavyweight champion Max Baer. Baer was knocked down for the first time in his career. It was later learned that Baer had broken his hand during a June fight with “Cinderella Man” James Braddock, and his hand had not yet healed. Baer retired from boxing and became an actor. His son, Max Baer, Jr., starred as Jethro Bodine on TV’s “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Louis, nicknamed the Brown Bomber, became the first African American to be widely regarded as an American hero, overcoming racial bigotry and helping to integrate the sport of professional golf after his retirement from boxing.



Entertainment News

George and Ira Gershwin’s opera Porgy & Bess had its pre-Broadway premiere in Boston on September 30, 1935. John W. Bubbles (real name, John William Sublett) played the character Sportin’ Life. He had taught tap to Fred Astaire and was known as the father of rhythm tap, a new form of tap dancing that was more improvisatory. Michael Jackson named his chimpanzee Bubbles after the performer, who had been a dancing inspiration to him.

Thirteen-year-old Judy Garland signed a contract with MGM. The film studio didn’t quite know what to do with her: she was too young to be a child star but not yet an adult. Not quite 5 feet tall, she lacked the “glamour” of the stars of the day. It would be several years before her film career would take off.

The first known recording of Frank Sinatra was made when he appeared as part of the vocal quartet The Hoboken Four (also known as Frank Sinatra and the 3 Flashes) on the "Major Bowes' Amateur Hour" radio show on September 8, 1935. Listen here.

Historical Events

Huey Long | Photo courtesy of The Allen County Public LibraryOn September 12, aviatrix Laura H. Ingalls broke the record for longest U.S. flight by a woman when she flew 2,543 miles from Los Angeles to New York non-stop in 13 hours, 34 minutes. She was only 7 minutes short of beating the men's record. A signed cover addresesed to Fort Wayne, Indiana is for sale on Ebay for $1,588.11.

On September 8, Dr. Carl Weiss assassinated Louisiana Senator Huey Long in the Louisiana Capitol Building in Baton Rouge. Conspiracy theories surrounded the assassination of the divisive and controversial senator, who was about to run for president. His story was fictionalized by Robert Penn Warren in his 1946 novel “All the King’s Men,” which has been made into two films.

On September 30, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicated the Boulder Dam on the border between Arizona and Nevada. On April 30, 1947, President Harry S. Truman would official rename it the Hoover Dam, after President Herbert Hoover, who had helped pioneer the project.

Boulder Dam | Photo courtesy of The Allen County Public Library

September 1935 Births

  • September 17 – Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (d. 2001)
  • September 29 – Jerry Lee Lewis, musician
  • September 30 – Johnny Mathis, singer