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Since 1820, Indiana University has partnered with Bloomington and Monroe County to improve our community, the state of Indiana, the nation, and the world. The 2019 Monroe County Hall of Fame Inductees exemplify this partnership. You make our community stronger. 200.iu.edu.
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Monroe County Hall of Fame adds 10
en people have been inducted into the Monroe County Hall of Fame. The selections were made from nominations made by members of the public and Hall of Fame selection committee members themselves, who represent The Herald-Times, CFC Properties and the Monroe County History Center, the three sponsors of the Hall of Fame. Those inducted were: • Gayle Cook, who along with her husband, Hall of Fame charter member Bill Cook, founded what has become one of the leading medical device companies in the world. • Paris Dunning, who was a state senator and later was Indiana governor from 1848-49. • William “Bill” Hanna, who founded a successful trucking company and served as a member of the county commissioners. • Frank Hrisomalos, who at 57 years of service was the longest-serving physician in Monroe County. He also was a member of the City Board of Public Works and civic leader.
• Lloyd Olcott, who served four terms on the Bloomington City Council, 14 years on the parks board and had many other roles with key community boards and organizations.
• Joe Peden, farmer and educator, who in 1994 picked up the tradition started by his parents in 1953 of having school children visit the family farm to learn about agriculture. • Maud Showers, wife of Charles Jr. She became a partner in the Showers Bros. factory, women’s suffrage activist and community leader who helped start Bloomington Hospital and Monroe County (Carnegie) Public Library. • George Taliaferro, football all-American from Indiana University, who became the first African American player drafted by the National Football League and later worked for IU as an administrator. • Vi Taliaferro, former juvenile court judge and longtime advocate for children in Monroe County.
• Charlotte Zietlow, first female county commissioner, health advocate, women’s advocate and community leader whose name is on the Justice Building. The Monroe County Hall of Fame was launched in 1976 to commemorate the national bicentennial year. The mission was to recognize men and women who had made major contributions to life in Monroe County, or who went elsewhere to make contributions and brought pride and honor to the place they once lived. The project was developed by what was then The Herald-Telephone and College Mall Merchants Association. Ten charter members were inducted in 1976. Since that inaugural year, 60 more members have been named to the Hall of Fame from nominations sent in by H-T readers and voting done by members of the public. No new members of the Hall of Fame have been inducted this decade. The trio of sponsors decided to add 10 new members in celebration of the Monroe County Bicentennial, matching the 10 charter members inducted in 1976.
Congratulations! Congratulations and thank you, 2019 Monroe County Hall of Fame Inductees, for your remarkable contributions to our county.
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Gayle Karch Cook
Paris Chipman Dunning 1806 â€“ 1884
ntrepreneur, philanthropist, preservationist and co-founder of Cook Group and Cook Medical, a medical device manufacturer that helps the worldâ€™s healthcare systems deliver better outcomes more efficiently; active in revitalizing Bloomington through many historic restoration projects. Benefactor of the Monroe County History Center.
trained doctor and lawyer in Bloomington before serving in the Indiana Legislature first as a state representative from 18331836, then a state senator from 1836-1840. Elected lieutenant governor in 1846 and served as governor in 1848 and 1849.
Portrait of Gov. Dunning by James Forbes from the collection of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.
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William "Bill" Hanna
Dr. Frank Nick Hrisomalos
1927 â€“ 2015
1929 â€“ 2015
orld War II veteran and businessman, he founded a successful trucking company and served 12 years as a Monroe County Commissioner, including as president during that time.
ivic leader and the longest-serving physician in Monroe County. Also served on the City Board of Public Works and as a director of many local nursing homes. He saved lives, gave meaning to lives, and made a difference in so many lives.
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Lloyd Williams Olcott
1927 – 2001
usinessman, civic leader and Korean War veteran. Served four terms on the Bloomington City Council, 14 years on the city parks board and many other roles on key community boards and organizations. He was a leader in the renovation of the Shower’s factory, now City Hall.
armer and educator who in 1994 picked up the tradition started by his parents of hosting local school children at the annual Peden Farm Children’s Farm Festival to learn about agriculture and experience life on a family farm.
David Snodgress | Herald-Times Joe Peden at the farm festival.
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Maud Ella Coatney Showers
1862 – 1936
1927 – 2018
usinesswoman, civic leader, philanthropist, activist for the women’s suffrage movement, and wife of Charles Showers Jr. She became a full partner in the Showers Bros. Furniture Co. when she was widowed at age 23. She led the Local Council of Women to found the Bloomington Hospital and was instrumental in building the Monroe County (Carnegie) Public Library.
ootball All-American from Indiana University who became the first African American player drafted by the National Football League. He was later an administrator at IU and an outspoken advocate for civil rights.
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Viola "Vi" Taliaferro
ormer juvenile court judge and longtime advocate for children in Monroe County. Appointed to the Monroe Circuit Court VII in 1995, she was the first African American to hold that position. She is recognized as a leading contributor to the law dealing with children’s rights.
David Snodgress | Herald-Times Judge Vi Taliaferro, Monroe Circuit Court
ctive in Monroe County politics for almost 50 years. Elected to the Bloomington City Council in 1971, she served as president of the council in 1972 and 1973. She was the first female Monroe County Commissioner and served as president of the commission from 1982 to 1988.
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Charlotte Zietlow at the Bloomington Resistance March in Bloomington, Ind. on Jan. 20, 2018, held in support of the nationwide Women’s March “Power to the Polls” event.
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Hall of Fame PAST INDUCTEES:
Charter Class of 1976 • William Lowe Bryan, Indiana University president 1902-1937 • Nat U. Hill Sr., lawyer, bank president • Austin Seward Sr., founder of Seward and Co. • Mary Waldron, attorney and humanitarian • Andrew Wylie, the first IU president • John R. Figg, businessman and philanthropist • Branch McCracken, IU head basketball coach, 1938-1965 • Rachel Peden, newspaper columnist and novelist • Ralph Rogers, founder of Ralph Rogers and Co. • Herman B Wells, IU president for 25 years and later its chancellor.
Courtesy | IU Archive Indiana's Archie Dees (22) and Frank Radovich listen to head coach Branch McCracken.
Selections to the Monroe County Hall of Fame after the charter class of 1976: 1977: James D. Showers, civic leader; Sarkes Tarzian, industrialist/philanthropist. 1978: Henry B. Gentry, one of the owners of the “Famous Gentry Brothers Shows’’ circus; and the Rev. W. Douglas Rae, minister and civic leader. 1980: John W. Hoadley, pioneer in the Monroe County limestone industry; and Maurice Endwright, Ellettsville civic leader. 1981: Hoagy Carmichael, internationally known songwriter; and Elma Stevenson, leader in developing Monroe County 4-H and extension programs. 1982: Alvin “Bo” McMillin, IU football coach from 1934-48; and Ione Figg, community leader and philanthropist. 1983: Margaret Hemphill McCalla, who helped found Bloomington High School;
Rachel Peden at her typewriter preparing a column, "The Hoosier Farm Wife."
and William A. Cook, entrepreneur, industrialist and philanthropist. 1984: Zora Clevenger, head of the IU athletic department from 1923-46; and the Rev. Merrill McFall, pastor, community leader and goodwill ambassador. 1985: David Starr Jordan, IU president from 1885-1891; and John Stempel, journalist and civic leader. 1986: Paul V. McNutt, Indiana governor from 1933-1937; and Tom Lemon, three-time mayor of Bloomington. 1987: Johnnie Rutland Smith, patron of the arts, author, educator and women’s advocate; and Mary Alice Dunlap, first woman mayor of Bloomington. 1988: Samuel Saul Dargan, one of Bloomington’s first prominent black leaders; and Nat U. Hill III, four-term judge of Monroe Circuit Court.
Courtesy | IU Archive Indiana University football coach Alvin Nugent "Bo" McMillin poses on the field.
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1989: Nellie Showers Teter, first woman elected to the Indiana University Board of Trustees; and Willie Ethel Streeter, active volunteer and leader in community service work for many years. 1990: William E. Brown, business and civic leader active in many charitable causes; and Dr. Thomas Middleton, a doctor who served on a number of community boards, including the city council. 1991: Gerry Kisters, recipient of the Medal of Honor for heroism during World War II; Noble Bush, a longtime leader in youth baseball. 1992: Beryl Showers Holland, founder of Tri Kappa, Republican national committeewoman, member of state board of education; Maj. Gen. Joe Butcher, distinguished military leader and IU employee and supporter. 1993: David H. Maxwell, framer of the Indiana Constitution instrumental in bringing Indiana University to Bloomington;
Alfred Kinsey, founder of the Kinsey Institute at IU. 1994: H.E. Binford, superintendent of schools in Bloomington for more than two decades; George Luther Mitchell, a physician for more than 54 years, mainly serving the Smithville area. 1995: Daniel Kirkwood, IU professor whose astronomical theories made scientific history; Harry Day, city council member and IU chemist instrumental in the development of Crest toothpaste. 1996: Col. John Ketcham, an original settler of Monroe County, member of Indiana General Assembly, and county judge; James E. “Doc” Counsilman, who created a dynasty as IU swim coach and coached the U.S. Olympic team in 1964 and 1976. 1997: Sarah Parke Morrison, first female student and later first female professor at IU; Carl J. Stewart, educator and businessman, who owned a real estate company and a drive-in theater. 1998: Hermann Muller, a geneticist at Indiana University who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine; Fred Huff, a longtime teacher, coach and school board member in the Monroe County Community School Corp.
1999: Billy Hayes, IU track and field coach for whom the university’s track stadium is named; Elizabeth Bridgwaters, a civic leader in the African-American community.
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2001: James S. Williams, one of the first stone operators in the county and a leader in Stinesville; Joan Burton, advocate for people with disabilities and 20-year leader of Stone Belt. 2002: Ross Lockeridge Jr., novelist of the mid20th century who is noted for “Raintree County”; the Rev. Ernest Butler, spiritual leader who championed civil rights and human rights. 2004: Fred Matthews, early leader of Monroe County limestone industry; Frank McCloskey, mayor of Bloomington and member of Congress. 2005: Clarence Gilliam, champion of human rights and civil rights; Anthony Pizzo, physician, legislator and city council member. 2006: Jack Hooker, served as mayor of Bloomington; Bud Faris, business man and city council member. 2007: Tomi Allison, served as mayor of Bloomington and a member of the city council; James Dixon, judge in Monroe County for 36 years. 2009: Bobby Helms, singer whose hits included “Jingle Bell Rock”; Pat Lucas, who was active in a number of social service organizations.
2019 Monroe County Hall of Fame Inductees, for your wonderful contributions!
2000: Marcellus Neal, the first AfricanAmerican graduate of Indiana University; Barbara Shalucha, founder of Hilltop Garden and champion of teaching gardening to young people.
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Photo courtesy Indiana University Marcellus Neal was the first African-American to earn a degree from Indiana University. Neal graduated in 1895 with a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics. He became a teacher and administrator at Washington High School in Dallas, where he was the head of the science department for 25 years. Neal was killed in a hit-and-run car accident in 1939. He was buried in Mt. Greenwood Cemetery in Chicago. In 2000, he was inducted into the Monroe County Hall of Fame for his part in IU history.
Radio personality and musician Hoagy Carmichael poses in a CBS radio studio on Nov. 3, 1947. (AP Photo)
Thanks for helping to create a community where we all love to work, play, and call our home.
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David Snodgress | Herald-Times Tomi Allison listens to her introduction during Thursday's induction ceremony for the Monroe County Hall of Fame Thursday. Tomi Allison was mayor of Bloomington from 1983 to 1995.
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Gayle Cook Paris Dunning William “Bill” Hanna Dr. Frank Nick Hrisomalos
Congratulations to the 2019 Monroe County Hall of Fame inductees.
Lloyd Olcott Joe Peden Maud Showers George Taliaferro Viola “Vi” Taliaferro Charlotte Zietlow Great job.
Our special t hanks! Gayle Cook’s enduring impact on our community is immeasurable. By cofounding Cook Group and Cook Medical, leading the restoration of many historic landmarks in our city and surrounding community, helping the Monroe County History Center preserve and share our history, and supporting countless other community institutions and programs, Gayle has quietly helped make Monroe County what it is today.
For all that you have contributed to our community, we thank you, Gayle.