My grandfather's older borthers moved to Indianapolis later. Older brother Jacob appears in the 1905 directory. Henry in 1906. Albert doesn't appear in the 1907 directory but he is listed as one of the group gathering to organize Witherspoon United Presbyterian Church. He first appears in the 1909 city directory as a student living at the same address as his two brothers. James Cleage, their brother-in-law, also appears in this directory.
My grandmother Pearl had a clipping among her photographs of a concert she sang in. When I finished going through the Directories, which were not indexed and were on microfilm, I started going through the newspapers, also not indexed and on microfilm. I started with The Indianapolis Recorder, one of the black newspapers. I did not find the article I was looking for but in the Society Gossip column I found lots of interesting items - including my grandmother singing, my grandparents marriage and my father's birth. There was some mention of my great uncles too.
When I finished The Indianapolis Recorder, and The Freeman An Illustrated Colored Newspaper, I decided to look at The Indianapolis Star, the white newspaper. I found several articles, including the one about the concert, which included a photograph of my grandmother. There was also a column called "News of Colored Folk" which had stories similar to those in the society gossip but only ran them on Sunday.
I was able to drive around looking for the houses I found in the directory but the only one still there was my father's birth home. Which was the one I would want to find if there was only one I could. The rest were parking lots and vacant lots. I found George's grave in Crown Hill Cemetery but we never did get to the cemetery where my great grandmother is buried. Now that my daughter has moved I do not think I will have a chance to look again.
1880 U.S. Census
Reeds are in Lebanon, Marion County Kentucky
Annie Reed 25 - this is my great grandmother and head of household.
Josie Reed 15 - daughter
George Reed 13 - son
Sallie (Sarah) Reed 10 - daughter
Lulie(Louise) Reed 7 - daughter
Hugh Reed 4 - son
Minnie Reed 2 - son
(Pearl Reed - my grandmother was born in 1886)
Cleages in Louden County Tennessee
Lewis Clage 28 - this is my great grandfather and head of household
Sallie Clage 24 this is my great grandmother and wife of head.
Josie Clage 7 - daughter
Jacob Clage 5 -son
Henry Clage 3 -son
Edy Clage 1 - son
Tennessee Clage 20 - sister
Louseny Clage 5 - sister
(Albert B. Cleage - my grandfather was born in 1883)
Indianapolis City Directory Entries
1887 –Sallie Reed – domestic 393 Roanoke (name marked with a dot to indicate colored)
George Reed – porter, r rear 261 Mass Ave.
1889 – Sarah Reed and James Busby marry in Indianapolis, IN
1891 – Louise Reed and Solumnus Shoemaker marry in Berrien Cty Michigan
1891 – Indianapolis City Directory
George Reed lab h 11 Willard (colored)
1892 - Indianapolis City Directory
George Reed lab h 11 Willard (colored)
1893 - Indianapolis City Directory
Anna Reed (widow George) h 31 Willard (colored)
George Reed lab h. 31 Willard (colored)
1894 - Indianapolis City Directory
Anna Reed (widow Palmer) h 10 Willard (colored)
George A. Reed lab 10 Willard (colored)
1895 - Indianapolis City Directory
Anna Reed (widow Thomas) b. 29 Willard (colored)
George Reed lab 29 Willard (colored)
1896 - Indianapolis City Directory
Reed, Anna (widow Thomas) 29 Willard
Reed, Hugh 29 Willard
1897 - Indianapolis City Directory
George A. Reed lab 29 Willard
1898 - Indianapolis City Directory
Hugh Reed lab 529 Willard
1899 - Indianapolis City Directory
Reed, Clarence - lab 529 Willard
Reed, George A. lab, 529 Willard
Reed, Hugh lab 529 Willard
Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
Name: Celie (Celia) Cleage
Spouse: W R Sherman
Marriage Date: 25 Apr 1899
Marriage County: McMinn
Marriage State: Tennessee
1900 U.S. Census
Roger Sherman 54 head
Celia Sherman 45 wife
Henry Cleage 21 stepson
Edward Cleage 19 stepson
Albert Cleage 17 stepson
Indianapolis, IN 529 Willard St.
Anna Reed 50 head
George Reed 28 son
Bessie Reed 14 granddaughter
Pearl Reed 16 daughter
Clarence Reed 18 son
Living next door - 525 Willard St, Indianapolis,
Minnie (Anna Reed's daughter)(21)
Leon Jamison (lodger)
Indianapolis City Directory
1901- Reed, Anna (wid. Palmer) h 529 Willard
George A. lab 529 Willard
1902 - Reed, Anna (wid. Palmer) b rear 2715 N. Capital Ave.
Reed, George lab. h rear 2715 N. Capital Ave.
1902 - Albert B. Cleage graduated Henderson Normal and Industrial College TN
Indianapolis City Directory
1904 - Reed, Annie (wid Palmer) h rear 123 W. 28th St.
1905 - Cleage, Henry W. w. porter r 313 Ellsworth
Cleage, Jacob waiter h 313 Ellsworth
Reed, Annie (wid Palmer) h 2730 Kenwood Ave.
Reed, George A. lab b 2730 Kenwood Ave.
Reed, Hugh lab b 2730 Kenwood Ave.
1906 - Cleage, Henry W. 30 1/2 N. Delaware, h 726 Fayett
Reed, Clarence l 2730 Kenwood Ave.
Reed, George L 2730 Kenwood Ave.
Reed, Hugh L 2730 Kenwood Ave.
27 June 1906 Marriage of Hugh M. Reed & Blanche C. Young
1906 - Albert B. Cleage graduated from Knoxville College, TN
Indianapolis City Directory
1907 - Cleage, Henry W. subcarrier P.O., h 726 Fayette
Cleage, Jacob janitor h 726 Fayett
Reed, Anna (wid Palmer) b 2730 Kenwood Ave
Reed, Hugh M janitor h 2723 Kenwood Ave
Reed George l, b 2730 Kenwood Ave
On April 30, 1907 the Presbytery of Indiana of the United Presbyterian Church held a called meeting at Realty Hall in response to a petition signed by 31 persons asking to be organized into a United Presbyterian congregation.
Begins With 31 Members
Prof. David Graham of Rushville was moderator and Rev. W. W. McCall of Greensburg was secretary. Other members present were Rev. Fred W. Schmuch of Milroy, Rev. N. B. McClung of Vevay, Rev. Mr. McDill of Madison, and Dr. Cowan of Indianapolis.
The petition was discussed at some length. By unanimous vote an organization was decided upon. The 31 members who signed the petition were as follows: Henry W. Cleage, Mrs. Carrie Perkins, Mrs. Emma Moore, A. T. Roney, Mrs. Cora Donann, Mrs. Cathern Crenshaw, Mrs. Daisy L. Brabham, Albert Cleage, Mrs. Gertrude Cleage, James Myers, Mrs. A. L. McElrath, O. F. Dennis, Mrs. Hattie Mitchell, H. M. Mitchell, Mrs. Theresa Finley, Othello Finley, Miss Edith Finley, Miss Luell E. Hibbett, Mrs. Mary Peterson, Mrs. Anna Bowman, John T. Fox, Miss Pearl Reed, Thomas H. Bransford, Mrs. O. F. Dennis, Miss Alice Mathews, Miss Hilda Reeder, W. J. Perkins, Henry Moore and H. L. Hummons.
Indianapolis City Directory
1908 - Cleage, Henry W. subcarrier P).O. h. 726 Fayette
Cleage, Jacob waiter h 917 Camp.
Cleage, James A, porter, h 537 Hiawatha
Reed, Anna (wid Palmer) h 2731 Kenwood ave
Reed, George L b. 2730 Kenwood Ave.
Reed, Hugh M. L. h 920 W. Ray
1908 May 2, The Freeman An Illustrated Colored Newspaper page 8
“Y.M.C.A. Notes” The committee having in hand the Clarence Cameron White recital are meeting with success in disposing of tickets. Already numerous parties are being arranged and one of the best audiences will be gathered in Simpson Chapel, on May 8, to greet this famous violinist. The supporting numbers have been well chosen and what will be one of most cultured programs will be presented. Indianapolis will be put to the test, and it is hoped that she will maintain her reputation of being ready to support all that stands for advancement. Mr. White needs no recommendation to Indianapolis. His ability was clearly demonstrated on his visit here some two years ago, when he gave a recital at Caleb Mills Hall. Those supporting Mr. White will be Miss Pearl Reed, leading soprano of the Witherspoon U.P. Church; Mrs. Alberta J. Grubbs, pianist of the Metropolitan School of Music, and the only colored Star contestant for the trip to Europe; Mr. A.A. Taylor composer and reader of his own selections, and the Colored Y.M.C.A. Orchestra, under the direction of Samuel A. Ratliffe. This should prove one of the strongest programs ever presented. Aside from the program itself, the object should appeal to all. The orchestra, which is instrumential in bringing Mr. White here, is desirous of putting a piano in the association rooms and this is one of the ways the members have of raising money to do so. Mr. White is making a farewell tour before going abroad, and Indianapolis is fortunate in having the opportunity of hearing him at this time.
1908 May 3 – The Indianapolis Sunday Star page15c
Photo of Colored Y.M.C.A. “Orchestra to be Heard in Coming Violin recital” The committee from the orchestra of the Y.M.C.A. having in charge the Clarence Cameron White violin recital at Simpson Chapel, May 8, are meeting with success in disposing of tickets. Already numerous parties are being arranged, and a large and appreciative audience, is assured. The supporting members have been well chosen and the program promises to be well balanced. Among those to appear are Miss Pearl D. Reed, soprano of the Witherspoon U.P. church; Mrs. Alberta J. Grubbs, pianist of the Metropolitian School of Music: A.A. Taylor composer and reader of his own selections and the Y.M.C.A. Orchestra under the direction of Samuel A. Ratcliffe. The newly elected officers of the Y.M.C.A. are President W.A. Kersey; first vice president, George L. Knox: second vice president, Edward N. Perkins; treasurer, Henry L. Senders, secretary Thomas E. Taylor; recording secretary, A.A. Taylor.
May 8, 1908 - The Indianapolis Star, Friday
Sings in Concet at Simpson Chapel. Miss Pearl D. Reed (article on preceeding page) The violin recital of Clarence Cameron White will be given this evening at Simpson Chapel under the direction of the Colored Y.M.C.A. Orchestra. He will be supported by the best local talent. The following program will be given:
Overture – “Northern Lights,” Y.M.C.A. Orchestra
Violin – Hungarian Rhapsodie, Clarence Cameron White
Song – “Oh Dry Those Tears,” Miss Pearl D. Reed.”
Piano – “Vaise in C sharp minor (b) Polanaise in A major. Mrs. Alberta j. Grubbs.
Violin – (a) Tran Merel: (b) Scherzo, Clarence Cameron White
Orchestra – “The Spartan,” orchestra
Vocal - Good-by”, Miss Pearl D. Cleage
Readings A.A. Taylor.
Selection – “The Bird and Brook,” orchestra
1908 May 16 The Freeman An Illustrated Colored Newspaper page 4
“The Cameron White Recital” Clarence CameronWhite ably sustained his reputation as a violinist at Simpson Chapel church last week under the auspices of of the Y.M.C.A. Mr. White plays a clean violin; he gets all out of it there is – dragging his bow from tip to tip, and more if it were possible. He did not attempt any of the great big things – the big concertos, and perhaps for the best. Yet he showed his capability for such work and at the same time satisfied his audience. His encores as a rule were selections that the audience recognized and through the beautiful reditions it could easily form some estimate of his playing ability. Mr. White was a decided success. Seldom is has a good class of music been so thoroughly appreciated. He was supported at the piano by Samuel Ratcliffe whose playing was commendable. Miss Pearl D. Reed proved an acceptable contralto singer. The orchestra under Alfred A. Taylor did some very effective work. Mr. Taylor proved a reader of ability; he read several of his own selections. The audience was magnificent and paid the utmost attention to the renditions.”
Indianapolis City Directory
1909 - Witherspoon United Presbyterian Church. Realty Hall. Rev. David White Pastor
Cleage, Albert B. student b. 910 Fayette
Cleage, Henry W. carrier P.O. b. 910 Fayette
Cleage, Jacob waiter 910 Fayette
Cleage, James A. Mailing clk Indiana Farmer, h W. Pratt
Reed, Anna (wid. Palmer) h 1147 E. Southern Ave
1909 Indianapolis Recorder 13 Feb YMCA notes. “Vocal numbers will be given by L. Alridge Lewis of Tenn. tenor; student of Indiana Medical college and quartet; composed of Miss Pearl Reed soprano; Mrs. Geo. Brabbon, alto; L. Aldridge Lewis’ Tenor; Geo. R. Brabbon, Bassso.”
August 11, 1909
Postcard to Pearl Reed from her niece Margaret Busby
529 Willard St
1910 U.S. Census Indianapolis IN
Cleage, Jacob,(34), Gertrude (26), Henry(31), Albert(26), 910 Fayette St.
Cleage, James A (39), Josie(37), Henrietta(13), Lucille (10), James (7), Albert(2), Hattie Ruth (1/12) 282 Prospect St. Indianapolis, IN
Reed, Hugh (Blanche) 703 Chicago St.
Reed, Anna(66), George(38), Pearl(28) 529 Willard St
Letter addressed to Pearl Reed from Albert Cleage - 17 May 1910 2730 Kenwood Ave Indianapolis IN
1910 Indianaspolis Indiana City Directory
Cleage, Albert B. student b. 910 Fayette
Cleage, Henry W, carrier P.O. b. 910 Fayette
Cleage, Jacob, meat ctr, h. 910 Fayette
Cleage, James A, mailer h 3420 Prospect
Reed, Anna (wid. Palmer) h 2730 Kenwood Ave.
Reed, George A lab b. 2730 Kenwood Ave
Reed, Hugh M. Lab h 703 Chicago
1910 12 March The Indianapolis Recorder “In Society”
“Misses Pearl D. Reed and Lillian Titus are among the soprano singers of Witherspoon Presbyterian church choir, who will assist in the Second Grand Musical Recital to be given at this church, March 15. by mistake their names were omitted in last weeks issue.”
1910 24 April The Indianapolis Star Sunday
The Witherspoon United Presbyterian congregation will observe today the third anniversary of its founding. The pastor, the Rev. D. F. White will preach the anniversary sermon. In the evening at 8 o’clock the young people of the church will render the following program; Special music, the choir; duet, Mr. And Mrs George Brabham; paper, Miss Mary Fields: solo Miss Pearl D. Reed: address, Dr. Albert Cleage.
1910 30 April ‘Items of Interest’
The Anniversary services at the Witherspoon United Presbyterian church last Sabbath was in every way a great success. The Rev. D.F. White spoke in the morning on “The church” to a large and appreciative audience. The program by the youing people in the evening drew a very large audience. The choir maintained its reputation for singing. Miss Mary Fields read a splendid paper on “The Man of the Hour.” It was powerful presentation. Dr. A.B. Cleage reviewed “The Conquest of the Christian Church,” in beautiful language.”
The Indianapolis Star
1910 - Sunday, May 1- News of Colored Folk
The third anniversary of the Witherspoon U.P. Church last Sunday was attended with large and appreciative audience. The pastor preached on “The Church”. In the evening Miss Mary Fields read a paper on “The Man of the Hour.” “The conquest of Christianity” was the subject of the address by Dr. A. B. Cleage. The pastor, the Rev. D.F. White will preach this morning on the subject, “The Fettered Christ.” In the evening the subject will be “Idols.”
1910 - June 19 - News of Colored Folk
Rosswoll J. Jones, Albert Cleage and Mark Battles who have been attending the Indiana Medical College here, will graduate at Bloomington, June 23. Dr. Jones is a resident of Brazil, Ind., and graduated from the Brazil High School in 1901 Later he spent two years in the University of California. Dr. Cleage, who is from Tennessee graduated in 1902 from the Henderson Industrial and Normal Institute at Henderson, N.C. He also finished the college course at Knoxville College, Knoxville, Tenn in 1906. Dr. Battles formerly lived at Madison, Ind. And received a high school education there. Later he studied two years at the University of Michigan.
1910 - June 29 - The Indianapolis Star Article
Appoints Six Interns – Board of Health Finds Trouble Replenishing City Hospital Staff
The Board of Health yesterday afternoon appointed six interns for the City Hospital. Twelve are needed, and the board is at a loss as to where to obtain them. Those appointed yesterday passed an examination held recently and Dr. C.S. Woods, city health officer, said yesterday another examination will not be held for some time. The appointees are Fred Herschman, A.B. Cleage, E.E. Dougherty, E.R. Elfers, Waltor Hayworth and O. Jackson.
Dr. H.L. Hummonds gave a reception Tuesday evening at his home on North West Street in honor of Dr. Albert Cleage. The occasion was turned into a reunion of graduates and former students of Knoxville College. Dr. Hummonds acted as toastmaster. The following toasts were given: “Reminiascences of the Hill,” Mr. Cheatham; “The Relative Standing of Knoxville College Among Other Schools,” Henry W. Cleage; “The Beauties of Knoxville College,” William Croon; “The Social Life of Knoxville College,” Dr. A.B. Cleage’ “The Social Influence of Knoxville Collage Students,” the Rev. D.A. White, A tentative organization of former Knoxville College was formed with Dr. H.L. Hummonds as president.
1910 - 1 Sept - Physicians License State of Indiana granted to Albert B. Cleage.
1910 - Sept 29 - Marriage Licenses - Albert B. Cleage and Pearl D. Reed
The Indianapolis Star
02 Oct 1910 “News of Colored Folk” item
In the presence of relatives and immediate friends of the two families Dr. Albert B. Cleage, intern at the City Dispensary and Miss Pearl D. Reed, 2730 Kenwood Avenue, were married at noon Thursday. The Rev. D.F. White of the Witherspoon United Presbyterian Church officiated. Immediately after the ceremony Dr. and Mrs. Cleage left on their wedding tour, during which they will visit the Appalachian Exposition at Knoxville, Tenn., and points father south.
16 Oct 1910 “News of Colored Folk” item
The Witherspoon United Presbyterian Church and Sunday school gave a linen shower Friday evening in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Albert Cleage at the home of Mr. And Mrs. R.A Kelley, 1917 Highland place. Dr. and Mrs. Cleage have returned recently from their bridal trip to Knoxville, Tenn, and are at home at 912 Fayette street.
29 October 1910 The Indianapolis Recorder ‘Society Gossip” item
“Dr. and Mrs. A.B. Cleage have gone to Decatur, Ill, to locate , where the former will practice.”
1911 Indianapolis Indiana City DirectoryCleage, Albert B., Intern City Dispensary h. 910 Fayette
Cleage, Henry W. Carrier P.O. b. 910 Fayette
Cleage, Jacob waiter, h 910 Fayette
Cleage James A. Clk 30 1/2 N. Delaware
Reed, Annie (wid Palmer) h 2730 Kenwood Ave
Reed, George A. lab b. 2730 Kenwood Ave.
Reed, Hugh M, ironworkr, h 703 Chicago
1911 - January 1 - The Indianapolis Star Sunday News of the Colored Folk
Item #1 “Dr. Charles A. Wood, secretary of the Board of Health, will be the speaker this afternoon at the Colored Y.M.C.A. Monster Meeting at the U.P. Church on West street. His subject will be “The new Era.” Mrs. Albert Cleage will be the soloist for the occasion. The meeting will open at 3:30 o’clock. In addition to the monster meeting today open house
1911 January 21 - Indianapolis Recorder Society Gossip
“Dr. & Mrs. Albert Cleage and Prof. Henry Cleage entertained in a very unique manner, Rev. W.I. Rowan and Mrs. Lillian Fox, Sunday at dinner.”
24 Jan 1911 - The Indianapolis Star “Capital News” item
Indianapolis letter carriers were promoted today as follows: Arville P. Anderson, $800 to $900: Frederic E. Bokeloh, $800-900: Henry W. Cleage, $800 to $900; Joseph R. Falvey, $800 ato $900; Walter t. Hamilton, $800 to $900; Erastus M. Vandervat, $1,000 to $1,100; Herbert Whiteside $860 to $900 and James N. Wilmington, $900 TO $1,000.
1911 Feb 24, Death Certificate
Anna Reed (58)- 2730
Kenwood Ave witness Pearl Cleage 910 Fayette St.
05 Mar 1911 - The Indianapolis Star “News of Colored Folks” item
Officers of the Witherspoon United Presbyterian Church entertained its members at the church at a banquet Tuesday night. Dr. H.L. Hummons was toastmaster. Addresses were made by Henry and James Cleage, Mrs. Lillian T. Fox and Mrs. M.A. Clark..
20 Mar 1911 Monday Article – Guard Body of Suicide – Policemen Hold Long Vigil. Estal Loc Townsend Chests Tuberculosis by Killing Himself with Carbolic Acid After Attempt to End Life by Shooting Fails.
11 Jun 1911 - The Indianapolis Star -“News of Colored Folks” items
The Sisters of Charity Hospital , Fifteenth and Missouri streets, will be formally opened to patients and to the public for inspection Thursday. The staff of physicians who will have charge of the work is composed of Drs. A. H. Hendricks, A. Cleage, Theodore Kakaza, Marcus Battles and W.H. Ballinger. The presidents of the fourteen charity lodges constitute the board of management and each lodge is a stockholder in the institution. It is expected that each lodge will pay $25 in stock fees and that each member of the fourteen societies will make a donation of $1 Thursday. An effort will be made also to collect donations from the friends of the movement. In addition to the financial rally a chicken dinner will be served from noon to midnight. A program has been arranged for the evening.
1911 June 13
Birth Certificate Albert Buford Cleage #79-03-867
1911 June 24, Indianapolis Recorder Society Gossip page
“Dr. and Mrs. Albert Cleage are the proud parents of a baby boy.”
17 Jun 1911 Saturday – (Article)
"New Hospital Staff Named – Sisters of Charity (Colored) will Open Institution Today."
The new colored hospital, Missouri and Fifteenth streets, will receive its first patient today. There are no arrangements now for caring for those needing surgical attention, but it was stated last night that the institution would be ready to receive all classes of patients in about two weeks. The medical advisory board is composed of Drs. A.H. Hendricks. Theodore Kakaza, marcus Battles, Albert Cleage and O.L. Balenger. Members of the consulting staff are Drs. G. Link, L. M. rowe. W.P. Garahwiler and N.E. Jobes. The hospital will be operated under the direction of the Sisters of Charity State Hospital Association, which was incorporated recently.
1911 Oct. 22, “Indianapolis Recorder
"Y.M.C.A. Canvassers to Tour City In Auto” ...Team 7 - R.L. Brokenburr, captain; James I. Martin, Robert King, Henry Cleage, R.B.H. Smith, Mark Daniels, Daniel W. Jones, Dr. Albert B. Cleage, J. Browder.
1911 Nov. 11, Indianapolis Recorder Society Gossip
“The Star Quarette composed of Mrs. Pearl Reed Cleage, Miss Eunice Roney, Arthur Long and Mr. Reed will take part in the Grand Recital and Musical program at the Senate Avenue Presbyterian church Tuesday evening Nov. 21.”
26 Nov 1911 - The Indianapolis Star Article
“Colored Pulpits Lay Thanksgiving Plans – Day Will be Observed Generally by Special Services in Churches of City"
Thanksgiving will be observed generally in the colored churches. …..Dr. W. H. Weaver will preach at the Senate avenue Presbyterian Church at 11 AM. A missionary program under the direction of Mrs. Josie Cleage at 11 AM will be the feature of the service at the Witherspoon U.P. Church.
News of the colored folk; “The Rev. John Brice, pastor of Witherspoon United Presbyterian Church will be the speaker this afternoon at the monster meeting of the Colored Y.M.C.A. work. Mrs. Pearl Reed Cleage will be the soloist for the occasion. The meeting will open at 3pm The Colored YMCA orchestra will render a program. The officers of the Tuesday night Bible class are F.B Ranson, president, H. Daniels, vice president; George Hardin and O. Perrin, secretaries and John W. Howard, treasurer, the Rev. W.H. Weaver teaches the class.”
1911 Nov 25, Indianapolis Recorder Y.M.C.A. Notes
article begins “The monster meetings of the colored Y.M.C.A. are attracting the attention of the best colored men in the city. Splendid addresses are delivered every Sunday by strong speakers.....Mrs. Pearl Reed Cleage will be the solosist and will render a solo before the address....”
10 Dec 1911 - The Indianapolis Star “News of Colored Folk” Item
A large and enthusiastic crowd of colored men met last week in the assembly room of the colored Y.M.C.A. and organized “The Good Citizens League of Indiana.” After the adoption of a constitution the following officers were elected, F.B. Ransom, president; Dr. W. E. Brown first vice president, John W. Howard, treasurer; R. L. Brokenburr, secretary, John Browder, assistant secretary and Messrs Henry Cleage and W.P. Todd, John Brice and H.D. Battlies, directors. The purpose of the organization is declared to be in the interest of ‘civic pride and purity” and is the outgrowth of public sentiment among the colored people to rid themselves of the notoriety gotten through lawlessness in such centers as Indiana avenue and through self-appointed political leaders, who, it is said, sacrifice the whole colored race to selfish ends. The organization further declares itself as “nonpolitical anti-factional, but positively aggressive along all lines necessary for good citizenship.
1912 Indianapolis Indiana City Directory
Cleage Albert B. phys 1034 N. West
Cleage, Henry W. carrier P.O., b 1034 N. West
Cleage, Jacob, waiter h 910 Fayette
Cleage, James A. janitor, h 917 Camp
Mullins, James fireman h 580 Jones
Reed, Hugh M, stone ctr, b 920 Melkel
06 Jan 1912 - The Indianapolis Star Article "Letter Carriers Get “Raise.”
Ten letter carriers yesterday were granted increases in salary. They are Arvine P. Anderson, F.R. Pokeloh, Henry W. Cleage, Everett I. Edwards, Joseph R. Falvey, Walter T. Hamilton, Alexander McNutt, Herbert Whiteside and James N. Willington, who received in creases of $100 and Nicholas Stradtfeld who increase was $200. The increases were allowed by First Assistant Post master General C.P. Grandfield. They were effective Jan. 1.
1912 - 25 Jan The Indianapolis Recorder Society Gossip
“Henry Cleage and James Hurt mail carriers have received $100 increase per annum.”
28 Jan 1912 - The Indianapolis Star “News of Colored Folk” Item
Quarterly meeting will be observed today at Bethel A.M.E. church The Rev. Charles Hunter will preach this morning at 11 o’clock. At 3 pm the Lord’s Supper will be administered and the Rev. J.R. Harvey will preach. In the evening the choir, assisted by Frank F. Brown., Miss Myrtle Bradie and Mrs. Pearl Reed Cleage will render a musical program and the Rev. T.A. Smythe will speak.
18 Feb 1912 The Indianapolis Star Sunday “New of Colored Folks” Item
A large audience witnessed the voting contest last Wednesday and Thursday evenings between the Simpson Chapel and Jones Tabernacle congregations at their respective churches for the crowning of the “money queen” the contest culminated Thursday evening at Jones Tabernacle following a musical program by the Simpson Chapel choir, Messrs. Ham and Dappert, Miss Myrtle Broadie, the Rev. John Brice, Mrs. Pearl Reed Cleage, Mrs Cynthis Young and Helen Cochran. The contest was decided upon the basis of the cash money raised in connection with it. After an hour and a half of spirited balloting Mrs. Betie Street representing Jones Tabernacle, was declared the winner, having raised $127.48. Mrs. Tate, representing Simpson Chapel, collected $64.40. The judges were the Revs B.J. Prince, J.L. Thompson, John Brice and H. L. Herod.
20 Feb 1912 - The Indianapolis Star Article
“Announce Campaign for Hospital Funds – Colored Women to Make ten Days’ Appeal in Behalf of Sisters of Charity Institution.”
The board of directors of the Sisters of Charity State hospital, 1502 North Missouri Street, an institution managed by the Sisters of Charity order, composed of colored women of the state, will begin a ten-day campaign tomorrow to raise funds for the support of the hospital. The institution has attained such results in the seven months it has been in operation that the officials have decided they are justified in asking for aid at this time.
The institution was the first of its kind to be opened for the colored people of Indianapolis. Officials attribute the origin of the institution to Mrs. Melinda Thomas 3112 North Senate avenue, who appeared before lodges in convention in the city in May, 1908, and told the need for such an institutior. A state board and several subordinate lodges are in control of the hospital.
Mrs. Thomas was elected president of the institution and Mrs. Ada Goins, 545 West Twelth street president of the state organization, was named treasurer. The site of the hospital at Fifteenth and Missouri streets, was obtained through Julius Victor who gae the organization cottages near the main building which they will be able to use as soon as the payments have been made on the hospital property.
Open Less Than Year
The hospital was opened June 15, 1911. It has ten wards, with twenty beds. Two of the wards are operated for free cases. A thoroughly equipped operating room is within the hospital. Twenty-five patients have been taken care of during the time the hospital has been in operation.
The hospital has a well-organized medical staff consisting of the following well-known physicians as consultants; Drs. Norman E. Jobes, Goethe Link, L.M. Roue, G.B. Jackson and W.F. Clevenger, with the following colored physicians as attendantws: Drs. O.L. Ballenger, A.B. Battles, A.B. Cleage, W.H. Conor, A.H. Hendricks and Theodore Kakaza. It offers a three years trainging course for nurses under the direction of Mrs. Lillian M. Thoma, Merle N. A. Walker, cit attorney is legal counsel for the institution. Mrs. Ella Settles is financial secretary and Mrs. Ella Peters recording secretary of the institution.
Mr. Walker and Mrs Thomas president of the institution in addition to the women comprising the hospital board, will receive funds.
By March, 1913 my branch of the Cleage/Reed family had relocated to Kalamazoo, MI.