February 28, 1967, was a bitterly cold night with temperatures hovering around ten degrees, when an alarm came into Muncie’s Fire Station Number One at about 8 p.m. There was a fire at Minnetrista, the former home of the Frank C. and Elizabeth Brady Ball family. The firefighters were on the scene within five minutes. The fire was so intense and widespread that a second alarm was issued soon after. A general alarm, calling in all off-duty firefighters, was issued at 9:06 p.m.
Minnetrista had the pleasure of inviting two girls from our community to play and discover our 40-acre campus with the Winter Bird Quest Explorer Bag. With the help of the girl’s mother, Joleen and Claire spent a fun and exciting afternoon with us!
Photographs are all around us. They cover the pages of popular magazines, are included in newscasts, are highlighted on media feeds, and are scattered around our homes. The Minnetrista Heritage Collection contains thousands of photos that document life in East Central Indiana. Some are casual photos taken by everyday citizens showing daily life and events around the area. Others document schools and businesses. Many were taken by professional photographers who called East Central Indiana home.
It may only be the second week of January, but at Minnetrista, our creative team is already busy crafting and planning new programs for friends and families to enjoy this year.
Fruit jars, aerospace equipment, pop cans—those are the products that naturally come to mind when Ball Corporation is mentioned. Christmas ornaments, not so much. In the mid-1970s, Ball Corporation did get into the Christmas ornament business, one of several new products made when the company wanted to expand its product lines. In order to changes its product mix, Ball produced new products to sell directly to the consumer both in stores and by mail-order catalog.
Thoughts of home, family, and sweethearts were never far from the minds of the men and women who served during World War II. Mail call was a much anticipated time of the day, and letters were read, re-read, and read once again. Soon after the United States entered the war, the volume and bulk of mail became problematic for the Post Office and the War and Navy Departments. Officials looked no farther than the British Airgraph Service for a solution. That solution was to microfilm correspondence going both to and from the home front, thus reducing both bulk and weight.
It’s that time of year again. Christmas lights are starting to shine, adding colorful scenes to yards, waiting to be admired by passersby’s. At Minnetrista, the grounds crew has already put lights on the trees of the Center Building parking lot and down the Minnetrista Boulevard, while others have been busy planning light displays elsewhere on campus.
You may have noticed the temperature dropping outside, and have started to go into hibernation mode, but maybe you wrote winter off a little too soon. Maybe there’s a place near you, in Muncie, that has 40-acres filled with fun activities every season. At Minnetrista, there are 40-acres of fun every season, and winter is no exception.
The Ball brothers had a lot of distinguishing qualities. They were shrewd businessmen. They possessed inventive minds. Each had a sense of philanthropy that was felt around Muncie; the community they called home.
They also had great facial hair.
In 1900 one of the most popular men in United States’ politics hit the presidential campaign trail. And no, it wasn’t the President. Up for re-election was Republican William McKinley. Enjoying popularity across the country, McKinley’s previous vice-president had passed away in office. When it was time to run for re-election he weighed his options for a new vice presidential candidate. Although there were plenty of options, he ultimately chose New York Governor Theodore Roosevelt.