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artistchase: Portrait of James Whitcomb Riley, 1903

LDNLibraries: James Dean here is pictured with the Complete works of James Whitcomb Riley. You have to wonder how he manages to turn the page, but maybe that one poem has really caught his eye.

CrownHillCem: 8/2/1877 On this date the Kokomo Dispatch published Riley’s poem Leonainie, saying it was a newly discovered Edgar Allan Poe poem. By coincidence, Riley was born the same day Poe died.

PatrickKerin1: The Waters of Mortality: James Whitcomb Riley's "The Old Swimmin'-Hole"

PatrickKerin1: The Waters of Mortality: James Whitcomb Riley's "The Old Swimmin'-Hole"

LiteraryRob: And so we parted: James Whitcomb Riley published four poems on July 26, 1879, including "Last Words" --

TLConGrp: The most essential factor is persistence - the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come. James Whitcomb Riley

musicrecbot: Take a listen to: Liberty by James Whitcomb Riley

greenfieldparks: Stacey is the Coordinator at the James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home and Museum! P.S. Check out her business- Rhythms by Stacey!

INHumanities: This week’s author quote from James Whitcomb Riley creates a vivid image of Lockerbie Street for readers:

RayBoomhower: “The most essential factor is persistence—the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.” James Whitcomb Riley (seen here with fellow Hoosier author Lew Wallace)

RayBoomhower: It was the most dismal period of my life. My tinsel throne was crumbling. Friends stood aside—went round the other way.”  The Great Poe Poem Hoax Perpetrated by James Whitcomb Riley, who died OTD in 1916

CrownHillCem: his body remained until he was buried on Crown Hill over a year later in October 1917. Riley’s Location: Section 61, Lot 1; GPS (39.8198171, -86.1772932)

HoosierIllusion: Hoosier literary icon James Whitcomb Riley died in Indianapolis, IN on this day in 1916.

CrownHillCem: July 22nd is the day on which James Whitcomb Riley died in 1916 after suffering a stroke. According to Senator Harry New, a close friend of Riley’s, shortly after Riley’s death, an undertaker arrived to attend to the body in the 2nd floor bedroom of his Lockerbie home.

INHumanities: A native of Greenfield, Indiana, James Whitcomb Riley was known for his dialect works and his children’s poetry. His most famous works include “Little Orphant Annie” and “The Raggedy Man":

INHumanities: Lockerbie Street, platted in 1847 and 1850, includes cottages and high-style brick homes. It became famous after James Whitcomb Riley’s 1880 poem entitled “Lockerbie Street”. Take a visit to Lockerbie Street to experience a piece of history:

AtoZPirateBooty: Check out VTG Old Sweetheart of Mine HC Book James Whitcomb Riley No Date 19 Illustrations

LiteraryRob: O noble, true and pure and lovable: James Whitcomb Riley's poem "To Elizabeth" may have been inspired by his mother, July 8, 1893 --

imhm: "Four years after Riley Hospital for Children opened its doors on November 19, 1924, Martha Chandley Souter, M.D. became the first woman faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children."

PickingLive: What a great find! SONGS OF SUMMER Book 1908 by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY Illustrated by Will Vawter

LiterateIndy: The James Whitcomb Riley De-Luxe All Coach Streamliner. Cincinnati - Indianapolis - Lafayette - Kankakee - Chicago. (NYHeritage)

LiterateIndy: The James Whitcomb Riley...Dining Car Service. I'll start with the martini, thank you.

yamajms: "Rain and rain! And rain and rain!" Yesterday we muttered Grimly as the grim refrain That the thunders uttered: All the heavens under cloud - All the sunshine sleeping; All the grasses limply bowed With their weight of weeping. James Whitcomb Riley

Roadtirement: James Whitcomb Riley, The Hoosier Poet

jarhead996: Ring! Independence Bell! Ring on till worlds to be Shall listen to the tale you tell Of love and Liberty! -James Whitcomb Riley

LiterateIndy: July. "All The Year Round" by James Whitcomb Riley. Woodcut illustrations by Gustave Baumann. (1912)

reidman: james whitcomb riley: olympic-level own-goalie

angie_1149: Check out JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY HOME PLATE GREENFIELD IN DELANO STUDIOS 1961 HAND COLORED.

americanrails: New York Central's "James Whitcomb Riley." The train is seen here running over the Illinois Central, inbound to Chicago's Central Station, in May, 1967. The train is passing beneath the NYC's primary corridor into the Windy City.

HabbyMomma: Tell you what I like the best— ’Long about knee-deep in June, ’Bout the time strawberries melts; On the vines. –James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916)

lizard_jpg: james whitcomb riley, poet laureate of indiana— he was doing too much

zughayyar: "When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck." - James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916)

jerrickhoe: "When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck." James Whitcomb Riley

MichaelSloane: (In the book he’s reading:) I cannot say, and I will not say That he is dead- . He is just away! With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand He has wandered into an unknown land, And left us dreaming how very fair It needs must be, since he lingers there. —James Whitcomb Riley

LiterateIndy: Whoop out loud! "Knee-deep in June," 1907. Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley. Indiana illustrator Cobb Shinn.

sahdev_piyush: The most essential factor is persistence - the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come. - James Whitcomb Riley

LopezEkra: A good man never dies Who lives to bravely take His share of toil and stress, And, for his weaker fellows' sake, Makes every burden less, He may, at last, seem worn Lie fallen--hands and eyes Folded--yet, though we mourn and mourn, A good man never dies. James Whitcomb Riley

IndianaHistory: “Knee Deep in June,” one of James Whitcomb Riley's most well-known poems, was first published on this day in 1885 in the Indianapolis Journal. This 1910 photo shows James Whitcomb Riley waving good-bye to children, with his dog Lockerbie on his lap.

platospupil: Tell you what I like the best—     ’Long about knee-deep in June,     ’Bout the time strawberries melts;     On the vines. –James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916)

kevblue777: Tell you what I like the best— ’Long about knee-deep in June, ’Bout the time strawberries melts; On the vines. –James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916)

TeresaBacon20: Good Morning, Welcome To My World Tell you what I like the best— ’Long about knee-deep in June, ’Bout the time strawberries melts; On the vines. –James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916)

OccultFan: Tell you what I like the best— ’Long about knee-deep in June, ’Bout the time strawberries melts; On the vines. –James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916)

jprapke: A Bride by James Whitcomb Riley O I am weary!' she sighed, as her billowy Hair she unloosed in a torrent of gold That rippled and fell o'er a figure as willowy, Graceful and fair as a goddess of old: Over her jewels she flung herself drearily, Crump…

aic_american: Lorado Taft, Medal Commemorating James Whitcomb Riley, 1916

LiteraryRob: Ever and ever, on and on: On the marriage of Kentucky writer Madison Cawein, June 4, 1903, and the celebratory poem written to the couple by James Whitcomb Riley --

WoofRight: "A Monument for the Soldiers" -James Whitcomb Riley

ShieldsAndrew: 23 May 2021: James Whitcomb Riley, "A Barefoot Boy"

antiquebooksden: GREEN FIELDS AND RUNNING BROOKS by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY

aic_american: Lorado Taft, Medal Commemorating James Whitcomb Riley, 1916

LiteraryRob: It lacks both originality of imagination and finish of execution: Charles Anderson Dana accepts and rejects some of James Whitcomb Riley's poems for publication, May 17, 1880 --

LewisWade35: Dillinger, umpteen vice presidents, James Whitcomb Riley, Booth Tarkington.

arunsk: Duck testing crypto with currencies. "If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck." - James Whitcomb Riley

olumuyiwaayo: The most essential factor is persistence - the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come. -James Whitcomb Riley

gymdoyle: “The most essential factor is persistence - the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.” - James Whitcomb Riley

marianhssports: New Story: Girls Varsity Softball beats James Whitcomb Riley 13 - 2

nphs_athletics: New Story: Girls Varsity Softball beats James Whitcomb Riley 14 - 1

antiquebooksden: RILEY SONGS OF HOME by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY

LiteraryRob: The festival inspired by James Whitcomb Riley in his native town of Greenfield, Indiana, is set to return this fall:

CrownHillCem: On this day in 1879, James Whitcomb Riley made his first appearance on stage as a reader of his poems.His powers of reading were quickly recognized and he hit the road in ever-widening circles for the next several decades.

ImagedByDesign: A great short, and one that will test your ability to have a Southern drawl......The Bear Story by James Whitcomb Riley. It literally can't be read right without an accent imo.

opentwentyfour7: Poems of Childhood, 1943 James Whitcomb Riley Poems of Childho by OpenTwentyFourSeven

LiterateIndy: O Here's a little rhyme for the Spring or Summer-time -- An a-ho-winky-tooden-an-a-ho! Just a little bit o'tune You can twitter, May or June, An a-ho-winky-tooden-an-a-ho! (A Winky-Tooden Song, James Whitcomb Riley, 1902)

thebigb82: Quote of the Day - "When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck." - James Whitcomb Riley

Caitlin_No57: Exhausted after one of the best birthdays yet. I was serenaded by some folks at the State Capitol Building, accidentally crashed 2 weddings, went to my first bar, and visited James Whitcomb Riley's house on tonight's ghost tour

LiterateIndy: "And then to hear the bluebird whet His old song up and lance it through you, Clean through the boy's heart beatin' yet - Hallylooya!" May, 1912. (All The Year Round, James Whitcomb Riley. Illustrator Gustave Baumann.)

WriteofPassage0: Marked as to-read: The Gobble-Uns 'll Git You Ef You Don... by James Whitcomb Riley

NYPLphotobot: James Whitcomb Riley--portraits.

antiquebooksden: RILEY SONGS OF HOME by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY

LiterateIndy: Lockerbie Street, by James Whitcomb Riley.

WJCork: My dad’s favorite Hoosier tale was “The Bear Story” by James Whitcomb Riley (and read by Riley in this recording):

aic_american: Lorado Taft, Medal Commemorating James Whitcomb Riley, 1916

decaturpublib: James Whitcomb Riley was known as the "Hoosier Poet." He was immensely popular with children and adults for his fun-loving, simple depictions of rural life. Learn more about him at

abrahambtz: When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck. By: James Whitcomb Riley

meowdelene: where can i find The Flying Islands By The Night by James Whitcomb Riley WITH coloured illustrations by Franklin Booth??!?!

RayBoomhower: “For the middle-aged voters, and to be contemplative, Bob should try to identify with Indiana’s past greatness,” Martin wrote Ted Sorenson. This included lauding such heroes as Abraham Lincoln and James Whitcomb Riley.

AbraxasPhillip: This poem that I first read in Red Skelton’s Collection of Ghost Stories at a young age first introduced me to all manner of Midwestern eeriness. Indiana Poet Laureate James Whitcomb Riley’s Little Orphant Annie

LiterateIndy: James Whitcomb Riley, Joe Sneathen, Dr. Wycliffe Smith, 1883.

ManOfLaBook: Fun Facts Friday: James Whitcomb Riley

aic_american: Lorado Taft, Medal Commemorating James Whitcomb Riley, 1916

dtwills69: Continuous, unflagging effort, persistence, and determination will win. Let not the man be discouraged who has these - James Whitcomb Riley

tbhidegadfb: '(...) Think of her still in the same way, I say. She is not dead. She is just away.' James Whitcomb Riley

RayBoomhower: Richard Stout, a reporter covering the campaign for Newsweek magazine, came from Indiana and had become a fan of James Whitcomb Riley’s poetry. One evening at a hotel bar in Indiana, Stout recited Riley’s poem “Joney” to an audience that included McCarthy.

lphsathletics: New Story: Boys Varsity Baseball beats James Whitcomb Riley 8 - 0

RayBoomhower: "Remember, a great many of our citizens would rather have a loafer in the family than a writer." Lew Wallace to Booth Tarkington (Photo: Wallace and James Whitcomb Riley)

lphsathletics: Reminder: Baseball (Boys V) - James Whitcomb Riley High School 4/10/21 10:00 AM

malviure: James Whitcomb Riley (October 7, 1849 – July 22, 1916) was an American writer, poet, and best-selling author. During his lifetime he was known as the "Hoosier Poet" and "Children's Poet" for his dialect works and his children's poetry.

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CharlesSuddeth: James Whitcomb Riley originator of Little Orphan Annie. When I was in high school, a lady gave a reading of his poetry. She lived in his house as a child. WHEN THE FROST IS ON THE PUNKIN When the frost is on the punkin and the... …

SurrendrDorothy: James Whitcomb Riley Songs Of Home Poems and Verse Illustrations by Will Vawter

CharlesSuddeth: James Whitcomb Riley originator of Little Orphan Annie. In high school, a lady who lived in his house as a child gave a reading of his poetry. WHEN THE FROST IS ON THE PUNKIN When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock…

CharlesSuddeth: James Whitcomb Riley Hoosier poet, originator of Little Orphan Annie. In high school, a lady who lived in his house as a child gave a reading of his poetry. WHEN THE FROST IS ON THE PUNKIN When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder…

RayBoomhower: To Martin, Indiana's heroes were Abraham Lincoln and James Whitcomb Riley (Theodore Dreiser and Eugene Debs were from Terre Haute but were not "hallowed," he noted). Martin especially wanted RFK to visit, with some of his children along, Lincoln sites in southern Indiana.

thewinterstein: “When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.” - James Whitcomb Riley Well, if it walks and talks like corporate America, I call it a business, not a church.

LiteraryRob: Within the wild waste lands of dream and sleep: James Whitcomb Riley's poem "The Children of the Childless" was published April 2, 1904 --

MargolisNews: My favorite story I've penned on April Fools Day - The time James Whitcomb Riley convinced people he had found a lost Edgar Allen Poe poem

perthinent: "Think of him faring on, as dear In the love of There as the love of Here; ... Mild and gentle, as he was brave- , When the sweetest love of his life he gave To simple things- : Where the violets grew Blue as the eyes they were likened to.”

RayBoomhower: Martin went on to say that RFK should "identify with Indiana's past greatness. The heroes are Abraham Lincoln and James Whitcomb Riley. (Theodore Dreiser and Eugene Debs are from Terre Haute but are now hallowed.)"

coachbrendau: “The most essential factor is persistence — the determination to never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that will inevitably come.” – James Whitcomb Riley



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