The Indiana State Library has an on-line Indianapolis Newspaper Database for the years 1848 - 1888. It was created in the late 1930s by W.P.A. workers. The four papers that were indexed are the Indianapolis Herald, Journal, News, and Sentinel. Most articles are only a single page and a copy of 10 single page articles is only $2.50.
I obtained the 1885 death notice article for Mrs. Amanda McClurkin.
I also obtained seven Hammond - Howland - Moody - Wright articles, as follows:
The linked file names include the name and date of the newspaper.
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