Waynedale History


While the world celebrated the end of WW1, Grace (Drage) and Homer Crowl happily welcomed the birth of their first (and only) child into the world on November 5, 1918 in Wells County. Being hard times during the Depression, the young family moved several times but Glenn and his mother remained faithful attendees of Waynedale United Methodist Church since 1927. Glenn learned the value of money very early and by the time he graduated from the eighth grade had already begun what was to become his life long career, a coin operated amusement machine operator, when he purchased his first non-electric wooden table-top pinball machines, which cost a penny to play.

With the help of his mom, Playfair Sales, still located at the corner of Bluffton Rd. and Dale Dr., became one of the largest amusement game operations in northeast Indiana. He married his high school sweetheart from the Elmhurst class of ’36, Betty Beaman, and the couple eventually had two children, Diane, who lives in Waynedale, and a son Brian, who now operates the business.

Playfair continued to grow until Glenn sold off much of his route in the mid-late 1960’s. His real estate holdings also grew. After the death of his wife, he had the great fortune to meet and marry another long-time Waynedale resident, Catherine (Sheets) Warren, who also has a November birthday. This special couple celebrated their 19th anniversary last month (October). They continue to live in the house Glenn built, which was one of the first homes to appear on Dale Dr. Together this couple has 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. If anyone cares to send Glenn and Cathy birthday greetings or discuss Waynedale history with Glenn, they can be contacted at ccrowl2303@aol.com

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