On Monday, August 31, Arcadia Publishing released Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne. This is the latest installment in the Legendary Locals imprint. Authors Randolph L. Harter and Craig S. Leonard are local authors who researched many notable families in Fort Wayne.
Fort Wayne sits astride the confluence where the St. Joseph and St. Mary’s Rivers form the Maumee River. Though occupied for over 10,000 years, its modern history begins just over 200 years ago with Gen. Anthony Wayne and his Miami nemesis, Chief Little Turtle.
The pageant of Fort Wayne’s history includes traders, industrialists, politicians, athletes, and movie stars. Included here are such notables as Hollywood’s Carole Lombard and Shelley Long, Ian Rolland of Lincoln Life, Big Boy’s Alex Azar, gangster Homer Van Meter, football’s Rod Woodson, inventor Philo Farnsworth, and over 150 more.
Highlights of Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne include:
*A profile of 194 individuals from Miami Indian Chief Little Turtle to the city’s current movers and shakers.
*Profiles that provide a visual and historic snapshot of those responsible for the growth, culture and future of Fort Wayne.
*Many historic people who have not been included in prior published works.
The book will be available at events, area bookstores, independent retailers, online retailers, and through the publisher at www.legendarylocals.com or 888-313-2665.
The author will be participating in the following book signing:
Where: Allen County Public Library Authors Fair
When: November 1, 2015
This is Randolph Harter’s second Fort Wayne history book for Arcadia Publishing, his first being Fort Wayne Postcard History in 2013. He is a Fort Wayne historian, author and sought after lecturer on the history of the city. A collector of Fort Wayne ephemera for the past 40 years, he gifted his 3,000+ piece collection of local postcard views to the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Department which he is currently cataloging for them, and has donated numerous items to both the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society and ARCH. Harter, a retired businessman, has been a volunteer for all three organizations.
Craig Leonard is a native of Fort Wayne, historic preservation consultant, and holds three degrees in architecture. For just over 40 years he has specialized in the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. By virtue of his work on two state capitals, he is both a Sagamore of The Wabash and a Kentucky Colonel. Locally he has been involved in restoration of the John Bass Mansion “Brookside” and the Allen County Courthouse, as well as other local landmarks. One aspect of his work has been extensive research of local history, which he has used in his past volunteer work for both ARCH and The History Center.