The following story, “The Interurban-Its Boom and Bust”, was presented by Jack F. Stark for the Fort Wayne Quest Club on February 17, 1984. Members of Fort Wayne’s Quest Club gave many witty, informative and colorful lectures between the years 1945-1994 that covered a variety
CIVIL WAR MEDICINE INVITES YOU
The friends of The Lincoln Museum and Dupont Hospital invite you to discover a highly visual exhibition, Bleeding Blue and Gray: Civil War Medicine at The Lincoln Museum now through September 23, 2007.
“It’s jam-packed with Civil War artifacts, many ar
Dr. Gordon E. Damman, D.D.S., opened his lecture Civil War Medicine: An Overview, Tuesday, April 17th at The Lincoln Museum with the humorous proposal that bitten bullets collected from the Civil War were not, in fact bitten by soldiers for anesthetic effect. Who are the bullet-biting culprits? D
On May 5, The History Center opened a new season of programs at the Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road. The first Saturdays of each month, May through November, have been designated as “Miami Indian Heritage Days.” Programs will feature local artists, performers, and repr
“Helping America Get In Touch With Its Feminine Side”
The tragedy at Pearl Harbor impacted America far beyond the strike of Japanese bombs. Fathers, brothers, husbands, and lovers were being sent overseas leaving their country, and women, behind. Still blissfully newlywed in 1941
To date the Mason family knew little about their early ancestors, other than that some of them were born in this home on Old Trail Road. Then one thing led to another and before you know it 95-year old Velma Mason Rorick, Velma’s daughter Jackie Gay, and Betty Yoquelet-James Mason’s daug
1804…Under order of President Thomas Jefferson, the Lewis & Clark Expedition departs from St. Louis, Missouri, on May 14, to chart a course to the Pacific Ocean.
1841…First emigrant wagon train for California. Forty-seven people leave Independence Missouri, on May 1 and reac
The Power Plant building consisted of four rooms: boiler room, engine room, washing room and ironing room. My father was engineer and was assisted by William Mellinger who lived on Brooklyn Avenue near the Wabash Railroad. They also operated the ammonia refrigeration system installe
The following history of the Waynedale Fire Department, written in 1983, by Paul W. Fairfield, with assistance from James and Catherine Mason, Delmar Green, Mrs. George Prince and Kenneth McCague.
Around 1940 a number of people in the Waynedale area conducted a survey on the fire service for the ar
Some 63 years ago on a bright sunny Sunday morning on the isles of Hawaii, a giant armada of aircraft blackened the skies. For the first time in our history a foreign power attacked our country on our soil and virtually destroyed our naval fleet in the South Pacific. This day was December 7, 1941.
HISTORY OF THE OKTOBERFEST
It’s that time of year again! Time to break out the lederhosen and dirndls, turn up the oom-pah band and get ready for the Oktoberfest. But before you head for the beer tent, here’s a little history about the event.
The festival dates back to October 17, 1810
The Chief Richardville House at 5705 Bluffton Road (behind 1st Source Bank) is open for public tours starting Saturday, June 26 from 1-4PM. All media, city officials and History Center members were invited to attend the ribbon cutting and wine reception on Friday, June 25th from 5-7PM. The house
The Fort Wayne Aviation Company
As you drive west from Waynedale to 5036 Lower Huntington Road, before you get to Smith Road, you come to what was once the Fort Wayne Aviation Company. The property is on the north side of the road and if you look north, you can see the south side of Hansen Aggregates
The Tower and the Church
In the late 1920’s a first lone gasoline pump occupied the northwest corner of Old Trail and Lower Huntington Roads, where East of Chicago Pizza now resides. The sign at the corner often said: ‘Out of Gas.’ This single pump was replaced by thr
Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 1904 was a historic and eventful day for hundreds of Missouri Synod Lutherans of Fort Wayne and vicinity. It was truly a joyous day of Thanksgiving as they gathered together with friends and neighbors to participate in the dedication and formal opening of Lutheran Ho
In May 1944, Lester and Bertha Umber converted an old gas station at the corner of Lower Huntington Road and Old Trail Road into a hardware store. They started with $700 in inventory and approximately 1000 square foot of floor space. Because World War II was in full swing, product was hard to come
Waynedale Annexed, June 1957
Editors Note: This article was found in The Waynedale News archives. The writer is unknown.
The 1956 election was a sweep of the Republicans in the County and State. Harold Handley was elected governor and all the seats in Allen County remained with the Republicans.
The Lincoln Highway holds a lot of memories, other than coast to coast. The two-lane road with its twists and turns yielded to a top speed of 45 mile per hour. Long trips usually required two spare tires strapped to the back. Blowouts from stone bruises, along with normal flats needed a patching
Previous issues traced the adventures and growth of Waynedale. The early 1900s were the creation years of Waynedale. In 1918 World War I bonded us together, as did the previous community experience. As someone said, “We’re all strangers until we look around and find we
After the 1929 stock market crash our nation was thrown into a disastrous depression. One of the resulting freedoms exercised was the way of life of the hobo.
The first 15 years of my life I spent very close to the trainmen on the Lake Erie & Western Railroad. By the 1930 standard it was a slow
Before the Great Depression, Waynedale was all for growth…new adventures, new businesses and exciting new gadgets to affect our way of life.
Bowser Pump had a good sales force and top-notch inventors, but they needed help to speed up production. The pump needed a sieve t
PRAIRIE GROVE CHURCH AND CEMETERY
The society that used to meet at Prairie Grove Chapel in Wayne Township was organized in 1888, but is really a reorganization of an older class, possibly the United Brethren Society, which dates back to 1854.
In the late 1800s the United Brethren Church built the Pra
Speaking of Telephones
At the New York 1876 Centennial Celebration, manufacturers hawked and boasted of upcoming inventions that would revolutionize the pioneer’s way of life. Some introductions included the typewriter, Edison’s mimeograph, wood burning stoves, Bissell vacu
Waynedale’s First Library
In 1928 Nobles Homestore acquired an Allen County Public Library Depository. As the picture shows it was squeezed into a corner. If you wished to sit, you sat as my Dad, Edgar B. Noble Sr. did, on incoming groceries, or on parcel post drop-off items. If you were