Bald eagles and sandhill cranes are the stars among a variety of wildlife returning to this restored marsh in the portage area of southwest Allen County maintained by the Little River Wetlands Project. The portage area of southwest Allen County connects the 3 Fort Wayne rivers with the Wabash River that flows southwest to the Ohio River then the Mississippi River. Fort Wayne is called the "Summit City" because it was the highest point on the Wabash & Erie Canal and also near a continental divide so the Maumee River Flows northeast to Lake Erie (one of the Great Lakes) in the opposite direction as the Wabash River. The Fort Wayne Community School Portage Middle School is near and named for this area. Fort Wayne sits along a continental divide discussed in Options narrowed for Eagle Marsh carp plan August 15, 2013 by Dan Stockman of the The Journal Gazette newspaper. Carp-control report released for Eagle Marsh August 15, 2013 statement issued by the Corps of Engineers. Officials to research 2 options for halting carp August 16, 2013 by Dan Stockman of the The Journal Gazette newspaper. PrimeTime - Age of Nature - October 9, 2020 Season 2020 Episode 32 | 27m 33s Age of Nature. Guests - Bob Dispenza and Betsy Yankowiack. This area’s only in-depth, live, weekly news, analysis and cultural update forum, PrimeTime 39 airs Fridays at 7:30pm. This program is hosted by PBS39’s President/General Manager Bruce Haines.
East State Village
Ca. 1960 with photo. The roughly eight block long East State Village is made up of approximately 20 commercial properties largely developed during the city’s trolley era in the 1920’s. Starts the July 11, 2017 post by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
A local landmark opened July 31, 1956, at 5300 Decatur Road, with the longest clear-span, monochord trusses ever used in any building in the world supporting the roof. The July 1958 Indiana Business Magazine featured Henry J. Eavey's flagship store in Fort Wayne. At 80,761 square feet, with a selling area of 50,250 square feet, it was the largest supermarket in the world at the time. Dan Vance photo caption stated:
1956 - The Eavey's Supermarket on Decatur Road, opening July 31, 1956, has been called the world's largest, with 80,761 square feet. it has a selling area of 50,250 square feet. One of its king-sized features is the 70-foot cornucopia holding the sign at the north end of the building. shown in the photo posted in THIS DAY IN HISTORY: July 27 in photos published July 27, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. The store was owned by Scott Foods, then bought by Kroger, who closed the store February 14, 2009, which then faced demolition until a new owner bought it in 2013 for warehousing.
- Flickr has a color 1950's era photo shown above.
- Featured in the September 1957 Life magazine photo on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne.
- See Life Magazine Photo Collection on Google.
- Discussed in Our 40th anniversary: the largest supermarket in the world. by Sandra Cline published March 1 1997 in Indiana Business Magazine.
- Cornucopia is beloved, but not ‘historic' by Kevin Leininger of the News-Sentinel January 22, 2009 newspaper article.
- ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) has color photos of the cornucopia on A Cornucopia of preservation issues.
- Discussion and comments on Save the cornucopia!! January 22, 2009 on the Around Fort Wayne blog.
- The January 21, 2009 Update On The Cornucopia (New Information - 4:30 est) on the Child of the Fort blogalso had a discussion on trying to save the store from closure and demolition.
- Horn of Plenty (of trouble) Preserving the Scott’s cornucopia on Decatur road is problematic by Michael Summers published February 24, 2009 on Fort Wayne Reader.
- January 9, 2013
Businessman Robert Troxel acquired the 58,000-square-foot grocery at 5300 Decatur Road with initial plans for warehousing, but he is reconsidering the best use for the site. Stated in the articleFormer Scott’s on Decatur Road sold by Paul Wyche of The Journal Gazette [January 9, 2013].
- January 9, 2013 color photo of the cornucopia, July 22, 2013, and May 31, 2017 photo discussion onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
- See photos and discussion December 2016, Parade magazine photos on January 9, 2017 and March 17, 2017 discussion on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
1915 West Main
is a grand 1900 Free Classic home owned by Henry E. Eckart, general manager and secretary-treasurer of the Fred Eckart Packing Co., a mammoth meat-processing company deeply woven into the neighborhood’s history. Its plant and stockyards at 1825 W. Main St. – the remaining building lost in a fire in 1998 after changing hands – employed hundreds after the company was founded in 1877 by Henry Eckart’s father, Frederick Eckart, an immigrant from Bavaria, Germany. Copied from A house with a history Meatpacker’s mansion draws dad, daughter June 2, 2013 by Rosa Salter Rodriguez of The Journal Gazette newspaper. See June 13, 2013 photo for home tour by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage)on Facebook.
Eckrich, Peter & Sons Meats
Peter Eckrich, an immigrant from Waldsee, German arrived in America at the age of 17. He launched a meat market in 1894 Fort Wayne. He created and sold sausage varieties
he enjoyed growing up in Germany. By 1907 he was wholesaling meat, then incorporated as Peter Eckrich & Sons in 1925. They ceased retail by 1932, operating exclusively as a wholesale meat vendor.
By 1932, Eckrich meats were nationally recognized for their great taste and supreme quality. Peter died in 1942. In the 1960s-1970s, Peter Eckrich & Sons heavily advertised during local sporting events including high school basketball, baseball, and Komets hockey. Eckrich was sold to publicly owned Beatrice Foods of Chicago in 1972 merged into Swift and Sons in 1986 as Swift-Eckrich. The Fort Wayne plant closed in the mid-1980s. In 1990 they were sold to ConAgra, then October 2, 2006 sold to Smithfield Foods which in 2013 became privately owned by a Chinese company.
- Eckrich Company Collection, Fort Wayne, Indiana at The Genealogy Center
- Information from Ekrich at Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
- Eckrich Heritage at Eckrich.com
- China firm buys Smithfield Foods $4.72 billion deal largest of its kind May 30, 2013 by Michael Felberbaum of the Associated Press.
- June 26, 2015 discussion and May 29, 2017 photo of May 1963 advertisement in Family Circle magazine November 5, 2017 and Name Search on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group.
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Echo German Mutual Insurance
146th year on January 1, 2013
Economy Glove Company
Wallace and Barr Streets circa 1902-1920. The photo at right of women workers outside the business was posted with the description:
A 1902 edition of on The Indiana Album, Joan Hostetler Collection. The photo was posted and discussed January 26, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. One comment said the factory at Barr & Wallace Streets was destroyed by fire February 4, 1920 from an article in the February 5, 1920 The News-Sentinel newspaper.
The American Hatter magazine reported that the business was about to open in Fort Wayne and would employ 50 people. By 1907, they employed 100 women and 5 men. The factory manufactured canvas work gloves, underwear, and mittens, and was in business at least through 1921.
Edsall, William S. House
Circa 1975 - 2017 305 West Main Street - February 16, 2017 photo and discussion on Daniel Baker Facebook page. See Edsall House endured many changes by Michael Hawfield published November 2, 1993 in the archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper and Edsall House by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage).
The Electric Works complex is along Broadway Avenue south of downtown containing more than 1.2 million square feet in 18 historic General Electric buildings on 39 acres. For history see our General Electric history or current status go to their web site fortwayneelectricworks.com. A photo of a flag posted July 4, 2019 by Electric Works on Facebook states
once the “Biggest Flag in Indiana.” The photo is of Monument Flag in 1898. “Superintendent Edward Barnes decided that the Fort Wayne Electric Works should display the flag in a striking manner. He constructed a flagpole 120 feet high in the mold of the masts of English racing yachts. ...The pole carried a flag which was 32 feet, 6 inches wide by 54 feet, 6 inches long. Happy Independence Day, America! Quote from General Electric of Fort Wayne, Indiana, A 110 Year History by Clovis E. Linkous. Published in 1994. Fort Wayne Electric Works Dragon Fan c. 1907 photos shown on200 @ 200 2016 Bicentennial items at
The History Center. See Electric Works portfolio with photos and video at Elevatus Architecture posted August 12, 2022 by Saving Our GE Campus - "Innovation Lighting the Way" on Facebook.
215 East Berry Street. Designed by Fort Wayne architects John Wing and Marshall Mahurin, it was erected in 1895. Read The Elektron Building by Tom Castaldi published February 13, 2014 on the History Center Notes & Queries blog. The Elektron Building Stop #6 on the Central Downtown Trail 19 stops on the Heritage Trail by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage). The Elektron Building marker photos with Google maps Street View image, and more at The Historical Marker Datatbase HMdb.org. See photos posted February 3, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. Fort Wayne companies call historic buildings home about the Electron building and Baker Street Station by Dan Vance published January 21, 2019 in InFortWayne.com by KPC Media News Service.
Ellis Funeral Home
Founded in 1954 by Cecil and Juanita Ellis. Ellis Funeral owner Juanita Ellis crosses over at 83 by Frost Editor published April 20, 2015 on Frost Illustrated.
A Brief History Lesson. Ellison Bakery sold to Michigan private equity firm by Dan McGowan, of Inside INdiana Business, published April 27th, 2017 on NE Indiana Regional Parnership.
The Embassy Theatre is an individual listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed by Alvin M. Strauss. The Embassy Theatre opened May 14, 1928 as the Emboyd Theatre, was restored in the 1990s recreating the original carpet, lace curtains, and light fixtures. Read more of their history on their About Us web page. See more local Theaters such as the Broadway Theatre, Clyde Theatre, Embassy Theatre, Holiday Theater, Jefferson Theatre, Palace Theatre, Rialto Theatre, and Paramount Theatre.
- See a 14 page collection of newspaper pages about the new Emboyd Theater from the May 14, 1928 The Journal Gazette newspaper.
- In the spring of 1929,
an unknown young vaudevillian named Bob Hope spent three weeks there performing as a master of ceremonies. The world-famous comedian, who died in 2003, later credited the theater with giving his career its start. ... In 1978, during a Save the Embassy fundraising campaign Bob Hope left a photo of himself, on which he inscribed,Copied from Nine decades packed with memories published May 19, 2018 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
To the Embassy Theatre patrons: Don't let it fall. It helped get me started. My Best, Bob Hope.
- The Embassy Theatre by Tom Castaldi posted November 3, 2015 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.
- Embassy Theatre Page Organ Rebuilding, 1988, Fort Wayne, Indiana at the The Genealogy Center.
- Happy 90th, Embassy Historic venue hosts community event, vintage showcase by Corey McMaken published May 17, 2018 in The Journal Gazette newspaper includes the May 14, 1928 The Emboyd Gala Opening special edition pdf.
- See Embassy Theatre Photographs 1988-1978 on the The Genealogy Center web site.
- Embassy Theatre channel on YouTube.
- May 13, 1988
Paul Harvey recorded a custom version of "The Rest of the Story" for WOWO, spotlighting the 60th anniversary of Fort Wayne's Embassy Theatre and one of its most famous performers, followed by a WOWO promo for The Big Broadcast of 1988. Recording courtesy of Jim Cassell from the collection of the late Charlie Willer.Listen to 4 minute audio from the History of WOWO Airchecks page.
- Theatrical variety part of history published August 29, 1994 by Michael Hawfield from the Archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper discusses this and other local theatres.
- The book The Historic Fort Wayne Embassy Theatre by Dyne L. Pfeffenberger, 2009, Quarry Books, Indiana Universtiy Press.
- Photo of ushers from Great Memories and History of Fort Wayneon Facebook.
- The attached Indiana Hotel languished empty for decades returned in 2016 with a two-story ballroom able to seat 300 people, and a roof-top garden and bar overlooking Fort Wayne's revitalized downtown. Read A grand plan for Indiana hotel Embassy project to cost about $10 million by Dan Stockman published December 28, 2012 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Fort Wayne is a city where Embassy Theatre’s Grande Page pipe organ is practically a local celebrity and where scores of people drive from church to church just to hear their outstanding pipe organs demonstrated as part of “Follow the Pipes” during the Fort Wayne Newspapers Three Rivers Festival. quote fromthe newspaper article Instrument has many local fans February 7, 2013 by Rosa Salter Rodriguez of The Journal Gazette newspaper.
The Goldstine Foundation is a philanthropic organization established after the death of Realtor and land developer Robert Goldstine in 2001. Goldstine was instrumental in saving Embassy Theatre from demolition in the early 1970s. FromEmbassy project gets $2 million boost Goldstine grant will help restore 4 floors of the Indiana Hotel by Keiara Carr published June 27, 2013 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
- Discussed July 27, 2013 on Historic movie theaters, Act II on Hoosier History Live internet radio.
- Discussion February 4, 2017 and photos of the Grand Page Organ posted and long discussion May 17, 2017 by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, and Search other dates on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
- Do You Believe in the Embassy Theatre Ghost? by Jessica B. posted on October 17, 2017 on Visit Fort Wayne blog.
- Around a dozen photos of the early days as the Emboyd Theatre were posted May 13, 2022 on the 94th birthday on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook
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Engine House No. 3
A Romanesque Revival style fire house designed by the architectural firm of Wing & Mahurin. With arched doorways and stall openings in brick, and a stone belt course above a row of brick dentils on the main façade. In its day, it was the largest and best-equipped fire station in town, also served as a testing site for new equipment and firefighting methods. Last used as a fire station in 1972. It currently houses the Fort Wayne Firefighter’s Museum and the Old No. 3 Firehouse Café.
Became a Meadow Gold dairy- Fairfield at Baker Street in 1960s, published baby photos in early to mid-20th century newspapers. 1910s photo posted February 24, 2015 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. See discussion February 4, 2017 and January 12, 1999 The Journal Gazette newspaper article posted January 21, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
A number of business explosions have occured over the years. July 12, 2017, October 26, 2017 discussions on explosion near Glenbrook Mall regarding Hansen Barrels, Hanchar Recycling, Gladiux refinery in the 1980s and Explosion Search on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
William G. Ewing's house on the northwest corner of Berry and Ewing Streets was built in 1838.
The three-story brick mansion was considered to be one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in Fort Wayne. In April 1948, the home was purchased for $57,000 by the Fort Wayne-Allen County chapter of the American Red Cross from then-owners Dr. and Mrs. Don F. Cameron. The building housed several commercial tenants, and the Red Cross planned to move all its operations and activities, including the community blood center, into the site about a year later. Copied from This Day in History April 12 in photos published April 12, 2018 by The News-Sentinel newspaper. 1854 Initial Construction photos and some information at the Library of Congress Historic American Buildings Survey, Engineering Record, Landscapes Survey.
The Library of Congressphotos posted April 6, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
Ewing Tavern or Washington Hall
Where the Allen County government started in a log tavern of Alexander Ewing off Columbia Street at the muddy intersection of Columbia and Barr streets in 1824. No longer there, it would now be the backyard of the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre and Fort Wayne Museum of Art. The Ewing Tavern site is at stop #19 The Beginnings of Fort Wayne on the ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) Central Downtown Trail.
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