Local legend at Jefferson Blvd. and Webster Street was started by Frank Gardner in 1935. Torn down in 1973. Article and photo from March 7, 1973 The News-Sentinel newspaper was discussed February 10, 2017, former carhop discussion March 11, 2017 and July 7, 2017 another Comment says closed in 1967 with more photos October 22, 2017 , then the one that sat at the corner of Parnell and Coliseum Blvd and was both a Gardner’s Drive-In, and later Char-King’s Farm Fare Cafeteria also started by Frank Gardner was discussed June 9, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived and Closed group with over 20,000 members on Facebook.
Gas House Restaurant
Hall's Gas House restaurant on Superior Street of the local Don Hall's restaurant chain was named for the old gas works started in the 1850s that were located there. Photo of the actual gas house from Allen County Community Album at the Allen County Public Library before it became a restaurant was posted May 27, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived and Closed group with over 20,000 members on Facebook. See Under the Gas Lights by Tom Castaldi published May 23, 2013 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog. Back in 2007 the Gas House was closed for 3 months to clean up 2.4 million gallons of coal tar from its days as the original manufactured gas plant that produced
“town gas” by heating coal, coke, and/or oil in a closed vessel. The gas was captured and cleaned of impurities before being stored in large round structures known as gas holders. Town gas was distributed first for lighting streets, homes and businesses, and then for heating and cooking. But the process typically created byproducts such as coal tar, a dense, oily liquid. ... Other clean ups have followed since because, as NIPSCO spokesman Larry Graham said at the time, “It’s impossible to get it all.” Copied from St. Mary’s River near Gas House Restaurant set for another environmental clean up by Kevin Leininger published September 7, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
G.C. Murphy Co.
Store at Calhoun and Wayne streets is recalled in the newspaper article The last downtown department store June 26, 1982 by Kevin Leininger from the archives of The News-Sentinel.
Geary's World Museum
A 19th century dime museum, a dime was the admission price, offered all sorts of attractions. Read about Geary’s World Museum by Carmen Doyle posted January 31, 2014 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog.
Visit The Genalogy Center at the Allen County Public Library video publshed November 22, 2013 on the Visit Fort Wayne YouTube channel.
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Started as Jenney Electric in 1881, eventually became Fort Wayne Electric Corporation and in January 1899 was bought by General Electric.
The Story of General Electric in Fort Wayne: Documentary Trailer from PBS39 on Vimeo.
- Employees were beneficiaries of an exemplary corporate social welfare program. This included voluntary employee clubs, family outings, athletic organizations, open houses, special-interest newsletter columns, and vacation opportunities with high rates of participation, and active democratic participation led by elected officers was encouraged. GE offered a Relief Union and insurance plan, deduction-oriented savings plans, home ownership aid, retirement and disability pensions, a company credit union, an employee pricing discount store, profit sharing, discounted education, and company-provided medical services. Condensed from a July 2, 2018 Facebook announcement with photos by The History Center on their new interactive display on GE Employee organizations.
- General Electric— Powering Fort Wayne displays at The History Center.
- General Electric at Fort Wayne a 110 year history was written in 1994 by Clovis E. Linkus
- The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana has a General Electric Collection with hundreds of photos.
- In 1944 GE employed 20,000 workers, they had a General Electric Company Quarter Century Club and Elex Club for women with files on ACGSI.org.
- General Electric Photos in the Allen County Community Album at the Allen County Public Library.
- Pioneering GE group fades Elex Club, once home to 2,500 women, plans sendoff by Sherry Slater published November 2, 2011 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
- Fort Wayne Electric Works on Vintage Machinery.org discusses its history from Jenney Electric based on information from The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana 1917 pgs 509-510.
- A History of GE in Fort Wayne A collection of photos from the Allen County Public Library looking at the history of General Electric in Fort Wayne. Published on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.
Throwback Thursdayis in tribute to a huge influence in Fort Wayne for more than a century: General Electric,
Throwback Thursday: GE, Part 2 of 4,
Throwback Thursday: GE,Part 3 of 4, and
Throwback Thursday: GE, part 4 of 4posted April 10, 2014 on Facebook.
- GE looking to demolish some of old Broadway campus 'Endangered' iconic sign is spared -- for now by Kevin Leininger was published May 6, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
- GE holds a key in city's transformation Preserving Broadway campus helps position city for growth by David B. Lupke published March 15, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
- Future unsure for GE's crowded campus New use might require more buildings to come down by Paul Wyche was published March 29, 2015 in the The Journal Gazette newspaper.
- After 88 years, future of General Electric sign hangs in the balance by Justin Kenny published April 8, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
- Save Our Fort Wayne General Electric Campus on Facebook.
- Developer plans $300M upgrade of GE campus by Kevin Leininger published February 13, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
- Timeline of significant events from 1878 to 2017 posted with GE campus finds its buyer by Sherry Slater published February 14, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
- Photo of drafting book discussion February 20, 2017 and the accounting department GE around 1943 posted April 14, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived and Closed group with over 20,000 members on Facebook.
- 60 photos of 1942 company picnic posted August 7, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived and Closed group with over 20,000 members on Facebookfrom August 7, 2014 post on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebookthen 1916 building construction photo August 31, 2017 .
The historic General Electric campus on Broadway will get new life! Developers purchased the property from GE on Sept. 21, and expect the first tenants to move into the reinvented Electric Works facility sometime in 2019. So much history on these 30+ acres!Copied caption for 20 photos posted September 26, 2017 by Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. on Facebook.
ElectricWorks Facebook page or website: fortwayneelectricworks.com has the latest news on redeveloping and modernizing the former GE campus.
- It has been decades since the General Electric campus along Broadway generated the frenetic buzz that comes from nearly 10,000 employees working on the site. ... General Electric has been there since it bought the former Jenney Electric Light Co. in 1911, and Ewing Street and Fairfield Avenue were made one-way to facilitate the traffic generated by thousands of employees flowing in and out of the plant at shift change. But now, the future is uncertain. - read the rest of the story Iconic GE site’s future: Blight or a new light? Company, city officials discuss likely uses by Dan Stockman of The Journal Gazette November 18, 2012 newspaper.
- An Abandoned Factory In Fort Wayne Will Give You Both Nostalgia And The Spooks Does your job have a bowling alley? by Rowaida Abdelaziz published November 9, 2017 in the Huffington Post.
- See photos of detailed Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps discussed July 8, 2018 on Saving Our GE Campus - "Innovation Lighting the Way" on Facebook.
- Photos of Robert E. Smith and his Gerstner tool chest contents from from his GE working years 1928-1974 was posted December 30, 2018 by his grandson Jeff Smith on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived and Closed group with over 20,000 members on Facebook.
- Photos of the GE sign removed from the Fort Wayne Broadway complex were posted January 28, 2019 by IAM Lodge Local 912 of Cincinnati, Ohio on Facebook.
- Photo of the founders of ELEX, a GE “Girls” Club started in 1915, with the purpose:
to promote social and educational activities, to foster the spirit of friendly service and to stand for the highest ideals of womanhood.was posted May 12, 2019 by Electric Workson Facebook. They included the names of the founders of ELEX: Joy Elder, Velma Ranking, Flossie Davis, Bertha Buecker, Faith Small, Harriet Droegmeyer, Edith Lee, Nina Rose Offerle, Emil Fuhrman, Florence Ranking, Thelma Campbell, Gilda Hassinger and Sophia Ranking, and Mina Blue and Cora Blue. By 1992, the club had over 1,500 members, including 42 men. From their source: General Electric at Fort Wayne, A 110 Year History by Clovis E. Linkous.
Electric Works Facebook photo
Baseball team - the 1948 squad would go on to claim a national semi-pro championship, boasting a roster that included many members of the Northeast Indiana Baseball Assocation (NEIBA) Hall of Fame, from Chad Gramling in Baseball in Fort Wayne. Listed with other local baseball teams in April 15, 2009 Park tips cap to baseball lore newspaper article. Mentioned in Fort Wayne Area Semi-Pro Baseball Collection of Photos, Programs, Clippings.
Friday, August 31, 1984 headline announces $100 million payroll with 3,000 jobs coming to Fort Wayne on front cover of The News-Sentinel newspaper posted December 14, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived and Closed group with over 20,000 members on Facebook.
Became Gotham Hosiery from 1948 article of the Industrial Fort Wayne series in The News-Sentinel newspaper posted September 18, 2017 and photo of Gotham Hosiery September 18, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived and Closed group with over 20,000 members on Facebook.
Georgetown Square Shopping Center
Photo of first phase of shopping center ground breaking for Lincoln National Bank & Trust Company and 9th Rogers Market November 2, 1967 at 6300 East State Blvd. was shown in a photo from November 3, 1967 The Journal Gazette newspaper. Otis McFadden president of the Allen County Plan Commission; Jack Sutter, Allen County Plan Commission; W.W. Rogers, board chairman of Rogers Market; Tom Jehl, President of Jehl Brothers, developers of the center; and Carl Gunkler, jr. vice-president of Lincoln Bank were shown in the photo.
Gerding Drug Store
Photo of a 1930s medicine bottle with
Wm. G. Gerding The Prescription Store Corner Pontiac Street and Anthony Boulevard on it was discussed August 19, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived and Closed group with over 20,000 members on Facebook.
German American National Bank
German-American National Bank Publication date 1906. In 1918 during World War I became Lincoln National Bank, in 1990's became part of Norwest Bank, then in 1998 merged to become Wells Fargo Bank from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In 2018 acquired by Flagstar Bank, then in 2021 announced a merger with New York Community Bancorp while retaining the name Flagstar.
Mentioned in July 1912 newspaper Sunday in Fort Wayne. Was it in Shoaff Park?
Gerding Medical and Pharmacy
Building photos and history discussed June 4, 2015 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
Prompt repair since 1916
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Glenbrook Dodge American Flag
The flag as large as a high school basketball court was first raised on October 13, 2001. For the 20th anniversary in 1999, they had the idea of flying one huge flag, but there were lots of requirements to be taken care of which pushed the official ceremony past the commemoration date. It took about 15 months to get the permits, find U.S. Flag and Flagpole in Plano, Tex. to build the pole and then to figure out all the logistics. Reaching 232 feet into the Fort Wayne sky, the pole is 43 inches in diameter and weighs 35,600 pounds. For comparison purposes, the highest point of the Allen County Courthouse is 238 feet, Lincoln Bank Tower stretches 312 feet, Fort Wayne National Bank Building hits 339 feet and One Summit Square touches 442 feet. The Glenbrook Dodge flag can be seen from all of them. The flags cost $4,000 each, are made in Marion, Indiana and two are purchased each year. There are always at least three on hand, one flying, one in reserve and the other usually being repaired. Copied from a longer article Glenbrook Dodge American flag is a true Fort Wayne landmark by Blake Sebring published July 3, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. See their page Our Flag on their website: www.glenbrookdodgechryslerjeep.com.
1983, October 19 around 10 am two explosions rock the Gladieux Refinery on the northeast side of town injuring 38 people. Discussed August 8, 2017 and January 15, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived and Closed group with over 20,000 members on Facebook. New Haven, Adams Township and the Fort Wayne Fire Department responded according to the Fire Police City County Federal Credit Union calendar on the Wayback Machine.
4201 Coldwater Road, Glenbrook Square www.glenbrooksquare.com. A June 24, 1965 photo in The Journal Gazette newspaper of the previous day's ground breaking for the $7 million 70-store shopping center complex at the corner U.S. 30 Bypass and and U.S. 27 was posted June 27, 2018, then the October 10, 1966 The Journal Gazette newspaper photo of the previous evenings press preview of the shopping center was posted June 27, 2018 and October 13, 1966 photo from The News-Sentinel newspaper posted June 30, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived and Closed group with over 20,000 members on Facebook.Was the former Christian and Sophia Rosebruck Rahdert Farm shown in a 7 September 1957 photo published November 29, 2014 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. Photo of November 1966 Spotlite on Fort Wayne magazine article on opening discussed November 2, 2016 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived and Closed group with over 20,000 members on Facebook. See aerial photos comparing now on Google map with 1938: Coldwater Road and North Clinton Street by Corey McMaken published May 2, 2019 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Glenbrook Square information on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Fandom.com has similar information.
Glorious Gateway to the West
The glorious gateway of the West : an historic pageant of the story of Fort Wayne, commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of Indiana's admission to the sisterhood of states (1916)
Presented in June 1916 at Reservoir Park by a Company of over Eleven Hundred Citizens of Fort Wayne. - 88 page book on Internet Archive.
Goeglein Catering and Homestead Hall
7311 Maysville Road, tel: 260.749.5192, see Goeglein's catering, Goeglein's Catering and Homestead Hall on Visit Fort Wayne, Goeglein Homestead (Banquet Hall & Reception Hall) Fort Wayne, IN YouTubeuploaded December 13, 2009 by goegleinscatering, and A Company of Heritage Goeglein’s operates on three principles: Serve God. Serve people. Serve food. by Tammy Davis published December 9, 2011 on Business People magazine. See their Facebook pageand Goeglein people.
In 1938 Billy Graham turned down a preaching job here from Brushes with fame on the bottom of WOWO heard its listeners on 1930-1939: DECADE OF BANKRUPTCY & BUREAUCRACY by Bob Caylor on The News-Sentinel newspaper. Fort Wayne Gospel Temple: International Headquarters of the World Christian Crusade, 1942, 16 page Google ebook, The Bethany Church Record for the Fort Wayne Gospel Temple of 117 E. Rudisill Blvd, 1990, 74 page Google ebook. Read “The Temple That Radio Built” posted January 25, 2015 on Daniel Baker Facebook page. Photos and discussion February 12, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived and Closed group with over 20,000 members on Facebook.
Gouty's Service Center
71th anniversary on January 1, 2013 - www.Goutys.com
Grand Leader Department Store
Built in 1928, was on the southeast corner of Calhoun and Wayne Streets, now the present-day site of the plaza on the north side of the Summit Bank/I&M building. Designed by A.M. Strauss in the Art Deco style. The store became Stillman's in the 1950s, closing in 1974. Today the site is the Indiana-Michigan Power Company's plaza. See photo posted September 13 2018 by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) on Facebook. Read Grand Leader/Stillman’s circa 1929 by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, published March 2, 2018 on Fort Wayne Reader and discussed March 3, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived and Closed group with over 20,000 members on Facebook. See 1950s photo in 1950-1959: DAYS OF CONFLICT, YEARS OF PROSPERITY Downtown celebrated last glory days by Connie Haas Zuber in The News-Sentinel newspaper. See "Grand Leader: Circa 1929 & 2017" a photo overlay posted January 22, 2019 by Daniel Baker on Facebook.
Grand Wayne Center
Ground breaking was in April 1983 at the former site of the Jefferson Theater at 120 W. Jefferson Blvd. The economy had 20 percent interest rates and the 8,000-employee International Harvester truck plant was about to close. It opened in December 1984, with first convention in January 1985. It now attracts 200,000 visitors each year, at least half of them from out of town, 90 percent of the Grand Wayne's events are private. In 2005 the facility was enlarged from 95,000 to 221,000 square feet. A Hilton hotel opened shortly after the convention center did in 1985. A second hotel a 250-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel opened in August 2010. Grand Wayne 30 years old Downtown icon controversial in the beginning by Sherry Slater published February 8, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. It's been grand for 'father' of Fort Wayne convention industry by Kevin Leininger was published January 17, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. See June 15, 1984 newspaper article post March 28, 2019 by the Grand Wayne Center on Facebook.
Great Black Swamp
tretched roughly from Fort Wayne, Indiana in the west, to Sandusky, Ohio on the east, and from the Maumee River valley south to near Findlay, Ohio and North Star, Ohio. Near its southern edge at the southwestern corner of present-day Auglaize County, the swamp was so impervious to travel that wheeled transportation was impossible during most of the year, and local residents thought the rigors of travel to be unsuitable for anyone except adult men. Read the rest of the article on Wikipedia.
In 1803 when Ohio became a state, the Maumee Valley area was virtually untouched. It was known only to local Native Americans, and a few trappers and explorers. Development of this corner of Northwest Ohio was delayed nearly 100 years behind other parts of the state due to the Great Black Swamp. Read the rest of the article on The Great Black Swamp on IPFW.edu.
Now Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve, established in 2005, a wetland southwest of Fort Wayne in a valley near the St. Lawrence Divide that drains into the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River Basin. The Miami Indians called the area “the Glorious Gate,” and Indiana pioneers called it “the Great Marsh.” It was the portage between two water systems, the Wabash and Maumee rivers, both vital to transportation and trade. In 2015, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is building an earthern berm 80 feet wide and 8 to 10 feet high to prevent mixing the river waters from a 100 year flood that might allow invasive Asian carp, that grow to 100 pounds, from crossing the marsh into the Maumee River that will allow their entry into Lake Erie and the Great Lakes. Read more in Eagle Marsh project proving complicated by Brian Francisco published September 28, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Greyhound Bus Terminal
Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook postcard
The 10,500 sq. ft. iconic building built in 1938 at 233 W. Jefferson with Greyhound Blue steel enameled panels with glass blocks and the running Greyhound logo was quietly razed on Saturday, May 9, 1992 and turned into a parking lot. Photos and discussion January 10, 2017, photo Child of the Fort blog January 11, 2017 and April 3, 2017 photo and February 24, 2018 discussion with many comments on the Greyhound Bus Depot 1953 article by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, in the Fort Wayne Reader and posted on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived and Closed group with over 20,000 members on Facebook.
Dozens of early markets and grocery stores are listed in early city directories that can be found by searching linked on our Timeline pages. A photo of a building used by Azar and Kroger groceries was posted September 24, 2017 and general discussion October 21, 2017 with over 100 comments mentioned several local grocery stores on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived and Closed group with over 20,000 members on Facebook.
Workers unearthed the nearly intact Gronauer Lock in 1991 during construction of the U.S. 24 Interstate 469 interchange east of New Haven. It was 155 feet long and about 40 feet wide built in the mid-1800s as one of more than 70 locks on the 468-mile Wabash and Erie Canal that connected Lake Erie near Toledo with the Ohio River near Evansville. Some of the timbers are tulip poplar up to about 32 feet long, 2 feet wide and 1 foot thick. Read more in Canal's Gronauer Lock could be reburied 25 years after it was first resurrected by Kevin Leininger published April 5, 2016 or Some of canal's Gronauer Lock timbers previously found a second home by Kevin Kilbane published April 6, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
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