Haffner Paint Company
Quality paint, great service and knowledgeable sales people! 93 anniversary on January 1, 2013
William Hagerman arrived from Germany in the 1890s. The Hagerman Group is a four-generation business since 1908 with offices in downtown Fort Wayne, as well as the Indianapolis and Louisville areas. William Hagerman and brother-in-law Fredrick Buesching co-founded The Buesching-Hagerman Company in Fort Wayne. At inception, the family business provided masonry services throughout Indiana. In 1929, The Hagerman Group helped build Fort Wayne’s Lincoln Tower, the tallest building in Indiana until 1954. The company served as the general contractor for both the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, as well as Parkview Field, and its latest endeavor in 2018 is the opening phase of the Riverfront Park project being developed downtown on both sides of the St. Mary’s River. This information was copied from their website History page which has a nice timeline with more information and FOCUS 2018: The Hagerman Group has been on full display (and proud of that) for 110 years and counting by Tom Davis published June 17, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
Hall Community Arts Center
Was dedicated in memory of William and Sarah Niezer Hall in 1992. The building was originally built in 1916 as the Western Newspaper Union Building, which printed weekly newspapers and sold newspaper supplies. Major General Anthony Wayne’s fort was constructed on this and adjacent properties in 1794. Read the rest of the story in The Hall Community Arts Center May 2, 2013 by Tom Castaldi on the History Center Notes & Queries blog.
Hall's Family Restaurants
1946 Don Hall’s Drive-In opened at 1502 Bluffton Road, now 11 Fort Wayne-area restaurants and one in Indianapolis from Hall's legacy endures Family, restaurants have prospered for 70 years by Steve Warden published June 12, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. See their history Our Story on their website. Don Hall is Fort Wayne’s Biggest Name in Dining Visit Fort Wayne blog.
Hamilton Hunter Builders
Office at 915 S. Lafayette St,
Hamilton W. Hunter founded the business in 1938 as a real estate sales and appraisal business ... has evolved from a real estate business to a home builder to a general contractor focusing on commercial construction, but it’s stayed a family business for 80 years. Business continued by his son, Hamilton Hunter Jr., who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, joined his father in the business in 1951 after returning from the war and graduating from Purdue University with a civil engineering degree. Third-generation owner Holly Hunter, the first and only woman president and board member in the more than 100-year history of the Building Contractors Association of Northeast Indiana.
The company is noted for its masonry and specialty masonry projects, she said. Those include the large, Jefferson Boulevard entrance to Parkview Field and the brick addition to North Side High School, she said. Copied from FOCUS 2018: Hamilton Hunter Builders continues family tradition of ownership and craftsmanship by Kevin Kilbane which includes a list of completed company projects published June 17, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
Hanselmann House - aka
Photos of unique archetecture of Hanselmann House (1967-1971) by architect Michael Graves on WTTW PBS. Renamed the
Cube House which has a Facebook page. Traveling to Fort Wayne? Book the famous 'Cube House' on Airbnb by Kara Hackett published July 25, 2018 on Input Fort Wayne.
Hanson Aggregates Ardmore Quarry
6100 Ardmore Avenue. The County Commissioners first sold the gravel pit to Charles Fairfield in 1862. The business lasted until the Great Depression and then went into receivership. The local bank that held the mortgage offered to let Bill May run it for a year. If he could show a profit during the year of 1932 then he would be allowed to buy it on a long-term contract. Bill found ways to save through efficiency and quality control and managed to take over the fledgling business. ... The limestone quarry was sold to France Stone of Toledo in 1968 and then to Hanson Aggregates. Today the quarry is 321 feet deep, with plans to go even deeper. Copied from a tour described in HANSON AGGREGATES’ QUARRY IS SPECTACTULAR published November 21, 2007 in The Waynedale News.com. Hanson Aggregates-Ardmore Quarry. Mine information is at Mindat.org. Ardmore Quarry Observation Tower on Facebook. Quarry tops list of area's hidden gems by Keiara Carr published June 15, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. See Hanson Limestone Quarry #1 photos by Christopher Crawford: Documentary Photography. Another video is Fort Wayne Quarry posted May 2, 2018 by landis entertainment network on YouTube.
Indiana Archives &
Records Administration photo
Indiana Album Facebook photo
Drive-in restaurants located on Fairfield and Packard Avenue, Anthony and Pontiac, and 7720 Bluffton Road, from the late 1940s through at least the 1960s. Home of the
Big Guy hamburger, milkshakes, pork tenderloin sandwiches, and ice cream. Samples of customer cards and letter from Lucky Steer steakhouse restaurant cancelling the name Happy Humpty effective June 24, 1981 posted April 5, 2019 on Facebook by
Indiana Archives and Records Administration at in.gov. Photos and discussion April 7, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. April 9, 2019 Lucky Steer on Facebook posted a Happy Humpty sign. Then on April 17, 2019 Indiana Album on Facebook posted the color photo on the left of the big guys from their Johnson Brothers Sign Company Collection from South Whitley.
A state marker at the Site of Hardin's Defeat
about eleven miles from Fort Wayne near the point at which Goshen state road crosses Eel River erected in 1966 used to say:
Colonel John Hardin, of the Kentucky Militia, with 180 men and Captain John Armstrong, U.S. Army, with 30 men, were routed here on October 19, 1790, by Indians under Miami Chief Little Turtle during General Harmar's Campaign. It was damaged and removed, but not replaced due to text inaccuracies according to this report prepared in 2010 by the Indiana Historical Bureau. Posed October 19, 2017 on Facebook.
The Battle of Harmar's Ford marker at the intersection of Edgewater Avenue and Dearborn Street shown on an early Map of Kekionga, "To the Memory of Major John Wyllys And His Brave Soldiers Who Were Killed Near this Spot In The Battle of Harmar's Ford Oct. 22, 1790 With the Indians Under Chief Little Turtle" erected by Mary Penrose Chapter DAR in the Centennial year 1916. First HMDB link contains links to additional markers and information. See also April 21, 2013 discussion onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook, the Harmar Campaign from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, or Finding aid for Josiah Harmar Papers, 1681-1937 at the Clements Library Reference University of Michigan Digital Library, and additional maps and photos on Saving Private Boone Joseph Boone at "Harmar's Defeat" by Jeffery L. Johnson 5th great grandson of Joseph & Rebecca Fry Boone, (Copied from Compass, October 2004) on BooneSociety.org. Map and discussion July 25, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
Luxury Apartments and Retail, 1021 S. Calhoun Street. https://theharrisonbnd.com/ A business block of Parkview Field containing businesses on the first two floors and apartments the top two floors. The Harrison is on Facebook. Harrison worth the wait After many delays, downtown complex has filled all 43 apartments by Paul Wyche published August 25, 2013 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.Back to top
Hartman Brother Heating & Air Conditioning
535 Green St., in New Haven, Hartman Brothers enters digital age Family business keeps up with leaps in heating, air technology by Rod King published December 30, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
Hartman Turkey Farm
Was located at 7555 Maysville Road until 1995. Turkey Run Drive in Lake Forrest Extended subdivision, north of Goeglein's Catering, runs through the former farm. The log cabin was moved to Beside Still Waters Log Cabin Retreat in Spencerville, DeKalb County, Indiana. Stan W. Hartman obituary November 15, 2009 says he grew up on the family farm with his parents Walter and Wilhemine Hartman. This was discussed November 6, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
A. Hattersley & Sons, Inc.
Oldest mechanical contractor in Indiana, A. Hattersley & Sons has persevered through the U.S. Civil War, both World Wars, several depressions, and the addition of twenty-seven states to the Union. In 1856, Alfred Hattersley, an English immigrant, purchased the plumbing, gas-fitting firm of B. W. Oakley & Son. He relocated the operation onto Main Street, near the present Allen County Courthouse. For more see Our Story on ahattersley.com.
3901 N Washington Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804, opened in 1952, John D. Haynes, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Usonian design, listed on National Register of Historic Places in 2004. See John D. Haynes House on Wikipedia. The Joy of Growing Up in a Home Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Growing up in a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Indiana meant living inside the famed architect’s imagination—an influence that stays with me still. by Thomas French published September 2016 in Indianapolis Monthly. Hard sell? Wright fans not buying it by Rosa Salter Rodriquez published August 7, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
HEADWATERS PARK MISSION STATEMENT by Geoff Paddock, Executive Director, Headwaters Park Alliance
The Headwaters Park Flood Control Project is an environmentally sound addition to the
Fort Wayne area, bringing several important goals together. Among these goals are flood
mitigation, economic development, recreation, and outdoor education. Headwaters Park and Ice Arena is "located just north of the central city business district, Headwaters Park provides a quiet recreational spot as well as being the place where area residents come together for festivals, concerts, charitable and other special events." Amazing photo on city-data.com.
On Thursday Dec. 20, Geoff Paddock, Executive Director of the Headwaters Park Alliance, awarded Anna Colbourne, a nurse from Parkview Hospital, as the 200,000th ice skater at the Headwaters Park Ice Rink. She became the 200,000th cumulative skater, since the rink opened back in Nov. 2003. Anna received a gift basket from area merchants and a season pass for the rest of the season. Each season, the popular ice rink hosts 20,000-25,000 skaters. From VisitFortWayne on Facebook. Geoff Paddock Celebrates 20 years at Headwaters Park - January 17, 2013 Downtown Fort Wayne blog. The Headwaters of the Maumee and Wabash Valleys by Tom Castaldi posted September 19, 2013 on the History Center Notes & Queries blogand Headwaters Park with audio on ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) blog. Headwaters Park is Stop #13 on the
ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) Central Downtown Trail. A Park at the Headwaters by Tom Castaldi published July 31, 2014 in History Center Notes & Queries blog. March 26, 1998 aerial photo was posted in THIS DAY IN HISTORY: March 26 in photos by Dan Vance March 26, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Throwback Thursday 1995-1999 Throwback Thursday: Headwaters Park takes shape has over a dozen photos published April 26, 2019 in The Journal Gazette newspaper
. Copied from the
History Journal newsletter of
The Journal Gazette newspaperA 1921 'dream' of riverfront parks by Corey McMaken was published August 27, 2020 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
A city belongs to the citizens saying by local designer local boy Eric Kuhne Eric Kuhne & Headwaters Park by Suzanne Slick, Collection Information Spercialist published June 20, 2019 by
FWMoA, Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Q&A with Architect Eric Kuhne about Headwaters Park by Jocelyn Wenk on Build a Better Burb. In the summer of 1921, local candy company Heit-Miller-Lau put up a billboard on Calhoun Street that showed what it called “Just A Dream”: A riverfront park extending from Wells Street east to the confluence of the city's three rivers. On July 10 of that year, The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (our name then) published a photo of that billboard along with a statement from the candy company.
In 1834 Michael Hedekin, a native of County Westmeath, Ireland, located at Fort Wayne. In 1843 and 1844 he erected the famous Hedekin house, on Barr street, between Columbia and Berry streets: it was a substantial structure. In 1846 the tavern was opened, with Calvin Anderson as landlord. Includes a portrait from a photograph loaned by a grand-daughter, Miss Katherine Macdougal. From page 310 of The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indianaby B. J. Griswold, 1873–1927. It was demolished in 1968-69 after standing 124 years from pages 40-45 of The Columbia Street Story by Roy M. Bates and Kenneth B. Keller published in 1975 by the Fort Wayne Public Library. Photo and discussion of Hotel of Canal Days on plaque posted July 4, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
Photo of Chr. Hegerfeld store 1930 Broadway posted September 29, 2017 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
Since 1913 on High Street, by Saint Mary's in the Nebraska Neighborhood. Started by Leonidas Heller who began cutting hair in the 1870s, taught his son, Perry, the trade in the 1890s, who in turn taught his two sons, Max and Bert, to barber in the 1920s. Bert's son Larry. Larry Heller is last of the line – and still going strong after 63 years in business published April 29, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Formerly Fort Wayne's 100 Year Old Barber Shop by Eric Olson, 21Country Featured Reporterpublished March 15, 2016. Larry had worked there 69 years as of February 8, 2019 and would turn 88 on February 25, 2019 with photo posted and discussed February 8, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
- Heritage Trail - 4 downtown trails with maps of stops for historical locations created by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage).
- Along the Heritage Trail Mark the spot Where history happened by Tom Castaldi published September 2011 in Fort Wayne Monthly mentions a few of the local historical markers.
- Fort Wayne’s Heritage Trail Anniversary by Tom Castaldi published October 23, 2014 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog.
Highview Art & Collectibles Shop
929 E. Coliseum Blvd. has vintage and antique Fort Wayne collectibles, particularly advertising displays, from Old Fort Wayne is Highview Art & Collectibles' new niche by Bob Caylor published June 26, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
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Historic Homes of the Fort Wayne Rich and Famous
- 10 Things to Know About Historic Preservation in Fort Wayne at City of Fort Wayne. Was posted May 4, 2022 by Fort Wayne Neighborhoods on Facebook.
Bottle Works Lofts Featured on Historic Preservation Month Poster. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has released its annual National Historic Preservation Month poster. Different types of historic resources are highlighted every year, and this year Fort Wayne is featured! The theme of the poster is historic Coca-Cola plants in Indiana, and the Fort Wayne Coca-Cola Bottling Plant at 1631 E. Pontiac Street is among the featured buildings. The bottling plant is now Bottle Works Lofts; home of 31 apartments.
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- The Landing is Fort Wayne’s and the State of Indiana’s First Historic District. The Landing Historic District in downtown Fort Wayne was designated in 1965, and it was the city’s first historic district. In fact, The Landing was the first historic district of any kind in the state of Indiana.
- Turner Chapel AME Church Is Fort Wayne’s Newest Local Historic District. Located at 836 E. Jefferson Blvd., the church was constructed in 1927. It is significant for its Gothic architecture and for association with Turner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, the first African American congregation in Fort Wayne. It is also significant for local Civil Rights activities by the church in the 1960s.
- West Central Historic District is Fort Wayne's Largest and Oldest Residential Historic district. West Central was designated as a local historic district in two phases in 1984-1985. It was listed in the National Register in 1984. The district contains virtually all architectural styles that were popular between 1830 and 1950.
- Fort Wayne has 6 multiple property local historic districts and 80 individual local historic districts. An example of a multiple property district is the Williams Woodland Park Historic District. Old City Hall (The History Center) is an individual local historic district.
- Fort Wayne has 17 districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places and 40 single property National Register listings. An example of a National Register district is the Lakeside Historic District. A new brochure with a map and history of the area will be available soon! The Embassy Theatre is an individual listing on the National Register.
- The Chief Richardville House (Akima Pinšiwa Awiiki ) is one of only two National Historic Landmarks in Allen County. The Pinšiwa (Richardville) House is a rare and nationally significant example of a treaty-negotiated residence, built in 1827. It represents the resolve of Civil Chief Pinšiwa and the Myaamia (Miami) people to remain on their traditional lands within the expanding United States. When built, this was the finest house in northern Indiana. It was the primary home of Pinšiwa from 1827 to his death in 1841, and today it is owned and operated by the History Center. Note—the official NHL name of the house is in the Myaamia language.
- The Allen County Courthouse is one of two National Historic Landmarks in Allen County. Completed in 1902, the Courthouse was designed by Fort Wayne architect Brentwood Tolan; it is a masterpiece of the Beaux-Arts style. The exterior of the building has unending classical features, and details that reflect local history. The interior has original murals and sculptures, scagliola faux marbling, unique tile floor designs, and abundant stained glass.
- The Johnny Appleseed burial site is the oldest National Register Listing in Fort Wayne. John Chapman (1774-1845) was a pioneer, missionary, and businessman who planted orchards that provided apples (and hard cider) to settlers on the frontier. He died near the Archer family cemetery, where he was buried. The gravesite, listed in 1973, is the pioneer National Register listing in Allen County.
- The South Side Farmers Market at 3300 Warsaw Street has been a local historic district since 2001. At the South Side Farmers Market rural life and agriculture, as well as fresh meat, produce, and flowers, can be found in the midst of urban Fort Wayne. The market began in 1926 and is owned and operated by the Allen County Producers Association. The market structures are unlike any others in Fort Wayne, representing the only location in the city with the feel of a historic fairground.
Fort Wayne has 16 national historic districts, but it only has 5 local historic districts concentrated downtown and in near-downtown neighborhoods, including the Columbia Avenue, The Landing, West Central, Williams Woodland Park, and Shawnee Place. it also has standalone historic structures that have their own designations.Read the rest of the story in Historic tours show city from a fresh perspective by Kara Hackett published February 7, 2018 on InputFortWayne.com.
- History close to home City awash in areas with architectural, social significance by Jill Downs a Fort Wayne resident who has spent more than 15 years working with organizations and individuals on historic preservation efforts was published August 19, 2018 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. This article gives a brief overview of local historic homes. You can visit her website The Story of Your House .
- Historic Districts by Community Development and the City of Fort Waynehas links to brochures, maps and more on historic sites in Fort Wayne.
- The Allen County Courthouse was the first National Historical Landmark in Allen County. The Chief Richardville House became the second landmark on March 2, 2012.
- Historic Buildings and Structures of the West Central Neighborhood Association Fort Wayne, Indiana on WestCentralNeighborhood.org
- Historic Allen County, Indiana places on National Register of Historic Places
- Historic Districts in Allen County, Indiana on National Register of Historic Places
- Historic Places on National Register of Historic Places listings in Allen County, Indiana on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Is the most complete list of 65 current and 3 former listings including links to copies of the applications.
- Category:National Register of Historic Places in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
- Historic Landmarks of Fort Wayne, Indiana a few photos by Mike Habeck on PreserveIndiana.com
- Historical Markers on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
- Indiana Historical Markers by County on IN.gov.
- A few Fort Wayne homes are in the Indiana Houses book below, only a few have photos however.
- Several buildings such as the Schmitz Block.
- Recording Historic Buildings 176-page book compiled by Harley J. McKee of the U.S. Department of the Interior National Parks Service, 1970. From the book's Forward: "This book has been compiled to serve the needs of those concerned with recording historic structures. It is designed both as an aid to persons already involved in the problems of architectural recording and to encourage others to become involved. Only a productive partnership between Federal, State, and local governments and private individual initiative and effort can assure the adequate recording and successful preservation of our great national patrimony of historic architecture."
- City, ARCH to update countywide database of historic sites, structures by the City of Fort Waynestates: The last survey of historic properties in Fort Wayne was completed in the mid 1990s (1996?). It was expected to be complete in 2014. So far in 2019, have not found it online. The Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory at the IUPUI University Library states:
Every year since 1978 Indiana Landmarks has surveyed from two to four counties, looking for architecturally and historically significant structures and districts. Indiana Landmarks undertakes this federally mandated program through matching grants from Indiana's Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA). To date, Indiana Landmarks has surveyed 72 of Indiana's 92 counties.
Conducting research on a historic site, structure, vessel or landscape? Consult the nation's largest archive of historical architectural, engineering, and landscape documentation - the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection - in Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey Access publication-quality downloads of measured drawings, black & white and color photographs large format photographs, and written historical reports at NO COST! Copied from September 28, 2017 Heritage Document Program, NPS on Facebook at the
The Library of Congress.
Stately sandstone building at 302 E. Berry St. was once City Hall and is the home to thousands of Fort Wayne and area artifacts. Read Working to keep city's rich history alive There isn't much fanfare, but historians play key role by Steve Warden published January 3, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
PrimeTime - The History Center - September 25, 2020 Season 2020 Episode 30 | 27m 33s The History Center. Guest - Todd Maxwell Pelfrey. 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.
The History Center posted May 5, 2022 on Facebook an article featuring an op-ed piece by Executive Director Todd Maxwell Pelfrey Keeping pace: History Center in step as events gather speed in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
See Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society publications on Archive.org.
Hobby Ranch House
Was a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise. Dave Thomas of Wendy's hamburger fame worked here. Photo on Great Memories & History of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Discussed August 19, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group. See photos and discussion January 9, 2017 and October 28, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. See The Hobby Ranch House Restaurant, Fort Wayne, Indiana, ca. 1955 on Indiana Memory.
Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors
Was on West Wayne Street, founded by A.K. Hofer in 1915, a third generation land surveying firm has surveyed many of the big projects in Fort Wayne such as the Lincoln Tower, the City County Building, the main Allen County Public Library, IPFW, Headwaters Park, Glenbrook Mall, all Parkview hospitals and campus’s, and neighborhoods like Wildwood Park and Foster Park. Read more and watch the video Survey Company Turns 100: Helped Build Much of Fort Wayne by Eric Olsen published March 3, 2015 on
ABC WPTA21.com TV station21Country video. See lots of old photos on their Facebook page. On April 6, 2018 they annouced their merger with ForeSight Consulting, LLC. and address change to 1910 St. Joe Center Road, Suite 51 on their Facebook page.
Hoffman Meat Market
Was located at 1026 Maumee Avenue, operated by Henry H. (1867-1941) and Emelie (1875-1947) Hoffman who also lived in the building. A photo with a calendar in the background turned to August 1926 loaned by Nancy Poinsette DeLullo was posted October 24, 2014 by Indiana Album on Facebook.
Holiday Theatre I & II
949 Northcrest Shopping Center, "Opened in 1969 as the single screen Holiday, a second auditorium was carefully added in 1970 so that the building right up its demolition looked like a purpose built-twin. It was located on the grounds of the Northcrest Shopping Center. ... The theater survived into the 1990s and was eventually acquired by the Regal chain which closed it in 1997 or 1998, having built a rather nondescript six-plex (named the Holiday 6) just a few hundred feet away. The Holiday I & II sat vacant and forlorn for about five years, and the building was finally demolished in 2003." Read the rest from Cinema Treasures. See comments on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana. See more local Theaters such as the Broadway Theatre, Clyde Theatre, Embassy Theatre, Holiday Theater, Jefferson Theatre, Palace Theatre, Rialto Theatre, and Paramount Theatre.
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420 West Wayne Street, was the stately residence of Robert C. Bell who built it in 1893. For the past eighty years it has been occupied by the Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home. Read more in LANDMARK ON WEST WAYNE KLAEHN, FAHL AND MELTON by Tom Castaldi, local historian posted by Emily Royer September 8, 2015 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.
Ray Yarman started on Reidmiller Street, until a fire destroyed it. Reopened on Covington Road corner of Freeman. Eventually moved to the Allen Dairy location on Northrop Road from his daughter Debra comment on February 25, 2017 discussion on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
Home Telephone & Telegraph Company
August 27, 2018 post with photo by Daniel Baker on Facebook states:
"The Building Inside—Home Telephone & Telegraph Company: c. 1929 & 2017" The former Home Telephone building sits on the northeast corner of Barr and Berry Streets. It was designed by local architect Charles Weatherhogg, who was responsible for the Anthony and Keenan hotels, North Side High School, and the Journal-Gazette Building among others. Unlike many buildings downtown, this one was fortunately spared from the wrecking ball. However, it came at a price. It lost its ornamental facade and windows; a floor was added and then the entire building veneered over in orange/red brick. If one looks closely, they can see where some of the features of Weatherhogg's original building remain. Since then, the location has been the home of GTE (remember the brown microwave tower that was part of the downtown skyline?) and currently Frontier. (This image is one of eleven completed for the Downtown Improvement District last January. A big thank you to ARCH, INC. for allowing the use of the vintage photograph). Home Telephone became General Telephone in 1956, then GTE, then Verizon, and is now Frontier Communications in 2019, from a comment about the photo Operators of Home Telephone Company, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1907at The Indiana Album that was discussed February 16, 2019 on
You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook and same photos published July 25, 2019 in Nonprofit interested in your old photos by Corey McMaken in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Several local buildings around town still have the Hoosier name plate above their door. Many businesses such as a Hoosier bakery, adverstising service, coal, supply, and paint store existed in the 1920s. 28 Hoosier Stores are listed in 1924 city directory. Photo of 33 stores listed in the 1925 city directory were discussed May 11, 2016 and again September 7, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
Hoovervilles popped up around the country during the Great Depression. The largest in Fort Wayne was in the thumb of the 3 rivers now Headwaters Park. It
was filled with tar paper shacks, traveling hobos, and misery, as homeless people tried to live through the great depression. By 1939 the last of the shanties had been torn down. Copied from Chapter Three Development in the 20th Century of the book Headwaters Park: Fort Wayne's Lasting Legacy by Geoff Paddock. The area was known as the Jail Flats when the first jail was built on the flat land there in 1825 until the last hanging in 1883. In 1884, a baseball park was built in the Flats with a grandstand to host a “world series” with Chicago playing Providence.
A "Hooverville" was a shanty town built during the Great Depression by the homeless in the United States. They were named after Herbert Hoover, who was President of the United States during the onset of the Depression and was widely blamed for it. The term was coined by Charles Michelson, publicity chief of the Democratic National Committee. There were hundreds of Hoovervilles across the country during the 1930s and hundreds of thousands of people lived in these slums. Copied from Hooverville on
Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
William H. Myers, a widely respected Fort Wayne surgeon, was the major force behind the founding of Fort Wayne City Hospital in 1878 where it opened in the residence of William S. Edsall on southwest corner of Main and Webster Streets. Neighbors forced removal to southwest corner of Hanna and Lewis Streets. In 1893 it moved to former homestead of Oliver S. Hanna at the southwest corner of Barr Street and Washington Boulevard. In 1891 (officially 1900) renamed Hope Hospital after large donations from the Jesse Williams family. In 1917 at West Lewis and Harrison Streets opening in 1918 as Hope Methodist Hospital after Indianapolis Methodist Episcopal Hospital took control, then in 1922 renamed Methodist Hospital. August 12, 1951 ground breaking and opening in 1953 as Parkview Hospital. Last location is now the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. Previous locations were at West Main and Webster Streets, Fort Wayne (1878); Hanna and Lewis Streets (1878–83); Barr Street and Washington Boulevard (1883–1916); 119 West Lewis Street (1917–53); 2200 Randalia Drive (1953– ), copied from Parkview Hospital at IndianaHistory.org.
- Photos of City Hospital on corner of Hanna and Lewis Streets and 1917 Hope Hospital on page 56 in the Fort Wayne book by Randolph L. Harter on a Google ebook.
- 1910 Hope Hospital photo posted March 29, 2017 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
- November 8, 2017 discussion on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
- Parkview Hospital on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
- On page 480 in the 1917 book, shown above, The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana : a review of two centuries of occupation of the region about the head of the Maumee River by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927; Taylor, Samuel R., Mrs discussed the beginning of the three local hospitals in 1868-1869: City Hospital - renamed Hope in 1900, St. Joseph Catholic and Lutheran Hospital.
- A business location map was posted February 5, 2019 by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook in response to an 1879 Fort Wayne City Hospital photo posted January 30, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
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Horton Manufacturing Company
America's First Washer Builder was founded in 1871 by John Claus Peters and
Henry C. Paul. It was located off West Main Street on Osage Street where they manufactured Horton Washing Machines. See Putting a spin on history With washing machines and more by Tom Castaldi, local historian for Fort Wayne Magazine
May 19th, 2017. There was a bad fire June 9, 1917 see Nebraska, IN Horton Manufacturing Co Fire, Jun 1917 from the June 9, 1917 Fort Wayne News newspaper on GenDisasters.com. Nebraska is a neighborhood in Fort Wayne. Photo and discussion March 8, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
- 1890 ad for modern washing machine from Horton Manufacturing Company Fort Wayne, Indiana from Time Travelers - come back in time on Facebook and Harter Postcard onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
- Horton Hybrid Washer, Model 32 circa 1920 on200 @ 200 2016 Bicentennial items at The History Center.
- Fort Wayne, IN: Horton Washing Machines published October 4, 2017 by200 @ 200 2016 Bicentennial items at The History Center.
- Putting a spin on history With washing machines and more By Tom Castaldi for Fort Wayne Magazine Friday, May 19th, 2017.
- Several advertisements including a 1943 calendar were posted September 24, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
- Was discussed April 29, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook
Designed by Alvin M. Strauss.
Hotel Indiana opened in May 1928 at the intersection of Harrison Street and Jefferson Boulevard, on land that was once home to Plymouth Congregational Church. The hotel shared brick wall space with the Emboyd Theatre and is reputed to have opened soon after the theater gave its first show – a spectacular event that included an 11-man harmonica band. Copied from the story Hotel Indiana: Charm in a historic Fort Wayne venue by Louisa Danielson published April 2, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. In October 1976 worked dismantled the sign in photo posted August 7, 2014 on Downtown Fort Wayne on Facebook from the Allen County Public Library Digital Collections at the Allen County Public Library. It closed in 1971 after some 50 years of service to downtown Fort Wayne. 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, Embassy officials get into swing of renovation by Vivian Sade published July 9, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Photos posted and discussed May 31, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
In a 1908 photo on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne. A druggist and amateur botanist, Huxford served as a Fort Wayne City Council member beginning in the 1830s and also served three one-year terms as Fort Wayne mayor from 1846 to 1848, the announcement said.
Alloyus “Lewis” Houser House
Built sometime in the 1840s shown in Family Landmark Gets Permanent Protection posted March 14, 2017 by Indiana Landmarks.
A March 28, 1969 The Journal Gazette newspaper article discussing the building of the reservoir was posted September 8, 2017 by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook.
Built in 1990, 924 S. Calhoun Street. The present-day structure replaced an older unsalvageable building once home to Hutner’s Paris fine clothier. See Hutner Building history with photos and timeline on midtowncrossing.net.
520 Tennessee Avenue, Dr. Merchant Huxford House is a Greek Revial style built in the 1850s possibly with timbers still showing signs of whitewash from the last Fort Wayne built in 1815! Huxford was semi-retired when he built the house, dying in 1878. His property once included the land from what is now Lawton Park east to the St. Joseph River. He helped found the local Episcopal Church, the Allen County Agricultural Society and the Allen County Horticulture Society. See Merchant-Huxford House photos on ARCH Facebook page. Read the rest in Historic preservation group ARCH buys home with possible link to 1815's Fort Wayne by News-Sentinel staff reports September 12, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. History suitable for use ARCH plans new life for 1854 home by Rosa Salter Rodriguez May 11, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
The Fort Wayne City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday night [July 15, 2014] to designating the historic Dr. Merchant W. Huxford House as a local historic district. Fort Wayne City Council gives preliminary approval to designating circa 1854 home as local historic district News-Sentinel staff reports was published July 16, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Work progressing well on historic Huxford House by Kevin Kilbane was published February 13, 2016 on The News-Sentinel newspaper. Photos posted November 10, 2017 by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) on Facebook. The fort in the doctor’s house: using tree-ring growth patterns to discover historic Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA Christopher Baas, Taylor N. Davis & Darrin L. Rubino Received 14 Jan 2018, Accepted 21 Dec 2018, Published online: 01 Mar 2019 in Journal of Conflict Archaeology on Taylor Francis Online.
Hyde Brothers Books
Sam Hyde and brother Joel started the store in 1992. It has the largest science fiction collection in the state. Local Bookstore Gets a Nationwide Read by Eric Olson, 21Country Featured Reporterpublished February 13, 2017 on ABC WPTA21.com TV station. Over 20 photos posted and discussed September 8, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
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