I Named Places in Allen County, Indiana

Ice Delivery, Inc.

1105 Cass Street, went out of buisness June 10, 1967. It was a consolidation of Consumers, Moran (started in 1860 using horse drawn wagons), and Centlivre ice companies. Home ice delivery was discussed February 24, 2017 and a photo of a July 7, 1967 The Journal Gazette newspaper article was posted and discussed September 24, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. See images of ice delivery items from the 1800s and early 1900s posted June 21, 2018 by The History Center on Facebook.

I. Jones Recycling

Was located at 3651 North Clinton Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The site occupied approximately 4.5 acres and was situated in a predominantly commercial and residential area. South of the large Glenbrook shopping mall. Four buildings were located on the site. The facility, formerly known as Hanchar Industrial Waste Management and Continental Waste Systems, began operations in 1980 as a waste recovery and reclamation facility, handling waste oils and solvents along with other hazardous wastes. On September 9, 1986, a chemical fire broke out at the site. The local fire department and Hazardous Materials Response Team extinguished the blaze which narrowly missed igniting approximately 525 drums of hazardous materials in an adjoining room. The City then asked for and was granted a restraining order against IJ Recycling, closing the facility. See the I. Jones Recycling, Inc Settlement Released for Public Comment: March 2004 on IN.gov.

Indiana Hotel

Now part of the Embassy Theatre complex. See Indiana Hotel rebirth Opens this month after $10 million restoration by Bonnie Blackburn published March 11th, 2016 in Fort Wayne Magazine .

Indiana Theater

Discussed May 12, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Indian Reservation

Several were in the Fort Wayne area. Mentioned in a 1904 Fort Wayne News newspaper article posted May 1, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Indiana Feed & Seed

Old time pet store, feed mill, and seed seller was downtown. Discussed October 24, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Indiana Institute of Technology

A photo of an etching hand signed by Blake Hughes of the Administration Building at Indiana Institute of Technology erected in 1852 was posted May 31, 2018 for "Throwback Thursday" by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook.

Indiana Magazine of History

Over 300 copies of this quarterly publication are on Internet Archive.

Indiana Road Machine Company

Incorporated in 1896, owned by John Claus Peters, it was located corner of Osage and West Main from Comments posted when a photo of their stone crushing machine was posted and discussed August 3, 2018 then more photos and discussion August 4, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Indiana School for Feeble Minded Youth

A 60 acre property bounded by the Hicksville State Road (now State Street Blvd), Thomasetta (now Kentucky Ave), Charlotte and Parnell Avenues then out in the country in 1890. By the 1920’s the property housed about 1,600 patients as well as operating nearly 1,000 acres of farmland in Allen County including the property that is now the campus of Purdue and Indiana Universities on Coliseum Blvd. From photo and history by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian, author, and the history/architecture guide for FortWayneFoodTours.com posted May 8, 2017 and May 6, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. Aka "State School" now Northside Park on State Blvd near North Side High School.

  1. Photo Indiana School for Feeble-Minded Youth, Fort Wayne IN: later known as the State School. Side view from a distance. 1898. reproduced from a printed source. at Allen County Community Album at the Allen County Public Library.
  2. Indiana School for Feeble-Minded Youth -- Fort Wayne State School Mortality Lists at the The Genealogy Center.
  3. Deaths at Indiana School for Feeble-Minded Youth, Fort Wayne, Indiana (1891-1917) from annual reports at the Indiana Genenealogical Society.
  4. Various years of the Annual report of the Indiana School for Feeble-Minded Youth Fort Wayne Indiana on Archive.org ebook.
  5. Annual report of the Indiana School for Feeble-Minded Youth, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, for the fiscal year ending October 31 ..1909-1915 and 1906/07 at Hathi Trust Digital Library with Google digitized copies: 1909-1915 (original from The Ohio State University) or 1919-1924 (original from The Ohio State University)
  6. The history of the Fort Wayne State School for the Feebleminded : Fort Wayne Indiana, 1889-1942 by Evelyn G. Bell, M.A. University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration 1947 on WorldCat.org.
  7. Indiana School for Feeble Minded Youth ca. 1900 with photo by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian, author, and the history/architecture guide for FortWayneFoodTours.com published May 4, 2017 at Fort Wayne Reader.
  8. 2011 and vintage photos on February 23, 2014discussion and album on Vintage Fort Wayne on Facebook
  9. May 29, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
  10. 1915 legislation to pay $300 to injured brickyard laborer Keith Dickson at a May 22, 1912 incident at the school was the subject in a January 21, 2014 Tuesday Tidbit on Indiana Genealogical Societyon Facebook.
  11. Fort Wayne Developmental Center at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  12. A Real Classic, Right Here in 'Your Country' by Eric Olson WPTA21 ABC TV station21Country video Indiana NewsCenter March 25, 2013.

International Harvester

Now called Navistar, construction began in 1922 at the intersection of East Pontiac and Bueter Road. Production began in 1923 and a milestone was reached at the plant forty years later in 1963 when the one-millionth truck, a semi-tractor, rolled off the assembly line. September 28, 1982 on the front page of The Journal Gazette newspaper Harvester announced it would shut the Fort Wayne plant laying off 2,100 workers. Early in 1979, 10,600 people worked for Harvester. The engineering and parts distribution center would remain with about 2,000 employed in 1984. The city assembled a $31 million aid package for the 60-year-old local plant compared to the $27.6 million package offered for the 17-year-old successful Springfield, Ohio facility.The last truck rolled off Fort Wayne assembly line July 15, 1983. See photos on Throwback Thursday: July 15, 1983 – Last truck rolls off line at Harvester plant published June 29, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

This video of the 1960's International Scout was posted and discussed August 21, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook

  1. German web site has information on military trucks.
  2. 1944 photo of military ambulances in Fort Wayne, IN preparing to be shipped to Europe for D-Day posted October 23, 2018 by Indiana Memories on Facebook.
  3. June 19, 2016 photo album of 1950s International Harvester Employess and International Harvester Retirees and Tower Talk newsletter online at Allen County Public Library discussion July 20, 2017 posted on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
  4. Scout advertisement posted November 1, 2017 on 20th Century Advertising.
  5. 50th anniversary newspaper articles from June 1, 1972 were posted December 13, 2016 and November 25, 2016 discussion by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian, author, and the history/architecture guide for FortWayneFoodTours.com 60 photos February 4, 2017 March 1, 1966 newspaper photo of first truck off the new "A" line posted February 24, 2017 and , then March 7, 2017 , March 22, 2017 and July 9, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
  6. 1945 photo of electric trolleys lined up on Bueter Road loading employees from Allen County Public Library posted May 3, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
  7. Scouts were considered by many to be the first SUV, between 1960 and 1980, over 500,000 International Harvester Scouts were made here shown in an advertisement photo posted July 11, 2017 on Fort Wayne Food Tour on Facebook.
  8. Tiny houses near the factory for WWII veterans discussed January 2, 2017, May 8, 2017 and January 4, 2018 long discussion on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. See also Tin Village on our World War II Military page. Similar small houses were built in the 1930s by the Fort Wayne Housing Authority.
  9. 1922/23 photo of workers in front of the plant was posted September 21, 2017 and a photo of initials found in concrete posted September 26, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
  10. December 28, 2017 post of Harvester's exit still reverberates editorial in July 6, 2003 The Journal Gazette newspaper by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook.
  11. Driven by love for Scouts Vehicle search reveals loyalty to city product by Ryan Duvall published December 16, 2018 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

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Internet Archive

Includes the Wayback Machine that archives web sites no longer online. The company has been archiving Public Domain pre-1923 books from the Allen County Public Library and The Genealogy Center for many years then placed online at archive.org. Many of our links go to archived web pages on the Wayback Machines and local history books archived on Internet Archive are found embeded in some of our pages.

Internet Archive from Deepspeed media on Vimeo.

Interurban Railroad

Ft. Wayne Interurban by Bedford Milw published on Feb 2, 2015

Started in 1906. Discussed July 15, 2015 on Indiana News 1 formerly You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Facebook group. See the Steel towers removed Friday with video by Kevin Kilbane published September 1, 2015 on The News-Sentinel newspaper. See multi-part Waynedale News articles by Jack Stark - Boom and Bust June 20, 2007, July 4, 2007, Part III July 18, 2007, Part V August 8, 2007, Part VII August 22, 2007, Part VI September 5, 2007, Part VII September 19, 2007, Part VII October 3, 2007. Building was a freight station in Fort Wayne Interurban lines, similar to railroads, carried freight, too, though they were obviously more limited in their capacity by Tim Ashley published February 25, 2016 in The Elkhart Truth. 20+ photos and discussion February 4, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. DEVELOPMENT OF INTERURBANS IN INDIANA by HIATT, FRED B. Publication date 1909-09-01 in The Indiana Quarterly Magazine of History on Internet Archive. The last day of service was February 19, 1952. Indiana & Michigan Co.'s interurban rail service had its last run. The locomotives had provided freight service between I & M and the city filtration plant, the Fort Wayne State School and Centlivre Brewery. The line had been in service since 1906 and was the last remaining interurban rail line in the state. Copied from THIS DAY IN HISTORY: February 19 in photos published February 19, 2018 by The News-Sentinel newspaper. Trolley Yard/North Side High School/Centlivre Brewery 1927 photo and article by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian, author, and the history/architecture guide for FortWayneFoodTours.com published March 16, 2018 in Fort Wayne Reader. Trolley yards were discussed March 18, 2018 with more photos of a trolley March 18, 2018 and found in a general Interurban search on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. More information under Transfer Corner.

The Interurban-Its Boom and Bust was presented by Jack F. Stark for the Fort Wayne Quest Club on February 17, 1984, then reprinted in segments in theWaynedale News.com.

  1. THE INTERURBAN BOOM AND BUST published June 20, 2007
  2. INTERURBAN BOOM AND BUST published July 4, 2007
  3. THE INTERURBAN – ITS BOOM AND BUST PART III published July 18, 2007
  4. THE INTERURBAN – ITS BOOM AND BUST PART IV published August 8, 2007
  5. THE INTERURBAN – ITS BOOM AND BUST PART VII published August 22, 2007
  6. THE INTERURBAN – ITS BOOM AND BUST VI published September 5, 2007
  7. THE INTERURBAN – ITS BOOM AND BUST PART VII published September 19, 2007
  8. THE INTERURBAN-ITS BOOM AND BUST PART VII published October 3, 2007

IPFW - Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne

After many years of offering courses at separate locations in Fort Wayne, Indiana University and Purdue University opened the combined campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in 1964. Read their 1917-1964 IU History and Purdue History. Indiana and Purdue Universities were officially split into two compuses July 1, 2018 into Indiana University Fort Wayne and Purdue Fort Wayne. Process of changing IPFW to Purdue Fort Wayne ramping up gradually by Kevin Kilbane published March 29, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. See Mastodons on Parade art project in 2005. Where have IPFW's sculpted mastodons gone? The Dons of a decade past still adorn Fort Wayne by Jonathan Robison published January 8, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. 40th Anniversary of IPFW - Mastodons on Parade . See January 10, 2017 discussion, photos August 27, 2017 or search multiple dates on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. The Omnibus Lecture Series Past Speakersas an alphabetical list and their videos on the ipfwhelmkelibrary YouTube channel with various speaker videos back to 2009. See Indiana University Fort Wayne, Purdue University Fort Wayne, and Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Irmscher Construction Company

Founded in 1892, closed August 31, 2014. Constructed some of the city’s most prominent buildings including the Embassy Theatre; the Fort Wayne Water Treatment Plant; the former Waterfield/Wolf & Dessauer/Lincoln Financial building now known as Citizens Square; North Side, Bishop Luers and Paul Harding high schools; projects at Trine University and the University of Saint Francis; the Mizpah Shrine; the (former) GTE building; and many buildings and expansions at and around St. Joseph, Lutheran and Parkview hospitals. From Irmscher built to last Contractor on Embassy, many major projects, closes by Linda Lipp published September 12, 2014 in Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly.

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