J Named Places in Allen County, Indiana

Jack and Jill Amusement Park

In the 1960s, was on the east side of East Coliseum Boulevard south of Lake Avenue in the area where Mr. Wiggs and K-Mart stores were later located north of the Lakeside Golf Course. All are out of business now. April 1, 2014 discussion , April 6, 2018 and labeled map April 2, 2014 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. Aerial before and after photo of the park and again in 2018 were posted and discussed February 28, 2018, another photo and discussion January 24, 2017and sign photo February 13, 2017, October 17, 2017 and name Search and Diamond Jim's discussed February 13, 2017 was later just north of this area discussed on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. 1965 sign by Johnson Brothers sign photo posted November 20, 2017 on Indiana Album on Facebook and December 3, 2017 on Vintage Fort Wayne closed group on Facebook. Information on the Monster Mouse roller coast on rcdb.com. Before and after aerial and drone photos posted February 28, 2018 by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

Jack & Johnny's

1234 N. Wells St. closed in 2008, former owners Jack Humbrecht and his wife, Lu, and Johnny Pence, died in 1990, and his wife, Dee, (also Jack's sister) purchased the establishment in 1945. Jack & Johnny's reopening New owners of the closed Wells Street tavern are remodeling, have retained the name by Lisa Esquivel Long published May 5, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Jacobs-Lewellen House

Is a brick Colonial Revival two story built in 1907 at 342 E. Main Street. It was moved November 5, 1995 to 904 W. Berry Street at the NW corner of Berry and Jackson. Photos and discussion October 10, 2015, August 16, 2017, October 31, 2017 and Jack & Jill Name Search on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group.

Jaenicke Gardens

Was called the Japanese Gardens prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. Was located at Swinney Park designed by Adolph Jaenicke in the early 1900's. Was renamed May 14, 1942 for the designer Adolph Jaenicke. Postcard File:Jaenicke Gardens, Swinney Park, Fort Wayne, Indiana (75556).jpg on Wikimedia Commons. Photos and discussion January 5, 2017, September 10, 2017, October 30, 2017 , June 2, 2019 and Jaenicke Name Search on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

Jailhouse Flats

ARCH Sin in the Summit City Jan 18, 2016 by Access Fort Wayne on YouTube
Karen Richards discusses the colorful history of Fort Wayne at the Allen County Public Library. Filmed and edited by Dan Allen for Access Fort Wayne.

Swamp-like conditions often covered the area north of downtown Fort Wayne, it was not used as residential or commercial property, but was a popular dumping ground in early years of Fort Wayne. It is now Headwaters Park and the present jail. Interesting artifacts were found when digging during the building of the park. The area became known as the “Jail Flats” because it was the location of the county's first jail in 1825 and the area was flat. When Benjamin Madden and George Keefer confessed to the murder of John Dunbar in April 1855, both were found guilty and sentenced to hang at the flats. They were brought from the jail to the scaffolding, two ropes were attached to cross beams and both paid their debt to society with their lives. This was also the site of the public hanging of Sam McDonald in 1883, the last such execution in Fort Wayne. McDonald had murdered his friend, Louis Laurent, and was hanged before a crowd of 250 curious observers. The present jail was built in 1981, continuing the tradition of a county jail in the “Jail Flats.” In 1884, a baseball park was built in the Flats with a grandstand to host a “world series” with Chicago playing Providence. During the economic depression of the 1930s, the flats became the site of a “Hooverville” which consisted of shacks and shanties that provided crude shelters for out-of-work families. Copied from History is in session Courthouse,occupants getbook treatment published May 12, 2019 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Swinney Park / Jailhouse Flats - minor league baseball park 1880s to 1930. Discussed January 27, 2017 when a Louis Bonsib painting was posted on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. See Allen County’s Jail Flats by Tom Castaldi, local historian published July 3, 2014 on History Center Notes & Queries blog. Duck Creek and League Park were also in this area. Also related to the 1875 Timeline discussion of Fort Wayne as "the most lawless town in Indiana".

Jefferson Theater

Torn down for the Grand Wayne Center. It became one of the most important theaters in Fort Wayne when it was built in 1912. However, the theater fell out of favor as ever more opulent and flashy motion picture theater houses began to spring up in the city during the late 1920s and early 1930s. This may be one of the reasons the theater was eventually forced to renovate. The main focus of this essay is to scrutinize these and other events leading up to a renovation of the theater occurring in 1940. From THE JEFFERSON THEATER A History of a Fort Wayne Classic by Stephen Weaver. A Select History of Fort Wayne’s Jefferson Theater by Alicia Alabbas, Brooke LaRue, Elvis Ahlborn, Julie Dominguez, Karen Reinoehl, and Stephen Weaver has lots of links to reference sources. Discussed February 11, 2017 and photo August 31, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. Theatrical variety part of history published August 29, 1994 by Michael Hawfield from the Archives of The News-Sentinel newspaperdiscusses this and other local theatres. See more local Theaters such as the Broadway Theatre, Clyde Theatre, Embassy Theatre, Holiday Theater, Jefferson Theatre, Palace Theatre, Rialto Theatre, and Paramount Theatre.

Jefferson Public School

Fort Wayne, Indiana - quote by Charleton Heston in response to Where did you learn to write? from Dr. Zira in the original Planet of the Apes movie released February 8, 1968 . Not a real school, but we do have a Jefferson Middle School.

Jenne Camera Manufacturing

"C.R. Jenne moved his company—Jenne Camera Mfg. Co.-- to Fort Wayne in 1892 and manufactured the Solar Rayon." Read their story Jenne Camera Manufacturing posted by Nancy McCammon-Hansen on the History Center blog September 24, 2012.

Jenney Electric Light Company

Fort Wayne Jenney Electric Light Company ad XXIV July 13, 1889 in Western electrician Publication date 1887 on Archive.org

Formed in 1881 by James A. Jenney. 1881 Dynamo and arc lamps at The Fort Wayne Electric Light Co. was incorporated to sell a dynamo and arc lamps patented by James Jenney. Ronald T. McDonald was the founder and president of this company. From A Brief History of Meter Companies and Meter Evolutions timeline and Meter Manufacturers at watthourmeters.com. In June 1883, 17 electric arc lamps were attached to the outfield fences of a Fort Wayne baseball field and night baseball was born. A devastating fire in November 1888 forced the entire Fort Wayne Jenney Electric Light Company to be rebuilt, and operations were resumed on July 1, 1889. From a July 1, 2022 post by Electric Works on Facebook. Eventually, it became Fort Wayne Electric Corp. and in January 1899 was bought by General Electric. For more, see Light of the world by Kevin Leininger published December 19, 1982 in the archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Lots of mentions in Western electrician an Electrical engineering publication.
Page 38 July 20, 1889 The new factories of the Fort Wayne Jenney Electric Light company at Fort Wayne. Ind., will be formally opened the latter part of July. The structures are commodious and possess admirable facilities for electric manufacturing. The opening ceremony will take the form of a reception, to which the company's friends in Fort Wayne will be invited. Music and dancing will be the order of the evening. Mr. McDonald will have his phonograph on exhibition, and Mr. Slattery will give the guests an opportunity to test his electric tricycle.

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Jeopardy Game Show

Fort Wayne at the 14:05 mark of JEOPARDY! 9/14/2022 FULL || Jeopardy! September 14, 2022 NEW EPISODE 720HD posted by Around The World on YouTube
September 14, 2022 the Indiana Chamber post on Instagram was shared with a screenshof of the clue: The first fuel pump in the U.S. was in Fort Wayne in 1885: it supplied this oil used maily for lamps posted by Mitch Harper and discussed in another post September 14, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook. See 1885 on our Timeline and Sylvanus Freelove Bowser for more about his fuel pump.

Fort Wayne has been mentioned a couple of times. One time was October 30, 2017 video by Eric Dutkiewicz posted on Twitter. October 30, 2017 host Alex Trebek offered the final clue in “The State's Second-Largest City” category. “Indiana: Named for a log stockade named for a Revolutionary War hero” was the clue and Fort Wayne was the answer. None of the contestants ventured a guess. Four years ago to the date, the clue was worded as “A log stockade made by a certain 'Mad' Revolutionary War General in 1794 gave this city its name.” Fort Wayne should have been in the clue in March 2017 when contestants were asked to name the Johnny Appleseed Festival. Instead, the clue referenced “lots of pie at this festival in Huntertown, Indiana, which could be called the John Chapman Festival.” Huntertown was the mailing address until this episode forced a change to Fort Wayne. Copied from Summit City? Contestants haven't a clue published November 4, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. The City of Fort Wayne shared a video of the Jeopardy question October 31, 2017 on Facebook.

Joshua's Temple

The unusual church building opened in the 1960's as Immanuel Baptist Church, became New Joshua Missionary Baptist Church before it dissolved August 25, 1994. See photos and information posted November 9, 2017 on Fort Wayne - City of Churches on Facebook.

Joslyn Manufacturing and Supply Company

Manufacturing and Supply Co 2400 Taylor St., is now owned and operated as Valbruna Slater Stainless. In 1944, the Joslyn Manufacturing and Supply Co. in Fort Wayne began work on a contract with the Manhattan Engineering District to turn short, stubby chunks of uranium into long rods. Those rods would help fuel atomic bombs, make America the world’s first superpower and begin the Cold War, a nuclear standoff that lasted for the next half-century. The workers at Joslyn – certainly until Aug. 6, 1945, when the top-secret Manhattan Project was revealed to the world in an atomic flash – most likely had little idea what they were handling. ... By 1952, Joslyn’s uranium work was done, but some of the workers who were exposed to radiation in those eight years would pay the price decades later." The federal program pays the medical bills for workers sickened by their exposure to radiation and also can give them compensation of up to $250,000, depending on what benefits they qualify for. Compensation is also available to survivors of workers who have died from radiation-induced illnesses. But finding those workers isn’t easy. “The goal now is to try to get the word out and educate the public and find these workers that might have been affected,” Brandenberger said. “It’s not as easy as contacting these sites and saying give me your employee list for 1968. from Radiation workers sought by program May be compensated if Cold War-era job involved uranium by Dan Stockman March 11, 2012 The Journal Gazette newspaper. Still online as Indiana WWII Factory Radiation Workers, Survivors Owed Compensation at ClaimsJournal.com. For nearly a century, a steel mill operated on Taylor Street, just southwest of downtown. Aid offered to injured Joslyn staff was another article published May 21, 2013 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Steel firms in lawsuit over tainted soil - Each says it’s the other one’s job to pay for the cleanup by Rebecca S. Green May was published 26, 2013 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Family fights for compensation Former Joslyn mill worker died after handling uranium by Jeff Wiehe was published December 21, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Journal Gazette Newspaper

The Journal Gazette newspaper was founded in 1863 as the Fort Wayne Daily Gazette a daily republican paper; in 1868 the Fort Wayne Weekly Journal started; in 1899 it became Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette a democrat paper - from IndianaHistory.org history of Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Currently at 600 West Main Street and website: www.journalgazette.net.

  1. The History Journal features and stories of historical interest from the archives of The Journal Gazettehas a growing list of online articles ranging from serious to silly with over 300 entries as of July 26, 2022 in History Journal indexed by decade is a chronological index of History Journal features and other stories of historical interest with lots of 1940s and newer articles not easily found elsewhere.
  2. Journal-Gazette, Fort Wayne on the Allen County Public Library website provides access to past issues of the newspaper from December 17, 1992 to the present, with some exceptions to library card holders. You can use ProQuest Super Newsstand to access outside of the library.
  3. The Journal Gazette Office Building on Clinton Street was used until 1950 and since 1982 has been on the National Register of Historic Places. See photos of the building including name and historic places plaques posted August 14, 2018 on Fort Wayne Magazine on Facebook.
  4. See The Journal Gazette at Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
  5. The Journal Gazette Building Stop #2located on the southwest corner of Clinton and Main Streets on the Central Downtown Trail 19 stops on the Heritage Trail by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage). Journal Gazette Building marker photos, Google Map Street View image and more are at The Historical Marker Datatbase HMdb.org.
  6. The Journal-Gazette Building by Tom Castaldi published May 29, 2014 in History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  7. See New Process, Press & Plant about their new printing press by Jim Rosenberg.
  8. You can borrow the ebook Hard news, heartfelt opinions : a history of the Fort Wayne journal gazette by Scott M Bushnell in 2007 on Indiana University Press on Internet Archive.
  9. January 15, 2020 accessing news online from The Journal Gazette required a subscription as the newspaper launched what the media industry calls a metered paywall. For more see Journal Gazette sets paywall for online content by Lisa Green published January 15, 2020 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

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