K & K Insurance
Nord Krauskopf was a roofing contractor and local race car driver competing at South Anthony Speedway and Fort Wayne Speedway.
There was no insurance for drivers, so he would collect $1 from racers for a benevolent fund in case someone got hurt. After a few crashes, the fund was quickly depleted. Krauskopf had an idea to start selling insurance to race tracks, and in 1952 he contracted through Lloyd's of London and started touring race tracks. In May 2017 The Indiana Racing Memorial Association erected a plaque honoring 65 years in business. Copied from his story in Racing history organization honors K&K's track impact, Company founder was pioneer in insurance and team ownership by Blake Sebring published May 10, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper and Local firm's legacy ensured 1st company to insure racers, tracks gets historical marker by Frank Gray published May 11, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Karpeles Manuscript Museum
Opened in late 2008 in the former First Church of God at 3039 Piqua Ave - May 1, 2013 opened at 2410 Fairfield Avenue a grand edifice built in 1927, the Christian Scientists used the building until the mid-'80s and last occupied by the non-denominational
Hope Center. The collection includes an original draft of the Bill of Rights, a 1503 copy of the Magna Carta and a Thanksgiving proclamation signed by George Washington. Exhibits rotate regularly. Read more at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum on Visit Fort Wayne blog and Faded but grand Fort Wayne church about to get new life as museum Karpeles Manuscript Museum plans move to former Fairfield church in May by Kevin Leininger published April 12, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
Demolished January 13, 1974,
The 13-story hotel built in 1922 had hosted names like presidents Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy in its heyday. copied from 1974: Explosive demolitions of Van Orman, Keenan hotels by Corey McMaken published July 25, 2019 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
An image ca. 1961 was posted December 3, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebookand copied here with permission from Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian, author, and the history/architecture guide for FortWayneFoodTours.com.
This article was written for and is courtesy of Fort Wayne Reader newspaper.
In the spring of 1923, the Journal Gazette touted that not only had the beautiful South Side High School just been completed the previous year, but that currently the city was “a beehive of activity” with an additional four, million dollar construction projects underway. Those were the First National Bank Building (now home to Star Bank) on West Berry Street, the new home office of Lincoln National Life Insurance Company (on Harrison at Douglas), the International Harvester Plant (Pontiac at Bueter Road), and the first major hotel to be built in Fort Wayne since the Hotel Anthony in 1908, the Hotel Keenan at the southwest corner of Harrison and Washington.
The Keenan’s, led by the father Hugh, were a hotel family and managed accommodations in other states including Pennsylvania, Michigan and Iowa. They leased the soon to open in 1908, Hotel Anthony from the Fort Wayne Hotel Co. whose organizers and stockholders were made up of a group of the city’s leading business people that had determined the city’s need for a modern first class hotel. Hugh’s son James F. Keenan, a Notre Dame graduate, arrived in Fort Wayne in 1909 and began managing the Anthony (which he ran until 1947 when F. Harold Van Orman assumed the lease), and then in 1922 decided to build a competing hotel of his own on Harrison just three blocks away. Designed by the noted local architect, Charles R. Weatherhogg, who had designed the Anthony fifteen years earlier, the Keenan rose twelve stories above ground with an additional two stories below.
Built of reinforced concrete, brick, and with Indiana Bedford Limestone facing off the outside of the first four floors, the lobby had light-colored marble floors, with darker marble baseboards, walnut trim throughout, velour drapes, overstuffed furniture upholstered in mohair and two guest elevators. With second story mezzanine and private dining rooms above, Egyptian Coffee Shop in the lower level, and elegant main dining room off the lobby, the building comprised a total of 117,000 square feet. The Keenan boasted a Presidential Suite and nearly 300 additional guest rooms, which saw 50 years’ worth of luminaries including notables from Amelia Earhart to Presidents Truman and Kennedy.
But small guest rooms and the public’s changing tastes took its toll on the Keenan. Despite a major remodeling in 1972, revenues continued to decline, which were coupled with fires at the hotel in 1969 and 1974. While no loss of life occurred, the fires did result in injures and pointed out the safety limitations of the decades old high-rise hotel. Added to the aforementioned had been the opening in 1968 of the new Sheraton Hotel at Washington & Jefferson, businesses leaving downtown for the suburbs, and other modern hotels coming out along I-69 in the early 1970’s. Under the direction of James Keenan’s daughter, Helen Keenan Centlivre, the hotel was closed in May of 1974, and with 330 pounds of high-velocity gelatin dynamite, reduced to rubble later that year on October 20th. Part of The Grand Wayne Convention Center now resides on the Keenan’s former site.
(Image courtesy Harter Postcard Collection -ACPL)
A tip of the hat to Automotive Historian/City Planner Creager Smith for dating this image from the model year of the Taxi Cab!
Randy Harter is a Fort Wayne historian, author, and the history/architecture guide for Fort Wayne Food Tours.
Discussed August 13, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook
The Miami Indian Village was at the confluence of the three rivers, now known as Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Battle of Kekionga (from HMDB Historical Marker database) in October 1790 was the fist battle fought by the United States Army after the War for Independence. The campaign had been ordered by President Washington against the Miami settlement of Kekionga, the center of Indian resistance to U.S. migration across the Ohio River. On October 17, the U.S. commander, General Josiah Harmar, reached Kekionga with 1,453 regular and militia soldiers and found that the Miami had burned and abandoned their town. See also: The Battle of Kekionga landmark information by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) Central Downtown Trail, and The Origins of “Kekionga” in Fort Wayne's Past, Pt. 1 by John posted by: ACPL The Genealogy Center Tuesday, June 18, 2013The Origins of “Kekionga” in Fort Wayne's Past, Pt. 2 by John posted by: ACPL The Genealogy Center Wednesday, June 19, 2013. See also The Battle of Kekionga by Tom Castaldi, local historian,published April 25, 2013 on History Center Notes & Queries blog, the fictional book The Bones of Kekionga and Bones of Kekionga on Facebook discussed September 25, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
Kekionga Ball Grounds 1869-1871
A monument marking the location of the first professional baseball league game between the Fort Wayne Kekiongas and the Cleveland Forest Citys on May 4, 1871 in Camp Allen Park in Fort Wayne was erected in May 2017. Fort Wayne won 2-0. See photo at Monument at Fort Wayne park marks first-ever baseball game published May 3, 2017 by WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. For more information read Kekionga Ball Grounds (Fort Wayne) by Bill Griggs and Jim Nitz and May 4, 1871: Association Ball: Kekionga vs. Forest City by John Thorn both at Society for American Baseball Research. For photos of both teams see Baseball’s First League Game: May 4, 1871 by John Thorn at Our Game MLBlogs.com. Photos and discussion April 4, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
Kekionga Baseball Team
Formed in 1866, in 1869 played the Cincinnati Red Stockings believed to be the first team of paid professional players. Kekiongas won the state championship in 1870. In 1871 the National Association of Professional Baseball Players was started in New York. The teams tossed coins to see which squads would pay the first game, Fort Wayne and Cleveland won. The game was played in Fort Wayne, and the Kekiongas won 2-0. An urban legend exists that the Kekiongas evolved into the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Fort Wayne team folded in July 1876 after a 7-21 start and was replaced in the league by the Brooklyn Eckfords team which chose not to pay the initial $10 entry fee. That team eventually became the Dodgers. Read more in Fort Wayne Sports History: Kekiongas help start the National League by Blake Sebring published June 27, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper and Kekiongas baseball team at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Bobby Mathews of Baltimore, Maryland, player photo, "on May 4, 1871. With a 2-0 win, he became the first pitcher to start, win and throw a shutout in a professional league game. (That victory came in the National Association) He later became the first first person to pitch 100 professional league games, and supposedly, was the first pitcher to ever throw a curve and spitball, though other players laid claim to those feats." from Find-A-Grave bio.
833 Florence Street. 1911 photo and discussion September 24, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
Was on Goshen Road discussed July 4, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
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Martin Luther King Memorial Bridge
Dedicated June 4, 2012, the bridge " includes 25 plaques with quotes from Dr. King, sculptural etchings, decorative paving, a soaring 50-foot high arch, seating midway across the bridge, landscaping that connects to the trail and headwaters park and state-of-the-art lighting, which displays millions of shades of color. Monuments on each end of the bridge feature a four by six cast relief of Dr. King, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize. Bordering the bridge walkways are decorative stainless steel railings, with and words illustrating Dr. King's beliefs laser cut into the railing." From CityofFortWayne.org CITY LANDMARK RECEIVES STATE HONOR MLK Bridge Recognized by Landscape Architects where "The Indiana Chapter of ASLA recently recognized bridge construction partners -- architectural firm DLZ Indiana, the Indiana Department of Transportation and the City of Fort Wayne -- by presenting the Honor Award for Constructed Works." March 11, 2013 Another award for the MLK Bridge - Engineering Excellence Award from Amer. Council of Eng.
“Frozen in Time,” a time-lapse photo of the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge in Fort Wayne, will be on display for the next year in the U.S. Capitol Building, according to a statement issued by the school. From Carroll student to be honored for MLK artwork published May 29, 2013 The Journal Gazette newspaper. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge photos on cityofgortwayne.org.
Kings - Kings A & I
King Trunk and Leather Works, Inc. was founded in 1919 by Morris King. In later years the company was run by brothers Harry H. and Manuel (Manny) K. and then James R. King, Manuel's son. In 1926 King Trunk and Leather Works purchased the Allerding & Ittenbach Co. that had been founded in 1902 and was known as the A & I store. King's later combined the two stores names becoming Kings A & I Leather and Camera Shop. Kings first store was located in the 1100 block of S. Calhoun. They moved to 916 S. Calhoun in 1940. In 1952 they hired local architect A. M. Strauss to remodel 814 S. Calhoun to house both stores. King's A & I remained at this location until closing in 1984. They opened a store at Glenbrook Mall in 1970 and remained there, occupying several locations in the mall, until closing in 1994.. Copied from the Kings A & I Collection
with photos courtesy of James R. King on the Allen County Community Album at the ACPL. Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian, author, and the history/architecture guide for FortWayneFoodTours.com worked with James King, the third generation owner of Kings A & I, to scan and catalog 58 images of the family’s downtown fine leather and luggage store(s), the last location of which was on Calhoun (now the site of the Dash-In), along with his stores in Glenbrook Mall. August 5, 2019 Randy posted an image showing the northeast corner of Calhoun and Wayne Streets on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. You can see the Lincoln Tower rising above and behind the building.
Photo of No. 1 was posted August 4, 2019 by the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association and discussed on Facebeook. It was
believed to be on Maumee Rd (Lincoln Highway) east side of Fort Wayne, IN - from an original photograph used to make a Dexter Silvercraft postcard.
Concrete and stucco art decco house begun in 1938, then after 14 years of labor was abandoned in 1951 when Jacob Knee died of a heart attack. Also known as the Cement House, Concrete House, The Rock, or White Mansion behind Mr. Wiggs south of Hanna Street on U.S. 27, near John Street and the old Jewish Cemetery on Decatur Road, is no longer there. The Famous Concrete House January 17, 2013 post of Vintage Fort Wayne closed group on Facebook with a 1951 photo Courtesy of Eric Knee, then share January 18, 2013 by ACGSI on Facebook. Nancy Mullins Swain says:
This house was built by my father's cousins, Jake and Wayne Knee. One of the builders lived in the house with his elderly mother until 1961.
Legend says that a man built the house for his paralyzed wife and spent no expense to make sure her wheelchair could move freely throughout the house. When the woman died, the man walked away from the house before it could be finished. Over the years the house was destroyed by the elements and the ruins are supposedly haunted by the ghost of his wife. From the June 11, 2008 A Guide to the Ghosts and Legends of Fort Wayne, Indiana[Janaury 9, 2013]. See also Name That Ft. Wayne Landmarkwith photo and discussion May 10, 2008 on Fort Wayne Left blog[Janaury 9, 2013]. January 9, 2013 discussion and newspaper article with photo June 17, 2013 on
the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. Photo and discussion August 16, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. Discussed October 29, 2015 and September 23, 2017 with several comments from historian Craig Leonard on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
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The marble and stone mansion was built in 1916 and was paid for with money earned from an old cough syrup formula. William H. Noll in 1905 formed the Pinex Co. to market a cough syrup which was sold through his father's drug store. ... William Noll was rich enough by 1916 to erect this sumptuous edifice, which reportedly cost more than $1 million to build. Life at the Noll house was an exercise in luxury. The Nolls were famous for their lavish parties and manicured lawns and garden. The ornately carved rooms and plush furnishings oozed an aura of wealth which soon became an anachronism. The years passed and the Noll house gradually fell into disrepair then outright neglect. By 1960, weeds and unmowed grass had replaced the sculptured lawn. Copied from CITYSCAPES Fort Wayne's saddest story by KEVIN LEININGER from the archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper.
Koehlinger Security Technology, Inc.
Loss prevention products & services since 1913. 421 East Washington Blvd. Facebook page. Koehlinger Lock and Key Service on one side, and Koehlinger Toy Store on the other side, shared the same building from Local Business a Community Player for 100 Years Eric Olsen video on
WPTA21 ABC TV station21Country video.
Komets Hockey Team
www.komets.com playing at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum since 1952. Komets Legends web site. Trailing the Komets blog by the News-Sentinel. What do the Komets mean to Fort Wayne? their 60th Anniversary history October 21, 2011 by Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel and "Komets krazy: Franke brothers, team celebrate 60th" October 29, 2011 article on FWDailyNews.com. ‘Spaceman’ no monkey Myths of Komets’ iconic logo dispelled by Justin A. Cohn in The Journal Gazette November 3, 2011. Komets Wikimedia article. 60 Amazing Years of Komet History from VisitFortWayne blog March 5, 2012. May 21, 2013 was the 20th anniversary of the miracle championship. Here is the first in a two-part series looking back at the 1993 championship won by the Fort Wayne Komets Komets prepared all season to go for 1993 title - Tonight is 20th anniversary of miracle championship and May 22, 2013 part two - Komets shocked the hockey world with 1993 Turner Cup title - Sweep and upset of Gulls will never be forgotten both by Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel newspaper. Frankes celebrating 25 years of Komets ownership Here's how everything else has changed in minor league hockey since 1990 by Blake Sebring published October 21, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard discussion August 11, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... closed Facebook group.
Kozma Brothers Grocery
Indiana Historical Society Facebook photo
Grocery ad image
George and Michael Kozma founded Kozma Bros. in Fort Wayne in 1916 at 1333 Lafayette St. A year later, they moved their store to 1402 Hanna St., pictured here in 1934. It remained there until the brothers sold it to Louis Christ in 1938. Christ kept the name and the store was open until 1945. Copied from an April 10, 2019 Indiana Historical Society post on Facebook. A Kozma Brothers grocery ad from January 25, 1918 Fort Wayne Sentinel newspaper was posted on the ACGSI Facebook page.
Krees Skating Rink
Just off Livingston Avenue up the hill from Spy Run, was struck by lightening in 2001 and burned to the ground. Discussed August 19, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
Built around 1926, 912 S. Calhoun Street, it originally housed a dimestore. See Kresge-Groth Building history with photos and timeline on midtowncrossing.net. Discussed June 15, 2016 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
Kroger Grocery Stores
1950s stores discussed September 10, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook
6532 W. Cook Road, kuehnertdairy.com. The Kuehnert family of Fort Wayne was establish in the 1890s, so the farm is now operated by the fifth and sixth generation of farmers. Looking at the World Through Holstein-Spotted Glasses by by Jackie Barber published June 5, 2013 on Winners Drink Milk American Dairy Assoication of Indiana blog. Kuehnert Dairy Farm & Fall Festival published on Visit Fort Wayne.
Charles W. Kuhne House 802-804 West Washington, at entry to West Central Historic District, adjoins the historic Mary Rockhill-Tyler House. From ARCH RESCUES HISTORIC WEST CENTRAL HOMES: SEEKING RESTORATION OWNER by The Waynedale News Staff published October 1, 2008.
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