Mad Anthonys Children's Foundation
madanthonys.org. Charity Classic for Children charity golf tournament every June for northeast Indiana originally organized by the 1956 PGA Fort Wayne Open as a last-minute Pro-Am event. Proceeds from the Mad Anthonys Charity Classic and other fundraising activities are primarily used to provide operational support to the Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House built in 2003.
Magnavox Defense Group
Bueter Road plant was designed by Alvin M. Strauss when it was Capehart Farnsworth. Magnavox relocated to Fort Wayne from California in 1932. The company, which originally manufactured loudspeakers, made the move to be closer to the city's copper mills, according to the book. By the 1940s, Fort Wayne's Magnavox division began working alongside the Department of Defense, creating often-classified military systems and devices for both the department and NATO countries. Magnavox's annual sales exceeded $650 million and the company employed more than 7,000 people during its 40-year legacy. Not only known for military systems, the company had success with products including the fax machine and global positioning systems. Copied from a book review of Magnavox Government and Industrial Electronics Company, 1951-1991: A Legacy of Pride and Excellence by authors Daniel Aldred and David Peterson of the 330-page hardcover book, which was first released in November 2017 and reviewed in the Book on Magnavox history enters 2nd printing by Charlotte Stefanski published June 30, 2018 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Magnavox was centered in Fort Wayne - Magna (Great) Vox (Voice) invented stereo speakers and Farnsworth invented television. The Brittany 21 inch t.v. was manufactured in Fort Wayne in 1950 and had the largest picture tube available at the time. Magnavox made the set and moved their company to Fort Wayne from California in 1930, from 90 Fun Facts in April 2011 at the The History Center.
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Magnavox holds the patent on the words Woofer, Tweeter and Stereophoniccomment September 3, 2017 September 17, 2017, photo of Bueter Road plant December 14, 2017 and general Magnavox name Search on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
- September 11, 2022 a post on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook shared How The World’s First Home Gaming System Was Made In Indiana Magnavox Odyssey, the first-ever commercial home video-game console, was born in a Fort Wayne boardroom 50 years ago and changed home entertainment forever. A long artcle by Tony Rehagen September 11, 2022 on Indianapolis Monthly.
In September 1972, the Magnavox Odyssey appeared in American Magnavox stores, making it the first video game console that could be played at home with your television. Sold over a period of three years in the United States, the Odyssey has been described as a success or a failure depending on the metrics used. Financially, it broke even.Copied from The Magnavox Odyssey predicted the future of video games by Drew Robarge, posted September 19, 2022 in The National Museum of American History and posted September 23, 2022 by National Museum of American History on Facebook.
George Jacobs, the founder of the U.S. magnet wire industry, was a bright young chemist at General Electric’s Fort Wayne Works in 1901, working on the problems of wire insulation. By 1911, Jacobs had left G E and with his wife Ethel perfected a process of enameling, or insulating wire, for use in coils. Copied from The Magnet Wire Capital of the World by Tom Castaldi posted October 10, 2013 on the History Center Notes & Queries blog. This lead to local companies such as Dudlo Wire Company, Superior Essex, Phelps Dodge Wire Company, Rea Magnet Wire are mentioned in Magnet Wire Is All Around Us From the Model T to Spacecraft from The History Center Blog Posted by Nancy McCammon-Hansen August 7, 2012.
Majestic Theatre in a 1908 photo on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne.
Main's Flower Garden
7300 Lincoln Highway East, New Haven, Facebook. Open 7 days a week 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. mid-April-Aug. 31, 260-749-5307. Thousands of colorful varieties of bedding plants, perennials, annuals, shrubs and fruit trees. Joe Main started Main's with his uncle Russell. The Main's were raised on a farm on Ryan Road east of New Haven, where his parents grew vegetables and sold them throughout east Allen County and at the Barr Street Farmers Market in Fort Wayne. In 1968 they built the greenhouse complex that has served as “flower central”. In 1972 flowers began selling better than produce, so they made the switch to selling flowers. Business is blooming at New Haven 'flower central' Main's Flower Garden is a longtime family operation by Rod King published May 3, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
Was at 216 East Berry Street, razed in 1957, it faced North and is now the site of the parking lot for Citizens Square, formally the ACPL, formally Lincoln Life executive offices, formally W & D's, from December 7, 2013 discussion with photo on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group. Cinema Treasures also has some history as the Civic Theater.
Maloley's Fine Foods
Started by brothers Al and Mike Maloley supermarkets. At their peak employed 1,200 people in 18 supermarkets in northeast Indiana, a bakery and two M&M stamp stores. Their custom built stores were often a pale turqouise blue brick buidling still seen in a few locations around town. In 1933, the Maloley brothers used their father's insurance money to start the business according to Founder of Maloley’s supermarket dies at 100 by Frank Gray published March 21, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. They built their first supermarket in 1956, and sold the business in 1980 to Super Value Stores. See several Maloley's Johnston Brothers signs on Indiana Album and Indiana Memory discussed November 30, 2017 on Vintage Fort Wayne closed group on Facebook. Their colorful aunt
Dago Mary Maloley lived in the Syrian community in Hartford City before coming to Fort Wayne and helping finance her nephews grocery store according to her biography on pages 191-194 in Strangers Among UsThe Story of Blackford County Indiana Immigrants by the Blackford County Historical Society, AuthorHouse, 2011. Read March 20, 2014 Alfred Maloley D.O. McComb and Sons obituary. Photo of August 2, 1962 fire at Broadway and Jefferson store posted November 4, 2010 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. Photo and discussion February 13, 2017, April 8, 2017, April 8, 2017, June 12, 2017 and October 15, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. Maloley's used to give Gold Stamps with each purchase. See photos and discussion October 28, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
Indiana Markers includes many Allen County Markers with photos and information.
Maryland Farm Park
Fun Fact: The farm on which this stately 1870s brick house sits on Rose Avenue was part of the first farm in New Haven on land granted by President John Quincy Adams in 1825. The property, donated to the New Haven Parks Department, is being developed as Marylands Farm Park. Copied from an August 28, 2022 post by City of New Haven Indiana on Facebook.
Marylands Farm Park celebrates its heritage as part of the first farm in Adams Township, established nearly 200 years ago in 1825. Plans are underway to preserve the farm’s rich, rural heritage and refresh it in ways that awaken our minds and senses to the natural world around us. The park will be a tranquil place to explore history and nature and to be inspired by what surrounds us, with an array of experiences to appeal to diverse interests and abilities. Copied from Discover Marylands Farm Park – NEW HAVEN, INDIANA.
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216 East Washington Blvd. Fort Wayne, Indiana, 260-426-4728. The Freemasons Hall was designed by noted architect Charles R. Weatherhogg (1872 - 1937). It is an 8 1/2-story, rectangular Classical Revival style steel frame building faced with Indiana limestone. The front facade features four five-story Ionic order columns alternating with window openings. The cornerstone was laid in 1923 and the building completed in 1926. Freemasons Hall stands 10 stories tall with meeting spaces built on a grand scale. WayneLodge25. See National Register of Historic Places, #91000273. See History of the Freemasons Hall and The Freemason's Hall at Visit Fort Wayne.
Marian Hills Farm
5910 Maples Road, restored 1881 Centennial barn, 1835 'Old House' and 1914 'New House', continously owned by the same family for seven generations since 1835. Facebook page or Web site.
1121 Maumee Avenue, the Theatre opened in 1930 with seating given at 590. The Maumee Theatre was operated by Premiere Theatres. The theatre closed in 1955 and was later demolished and is now a vacant lot. Information from cinema Treasures.
May Stone and Sand Quarry
Now Hanson Stone, see photos and data on MinDat.org.
This beautiful home was built in 1881 and designed by architect Thomas J. Tolan. It is of Victorian Gothic Style and stands on the former site of the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Wayne that was built in 1837. Charles, son of Hugh McCulloch, lived in the east unit of the house with his wife Sarah Ross McCulloch and their children Clara and John Ross in 1881. Sarah Ross McCulloch passed away in 1882 and Charles remarried soon after, moving his family in 1889. Charles retained the ownership of the house after his move. David N. Foster, a merchant, occupied the west unit in 1887 and his brother Samuel M. Foster, a prominent merchant and industrialist, moved into the east unit of the home three years later. The Foster brothers were significant figures in the development of the Fort Wayne park systems; they remained tenants of the house until 1904. In 1908 Charles McCulloch’s oldest son J. Ross McCulloch lived in the west unit with his friend Charles Weatherhogg; the east unit was then occupied by J. Ross’s half-brother Fred McCulloch. J. Ross remained living in the house until his death in 1957. From 1916-1918 he was part of the commission to erect the statue of General Anthony Wayne that now stands in Freimann Square and he was one of the planners of Fort Wayne’s 1916 celebration of Indiana’s centennial. After the death of J. Ross, the house then passed on to his niece Betty Hiscox. After Betty’s death the house and contents were sold in auction, around 1983. First paragraph copied from McCulloch-Wetherhogg House/First Presbyterian Church marker is Stop #9 on the ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) Central Downtown Trail. Google map Street View of marker location. See First Presbyterian Church on The Historical Marker Datatbase HMdb.org. Photos and discussion February 7, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. Photo of February 11, 1988 article with photo in The Journal Gazette newspaper was posted July 20, 2017 by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook. Photos posted and discussed March 31, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.
Hugh McCulloch House
The Hugh McCulloch house was built in 1843 in the Greek Revival Style by architect Henry Williams, who was known as the “southern architect” of Fort Wayne. The house was sited on the highest point, with a broad front lawn extending down to the canal, and a steep slope to the north, to the river. Originally the two story house was perfectly balanced, with a porch on the left, a greenhouse on the right, and four stately square columns in front. A cupola graced the center roof. The grounds, which encompassed all the area between the river and the Wabash & Erie Canal, west to Van Buren Street, were surrounded by a tall white picket fence and filled with fruit trees and grape arbors. In 1862, an Italianate style addition was added to the rear of the house. Other additions to the house were made and by the mid -1860s the house was a blend of Classical Revival and Italianate style elements which resulted in a curious combination of masses and embellishments. First paragraph copied from Hugh McCulloch House by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage). See Hugh McCulloch House on Indiana Landmarks Wilbur D. Peat Collection, Hugh McCulloch House on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, Look inside historic Fort Wayne home after decade of renovations by Natalie Clydesdale posted July 10, 2020 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15
Driving by 616 West Superior Street, you will pass one of Fort Wayne’s oldest extant homes, that of “the father of modern banking,” Hugh McCulloch, who became one of the nation’s leading mid-nineteenth century financial figures and statesman.
Born in Kennebuck, Maine, the young Boston-educated attorney moved to Fort Wayne in 1833. At first practicing law here, he later became the manager of the Fort Wayne branch of the Bank of Indiana, and later its president. In 1863 he was called to Washington, D.C. and named the country’s first Comptroller of the Currency, and then later was chosen by President Abraham Lincoln to be his Secretary of the Treasury. A member of Lincoln’s cabinet, McCulloch had met with the President earlier on the day of his assassination, and was at his bedside the next morning when he died on April 15, 1865. McCulloch subsequently held the office of Secretary of the Treasury under Presidents Andrew Johnson and Chester Arthur, and was later made the U. S. Ambassador to Great Brittan.
Hugh and Susan McCulloch had their Greek Revival style home on W. Superior built in 1843. It had been designed by local architect Henry Williams who would go on to design the since razed Hanna Mansion on E. Lewis Street the next year. The McCulloch home was part of the nearly 100 acre property the family owned, and was bounded on the north by the St. Mary’s River, and the south by the Wabash and Erie Canal, the boats of which they could watch glide by from their front porch.
The beginning of the major changes to the home occurred when it was sold in 1892 to the Fort Wayne College of Medicine who greatly expanded and reconfigured the home to house an amphitheater, three lecture rooms, laboratories, faculty rooms, pharmacy, and other spaces pertinent to the school’s needs. The College of Medicine later moved toIndianapolis and merged with Purdue University in 1905.
The house was further changed when in 1906 it was purchased by the German athletic and social club Turnverein Verwoerts (now Fort Wayne Turners on Parnell Avenue) who further modified the house by removing much of the internal structure to create a gymnasium, proscenium stage, basement shower rooms, and offices, which they utilized until the mid-1960’s. The house continued through a succession of owners, including for a time Fort Wayne Poster Corp., International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, ARCH, and Bireley’s Antiques.
Hugh McCulloch was one of the twelve local business leaders who in 1859 had put forth the funds for the acreage and development of Lindenwood Cemetery, and expected to one day be interred there. However, when McCulloch died at 86 in 1895, he and his wife were living in their home in Prince George’s County, MD and he was buried in Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
Copied with permission from Hugh McCulloch House circa 1870 with photo by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, published December 18, 2017 on Fort Wayne Reader, then posted and discussed December 19, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
McCulloch Park’s past It used to be Broadway Cemetary by Tom Castaldi, local historian published April 14, 2017 in Fort Wayne.com. See Broadway Cemetery.
When the first McDoanld's opened in Fort Wayne was discussed August 10, 2022 on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne Private Facebook Group. Steve Winans listed them as: #1 Lincoln Highway East on Highway 30 East between Fort Wayne and New Haven opened in 1958, 2. California Road, now Coliseum, 3. opened within days of each other, downtown and 4. Calhoun Street, 5. Goshen Road, 6. Waynedale, 7. State Street, 8. S Anthony(original location), and 9. Time Corners. Need to find dates and confirmation of these. Current McDonald's locations in Fort Wayne, IN on City-Data.com.
The original McDonald’s was founded in 1940 as a restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald, in San Bernardino, California. They rechristened their business as a hamburger stand. The McDonald's franchise was founded on April 15, 1955, in Des Plaines, Illinois, by Ray Kroc and Richard Macdonald from McDonald's at Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
McMillen Park Apartments
Were built on 23 acres of land in the 1940s for returning World War II veterans at 4209 Plaza Drive near the corner of South Anthony Boulevard and McKinnie Avenue off Werling Drive. A couple of January 1951 photos were discussed April 28, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. See Tin Village for more WWII housing projects. In 2016 plans were announced to tear down the apartments and have groundbreaking in November 2017 to build Prosperity Heights for single-parent families and Scholar House apartment buildings for students pursuing higher education. See MCMILLEN PARK APARTMENTS DEMOLITION STARTS REDEVELOPMENT OF KEY LOCATION City committed to environmentally sensitive removal of structures, working with neighborhood to identify potential uses of key southeast parcel by the City of Fort Wayneand video at Single-Parent housing community planned for Southeast Fort Wayne by Kaitor Kay posted June 10, 2016 and Fort Wayne housing project gets Regional Cities grant by Rod Hissong posted January 18, 2017 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.
520 Tennessee Avenue, is threatened with vacancy and decay. The house was the home of one of Fort Wayne's early mayors and legendarily contains timbers from the last fort in Fort Wayne. The ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) website says it is a
Greek Revival c. 1854 Support beams in the basement are believed to be timbers from the original fort and still show signs of old whitewash. They posted a 20-second video on Facebook November 10, 2017 and have an album Dr. Merchant W. Huxford House of photos and discussion. The fort in the doctor’s house: using tree-ring growth patterns to discover historic Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA published by Journal of Conflict Archaeology Volume 13, 2018 - Issue 2. Is briefly mentioned in Old Fort in need of support, literally by Frank Gray published August 08, 2017
in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Mercantile on Main
Antique store on Main Street ncludes historic railroad depot building. Architectural Sow's Ear Turned Into Silk Purse (Video) by Eric Olsen published November 5, 2013 on
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On southwest corner of West Wayne and College Street facing college street. Discussions about an old drawing posted March 2, 2015 and old map showing Allen County Fairgrounds and Methodist College posted March 3, 2015 on West Central Neighborhood on Facebook. A photo titled Wayne Street Methodist Episcopal College, Fort Wayne IN: front view, 1889. With three men standing at the bottom of the front steps on the Allen County Public Library Digital Collections at the Allen County Public Library.
1936 nursing class photo from The Indiana Album
Started July 21, 1878 as Fort Wayne City Hospital in the former Purman mansion on the corner of Hanna and Lewis streets. See Hope Hospital. Moved November 21, 1953 into the new Parkview Memorial Hospital on Randalia Avenue shown in July 21, 1978 100th Anniversary of Parkview Hospital in the The Journal Gazette newspaperposted September 21, 2017 and cover Parkview Then and Now published July 25, 1978 The Journal Gazette newspaperposted Ocotber 12, 2017 by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook.
On Wayne Trace near Paulding Road in late 1930s one founder and operator was Jim Kelley from page 9 of Fort Wayne Aviation: Baer Field and Beyond by Geoffrey Myers and Larry Myers a Google ebook. See map photo and discussion March 10, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
Meyer Drug Stores
Photo of February 19, 1957 fire on South Calhoun Street and West Jefferson Blvd. posted by CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. Such as Calhoun and Rudisill in the 1950s-1960s. Founded in 1860s by J. F. W. Meyer born in Westphalia, Germany arrived at New Orleans October 3, 1847 discussed in March 17, 1901 on page 4 of The Journal Gazette newspaperand reprinted on page 86 in the March 2017 Allen County Lines quarterly publication of the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana Volume 41 Number 3.
Michael Kinder & Sons
MKS - kinderandsons.com established in 1892 commercial, industrial and institutional construction company. See Building a Legacy For 125 years, family-owned Michael Kinder & Sons has provided top-notch, turnkey construction solutions to northeast Indiana by Tammy Davis published June 6, 2017 in Business People magazine.
Midtowne Crossing Condominiums
www.midtownecrossing.net/ , Facebook, 112 W. Washington Blvd., 260-426-5505. Corner of West Wayne and Calhoun Streets includes four historic structures: Fort Wayne Printing, Blackstone, Schmitz Block and Kresge-Groth. Midtowne development survived several changes by Shannon Lohrmann in 1980-1989: DECADE OF ECONOMIC TURMOIL & TRANSITION of The News-Sentinel newspaper. 114-116 West Washington Blvd was the former Montgomery Ward building from December 17, 1931 The Journal Gazette newspaperarticle and photos posted September 1, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
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Midwestern United Life Insurance
Opened in 1962 south of the new Engle Road and East of U.S. 24 way out in the country. A 1962 newspaper article mentions 15 murals depicting the history of Fort Wayne posted May 11, 2017 by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook.
Mike's Carwash, Inc - brothers Joe and Ed Dahm founded Mike’s Minit Man Carwash in 1948, named for their younger brother Mike. They stepped down in 1993. Read Mike's Carwash cleaves into two Brothers amicably divide thriving business about Mike and Bill Dahm, brothers and second-generation owners of the company by Sherry Slater published September 28, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Mizpah Shrine founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1910 is one of 194 shrine centers throughout North America and Europe. The Shrine is an organization of Freemasons, dedicated to having fun and helping children. St. Francis buys Mizpah building by Sarah Janssen of The Journal Gazette December 7, 2012.
114-116 West Washington Blvd was the former Montgomery Ward building from December 17, 1931 The Journal Gazette newspaperarticle and photos posted September 1, 2017 and general Search on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebookand general Search on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group. The West Washington location is now Mid-Town Crossing. Like Sears, Montgomery Ward also sold kit houses from their Book of Homes and Wardway Homes catalogs from 1910 to 1931. Several are found on Internet Archiveas shown in the photo and discussed under Kit house on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
Moochers Club House
Bought land in 1900 north of Robison Park area used for family reunions and as a hunting retreat. Offered for sale in 1914. See Photo Record on The Indiana Album, Moochers' Club House, Fort Wayne, Indiana, ca. 1905 on Indiana Memory, and May 15, 2017 same photo and discussion onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. The same photo with a little more information was shared December 28, 2017 on Indiana Album.
Mary L. Morris Memorial Parkway
A portion of Rudisill Boulevard dedicated by Mayor Tom Henry July 25, 2015 was discussed in Parkway street designation to honor late, longtime local neighborhood champion by Kevin Kilbane published July 23, 2015 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
Moritz Brothers Market
133 East Main Street near Calhoun Street, 1912-1967, the building was built in 1860 and was to be torn down shortly after a March 7, 1967 The News-Sentinel newspaperarticle was published saying the market was over 70 years old, moved to this building in 1912 and would move to a 621 South Harrison Street. The article with photo was posted July 9, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
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G.C. Murphy Company
Discussed February 11, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
3 different views of the Fort Wayne Municipal Beach on the St. Joseph River near what is now the Johnny Appleseed Park and Hosey Dam in 1936 photos are in the Allen County Public Library Digital Collections at the Allen County Public Library. See a March 23, 1952 postcard on ourTimeline. Other postcards and photos were posted September 27, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. June 21, 2019 The History Centerposted some history and photos of early swimming places.
Museums & Galleries
Museums & Galleries list at Visit Fort Wayne
Mutual Security Insurance Company
Discussed September 26, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
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