Packard Piano and Organ Company
Was established in 1871 when the founder Isaac Packard an organ builder in Chicago left after the Chicago fire October 10, 1871 destroyed his buisness. See a Historical Timeline of Isaac T. Packard on The Packard Organ The Pride of All Nations web site.
According to local legend, Packard then boarded a train and told the conductor to let him out when the money ran out. His fare ran out in Fort Wayne. His new company Fort Wayne Organ Company produced Packard Orchestrals. He died in 1873, but his company continued until people could no longer afford pianos during the Great Depression when the company went out of business.
A few years after the company closed, the City of Fort Wayne bought the property, tore down the buildings, and made it into a city park- Packard Park. Copied from Packard Pianos by Carmen Doyle published March 5, 2013 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog. Oakdale History Presents: The Packard Piano Company by Melissa Hitzemann on Historic Oakdale Neighborhood Association. The company built organs until 1893, adding pianos in 1894 and changing the name of the company. It was purchased by Story and Clark in 1938 who continued selling Packard pianos a few more years, see ad from Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, photo, and another photo of building and also on Flickr. Read story about a restored Packard piano - 100-year-old Packard is a long way from home January 22, 2013. Packard Organ and Piano Company ca. 1910 by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian, author, and the history/architecture guide for FortWayneFoodTours.compublished April 9, 2017 on Fort Wayne Reader. See a Historical Timeline on Isaac Packard at The Packard Organ The Pride of All Nationsweb site. Photos and more on Packard Company. Photos and lengthy discussion November 26, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. A 1908 postcard posted November 5, 2018 on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne (Public Group). The Ft. Wayne Organ Company was in business from 1898-1914. By the end of 1914, the business had shifted it's business to primarily piano production, which there was a much higher demand. The name was then changed to the Packard Piano Company. Copied from a discussion July 17, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
126 E. Washington Boulevard, the corner of Clinton Street and Washington Boulevard. April 23, 1957 the building's owners announced it would be razed to make room for a parking lot. The second-oldest theater in the city, it cost $200,000 to build and seated 1,700. It was dedicated January 25, 1915, and at the time was devoted exclusively to vaudeville, then in its heyday. Copied from THIS DAY IN HISTORY: April 23 in photos published April 23, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. See Cinema Treasures, comments on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana, photo and discussion April 17, 2017 by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian, author, and the history/architecture guide for FortWayneFoodTours.comon You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. See Photo Record on The Indiana Album and same photo with discussion May 16, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. 1957 photo of Civic Theatre sign covering the Palace sign posted May 19, 2017 on DasFort on Facebook.
See ACPL 1950 photo , said to be more luxurious than the Embassy Theatre. See ACPL 1951 interior photo. The wurlitzer organ ended up in a Tacoma, Washington restaurant destroyed by fire August 3, 1999A special section was published in the October 3, 1930 in The News-Sentinel newspaper when it opened at 121 E. Wayne Street. Cinema Treasures has information and useful comments. One comment says Paul F. Nachtigall, was the sculptor who created and carved the molds for the bas-releif plasterwork inside the Emboyd (Embassy Theatre) and the Paramount in Fort Wayne from the special section about the Paramount when it opened on October 3, 1930. Several comments mention links like the Allen County Community Album at the Allen County Public Library photos of the 1950 Fire Prevention Week lines outside and the 1951 inside crowd. Also this one to Puget Sound Pipeline Online about the Pizza and Pipes Restaurant in
Tacoma, Washington with photos of the
beautiful "Balaban" style Wurlitzer [pipe organ that] was originally installed in 1927 in the Paramount Theatre, Fort Wayne Indiana. It was at the restaurant from 1974-1999 when the restaurant was destroyed in a fire. It includes links to more photos after the fire and newspaper stories. City's Past Illuminated Through Historic Lighting Fixtures Jim Saxton worked at the Paramount Theatre rescues historic light fixtures by Julia Meek published February 1, 2017 on WBOI.org. Photo posted and discussed September 8, 2017, September 17, 2017, November 18, 2017, lots of photos in Comments of long discussion September 14 2018 and Paramount Name Search on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
TinCaps baseball stadium opened in April 2009. Come on In A view of Parkview Field special insert published April 15, 2009 and Parkview Field Downtown jewel shines published April 17, 2009 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. An Allen County Public Library account is needed to read the article online through the ProQuest web site. See Parkview Park – a Fort Wayne Treasure on Visit Fort Wayne blog. Golden Pen – March Downtown magnolia worth saving April 7, 2013 The Journal Gazette newspaper. Video posted April 9, 2017 by Tom Mauger on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. There are a couple of interesting newspaper opinions on the failure or success of this venture in the May 14, 2007 The Journal Gazette newspaper posted December 17, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. The millionth non-baseball attendee passed through the gates in 2017 was stated on the Fort Wayne Town Hall by Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick broadcast December 17, 2017 on WPTA21 ABC TV station. A preview was posted December 15, 2017 on Inside INdiana Business on Facebook.
Parkview Memorial Hospital
Started July 21, 1878 as Fort Wayne City Hospital in the former Purman mansion on the corner of Hanna and Lewis streets. October 19,[31?] 1878 Fort Wayne City Hospital opened briefly in the residence of William S. Edsall on West Main Street, them moved to the corner of Hanna and Lewis Streets for 5 years. 1883 moved to former homestead of Oliver S. Hanna at the southwest corner of Barr Street and Washington Boulevard. 1891 (officially 1900) renamed Hope Hospital after large donations from the Jesse Williams family. 1917 opened at a new location 119 West Lewis Street. 1918 Indianapolis Methodist Episcopal Hospital took control and renamed Hope Methodist. 1922 renamed Methodist Hospital. Moved November 21, 1953 from Methodist Hospital into the new Parkview Memorial Hospital on Randalia Avenue and State Boulevard shown in July 21, 1978 100th Anniversary of Parkview Hospital in the The Journal Gazette newspaper posted September 21, 2017 and additional July 25, 1978 newspaper articles posted October 5, 2017, and Octotber 12, 2017, then March 11, 2007 article posted November 2, 2017 on building the new Parkview North article by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook. 1990's removed Memorial from its name. March 2012 Parkview opened its new Regional Medical Center at I-69 and Dupont Road. March 18, 2012 Parkview opens its modern marvelby Steve Penhollow of The Journal Gazette newspaper.
- Parkview's Proud Predecessors 30 plus page article at The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana
- Methodist Hospital - Parkview Hospital early history from 1878 from Indiana Story Tellers on Archive.org Wayback Machine.
- The history of Parkview includes the two videos below featuring never-before-seen photos, historical information and live interviews at Parkview.com. See their November 21, 2016 The History of Parkview and several additional videos Parkview History 1878 to 1953, Chapter One 1878 to 1920's, Chapter Two - 1930's to 1950's, and Chapter 3 - Parkview Memorial 1953-1995 on their Parkview Health YouTubechannel.
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Fort Wayne has nearly 90 parks since the first 1863 Old Fort Park, are physically intertwined with local trail system and the 3 local rivers. Fort Wayne Area Parks on Visit Fort Wayne has a four part series on local parks.
Parrot Packing Company
Started by Francis Joseph Parrot. His family history is on genealogy.com. 1920 photo is on Allen County Community Album at the Allen County Public Library. The 1920 photo and brief discusison on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
Paula’s On Main
1732 West Main Street Fort Wayne, IN 46808, phone: (260) 424-2300. Two-story restaurant housed in an old factory building. Read more on the VisitFortWayne.com blog - Taking a Tour of Fort Wayne’s Historical Restaurants! posted on January 10, 2013 by Heather.
A restaurant franchise out of Warsaw, Kosciusko County, only one left of formerly several in the city discussed August 12, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
Penney, J. C.
The November 7, 1927 The Journal Gazette newspaper showed a drawing of a new store opening at 1208-1210 South Calhoun Street posted December 12, 2018 in You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. The founder J. C. Penney came to Fort Wayne in 1932 to speak at a meeting with representatives from 19 stores in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. He had 1,477 stores nationwide with annual sales of $175,000,000. He opened his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming on an initial investment of $500.
The Pennsy depot was razed in 1966. In its final years it was owned by Grieger Chevrolet; its lot used to store used cars. From The Pennsy Shops by Kevin Leininger from the archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper. See photo and discussion February 13, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. Photo of the Marching Band and Blacksmiths at the shop posted March 16, 2017 discussion and 1930 photo machine shop workers posted April 20, 2017 discussion on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
People's Trust Bank
Indiana Division of Historic
Preservation & Archaeology photo
Photos and discussion January 1, 2017 and clock February 13, 2017and July 28, 2017 photo of clock at Baker Street Station on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. Geodesic dome photo and discussion July 20, 2017by Fort Wayne Food Tours on Facebook. Photos of remaining buildings were posted May 2, 2019 by the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology on Facebook.
Opened in 1973 sold equipment like rock band Rush wearing its shirt on . Owner Neal Graham died December 23, 2012. Rock n’ roll stories from Fort Wayne’s past Big names. Big events. Brushes with fame…2011-02-06 by Michael Summers.
Perfection Biscuit Company
503 Ewing Street, 1913, now called Aunt Millies. See photo discussed March 23, 2017 and video of the Sunbeam bread rotating sign March 30, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
A natural gas explosion at Phelps Dodge on New Haven Avenue happened August 23, 1966 killing 2 and injured 22. A different explosion also occurred in February 1966 on Broadway.
An explosion at the Phelps Dodge gas plant in Fort Wayne kills five and causes $5 million in damage.was stated in the 1960-1969: Timeline from the Fort Wayne History archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper.
- Photo of an Aerial view of the natural gas explosion at Phelps Dodge Wire Company in the office building on New Haven Ave.. Date 08/23/1966 and more Fire Fighter photos from a Phelps Dodge Explosion Search at Allen County Community Album at the Allen County Public Library.
- 4 DIE IN EXPLOSION. STILL SEARCH FOR BODIES AT FORT WAYNE. Fort Wayne, IN Office Building Explosion, Aug 1966 posted June 17th, 2009 by Stu Beitler from the Kokomo Tribune Indiana newspaper 1966-08-24 on GenDisasters.com.
- Photos were posted and discussed August 8, 2017, November 22, 2017, July 10, 2018, May 15, 2019, and Phelps Dodge Explosion Search on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
- Former police reporter remembers blast that killed two in 1966 by Sheryl Kreig was published October 7, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
Philmore on Broadway
2441 Broadway, philmoreonbroadway.com. The Broadway Theater opened November 5th, 1923, as one of five ‘neighborhood’ theaters in Fort Wayne, and the only one located on Broadway; a major commercial strip at the time. The theater changed names over the years, but ran successfully for almost 60 years. It was renamed Indiana Theater in 1934 which closed November 9, 1969. December 19, 1969 opened as Theatre A, then in the 1970s operated as Cinema Blue, an X-rated theater, agreeing to close in 1985. The building became home to a restaurant in 1998, called the Catablu Gourmet American Grill closing May 29, 2009. It then became a jazz club known as The Philmore on Broadway. Read more on their About page. cinema Treasures has several comments - one cites newspaper articles
New Broadway Theater in the November 3, 1923 The News-Sentinel newspaper and
Indiana Theater Closes Nov. 9 by Cindy Pond in the October 27, 1969 The Journal Gazette newspaper. Discussed May 31, 2016 on
You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... closed Facebook group.
Discussed April 2, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. July 8, 2017 Midwest National Parks on Facebook posted a photo in Prairie Grove, Kansas of a National Register of Historic Places phone booth. Reposted on Facebook July 11, 2017 one comment pointed out there is at least one phone book in Fort Wayne at the Salvation Army downtown visible on Google maps.
Named for Michael Pierre, an early French settler from Bettnig France who was interred in Pierre Settlement aka Saint Michael's Roman Catholic Cemetery cemetery in 1871 now on Saint Joseph Center Road.
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The Landing Fort Wayne on Facebook photo
Originally made at 123 Columbia Street, street is now called The Landing. William H. Noll started the Pinex Company in 1905. This company manufactured a cough remedy called “Pinex” which, by 1910, could be purchased in nearly any drugstore in the United States. In 1960 Revlon, Inc. while expanding its operations in the proprietary drug field, purchased the Pinex Company. Copied from Pinex Company, Ft. Wayne, IN posted September 5, 2013 on Old Main Artifacts which has many photos of their advertisements and several dozen comments. Discussed July 15, 2018 and again July 15, 2018 and general Pinex Search on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
Photo on Great Memory and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society marker states:
Terminal point where French-Canadian boats, hollowed from 30-60 foot poplar logs, brought families and cargo up the Maumee River from Toledo and Detroit, and returned furs to Lake Erie in exchange for trader’s supplies from the late 1700s until the canal era of the 1840s. Pirogue Landing is Stop #12 on the
ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) Central Downtown Trail.
Pixley Relief Home
George and Sarah Pixley donated their home at 2300 Maumee Avenue to the Relief Union in 1918. In 1920 it was given the name Pixley Relief Home. See the timeline Origins of Headwaters Counseling for more information. At the time Maumee Avenue was part of the Lincoln Highway and the home was south of Memorial Park. A 1927 photo from Allen County Community Album at the Allen County Public Library was posted and discussed April 3, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. The home was demolished around 1960 and is the current site of Summit Church built in 1962 at 2320 Maumee Avenue. The Home took in children whose parents couldn't take care of them as shown in the 1923 newspaper ad on the right. There are several Pixley Relief Home articles from 1919 with photos of bedrooms and more similar to the photo below on Newspapers.com. It was also mentioned in Fort Wayne man remembers Wolf & Dessauer's 'orphans' dinners' as a generous holiday gift by Kevin Kilbane published December 17, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
A photo of the house in the September 15, 1919 News and Sentinel newspaper article was posted April 23, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
The History page of Headwaters Counseling at 2712 South Calhoun on April 3, 2018 states:
The roots of Headwaters Counseling go back to 1873. First known as The Home for Friendless Women and Homeless Girls, or Home for the Friendless, we evolved into the Pixley Child Welfare Agency. In 1895, the Fort Wayne Associated Charities was formed and later assumed the title of Family Service Bureau. The Bureau was incorporated on January 29, 1924, under the provision of an act of the Indiana General Assembly. Homemaker Service was added to the Bureau’s function in 1938 and terminated in June 1969. In 1946, the Family Service Bureau merged with the Pixley Child Welfare Agency.
Pizza- First Sold in Fort Wayne
In the 1940's at
Tonys at Broadway and Taylor in what was later the gay nineties bar. Later moved out to Bluffton Road across from the drive-in, was called Pizza King but later Tony's Pizza. Discussed June 21, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
Pleasant Hill Dairy
Started in 1862 and was 63 years in business from a 1925 telephone book listing discussed in a 1999 The Journal Gazette newspaper article on Eskay Dairy posted January 21, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
Discussed March 29, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
Goshen Avenue, 1910 photo of Ed W. Poinsette Store posted September 29, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
Stuck in the Poorhouse: The Complexity of Poverty by Tom Mackie posted on July 25, 2018 on the Indiana History Blog by Indiana Historical Bureau.
Poor Farm School
The Poor Farm School by The Waynedale News Staff published April 20, 2005.
Is located on the southwest side of Fort Wayne is a land bridge connecting the three local rivers - Saint Joseph flows south from Michigan, St. Mary's River flows northwest from Ohio, and Maumee River flows northeast through Ohio eventually to Lake Erie at Toledo, with the beginning of the Wabash River in southwest Allen County and northeast Huntington County flowing southwest to the Ohio River. Portage is
a French term for “carrying place,” denotes the route where early travelers carried their canoes from one river over to another, may have been a 9 to 25 miles long overland hike copied from The Beginnings of the Portage to the Wabash River posted June 10, 2013
by Tom Castaldi on the History Center Notes & Queries blog. See Maumee-Wabash Portage Was Once Widely Used By Indians, Traders map from the two page December 28, 1958 article in the The Journal Gazette newspaper at History Center Digital Collection on the mDON mastodon Digital Object Network. Other maps and material are available under Search: Portages--Indiana on Indiana Memory. Read about the Portage and Little River Wetlands Project that has brought bald eagles and more wildlife back to the area in A Little Wabash River and a Little River Wetland by Tom Castaldi, local historian,published January 22, 2015 on the History Center Notes & Queries blog.
Photos posted November 18, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook
Powers Hamburgers posted January 20, 2012 by Kayleen R. on the Visit Fort Wayne blog. The Powers family, four brothers: Leo, Clell, Harold "Jim", and Dale Powers opened their first restaurant in Dearborn, Michigan in 1935. By 1938 Dale Powers had moved to Port Huron, Michigan and opened a second Powers. Leo moved back to Northeast Indiana where the brothers grew up, and in 1940 opened the Fort Wayne location. In 1947, Leo opened a second Fort Wayne store in an industrial area. In 1980, Leo's son Rolin purchased the business, and Rolin opened a third location on a busy commercial strip in 1983. That store closed in 1989, at which time Rolin was diagnosed with cancer. Rolin died in 1990, and in 2004 the second location closed, leaving the iconic downtown restaurant as the only surviving Powers Hamburgers. The business was sold outside the family in 1999 to Mike Hall. Copied from Powers Hamburgers: A Fort Wayne, Indiana, Treasure (Just Like Major Frank Burns) published August 8, 2008 on SeriousEats.com. Over 25 photos posted August 11, 2017 and discussed January 27, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
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