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Perry and Winifred Randall owned and operated the Randall Hotel in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Read more on The Randall Circle website or 58 page pdf book a collection of assorted photos, newspaper articles and memories from various family members. Fort Wayne's first hotel in 1823, was managed by Winifred Randall. Before managing the hotel, she was the first woman in the United States to manage a lumber mill. She also helped found Fort Wayne's chapter of the DAR. Copied from July 5, 2018 post by The Landing Fort Wayne on Facebook. 1828 Jacob Fry tannery location, 1870 Robinson Hotel became the Grand Hotel, 1889 Perry A. Randall bought and renamed the Randall Hotel. Razed in 1963. Read more in Indiana’s Best $2 Hotel by Tom Castaldi published June 27, 2013 in History Center Notes & Queries blog. The Randall: Best $2 hotel in the state by Michael Hawfield from the Cityscapes archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper. See photos of items from the May 15, 1964 closure and auction of the hotel posted May 15, 2019 by The History Center on Facebook.
818 Lafayette Street, Fort Wayne, c. 1840 house was built by Alexander Taylor Rankin, an abolitionist minister. Is stop #46 on the Heritage Trail as the Alexander T. Rankin House from ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage). The only known Fort Wayne underground railroad site on the UNDERGROUND RAILROAD SITES: FORT WAYNE at IN.gov. The house registration was certified October 26, 2004 and added to the National Register of Historic Places. It is #3 of the FORT WAYNE FIVE: Oldest city structures on the National Register of Historic Places by Justin Kenny published January 4, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Was discussed January 23, 2018 on I grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Facebook and January 23, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. A video on the Rankin House History was posted by WKJG Fort Wayne's NBC TV station on Facebook.
Rea Magnet Wire
3400 Coliseum Blvd, Suite 200, (800) 732-9473. In 1929 Victor Rea was named manager of Dudlo Company. In 1933 he forms Rea Magnet Wire read their History and timeline on their web site www.reawire.com. See Facebook page.
Rea Magnet Wire Company, Inc. is one of the world's largest manufacturers of magnet and nonferrous wire products. Rea produces copper, aluminum and brass-insulated magnet wire and bare wire used in the manufacture of motors, transformers and coils. Rea also manufactures a number of specialty wire products. Copied from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Jim Vann, majority shareholder of Rea Magnet Wire Co. Inc., has donated the manufacturer's former headquarters and surrounding 141/2 acres at 3600 E. Pontiac St. to the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department. Copied from Rea donating former HQ to city Park officials want community input on southeast-side siteby Sherry Slater published June 27, 2021 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Ream Steckbeck paint company
Longtime local paint company Ream Steckbeck closes Was founded in 1923 by Kevin Leininger published December 20, 2012 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
History Center March 14, 2019 Facebook photo
Redding’s Market, 1102 Rivermet Avenue, began serving the Lakeside Neighborhood in 1911. Elzie Redding ran the grocery with his wife, Della, and their two sons Dale and Forest. In the 1920s, the Redding’s purchased a farm which became a valuable source to the store and provided Lakeside with the freshest produce and dairy. In 1960, Elzie Redding passed ownership of the grocery store to his son Forest and grandson Steven. This multigenerational business served the community for almost a century, before closing in 2003. Visit the History Center to see artifacts from Redding’s Market. Copied from a March 14, 2019 with photos by the The History Center on Facebook. Discussed April 6, 2017 including a Comment from Steven Redding April 8, 2017 and then September 21, 2017 when Steven Redding's obituary was shared from his Facebook page on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
Reformed Orphans Home
Was on Lake Avenue near today's Parkview Hospital near Beacon Street. Photo posted April 16, 2013 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebookand 3 photos of Reformed Orphans Home from Randy Harter October 27, 2013on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... closed Facebook group.
Renaissance Pointe Neighborhood
Once known as Hanna-Creighton. In March 2005, then-Mayor Graham Richard announced what was then called the Synergy project, by 2007 it was called Renaissnace Point. Read more in New Renaissance Pointe homes are all rented and Neighborhood rebirth 8 years in the making by Dan Stockman of The Journal Gazette newspaper December 7 & 8, 2012.
2300 S. Clinton Street was built in 1880, it supplied the city's first municipal water system, provided recreation, fishing, sledding and in 1916 hosted a week-long festival commemorating Indiana's centennial in a 14,000-seat theater built on the side of the hill. Read more in The story behind the hill in the park by Kevin Leininger published August 29, 1981 in the archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper. In 2009 was renamed for former Mayor Lebamoff who helped find funding to rebuild it in the mid 1970s. Discussed September 20, 2015 on Friends of Parks of Allen County on Facebook. See June 21, 2016 discussion with various postcard comments and history post by
Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, December 18, 2016 and colored lights August 31, 2017 , over 60 photos September 3, 2017 and general Reservoir Park Search on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
In the summer of 1916 Reservoir Park was the center of a city-wide celebration of the state’s 100th birthday and it was incredible. A massive stage was built over Res Park lake and bleachers for 14-thousands spectators were constructed up the slope of Res Park hill. 1100 Fort Wayne citizens volunteered as actors in an extravaganza titled ‘The Glorious Gateway of the West’. Read the rest in The Day Res Park was the Center of the World by Eric Olson, 21Country Featured Reporter published February 9, 2017. See a 1905 photo taken from the reservoir hill towards downtown to the north facing Creighton Street posted August 15, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. A photo with the description:
Sol Koble machine excavating preparatory to constructing new Three Rivers Park Reservoir. Photograph appeared in the Journal Gazette on 4/27/1931. Photo by Clippinger. is found in the
Allen County Community Album. This photo was posted May 10, 2019 in You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
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2616 S. Calhoun Street, 46807-1308. Built by Greek immigrant James Heliotes, the 700-seat theater first opened in 1924. ... It had ended its tenure as a theater under a cloud of pornographic films and prostitution, closing in 1989. It has been a 10-year journey for the The Reclamation Project., which opened its doors on the south side of Fort Wayne in 2003 to reclaim an old porn theater to aid local refugees. Their About page states
The Reclamation Project is a faith based non-profit that resides in the historic Rialto Theatre, supporting the successful development and integration of a diverse community through education, relationships, advocacy and the arts. Our Vision is to see the historic Rialto Theatre fully restored and functioning as an anchor to the vibrancy, life and wellbeing of its surrounding community as the Rialto World Cafe and Cultural Center. Discussion with a long comment from a former employee at the Rialto Theater on cinema Treasures. See Rialto Theater Fire Prevention Marquee photo from Allen County Community Album at the Allen County Public Library. For more read Reclamation Project in its 10th year at Rialto Theater with a 2 minute video June 5, 2013 by Ellie Bogue of The News-Sentinel newspaper. January 28, 2017 and January 29, 2017 discussion and Name Search on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. Historic Rialto Theater up for sale by Frank Gray published December 9, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Reclamation Project looks for a buyer to finish the Rialto Theater published December 18, 2015 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. The video above by John Gevers was posted in the comments to a series of photos posted from the John Gevers Photography collection and discussed December 7, 2017 and more photos from the Reclamation Project were posted April 19, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook
1235 E. State Blvd. started in 1957 as Nick's Rib Bar 2 doors east of current location. Von Filippou and Nick Stamanis bought out Del-Mar bar to start Nick's Rib Bar. Read more of The Rib Room History on their web page. Discussed January 31, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook
1130 Wells Street • Fort Wayne, IN • 260.424.4012.
For nearly 80 years, Richard’s has baked and fried Fort Wayne’s best donuts. From their 2011 About pageon the Wayback Machine.
5700 Bluffton Road, Phone: (260) 426-2882. The Chief Jean Baptiste de Richardville House was built near Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1827. Subsidized by the U.S. federal government through the 1826 Treaty of Mississinwas, it is believed to be one of only three treaty houses built east of the Mississippi River. It was designated a National Historic Landmark on March 2, 2012. Chief Richardville, the principal chief of the Miami from 1812 until his death in 1841, signed several treaties with the United States government as it negotiated with the Miami tribe for its eventual removal as a recognized nation. Lands were reserved for Richardville's personal use, and $600 was provided for the building of a home. The house sits on land that was negotiated for by Richardville in the 1818 treaty between the Miami Indians and the U.S. government. The Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society acquired the one-acre property and house in 1991. The Greek revival-style house was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997 and as a National Historical Landmark in 2012. Copied from Richardville House on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. See Richardville House web page at the The History Center
- Chief Richardville House on Visit Fort Wayne blog.
- June 27, 1997 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. See National Park Service Registration Form.
- March 2, 2012 Designated a National Historic Landmark by the Sectretary of the Interior. See application including photos and maps NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK NOMINATION USDINPS NRHP Registration Form [Rev 8-86] OMB No 1024-0018 NPS For¡n 10-900 AKrMA PrNsr\ryA AWIIKI (CHIEF I Inifed States DeDartrnent of the Interior. National Park Service JEAN.BAPTISTE DE RICHARDVILLE HOUSE)
- As the oldest building in Northeast Indiana, the Chief Richardville House is only the second site in Allen county to be named a National Historical Landmark. The other honor belongs to the Allen County Courthouse. The Chief Richardville House is now the 38th landmark in Indiana and one of only a few Native American landmarks in the country. Copied from Chief Richardville House Becomes National Historic Landmark published March 2, 2012 on The Fort Wayne Downtown Insider Blog.
- "Forgotten Pronunciations" by Tom Castaldi, local historian,published December 2, 2010 on History Center Notes & Queries blog for a little more on Chief Richardville. In 2011 his house became the fifth Native American landmark in the country, the first east of the Mississippi River.
- The Voice of the Miami by Nancy McCammon-Hansen published April 19, 2012 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.
- Observations on the Chief Richardville House National Historic Landmark Designation by Nancy McCammon-Hansen published April 27, 2012 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.
- A brief overview of Chief Richardville by Nancy McCammon-Hansen published January 23, 2013 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.
- Chief Rchardville Housephotos by Nancyha3717 posted May 20, 2013 on flickr.com.
COULD IT BE A SPIRIT TREE?By The Waynedale News Staff published May 10, 2013 on the theWaynedale News.com.
There are plenty of trees on the grounds where Chief Richardville lived, but there are two Silver Maple trees sitting at the entrance that are extra special. The trees are huge and old, possibly over 100 years old, with branches growing every which way.
- Richardville House of Celebration by Tom Castaldi published August 7, 2014 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.
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Riegel's Pipe and Tobacco
Located on 3 East Main Street and 39 (later 631), now 624 S. Calhoun Street (1874– ), (260) 424-1429, in Covington Plaza and in Georgetown Square - the oldest continuously run family business in Indiana. Twitter page.
The Red Front Cigar Store was founded September 14, 1874, by proprietor John Carl. Mr. Carl's business was located at the northeast corner of Main and Calhoun Street. ... Al Riegel bought the Cigar Store January 12, 1905. Copied from the History page on Riegelscigars.com. See also Preserving family history Riegel’s Pipe and Tobacco prepares to change hands to fourth generation by Jaclyn Youhana The Journal Gazette newspaperMarch 17, 2013. See Riegel’s Pipe and Tobacco on IndianaHistory.org.
215 East Berry Street between Clinton and Barr Streets, now the Standard Building originally called the Electron Building, was erected in 1869, lasted 20 years, then became the Academy of Music. The rink attracted good skaters by Kevin Leininger published February 2, 1982 in the Cityscapes archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper. See Photos and discussion September 24, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
Ringling Brothers Circus
July 22, 1911 The Journal Gazette newspaper article discussed February 13, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. Circus elephant train ready for unloading in Fort Wayne was shown in an August 3, 1954 photo THIS DAY IN HISTORY: August 3 in photos by Dan Vance published August 3, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
River Greenway web site, Facebookpage, a 24 mile long park trail in Fort Wayne and New Haven, Indiana. A part of the larger 100 mile Reigional Trail System. The trail is along the banks of the St. Marys, St. Joseph and Maumee Rivers including Aboite New Trails web page and Aboite Trails on Facebook.
Opening day was July 4, 1896 with 35,000 people packing every trolley car going to the park on a 30-40 minute ride into the undeveloped country side north of Fort Wayne. It was located across the river from today’s Riverbend Golf Course on St. Joe Road. Daredevils, a roller coaster, 900 seat playhouse for vaudeville acts, dancing, popular water ride "shoot-the-chute," all drew conventions and group tours from Chicago, Indianapolis and Detroit. "In 1897, he (Louis Heilbroner) brought Edison's new "Projectorscope" to Fort Wayne and began regular movie showings. Huge Independence Day and Labor Day picnics were organized, and on German Day, 10,000 people came for a singing competition." The park died when automobiles became poplular and closed in 1919. The Cyclone roller coaster was taken to West Swinney Park the following year where it trived for another 25 years. Robison Park, 1896-1919 - Bates, Roy Monroe, Reprinted from Old Fort news, v. 29, no. 2-3, June-Sept. 1956 by permission of the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society an Archive.org ebook.
- After only 20 years at Robison Park, their now over one-hundred-plus-year-old handcarved masterpiece G.A. Dentzel Menagerie Carrousel was relocated to Spencer Park in Logansport, Indiana and was one of only three still surviving in the world in 2012. See a photo and read about the Carousel History at the Cass County Dentzel Carousel web page.
- In the June 20, 1994 Cityscapes by Michael Hawfield he wrote about Robison Park, now in the archives for the The News-Sentinel newspaper.
- August 13, 2013 the Main Pavilion postcard was discussed on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
- Photo with discussion showing remnants of the trolley car bridge over Swift Creek June 26, 2014 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... closed Facebook group.
- Discussed in City Scapes Trolley whisked thrill-seekers to park June 20, 1994 by Michael Hawfield from the archives of The News-Sentinel.
- The area was originally called Swift Parkand here is a Ft. Wayne & Wabash Valley Traction Co. ticket from Robinson Park to any point in Fort Wayne both from the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
- Blue Streak roller coaster, built in 1912, A Blast From The Past - Robison Park's Blue Streak on June 3, 2010 newsplusnotes.com.
- The Trier family bought the Blue Streak renaming it the Cyclone roller coaster installing it in their own Trier Park where it lasted another 20 years before the entire park burned down. See June 12, 2016 discussion and The route to Swift's Park (Robison Park) July 1, 2016 photos and discussion and February 3, 2017 , over 40 photos in album Robison Park: 1896-Present Day and photos of ruins posted October 29, 2017on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
- See aerial photo of roller coasters posed June 19, 2017 by Allen County Public Library on Facebook.
- Robison Park 1896 – 1919 by Randy Harter published May 19, 2018 in Fort Wayne Reader discussed May 20, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
- Robison Park: Then and Now! with historic and more recent photos showing what remains by Casey Drudge an archived website from early 2000s on oocities.org.
- July 3, 2019 The History Center posted several photos and some history on Facebook.
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Rock n' Roll Stories
- Rock n' Roll Stories from Fort Wayne's Past - from February 6, 2011 Fort Wayne Reader.
- The 1960's Classic Rock in Ft. Wayne, Indianpublished August 20, 2010 on thesoulsonfire blog.
- Jersey Chains - Ft. Wayne 1966 - 67 published February 27, 2011 on Indiana-Bands-60s blog.
- Swingin' Gate discussions on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
Mary Rockhill-Tyler House
918 Van Buren Street, just north of Washington Boulevard, is a brick building built in 1840 when Abraham Lincoln was a young man. It is the oldest house within the West Central neighborhood and one of the oldest in Downtown. See Mary Rockhill-Tyler House photos and information on ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) who has restored the majority of this house, including the entire first floor.
Established in 1944 photo of original grocery store location at the corner of Jefferson and Webster discussion Febraury 13, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
North is 444 W. Coliseum Blvd, orginally out in the country at the corner of Lima and California Roads. South 4540 Bluffton Road opened in 1972, closed August 9, 2015. See North in Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne photo. See It’s Great to Skate at Fort Wayne’s Roller Dome on Visit Fort Wayne blog. Read the story of owner Marg Wall a week before her 90th birthday Rink queen keeps on rolling October 14, 2012 by Frank Gray in the Journal-Gazette newspaper. Jon Stewart of the Daily Show comedy on TV had Marg Wall discussing the Roller Dome as a terrorist target from 2:13 until the end of this 4 minute video War on Terre Haute. Roller Dome North has a Facebook page. South also had a Facebook page. South-side skating rink to close 43-year run on Bluffton Road to end Aug. 9 by Jeff Wiehe published July 22, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Roots Camp and Ski Haus
On North Clinton Street discussed on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. No longer there.
The concrete pillars that stand at the intersection of Columbia and Harrison Streets are from the Wayne Hotel. According to the photo on the right posted February 15, 2019 by The Landing Fort Wayne on Facebook. Harrison and Columbia streets. Built as the Wayne, sold and renamed Jones, then Rosemarie Hotel.
Designed by local architect Frank B. Kendrick, and built in 1887 on the site of Dana Columbia’s original 1831 twenty-room Columbia House hotel (for whom Columbia Street is named). See October 12, 2017 post by
Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. Fire of 3 February 1975 photo on Allen County Community Album at the Allen County Public Library. Canal Hotels on Rosemarie Alley by Tom Castaldi, local historian,published February 27, 2014 on History Center Notes & Queries blog. See February 3, 2017 photo and discussion on Allen County Public Library Facebook page, shared February 3, 2017 and general discussion July 4, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebookand February 5, 1975 newspaper clippingat Allen County Public Library. A staff photo by John Sorensen published on page 2A in the February 5, 1975 The Journal Gazette newspaper showing the lobby of the Rosemarie Hotel on The Landing that had been restored to elegance over the previous 10 years after a fire on February 3, 1975 was posted August 16, 2018 and a different article posted August 23, 2018 by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook. Throwback Thursday: February 1975, fires on The Landing published with photos August 30, 2018 on The Journal Gazette newspaper. A story about fires in the 141-year-old Rosemarie Hotel and the five-story Old Fort Draperies office building, at Columbia and Harrison streets on The Landing on February 3, 1975 and then a second fire in the Old Fort Draperies and a separate blaze about the same time at Third Presbyterian Church on Harrison the next day February 4, 1975.
Arson was suspected in both office building fires and the hotel blaze. Both buildings were eventually razed. The Old Fort Draperies site is now a parking lot, and the Rosemarie Hotel site was later replaced by an ivy covered structure that has recently been torn down as part of a project to revitalize the one-block stretch of Columbia Street between Harrison and Calhoun streets.
1515 North Harrison Street, former Desoto car dealership from newspaper article Restaurant Notes extra: Hop River Brewing Company hoping to open in December by Lisa Esquivel Long published October 24, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
Indiana Archives & Records Administration photo
Summit City Soap Works was
First established in the late 1877, the company struggled almost immediately. When new ownership finally arrived, Summit City Soap Works became a very profitable business, especially with the introduction of their latest and greatest product, Rub-No-More Washing Powder. After several years, the company changed their name from Summit City Soap Works to The Rub-No-More Co. Business skyrocketed and sales were through the roof! In the mid 1920's, the once then local soap manufacturer decided to sell all rights to Proctor and Gamble and was manufactured and sold under their label for several more years. Copied from Summit City Soap Works About page. The Fort Wayne Beer page about the Berghoff brothers states: Gustav's soap company had been renamed, "Rub-No-More" in 1912 and was extremely successful, eventually selling trademarks and formulas to Proctor and Gamble for the sum of $325,0000 in December of 1926, but retaining ownership of the building and grounds. With no actual operating business in the Rub-No-More facility the Berghoffs incorporated as the Berghoff Properties Inc. In 1928 Gustav purchased the Wayne Home Equipment Co. and formed Wayne Oil Burner Co. in 1932 which would be located in part of the Rub No More facility. In Jan 1933 with the end of prohibition approaching Gustav along with his sons: John , Walter, and Edward raised capital and incorporated The Berghoff Brothers Brewery Inc, to be located in the soap works buildings on Glasgow Ave. In the 1920s the Board of Health was seeking a permanent injuction against the soap manufacturer operations because of the
offensive odors given off from page 302 in the book Soap Gazette and Perfumer. A 1925 ad says since 1883, sells five-cent Water Softener, Floating R-N-M White Naptha Soap and Spotless Cleanser in extra-large ten cent can is satisfying millions in the middle western states. Originally posted February 26, 2013 but no longer found on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. Gustav Berghoff sold Rub—No—More Soap Company in 1927 from Berghoff Brewery — German page at 200 @ 200 2016 Bicentennial items at The History Center. Business letterhead photos were posted April 4, 2019 by the Indiana Archives & Records Administration on Facebook.
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2010/11/14: Jim Sack on Rudisill Boulevard, segment 1 , segment 2, segment 3, segment 4, segment 5 were published November 22, 2010 YouTube.
Ruoff Home Mortgage
Sponsors of 2017 Indy 500 champion race car. Indy 500 winner sponsored by Fort Wayne mortgage company by Angelica Robinson published May 30, 2017on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. Fort Wayne's own Ruoff Home Mortgage enjoying Indy 500 sponsorship win by Justin Kenny was published May 30, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Sponsorship of Indy winner 'like a dream' by Sherry Slater published May 31, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Russ Moore Transmission
Transmission Repair Specialist 1989 Good Old Days YouTube video from russmooreinc.
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