S Named Places in Allen County, Indiana

Salomon Farm Park

Google map photo from Street View

Salomon Farm Park 817 W. Dupont Road is a 1930s period farm park launched in 1996 through the donation of land by Chris Salomon with the assistance of the Fort Wayne Board of Park Commissioners and City of Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department. . See also Salomon Farm Park is a Farm for the Future by Kayleen Reusser published May 10, 2019 on My Indiana Home.

February 12, 2019 post by Salomon Farm Park on Facebook:

The renovation of the homestead is getting closer to completion! We're looking for gently used or well preserved antique items to fill the home!

September 29, 2022 post by the Indiana Barn Foundation on Facebook:

Celebrate Hoosier Heritage Barn Week from September 24th – 30th, 2022.

This week we will be providing daily adventures that involve enjoying the beauty of historic Hoosier Heritage Barns in Indiana.

Day #6: Thursday, September 29th

Salomon Farm Park located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a beautiful historic working farm and park that offers walking paths, biking, camps, cooking classes, concerts, an event/wedding venue, the Fall Harvest Fest and more. Salomon Farm Park was made possible through the generous donation of land by Chris Salomon with the assistance of the Fort Wayne Board of Park Commissioners and Parks and Recreation Department.

Visit the website for details: Salomon Farm Park

December 17, 2023 post by Salomon Farm Park on Facebook:

Salomon Farm Park is a true historic gem on the northern edge of Fort Wayne. It is the perfect location for just about any type of event and/or activity, whether inside our venues or outside in the open space areas near them. Come see what makes Salomon Farm Park's 170 acres so irresistable!

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Sanborn Maps

See our Maps of Allen County, Indiana page.

Sauder Feeds, Inc.

14033 Grabill Rd, Grabill, IN Street View photo from Google maps

The Our History section of their website: https://www.sauderfeeds.com/ has a Sauder Feeds Historical Timeline starting with 1862 Original wooded property was purchased by Jerry H. Sauder's (JHS) grandparents, Daniel & Anna Shenbeck. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SauderFeeds/

January 5, 2023 post by the Indiana Historical Society on Facebook:

IHS is recognizing each 2022 Centennial Business Award Honoree. Sauder Feeds, Inc. began in 1910 when Jerry H. Sauder started hatching baby chicks in his childhood home. Ten years later it was officially organized as Sauder Leghorn Farm. By 1938, Sauder had built his first feed mill and began shipping chickens. It quickly grew into a family business and is now in its second century of service. Congratulations!

2022 Centennial Business Awards at We Do History digital collection by the Indiana Historical Society:

Sauder Feeds, Inc. was officially organized as Sauders Leghorn Farm in 1920, but it began 10 years earlier when 11-year-old Jerry H. Sauder started hatching baby chicks in an incubator on his parent’s dining room table. By 1938, Sauder had built his first feed mill and was shipping chickens throughout the Midwest. Carlton Sauder joined his father and expanded the feed operation and purchased the first semi-tractor for deliveries in 1960. Sauder Feeds exited the hatchery business in 1974 when a fire destroyed the hatchery. In 1975 Jerry I Sauder and his wife Kathy joined the company.

With an increasing demand for feed, the ensuing years saw growth in production, personnel and deliveries which required an increasing truck fleet. Josh Sauder, fourth generation, joined the firm in 2013 with an emphasis on quality control and updating technology. As Sauder Feeds enters its second century of service, they continue to grow and add new technology, quality, and efficiency to the business.

Schaab Metal Products

At least 100 years at Harrison and Second Streets since 1916. Discussed May 30, 2016 with 1916 advertisement and photos on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

April 14, 2023 post by Riverfront Fort Wayne on Facebook:

Developer updates plans for Schaab Building renovation: bit.ly/3mx9es1

The council approved a request for the project, which will transform the three-story building into a mixed-use development near the riverfront.

William Scheele & Sons Bottling Company

1207 North Harrison Street, Street View photo from Google maps

  1. Page 14 of Principal industries of Fort Wayne by Fort Wayne, Indiana, Chamber of Commerce, Publication date 1965 on Archive.org.
  2. 1980 newspaper article New York Firm Buys Scheele Bottling shown on Wilhelm Henry Scheele Male 1866 - 1936 on Our Family Genealogy Pages.
  3. In Re Will of Scheele December 28, 1987 on JUSTIA US Law.
  4. A January 14, 2023 post with photos on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook with photos stated: Unopened soda bottle from the Scheele Company. The William Scheele & Sons Bottling Company operated (in Fort Wayne) from 1893 until it was sold in 1980 to the New York-based RKO General Inc. Their factory was located at 127 Harrison Street. They bottled a variety of colas and sodas under the Scheele brand name.
  5. Scheele Bottling company Advertisement clipped from The Fort Wayne Sentinel Fort Wayne, Indiana, 05 May 1923, Saturday, page 3, clipped by ritchie_dm , 08 Oct 2016.
  6. william scheele bottling harrison street fort wayne indiana 46802 Google search results.
  7. CITY OF FORT WAYNE TO ACQUIRE PEPSICO FACILITY FOR FUTURE RIVERFRONT DEVELOPMENT May 25, 2022 - As part of the vision to create a dynamic riverfront transformation, the Fort Wayne City Council approved an agreement with P-Americas, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PepsiCo, Inc, (Pepsi) to acquire its 6.4 acres located in the heart of the Riverfront area. The acquisition of the 6.4 acres, which includes the distribution facility, located at 1207 N. Harrison St., will be for $4.5 million. The Redevelopment Commission’s vision for the property is utilize it to attract new private investments that will bring additional revenue to the city, providing a more compatible use to the adjacent neighborhoods and public investment in the Riverfront public space areas. was at City of Fort Wayne now on Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
  8. 2024 Wm Scheele Bottler location

    On North Harrison since 1918, April 17, 2024 post with many comments on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.
    Red brick building lower left is called the Fort Wayne Bottling Works Building in the Hake Block on Wells Street.

Schlatter Hardware

C. C. Schlatter & Co. 100th Anniversary 1882-1982 by Crosson, David, Publisher Fort Wayne, Indiana : Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, 1982 on Archive.org

1924 was at Clinton and Columbia Avenue, is currently Freimann Square. Was also in Georgetown Square from June 25, 2016 discussion with downtown photos on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group.

Schmitz Block

Schmitz Block - Fort Wayne, Indiana
Schmitz Block - Fort Wayne, Indiana from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository

926-930 S. Calhoun Street, on the northwest corner of Washington and Calhoun Streets, was erected by Henrietta Schmitz as a monument to her deceased husband Dr. Charles Schmitz. This is one of Fort Wayne’s most widely-recognized historic buildings. The Schmitz Block was added to the National Historic Register, see the application, same application with map, in 1988 and to the Local Historic Register in 1989. Architectural features include a facade of rough-cut limestone and round, rock-faced piers extending the entire height of the building. The windows of each floor are given various design treatments, and the cornice has modillions carved with grotesques, chimeras, lion’s heads and leaves. The first floor once had three storefronts along the Calhoun Street side. In 1912, the property was sold by the Schmitz children to William H. Noll, a prominent local businessman. Eventually was renamed the Noll Block. The Schmitz Block housed various offices and businesses over the years. In 1989, extensive rehabilitation began to turn the Schmitz Block into condominiums and office space known as Midtowne Crossing. The work revealed the stone block inscribed with “Schmitz Block.” See Schmitz Block history with photos and timeline on midtowncrossing.netand is one of the many Historic Buildings and Structures of the West Central Neighborhood Association Fort Wayne, Indiana on WestCentralNeighborhood.org.

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Schomburg Pharmacy

    2021 Sherman Boulevard, 2018 Street View photo from Google Maps, also 3201 South Anthony.

  1. Carl H. F. Schomburg Pharmacy (1932) around 700 prescriptions the Members Only section of Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana.
  2. Carl Henry Fred Schomburg Memorial, Roy J. Schomburg Memorial on Find A Grave.
  3. Photos posted October 21, 2022, June 30, 2023(from Celebrate Fort Wayne, Jason T. Smith, Walsworth Publishing, 1993), July 16, 2023, September 11, 2023 and March 23, 2024 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.
  4. Schomburg & Sons pharmacy bottle photo November 3, 2020 on Fort Wayne Community Memories on Facebook.

Schultz House

Built at the turn of the last century by a Dr. Schultz and now listed on the register of historic homes. It’s now home to Potter’s Wife Gallery by Dan and Christine Hudson. In the basement sisters Christine Hudson and Kate Fowler cut and sew and stuff new life into old furniture. This portion of the Schultz House is Delaney’s Upholstery.

Science Central

Street View photo from Google maps includes 100's of user contributed photos

1950 North Clinton Street. Explore 200+ permanent hands-on exhibits and national touring exhibitions. www.sciencecentral.org/, Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScienceCentral/ description: Spark your imagination at Science Central! Inside Fort Wayne's first public power plant, you'll find over 30,000 square feet of exciting hands-on learning opportunities in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Science Central posted March 22, 2021 by Friends of the Rivers on YouTube.

Science Central on Visit Fort Wayne blog. Photo of 1930s City Light power plant with train tracks for coal cars was posted May 3, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Take a Tour of Science Central in Fort Wayne, Indiana by Visit Fort Wayne posted Jul 16, 2019 on YouTube
Explore more than 200 hands-on science exhibits

A December 14, 2017 post by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook:

For "Throwback Thursday" we share this article written for the PEOPLE SOUTHWEST through The Journal-Gazette by Tracy Warner on February 11, 1988. Tracy later became Journal-Gazette writer and Editorial Editor, and now works for Indiana and Michigan Power (AEP). We shared pictures before on the McCulloch House on Superior Street, when Tom and Kris Bireley had restored it and we surveyed for them. This article is on the flip side, and mentions one of our long-time clients Bud Hall. It also talks about the City Light property before it became Science Central. BTW....Hofer and Davis, Inc. provided the survey when Science Central took over!

It shows an image of the PEOPLE SOUTHWEST a The Journal Gazette newspaper article by Tracy Warner on February 11, 1988 discussing six old buildings he wrote about four years earlier in 1983, four were vital to Fort Wayne heritage, that were wasting away. Two were still empty in 1988. They were the McCulloch House, the Centlivre Brewery site still standing in 1988 but later demolished, The Edsall House, the Baker Street Train Depot, the Hanna School built in 1905, closed in 1977, city bought in 1979, sold in 1984, bought again in 1986 then demolished in 1987 saving only the arched doorways, a gable, the cornerstone and balustrade; and City Light now Science Central. At the end he mentioned car phones a new technology in 1988!

Interesting Indiana | Traveling on The Lincoln Highway | Indiana Road Trip December 17, 2014 Interesting Indiana on YouTube.
Take a ride with us on the Lincoln Highway in Indiana. We'll learn about the Ideal Section of the Lincoln Highway in Dyer, IN. We'll visit the Old Mill in Hobart Indiana, the first industrial business in Lake County Indiana. We'll then take in a vintage baseball game with the Deep River Grinders and learn how wooden baseball bats are made at Hoosier Bat in Valparaiso. Venturing further west we will visit the world's most complete collection of Hallmark ornaments at the Party Shop in Warsaw Indiana, and have fun learning at the Science Center in Fort Wayne. Start your journey now!

🎊 𝘛𝘏𝘌 𝘕𝘌𝘞 𝙂𝙄𝘼𝙉𝙏 𝙎𝙇𝙄𝘿𝙀 𝘐𝘚 𝘖𝘗𝘌𝘕 🎊 Science Central’s beloved two-story-high exhibit is back! Take a spin down the new...

Posted by Science Central on Friday, March 15, 2024

Friday, March 15, 2024 post by Science Central on Facebook:

🎊 THE NEW GIANT SLIDE IS OPEN 🎊

Science Central’s beloved two-story-high exhibit is back!

Take a spin down the new Giant Slide, which is open throughout our operating hours and no longer has a height requirement.

Special thanks go to:

👏 The Ardelle and Theresa Glaze Foundation, which donated $11,000 toward the slide.

👏 NIPSCO, which gave a $10,000 gift that will cover the slide’s maintenance and safety inspections.

👏 The public, whose generous donations helped make this moment happen.

🎉 THANK YOU 🎉

We may not have totality, but we do have shirts 😎 If you’re watching the eclipse in the Fort Wayne area, you’ll witness...

Posted by Science Central on Friday, April 5, 2024

Friday, April 5, 2024 post by Science Central on Facebook:

We may not have totality, but we do have shirts 😎

If you’re watching the eclipse in the Fort Wayne area, you’ll witness the moon cover about 99.8% of the sun.

Celebrate your inclusion in The 99.8% Society with this commemorative shirt, available now in Science Central’s Gift Shop in youth and adult sizes.

Special thanks to TrophyCenter Plus for printing these!

Scott's grocery

Started by Don Scott, bought the iconic Eavey's fruit of plenty store at 5300 Decatur Road.

When the Scott’s Food & Pharmacy completes its $5.8 million renovation in Chestnut Plaza early next year, it will also unveil a new name: Kroger.

Although Kroger Co. bought Scott’s 18 stores eight years ago, the local Scott family name has remained on numerous locations.

Feedback from focus groups initially indicated to Kroger officials that the Scott’s brand was valuable, associated with quality, cleanliness and a pleasant shopping experience. The Cincinnati-based grocery chain was in no hurry to tamper with strong customer loyalty, a spokesman said at the time.

But one by one, stores have been remodeled and transitioned to the Kroger banner. In more recent polling, shoppers haven’t shown a strong emotional attachment to the Scott’s name, Kroger spokesman John Elliott said. Now, the store at Illinois and Scott roads is the last location going by Scott’s.

"It is kind of a sad day, but it’s not unexpected," Cheryl Scott, a former Scott’s executive, said in an interview from her Fort Myers, Florida, home.

She reflected on her father’s company and the Scott’s legacy in Fort Wayne. She also recalled the challenges of keeping the retail chain relevant.

"You can’t (afford to) advertise for one store," she added. "And the Kroger name is big."

...

Local grocery wars

The end of Scott’s closes an era when three family-owned grocery chains competed fiercely for local shoppers: Scott’s Food Stores, Rogers Markets and Maloley Food Stores.

"It was quite an oddity to have three local grocery owners. And people were very loyal to their store," Cheryl Scott said.

They considered it a compliment that SuperValu wanted to buy the company, a kind of recognition for all the hard work, she said.

The offer probably also reflected SuperValu’s growth strategy. SuperValu bought Maloley’s in 1980 and Rogers stores in multiple transactions in the early- to mid-1990s.

Scott’s led the local grocery industry on some fronts.

The chain was the first to install checkout scanner technology in 1980, and it was also the first to open a full floral shop inside a store in 1981.

But Scott’s did lag behind in one noticeable area.

The retailer was the last to open for business on Sundays. Don Scott, who died in 2008 at age 91, wanted employees to have that day to spend with their families.

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Read the rest of the article: Local Scott's grocery era coming to a close Last store becoming Kroger, outreach remains by Sherry Slater published October 25, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper archived on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

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Scottish Rite Center

431 West Berry Street. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ftwscottishrite. Designed by Marshall S. Mahurin. In 1924, construction began on the Mizpah Shrine Temple, promising to provide Northeast Indiana with a much-needed community meeting place to host speakers and theatrical productions as well as banquet facilities. The auditorium sat over 2,400 patrons, while the Banquet Hall could seat over 2,000. The auditorium was to be given to the public for use, with the Shriners requiring it for only four or five days a year. Copied from Historical Analysis of the Scottish Rite Center - University of Saint Francis buys Scottish Rite Center November 10, 2011 Statement issued Thursday by the University of Saint Francis and Saint Francis unveils plan for Scottish Rite November 11, 2011 by Dominic Adams. January 18, 2012 Scottish Rite History in Fort Wayne from History Center Notes & Queries blog. January 26, 2012 the University of St. Francis takes over Scottish Rite renaming it the USF Performing Arts Center. See 2 postcards and discussion August 13, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook. Consecration and dedication of the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Valley of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, November 16, 17, 18, 1909 Publication date 1909. Scottish Rite History in Fort Wayne by Nancy McCammon-Hansen posted January 18, 2012 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.

Consecration and dedication of the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Valley of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, November 16, 17, 18, 1909, Publication date 1909 on Archive.org. Second copy slightly different quality.

June 17, 2021 post by The History Center on Facebook:

Since the beginning of colonization in the United States, secret societies have been a part of the fabric of daily life. The Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is one of several Rites of Freemasonry. A Rite is a progressive series of degrees conferred by various Masonic organizations or bodies, each of which operates under the control of its own central authority. In the Scottish Rite the central authority is called a Supreme Council. Since 1888, the Scottish Rite has had a continual presence in our community. The original Scottish Rite Cathedral in Fort Wayne was built from 1908-1909 and was located on the southeast corner of Washington and Clinton. In 1953, The Scottish Rite purchased the 1924 Mizpah Shrine building, designed by local architect Guy Mahurin, on West Berry. The Scottish Rite Auditorium served its members and Fort Wayne at large until 2012, when the building was purchased by the University of Saint Francis. The Scottish Rite continues to be a force for good in our community. #sociallyhistory

Scottish Highland Games

Started in 1986 at Zollner Stadium, then IPFW, and Concordia College, moved to Columbia City, but ended in 2012 according to Keeping Scottish heritage alive by Rosa Salter Rodriguez published December 1, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Brochure photo discussed August 1, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook.

Dietrick F. Sieling House

2208 Wayne Trace, Street View photo at Google maps

Once on ARCH's Endangered List due to it having an uncertain future, it's now The Rose Home a transitional living facility for women. Mr. Sieling owned a dry goods store that was located adjacent to the house to the east, and the park across the street is named for him. Sieling donated the park land, once a part of the Wayne Trace Indian Route to Cincinnati in 1915. Copied from an August 7, 2018 post with photo by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) on Facebook. It is now The Rose Home a Christian not-for-profit transitional living home for women who choose to recover from drug and alcohol addictions. The Rose Home, Inc is also on Facebook.

Sieling Park

2200 New Haven Avenue at Wayne Trace, Street View photo at Google maps

Sieling Block Park, 0.60 acres, since 1915. Sieling Block Park is located at Wayne Trace and New Haven Avenue on land donated in 1915 by Dietrick F. Sieling. Mr. Sieling donated his land as he wanted it to be a park for children to enjoy. This small but historical tract of land was once a part of the Wayne Trace Indian Route to Cincinnati. Copied from Sieling Block Park at City of Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation. Sieling Park had been misspelled as Seiling Park for around 60 years from a November 26, 2022 discussion on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook about the book Crossroads of History: Strolling through Fort Wayne's Parks Paperback – November 22, 2022 by Joshua Schipper. Several interesting comments including some by Sieling descendants. Schipper’s research made an impact on one particular park well before the book’s online release. After analyzing old newspaper clippings and the gravestones of the donors, he realized that Sieling Park had been misspelled as “Seiling” for around 60 years. After presenting his evidence to the Parks and Recreation Department, the park signage soon changed to reflect the correct spelling. Copied from Strolling Through Fort Wayne’s Parks December 5, 2022 book review by The Waynedale News.com Staff.

Settlers

See more at Swinney Homestead. Since 1971, costumed Settler members have researched the early Americana domestic arts and crafts, their politics, history, folklore and mechanics involving the many skills needing to survive early America. Settlers have shared their knowledge with the community via their Speakers' Bureau and their programs at the Swinney Homestead. Copied from their website: http://www.settlersinc.org/

Seyferts Potato Chips

Johnny Carson Eats a Prized Potato Chip on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show March 12, 2011 Johnny Carson on YouTube video.
Johnny Carson gives potato chip collector Myrtle Young the shock of her life on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1987. See Myrtle Young.

August 21, 2021 post by The History Center on Facebook:

Charles H. Seyfert, founder of the iconic Seyfert’s snack brand, cooked his first batch of chips on August 20, 1934 at 450 E. Wallace Street in Fort Wayne. Seyfert, a native of Pennsylvania, relocated to Fort Wayne a few years prior with some prodding from his uncle. Two months before opening this first kitchen, Seyfert wrote a letter to his brother regarding his attempt to break into the snack business. He noted that he had been quite successful selling chips and bologna to tourists and travelers in the lake region of Northeast Indiana, but that he could not find a chip that consistently met his standards, writing “[I] intend to start the chip business myself because my biggest trouble is I don’t have a good chip.” Seyfert’s snacks, one of Indiana’s most recognized brands, ceased operations on August 20, 2018, exactly 84 years after Charles H. Seyfert began producing his first batch of chips. Today we celebrate one of Allen County’s innovations with several Seyfert items from our collection, including Charles’ original letter. #sociallyhistory

August 20, 2021 post by Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook:

On August 20, 1934, potato chip company Seyfert’s opened in Fort Wayne. According to the company, founder Charles Seyfert traveled from his Pennsylvania home to the World's Fair in Chicago in 1933 and on his way back stopped in Fort Wayne. He returned, liking "what he saw of the northeastern Indiana town," and established a pretzel business that ultimately failed.

He then founded his potato chip business. The company noted that "the operation was much different than today's. Charles Seyfert did everything himself – from peeling potatoes to making chips to delivering the finished product. Today, miles and miles of conveyor belts carry the raw ingredients, cooked snacks and bags of goodies from one area of the plant to another."

Troyer Potato Products acquired Seyfert Foods in 2001, and the Fort Wayne plant closed its doors in 2018.

Learn more about Seyfert’s here: Farewell, beloved Midwestern potato chips Seyfert's, we hardly knew ye

The image below, showing the Seyfert’s factory after a 1958 fire, is courtesy of the Allen County Public Library Digital Collections.

Their August 20, 2022 post included:

Seyferts Company History on TroyerFarms.com now on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine:

In 1933, Charles Seyfert left his home in PA and drove his pretzel truck to Chicago for the World's Fair. On his way back home, he passed through Fort Wayne, Indiana, liked what he saw of the northeastern Indiana town and stopped there to begin a pretzel-making business. Although pretzels were Seyfert's dream, Fort Wayne wasn't ready for pretzels at that time and the businessman went broke. After a trip back home to PA to gather equipment, Seyfert returned to Fort Wayne and started a potato chip operation. This time, the snack food entrepreneur was successful.

Seyfert opened its doors August 20, 1934, the operation was much different than today's. Charles Seyfert did everything himself – from peeling potatoes to making chips to delivering the finished product. Today, miles and miles of conveyor belts carry the raw ingredients, cooked snacks and bags of goodies from one area of the plant to another.

In 1982, Borden Inc. acquired Seyfert. In October, 1994, Heath acquisition Corporation acquired the Seyfert Foods division from Borden Inc.. In 2001, Troyer Potato Products acquired Seyfert Foods.

The Troyer organization acquired Seyfert Foods in March 2001 but the relationship between the two companies goes back to the 1960s. At that time, Troyer supplied Seyfert's with potatoes. At the time of the acquisition, Troyer sold its products in Pennsylvania, eastern and central Ohio, western New York, and parts of West Virginia and Indiana. "It was a logical move by Troyer, and we're now fortunate to have product lines that have broad appeal in a number of nearby states," added Clifford Troyer.

August 20, 2019 post by the Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook:

On August 20, 1934, potato chip company Seyfert’s opened in Fort Wayne. According to the company, founder Charles Seyfert traveled from his Pennsylvania home to the World's Fair in Chicago in 1933 and on his way back stopped in Fort Wayne. He returned, liking "what he saw of the northeastern Indiana town," and established a pretzel business that ultimately failed. He then founded his potato chip business.

The company noted that "the operation was much different than today's. Charles Seyfert did everything himself – from peeling potatoes to making chips to delivering the finished product. Today, miles and miles of conveyor belts carry the raw ingredients, cooked snacks and bags of goodies from one area of the plant to another." Troyer Potato Products acquired Seyfert Foods in 2001. In August, 2018, it was announced that the company would be ceasing operations, ending the 84 year snack food tradition.

The image below shows a boy scout selling Seyfert’s chips at a fireworks display in Fort Wayne in 1953, courtesy of the Allen County Public Library.

  1. A photo of the potato chip plant that closed June 17, 2010 was posted in THIS DAY IN HISTORY: June 17 in photos by Dan Vance published June 17, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  2. April 3, 2013 album post by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook: COSTCO STAGING Gearing up at the COSTCO/KELLEY SITE as spring might be coming to Northeast Indiana soon. This our attempt at giving our followers a visual experience of how a construction site evolves from when the surveyor first steps on the site to completion. Please see other albums already posted.
  3. Photo of a Seyfert potato chip was posted August 20, 2018 by Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook.
  4. Seyfert’s, iconic Indiana maker of potato chips and other snacks, to cease operations Aug 21, 2018 FOX59 Web
  5. Photo of Seyfert delivery trucks in the article: Indiana snack maker Seyfert’s closes its doors, 22-Aug-2018  Gill Hyslop, Seyfert’s Snack Foods has shut its doors after being in operation for more than 80 years because the company said it is no longer profitable. HTTPS://WWW.BAKERYANDSNACKS.COM/ARTICLE/2018/08/22/INDIANA-SNACK-MAKER-SEYFERT-S-CLOSES-ITS-DOORS

Chip company closing August 21, 2018 by WTHRon YouTube
An iconic Indiana snack maker is closing its doors after more than 80 years in business. Seyfert's which is best known for their potato chips, cheese puffs and pretzels is shutting down after not being able to find a buyer.

Sheridan Court Apartments

719 Union Street, Architect A.M. Strauss designed this Tudor Revival apartment complex in 1925. Opening in 1926 as the first ever large apartment building in Fort Wayne, from Sheridan Court Apartments on West Central Properties.

Shoaff Building

Across Berry Street from the Courthouse, later became the Gettel Building. Photos and discussion September 24, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook.

Smith Field Airport

902 West Ludwig Road Street View photo from Google maps has over 30 user submitted photos
Smith Field Airport is one of the oldest remaining airfields in the nation.

Smith Field Timeline

August 28, 2022 Smith Field 1925 - 2001 Timeline photo posted on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook

Website: www.smdairport.com and Facebook page. The airport was dedicated and began operations in June 1925. Was the City of Fort Wayne’s first municipal airport and was originally named Baer Field in honor of Paul Baer. Situated on 236 acres of land approximately 5 miles north of downtown Fort Wayne and less than two miles from Interstate 69. The first airmail flight left Fort Wayne on December 8, 1930. Airmail service continued until 1933 when it was dropped until 1937. In the early 1940's, Smith Field had scheduled airline service from TWA.

  1. December 4, 2022 post by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources on Facebook stated: This week, the DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology is highlighting some of the places and buildings where advancements in science and technology occurred in Indiana. The first location is Smith Field in Allen County. Smith Field (NR-1720 Smith Field Airport) – Allen County: Located near Fort Wayne, Smith Field Airport is one of the oldest remaining airfields in the nation. Constructed in 1919, the airfield supported the beginnings of America’s flight industry. The airport was dedicated as the Paul Baer Municipal Airport in 1925, after the WWI flying ace from Fort Wayne. Improvements to the airstrips were constructed in the 1930s, alongside a commercial airmail carrier, and more improvements to the airstrips and safety features came via the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression. Following World War II, the airfield was renamed to Smith Field after Arthur “Art” Smith, a Fort Wayne aviation pioneer who was a barnstormer and exhibition flyer that is credited with the invention of the “loop-the-loop" and skywriting. Since then, Smith Field has been used for general aviation purposes and flight schools. You can see more by looking at the property’s National Register nomination form in DNR-DHPA’s online database (SHAARD): on.IN.gov/shaard.
  2. Smith Field Airport at Airport History on AIRPORT AUTHORITY FORT WAYNE INTERNATIONAL website.
  3. The story of Smith Field Fort Wayne : PBS 39 WFWA, 2002 Fort Wayne's oldest municipal airfield was re-named Smith Field in honor of aviation pioneer Art Smith, 'The Bird Boy of Fort Wayne.' It served the community as a hub of commercial, corporate and industrial endeavors for over 75 years. Learn about Smith Field's history and watch as local policy makers, citizens and community activists debate this historic airport's future in this exclusive documentary presentation from PBS-39. VHS at Allen County Public Library.
  4. Smith Field Historic Photos at EAA Chapter 2 Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter Two Encourages and Promotes Sport Aviation and Aeronautical Education in Northeast Indiana. See 29 page National Airmail Museum proposal.
  5. National Air Mail Museum
  6. USPS, Friends of National Airmail Museum honor Airmail Stamps November 02, 2018 USPS United States Postal Service.
  7. Smith Field by Aviation: From Sand Dunes to Sonic Booms at the National Park Service NPS.gov.
  8. National Park Services: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Iternary - "a rare surviving example of an early 20th-century airport, is historically significant for its association with air-related transportation and commerce in Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana. In 1919, the city of Fort Wayne inspected the site that eventually became Smith Field for its suitability as a municipal airport." Slated for closure in 2003 but pardoned through the influence of pilots, nearby residents and historians, the future of Smith Field -- Fort Wayne’s “other” airport -- is not only secure, but bright.
  9. Once down and nearly out, the sky's the limit for Fort Wayne's first airport by Kevin Leininger was published December 30, 2015 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  10. Smith Field (Indiana) at Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

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Smoky's Records & Tours

Wells Street Smoky Montgomery was well known around the area.

  1. Charles L. Smoky Montgomery September 20, 2006 Fort Wayne Newspapers Legacy.com obituary.
  2. Charles Lee "Smoky" Montgomery September 20, 2006 obituary on Find A Grave.
  3. April 30, 2019 post by Wooden Nickel Music on Facebook:

    Wow! Really feeling nostalgic walking through Smoky's Record Shop on Wells Street this morning. We are going through their remaining stock to see if there are vinyl pieces that we could resell at Our Wooden Nickel Records locations. Hard to believe that this store has been closed for 13 years. The store closed when owner Charles “Smoky Montgomery passed away back in 2006 and never reopened. The Montgomery family are in the final stages of selling off both remaining inventory along with the property. Definitely an interesting piece of Fort Wayne history!

  4. Smoky died in 2006, the records were damaged from a leaky roof with over 20,000 45 RPMs still upstairs

    February 8, 2020 post on Facebook and share many times!

    Behind Smokys Record Shop
    1632 N Wells St.

    The records have been sitting at Smokys since he passed in 2006.. all the records were picked through by various record shops and collectors over the years. The remainder of the records were sold last weekend and these are the ones that weren’t wanted or damaged. Very sad to see all of these records wasted... but even w media presence, no one came a knockin.... i still have about 10,000 left indoors for FREE if anyone is interested. Must take the entire lot. 

  5. ‘It was something’ – Smoky’s Record Shop on Wells for sale May 3, 2019 and Refurbished Smoky’s Records back on the market by Dirk Rowley, posted: Jan 18, 2023 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.
  6. January 18, 2023 video post on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.
  7. April 23, 2023 post by Melissa Maddox on Facebook:

    Amazing investment opportunity! The old Smoky's on Wells! Check it out!

    Maddox Collective

  8. June 4, 2023 post by Maddox Collective on Facebook:

    Are you looking for an investment opportunity down town? This is the best deal on the Market, The old Smoky's Record shop in the Wells Street Corridor! Check it out!

    Historic Wells Street Corridor #maddoxcollectiveFort Wayne IndianaDowntown Fort Wayne

    Smoky's record shop for sale April 25, 2023 Maddox Collective on YouTube.
    Commercial retail space and three bedroom apartment for sale in WellStreet corridor Fort Wayne , Fort Wayne, Indiana

Snyderman House

10220 Circlewood Drive is not visible in Street View photo from Google maps with user submitted photos

Was built in 1972 by Michael Graves for Sanford and Joy Snyderman.

  1. Photos of unique archetecture of Snyderman House (1972-1977) by architect Michael Graves on WTTW PBS. Snyderman's left the house in 1998 and sold it in December 1999 to developers Joseph Sullivan and William Swift who planned to tear it down and develop homes on the property.
  2. Daughter Nancy Snyderman is a medical doctor and national television personality.
  3. The Snyderman House discussion August 15, 2011 on nancynall.com 2002.
  4. Snyderman House on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
  5. Snyderman House, 2000 (Fort Wayne, Ind.) on Indiana Memory digital library at IN.gov.

July 30, 2023 post by WANE 15 on Facebook:

Sunday, July 30, marks the 21-year anniversary of the Snyderman House, a Fort Wayne home designed by famous architect and Indiana native Michael Graves, burning down due to a possible arson.

‘Suspicious in nature:’ Sunday marks 21 years since Snyderman House fire in Allen County has many photos including after the fire.  ‘Suspicious in nature:’ Sunday marks 21 years since Snyderman House fire in Allen County is also on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

Soap Box Derby

Photo of a car in 1947 posted May 1, 2017 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

SoundWalk

  1. October 15, 2019 - SoundWalk officially released its first experience in FW at the Little Turtle Memorial! Download the app, bring headphones & visit the burial place of Chief Mihšihkinaahkwa. Hear the voices and stories of local people of the Miami Tribe and deepen your understanding of what it means to be from FW. Download link: www.soundwalkapp.com by SoundWalk on Facebook.
  2. November 21, 2019 Nice write-up on the new SoundWalk at the Little Turtle Memorial at Lawton Place. Go to the resting place of Mihšihkinaahkwa and listen to the voices of the Miami Tribe from the Northeast Indiana area. Learning at landmarks Local artist's app provides stories at city memorial [Blake Sebring For The Journal Gazette Nov 21, 2019]. SoundWalk on Facebook.
  3. Mix up your social distancing this summer with a made-in-Fort-Wayne solo music adventure by Kara Hackett posted April 15, 2020 on Input Fort Wayne.
  4. Take A Unique Stroll With Soundwalk by Michael Morrissey posted April 22, 2022 on The Waynedale News.com.
  5. July 29, 2020 - Put our second SoundWalk sign down in Fort Wayne at McCulloch Park. More to come?? Download the app and go listen to this interactive music experience by Metavari (@utesch | @boydiggity). SoundWalk on Facebook.
  6. April 1, 2022 - Out now! Go take a walk in the Fairfield Corridor with the free app to a gain a whole new perspective on the area that we've all grown to love. This is an experience that is built to grow with your contributions! If you're walking along and have a memory of the area triggered, or would like to share some of your knowledge of the area, please contact us so that we can record you and add your voice to the experience. Download for iOS and Android at www.soundwalkapp.com. Beautiful location art by Nicolle Ginter. App funded by Indiana Humanities grant with a match from Wunderkammer Company, Audio recorded with help from, WELT 95.7 FM - Fort Wayne Community Radio, We'll be out there today at 5:30pm if you'd like to join. Fairfield Corridor - SoundWalk Release. SoundWalk on Facebook.
  7. August 11, 2022 - The @fortwayneparks department has graciously added a sign pointing visitors the area’s SoundWalk at the sidewalk of Packard Park! Go take a walk with the app or download it for free to experience from wherever you’d like!

 

South Anthony Speedway

Discussion and several videos posted in Comments October 22, 2017 and general Speedway search on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook. South Anthony Speedway Memorabilia has copies of programs. Several photos posted November 19, 2018 on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne Private Facebook Group. See search results for South Anthony Speedway including videos on Facebook. See Fort Wayne Speedway.

December 4, 2017 post by the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook

Southside Market

3300 Warsaw Street Steet View photo from Google map

Historic Southside Farmers Market is on Facebook and website: http://www.southsidefarmersmarket.com/. Located at 3300 Warsaw Street, serving Fort Wayne and surrounding areas since 1926, is open Saturdays 8-1, and has been a local historic district since 2001. Open every Saturday from Easter through mid-December. It is an indoor market, and is open from 7 am – 1 pm. At the South Side Farmers Market rural life and agriculture, as well as fresh meat, produce, and flowers, can be found in the midst of urban Fort Wayne. The market began in 1926 and is owned and operated by the Allen County Producers Association. The market structures are unlike any others in Fort Wayne, representing the only location in the city with the feel of a historic fairground. See also Barr Street Market, YLNI Farmers Market, Fort Wayne Farmers Market, and Fort Wayne’s Farmers Markets at Visit Fort Wayne.

 

 

 

Vendors show what pies, veggies, and plants are offered at Historic Southside Farmers Market June 13, 2020 by WANE 15 News on YouTube
WATCH: Vendors show what is offered at the Historic Southside Farmers Market article by Briana Brownlee posted June 13, 2020 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15

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Southtown Mall

Torn down and replaced with a Walmart. The March 16, 1967 groundbreaking photo in The News-Sentinel newspaperwas posted June 30, 2018 showing Al Zacher developer, mentioned Wolf & Dessauer and Montgomery Ward among other stores would be there, then over 60 photos, lengthy discusison January 3, 2017 , more photos and discussion February 13, 2017and again February 13, 2017-2 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook. Southtown Mall with photos remembered on Labelscar - The Retail History blog.

September 18, 2014 post by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook:

Here is our Throwback Thursday selection from the Hofer and Davis, Inc. Scrapbook! Seems hard to believe it was 10 years ago [2004] that the demolition began at Southtown Mall. And by the way........ The City of Fort Wayne chose Hofer and Davis, Inc. to provide their surveying services.

YouTube video Circa 1992. A 6 and a 1/2 min walk through the now demolished Southtown Mall in Fort Wayne, IN. The video goes from L. S. Ayres to Sears, the Kohls wing is not included.

South Wayne

Fort Wayne was considerably enlarged on August 14, 1894, when the City Council declared the annexation of South Wayne. This was a territory which extended south of Creighton Ave. between Hoagland Ave. and the St. Mary’s River. The wooded area had long been a favorite ground for the Miami Indians who remained in the precincts during early town days. The reservations of Richardville, LaFontaine and Beabien were all along the St. Mary’s just south of the South Wayne community. A stream through the area, known as Shawnee Run, disappeared with drainage work. A stone bridge over Shawnee Run had existed along Fairfield Ave., just north of Pontiac Street. The bridge work was still visible under the street, according the Peter Certia who went down the sewer in 1952 to have a look at it. The stream had meandered through what later became Beechwood Circle and environs east and west. Copied from a longer article called Oakdale History: South Wayne A History of South Wayne Community on  Historic Oakdale Neighborhood Association.

South Wayne area was once a city unto itself


By MICHAEL HAWFIELD
from the archives of The News-Sentinel inCityscapes - People & Places series of articles from the archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper.

The square half-mile known as South Wayne is one of Fort Wayne's most familiar districts.

Once a favored hunting ground of the Miamis, South Wayne today is a residential district characterized by a rich mix of architectural styles and a strong sense of unity in the neighborhoods. Indeed, almost a century ago South Wayne was, for a brief time, a fully incorporated town separate from Fort Wayne.

South Wayne is the area south of Creighton Avenue, north of Rudisill, and west of Hoagland Avenue to the St. Marys River.

The streets that crisscross the district, such as Fairfield, Nuttman, Packard and Wildwood, recall some of the more notable settlers and developers of Fort Wayne.

For these and other early settlers, the area was a byword for good hunting, beautiful woods and - for youngsters - adventure. Exciting tales were told of the Indians who lived, hunted, and sometimes fought there. A stream that ran northwest through South Wayne from Rudisill to empty into the St. Marys River just west of the old Wells Street Bridge was known as Shawnee Run. Noted for its many plum trees, it got its name from the Shawnee bands of Indians that lived along the St. Marys in the 1820s.

More excitingly, the stream was also called Bloody Run. Several stories tell of a Miami Indian who stabbed a Shawnee brave (or was it an Ottawa brave?) to death on the steep banks of the creek in 1824. Enraged kinsmen of the murdered man armed themselves for revenge, and the whites in the region of Fort Wayne feared an uprising would put them in danger as well.

At this point, the stories continue, Jean Baptiste Richardville, chief of the Miamis, stepped in and mediated a settlement, persuading the wronged family to accept a retribution payment from the Miamis.

Richardville was the first owner of the lands that became South Wayne. Born about 1761, he was the son of Chief Little Turtle's brilliant sister, Tacumwah, and a French trader named Joseph Drouet De Richardville. Given the Miami name Pechewa, Richardville preferred to use his French name, and he became the symbol of the American Indian who adapted to the new culture that replaced his own.

A peaceful, even timid man by nature, Richardville rose to become civil chief of the Miamis (Little Turtle was war chief). If Richardville's fame rested on his reputation as a mediator and businessman, his success rested on the very capable shoulders of his mother, who not only engineered his rise to civil chief, but also managed to gain control of the lands along the ancient portage trail, which became the basis of the Richardville fortune.

Through extensive land dealings, Richardville took advantage of peace settlements after the War of 1812 and the huge increase in pioneer immigration that followed Indiana's admission to statehood in 1816.

Destined to be known as "the wealthiest Indian in North America," Richardville was branded by some as a hypocrite and a traitor to his people. Yet to others, like the old Indian agent, Sen. John Tipton, who had found it easy to negotiate with the accommodating chief, Richardville was "the ablest diplomat of whom I have knowledge. If he had been born and educated in France, he would have been the equal (of the best diplomat in Europe)."

In exchange for supporting the American cause in the Indian treaty negotiations of 1818 at Marysville, Ohio, Richardville was given vast tracts of land south of the old fort, on both sides of the St. Marys River. Much of South Wayne was included in this grant, but in 1828 he gave this portion back to the U.S. government, which began to sell its lots to new settlers.

Among the first investors in South Wayne was James Barnett, the partner and brother-in-law of Samuel Hanna. An amiable man, known as "Uncle Jimmy," Barnett had first visited Fort Wayne in 1797, and he was with Gen. William Henry Harrison's relief expedition when the fort was beseiged by Indians in 1812. In 1818 he settled permanently in Fort Wayne and built the first brick house in town, on East Columbia Street.

In 1827 Barnett and Hanna built a small dam in the St. Marys and downstream erected a mill just south of the over the river (near today's Sears Pavilion). Old Mill Road was later named after this mill, and the bridge that carried the Indianapolis State Road (Broadway, today) across the river to the Little River Turnpike, or Bluffton Road, was the principle southern route out of Fort Wayne. During the 1840s and 1850s South Wayne remained wild. Game was plentiful. One old-timer remembered that pigeons roosted in such numbers in the sycamore trees along the St. Marys that he was awakened in the middle of the night by the noise of the breaking limbs, brought down by the weight of the birds. Wolves became such a menace because of the abundant game that bounties were offered, and farmers competed with one another in the number of wolf traps they could set. Malaria was common. One settler recalled that "quinine was a necessity and as regular an item as the staples of diet." It was not until the 1870s that the area was drained and the disease brought under control.

Among the important developments which occurred in the 1850s, the Barton family sold its extensive acreage to Wayne Township, and the homestead was turned into the first county poor farm, or asylum (at the northern corner of Broadway and Savilla Avenue). It was used as a "pest house," or isolation ward, in 1849 when a cholera epidemic struck. This deadly disease hit again in 1852 and 1854, and one doctor estimated that as many as 600 people died in those three attacks. Many victims were the poor quarantined at the county asylum.

The pace of growth in South Wayne is best illustrated by the appearance in 1871 of the Fort Wayne Organ Company on Fairfield Avenue (where Packard Park is today). Isaac T. Packard came to South Wayne from Chicago in 1871, his organ company there having been destroyed by the Great Fire of Oct. 8-11 . Although Packard himself died only two years after establishing his new organ business in South Wayne, the company was taken over by Stephen Bond, a banker who made the business one of the finest of its kind in the country.

Prosperity was such in the 1870s and 1880s that there was considerable agitation to incorporate South Wayne as an independent town. In large measure this movement began in order to prevent Fort Wayne from annexing the area for its tax revenue. The first petition for incorporation, filed in 1872, stirred a bitter court fight with the Fort Wayne City Council. In the end, the city failed to annex the area, but South Wayne also failed to win independence.

Fifteen years later, the movement for incorporation was taken up again, this time led by William J. Vesey and Henry Ninde. By 1889 the Allen County Commissioners agreed to order a general referendum of South Wayne residents to decide the issue. An overwhelming vote for incorporation as a town was returned, and South Wayne was declared by the commissioners an independent town of Allen County.

Independence lasted until 1894. By that year the costs of sidewalks, sewers, waterworks , and Jenney Electric lights at the intersections had become so costly that the town board was forced to levy a stiff property tax - the very thing the citizens had originally sought to avoid by fighting annexation by the city.

Many residents now saw benefits in becoming part of Fort Wayne. But because the majority still voted for continued independence from Fort Wayne, the issue went to the highest courts. Fort Wayne attorney James Barrett finally won for the city, and South Wayne was annexed in 1894.

After the turn of the century, South Wayne's community centers began to assume their identity. South Wayne school was established, and Pastor Philip Wambeganes founded the Emmaus Evangelical Lutheran Church and school. The old "Wildwood" estate of the Ninde family was sold to the Lutheran Hospital Association in 1904, marking the beginning of Lutheran Hospital.

The old Fort Wayne Organ Co. fared well only until the Great Depression of the 1930s. After the death of Stephen Bond in 1907, his son, Albert, had taken over the business and made it a model of management-labor relations in the early 20th century.

The name of the company had been changed to the Packard Organ Co. in 1899, and after abandoning the faltering organ business, became the Packard Piano Co. in 1915. A productive and proud company, it even lent its skills in woodworking to the war effort in 1918 by making propellors for Army warplanes. After the stock market crash of Oct. 29 , 1929, the company went into receivership and collapsed in 1930. This was the first, last and only industry in the primarily residential district of South Wayne.

--Feb. 21, 1994


Spy Run

Historic Spots in Spy Run map under the Survey of the Old Fort Grounds section shown on page 241 of The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana : a review of two centuries of occupation of the region about the head of the Maumee River by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927; Taylor, Samuel R., Mrs, Publication date 1917 on Archive.org. Spy Run is historically connected with William Wells.

Standish Photo Studio

Was at Robison Park, photo was posted April 20, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

State Historical Markers

State Historical Markers in Allen County by Tom Castaldi, local historian  published February 23, 2016 on the History Center Notes & Queries blog. See Indiana Historical Markers by County on IN.gov or individually: 02.1948.1 Site of Fort Miamis; 02.1963.1 Camp Allen 1861-64; 02.1966.1 Site of Hardin's Defeat; 02.1992.1 Home of Philo T. Farnsworth ; 02.1992.2 Wabash and Erie Canal Groundbreaking ; 02.2000.1 Fort Miamis; 02.2003.1 Gronauer Lock No. 2

State School

See Indiana School for Feeble Minded Youth.

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Ream Steckbeck Paint Company

Started in 1923 by Walker Steckbeck, the family owned it for 90 years when it was closed in December 2012. Longtime local paint company Ream Steckbeck closes Was founded in 1923 by Kevin Leininger was published December 20, 2012 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Closed sign March 3, 2013 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Stellhorn Hardware

Opened in 1883 on Fairfield Avenue, was started by J. H. Stellhorn (Stellhorn Avenue is named for him) and there are still some hints to the store’s age, like the 1915 Master Rule scale. Fort Wayne's oldest hardware store is on the market by Bob Caylor was published January 19, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaperwhen the store closed and building was sold.

Stelhorn Mill

The water-powered mills of Allen County, Indiana by Bates, Roy M. on Archive.org

Page 17, XXIV. STELLHORN SAWMILL

Fred Stellhorn, a lime-burner and canal boat operator, purchased in I860 a tract of land in the south half of Section 26, Wayne Township and immediately took up residence on the property.

A log house and a small water-powered sawmill were on the property when

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acquired by Mr. Stellhorn. When the mill was erected is not known, but it was built by a man named Browning.

The mill was situated on the right (east) bank of the St. Marys River, about 1500 feet north of the Stellhorn Bridge, opposite the present Fairview Golf Course, on Fairfield Avenue extended, a short distance south of the City limits of Fort Wayne.

Fred Stellhorn was unable to operate the mill because of ill health brought on as a result of his occupation as a lime-burner, so his eldest son, J. Henry Stellhorn, took charge and continued its operation until 1873, when the mill was forced to discontinue, because of the shortage of water during the summer months. Mr. Stellhorn purchased a steam mill in Fort Wayne and moved it to his farm, locating it on the river bank about 1500 feet south of the old water-powered mill.

The water-powered mill was a one-story frame building located on the east abutment of the dam, and was equipped with a 6-foot upright saw, powered by an overshot wheel. The dam was about 150 feet in length and 6 feet high, and was constructed of heavy spiked timbers and held securely by massive stone work at either end. The mill race was about 200 feet long.

Mr. Charles Stellhorn, brother of J. Henry Stellhorn, was born in 1862 on the Stellhorn farm and lived near there his entire lifetime. At one time he operated the steam mill. We are indebted to him for this information.

Much of the timber cut at the water-powered mill was walnut, as it was very plentiful on the land in the immediate vicinity. J. Henry Stellhorn at one time purchased the timber on 300 acres of land across the river, and so much of it was walnut that it was cut into 2 by 4’s and disposed of largely in Fort Wayne.

Nothing remains on the old mill site today. However, some traces of the dam are still visible, and the framework of the old mill building was moved off the site about 1880, to another part of the farm and converted into a granary, which still stands to the east of what is now Calhoun Street extended. The old Stellhorn home, which still stands, was constructed of lumber fabricated at the old mill and, in recent years, it was discovered that the 2 x 4’s and siding used in this house are of walnut. A number of years ago, the home was moved from its original site to its present location.

March 11, 2023 post byHistoric 07 District - Fort Wayne on Facebook:

In the 1800s, there were as many as 35 water-powered mills along the major streams and rivers of Allen County, with as many as 2,300 across the state. There were two such mills in south Fort Wayne, but by the early 1900s, not a single water-powered mill was still in operation. Today’s story is about the Stellhorn Mill, World War I rationing, and history long forgotten. Read on for more!

Water-powered mills, or a watermill, use water to drive the milling, rolling, or hammering process. This process is needed for numerous goods ranging from flour to lumber. The watermill and the sail are known as the earliest use of machines to harness natural forces to replace human labor. The earliest evidence of using a watermill was in the 2nd century BC by the Greeks.

Fast forward 2000 years and humans used the same technology in and around Fort Wayne. Knowing that watermills were big business, Fred Stellhorn, a lime burner and canal boat operator, purchased the land, the mill, and a log cabin in 1860. Fred’s son, Charles, eventually took over the mill and transitioned to steam power, abandoning the watermill. Still, once the steam mill burnt down, Charles was forced to relocate the mill to the corner of Hollis and Fairfield, where he partnered with Fred Moellering. [See Moellering Brickyard]

By the 1910s, the mill ground flower for the area farmers. At the same time, the United States entered World War I, causing the Federal Government to enact flour conservation laws. The laws aimed to conserve wheat so that 30% of the average US consumption could be sent to the allies. Moellering, who was operating the mill, was shut down in 1918 for not following these laws. While this was a short-lived shutdown, Moellering continued to operate the mill, eventually owning and living on the land until the mid-1940s.

C. Merle Engelman purchased the mill, eventually selling the property to McComb Funeral home, which still stands today.

A special thank you to Betsy Engelman Allen for the pictures and history.

Stockbridge House

November 10, 2022 post by ARCH, Inc. on Facebook:

The Nathaniel P. & Sophia Stockbridge house on West Wayne Street is our topic for this week’s Throwback Thursday. Mr. Stockbridge was a native of Freeport, Maine and came to Fort Wayne in 1843. Mr. Stockbridge served as the manager of the H. Durrie & Company hardware store. According to Bert Griswold’s The Pictorial History of Fort Wayne Indiana, Stockbridge bought a bookstore and stationary business in 1853 and grew it to be the “largest retail and wholesale enterprises of the time.” The house was built in 1845 in the Italianate style. Gone is the four-sided tower with arched windows and a pyramidal roof. The way to detect that this was the Stockbridge house was to look at the semicircular window in the front gable and the pitch of the gables. Looking at Google Earth, one can side the outline on the roof where the tower rested. Mrs. Stockbridge died in 1866. Mr. Stockbridge retired from his business three years before his death in 1896. Historic house photo courtesy of Fort Wayne Historic Houses and Nathaniel Stockbridge photo courtesy of the Allen County Public Library Community Album

A comment by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and authorstated: The local chapter of the Audubon Society is named after Nathaniel's son Charles Stockbridge who was a taxidermist and operated out of the family store on Columbia Street. Here's one of the business postcards that Charles used. Courtesy Harter Postcard Collection/ACPL. www.stockbridgeaudubon.org/

Stockyards

Union Stockyards fire May 2, 1952, a few minutes of video is shown by Access Fort Wayne public television at the Allen County Public Library. A dozen stockyard photos are in the Fire Fighter Photographs collection at the Allen County Public Library Digital Collections at the Allen County Public Library. Fort Wayne, IN: Union Stockyards 1952 Fire with photo on the Towns and Nature blog. Was discussed July 31, 2017 and Name Search on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebookincluding May 2, 1952 Union Stockyards Fire East Washington Blvd. Union Stockyards fire 1952 photo posted by CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. It was a total loss on the Fire Police City County Federal Credit Union online 2016-2017 calendar and the Hall's Stockyards Cafe 3005 Maumee Ave. Also discussed September 2, 2009 on Fort Wayne Railfan suggesting Sanborn maps show the locations of other stockyards. Stockyard is mentioned several times on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne Private Facebook Group

Stone Quarry

Formerly May's now Hanson Stone Quarry on Ardmore Avenue photos and discussion February 7, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook

Stoner's Funstore

Street View photo from Google maps

712 S. Harrison St., since 1949, stoners.com, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StonersFunstore/, YouTube channel has over 160 short videos: https://www.youtube.com/@stonersfunstore

Stoner’s Funstores: Your Source for April Fool’s Pranks! by Lauren C. was published March 14, 2012 on Visit Fort Wayne blog.

Halloween fun at Stoner's Funstore | Living Local 15 by Living Local 15 on YouTube.
Oct 25, 2022 #cosplay #halloweencostume #downtownfortwayne Living Local 15 host Jessica Williams heads to Stoner’s Funstore to learn about everything they have to offer when it comes to costumes and accessories. Learn more at funnygoofycrap.com

May 3, 2023 post by Stoner's Funstore on Facebook:

On this day in 1949, our founders Albert Stoner and his son Dick opened up “Stoner’s Magic Shop” for business!

We may be old, but we still know how to have a good time!

We’ve been lucky to spend 74 magical years in Fort Wayne, and we’re excited to be with you for many more.

1950 GE article

May 18, 2023 post by grandson Colin Haines on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook:

An article from 1950 about three of the magicians who worked for GE! Ed Gallmeier, Tom Rockhill, and Al Stoner. The article mentions Dick Stoner, but doesn’t tell you that he worked at GE for a bit as well!

January 17, 2024 post by Stoner's Funstore on Facebook:

A lot has changed in 75 years, but you can still find the Stoner Family at 712 S Harrison Street after all these years!🪄🛍️

#FunnyGoofyCrap #StonersFunstore #Stoners75 #SmallBusiness #LocalBusiness #ShopSmall #ShopLocal #FamilyBusiness #MagicShop #MagicTrick #CostumeShop #Costume #JokeShop #Prank #FunFact #75Years #Vintage #Anniversary #FortWayne #Indiana #DTFW

January 29, 2024 post by Stoner's Funstore on Facebook:

A big thank you to WANE 15 and Clayton McMahan for putting together this awesome story on our 75th Anniversary Year by talking with Dick Stoner and Colin Haines!

Funny, goofy anniversary: Stoner’s Funstore celebrates 75 years in business has several short videos

January 31, 2024 post by Stoner's Funstore on Facebook:

Happy International Magicians’ Day! Be sure to give special wishes to the magician in your life. 🪄♠️♥️♣️♦️Pictured are the Stoner Family Magicians: Colin Haines, Dick Stoner, Andy Haines, Elmer Smith.

#FunnyGoofyCrap #StonersFunstore #Stoners75 #SmallBusiness #LocalBusiness #ShopSmall #ShopLocal #MagicShop #MagicTrick #Magician #TrickShop #JokeShop #FamilyBusiness #MagiciansDay

We went through our archives, and found this clip of our very own Dick Stoner entertaining the amazing Muhammad Ali! #FunnyGoofyCrap #StonersFunstore #Stoners75 #SmallBusiness #LocalBusiness #ShopSmall #ShopLocal #MagicShop #CostumeShop #JokeShop #MagicTrick #Magician #DickStoner #MuhammadAli #MagicShow #Vintage #Tape #VHS #McDonalds #DTWF #FortWayne #Indiana

Posted by Stoner's Funstore on Saturday, February 24, 2024

February 24, 2024 post by Stoner's Funstore on Facebook:

We went through our archives, and found this clip of our very own Dick Stoner entertaining the amazing Muhammad Ali!

#FunnyGoofyCrap #StonersFunstore #Stoners75 #SmallBusiness #LocalBusiness #ShopSmall #ShopLocal #MagicShop #CostumeShop #JokeShop #MagicTrick #Magician #DickStoner #MuhammadAli #MagicShow #Vintage #Tape #VHS #McDonalds #DTWF #FortWayne #Indiana

A #ThrowbackThursday AND Fun Fact for today! Did you know that for a few months before we began operations at our...

Posted by Stoner's Funstore on Thursday, March 28, 2024

Thursday, March 28, 2024 post by Stoner's Funstore on Facebook:

A #ThrowbackThursday AND Fun Fact for today! Did you know that for a few months before we began operations at our current downtown location in May 1949, Albert Stoner sold magic out of his basement at 1321 Dubois St (where Memorial Park Middle School now stands!)

#FunnyGoofyCrap #StonersFunstore #Stoners75 #SmallBusiness #LocalBusiness #ShopSmall #ShopLocal #FunFact #History #MagicShop #CostumeShop #JokeShop #Magician #Magic #MagicTrick #DickStoner #DTFW #FortWayne #Indiana

April 1, 2024 post by Stoner's Funstore on Facebook:

Happy April Fool’s Day! Check out this side by side of Dick Stoner, fooling with the same trick- 70 years apart! Be sure to get your friends good today!

An iconic storefront in downtown Fort Wayne marks 75 years of business Thursday, and it’s an anniversary so big that a block party is planned for June so the whole community can celebrate.

Posted by WANE 15 on Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 post by WANE 15 on Facebook:

An iconic storefront in downtown Fort Wayne marks 75 years of business Thursday, and it’s an anniversary so big that a block party is planned for June so the whole community can celebrate.

Stoner’s Funstore honors founder’s legacy with 75th anniversary celebration

On May 2nd, 1949, Albert Stoner officially opened “Stoner’s Magic Shop” for business. For 75 years we have dealt with...

Posted by Stoner's Funstore on Thursday, May 2, 2024

Thursday, May 2, 2024 post by Stoner's Funstore on Facebook:

On May 2nd, 1949, Albert Stoner officially opened “Stoner’s Magic Shop” for business. For 75 years we have dealt with magic, costumes, jokes- all things FUN!

To celebrate this monumental anniversary, we are inviting the public to celebrate with us on Saturday June 29th, from 11AM to 4PM in front of our storefront at 712 S. Harrison Street!

“Albert Stoner Day” will be a celebration of Stoner’s Funstore- and all things FUN in Fort Wayne.

Join us for magic, music, fortune telling, ice cream, and so much more still to be announced!

Keep watch on our Facebook and Instagram for more announcements as the celebration draws closer. And who knows- we may still have another trick up our sleeves. We are always full of surprises!😉🪄✨

(Special thanks to our friends over at Phan Gear Prints for this awesome artwork- which will be available to purchase as a poster the day of the party!)

Thank you Whatzup Magazine for this awesome feature on our 75th Anniversary. Be sure to give it a read!

Posted by Stoner's Funstore on Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 post by Stoner's Funstore on Facebook:

Thank you Whatzup Magazine for this awesome feature on our 75th Anniversary. Be sure to give it a read!

Stoner’s throws party for 75th anniversary Downtown staple marks milestone with block party June 29

Strand Theatre

Southwest corner of E. Wayne Street and South Clinton Street, opened as the Empress Theatre in the fall of 1912. By 1917 it was renamed the Strand Theatre. It was a moving picture theater as late as 1927. Today is part of the grassy open plaza fronting One Summit Square. Comments and Information from cinema Treasures. Joe Vogel said: design of the Empress Theatre was by one of the town’s leading architects of the period, John M. E. Riedel. He also designed the Lyric Theatre. In its early years, the Empress presented Sullivan & Considine vaudeville. Photos and discussion of it's original name Empress Theater posted June 23, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook.

Strauss Building

Constructed in 1890 at 821 S. Calhoun Street, it. is one of downtown Fort Wayne’s oldest and most recognizable structures. It was one of the first locations in Fort Wayne to have early telegraph lines, the conduits for which can still be seen in the building’s basement. It hosted a Western Union and various financial institutions such as the first office for Lincoln Financial Group, a Fortune 250 company that still has a large office location and prominent community presence in Fort Wayne. Copied from The past and present of the historic Strauss Building by Jenn Kunkle published December 13, 2018 on Living Fort Wayne.com.

Strunz-Sponhauer House

1017 West Berry Street - Street View photo from Google Maps

Built in 1886-1887 is an outstanding example of Italianate and eclectic architecture designed by the renowned Fort Wayne architecture firm of Wing & Mahurin. The house was built in 1886-1887 for Christian G. Strunz, his wife, Lisette, and their daughter, Henrietta. Christian operated a grocery from about 1860 until his retirement in 1900. Henrietta's daughter Helen married Roy Sponhauer in 1922, and lived in the house with Henrietta until her death in 1945. Helen continued to live in the house until 1976, the year she died. That same year, GTE bought the house to use the lot for parking. Copied from the 2002 Home and Garden Tour by the West Central Neighborhood Association. There is a photo on the Christian G. Strunz House Facebook Landmark & Historical Place.

Here's another ARCH #TBT photo for you! Back in 1980, the Strunz-Sponhauer House was moved by ARCH from 333 E. Berry...

Posted by ARCH, Inc. on Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thursday, July 12, 2018 post by ARCH, Inc. on Facebook:

Here's another ARCH #TBT photo for you! Back in 1980, the Strunz-Sponhauer House was moved by ARCH from 333 E. Berry Street (across from the McCulloch-Weatherhogg House/United Way building) to prevent its demolition for a parking lot for GTE. It now sits at 1017 W. Berry Street in the West Central Neighborhood alongside two other relocated homes to fill the large expanse of land once occupied by the Fleming house (torn down for a parking lot).

The Strunz-Sponhauer House, built in 1886-1887 for Christian G. Strunz, his wife, Lisette, and their daughter, Henrietta, is an outstanding example of Italianate and eclectic architecture designed by the renowned Fort Wayne architecture firm of Wing & Mahurin. It was individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

#preservation #thisplacematters #DTFW #wingandmahurin

September/October 4, 1979 National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form 79000030 [ same information here ] at the National Park Service.

On May 8, 2004, WANE 15 followed the auctioning off of a historic home notable for its eclectic architecture.

Posted by WANE 15 on Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 post by WANE 15 on Facebook:

On May 8, 2004, WANE 15 followed the auctioning off of a historic home notable for its eclectic architecture.

In The Archives: Christian G. Strunz House sells for $200,000

Video: 2004: Auction of the Christian G. Strunz House

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Stucky Brothers

In 1914 brothers Joe, Christian and Elmer Stucky purchased the Rich General Store and Hardware in Woodburn Indiana. One of the oldest family owned and operated appliance and electronic retailers in the United States. See their About Us page.

Sturges Property Group

202 W. Berry St., Suite 500, website: https://sturgesproperty.com/, Facebook:  Sturges Property Group

September 29, 2023 post by the Sturges Property Group on Facebook:

Welcome BACK to FUN 👏 FACT 👏 FRIDAY! 👏

We're recapping ALL our Fun Fact Friday posts in one beautiful blog post just for you.

Missed one during the series? Want to read up and reminisce? Looking for a historical building to move your business into?Click the link down below!

Then vs. Now: Historical Listings

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Summit City

Fort Wayne was the highest point above sea level on the Wabash & Erie Canal, which ran from Lake Erie to the Ohio River. The canal was the longest in the Western Hemisphere, and it started in Fort Wayne on February 22, 1832, the anniversary of George Washington's birthday.

The Summit

Is the old Taylor University campus on West Rudisill Blvd. Closed in 2009, the Ambassadors Enterprises bought the campus in 2011 and it began as a community resource for Fort Wayne and its nonprofits. http://thesummitfw.com

Sundown Towns

See information on the Green Book on our African-American page. See Sundown Town Map at History & Social Justice.

February 9, 2017 post by Timeline posted a video to playlist Black History on Facebook:

A Travel Guide for Jim Crow America

Traveling while black was dangerous, so black Americans bought this guidebook by the thousands.

March 19, 2022 post by African and Black History AfricanArchives on Facebook:

—A sundown or sunset town was a town, city, or neighborhood in the US that excluded non-whites after dark.

—The term sundown came from the signs that were posted stating that people of color had to leave the town by sundown. In most cases, signs were placed at the town's borders which read: "Negro, Don't Let the Sun Set On You Here." The exclusion was official town policy or through restrictive covenants agreed to by the real estate agents of the community.

—Often, the policy was enforced through intimidation. This intimidation could occur in a number of ways, including harassment by law enforcement officers or neighbors, and in some circumstances violence.

—The phenomenon of sundown towns was the impetus for Harlem civil rights activist Victor Green to write the Negro Motorist Green Book, which detailed safe places for Black travelers to rest and eat without fear of harassment, threats or death.

—With the 1968 Fair Housing Act, sundown towns became illegal -- on paper. Many people are surprised to learn that some of the places they live, were once sundown towns. Contrary to popular belief, sundown towns were a Northern and not Southern phenomenon. #BlackHistory #SundownTowns

July 20, 2022 post by Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture  on Facebook::

Don’t let the sun go down on you in this town” became the motto of thousands of towns that threatened racial violence and even death on African Americans traveling after nightfall. In states like Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, and Pennsylvania, what became known as “sundown towns” were towns where waves of violence left Black passersby feeling unsafe – some of which continue to exist in various forms today. These communities often kept out people of color overnight – by force, law, or custom. Black newspapers, including The Atlanta Daily World published weekly stories of assaults, arrests, and murders of Black travelers. One 1960 story, “Two Held, Others Sought in Attack on Woman Motorist,” reported the attempted murder of a Black female, Catherine Jones, by 7 white males, while driving through a White section of Atlanta.

In the early decades of the 20th century sundown towns allowed Black people to pass through during the day and to shop or work there, but they had to be gone by dark. Yet African Americans ingeniously worked around these restrictions and created their own pathways for safely traveling the country during this time period. This included scheduling travel during daylight, and mapping destinations to bypass counties where racial hostilities against Black motorists had been documented.

These hostilities lead New York postal worker and travel writer Victor Hugo Green to create “The Negro Motorist Green Book.” The annual resource guide (printed from 1936-1967) provided information on Black-owned lodging, dining, and car service businesses for Black travelers – as well as insight into sundown towns, listed by city and state. Sundown towns pepper every region of the U.S. but have been noted as most virulent in the Midwest, including Anna, Illinois, and Howell, Michigan. The exact number of sundown towns registers in the thousands, though there is no official count. Hundreds of Black-owned businesses were listed in the Green Book each year, with the number shifting with new or shuttered establishments per edition.

June 20, 2023 post by FiveCore Media on Facebook:

Goshen Sundown Town Documentary AIRS TONIGHT ON WNIT

Checkout, ‘Goshen - A Sundown Town’s Transformation’ TONIGHT at 9 p.m. on South Bend’s PBS station, PBS Michiana - WNIT , as a part of their Juneteenth celebration programming. This 30 min documentary, produced by Goshen College film students, explores Goshen, Indiana’s past as a racially exclusionary Sundown Town and how the community is finding ways to acknowledge this history and move forward.

Additional airings will include June 22nd and 25th at 4 p.m on the main WNIT channel 34.1. WNIT is also available on all the local cable and satellite networks.

“Goshen: A Sundown Town’s Transformation” Premiere and Goshen Sundown Town Documentary to air on TV for Juneteenth June 16, 2023 at Goshen College

Goshen: A Sundown Town’s Transformation at FiveCoreMedia.

 

Goshen repents of being a ‘sundown town’ Anna, June 24, 2015 on Anabaptist WorldJames W. Loewen, author of the 2005 book Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism, says Goshen shared this notoriety with an estimated 10,000 towns, cities, suburbs and even counties throughout the United States (especially in the Midwest) for much of the 20th century—indeed, to this day in a few cases. Call it ethnic cleansing, American style. A Harvard-trained sociologist and former university professor, Loewen defines a sundown town as “any organized jurisdiction that for decades kept African Americans or other groups from living in it.” I would add: or even staying overnight in it. Goshen repents of being a ‘sundown town’ June 23, 2015 in The Mennonite now on Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

Plans underway to install 'sundown town' marker Aimee Ambrose THE GOSHEN NEWS Nov 20, 2020

Twentieth-Century Sundown Towns: The Carter Road Subdivision in Elkhart County May 4, 2021 by Elkhart County Historical Museum on Discover Indiana

“Sundown Towns are towns that were for decades all white on purpose, and some of them still are. It turns out that they’re all across the midwest.” Some towns had signs that made their intentions clear. One that says ‘Whites only within city limits after dark’ covers the front of [James W.] Loewen’s book. Others used more crass language, racial slurs or threats of violence to get their point across. ... “But, across the Midwest it turns out, all kinds of towns - hundreds of them in Indiana, even more hundreds in Illinois.” Between the 1890s and the 1940s, Sundown Towns became a popular trend in Northern states. In his book, Loewen profiles three Indiana towns; Elwood, Huntington and Martinsville. Dr. John Aden is the Executive Director of the African American Historical Society Museum in Fort Wayne. He remembers Martinsville, Indiana as an unfriendly place. “You could not be caught in that county or anywhere near that town, even during the day, let alone at night.” Copied from Legacy of 'Whites-Only' Towns Rose and Continues to Affect Today by Ella Abbott published September 17, 2020 on 89.1 WBOI Northeast Indiana Public Radio.

  1. Search Results for: Sundown Towns/
  2. List of Indiana Sundown Towns
  3. Confirmation Status map of Sundown Towns on History & Social Justice justice.tougaloo.edu Inspired by James W. Lowen (1941-2021), socialogist, historian, citizen.
  4. Sundown Towns A Hidden Dimension of American Racism by James W. Loewen.
  5. Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism
    by John D Beatty, CG

    Genealogy Gems: News from the Allen County Public Library at Fort Wayne, No. 213, November 30, 2021 from the Genealogy Gems ezine at the The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indianawith an Archive of online Genealogy Gems articles.
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    Many Americans, as well as religious and cultural institutions, have begun a process of reexamining the history of racism in local history contexts. By identifying ways in which minority groups have been discriminated against, they seek to find dialog, shine light on past history, and redress decades of wrong behavior. From about 1890 to as late as the 1970s, many Americans lived in so-called “Sundown Towns.” These communities enacted laws that prevented African Americans from owning property. Some even posted signs using racist language forbidding them the right to stay in those towns after dark. People of color have long known about these restrictions, but their history may be new to others, especially whites, who may be unfamiliar with how pervasive these laws and practices were in small towns and suburbs across the country for much of the twentieth century.

    A useful history of this discrimination is James W. Loewen’s book, “Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism” (New York: The New Press, 2005), GC 973.068 L8255u. In a compelling narrative history, Loewen discusses how these laws were enacted during the Jim Crow era in America, not only in the South but also throughout the North, beginning decades after the Civil War. After an idealistic period immediately after the war when freed slaves were welcomed in northern communities, a dark period descended across the country. Segregation, threats, and even violence occurred during this period in an effort to force African Americans and minority groups to leave certain towns. Town councils passed real estate covenants forbidding the ownership of land in certain planned suburbs. Racist stereotypes prevailed, and even in the North, the Ku Klux Klan enjoyed a resurgence in the 1910s and 1920s. Driving out so-called undesirable people became a civic-minded activity that lasted until the reforms of the Civil Rights legislation of the 1960s and even for more than a decade afterward.

    Sundown towns sprang up across the South and Midwest during this period and were surprisingly widespread. Loewen recounts the stories of violence and threats in many individual towns in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Arkansas, and elsewhere. The work is well documented and makes for disturbing reading, even though most such communities have since undergone extensive reform and integration in recent times. Here in Indiana where I live, I was surprised by how many communities had sundown laws.

    The value of such a book may seem less apparent for genealogists than for local historians, but it still can be useful for the study of family history. Loewen explains that many local histories avoid any discussion of these issues and therefore offer a stilted view of their past. If our ancestors lived in “sundown” communities, that knowledge, however uncomfortable, may help us gain a better understanding of them and the world in which they lived. That will help us become more attuned to a variety of records, make us better researchers, and thus help us write better, more accurate family histories.

April 11, 2020 post by Indiana Humanities on Facebook:

Was your Indiana town a sundown town? This graph from the "Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society" can help you find out.

Learn more about Indiana sundown towns in the INseparable Film "From Sundown to Sunrise." Watch here: From Sundown To Sunrise By: Pat Wisniewski and Tom Desch

April 7, 2020 post by Indiana Humanities on Facebook:

Trace one man’s journey from sundown to sunrise as he and his family integrate an all-white Indiana town in 1968. By breaking the color barrier, they also helped transform the town and place it on a trajectory of inclusion.

In this film, you’ll hear the use of racial epithets as people recall incidents from their past. These slurs are not censored and of course may be very difficult for you to hear. Thank you for your generosity of spirit as you listen and participate in the online watch parties.

Learn more about the INseparable Films here: https://www.inseparablefilms.org

  1. See our information on the Green Book on our African-American page.
  2. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on You 04.19.19 | Monica Kristin Blair on BackStory.
  3. Sundown Towns in Indiana: How a Legacy of 'Whites-Only' Towns Rose and Continues to Affect Today Ella Abbott, September 17, 2020 89.1 WBOI Northeast Indiana Public Radio.
  4. Black Voices: Sundown towns still exist in 2022 Da'Nasia Pruitt, July 25, 2022 on Indiana Daily Student
  5. DRIVING SCARED – Is your Town a Sundown Town? July 25, 2022 The Center For Community Solutions
  6. A 60-page research document with images and links to 37 more documents as a PDF package is How Huntington, Indiana, Became & Remained a White Townby Kevin Miller Adapted from a presentation given at The Diversity Research Forum, Indiana State University, May 2010 at Academia https://www.academia.edu/.
  7. For decades, so-called "sundown towns" were notorious for shutting out African-Americans and other minorities after nightfall. Bluffton, Ind., just south of Fort Wayne, was thought to be one of them. Bluffton Mayor Ted Ellis talks about what he calls an underlying current of racism. Opening line for: For Midwestern Town, Looking Past 'Sundown' August 10, 2006 Heard on News & Notes at 89.1 WBOI Northeast Indiana Public Radio.
  8. 'Sundown towns' a Hoosier legacy John Clower March 11, 2007 on The Bloomington Alertnative now on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine
  9. I was somewhere between asleep and awake. It was Christmas Eve, 1987, and we were cruising up Indiana State Highway 37 in my mom’s 1973 Ford Mustang—cobalt blue—making the trek from Bloomington, Indiana to our hometown of Fort Wayne, so we could celebrate Christmas with family. The sounds of Walter Hawkins’s Love Alive II, a tape mom kept in steady rotation, were blaring through the car’s speakers. Over Hawkins’s “Be Grateful,” I could hear my mom, in the driver’s seat, bickering with my aunt, who was riding shotgun. My eight-year-old spirit registered a panic in my aunt’s voice that I had never heard from her before. “Girl, we can’t stop! We’re in Martinsville,” my aunt said. Are the opening lines of Traveling While Black Learning the racial geography of Indiana as a young Black girl in the 1980s by Tanisha C. Ford posted June 19, 2019 on BeltMag.com.
  10. Sundown Towns Are Still A Problem For Black Drivers “It’s when you veer off to the back roads that don't connect to the highway, that's when you find yourself in trouble." by Ade Onibada BuzzFeed News Reporter posted on July 22, 2021 on BuzzFeedNews.com.
  11. August 20, 2023 post by the Los Angeles Times on Facebook:

    'Try That in a Small Town' came to my mind when our son, a young Black man, was stalked and harassed simply for sitting in his car on a residential street in a white Los Angeles suburb.

    Opinion: The price of being Black in a small town — La Cañada Flintridge  

Sunny Schick

407 W. Washington Blvd, downtown camera shop. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100067225504052

September 28, 2017 post by Sunny Schick Camera Shop on Facebook.

July 25, 2017 post by Sunny Schick Camera Shop on Facebook:

This is our final week! It's now or never, friends.

  1. Sunny Schick Camera Shop closing after about 90 years of business June 20, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  2. Sunny Schick: Fort Wayne's Last Camera Store photos at Christopher Crawford: Documentary Photography.
  3. Downtown camera shop closing after more than 90 years by Kelly Roberts published June 20, 2017 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15

Sunset Drive-in Movie Theater

Was located on Lima Road where Don Ayres autodealership is located in 2019. Although another comment said it was where Crazy Pins is now located. A picture of the area with the drive in theatre and the Speedway was said to be in the Halls restaurant at Lima Road and Coliseum Blvd. Was discussed May 12, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook

Sweetwater Sound

Episode 160: Sweetwater Sound posted Oct 6, 2021 byGranite Ridge Builderson YouTube.
The BTS crew is at Sweetwater's amazing Fort Wayne headquarters, checking out instruments, music, and how they relate to architecture!

5501 U.S. Hwy 30 W., www.sweetwater.com, employs 800 with around 400 million dollars in sales. Started in 1979 in a VW microbus. Is the third largest United States dealer in musical equipment for musicians, recording studios, schools, houses of worship, concert sound companies and broadcasters. Sweetwater sells digital recording systems, keyboards, guitars, microphones, mixers, loudspeakers, signal processors, and drums. Sweetwater Sound, along with All Pro Sound, installed the new sound system in Indiana University's Assembly Hall in November. Assembly Hall is the home court for the IU Hoosier basketball team. From Sweetwater Sound installs sound system in Assembly Hall published January 27, 2013. Read more in Your Story. Made Here: Sweetwater by Melissa Long published November 19, 2014 on 21AliveNews.com. Sweetwater: Sounds Like a Great Place! posted December 3, 2014 by Louisa onFort Wayne Insider official blog of Visit Fort Wayne.

Swinney Homestead

Google map photo from Street View

Library of Congress photo
The Library of Congress photo

Original construction of the house was begun in 1844 with a second story, wing, and rear portion added in 1885. Thomas Swinney gave to the city of Fort Wayne the eastern portions of his property. In 1847, the Allen County Fair was established on these grounds, with a half-mile racetrack as well as the usual display pens and corrals. The annual September Fair was held here for many years afterward. More than a decade later, in 1889, the first local Labor Day celebration was held on the Swinney grounds, and labor leaders long viewed the area as special for laboring people. ... Here at the Swinney property on July 4, 1843, hundreds of people of Fort Wayne and the surrounding region gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the Wabash and Erie Canal, the longest canal ever built in North America. Its ground-breaking had been held here in 1832, and in this presidential election year of 1843, candidate Lewis Cass appeared in town to make laudatory speeches along with other state and local notables. Copied from Swinney Home by Tom Castaldi, local historianpublished April 3, 2014 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.

  1. #5 - SWINNEY HOMESTEAD. YEAR CONSTRUCTED: c. 1844-45. Local settler and businessman Thomas W. Swinney constructed the brick and limestone home, which was later enlarged and renovated by his children towards the end of the 19th century. The grounds surrounding the structure were designated the Allen County Fairgrounds, later becoming Swinney Park and the museum of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Historical Society. (News-Sentinel file photo) Copied from FORT WAYNE FIVE: Oldest city structures on the National Register of Historic Places published January 4, 2018 The News-Sentinel newspaper  archived on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

    See our National Register of Historic Places page.

  2. August 9, 2023 post by Visit Fort Wayne on Facebook:

    The Thomas Swinney House is one of 90 stops on our new Allen County Historic Sites pass!

    The original construction of the house began in 1844, with more floors and features added over time. The land the house was built on, owned then by Thomas Swinney, was often the center of large community gatherings, including a celebration for the grand opening of the Wabash & Erie Canal in 1843. Thomas Swinney bequeathed the home and 240 acres of land to the city as a park that was to "remain open and free to the public..." and in 1893, his daughters gave the city early possession of the land to develop what is now Swinney Park.

    Learn more about Thomas Swinney, this historic home, and how the home and surrounding land have transformed over time — with the Allen County Historic Sites pass. >> VisitFortWayne.com/HistoricSites

  3. Swinney Park & Jefferson Street, Fort Wayne, Allen County, IN at the Historic American Buildings Survey, Engineering Record, Landscapes Survey at The Library of Congress.
  4. Photo of the Dedication of Swinney House Marker (L to R: Dr. Vincent Westfall and Robert Murphy), Nov. 7, 1965 shown in February 16, 2021 post by The History Center on Facebook.
  5. The 1916 stone monument for Johnny Appleseed is near the tennis courts and herb garden.
  6. Swinney Homestead images at Google.
  7. January 27, 2024 post by The Journal Gazette on Facebook:

    Volunteer Norene Brown educates northeast Indiana about early American life at the Swinney Homestead in Fort Wayne.

Swinney Homestead Log Cabin

1600 West Jefferson Street View photo from Google map

A log cabin is now the home of Settlers, Inc on the west side of Fort Wayne. The Swinney house was built by Thomas and Lucy Swinney in 1844. At his death on January 20, 1875, Thomas’s will provided that when his direct line of issue expired, the homestead tract of 614 acres of land was to be used for a public park with the provision that his remaining children have lifetime occupancy of the house. The Swinney family occupied the Homestead until 1922. After that time, the Swinney’s house became the Museum of the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society. In 1980, after the Museum was relocated to the Old City Hall at Barr and Berry streets, Settlers leased and moved into the Swinney House and began teaching classes in a historical, elegant setting. As part of their mission they also initiated the restoration of the house which is owned by the City of Fort Wayne. Copied from the Settlers website: http://www.settlersinc.org/

Swinney Park

East Swinney Park entrance on West Washington Boulevard Street View photo from Google map

West Swinney Park entrance at 1800 West Jefferson Boulevard Street View photo from Google map

Originally part of the Swinney Homestead, East Swinney Park since 1869 is 46 acres, and West Swinney since 1918 is 48 acres. Swinney Park at City of Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation. Almost 200 images for a Swinney Park search in the Allen County Public Library Digital Collections at the Allen County Public Library.

  1. Almost 200 Swinney Park photos in the Allen County Public Library Digital Collections at the Allen County Public Library.
  2. Tidbits of history in The strings of our hearts: Swinney legacy to city blessedly includes tennis Timothy S. Goeglein April 10, 2024 The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  3. The Swinney letterbed has had its spring haircut, courtesy of the FWPR landscape and horticulture crew. See it in person in front of the Swinney Park Tennis Courts.

    Posted by Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation on Monday, April 1, 2024

    Monday, April 1, 2024 post by Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation on Facebook:

    The Swinney letterbed has had its spring haircut, courtesy of the FWPR landscape and horticulture crew. See it in person in front of the Swinney Park Tennis Courts.

  4. May 25, 2018 post by ARCH, Inc. on Facebook:

    Congratulations to Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, the winner of the ARCHie award in the institutional/government category, for its restoration of the Colonel Foster statue in Swinney Park.

    #thisplacematters #preservation

  5. May 12, 2022 post by The Journal Gazette on Facebook:

    HISTORY JOURNAL ▸ The bronze sculpture of David N. Foster at Swinney Park was dedicated 100 years ago this week. The statue, designed by Chicago sculptor Frederick Hibbard, was unveiled to a crowd of several thousand people on May 14, 1922. Read more: https://www.journalgazette.net/.../may-14-1922-dedication...

    (The Journal Gazette's headline from May 15, 1922, is inset with this photo taken Monday. Some letters are obscured because of damage to the page before it was put on microfilm decades ago.)

    #fortwayne #indiana #parks #swinneypark #tbt #throwbackthursday #history | Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation

  6. A 19th-century pedestrian bridge west of downtown that has been closed for about a decade will be rehabilitated after Fort Wayne City Council approved the $1.2 million-plus project Tuesday.

    Mechanic Street Bridge crosses St. Marys River, connecting Swinney Park to several neighborhoods to the north including Nebraska, Hamilton and North Highlands. The bridge was built in 1898 by King Bridge Co. with a Pratt truss design and lattice railings.

    After being used for more than 100 years, the 180-foot-long bridge shows severe rusting and other signs of aging. A structural engineer report in 2014 led to the closure of the bridge due to safety risks.

    Fort Wayne City Council approves rehabilitation of historic Mechanic Street Bridge Marilyn Kidd May 7, 2024 The Journal Gazette newspaper.

    Shared May 9, 2024 by Three Rivers Active Streets on Facebook.

  7. As Fort Wayne continues to develop, it’s easy for history to be lost, but one landmark that shares its birth year with the start of the Spanish-American War won’t share the same fate.

    Posted by WANE 15 on Tuesday, May 14, 2024

    Tuesday, May 14, 2024 post by WANE 15 on Facebook:

    As Fort Wayne continues to develop, it’s easy for history to be lost, but one landmark that shares its birth year with the start of the Spanish-American War won’t share the same fate.

    Historic Fort Wayne bridge gets funding; repairs coming soon

    In 1898, the city finished the Mechanic Street bridge. Until recently, it still carried pedestrians from Mechanic Street across the St. Marys River to Swinney Park, but the bridge has seen better days.

    “Currently, the bridge is unpassable and closed for use,” reads a message to Fort Wayne City Council from Dave Weadock, manager of project administration with the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department.

Sycamore Hills Golf Club

www.sycamorehillsgolfclub.com - Jack Nicklaus designed golf course.

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