W Named Places in Allen County, Indiana
Local celebrity names in sidewalk in front of the Embassy Theatre. Indiana Hotel, Herb Shriner, Marilyn Maxwell 2005, Chris Schenkel, Buddy Nolan, Carole Lombard 1994, Shelley Long 1994. Need photos. Barelly legible photos posted June 12, 2018 on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne Private Facebook Group.
WANE-TV NewsChannel 15 CBS
Fort Wayne's second television station channel 15, signed on the air on September 26, 1954 as WINT. See 66 photos from Stephen Perfect posted for WANE-TV's 60th anniversary. The new studios were dedicated in 1958. Discussed September 26, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. See WANE-TV on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Also had radio station, WLYV see Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, photo discussed March 24, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
Washington Hall or Ewing Tavern
Where the Allen County government started in a log tavern of Alexander Ewing off Columbia Street at the muddy intersection of Columbia and Barr streets in 1824. No longer there, it would now be the backyard of the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre and Fort Wayne Museum of Art. The Ewing Tavern site is Stop #19 The Beginnings of Fort Wayne on the ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) Central Downtown Trail.
Wayne, Anthony Statue
Dedicated in 1918 in Hayden Park to Anthony Wayne, born in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania on January 1, 1745, a Revolutionary War veteran, who built Fort Wayne in 1794. In 1973, it was moved downtown to Feimann Square where the Anthony Wayne Statute marker is Stop #1 on the ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) Central Downtown Trail.
Wayne, Anthony Fort
Last of five forts built during Anthony Wayne's campaign against the Miami Confederacy in 1794. Anthony Wayne's Fort is Stop #10 on the ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) Central Downtown Trail.
124 West Wayne Street, made the locally famous Bun candy bar in 3 flavors, carmel, vanilla and maple. See Wayne Candies History at the The Genealogy Center and Wayne Candies ca. 1976 by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, published February 3, 2017 in Fort Wayne Reader. Whytehorse Studios, a graphic design and art studio, moved into the renovated building the 1st week of June 2013. This came from a comment by owner Dale White in the May 21, 2013 discussion of the candy bar and building onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. The former home of Bun candy bars at 1501 E Wayne Street is now home to home to Anchor Films and Summit City Brewerksfeatured in Creative entrepreneurs inspire downtown's developing art scene by Kara Hackett published February 27, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Discussed July 20, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group. Photo posed August 23, 2015 by Daniel Baker on Facebook. Photos and discussion January 8, 2017, January 24, 2017, March 3, 2017, March 23, 2017 and August 11, 2017 on. Photo and discussion May 27, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebookthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
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Was founded February 15, 1921 when Abner Elzey purchased the land for Waynedale. The original boundary of Waynedale was McArthur Drive on the south, Old Trail Road on the east, Lower Huntington Road on the north and Beaty Avenue on the west. The only residence was the Cunnison farm. This was located where Umber's Do It Best is in 2015. Copied from a February 15, 2015 post by The Waynedale News on Facebook. Some of the titles from their series Looking Back at Waynedale History on The Waynedale News.comare listed below:
- September 2, 1932 the Waynedale News started publication. Waynedale News Celebrates Community Legacy published September 2, 2018 on The Waynedale News.com. Waynedale was annexed into Fort Wayne September 9, 1957.
- Waynedale History over several pages, page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5, with links to articles Looking Back at Waynedale History most written by Ed Noble are published on The Waynedale News.com. Links to some are listed below:
- The Waynedale History Book To Be Released in 2015.
- 100 Years Ago in 4-H - July 24, 2002
- The Waynedaler - January 8, 2003
- Waynedale United Methodist Church Choir - March 19, 2003
- In the Beginning - September 3, 2003
- First Millionaire in Waynedale - September 17, 2003
- The Growth of Waynedale Transportation - October 1, 2003
- The Esmond Mill - October 29, 2003
- First trading - October 29, 2003
- Lewisburg, Bingville, Mason or Waynedale - November 12, 2003
- The Way of Life in the 1910s and 1920s - November 26, 2003
- Let's Move to Waynedale - December 10, 2003
- Looking Back at Waynedale history - December 24, 2003
- Nobles Home Store part 2 - January 7, 2004
- Waynedale's First Library - January 21, 2004
- Speaking of Telephones - February 4, 2004
- Prarie Grove Church and Cemetery - February 18, 2004
- Waynedale 1929/1930 - March 3, 2004
- After 1929 Stock Market Crash - March 17, 2004
- Early 1900s - March 31, 2004
- Lincoln Highway - April 14, 2004
- Waynedale Annexed June 1957 - April 28, 2004
- Lester and Bertha Umber - May 12, 2004
- Lutheran Foundation History - May 12, 2004
- The Tower and the Church - May 26, 2004
- The Fort Wayne Aviation Company - June 09, 2004
- History of Wayne Township Fire Co. #1 1940-1983 by Paul W. Fairfield published February 23, 2005
- HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY WAYNEDALE February 25, 2011 by The Waynedale News Staff
- Happy 101 Years, Waynedale! – From The Publisher February 25, 2022 by Alex Cornwell.
Can you feel it? It’s the beginning of a new era in the Waynedale community! On February 15, 2022, Waynedale celebrated its 101st year since it’s founder, Abner Elzey, began the unincorporated town on that day in 1921. We have come a long way since the era of country stores, dirt roads, and horses.
Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook photo
as located on the South side of Columbia Street (The Landing) approximately in the middle of the block between Harrison and Calhoun. It was built by John C. Peters in 1887, who was Carole Lombard's (Carol Jane Peters) grandfather. It was later known as the Jones Hotel and then the Rosemarie Hotel. The Rosemarie Hotel met it's demise by a fire in 1975. Posted June 13, 2019 by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook.
Wayne Knitting Mills
On Growth Avenue in the Nebraska Neighborhood. The sprawling hosiery factory site was started by Theordore F. Thieme as Thieme Brothers Knitting Mills circa 1875, and incorporated as Wayne Knitting Mills in 1891. By 1905, it employed approximately 1,100 workers and became the largest maker of knitted hosiery in the world, spurring residential development in the area. The business thrived well into the 1900s. Today, the mill complex consists of five buildings. See photos and some history October 9, 2018 from ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) on Facebook. See a current view on Google map Street view. Photos and more on Wayne Knitting Mills, Fort Wayne, Indiana on Encyclopedia by Mark Hedlund published November 28, 2017 of Forlorn Places. A June 24, 2019 post by Indiana Magazine of History on Facebook discusses the history of
labor conflicts set off by Thieme's business strategy, both in Germany and in Indiana, are explored in Nancy Brown's article "Challenging Economic Borders" in the March 2016 issue of the Indiana Magazine of History, available free online through IU ScholarWorks. Wayne Knit Rav-Lings Newsy Bits for Wayne Knits April 1913 periodical is online in the Allen County Community Album.
Wayne Paper Box/Superior Lofts
Wayne Paper Box factory which still stands today at the northwest corner of Superior and Calhoun. Founded as Fort Wayne Paper Box Company by Andrew Burry and Joel Welty in 1897 and incorporated the next year (1898) as Wayne Paper Box & Printing, it would later become Wayne Paper Box Corp. Its early customers included the locally owned Jenny Electric Co., Fox Candy and Wayne Knitting Mills. The company made a variety of paper products including folding corrugated boxes, gift boxes, mailing tubes, stationery, calendars and even postcards (many of which depicted Fort Wayne scenes).Wayne Paper Box factory which still stands today at the northwest corner of Superior and Calhoun. Founded as Fort Wayne Paper Box Company by Andrew Burry and Joel Welty in 1897 and incorporated the next year (1898) as Wayne Paper Box & Printing, it would later become Wayne Paper Box Corp. Its early customers included the locally owned Jenny Electric Co., Fox Candy and Wayne Knitting Mills. The company made a variety of paper products including folding corrugated boxes, gift boxes, mailing tubes, stationery, calendars and even postcards (many of which depicted Fort Wayne scenes). See photo ca. 1953 and the rest of the article Wayne Paper Box c. 1953 by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, published June 14, 2018 in Fort Wayne Reader and discussed June 16, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. The current building was built in 1904 and closed in 2000. The restored industrial building houses 72 high-end apartments, 21,000 square feet of street-level retail space and climate-controlled self-storage units and is currently known as Superior Lofts located in the heart of Riverfront Fort Wayne homeatsuperiorlofts.com/about/.
Wayne Paper Goods Co.
In the 1920s made printed cardboard doll houses shown in two photos February 21, 2014onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook
Wayne Pipe & Supply, Inc.
Distributors of Plumbing, Heating, & Industrial Supply 117 anniversary on January 1, 2013
Wayne Pumps Home Equipment Company
Building at 800 Glasgow Ave. was once the Wayne Pump factory.
For a time in the 20th Century, Fort Wayne was rightly known as the world's leading pump-maker. But thanks to the city's planned $250 million tunnel designed to curb the flow of raw sewage into the rivers, another architectural remnant of those glory days is slated for demolition. ... Matthew Wirtz, City Utilities' chief engineer, said the location will make it easy to pump water and sewage from the tunnel into the adjacent Water Pollution Control Plant, which will send the treated sludge to holding ponds further to the east. Copied from Tunnel project will claim latest piece of city's once-proud pump heritage by Kevin Leininger published February 28, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
- Ads posted Honest Measure, Pay Attention, Penny's Worth, Whole Family, on February 15, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
- Discussed February 28, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
- Bulletins (Volume 1 - 1920) - Wayne Oil Tank & Pump Company, Individual bulletins designed to fit together in a cover supplied by the company.
- Bulletins] (Volume 2) - Wayne Oil Tank & Pump Company, Individual bulletins designed to fit together in a cover supplied by the company.
- See photos and discussion April 23, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
- When Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors are "Out in the Field" doing a topographic survey, they like to check a U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey Benchmark with a known elevation. An unusual one is set in the old Wayne Candies building shown in photos posted May 8, 2017 on their Facebook page.
- Photo taken June 29, 1910 of new plant on Tecumseh Avenue, which remained in operation until 1972, was posted October 3, 2017 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
- Photos posted April 4, 2019 of Wayne gas pumps at Florida Walt Disney World have plaques saying made in Fort Wayne on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. See photo of item #31 in this article: 32 Intriguing Hidden Secrets at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Dozens of photos of businessess was posted September 7, 2017 and again September 7, 2017 when the on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
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89.1 WBOI Northeast Indiana Public Radio
https://www.wboi.org/about-us states: Northeast Indiana Public Radio is the licensee for 89.1 WBOI - NPR News & Diverse Music, WBOI.org, WBOI Studios Podcasts, and Classical WBNI. NIPR is a 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization.
The mission of Northeast Indiana Public Radio is to strengthen the cultural, civic, and social fabric of the communities we serve, and to engage audiences with content that enriches the human experience. We apply our core competencies of reporting and storytelling, our relationship with audiences, and our capacity for innovation to create a space where audiences congregate, connect and contribute to a shared understanding of their community, their country, and the world. They have many interesting sections such as News, Culture, News Archives that goes back to 1970, and more.
Weather History at Fort Wayne
A first-order Weather Bureau Office was established at Fort Wayne in May 1911 at the southeast corner of Berry and Calhoun streets (then known as the Shoaff Building). The first weather observation was taken at 7 a.m. on May 20 from the roof of the nine story building.
The office was moved on June 28, 1930 to the southeast corner of Berry and Ewing streets in the Wayne-Pharmacal Building, where observations were again taken on the roof.
On October 9, 1932 the office moved to the southwest wing of the third floor of the Federal Building at Harrison and Brackenridge streets with observations taken on the roof. A building on the other side of Harrison Street tended to cause some eddy effects with the wind.
An airport station was established at the Smith-Baer Municipal Airport (as it was then called) August 1, 1939. The downtown office continued to operate until April 1, 1941 when the two were consolidated at the airport, in the Administration Building. Observations were taken from the ground, except wind readings were still taken from the roof. Eddy effects were felt here too due to an area of woods to the east of the airfield.
On December 16, 1946 the office moved again, this time to the new Baer Municipal Airport (later Fort Wayne International Airport) in the west half of Building Number 27.
The office made it final move on March 13, 1953, to the second floor of the Terminal Building at Baer Field Airport. It would remain there, in the same set of three rooms, for the next 45 years until the office closed March 17, 1998.
Temperature and precipitation records for Fort Wayne are unofficial for dates prior to May 1911. Records from May 1911 to present are considered official and are recognized as such by the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina. Copied from Northern Indiana Weather.gov.
Wells Street Bridge
Harter Postcard Collection ACPL
On the National Register of Historic Places, the metal bridge has ornate decorated Whipple truss style and is now a cornerstone of the new Promenade Park that opened in August 2019. Allen County has several Whipple truss bridges, although this is the last one in Fort Wayne. Completed in 1884 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company, it was an “artistic and technological marvel,” according to Todd Pelfrey, executive director of the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society. Wells Street Bridge - the only remaining iron truss bridge in Fort Wayne was built in 1884 by the Canton Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. In 1991 ARCH added it to the
Most Endangered List. In 1998 Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation acquired the bridge as part of the Rivergreenway trail system. It is now listed on the National register of Historic Places. Condensed from The Oldest Iron Bridge by Tom Castaldi published September 11, 2014 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.
- Photos and discussion Febuary 9, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
- Wells Street Bridge – March 1913 with photo by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, was posted June 15, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook and September 11, 2018 in the Fort Wayne Reader and discussed September 11, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
- The historic Wells St. Bridge in Fort Wayne, Indiana by Dominique King posted November 11, 2014 on Midwest Guest blog.
- Historic 19th Century Wells Street Bridge Project Completed May 31, 2022 Contact: April McCampbell on City of Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation
Wells Street Marker
Fort Wayne Fort Dearborn Trail marker discussed in Old Trail to Chicago from Fort Wayne by Tom Castaldi, local historian publisehd April 19, 2016 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.
1441 N. Wells Street - opened April 10, 1917 with seating for 275. Closed in the 1950s. See Wells Theatre with photo at cinematreasures.org and discussed May 31, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
West Central Neighborhood
West Central Historic District is Fort Wayne's Largest and Oldest Residential Historic district. West Central was designated as a local historic district in two phases in 1984-1985. It was listed in the National Register in 1984. The district contains virtually all architectural styles that were popular between 1830 and 1950. From item #4 in 10 Things to Know About Historic Preservation in Fort Wayne at City of Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne has 17 districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places and 40 single property National Register listings. The Association has a History page listing Historic Buildings and Structures of the West Central Neighborhood Association Fort Wayne, Indiana.
WFWA - PBS Television
PBS 39, wfwa.org. Wallace J. “Wally” Fosnight, died May 17, 2018 in Elm Grove, Wisconsin, at age 79, he was preceded in death by his parents, Howard J. and Edna Mae Paff Fosnight. A 1977 Journal Gazette story Child’s tears brought TV 39 to life by Alan Klanoff published March 28, 1977 recounted how in 1969, Fosnight and his family left Pittsburgh for a job in Fort Wayne. His 4-year-old daughter Wendy cried when she found she could not watch “MisterRogers' Neighborhood” in Fort Wayne. Wally wrote to the office of National Educational Television in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a major funding source for public television. He asked what it would cost to underwrite daily telecasts of the children's show featuring the friendly man in the cardigan sweater. In 1975, Fort Wayne finally had access to public television. Read more in Man who led drive for local PBS dies Wally Fosnight, 79, helped found WFWA by Rosa Salter Rodriquez published June 10, 2018 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Remembering Wally Fosnight: PBS39 Founder on wfwa.org. WorldCat has a list of their videos produced over the years. PrimeTime39: https://www.pbs.org/show/primetime39/ has episodes online back to 2017. This area’s only in-depth, live, weekly news, analysis and cultural update forum, PrimeTime airs Fridays at 7:30pm. This program is hosted by PBS Fort Wayne’s President/General Manager Bruce Haines.
White Fruit House
White Fruit House 1890's largest wholesale and retail distributor of fruit in northern Indiana and northeastern Ohio at Calhoun and Wayne Streets. James B. White, born in 1835 Scotland, came to Fort Wayne in 1854 by packetboat on the Wabash & Erie canal. In 1892 with his son John organized the White National Bank which later merged with First National Bank. A descendant of this family was Edward White, a Gemini and Apollo-era astronaut and the first American to walk in space. From July 10, 2006 Fort Wayne Reader article. White Fruit House became the Grand Leader department store from newspaper article on Great Memories & History of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Also known as the Snyderman House, Cement House, Concrete House, or the Rock. See the Knee House.
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White Swan Grocery Store
On White Swan Plaza on Lima Road and New Haven. Discussed February 27, 2017 and March 26, 2017 and November 8, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
www.wildcatbaseball.us motto is "Everybody makes the team," almost 200,000 players have participated in the Fort Wayne area since the organization was started in 1961. Celebrating 50 years in 2010. Formed by Dale "Mr. Mac" McMillen. Everybody Makes the Team: The Story of Wildcat Baseball at the The Genealogy Center.
House at 447 West Wildwood Avenue
is the Foellinger House. It's included in Wilbur Peat's book, Indiana Houses of the Nineteenth Century. It was once once of several large Italianate houses in the south Fairfield area. Quote copied from Craig Leonard post June 5, 2016 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. It is house #124 in the 1969 book
Indiana Houses of the Nineteenth Century
by Wilbur Peat
Wildwood homes : being a collection of houses and details with suggestions for the home builder by Wildwood Builders Co Publication date 1912 ebook on Internet Archive.
Williams Woodland Park
Williams Woodland Park Historic District is an example of a multiple property district from item #5 in from 10 Things to Know About Historic Preservation in Fort Wayne at City of Fort Wayne.
The Williams Woodland Park Local Historic District was originally established in 1985. A slightly modified area was listed on the National Register in 1991. The district is considered significant as an early example of a planned residential development in Fort Wayne, as an intact collection of outstanding late-19th/early-20th century domestic architecture, and for its association with many prominent Fort Wayne cititzens--including Jesse Williams, the original owner of much of the land that eventually developed into the neighborhood. Copied from their website: www.williamswoodlandpark.comSee the 29-page list of History of Our Homes pdf from their History page. They have Facebook pages for both Williams Woodland Park Neighborhood
#WWPNrocks Turn of the century 'hood in downtown Ft. Wayne. Historically hip, 46807 cool. Check us out! and Williams-Woodland Park Historic District
The Williams–Woodland Park Local Historic District was established in 1985 and is a national historic district located at Fort Wayne, Indiana. The district encompasses 287 contributing buildings in a predominantly residential section of Fort Wayne located approximately one mile south of downtown. The area was developed from about 1875 to 1940, and includes notable examples of Colonial Revival, Prairie School, and Queen Anne style residential architecture. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. They have an annual home tour in December.
Willie's Family Restaurant
Started around 1966 by Willie Adams in a 1919 building on St. Joe Center Road near the corner of Maplecrest Road, from a comment by son Randy Adams June 17, 2014 on Willie's Family Restaurant on Facebook. They announced July 20, 2021 they were moving to 3434 North Anthony Bloulevard. Some history of the business is in the article Willie's in northeast Fort Wayne moving to former Chrome Plate Diner home by Emeline Hawkins for iiIN Fort Wayne Community Newspapers Sep 27, 2021. Their is a family connection with both locations from this article: Welcome to the family You're sure to feel like family at the Chrome Plated Diner by Bonnie Blackburn of Fort Wayne Magazine published Monday, December 14th, 2015
Wing & Mahurin
Architectural firm of Fort Wayne, Indiana. John F. Wing (1852-1947) and Marshall S. Mahurin (1857-1939) were partners until 1907. With Guy M. Mahurin (1877-1941) they also worked as Mahurin & Mahurin. Some projects are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. See their book Wing & Mahurin, architects, Fort Wayne, Ind (1896) on Archive.org shown below. Wikipedia lists many of their Indiana projects under Wing & Mahurin.
WKJG Fort Wayne's NBC TV station
First local television station broadcast on November 21, 1953, sister station to WKJG-AM and WKJG-FM the am and fm radio stations started by William Kunkel, the KJG stood for
Kunkel Journal Gazette, who owned the local The Journal Gazette newspaper from page 131 of the book Hard News, Heartfelt Opinions: A History of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette by Scott M. Bushnell.
- WISE-TV on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
- NBC33 had a week long series NBC33 Celebrates 60th Anniversary All Week Longby Eric Dutkiewicz in 2013
- 60 Years On Air: NBC33 Takes A Look Back At 1953broadcast November 18, 2013
- 60 Years On Air: NBC33 Looks At Costs In 1953 by Emma Koch broadcast November 19, 2013
- NBC33 Megan and Eric sit down with Terri Richardson from the Journal Gazette to discuss newspapers from November 1953 in 60 Years On Air: NBC Looks At Headlines From 1953 by Emma Koch NBC33 broadcast November 20, 2013
- 60 Years On Air: NBC33 What Was On TV In 1953 by Emma Koch broadcast November 21, 2013
- Final 60 Years On Air: NBC33 Goes Retro (FULL SHOW) November 22, 2013 by Emma Koch.
- Photos and discussion April 24, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
- Broadcast TV pioneer Jack Gray was playing it by ear when he became the city's first anchor by Gregg Bender published March 13, 2018 in The Journal Gazette newspaper with black and white photo of Dick Florea, Jack Gray and Hilliard Gates.
WLYV AM Radio
Started in 1948. Prior to becoming WLYV, the station was assigned the call letters WANE and was the radio companion of channel 15 television. In the mid-1960s, the radio station was purchased by Sheppard Broadcasting of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Following the purchase by Sheppard, the station changed call letters (to become closely related to Sheppard's WLAV in Grand Rapids) and on January 1, 1966 changed formats to become Fort Wayne's first Top 40 station. See Wikipedia for more information.
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3434 Adams Center Road, founded in 1873 by Paul Wolf, in 2014 makes mattresses and futons; manufactures fiberfill products; and it distributes wood and metal futon frames.
Dreams since 1873. For more information read Generations of mattresses Wolf Corp. leader attributes success to longevity - and Fort Wayne published December 1, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Wolf & Dessauer
Sam Wolf and Myron Dessauer opened their department store in 1896 on Calhoun Street. Wolf & Dessauer became famous for their 1937 Santa Reindeer and Christmas Wreath displays restored to seasonal display in downtown Fort Wayne. Wolf & Dessauer illuminated their display every Christmastime from 1940 to 1958, with the exception of three years. In 1942, 1943 and 1944, World War II brought blackouts to the city from Fort Wayne's favorite Santa turns 63 this year by Carol Tannehill published November 24, 2003 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. The history of the Santa display is nicely described in the video The Secret History Of The Wolf & Dessauer Santa Display by the Rebel Media Co. posted November 30, 2018 on Facebook.
- Throwback Thursday: Feb. 10, 1962 - Wolf & Dessauer fire by Corey McMaken published February 22, 2018 by The Journal Gazette newspaper
- Electrifying Christmas by Tom Castaldi, local historian published May 24, 2016 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.
- The former warehouse 400 E. Washington Blvd. (Lafayette Street and East Washington Blvd) was torn down in 2017 to build a new rescue mission relocating for the Riverfront Fort Wayne Project with photos was discussed July 30, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. See Rescue Mission plans to move, but stay in heart of Downtown Fort Wayne by Kelly Roberts published August 3, 2016 on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.
- Fond memories of Santa display include path to restoration by Corey McMaken published November 23, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
- Wolf & Dessauer offers a poignant glimpse of a bygone era by Michael Summers published December 6, 2004 in Fort Wayne Reader.
- Wolf & Dessauer Santa on flickr, daytime Santa & his reindeer says first lighted November 21, 1940, and Wolf & Dessauer Wreath.
- Wolf and Dessauer: Where Fort Wayne Shopped (Landmarks) Paperback – April 10, 2011 by Jim Barron and Kathie Barron. Jim and Kathie Barron are the authors of three other books on the subject of Fort Wayne history. Jim is a thirty-five-year radio broadcast veteran and is part of the award-winning morning team on WBCL radio in Fort Wayne.
- Wolf & Dessauer: Fort Wayne History book discussion by Jim Barron published November 13, 2011 on WANE 15 News YouTube video.
- Wolf and Dessauer Santa and Sleigh Light Bulb at200 @ 200 2016 Bicentennial items at The History Center.
- A very loud Fort Wayne Lighting of Santa 2008 published January 11, 2009 on YouTube.
- Night of Lights highlights from the HolidayFest Night of Lights in downtown Fort Wayne by Young Indiana published November 23, 2011 on YouTube.
- A Wolf & Dessauer Christmas album the W & D Wee Willie Wand doll is discussed several timesaka Elf on a Shelf and January 27, 2017 W&D book ad March 17, 2017 fire discussion and June 13, 2017 and December 1, 2017 and Wolf & Dessauer name Search to dozens of photos and discussion on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
- Fond memories of Santa display include path to restoration by Corey McMaken published November 23, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
- Photos from yesteryear posted November 21, 2018 by the History Center on Facebook.
- 1940s photo posted December 20, 2018 by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook.
- The history behind the Night of Lights by Briana Brownlee published December 21, 2019 on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15
- History of Wolf and Dessauer for web published December 21, 2019 on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.
History Center Facebook photo
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WOWO 1190 AM Radio
Went on the air March 31, 1925 with 500 watts at 1320 kilocycles. The call letters were chosen arbitrarily. "W" for broadcast station east of the Mississippi and "O" for ease of pronunciation. From March 28, 2016 post by Allen County Public Library on Facebook. They broadcast from studios on the second floor of the Main Auto Supply Co. at 215 W. Main Street. "Fort Wayne's legendary 50,000 watt radio station. ... roster of air personalities, like Bob Sievers, Jack Underwood, Dugan Fry, Jay Gould, Chris Roberts, Ron Gregory, Bob Chase, Don Chevillet, John Cigna and many others created a lifelong bond with the citizens of WOWOland. February 1, 1954, the station would raise the new towers at their site on U.S. 24 near Roanoke to become 50,000 watts from History of WOWO on wowo.com. It was an upgrade that would make the station as strong as the most powerful station in the United States. In its earliest years, WOWO Radio also launched the careers of many prominent broadcasters, including comedian Herb Shriner, Fort Wayne TV pioneer Hilliard Gates, and Tom Carnegie, known to millions worldwide as the voice of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. from the timeline on The History of WOWO Radio web site.
- See WOWO brightest when radio was king by Kevin Leininger published July 10, 1982 inCityscapes from the Archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper.
- October 22, 1994 Time Capsule fromthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
- PBS has a documentary WOWO Legends. WOWO heard its listeners.
- Promotional 9 minute WOWO YouTube video uploaded April 27, 2011 by compcore.
- "In a little red barn..." WOWO celebrates 90 years of broadcasting by Krista Miller published December 3, 2015 on ABC WPTA21.com TV stationand Facebook discussion.
- WOWO's rich 90-year history Station has been a constant in ever-changing industry by Steve Warden published January 19, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
- 2015 WOWO 90th Anniversary Special on WOWO.com.
- Their daily morning song
Little Red Barndiscussed March 18, 2017 and September 13, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook included a video WOWO Little Red Barn_10-16-1989 uploaded March 29, 2010 by HistoryOfWOWO.
- Also see YouTube In A Little Red Barn - Ted Hanson and his Normandie Orchestra uploaded May 6, 2011 by Kevin Mueller.
- WOWO Hoosier Hop Kadiddle Hoppers in the 1950s included players Dale McClain and Jay Dickerson discussed August 11, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
- Indiana Hoedown Found Recordings is a list of recordings since the 1940s, about half mention Fort Wayne, on drdosido.net.
ABC WPTA21.com TV station
"On Saturday, September 28, 1957 at three o'clock in the afternoon Fort Wayne television viewers witnessed city history in the making when WPTA-TV, under the leadership of General Manager Ron Ross began regular broadcasting on channel 21 as the latest ABC affiliate. Staffed by 12 full-time and three part-time employees WPTA brought the complete 32 hours of ABC programming per week to the Fort Wayne viewing area. This was augmented by 28 hours of film and seven and one-half hours of local live programming." Eric Olson, 21Country Featured Reporterposts short videos often with old photos on the local history of people and places on their 21County page. They also feature LifesBetterHere and other pages on their website: wpta21.com/.
Wright, Frank Lloyd
His only house in Fort Wayne is the
Usonian house built in 1952 at 3901 N. Washington Road discussed in the article Images of city’s only Frank Lloyd Wright home to be auctioned June 5 by Kevin Leininger published May 31, 2019 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Also known as the 1951 John Haynes House on FrankLloydWrightSites.com. Photo posted December 22, 2017 on I grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Facebook page, then shared generating lots of comments December 22, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
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3402 Fairfield Ave, wunderkammercompany.com, Facebook. A contemporary art center, is located in the former Casa restaurant. Now serving art: Former Casa restaurant site transformed into contemporary art center by Cindy Larson published December 13, 2012 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
1730 N.W. Winchester Road near Decatur, Adams County, originally on Adams County Road 1000N in the northwest part the county. Website: Friends of Wyneken Preserving German-American Heritage, Facebook. The wood-frame home built about 1850, served as the residence of the Rev. Friedrich Conrad Dietrich Wyneken and his wife, Sophie, from 1859 to between 1860-1862. The German-born clergyman came to this area in 1838 from Germany to minister to German Lutherans on the American frontier. He is credited with helping found or nurture a number of Lutheran churches in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, as well as helping to start Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne. Friends of Wyneken, a subcommittee of the Indiana German Heritage Society, formed in 2004 to save the house from demolition and transform it into an interpretive center. Copied from Public invited for first time to tour the historic Wyneken house The house was saved from demolition in 2005 by Kevin Kilbane published June 19, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Wyneken House move – press release, photos and video by: Stephen Parker posted on September 7, 2010 on Around Fort Wayne blog. Can the Wyneken House be Saved? published in the Indiana German Heritage Society newsletter Volume 9 Number 1 Winter 1993.
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