W Named Places in Allen County, Indiana

WANE TV Channel 15

CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15 Fort Wayne's second television station 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... Archived 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... Archived 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.

Waterfield Mortgage Company and the Waterfield Group

Founded in 1928 by Richard Hobbs Waterfield in Fort Wayne with his brother Dallas selling insurance for several insurance companies. The Waterfield family with seven children moved from Fort Mitchell, near Covington, KY to Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1913. See The History of Waterfield Mortgage Company and the Waterfield Group by Richard D. Waterfield on WaterfieldCapitol.com.

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.

Wayne Candies

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 authorpublished 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... Archived group on Facebookthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

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Waynedale

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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:
  3. The Waynedale History Book To Be Released in 2015.
  4. 100 Years Ago in 4-H - July 24, 2002
  5. The Waynedaler - January 8, 2003
  6. Waynedale United Methodist Church Choir - March 19, 2003
  7. In the Beginning - September 3, 2003
  8. First Millionaire in Waynedale - September 17, 2003
  9. The Growth of Waynedale Transportation - October 1, 2003
  10. The Esmond Mill - October 29, 2003
  11. First trading - October 29, 2003
  12. Lewisburg, Bingville, Mason or Waynedale - November 12, 2003
  13. The Way of Life in the 1910s and 1920s - November 26, 2003
  14. Let's Move to Waynedale - December 10, 2003
  15. Looking Back at Waynedale history - December 24, 2003
  16. Nobles Home Store part 2 - January 7, 2004
  17. Waynedale's First Library - January 21, 2004
  18. Speaking of Telephones - February 4, 2004
  19. Prarie Grove Church and Cemetery - February 18, 2004
  20. Waynedale 1929/1930 - March 3, 2004
  21. After 1929 Stock Market Crash - March 17, 2004
  22. Early 1900s - March 31, 2004
  23. Lincoln Highway - April 14, 2004
  24. Waynedale Annexed June 1957 - April 28, 2004
  25. Lester and Bertha Umber - May 12, 2004
  26. Lutheran Foundation History - May 12, 2004
  27. The Tower and the Church - May 26, 2004
  28. The Fort Wayne Aviation Company - June 09, 2004
  29. History of Wayne Township Fire Co. #1 1940-1983 by Paul W. Fairfield published February 23, 2005
  30. HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY WAYNEDALE February 25, 2011 by The Waynedale News Staff
  31. The story behind Waynedale's momentum by Amber Bouthot posted April 4, 2018 on Input Fort Wayne is about Alex Cornwell and Wayndedale News.
  32. HOW OUR COMMUNITY CAME TO BE February 26, 2021 by The Waynedale News Staff
  33. The Founding Of Our Community February 25, 2022 by The Waynedale News Staff
  34. 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.

Wayne Hotel

Was 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

Google map photo from Street View on Watkins Street near Boone Street from 2011 is a similar location to the 2022 photo of the new Historic Wayne Knitting Mills Park Nebraska Neighborhood Association sign.

Wayne Knitting Mill monument
Nebraska Neighborhood Association photo

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.

  1. Wayne Knitting Mills collection: at Allen County Public Library Digital Collections at the Allen County Public Library. About this collection Wayne Knitting Mills, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was America's largest producer of silk hosiery from 1892 to 1960. This collection is comprised of company’s two publications: Wayne Knitting Mills News Letter (1952-1954) and Wayne Knit Rav-Lings (1913). Posting these newsletters is a cooperative project of Fort Wayne’s History Center and The Genealogy Center.
  2. Industrial "Girls" in an Early Twentieth–Century Boomtown: Traditions and Change in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1900—1920 by Peggy Brase Seigel Published: Sep 1, 2003, Volume 99, Issue 3, September 2003, in Indiana Magazine of History journal in the archives at Indiana University Scholarworks.
  3. 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.
  4. Challenging Economic Borders Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Chemnitz, Germany by Nancy Brown, 32 pages, published April 17, 2018 in Volume 112, Issue 1, March 2016 in Indiana Magazine of History journal in the archives at Indiana University Scholarworks
  5. Photos and some history posted October 9, 2018 by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) on Facebook.
  6. Google image search for Wayne Knitting Mills
  7. Google image search for Wayne Knitting Mills in newspapers produces items like Club Life at Wayne Knitting Mills in the The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette from Fort Wayne, Indiana · Page 33 on Sunday, February 3, 1916
  8. Wayne knit rav-lings: The voice of the Wayne Knit Community, 1918-02 in the Company Employee Newsletters at the Indiana State Library Digital Collection.
  9. Fort Wayne Knitters by Kevin Leininger November 14, 1982 in theCityscapes from the Archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper
  10. Photos and more on Wayne Knitting Mills, Fort Wayne, Indiana on Encyclopedia by Mark Hedlund published November 28, 2017 of Forlorn Places.
  11. Wayne Knitting Mills 1930 by Michael Summers posted 2006-05-08 in Fort Wayne Reader
  12. October 14, 2022 a photo of the new Historic Wayne Knitting Mills Park sign was posted by Nebraska Neighborhood Association, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808 on Facebook.
  13. Theodore Thieme -- Fort Wayne Industrialist by Nancy McCammon-Hansen posted July 12, 2013 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.

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 authorpublished June 14, 2018 in Fort Wayne Readerand discussed June 16, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived 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 Pump 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.

  1. 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... Archived group on Facebook.
  2. Discussed February 28, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook.
  3. Bulletins (Volume 1 - 1920) - Wayne Oil Tank & Pump Company, Individual bulletins designed to fit together in a cover supplied by the company.
  4. Bulletins] (Volume 2) - Wayne Oil Tank & Pump Company, Individual bulletins designed to fit together in a cover supplied by the company.
  5. See photos and discussion April 23, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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... Archived group on Facebook. See photo of item #31 in this article: 32 Intriguing Hidden Secrets at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Wayne Trace

Corner of Wayne Trace and New Haven Avenue, Street View photo at Google maps shows the Wayne Trace monument with plaque at Sieling Park

Page 133, "WAYNE TRACE." in 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.

The famous "Wayne Trace," extending from the city of Fort Wayne to the city of Cincinnati, marks the pathway of General Wayne from the fort which bore his name to the site of Fort Washington. The upper map Indicates the route taken by General Wayne and the lower drawing shows that portion of the route within the city of Fort Wayne. A sketch of the "marker" erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1906, is also shown.

  1. Wayne Trace with photo states: Large stone dredged from St. Mary's River with bronze plaque marking the old Indian trail used by the armies of Generals Harmar (1790), Wayne (1791) and Harrison (1812). Placed originally on October 22, 1907 in Seiling Park, Wayne Trace and New Haven Avenues. Broken in 1990 and repaired by Park Board. Broken again in 1993 and was repaired by the Park Board and moved away from the intersection. The marker reads: Wayne Trace Once the Indian trail to Cincinnati The route of General Harmar's army in 1790 of General Wayne's when leaving the stockade Christened by Major Hamtramck "Fort Wayne in 1794 Also of General Harrison's army in 1812 Erected by Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. Copied from the DAR Markers page of the Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  2. Wayne Trace Once the Indian trail to Cincinnati The route Of General Harmer's Army in 1790 Of General Wayne's When leaving the stockade Christened by Major Hamtramck "Fort Wayne" in 1794 Also of General Harrison's Army In 1812. on plaque from Wayne Trace at The Historical Marker Datatbase HMdb.org.
  3. Wayne Trace is mentioned under Mad Anthony's Battle (By Randy McNutt) in the Congressional Record Volume 140, Number 118 (Friday, August 19, 1994) at GovInfo.gov.
  4. Dozens of photos of businessess posted September 7, 2017 and again September 7, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived 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

1913 flood 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.

  1. Photos and discussion Febuary 9, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook.
  2. Wells Street Bridge – March 1913 with photo by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and authorwas posted June 15, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook and September 11, 2018 in the Fort Wayne Readerand discussed September 11, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook.
  3. The historic Wells St. Bridge in Fort Wayne, Indiana by Dominique King posted November 11, 2014 on Midwest Guest blog.
  4. 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.

Wells Theatre

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... Archived 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 Fort Wayne 39 Television

Google map photo from Street View

PBS Fort Wayne 39, 2501 E. Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1562, 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.WFWA-TV39 (Television station : Fort Wayne, Ind.) search results at the Allen County Public Library. Over the years PBS Fort Wayne has created many documentaries, although many appear to longer be available. Most PBS Fort Wayne Specials require Passport membership for watching online:

  1. Fort Wayne on the air , 1992, "Takes a look at the history of broadcasting in Fort Wayne with the help of veteran broadcasters like Bob Sievers, Chris Roberts, Hilliard Gates and many more. VHS at Allen County Public Library.
  2. Fort Wayne memories. The '50s / producer, writer, editor, Claudia Johnson ; WFWA-TV39, 1994, Accompanied by photographs and film footage, Fort Wayne residents tell what life was like in their city in the 1950s. VHS at Allen County Public Library.
  3. Fort Wayne Home for the Holidays Special | 56m 27s Take a look at the 1994 local documentary, Fort Wayne Home for the Holidays, featuring segments on Christmas at the Wolf & Dessauer department store, Fort Wayne Santa Claus Phil Steigerwald, the restoration of two Fort Wayne light displays, and more. Aired: 12/01/94 Rating: TV-G. "Once upon a time Christmas meant snow for sledding, a trip downtown to visit WanDerland at Wolf & Dessauer's and dreaming of a bicycle from 'Uncle Win' Koehlinger's store. WFWA-TV39 captures the magic of [Fort Wayne's] hometown holidays--past and present--in this very special program hosted by one of Fort Wayne's most memorable 'Santas, ' Phil Steigerwald." DVD at the Allen County Public Library.
  4. Fort Wayne memories. The forties / producer, writer, Claudia Johnson ; a production of WFWA-TV39 1995 Accompanied by photographs and film footage, Fort Wayne residents tell what life was like in their city in the 1940s. DVD at Allen County Public Library.
  5. Collecting Fort Wayne 1997 "Highlights a variety of Fort Wayne treasures and artifacts and the fascinating stories behind the 'finds.'" VHS at Allen County Public Library
  6. Fort Wayne: Lost But Not Forgotten Special | 56m 52s Explore Fort Wayne's rich history of past places. Aired: 01/01/97 Rating: NR. "From the Gardner's restaurant to the old Greyhound bus station; hotels, theaters and other places are remembered fondly. Using first-person narratives along with many archival photographs and other visual records, 'Fort Wayne Lost (But Not Forgotten)' gives you and your family a look at places that might not be here phyysically, but that still hold a special place in our hearts--and our history." DVD at Allen County Public Library.
  7. WOWO Legends Special | 1h 2m 51s Local radio personalities gather at the WFWA studios to reminisce about WOWO (AM radio). Featuring Bob Sievers, Bob Chase, Don Chevillet, Ron Gregory, and Chris Roberts. Aired: 03/02/98 Rating: NR VHS at Allen County Public Library.
  8. Fort Wayne - A Most German Town Special | 57m 22s The rich history of German immigrants and culture in Fort Wayne. Aired: 03/20/98 Rating: NR. VHS at Allen County Public Library.
  9. A conversation with Bob Sievers 1999 "Join Bob as he reminisces with Jane Avery Doswell about his long career in broadcasting from the 'world famous WOWO Fire Escape.' Bob gives an insider's perspective on how the business of radio and advertising has changed over the years, as well as the Fort Wayne area and America itself."--Container. VHS at Allen County Public Library.
  10. Fort Wayne memories. The '60s / producer, Claudia Johnson ; a production of PBS39 WFWA, 1999, "Through extensive interviews with many Fort Wayne area residents, old news footage, photographs and home movies, revisit this very significant time in Fort Wayne and American history, marked by new attitudes, technological advances and cultural change." VHS at Allen County Public Library.
  11. Landmarks: Remembering Fort Wayne Special | 56m 2s Learn about the history of past and present Fort Wayne landmarks. Aired: 03/13/00 Rating: NR. Discusses the memorable buildings--some of them now gone--in downtown Fort Wayne. Interviews with residents provide historical and architectural insight. DVD or VHS at Allen County Public Library.
  12. 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.
  13. Memorial City: The Lindenwood Chronicles Special | 51m 30s Learn about the history of Fort Wayne's historic Lindenwood Cemetery. Aired: 01/04/02 Rating: NR. 'Memorial City: the Lindenwood Chronicles' takes you beyond mausoleums, grass and gravestones to offer insights of some of the people interred at Lindenwood. The history of the cemetery itself is profiled as well as offering a look at how customs have changed since it was founded, providing insights into our own corner of America since Lindenwood's founding in 1859. DVD at Allen County Public Library.
  14. Ann Colone Remembers Special | 54m 31s Ann Colone was a pioneering female broadcaster in Fort Wayne, Indiana whose career in local media spanned three decades as host of "The Ann Colone Show" and other projects. Aired: 10/23/03 Rating: NR. DVD As a host and interviewer, Ann Colone's personality, wit and adventuresome spirit helped make her a viewer favorite during the 50s, 60s and 70s. As performers, political figures and celebrities of every stripe made their way across America, they inevitably stopped in Fort Wayne, or nearby. And, if they could be, they were interviewed by Ann Colone.... Using interviews with Ann, her colleagues and highlights, gleaned from Ann's personal photographic, film and video archives, you'll be transported back to those anticipated afternoons and the memories they created--memories of celebriteis, events and the wonders of the world brought into thousands of homes each weekday, by Ann Colone. at Allen County Public Library.
  15. Fort Wayne memories. The '50s / a production of WFWA-TV39 ; producer, writer, Claudia Johnson ; WFWA-TV39 2005. Accompanied by photographs and film footage, Fort Wayne residents tell what life was like in their city in the 1950s. DVD at the Allen County Public Library.
  16. A Watershed Mentality Special | 27m 5s | Video has closed captioning. The Maumee River is the single largest tributary and watershed in the Great Lakes and deposits millions of cubic yards of sediment into Lake Erie yearly. Aired: 02/04/09 Rating: NR. DVD at the Allen County Public Library.
  17. Brookside - The Bass Mansion Renovation Special | 57m 4s Brookside, also known as the Bass Mansion, was added to the National Register for Historic Places in 1982. Renovations on the former residence of industrialist John Henry Bass were completed in 2009-2010. The mansion is currently an administrative building on the University of Saint Francis. Aired: 10/01/10 Rating: NR.
  18. New Vision: The Parkview Regional Medical Center Special | 57m 47s Learn about the history of Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Aired: 03/14/12 Rating: NR.
  19. Headwaters Park: Fort Wayne's Lasting Legacy Special | 57m 9s Learn about the history and development of Fort Wayne's Headwaters Park. Aired: 12/03/12 Rating: NR.
  20. Honor Flight Northeast Indiana: Honoring a Generation Special | 59m 18s This hour long documentary tells the story of how Honor Flight Northeast Indiana grew from humble beginnings in 2008 and how, by October 2014, it had transported over 900 northeast Indiana World War II veterans -- free of charge – to visit the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Aired: 11/06/14 Rating: NR.
  21. Purdue University Fort Wayne Home For The Holidays Concert Season 2021 Episode 1 | 1h 37m 26s | Video has closed captioning. Celebrate the joy and beauty of the season with this concert, recorded live December 6, 2021 at the Auer Performance Hall at the Rhinehart Music Center on the campus of Purdue University Fort Wayne. Featured Performances: The School of Music Choral Ensembles and the University and Community Orchestra with Kevin McMahon and William Sauerland, conductors; Jonathan Young and Natalie Young, soloists. Aired: 12/07/21 Rating: NR.

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.

White Mansion

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... Archived group on Facebook.

Wildcat Baseball

Wildcat League History MR DALE MCMILLEN [MR. MAC] (WILDCAT BASEBALL LEAGUE FOUNDER) at Wildcat Baseball: www.wildcatbaseball.us Their 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. Cover of Parade magazine May 27, 1962: “A baseball league for boys where everyone plays” from 'Parade' Celebrates the World Series With Our Favorite Baseball Covers of All Time Talk a walk down memory lane as we prepare for the 118th World Series. by Peter Moore posted Oct 7, 2022 on Parade.com. Page 6 of Baseball Memories Parade October 9, 2022 is Parade 100922 published October 7, 2022 entire issue on ISSUU.com. .

Wildwood Manor

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... Archived group on Facebook. It is house #124 in the 1969 book Indiana Houses of the Nineteenth Century by Wilbur Peat.

Wildwood Homes

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.

Wing & Mahurin, architects, Fort Wayne, Ind by Wing & Mahurin, Publication date 1896, on Archive.org

Fort Wayne's NBC Focused on the Fort originally WKJG

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.

  1. WISE-TV on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
  2. NBC33 had a week long series NBC33 Celebrates 60th Anniversary All Week Longby Eric Dutkiewicz in 2013
  3. 60 Years On Air: NBC33 Takes A Look Back At 1953broadcast November 18, 2013
  4. 60 Years On Air: NBC33 Looks At Costs In 1953 by Emma Koch broadcast November 19, 2013
  5. 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
  6. 60 Years On Air: NBC33 What Was On TV In 1953 by Emma Koch broadcast November 21, 2013
  7. Final 60 Years On Air: NBC33 Goes Retro (FULL SHOW) November 22, 2013 by Emma Koch.
  8. Photos and discussion April 24, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook.
  9. 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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Wolf Corporation

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. Sweet 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. James Bill Green, 1950-2022 a 1969 graduate of Snider High School was remembered as the Man who renewed Fort Wayne's iconic Santa Claus display tradition dies at 71 by Ashley Sloboda published July 6, 2022 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. See Night of Lights on the Visit Fort Wayne blog.

PBS FORT WAYNE SPECIALS Fort Wayne Home for the Holidays 56 minute video
PBS caption: Take a look at the 1994 local documentary, Fort Wayne Home for the Holidays, featuring segments on Christmas at the Wolf & Dessauer department store, Fort Wayne Santa Claus Phil Steigerwald, the restoration of two Fort Wayne light displays, and more. Aired: 12/01/94 Rating: TV-G. "Once upon a time Christmas meant snow for sledding, a trip downtown to visit WanDerland at Wolf & Dessauer's and dreaming of a bicycle from 'Uncle Win' Koehlinger's store. WFWA-TV39 captures the magic of [Fort Wayne's] hometown holidays--past and present--in this very special program hosted by one of Fort Wayne's most memorable 'Santas, ' Phil Steigerwald." DVD at the Allen County Public Library

The News-Sentinel Festival of Gingerbread's Wolf & Dessauer elves November 21, 2011 on YouTube

Wolf Dessauer Holiday display posted December 20, 2017 by The Journal Gazette on Vimeo.
Discussed December 3, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.

  1. Wolf & Dessauer offers a poignant glimpse of a bygone era by Michael Summers published December 6, 2004 in Fort Wayne Reader.
  2. Wolf & Dessauer Santa taken by Steve on November 26, 2006 on flickr - The W & D Santa display was first lighted on November 21, 1940. It appeared annually on the side of the Wolf & Dessauer Department Store until 1958. In 1979 the 155 foot long display made up of 24,717 bulbs was removed from storage, renovated and placed back in service for the 1980 Christmas season. When Christmas is mentioned in Fort Wayne, this is one of the first things that everyone remembers.
    Wolf & Dessauer Santa
  3. A very loud Fort Wayne Lighting of Santa 2008 published January 11, 2009 on YouTube.
  4. 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.
  5. Wolf & Dessauer: Fort Wayne History book discussion by Jim Barron published November 13, 2011 on WANE 15 Newson YouTube.
  6. Night of Lights highlights from the HolidayFest Night of Lights in downtown Fort Wayne by Young Indiana published November 23, 2011 on YouTube.
  7. Old Wolf & Dessauer Santa Display taken by Matt Weldon on December 13, 2012 on flickr. Part of his Description states: This shot is taken of the old Wolf & Dessauer santa display on the PNC bank. The santa display was first displayed on the Wolf & Dessauer department store on November 21, 1940. It appeared annually on the store until 1958. The display was misplaced during a renovation of the store in 1958 and was rediscovered by electrical workers in 1979. It was renovated and put back on display for the 1980 Christmas season. Since 1980 It has been displayed on the PNC bank center annually. The santa display is 155 feet long and five and a half tons with 24,717 bulbs. The original bulbs have been replaced with more modern led lights.
    A comment saying: General Electric featured this display in one of their Christmas Lighting Guides. includes a link to GE 1950's Christmas Lighting Ideas p15.
    Old Wolf & Dessauer Santa Display
  8. The Wolf & Dessauer Shopping Experience online exhibit at The History Center.
  9. Wolf and Dessauer Santa and Sleigh Light Bulb at 200 @ 200 2016 Bicentennial items at The History Center.
  10. Electrifying Christmas by Tom Castaldi, local historian published May 24, 2016 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  11. Christopher Crawford on flickr. Photo taken on December 17, 2016. Fort Wayne's Merry Christmas Wreath This giant Merry Christmas wreath made of thousands of colored lights hangs on the back of the Indiana-Michigan Power Center (formerly known as One Summit Square) in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. Originally built in the late 1930s to adorn the side of the Wolf and Dessauer Department Store in downtown Fort Wayne, it was lost after the store closed around 1970. There was also a smaller version of this wreath and a 150 foot long Santa Claus with his sleigh and reindeer. A decade later, all three of the Wolf and Dessauer Christmas displays were discovered hidden away in a warehouse. In bad condition, they needed hundreds of hours of work and thousands of dollars worth of parts to restore it to functioning condition. A group of local electricians, including my grandfather, John Westerfield, volunteered their time to rebuild the historic displays.After the restoration was complete in the early 1980s, they were put back on display during the Christmas season.The Indiana-Michigan Power Center, Fort Wayne's tallest building, occupies the block in downtown Fort Wayne bounded by Washington Boulevard, Calhoun Street, Clinton Street, and Wayne Street. The wreath hangs on the back of the building, facing north toward Wayne Street. The land behind the building is a public plaza, which was so icy when I was there photographing that I had to smash holes in the ice with a flashlight I had in my pocket just to keep the tripod from sliding! Copied from Fort Wayne's Merry Christmas Wreath on flickr and his website which has more information Christopher Crawford: Documentary Photography.
    Fort Wayne's Merry Christmas Wreath
  12. A similar W&D wreath is discussed in Community-wide effort to have Christmas wreath back this year post April 4, 2019 by the Huntington County TAB and Switch flipped on the historic Wolf and Dessauer wreath in Huntington posted: Nov 25, 2020 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.
  13. 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... Archived 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 CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.
  14. Fond memories of Santa display include path to restoration by Corey McMaken published November 23, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.Fond memories of Santa display include path to restoration by Corey McMaken published November 23, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  15. Display of devotion by Corey McMaken posted Nov 23, 2017 Updated Jun 6, 2022 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  16. 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... Archived group on Facebook.
  17. Throwback Thursday: Feb. 10, 1962 - Wolf & Dessauer fire by Corey McMaken published February 22, 2018 by The Journal Gazette newspaper
  18. Toys and photos from yesteryear posted November 21, 2018 by the History Center on Facebook.
  19. The Secret History Of The Wolf & Dessauer Santa Display posted November 30, 2018 by Rebel Media Co.on Facebook. They stated: Here is a little project that we did for the holidays. The Wolf & Dessauer Santa Display dates back to 1937, and has an incredible story that spans generations. We hope you enjoy this look
  20. 1940s photo posted December 20, 2018 by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook.
  21. The history behind the Night of Lights by Briana Brownlee published December 21, 2019 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.
  22. December 1980: Santa display lit together for first time since '50s by Corey McMaken Nov 21, 2019 Updated Jun 6, 2022 in History Journal discussed on our Journal Gazette information page .
  23. History of Wolf and Dessauer for web published December 21, 2019 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.
  24. Do You Know..... was a series of ten parts advertising in the 1930s The Journal Gazette newspaper.
    1. Number 1 of the 10 part series was Do You Know . . . . That Fort Wayne Was Once a French Fort posted October 15, 2015 by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook and shared October 15, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.
    2. Number 2 of the 10 part series was April 1937 on Do You Know . . . . The Tragic History of Ensign Robert Holmes. posted October 22, 2015 by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook and shared October 22, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook. It also says Wolf & Dessauer had the first delivery truck in Fort Wayne. The Murder of Holmes is discussed on page 60 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.
    3. Number 3 of the 10 part series Do You Know . . . . Why Fort Wayne has a "Harmar School and Street" originally posted October 15, 2015 by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook and shared October 29 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.
    4. Number 4 of the 10 part series Do You Know. . . . Just Why This is Fort Wayne? showing a map of the Old Fort and the cemetery originally posted November 5, 2015 by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook and shared November 5, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook. We have the original map on our Old Fort Park section of Forts of Fort Wayne.
    5. Number 5 of the 10 part series Do You Know . . . . About Johnny Appleseed posted November 13, 2015 by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook and shared November 13, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.
    6. Number 6 of the 10 part series Do You Know . . . . . . That it Took Fort Wayne a Long Time to Start Growing posted November 19, 2015 by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook and shared November 19, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.
  25. November 16, 2022 post by Whatzup on Facebook states: Our latest edition is hitting vendors, with our cover story on the traditional Night of Lights presented by Downtown Fort Wayne. Read about what makes the Thanksgiving Eve event so special for families, while also getting a bit of a history lesson on the decorations and the contribution from a GTE repairman. Night of Lights is tradition for area of families What started as store decorations now much more by Anthony Gadson posted November 16, 2022 at WhatzUp.com.
  26. November 23, 2022 this drone photo by John McGauley on Twitter was shared November 29, 2022 by Visit Fort Wayne and again November 29, 2022 by City of Fort Wayne Government on Facebook.
  27. A December 2, 2022 post by Downtown Fort Wayne on Facebook stated: The numbers are in! We had approximately 35,000 people in attendance for Night of Lights! Thank you for joining us for a magical evening.

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Woodburn

Episode 181: Woodburn and New Haven Sep 26, 2022 by Granite Ridge Builders on YouTube
Two great small towns, and Granite Ridge Builders has new communities near both! The Studs crew are taking a look at some of the reasons these areas are booming!

Photographs from the book Woodburn centennial July 7, 8, 9, 10 Woodburn, Indiana 1865 to 1965 were discussed October 4, 2022 on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne Private Facebook Group.

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.

ELVIS PRESLEY Interview! LOST FOR 60 YEARS! JUST DISCOVERED!
March 30, 1957, Bob Chase interviews Elvis Presley, by Alpha 11 published November 30, 2017 YouTube

  1. See WOWO brightest when radio was king by Kevin Leininger published July 10, 1982 inCityscapes from the Archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  2. October 22, 1994 Time Capsule from the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
  3. WOWO heard its listeners by Bob Caylor in 1930-1939: DECADE OF BANKRUPTCY & BUREAUCRACY ofCityscapes from the Archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  4. WOWO Legends Special | 1h 2m 51s Local radio personalities gather at the WFWA-TV39 PBS Fort Wayne studios to reminisce about WOWO (AM radio). Featuring Bob Sievers, Bob Chase, Don Chevillet, Ron Gregory, and Chris Roberts. Aired: 03/02/98 Rating: NR VHS at Allen County Public Library.
  5. A conversation with Bob Sieversfrom WFWA-TV39 PBS Fort Wayne, 1999 "Join Bob as he reminisces with Jane Avery Doswell about his long career in broadcasting from the 'world famous WOWO Fire Escape.' Bob gives an insider's perspective on how the business of radio and advertising has changed over the years, as well as the Fort Wayne area and America itself."--Container. VHS at Allen County Public Library.
  6. Promotional 9 minute WOWO YouTube video uploaded April 27, 2011 by compcore.
  7. "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.
  8. 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
  9. 2015 WOWO 90th Anniversary Special on WOWO.com.
  10. Their daily morning song Little Red Barn discussed March 18, 2017 and September 13, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebookincluded a video WOWO Little Red Barn_10-16-1989 uploaded March 29, 2010 by HistoryOfWOWO.
  11. Also see In A Little Red Barn - Ted Hanson and his Normandie Orchestra uploaded May 6, 2011 by Kevin Muelleron YouTube.
  12. 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... Archived group on Facebook.
  13. 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

WPTA 6pm Newscast, April 6, 1993 posted May 20, 2015 by NewsActive3 on YouTube.
Weeknight newscast from the ABC affiliate in Fort Wayne, IN. Commercials are included. Posted for educational and historical purposes only. All material is under the copyright of their original holders. No copyright infringement is intended.

Extra Dose With Marti Wright and Eric Olson posted November 11, 2021, by landis entertainment network on YouTube

"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/. Many of the 21 County videos were saved when they were called Indiana NewsCenter. The Internet Archive Wayback Machine has more than 10,000 Indiana NewsCenter pages saved before they changed their name and website to ABC WPTA21.com TV station. Some in 2018 were saved as WPTA21. .

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... Archived group on Facebook.

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Wunderkammer Company

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.

Wyneken House


2010/08/18: Wyneken House move published September 5, 2010 on AroundFortWayne on YouTube
Home of Indiana pioneer religious leader, Friedrich Conrad Dietrich Wyneken (1810-1876), was partially moved into its final position off Winchester Road just south of the Allen/Adams County line. The video is sped up and a compilation of a few angles show the progress of the move.

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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