Cookbook Author and Television Host. Died February 6, 2011 remembered in this Journal Gazette newspaper article Local author of cookbooks Adams dies, and February 7, 2011 News-Sentinel Food icon Marcia Adams dies at 75 She hosted cooking shows on PBS, based on her five cookbooks. See her Sheets and Childs obituary and Fort Wayne Observed blog comments. She had a blog and PBS television show on WBGU Marcia Adams' Kitchen. May 23, 2009 News-Sentinel newspaper article Marcia Adams spreads heart disease awareness Eight years after heart transplant, celebrity cookbook author has passion for educating women.
Adams, Rev. Dr. Clyde
102, born January 1, 1915 in Cherry Valley, Arkansas, died February 21, 2017, pastor emeritus of Union Baptist Church, 2200 Smith St., where Adams served as pastor for nearly 50 years. He married Cordia Mae Jones in Ohio, they had four children: sons Joseph and John and daughters Gloria Jean Adams-Smith and Karen Adams. In 1950, Adams came to Fort Wayne to serve the people of Union Baptist Church, then located at 421 Breckenridge St. He brought the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to speak in Fort Wayne in June 1963. He led Fort Wayne’s NAACP chapter. Arrangements were by Carmichael Funeral Home. Copied from Clergy, Civil Rights legend the Rev. Dr. Clyde Adams crosses over at 102 by Frost editor published February 27, 2017 on Frost Illustrated.com. Posed and discussed February 27, 2017 on Frost Illustrated Facebook page. City civil rights legend Adams dies at age 102 by Rosa Salter Rodriquez published February 27, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper and was in Longtime Fort Wayne pastor and civil rights leader the Rev. Clyde Adams has died by Kevin Kilbane published February 27, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
Director of the African-African American Museum 436 E. Douglas Avenue and on Facebook. See Fort Wayne's African/African-American Museum moving forward by Kayleen Reusser published July 31, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. No longer online Black history museum director planning digital expansion by Vivian Sade was published September 1, 2013 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
- Counties with more than 50 Black Residents is an Indiana Historical Society Image states:
Black pioneers in Indiana were often free blacks from Virginia and North Carolina looking for opportunity and a safer place to live. By 1820, ten counties in Indiana had more than 50 black residents: Clark (138); Dearborn (72); Floyd (69); Franklin (65); Harrison (69); Jefferson (112); Knox (284); Orange (97); Washington (59); and Wayne (66).
- Marsha Smiley African American Collection Database of local African-American pioneers
hidden stories of those who dared to cross through the gateway firstin the Marsha Smiley Collection: Crossing Opportunity's Threshold at The Genealogy Center. Read Hidden History: Curator highlights Allen County’s African-American pioneers in online database with video by Kaitor Kposowa published February 19, 2018 by WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. Sharing black history Resident's project grows to become ACPL collection by Janet Patterson published May 14, 2019 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
- Early Black Settlements and Early Black Settlements by County, which discusses Allen County Hanna Addition with as many as 30 families in the 1850 census, are posted by the Indiana Historical Society.
- Mary Clark Woman of Color read about the African-American woman in Vincennes who sued in 1821 to end indentured servitude in Indiana published by the Mary Bateman Clark Foundation.
- February 3, 1852 - the Indiana General Assembly requested information about Liberia from James Mitchell, agent of the recently formed Indiana Colonization Society that began providing funds to help Indiana free blacks emigrate to Liberia on the western coast of Africa.
- 1881 - Article XIII of the 1851 Indiana Constitution was formally removed from the constitution. It prohibited African-Americans from migrating to Indiana, despite the fact that 11,262 blacks were Hoosier citizens as of the 1850 census.
- An 1853
Registry of Negroes and Mulattoesfor Vigo County is discussed in the video From the Vault | Vigo County Registry by the Indiana Archives and Records Administration published January 25, 2019 on YouTube. This was posted January 25, 2019 on Twitter as:
Founded as a free state, Indiana nevertheless had a Constitutional provision that attempted to exclude free African-Americans from living there. In this episode of From the Vault, we analyze an item that shows this contradiction: the Vigo Co registry.by the Indiana Archives on Twitter.
- The Negro in Indiana Before 1881 by Earl E. McDonald in 1931 Indiana Magazine of History, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 291-306.
- African American Gateway on the The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana web site. Lots of good stuff like the Marsha Smiley African American Collection with highlights of individuals from Fort Wayne and Allen County.
- African / African-American Historical Society Museum has a Facebook page.
- African Americans in Fort Wayne: The First 200 Years 2000 book by Dodie Marie Miller
- Civil Rights in Fort Wayne : A Photographic Retrospective at The History Center.
- The Negro Motorist Green Book, 1949 shows Fort Wayne businesses listed on page 29. The 2018 movie Green Book about a 1962 field trip won the 2019 Best Picture and three out of five Academy Award nominations on February 24, 2019. The Green books were discussed January 13, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. See Road Tripping in the Era of the Green Book
Victor Hugo Green, Harlem postal worker turned travel agent, published the Negro Motorist Green Book from 1936-1967 posted March 10, 2017 on Indiana Landmarks. The guide recommended businesses and attractions around the country, including sites in Indiana, that would be friendly to African American travelers. TheUnwelcome Travelers video by Eric Olson, 21Country Featured Reporter discusses and shows the five Fort Wayne stops listed in the Green Book, where they were, and which one is still here published January 31, 2019 on WPTA21 ABC TV station. The New York Public Library Digital Collections has 23 different years of the Green Book from 1930s to 1967.
Twenty-two years before Loving v. Virginia, Anna Harley, a white woman, and Daniel Winters, an African American man, sacrificed family, friends, and even country, to live together as husband and wife.Copied from Before It Was Legal: a black-white marriage, 1945-1987 by Nancy Poling posted on January 17, 2018 by the Indiana Historical Bureau.
- Your black history matters! Can you afford to lose your history? by Leah H. Reeder published September 5, 2015 in a Special to Frost Illustrated discusses a number of Fort Wayne firsts: Arthur Williams was the first African American policeman. The second policeman was Oliver Lee, hired in 1919. Laura Jackson was the first black female police officer . Dr. Theodore Roosevelt Borders, a Howard University graduate, was an early African American physician. Dr. Roland B. Wilson was another physician on staff at three different city hospitals. Dr. Alfred Stovall, a Howard Medical School graduate, along with Dr. Jeff Towles, a University of Louisville Medical School Graduate, in 1993 opened a full service medical facility on Lafayette and Pontiac Streets. Other early African American medical practitioners were: Dr. Roland B. Walter, Dr. James Graham, and Nancy Lester R.N. There were several small business owners, such as Dr. Stovall’s mother, Arrie Stovall, a graduate of the Madam C.J. Walker Beauty College of Birmingham, Ala. Carl and Mamie Wilson came to Fort Wayne in 1917 and were owner operators of several small businesses, a pool hall, an exterminating company and Wilson’s Chicken Shack, a small diner. In 1925, Ellis Micheaux Sr. opened the first funeral home in service to the African American community, after his passing in 1952; the business was operated by his wife, Mrs. Josie (Bryant) Micheaux until closing in 2002.
- Remembering slavery : African Americans talk about their personal experiences of slavery and emancipation by Berlin, Ira, 1941-; Favreau, Marc, 1968-; Miller, Steven F Publication date 1998, borrow online at Internet Archive.
- The Fort Wayne Colored Giants helped bring the Fort Wayne community together around baseball - Alfred Brothers Jr. of Fort Wayne discussed the Fort Wayne Colored Giants baseball team during a Mather Lecture Series presentation Sunday, February 4, 2018 at The History Center. by Kevin Kilbane published January 31, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. He also was the guest writer for The Fort Wayne Colored Giants by Alfred Brothers Jr., PhD posted February 28, 2018 on Indiana Historical Bureau blog. Photos and discussion July 28, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook
- Copied from the article: The Boston native has learned a lot, such as:
- Rather than playing for about a decade, as he first believed, Brothers discovered the Colored Giants started playing games as early as 1907 and continued until 1949.
- African-American baseball teams existed all over Indiana, not just in a few large cities.
- The Colored Giants traveled and played teams from a wide area. They occasionally played teams from the legendary Negro Leagues, including the Indianapolis ABCs; Homestead Grays from Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.; and the Chicago American Giants.
- The Colored Giants had friendly rivalries with some of the all-white baseball teams in Fort Wayne, and the teams played each other frequently.
- “We tend to think of the community as segregated,” Brothers said. “This (baseball) was one thing that pulled the community together.”
- Copied from the article: The Boston native has learned a lot, such as:
- Illuminating a Legacy|African Americans rose above inequality to make contributions to local community
The first African Americans in the Fort Wayne area were probably here before the arrival of Revolutionary War Gen. “Mad Anthony” Wayne, whose fort gave the town its name.By Linda Lipp published February 23, 2007 on KPC News.com.
- INJUSTICE’S LARIAT | LYNCHING IN INDIANA by Justin Clark published June 4, 2018 in Hoosier State Chronicles - Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program blog was a June 4, 2018 Tweeter Tweet. The first paragraph states:
Indiana, a state claimed as “free” from its statehood in 1816, was nevertheless the 7th highest non-southern state with racial terror lynchings, with 18 separate incidents. When searching through Indiana newspapers, many stories emerge of outlaw vigilantes who terrorized and brutalized African-Americans, sometimes for nothing more than alleged crimes. Since many were lynched before they received equal justice under the law, many of their lives ended tragically through injustice under the lariat.The article includes links to videos and more articles.
- OSCAR ROGAN
Several years ago Todd Peterson sent me this box score, from the May 7, 1917, Fort Wayne (Indiana) Daily News, which showed a pitcher named Rogan and outfielders named Carr and Hawkins playing for the Fort Wayne Colored Giants.Published May 10, 2013 on Agate Type Reconstructing Negro League & Latin American Baseball.
- Firefighter at the forefront 2nd black man on force reflects on career, life by Terri Richardsons published September 16, 2018 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. In 1963, Marvin Eady applied with the urging of a Fort Wayne city councilman who was working to make the fire department more diverse.
- A lively segregation discussion with over 100 Comments February 23, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
- Indiana's Hidden History 20-minute video of local African American histories by Terra Brantley, posted: February 26, 2019 on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. Stories on Al Brother, Terra Brantley's DNA test results, the Alexander T. Rankin underground railroad house, Johnny Bright best college football player in the country,
Born March 31, 2001 in Fort Wayne, the 16-year-old Concordia High School student was runner-up in national The Voice 13 television show.
Addison had never been on a plane before flying out to audition for The Voice. Raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Addison started singing when she was only four years old. When she was nine, her father bought a record store that gave Addison the opportunity to explore many different genres and musical influences. She began songwriting when she was 11, and recently, her father built a stage inside the shop so she could perform. Copied from Addisen Agen Team Adam bio from The Voice at NBC.com.
- See Addison Agen Twitter, Facebookand Addison Agen The Voice YouTube.
- VIDEO and PHOTO GALLERY: Fort Wayne’s Addison Agen finishes runner-up on ‘The Voice’, includes links to many other stories, by Kevin Kilbane published December 19, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
- Her first local concert, January 21, 2018, sells out 2,500 seats at the Embassy Theatre in 2.5 hours. From ‘The Voice’s’ Addison Agen’s Fort Wayne Embassy Theatre concert sold out by Lisa Esquivel Long published December 28, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
- Fort Wayne City mayor Tom Henry proclaimed January 17, 2018 as Addison Agen Day see his January 17, 2017 Facebook post.
Allen, Colonel John
Born in Rockbridge County, Virginia, on December 30, 1772, his father James Allen immigrated to Kentucky with his family in 1780, eventually settling near Bardstown near Louisville. Allen is the Allen County, Indiana namesake created on April 1, 1824, by an act of the Indiana General Assembly, which had passed the enabling act on December 17, 1823. During the War of 1812 his regiment came from Kentucky to the defense of Fort Wayne at the urging of William Henry Harrison. Allen went from Fort Wayne to River Raisin, Michigan, where he was killed. See his Find A Grave page. Read the rest in Colonel John Allen by Carmen Doyle published September 16, 2014 and Colonel John Allen by Tom Castaldi published April 5, 2016 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog.
On February 8, 2003,
The Champ, The Greatest of All Time boxer Mohammad Ali appeared at a Komets hockey game at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum where he helped raise over $15,000 for two local children's charities fighting life-threatening diseases through The Three Rivers Literacy Alliance and Camp Watcha-Wanna-Do of Northern Indiana. A Komets and UHL record crowd of 10,503 roared as the former Heavyweight Boxing Champion and most recognizable person in the world was in their house. See Komets remember Muhammad Ali News Release published June 6, 2016 after Muhammad Ali passed away at 12:10am ET Saturday, June 4, at the age of 74 on Komets.com and Remembering Ali's night with Komets by Justin A. Cohen published June 6, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. See short video Muhammad Ali's night with Komets left lasting impression by Glenn Marini published June 7, 2016 on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.
Alsup, Elma E.
Born in 1897 in Humbolt, TN, died in 1985. Lived most of life in Fort Wayne, social worker, worked at Wheatly Center (now the Urban League), organizer of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, the Elma E. Alsup Club, the Lillian Jones Brown Club and the Girls Reserves. She was also an officer in the Indiana Association of Negro Musicians. Read more in In Celebration of Women's History Month: Fort Wayne Women remembered at Lindenwood Cemetery by Nancy McCammon-Hansen published March 12, 2014 in History Center Notes & Queries blog.
Born October 31, 1933 in Havana, Cuba. At just 15-years-old, Álvarez moved from Cuba to the land of opportunity. In 1949, the youngest player to come from Cuba joined the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) playing out a five-year career, which finished with the Fort Wayne Daisies. Her knickname was
Lefty. Since her final game in a Daisies uniform, Álvarez has remained in the Fort where she worked at GE and retired in 1999 after 37 years of service. Copied from Delivering Daisy: The Story of Isabel Álvarez by WKJG Fort Wayne's NBC TV station. ISABEL “LEFTY” ALVAREZ by The Waynedale News Staff published October 27, 2004 in theWaynedale News.com. Cuban pitcher found home as Daisy When women's league ended, 'Lefty' Alvarez, 84, never left the city by Dylan Sinn published May 30, 2018 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Isabel Alvarez profile at AAGPBL. Baseball changed forever the life of local woman by Amanda Junk published July 23, 2008 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Isabel Álvarez on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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In 2012, Allen County had nearly 3,500 Amish adherents.
According to the latest U.S. Religious Census, approximately 241,000 Amish adherents were spread across 28 states in 2010. Ohio had the highest number of Amish (59,103), followed by Pennsylvania (58,009) and Indiana (45,144). Copied from
Indiana's Amish Population by Molly Manns published in November-December 2012 INcontext.
About 19% of the Amish in America live in Indiana – more than 45,000 residents – according to the Indiana Business Research Center. LaGrange and Adams are the second and third largest counties, respectively, in terms of Amish population in the United States. Copied from 1 Amish death in LaGrange; education efforts in motion by Niki Kelly published April 12, 2020 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. There are several Amish communities in northeast Allen County with 5 know cemeteries. A couple new cemeteries started in late 20th century. The population has doubled in some Indiana communites according to Indiana at 200 (60): Amish Thriving in Northern Indiana by Andrea Neal published September 21, 2015 on Review by Indiana Policy.org. Indiana Amish on Amish America also has information.
Angell, Mrs. Catherine
See May 27, 1896 obituary for Catherine Angell one of the oldest resident from the Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel newspaper.
Director of the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo for 26 years of his 44 years employment with the zoo. Zoo's keeper As Anderson starts final season, his legacy is already evident by Sherry Skufca published March 8, 2020 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Anderson, Murland E.
In 1955 had an underground bomb shelter installed in his front yard in response to an article in Life magazine about the fear of nuclear attack. Descibed in Family Fallout Shelter with an interior photo in the The National Museum of American Historyblog.
1978 graduate Wayne High School, campaign worker for U.S. Rep. Ed Roush and Win Moses, governor Evan Bayh selected Andrew, 34, as chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party in 1995, President Bill Clinton chose Andrew to head the national party in 1999. Wife Anne Slaughter Andrew was ambassador to Costa Rica during Barack Obama’s first term as president. Two children: daughter Meredith, 20 and son Will, parents Sylvia and Jerald, a Fort Wayne physician who helped start the city’s EMS service who died in 2009. His parents divorced in the early 1970s, and he lived on a Poe farm with his mother and siblings. From A world of influence Andrew continues to leave mark on national, international events by Brian Francisco Washington editor published July 6, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
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Ankenbruck, John Victor
Born Oct. 10, 1925, in Fort Wayne to Helen Margaret Nussbaum and Oscar Ankenbruck, died August 21, 2017 in South Haven, Michigan. He was the last surviving of their six children. John is survived by five daughters, Lisa Ankenbruck, of Palisades Park, MI; Judy Ankenbruck, Ft. Wayne, IN; Anna Ankenbruck, South Haven, MI; Eve (John) Finnessy, Granger, IN; and Carrie (Jim) Dohnal, Roselle, IL; six grandchildren – Maya Ankenbruck, Austin, Maggie, and Elissa Finnessy, and Joshua and Rachel Dohnal, and one great grandchild - Conner, as well as a special niece – Carol Meaney-Halperin of South Bend, Indiana, and many nieces and nephews. His wife, LaVerne (Alfoldy) Ankenbruck; son, Phillip John, and grandson, Aaron Jerome Greengard preceded him in death. John graduated from Central Catholic High School, Ft. Wayne, in 1944. He
entered the US Navy Air Corps during World War II. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1949. He married his wife, LaVerne, in 1956 and they and their family lived most of their lives in Fort Wayne. Ankenbruck was a writer and columnist for The News-Sentinel, eventually becoming the editorial page editor. He was a founding editor of Today's Catholic, the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese's newspaper, in 1985. He was also a historian and the author of several Fort Wayne area history books including 1972's Five Forts, 1974's The Voice of the Turtle, and 1975's Twentieth Century History of Fort Wayne. Copied from John Ankenbruck, historian, former N-S editorial and Today's Catholic editor, dies by Lisa Esquivel Long published August 23, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper and his Filbrandt Family Funeral Home obituary. See list of his books on Amazon.com. He was discussed August 23, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. John Ankenbruck: Catholic gentleman, Fort Wayne legend published August 25, 2017on Today's Catholic.
Appleseed, Johnny - aka John Chapman
Early Pioneer and colorful character of the Indiana frontier in the early 1800's has his own Johnny Appleseed page.
Armstrong, Paul "Curly"
Born November 1, 1918, he was a 5'11" star guard/forward at Central High School where he reached two state championship games in 1936 and 1937 while leading his team to a 50-6 record. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, Armstrong was leading scorer for Indiana University's first national championship in 1939-40 averaging 8.9 points a game, scoring 10 points in the championship against Kansas 60-42, earning All-Big Ten Conference honors during his junior year. He played, and briefly coached, for the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons professional basketball team when they won a world championship (today's Detroit Pistons). He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980. Copied from Wikipedia.
He also helped the Pistons fastpitch softball team win three world championships according to Fort Wayne's All-Time Greatest Series: Paul “Curly” Armstrong, G/F and
A knee injury eventually led to Armstrong's retirement in 1951. In 1969, he bought the Curly Armstrong Village Inn on Bluffton Road and he died June 6, 1983, at age 64. copied from Curly's company Paul "Curly" Armstrong helped lead Central High School, Indiana University and the Zollner Pistons to championships as No. 20 in the Top 50 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. See CURLY’S UNVEILS DECK by Cindy Cornwell published April 9, 2010 in the Waynedale News newspaper. See also A Little Bit About Us at www.curlysvillageinn.com. See his college stats at College Hoopedia and NBA stats at RealGM and Pro Basketball Encyclopedia.
Armstrong, Robert E.
September 24, 1925 – August 21, 2008 was a former mayor, 1976-1980, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, former councilman of Allen County, Indiana and former athletic director of Snider High School. A graduate of Fort Wayne's Central High School (closed 1971) where he played on the State Championship Basketball Team in 1943. He attended Indiana University where he received a B.S. in Education and Health, Physical Education and Recreation in 1949 and a M.S. in Administration in 1954. From 1944-1945, Armstrong served in the United States Army Air Forces. He was training as a pilot to fight in World War II when the war ended, cutting his military service short. Bob Armstrong was married to wife, Nila on September 9, 1948. Nila was a kindergarten teacher in the Fort Wayne Community Schools and was actively involved in Bob's political endeavors. Nila Armstrong died June 29, 2012 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The couple had three sons, Daniel, Douglas, and David, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Mayor Armstrong defeated Democratic incumbent Mayor Ivan Lebamoff in 1975 in a tight 27,145 to 26,761 victory. See more on Robert E. Armstrong on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
See photo of
Robert Arnold, 22, holds a spider monkey May 24, 1957. Arnold has just been appointed to head Franke Park, including the zoo, the News-Sentinel Outdoor Theater, Shoaff Lake and other park facilities. Posted in THIS DAY IN HISTORY: May 24 in photos published May 24, 2018 by The News-Sentinel newspaper.
90, died February 28, 2016 in Fort Wayne, survived by his wife of 67 years, Rose Marie Atz of Fort Wayne; sons, Jeffrey (Laurie) Atz of Fort Wayne and Terry (Linda) Atz of Kendallville, Ind.; nine grandchildren, Jonathan, Krista, Angel, Timothy, Christopher, Mark, Jennifer, Hope, and Elizabeth; and 19 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Brian Atz; parents, Ralph and Elsie Atz; and brother, Lauren Atz. Owned and operated Puritan Ice Cream in Kendallville and Atz’s ice cream shops in Fort Wayne for 70 years that closed in September 2014. For more see his March 1, 2016 Fort Wayne Newspapers obituary and at D.O. McComb and Sons obituary.
Died July 17, 2015. Survived by her husband, Bill Hoover, and her daughters Elizabeth Mannir, Mo Jeffrey and Allison Avery. She was executive director of Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, since 1996, received a Sagamore of the Wabash award from Gov. Mike Pence from Community Harvest leader presented Sagamore of Wabash award by staff published March 10, 2015 on The News-Sentinel newspaper. Community Harvest leader, Jane Avery, has died by staff reports published July 17, 2015 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Community Harvest Food Bank - Fort Wayne statement July 17, 2015 on Facebook. STATEMENT FROM MAYOR TOM HENRY ON THE PASSING OF JANE AVERY. Community Harvest's Jane Avery passed away Friday after battle with cancer with video by Kayla Crandall published July 17, 2015 on WPTA21 ABC TV station. Longtime food bank leader Jane Avery dies by WANE Staff Reports published July 17, 2015 on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. Honoring the Life of Jane Avery published July 20, 2015 on Feeding America.org. Jane Avery's family shares their memories of the late Community Harvest leader with video by Melissa Long published July 23, 2015 on WPTA21 ABC TV station. See her obituary at Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home.
Born April 1, 1943 in Fort Wayne, to Paul and Ada (Welker) Ayres, died July 6, 2019, the car lover got the opportunity to start his own dealership in 1970 at age 27 as the youngest General Motors dealer in the country when he founded his dealership, Don Ayres Pontiac. He was awarded the Honda franchise three years later. Copied from Car dealer Don Ayres dies by Ashley Sloboda published July 8, 2019 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. He was
survived by his wife of 39 years, Sandy Ayres; daughters Sara (Mike) Ayres Craig and Alison (Mark) Ayres Birkmeier both of Fort Wayne; stepsons Mark (Loree) Johnston of Waterloo and Jeff Johnston (Marie Bradbury) of Gahanna, OH; brother Paul Ayres of Monclova, OH; brother-in-law John Grodrian of Fort Wayne; ex-wife Kathleen (Johnson) Ayres of Fort Wayne; grandchildren Kristina and Christian Urberg and John and Paul Birkmeier, all of Fort Wayne; and step grandchildren Lindsay Johnston (Tom Tondiglia) of Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Hannahlee Johnston of Pittsburgh, PA and Elizabeth and Alana Craig, both of Fort Wayne copied from his Beams Funeral Home obituary.
Father Abraham Azar arrived at Ellis Island in 1899 at age 20, from a small town in Damascus, Syria. A cousin told Alex he could get him a job in Bryan, Ohio. Later, with his brother David, he opened a grocery store on Calhoun Street in Fort Wayne. By late 1980s the business had grown to be worth more than $40 million with 50 restaurants in Indiana and Ohio, including Big Boy franchises and Marriott hotels. Son George bought the family business in the early 1990s. David died in 2006. Among various real estate holdings, Azar Inc. still encompasses a Big Boy restaurant in Waynedale, the Back 40 Junction restaurant in Decatur and a 300-room Marriott in Huntsville, Ala. Copied from Azars shifting family business from food to property by Paul Wyche published December 1, 2013 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. See Alex Azar 3 minute video at Manny's Place on Calhoun Street for coffee and to chew the fat with friends by Chad Ryan posted October 19, 2013 by The Journal Gazette newspaper. A May 6, 2016 discussion is on this video by You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... closed Facebook group. Read July 16, 2015 history by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian, author, and the history/architecture guide for FortWayneFoodTours.comon You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... closed Facebook groupabout Alexander Azar in his forthcoming book, “Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne”. Rahim Pirani posted photos and letters stating Azar's owned Charky's, Big Boy, Frisch's, Roy Rogers, Giuseppe O-Reilly's, Indiana Grill, Taco Cabana, Moonraker, Wharf, Back 40, Peaches, Davy's Locker, Rum Runners, Delta House, Red River BBQ, Marriot hotel. At one time Azar's had about 40 properties in Fort Wayne, South Bend, Indianapolis, Auburn, Angola, Decatur, Alabama and Colorado. Posted March 4, 2019generating over 100 comments, September 24, 2017 a granddaughter started a discussion and December 31, 2018 a discussion about an interview when searching for a photo of his Captain Alexanders Moonraker restaurant, and general Search on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
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