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 newspaperand 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.
See our African-American page.
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
CBS 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
NBC Fort Wayne's Focused on the Fort WKJG. ISABEL “LEFTY” ALVAREZ by The Waynedale News Staff published October 27, 2004 in The Waynedale 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.
Isabel "Lefty" M. Alvarez, age 88, of Fort Wayne passed away Monday, June 6, 2022. She was born October 31, 1933 in Havana, Cuba. Isabel was a pitcher and outfielder in 1951 and 1954 for the Fort Wayne Daisies, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). She also played for the Grand Rapids Chicks, Chicago Colleens, Battle Creek Bells, and Kalamazoo Lassies. Following her time on the diamond, Isabel worked over 30 years at GE. She is survived by her friend and caretaker, Billie (Mark) Uffelman of Fort Wayne; and her lifelong friend, Dona Schaefer of Ossian, IN Service is 5:00 pm, Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Fairhaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 6557 N. Clinton St. with calling two hours prior beginning at 3pm. Memorials may be made to All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.fairhavenfortwayne.com . Same obituary on Legacy.com.
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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.
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 newspaperand 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... Private 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.
Archer, John H.
Born March 23, 1837 on a farm in Washington Township then 3 miles north of the Fort Wayne city limits at that time. He became a successful business man. In a newspaper interview he said he helped clear the woods from eighteen farms, helped rear nineteen children, five of his own, fourteen were orphans; built forty-two houses, laid out 400 lots in several additions in Fort Wayne. His great-grandfather Judge Benjamin Archer came to Fort Wayne a village in a wilderness in 1824 from Dayton, Ohio. He said Bloomingdale was only two houses, the only bridge on St. Marys river was a toll bridge at Calhoun Street and it was wilderness up to the Jail Flats with howling wolf packs around his house less than three miles from town. He say bear tracks going to school, but never saw a bear. His brother while riding horseback saw a female bear with two cubs near Maysville. He say lots of deer on Goshen Road then just a winding trail through the woods. Heard the July 4, 1843 General Lewis Cass speech opening the Wabash & Erie Canal at his speech in a grove of trees near the present Swinney Park. He knew the Hamiltons, Ewings, McCulloch's, and all the early pioneers. His father brought the first steam boiler from Dayton then set up the first steam saw mill that became the Jacob Rudisill farm a short distance north of Centlivre's brewery. He lists lots of names including someone named Goodale the first to grow watermelons for sale in Allen County. His family made the first bricks for brick buildings in Fort Wayne. He remembers when an occasional Indian strolled into town. He is one of the few persons still living who ever saw Johnny Appleseed who was often at their house and stated Johnny Appleseed died at the Rudisill farm and the only person still living then to attend the funeral was Hiram Porter. Johnny died in the arms of Jerry Williams. See the full article: Lived Here 70 Years Interesting Life of John H. Archer Member of Pioneer Family Talks of Early Days in Allen County in The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette Fort Wayne, Indiana 24 Mar 1907, Sunday, Page 1 and continued on Page 2 on Newspapers.com.
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.
Article Preview : Introduction The story of the Aveline family is also the story of how Hoosiers adapted to the rapid social and economic changes that took place in the state during the 1800s. Over the course of the nineteenth century a variety of factors such as the removal of Native Americans, modification of the environment, and the introduction of new technologies transformed Indiana. Pioneers in the frontier wilderness developed infrastructure for modern farms and urban centers. Like many families, the Avelines found ways to adjust to this quickly changing milieu. The first part of this story focused on Francois Aveline and his son James. Beginning shortly after the formation of the United States, Francois came to Indiana and entered the fur trade. For most of his life trade was prosperous and his business did well. James was not so fortunate. He faced a dwindling customer base, the depletion of fur-bearing animals, and competition from other traders who were better able to monopolize trade. Eventually, James pulled out of the trade, moved to Peru, Indiana, and took a Miami woman as his second wife. There he farmed and raised his second family, three of whom married Miami spouses. While James represented the last vestiges of the old ways, his brother Francis took a much different path, helping to usher Fort Wayne into the modern era. In the second part of this story, Francis Aveline will be seen taking his family from the fur trade into a recognizable modern-day economy of real estate and development. This progression begins with Francis abandoning his father's trading career in order to participate in the booming canal business, organizing and supervising workers. That construction experience later manifested itself in the purchase and development of real estate in Fort Wayne, including a large house for his family. The pinnacle of Francis's professional success was the building of a fabulous hotel that was a centerpiece of the growing city of Fort Wayne. Francis was acknowledged as one of the city's leading businessmen. With these accomplishments, Francis transitioned his family from the dying fur trade industry and thrust them into modern society. Francis Aveline While Francois and James Aveline continued as Indian traders even as their source of revenue dwindled, Francis S. Aveline set out to achieve fame and fortune in a different direction. Francis was born on March 18, 1814, and was baptized in the Catholic Church in Vincennes. He was only four years old when his family arrived in Fort Wayne, and the youngster grew up in a world of animal pelts and skins. Francis worked as a clerk in his father's store, first in Fort Wayne and then in Logansport. In this latter town he met and impressed the Ewing brothers, and by 1832 he had left his father's employ and was clerking for the Ewings. From behind the counters of these Logansport establishments, Francis sold items as varied as groceries, gunpowder, calico cloth, tea, Mackinaw blankets, and, of course, liquor, both foreign and domestic. (1) When the... Copied from this article: Aveline and Sons: The Rise and Fall of an Indiana Family at the End of the Fur Trade, Part 2. Authors: Maureen A. Gaff and Donald H. Gaff Date: Fall-Winter 2014 From: The Hoosier Genealogist: Connections (Vol. 54, Issue 2) Publisher: Indiana Historical Society Press. At Gale Academic Onefile.
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 ABC WPTA21.com TV station. Longtime food bank leader Jane Avery dies by WANE Staff Reports published July 17, 2015 on CBS 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 ABC WPTA21.com 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.
Azar, Alexander "Alex" Abraham
Alexander "Alex" Abraham Azar February 16, 1923 – December 17, 2020 Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home obituary has a lot of family and business information. His 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... Private Facebook group. Read July 16, 2015 history by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private 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... Private group on Facebook. Local restaurateur Alex Azar, 97, dies Owned Big Boys, eatery that began Roy Rogers chain by Sherry Slatter published December 24, 2020 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
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