People of Allen County, Indiana

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Calland, Lora

Lora Calland photo
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February 15, 2019 the Fort Wayne Police Department on Facebook posted a photo and this statement: The FWPD celebrates Black History Month by remembering Officer Lora Calland, the first female black officer hired by the Fort Wayne Police Department. She was commissioned in April 1952 and resigned in August 1954. She was later rehired as a records clerk in January 1959 and later transferred to the Investigative Division as a secretary in 1968. She retired from the department in 1981.

Capehart, Homer E.

1897-1979 - Father of the Jukebox industry from history papers and founder of the Packard Company, his company was taken over by Philo T. Farnsworth the inventor of television. Former republican Senator, 1945-1963, defeated by Birch Bayh in 1962. He should be known for warning of the threat of Soviet Union missle in Cuba in the 1960's, but his warnings were ignored by a youthful inexperienced democrat President John F. Kennedy, defeated by democrat Birch Bayh in 1962. 29 Interviews at IU CSHM, collection, Wikipedia, and April 5, 2011 American Spectator political comparison to Paul Ryan. A book Homer E. Capehart: a senator's life, 1897-1979 by William B. Pickett available at the Allen County Public Library.

Cardone, Bill

Opened Cardone's Italian restaurant 1952-1969 then Bill Cardone's Place on Old Decatur Road 1969-1978. From a newspaper article and disscussion August 2, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Carrington, Red

Fort Wayne's "Mr. Baseball". He played at old Ft. Wayne High School from 1920-22 and went on to play intramurally at Indiana University. A 1987 inductee in the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame. Discussed July 25, 2015 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Castalidi, Tom

Tom Castaldi spent his working life in corporate America, primarily as Vice President for Public Relations and Governmental Liaison of The Essex Group, before he retired in 1998. He then started a second career as a public historian. ... he has written over ninety articles for various publications. Tom is the author of the three-volume Wabash and Erie Canal Notebooks, which are original works of primary research that he produced in conjunction with the Canal Society of Indiana. Copied from Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard discussion August 25, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... closed Facebook group. He has many online articles several dozen found on Along the Heritage Trail on On trail of city’s heritage History buff shares stories over the air by Rosa Salter Rodriguez published March 7, 2010 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Verbatim: Historic Reappointment: Castaldi to Continue as County Historian by Indiana Historical Society published January 30, 2017 on The Journal Gazette newspaper. Historian seeks 'aha moments' Castaldi has held county position for past 15 years by Ron Shawgo published February 5, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Centlivre, Charles L.

Charles L. Centlivre and the Centlivre Brewery by Randolph Harter, 1984. Centlivre became Old Crown Brewery. Information on page 20-21 in the book Fort Wayne, Indiana by Ralph Violette and photos on page 61 in Allen County in Vintage Postcards by John Martin Smith. See page 22 of the book Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard .

Centlivre, Louis

June 25, 1895 Fort Wayne News article reported he thought he found oil indicating a vein of coal while drilling east of Fort Wayne from newspaper image posted October 24, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Chandler, Kevan

Kevan was born in 1986 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, before settling in Fort Wayne. He is the youngest of two siblings, his sister Connie also suffers from the same disease. Kevan, who only weighs 65 pounds, has a degree in counseling with a focus in prison ministry, spends his time raising awareness and breaking down barriers for other speciallyabled people. For more see We Carry Kevan Facebook and Instagram account

  1. Kevan can't walk - so his friends carried him across Europe by Shari Puterman published June 1, 2018 on
  2. Friends and faith help Kevan Chandler live life They carried him around Europe last summer by Blake Sebring published October 16, 2017 on The News-Sentinel newspaper. They spent a week in France, England and Ireland. Ben Duvall, Philip Keller, Robbie Barnes and Troyer were the muscle carrying Chandler, while Luke Thompson and Jamison Hill were the filmmakers who chronicled everything for a documentary. 
  3. Still carrying Kevan by Sam Bauman published May 31, 2017 on WPTA21 ABC TV station. Despite being born with spinal muscular atrophy, Kevan Chandler, has now hiked through Europe, made national news, starred in a documentary, created a non-profit, and he isn't done yet.
  4. Fort Wayne man travels in backpack, comes home to help others by Kelly Roberts updated August 05, 2016 on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. He has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and was getting ready to travel Europe while his friends carried him in a backpack.
  5. 'Human backpack' to backpack through Europe by Kaitor Kay updated March 13, 2016 on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.

Chapeteau, Angeline

Born in 1790, at age 17, arrived in a pirogue with her grandparents in 1804. She married James Peltier at age 19 and had three children: James II, Louis and Salvador. During the Seige of Fort Wayne in 1812, she refused to leave the town with her children and stayed behind with her husband. Their log home was outside the fort but within the outer stockade (likely where Three Rivers Apartments are now located). She died at age 86 in 1876. Read more In Celebration of Women's History Month: Fort Wayne Women by Nancy McCammon-Hansen published March 11, 2014 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog.

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Chapman, Almina

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  • 1869 Feb 22 Born in Hoagland, Allen Co IN to J. M. Chapman
  • 1870 Census Allen Co IN Madison Twp
  • 1880 Census Allen Co IN Madison Twp age 10
  • 1893 Aug 24 Married David Charles McKeeman Allen Co IN 1894 July 18 Marie Goldie born Fort Wayne, Allen Co IN
  • 1894 Aug 28 Left Monroeville Methodist Church 1894 Sep 12 Joined Third Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, IN
  • 1895 Sep 22 Gertrude Delight born Fort Wayne, Allen Co IN
  • 1898 Sep 7 Virgil John born Fort Wayne, Allen Co IN
  • 1900 Census Allen Co IN Wayne Twp
  • 1901 July 7 Wilbur Burford born Allen Co IN
  • 1910 Census Allen Co IN Wayne Twp
  • 1914 Mar 12 Virginia Grace born Allen Co IN
  • 1920 Census Allen County, IN Fort Wayne
  • 1952 Jan 30 Died Fort Wayne, Allen Co IN

Descendants of Almina Susan CHAPMAN

Generation No. 1

1.  ALMINA SUSAN2 CHAPMAN CHAPMAN1) was born 22 February 1869 in Hoagland, Allen County, Madison Township, Indiana, and died 30 January 1952 in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana.  She married DAVID CHARLES MCKEEMAN 24 August 1893 in Indiana, son of DAVID MCKEEMAN and MARGARET MCCONAHEY.

      i.  MARIE GOLDIE3 MCKEEMAN, b. 18 July 1894, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana; d. 06 October 1967, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana; m. (1) GEORGE WASHINGTON MONESMITH, 30 December 1914; m. (2)CHARLES ARNETT, 21 May 1960, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana. 
      ii. GERTRUDE DELIGHT MCKEEMAN, b. 22 September 1895, Fort Wayne,    Allen County, Indiana; d. 15 December 1973, Bradenton, Manatee County, Florida; m. JAMES ESTON MOORE, 20 June 1915, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana. 
      iii. VIRGIL JOHN MCKEEMAN, b. 07 September 1898, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana; d. 27 October 1971, Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana; m. VELMA ARNEY. iv. WILBUR BURFORD MCKEEMAN, b. 07 July 1901, Fort Wayne, Allen County,       Wayne Township, Indiana; d. 13 December 1991, Jefferson, Missouri; m. CARRIE UNKNOWN. v.  VIRGINIA GRACE MCKEEMAN, b. 12 March 1914, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana; d. Saint Louis, Missouri.
      J. M. 36 M W Farmer 3500 280 PA 
      Unis 24 F W Keeping house Ind 
      Wm C. 4 M w Ind 
      Charles 3 M W Ind 
      Almina S 1 F W Ind 
      CHAPMAN, John Sr 76 M W Farmer 1500 100 PA Mary A 17 F W Ind
      Eunice W 34 Ind 
      William E S 14 Ind 
      Charles L S 12 Ind 
      Almina D 10 Ind 
      Arminda S 7 Ind Delta E D 4 Ind
      John F 85 PA Fouers, 
      Martha NR 17 Ind
      Chapman, John W W M 46 Farmer PA PA PA 
      Eunice W F 34 Wife Keeps house IN OH OH 
      William E W M 14 Son At school IN PA IN 
      Charles L W M 12 Son At school IN PA IN 
      Almina S W F 10 Daughter At school IN PA IN Arminda S W F 7 Daughter  IN PA IN 
      Delila E W F 4 Daughter IN PA IN 
      John W M 85 Father Old age PA __ PA 
      Fonina M 
      Artha W F 17 Teacher school IN PA OH
      MCKEEMAN, DAVID Head W M Feb 1871 29 M IN IRE IRE Carpenter 6 Y Y Y 
      Elmina Wife W F Feb 1869 31 M 6 3 3 IN OH IN Y Y Y 
      Marie Daughter W F Sept 1895 4 S IN IN IN
      Gertrude Daughter W F Sept 1895 4 S IN IN IN Virgil Son W M Sept 1898 1 S IN IN IN
1910 FEDERAL CENSUS (age 39) 1910 Census Allen County, Indiana McKeeman, 
      David C. Head M W 39 M 16 4 4 IN IRE IRE English Foreman RR shop 
      Almina S. 41 IN PA IN 
      Goldie M. 15 IN IN IN 
      Gertrude D. 14 IN IN IN 
      John V. 11 IN IN IN 
      Wilbur P. 8 IN IN IN
      Monesmith, George W. 24 Boarder

CHURCH Records of Monroeville Methodist Church, Monroeville, IN Chapman, Almina, single, residence Robinson's Chapel, received from probation, reason: dismissed by letter 28 August 1894

CHURCH Third Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, IN Records 12 Sep 1894 Received 30 Jan 1952 Deceased

1920 FEDERAL CENSUS 1920 Federal Census Fort Wayne, Wayne Twp., Allen Co., IN Barr Street 
      MCKEEMAN, David C. Head 48 IN IRE IRE Fireman Penn. Shop (age 48) 
      Almina 50 IN PA IN Murrie 25 IN IN IN Housekeeper Gertrude 24 IN IN IN 
      Virgil J. 21 IN IN IN Clerk Penn RR
      Wilbur 18 IN IN IN Clerk Virginia 5 IN IN IN 
      Velma 20 Daughter-in-law

OBITUARY Fort Wayne Journal Gazette 31 Jun 1952 Mrs. Almina Susan McKeeman Mrs. Almina Susan McKeeman, 82, died at 3 p.m. Wednesday at her home, 2811 South Barr Street, after an 18-month illness. She was a native of Allen County and had lived in Fort Wayne for 58 years. She belonged to the Third Presbyterian Church. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Marie Monesmith, Mrs. Gertrude Moore, Fort Wayne, and Miss Virginia, at home; two sons, J. Virgil McKeeman, Woodburn, and Wilbur McKeeman, St. Louis; 21 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.  Her husband David C. McKeeman, died in 1945. Friends may call at the Chalfant-Perry Funeral Home after 7 p.m. today.

Information submitted before 2009 by Jane Hunter Hodgson Tucson, Arizona. and

Chapman, Rosa

Rosa Chapman, who led Fort Wayne ministries to serve youth and women, has died She carried on their Friends of Bethany ministry after her husband was killed. by News-Sentinel staff report published November 30, 2016.

Chase, Bob

Born Robert Donald Wallenstein January 22, 1926 in Negaunee, Michigan. Died November 24, 2016 and survived by his wife Muriel, children Michael, Kurt, Karin and David and many grandchildren. When he came to Fort Wayne in June 1953, WOWO Program Manager Guy Harris thought Wallenstein was too long so Bob changed his last name to Chase, his wife Murph’s maiden name. On June 5th, 2009, Bob Chase ended a 56-year career with Newstalk 1190 WOWO with a special tribute broadcast. Hear from Bob's coworkers and friends and from Bob himself. Bob remained the voice of the Fort Wayne Komets.

  1. In 2012, Chase wins Lester Patrick Award NHL, USA hockey honor 60-year career and NHL, USA Hockey honor Bob Chase Komets' broadcaster wins national award both articles by Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel newspaper on September 11, 2012.
  2. Komets voice Bob Chase nets coveted award September 12, 2012 by Justin A. Cohn of The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  3. Legend’s voice, city’s name heard far and wide article discusses his WOWO radio broadcasts heard in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania by Ben Smith of The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  4. Lester Patrick Award winner Patrick Trophy honors Chase-Wallenstein's service October 9, 2012 by Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer.
  5. Read about the 86-year-old Komets broadcaster receiving the Lester Patrick Trophy in Dallas, Texas.
  6. Chase experiences perfect night in Dallas - Komets broadcaster honored for service to hockey in United States by Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel newspaper October 16, 2012.
  7. WOWO's Bob Chase Wins Coveted Award on page 3, I.B.P 2012 Hall of Fame in November 2012 Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Newsletter.
  8. Blake Sebring's Trailing the Komets web page.
  9. May 9, 2013 MAYOR PRESENTS BOB CHASE WITH "KEY TO THE FORT" The Key to the Fort goes to individuals who've made an extraordinary commitment to the community through a lifetime of stewardship and involvement. The Key is a hand forged replica of the iron key that was at the Fort in the days of Anthony Wayne, circa 1790. The original key is at the History Center. See photos at City of Fort Wayne on Facebook.
  10. A video City honors Komets announcer Chase ‘Key to the Fort’ recognizes community contributions May 10, 2013 by Justin A. Cohn of The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  11. Bob Chase, Doc Emrick's inspiration, still calling games at 89 and loving it by Richard Deitsch published June 8, 2015 on Sports Illustrated.
  12. Komets notes: NBC interviewing Komets' announcer Chase for feature by Blake Sebring published January 6, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  13. K's, fans celebrate Chase's 90th birthday by Justin A Cohn published January 18, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  14. Story and video Mike “Doc” Emrick surprises Bob Chase during 90th birthday celebration by Jessica Starbard published January 18, 2016 on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.
  15. NBC ready to feature Bob Chase during Sunday's games by Blake Sebring published February 17, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  16. Best Day Ever #HDIA video posted February 21, 2016 on NHL on NBC Sports Facebook discussion February 21, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
  17. Fort Wayne legend Bob Chase has passed by Blake Sebring published November 24, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  18. Bob Chase photo gallery in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Legendary Komets broadcaster Bob Chase passes published November 24, 2016 on
  19. obituary and D.O. McComb and Sons obituary.
  20. 'He was the genuine article' THOUSANDS SAY GOODBYE TO BOB CHASE ON COLISEUM ICE by Justin A. Chon published November 30, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  21. Family, friends celebrate the life of Bob Chase Private funeral ceremony highlights Chase's love for family with photos by Justin Kenny published December 1, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  22. Photos of October 2, 2017 Bob Chase Way dedication at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Facebook.
  23. Chase was Murph's maiden name. Kurt Wallenstein was born in 1955 followed by Karin in 1958 and David in 1962. Mike passed away in 2017, but the three other children were at Murph's bedside Tuesday. There are also nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Copied from Late K's announcer's wife, 'Murph,' dies 96-year-old spent 66 years married to Chase by Blake Sebring published April 01, 2020 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Bob Chase's Retirement Broadcast on YouTube

Chaulk, Colin

The greatest leader in the 61-year history of the Komets’ franchise, including five championships: the 2003 UHL championship, IHL championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and the 2012 CHL, in 578 regular-season games with the Komets, Chaulk had 184 goals and 684 points, in 15 seasons, a team-record 99 playoff games, he had 33 goals and 102 points. Only Len Thornson and Eddie Long scored more points for Fort Wayne, from Komets’ Chaulk retires Injuries catch up with team’s top playoff scorer April 13, 2013 by Justin A. Cohn of The Journal Gazette newspaper. Discussed July 17, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... closed Facebook group. Discussed January 20, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.


An American R&B group from Fort Wayne, Indiana included both black and white members. One major hit was 1969's "Black Pearl", produced by Phil Spector. The song peaked at #13 on the pop chart. See Checkmates, Ltd. on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and link to their song Black Pearl posted April 10, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

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Choka, Russ

1923-December 16, 2011 long time owner of Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island, son of Macedonian immigrants, Russ took over from his ailing father-in-law, Vasil Eshcoff, in 1958. News-Sentinel December 22, 2011 newspaper article Longtime Coney Island owner Russ Choka dies by Cindy Larson published December 17, 2011 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Discussed July 24, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... closed Facebook group.

Christy, Nancy

First woman winner of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire television show.

WWTBAM: Nancy Christy wins the million May 8, 2003 - 1.5 minute YouTube video of the final question uploaded August 28, 2007 by OliverGWR11. Nancy Christy became the first woman $1 million winner of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? syndicated television show on May 8, 2013. A graduate of R. Nelson Snider High School, she was a Carver Middle School teacher "Miss Christy" of Tulsa, Oklahoma, mother of 2, worked 3 jobs to put herself through college. In a 2017 Facebook comment, Nancy credited a lifetime of paying attention to what is happening, reading everything she got her hands on, and taking part in a wide varitey of activities. She received a call on December 3, 2002, flew to New York City on the 8th and the show was taped on the 9th. No advance notice or prep time, just show up and hope they ask something you know! See the Wikipedia description of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (U.S. game show). Many YouTube's including a 7 minute video of questions 10-13 (1/2) uploaded February 13, 2009 by Sashinator0, 3 minute final question with a minute after winning uploaded December 22, 2008 by mecha03, or 7.5 minutes (2/2) starting with $500,000 question and 2 minutes after winning uploaded February 13, 2009 by Sashinator0. A synopsis of the show on The Free Library. Nancy was highlighted in a short video for the April 6, 2020 adverstising for the 20th anniversary show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? on 20/20 ABC on Facebook and Twitter. The 2020 episode may eventually appear on their 2020 online page?

“It was exciting, it was nerve-wracking, it was life-changing. And I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.” Nancy Christy describes what it was like becoming America’s first woman to win the top prize on ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ as a contestant in 2003. From April 6, 2020 Facebook video.

Civilian Conservation Corps

April 5, 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 6101 which established the Civilian Conservation Corps to provide jobs for young men during the Great Depression while implementing a general natural resource conservation program. See The Library of Congress photos. It was disbanded in 1942 as the country geared up for World War II. See Civilian Conservation Corps on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. See The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Indiana State Parks published October 12, 2017 by Christopher Marshall for Indiana State Library. They posted for further information, check out these websites about the CCC program in Indiana:

  1. Photo of CCC Co. 1590, Camp SCS-19, August 14, 1940, Fort Wayne, Indiana at The Genealogy Center. Contributed by Myron Huffman. There is a link to a high-resolution version of this photo clear enough to allow identification of the men in the photo. The location was discussed October 23, 2018 by ACGSI on Facebook.
  2. Photo of Site of Old CCC Camp D-2 Co. 1590 1933-1942 by Daniel Baker taken September 14, 2012 on
  3. Camp Anthony Wayne 3.5 mi NW, Project D-2, Co. # 1590, Date 8/8/1935 Fort Wayne railroad and Post Office is listed on CCC Camps Indiana at Civilian Conservation Corps Legacy Passing the Legacy to Future Generations
  4. Contact the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Enrollee Records, Archival Holdings and Access at The National Archives to look for names in their records
  5. Civilian Conservation Corps Newsletters at the Indiana State Library
  6. Indiana State Parks: History and Culture
  7. Building Indiana State Parks – Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration
  8. “We Can Take It!”: Race and the Civilian Conservation Corps in Indiana, 1934 to 1941
  9. The Civilian Public Service Camp Program in Indiana (Indiana Magazine of History)
  10. 1933- 1942 The Roster of Civilian Conservation Corps, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana (1938) is found in the Indiana Genealobical Society members only section. The Indiana Genealogical Society states The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a New Deal employment program that operated from 1933 to 1942. The aim, besides work relief, was to promote tree planting, park construction, flood control, forest fire prevention and similar environmental tasks. The United States and Indiana had numerous CCC companies. announced in their November 16, 2012 blog IGS Adds Civilian Conservation Corps Rosters for Northeastern Indiana To Members-Only.
  11. Norman H. Shortridge Manuscript, L142, 1933 – 1942, 1 mss box, Manuscript & Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
  12. The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Hoosier National Forest – Part II on
  13. Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Enrollee Records, Archival Holdings and Access at St. Louis The National Archives
  14. Records of the Civilian Conservation Corps [CCC] at The National Archives
  15. site lists Indiana Projects
  16. Civilian Conservation Corps information page at
  17. Civilian Conservation Corps: Records From The Great Depression Era information at
  18. Civilian Conservation Corps in Indiana lists Indiana projects at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  19. The C.C.C. State-By-State: Indiana at Civilian Conservation Corps Resource page.
  20. Historical Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Newspapers Online published August 9, 2018 on The Ancestor Hunt. At the time of this publication, there are 158 newspapers available from 13 states. They also posted this August 9, 2018 on their Facebook page.
  21. July 2, 2020 ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) posted a photo on Facebook with CCC information including the following copy: A plaque mounted on a rock pillar marks where the Fort Wayne D-2, Company 1590 camp was located. A Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp was built on the George Hiser farm on Huguenard Road.

Clapper, James R.

Born March 14, 1941 in Fort Wayne the son of Anne Elizabeth (née Wheatley) and First Lieutenant James Robert Clapper. His maternal grandfather, James McNeal Wheatley, was an Episcopalian minister. He served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) from 1992 until 1995, director of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) from September 2001 until June 2006, and was Director of National Intelligence August 2010 until the end of President Barack Obama's term in January 2017. He was succeeded by former Indiana Senator Dan Coats during the Donald Trump administration. For more see his James Clapper Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia page.

Clarke, Beresford L.

Homestead High School senior was named the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholar for the state of Indiana, an honor bestowed on only one male and female graduating senior each year from each state, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. from Homestead High School student wins rare honor by James Duffy published May 5, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

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Coal Men of Fort Wayne

Photos of Fort Wayne Coal men of America, a biographical and historical review of the world's greatest industry
by Hull, Arthur M., 1874-; Hale, Sydney A. published in 1918 on Internet Archive.

Above are several: Fort Wayne coal men John Joseph Auth, Conrad Bauss, O.R. Brokaw, Lynn Elliott Bunting, Philip Gloeckner, George H. Krudop, August J. Lassus, Shirley Nelson Longsworth, C. P. Millikin, Charles E. Moellering, Eugene H. Olds, W. J. Rodenbeck, C. A. Seibel, Cliff H. Taylor, and William M. Wells are listed on page 108 of the Coal Men of America: A Biographical and Historical Review of the World's Greatest Industry on Internet Archive.

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Coats, Francis Marion

1. Francis Marion COATS b. Oct. 3, 1856 in Winchester, Randolph Co. Indiana d. Feb. 13, 1936 in Indiana. Interment Feb. 17, 1936 at Lindenwood Cemetery, Lot 279, Section M., Ft. Wayne, Allen Co. Indiana.
He was a barber in Peru, Indiana.
+Anna L. "Annie" BREWER b. Aug. 30, 1859 in Annville, Lebanon Co., PA d. Oct. 22, 1928 in Indiana. Interment Oct 25, 1928 with Francis. Married Feb 11, 1881 at Winchester, Randolph Co., Indiana.

2. Blanch COATS b. Apr. 29, 1882 in Indiana d. young in Indiana 2. Dempsey Gidion "Gid" COATS b. Nov. 6, 1887 in Carlos, Indiana d. Aug. 23, 1960 in Northampton Co., PA. He never married and has no known descendants. As a U.S. Marine, he served in the Cuban Campaign 1906-1910. From 1910- 1918 he was in the National Guard, including guard duty at the prison at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. He was a farmer for 25 years. He moved to PA to live with his sister, Fern, and died there.
2. Gertrude May COATS b. May 21, 1890 in Peru, Indiana d. Mar. 6, 1973 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Interment Lindenwood Cemetery, Lot 112, Section 3, Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She worked for International Harvester Co., Ft. Wayne.

+ Harry Allen Kemp b. Oct. 27, 1887 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana d. Jan 23, 1944 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Married Oct. 6, 1915 in Indiana. He was a metal worker for C. L. Schust Co. Parents are Martin Kemp and Emma Lipes.

3. Thomas Calvin Kemp b. Sept. 15, 1918 in Indiana 3. Donald Harry Kemp b. Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He attended Purdue University and became a teacher.
+June Marie COVAULT b. Ft. Wayne, Indiana, daughter of Orville COVAULT and Celeste BLAISING. Married in St. Mary's Chapel/Camp Grant, Illinois.

4. Kathryn Sue "Katie" KEMP b. Ft. Wayne, Indiana +Albert George DAY b. Louisville, KY. Married in Ft. Wayne, Indiana 4. Diane Marie KEMP b. Indiana. She is an elementary school teacher in Colorado Springs, CO.
+Robert DEMERS
+Kenneth ANDREWS married in Ft. Wayne, Indiana

4. Philip Allen KEMP
+Manjula SHANKAR

4. Gloria Jean KEMP b. Ft. Wayne, Indiana

4. Michael Donald KEMP
3. William Marion KEMP b. Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He was an inspector at Salibury Axel Works, Ft. Wayne.
+Gratia Celeste WARNER
4. Patrick William KEMP
4. Jeffery Warner KEMP
+ Jane JAY
4. David Drewry KEMP
2. Lydia Fern COATS b. Aug. 19, 1894 in Indiana, d. July 31, 1966 in Northampton Co. PA.
+Everett LUCAS (div. Feb 28, 1920)
+Franklin Alfred DYER b. Feb 12, 1883 in MA d. May 7, 1966 in Northampton Co. PA. Married Aug 19, 1926 at Elkton, MD.
3. John Alden DYER b. Wilson Boro (Easton), PA
+Beverly Ann HUNT b. Mt. Bethel, PA. Married Bangor, PA.
2. Russell Adrian Thorne (Arnie) COATS b. Oct. 14, 1897 in Peru, Indiana d. May 16, He never married. Interment with Francis and Annie.

Submitted before 1997 by: Joanne A. Fekete, Bethlehem, PA

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Cocks, Harvey

A graduate of South Side High School, he was in New York from 1943 to 1969, then for 32 years, he ran the Fort Wayne Youtheatre. His' father was a show business promoter who worked for Paramount Studios and owned 49 percent of the Embassy Theatre, originally known as The Emboyd. He also had ownership in the Palace an d the Paramount theaters. When he returned from New York, Harvey managed Quimby Village theater, which his father owned and built. It opened in May 1950, and was called the Clyde. His father was ill at the time he returned, and when his dad passed away he left him Quimby Village. Copied from Former Youtheatre director to lecture on his life in movies and showbiz by Ellie Bogue published May 17, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Harvey Cocks 20 Questions by Bonnie Blackburn on Fort Wayne Magazine.

Coleman, David

David Coleman photo
FWPD photo

February 25, 2019 on Facebook during Black History month the Fort Wayne Police Department stated: Assistant Chief Coleman was the first black Assistant Chief on the department. He was commissioned on December 26, 1975 and was promoted to Sergeant in August 1980. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in August 1987 where he served as Deputy Chief of Operations. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in October 1997. He was a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He retired from the Fort Wayne Police Department in September 2000 and moved to Cleveland, OH where he was the Executive Director of Safety and Security for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. He later joined the staff of the University of North Carolina as the Assocaite Director of Support Services for the campus police department. Assistant Chief Coleman passed away in March 2016. 

Colerick, Margaret M.

Born in 1857, died in 1934. She served as the head of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Library, beginning as assistant librarian in 1895 and becoming chief librarian in 1898. She served in that capacity for 36 years growing from a 3,600 volume collection to our impressive Allen County Public Library network today. 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.

Colerick, Walpole Gillespie

Pages 533-535, Men of progress, Indiana : a selected list of biographical sketches and portraits of the leaders in business, professional and official life, together with brief notes of the history and character of Indiana by Cumback, Will; Maynard, J. B; McGrath, Hugh J; Stoddard, William, An Internet Archive book.

Page 762 of Memorial and Genealogical Record of Representative Citizens of Indiana by Jacob Piatt Dunn a Google ebook.

Was born in Fort Wayne on August 1, 1845, one of six sons born to David Hoge and Elizabeth Gillespie Walpole Colerick. April 11, 1904, Walpole Colerick married Clemence Carrier (1861-1947).  The couple was wed only seven years before Colerick's death on January 11, 1911, at age 65. Clemence Colerick died in 1947 at age 86, both are buried in Lindenwood Cemetery. Father David H. Colerick was a prominent Indiana public official, serving two terms in the state legislature and later was a Fort Wayne judge. Colerick Street in southeast Fort Wayne is named for David H. Colerick according to the book Streets of Fort Wayne. The Colerick's were a family of lawyers with John G Walpole a practitioner in Fort Wayne, Robert L. and Thomas D. Walpole distinguished lawyers at Indianapolis. Older brother the Hon John Colerick was one of the most promising and brilliant of the younger men of the state when he died in March 1872. Thomas W. Colerick a younger brother died as a young man just when he was entering what promised to be a successful and brilliant career as a lawyer. Henry and Philemon B Colerick younger brothers were both practicing and successful lawyers in Fort Wayne. Henry served for many years as city attorney and Philemon as prosecuting attorney of the county. Additional information in Walpole Gillespie Colerick (1845-1911) published March 1, 2012 on The Strangest Names In American Political History A Site Dedicated to American Political Figures with Strange, Odd, Humorous and Unusual Names!

Collins, Dorothy "Dottie"

September 23, 1923-August 12, 2008, pitcher for the Fort Wayne Daisies from 1945-1950. Former FW Daisy Passes Away by Ben Smith published in The Journal Gazette newspaper and posted on Google Groups. See Collins, Dottie (Wiltse), A Great All-American Pitcher During the Forties by Jim Sargent submitted December 29, 1997 on the All American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Association, Inc. website. See Daisies in Baseball in Fort Wayne by Blake Sebring. Dottie Collins, 84, Star Pitcher of Women’s Baseball League, Dies by Richard Goldsteinaug published August 15, 2008 on the New York Times. Star pitcher in women's baseball league in '40s by Valerie J. Nelson published August 24, 2008 on the Los Angeles Times. Dottie Collins by Michael Carlson published October 12, 2008 on the and Fort Wayne Daisieson Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dottie Wiltse Collins: Strikeout Queen of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League paperback by Carolyn M. Trombe published June 2, 2005 available on

Colone, Ann

June 11, 1930 – June 12, 2007, parents were Joseph and Mary LaRosa Colone were Italian-American grocers and operated the Family Colone Grocery Store in Fort Wayne. Ann was the youngest female of ten children, which included siblings Dominic, Ferdinand, Ralph, Josephine, Anthony, Frankie, Virginia, Martha, and Franklin. Her family was Roman Catholic, and she attended Central Catholic School, where she graduated in 1947. Copied from Ann Colone on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Starred in The Ann Colone Show "of Fort Wayne, died Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at her home. Born on June 11, 1930 in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Joseph and Mary (LaRosa) Colone. She graduated from Central Catholic School in Fort Wayne in 1947 and was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Growing up, she worked at the Family Colone Grocery Store. She was active in local theater, and on civic and government boards. She also made hundreds of public appearances as a Fort Wayne radio and TV personality working at WGL and WANE TV. She was the first female disc jockey and first woman to have a live Monday thru Friday local TV show with celebrity guests and a studio audience. She is best known for her 18 years as host of the Ann Colone Show. Her list of celebrity interviews read like a "Who's Who" from Hollywood to Nashville, Broadway and the halls of Congress." read the long list of celebrities on her tributes obituary. Read Ann Colone dead at 77 June 12, 2007 on Fort Wayne Left blogspot and the PBS39 Ann Colone memorial page with photos from her Ann Colone Remembers: A Documentary. She is buried at Catholic Cemetery from this Find-A-Grave photo. See also photo album at Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne. Photo with the Rolling Stones discussed April 7, 2017 and general discussion and August 8, 2017 and several photos August 8, 2017 and March 14, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook and October 19, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.


Remembering Columbus in Fort Wayne posted by Emily Royer September 29, 2013 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.

Comparet, Francis - Along the Heritage Trail Pioneer industrialist Comparet was one of the first county commissioners April 9, 2013 by Tom Castaldi on Fort Wayne Magazine.

Continentals, The

DooWhop musical group formed in 1957 by Sonny Charles, Robert Stevens, Marwin "Sweet Louie" Smith, Harvey Trees and Bill Van Buskirk with ocassional members Calvin Thomas and Jimmy Milton. See photos and on CHECK-MATES (Regency Records) on WhiteDooWhopCollector blog. Discussed May 30, 2016 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Cook, Shorty

Owner of the Music Manor on Fairfield Avenue. Shorty (Cookie) had a popular country group called "The Down Homers" dating back to the 40s and 50s. One of the "Down Homers" was a guy by the name of Bill Haley who later started the Comets an instant hit with the teens of that time, recording such songs as "Rock Around The Clock", "See You Later Alligator", "Shake, Rattle & Roll". See April 3, 2017 discussion with photos on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

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Corll, Dean Arnold

Born December 24, 1939 in Fort Wayne, son of Arnold Edwin Corll and Mary Robinson, was killed August 8, 1973 in Texas. He was an American serial killer who, along with teenaged accomplices David Brooks and Elmer Wayne Henley, Jr., from 1970 to 1973 committed the Houston Mass Murders.  See Dean Corll on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and his long crimeline on Dean Corll Biography on

Cornish, Clarence Cap

Died in 1996, born in Canada, grew up in Fort Wayne, started flying at age 19 while training to be a U.S. military pilot during World War I. In 1934 was named manager of the city's municipal airport, which now is known as Smith Field. The June 15, 2014 book Cap Cornish, Indiana Pilot: Navigating the Century of Flight written by his daughter Ruth Ann Ingraham of Indianapolis is discussed in Fort Wayne man a key figure in aviation history by Kevin Kilbane published November 1, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper and a plane photo is on Kathrynsreport.

Cowan, Robert

North Side Class of 1941, drafted into the NFL in 1945. Several Fort Wayne athletes were champions in the All-American Football Conference (1946-1949) with the Cleveland Browns discussed April 26, 2018 with his biography posted by The History Center on Facebook.

Cox, Lonnie and Barb

Founders of Fort Wayne's @shepherdvetsawarded a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Mike Pence in June 2016 from June 23, 2016 Tweet.

Cox, Sgt Joseph

Allen County Deputy Sheriff end of watch February 12, 2017 due to medical emergency while on duty. See 35 minute video February 17, 2017 funeral procession through downtown Fort Wayne, 9 minute video at Concordia Gardens Cemetery and He has gone home for the final time Oorah one minute last call over scanner on Fort Wayne's NBC television station. See photos and story 'Celebrating the life of Joe Cox' Friends, colleagues, praise life's work of fallen county officer by Steve Warden published February 19, 2017 on The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Grace Crosby- Architectural Architect - January 30, 2008 on Joel Roberts Ninde blog

Cranston, John

November 10, 2013 - May 30, 2014 ceremony to honor John Cranston's new first headstone on Effort leads to headstone for Civil War veteran on Evansville, Indiana Civil War veteran gets belated salute by wanerandyspieth published May 30, 2014 on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. Photos on November 10, 2013 The Herald Republican image. 142-year wait leads to headstone for Civil War veteran from Indiana by Associated Press published November 10, 2013 in the IndyStar newspaper.

Cremer, Clarence Edward Jr.

Clarence Edward Cremer Jr.'s family never knew the full story about his death during World War II. Cremer, a Fort Wayne native, was a private in the U.S. Army when he was aboard the HMT Rohna the afternoon of Nov. 26, 1943 – the day after Thanksgiving. The British transport ship was part of a convoy of about 24 ships headed for the Suez Canal en route to India and China when it was sunk by the world's first guided missile dropped from a German plane. f the 2,388 passengers aboard, 1,149 were killed in the attack about 15 miles off the coast of Algeria. Cremer was among the 1,015 U.S. soldiers who perished. Although it's one of the worst losses of life at sea during the war, little was known about the sinking for decades. An Ultravision Films documentary about the tragedy has been in the works for about a year. Michael Walsh, co-producer and story consultant, said this week he expects the film, “Rohna: Classified,” to be finished in about 18 months., a website about the documentary, says the U.S. War Department classified information about the attack, ordering the more than 900 survivors not to talk or write home about it under threats of court-martial. Most of the bodies of those who died were never recovered, and family members went to their graves never knowing what really happened to their loved ones who were on the Rohna. ... Cremer's body was never recovered, but his name is memorialized on a headstone at Lindenwood Cemetery and on a bronze plaque in Memorial Coliseum's Memorial Hall that has the names of other Allen County residents who died in World Wars I and II.  Copied from City soldier's fate detailed Nazi attack sank ship in 1943; 1st use of guided Jim Chapman published July 4, 2020 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Story was posted July 4, 2020 by ACGSI on Facebook.

The HMT Rohna Documentary Preview - Rohna: Classified posted Jan 29, 2019 on YouTube by The HMT Rohna Documentary

Crighton Family

Four generation Crighton family photo
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May 12, 2019 a photo labeled March 23, 1889 four-generation photo by by Shoaff of Fort Wayne is ID'd as Donald Guild Crighton (1889-1950). He was the son of David Kennedy Crighton and Caroline Frances Guild (1868-1946, seen holding her son). Also posing are Caroline's stepmother Helen Frances Grinnell (b. 1840) and Melinda W. Emerson (b. 1816), Caroline's grandmother.  was posted by Indiana Album on Facebook.

Crosby, Grace E.

Was among the earliest women to work as an architect in Indiana, beginning her career at a time when few women nationally had entered the field. Grace Crosby was born in 1874, a native of Fort Wayne and a graduate of Fort Wayne High School. Read more about Grace E. Crosby by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage).

Curdes, Louis Edward

Born on November 2nd, 1919 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Esther Kover and Walter Louis Curdes, and died 5 February 1995. His grandfather was Louis Franz Curdes. He is buried in Lindenwood Cemetery. On February 10 1945 he deliberately shot down an American C-47 transport plane that was about to mistakenly land on the Japanese held island of Batan. His future wife Valeria was a nurse onboard that he had recently taken out to dinner. She escaped harm and was later rescued in the ocean with the other passengers. After World War II ended, he joined the local Air National Guard unit at Baer Field and remained with them until 1948. In Allen County, Indiana on April 2 1946 he married Svetlana Valeria Shostakovich Brownell. She was the daughter of Valerian Shostakovich of Russia and Lukoff R Maltzeff of China. Copied from his Find A Grave page. He was a fighter pilot and flying ace of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross twice and a Purple Heart. He flew a North American P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft with the nickname "Bad Angel". Curdes was one of the only three American pilots to shoot down aircraft of the German, Italian and Japanese air forces, belonging to the three main countries that comprised the Axis Powers. He also has the unusual distinction of having downed a United States aircraft. In total, he shot down seven German Messerschmitt Bf 109s, an Italian Macchi C.202 fighter, a Japanese Mitsubishi Ki-46 reconnaissance aircraft and an American Douglas C-47 Skytrain. Copied from Louis Edward Curdes on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. His aircraft, a P-51, (the 'Bad Angel') is now in the Pima Air Museum in Tucson, AZ. See The Story of “Bad Angel”: Pima Air and Space Museum at the Southern Arizonia Guide. See The American WWII Ace Who Shot Down 7 German, 1 Italian, 1 Japanese, And 1 American Plane by Shahan Russell published December 10, 2017. Discussed January 16, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. This WWII ace scored kills from every Axis country – and the US by Blake Stilwell published May 03, 2018 on

Curdes, Louis Franz

Born 22 May 1863 in Germany, died 27 June 1934 Fort Wayne, Indiana, burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. He was one of Fort Wayne Indiana's early realtors and builder of Forest Park addition. He entered in the real estate business in 1893. His first venture was in the sale of the former Williams Park, which now includes the tract bounded by Webster, Woodland, Hoagland, and Creighton. The Forest Park addition was opened in 1905, to promote lot sales. Mr. Curdes built Forest Park Boulevard with its wide center parkway. His efforts were successful. In a short time nearly every lot in the district was sold. Other developments by Mr. Curdes included Driving Park Edition and Klug Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Copied from his Find A Grave page.

Curry, Lillie

Grew up with Coretta Scott King, the wife of Martin Luther King Jr. near Marion, Alabama before moving to Fort Wayne. Nurturing a link to lessons of the past City woman grew up with Coretta Scott King with video by Keiara Carr published Janaury 25, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Cutshall, William Sherman

Born April 4, 1868 in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, died November 22, 1939, 71, in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana.  Was mayor of Fort Wayne from 1918 to 1922. Following his services as mayor he joined Frank Shalfant in the undertaking business. The firm of Chalfant & Cutshall was operated from 1923 until 1934. The deceased was also intresed in the Chalfant Can company. See more history on his Find A Grave page.

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