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Dahm, Edward and Joseph
Starting in 1948, they built one of the country’s largest car wash chains, Mike's Carwash, with 41 locations. They washed their 100 millionth vehicle in 2012. Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard discussion August 12, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group. Awash in Gratitude Mike’s Carwash owners believe people make all the difference. by Tammy Davis and Jeffrey Crane published July 1, 2016 in BusinessPeople magazine. U.S. 33 crash victim a staple in Fort Wayne community Edward Dahm was the co-founder of Mike’s Express Carwash by Angelica Robinson published December 22, 2016 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. See December 23, 2016 Facebook announcement and photos. Car wash co-founder remembered for faith Coroner says (Ed) Dahm died before crash by Sherry Slater published December 24, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. See his Legacy.com obituary with many comments and December 22, 2016 D.O. McComb and Sons obituary. See also A life lived in devotion to the Divine Mercy: Ed Dahm by Deb Wagner published April 18, 2017 on Today's Catholic News.
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1855 Born Fort Wayne, IN 1860 Census? 1870 Census? 1880 Census ? 1882 Jan 5 Married Jennie McKeeman, Allen County, IN Margaret born 1890 City Directory Madison Twp, Allen County, IN 1893 Bertha born 1896 Francis born 1899 Herbert A. born Mary born 1900 Soundex Not in IN??? 1903 Fort Wayne Directory Millwright 1907 Fort Wayne Directory 1602 Lake 1910 Census, Fort Wayne, IN with husband working hospital & 3 ch. 1920 Census Fort Wayne, IN 1602 Lake Ave with Ernest H. Felger 1925 Jul 24 Wife died & buried in Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, IN Christ Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, IN 1933 May 4 Died Fort Wayne, IN
Descendants of Henry F. DAUER Generation No. 1 1. HENRY F.2 DAUER (DAUER1) was born 1855 in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, and died 05 May 1933 in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana. He married JENNIE MCKEEMAN 05 January 1882 in Allen County, Indiana, daughter of DAVID MCKEEMAN and MARGARET MCCONAHEY. Children of HENRY DAUER and JENNIE MCKEEMAN are: i. MARY3 DAUER, b. 1887, Indiana; m. ERNEST FELGER. ii. MARGARET DAUER, b. 1884, Indiana; m. LEWIS MERRILLAT. iii. BERTHA DAUER, b. 1893; m. RANDOLPH H. EVERETT. iv. FRANCIS DAUER, b. 1896, Indiana; m. HARVEY EVERETT. v. HERBERT A. DAUER, b. 1899, Indiana.
MCKEEMAN FAMILY Maryellen Hower's book says children: ____ Merrillat (Mrs. Lewis) Bertha Everett (Mrs. Randolph H.) Children: Richard Clayton, b 14 Apr 1924 Donald Carlton, b 28 Sep 1926 Jean Marie Foor, b 9 Jul 1929 Frances Everett (Mrs. Harvey) Herbert A. Dauer ____ Felger, (Mrs. Ernest) (I found record which named her, Mary.)
MARRIAGE (age 26) 5 Jan 1882 Married Henry Dower, Allen County, IN Marriage Records, Charles Zschoche
CHILDREN OF JENNIE MCKEEMAN & HENRY F. DAUER: 1. MARGARET DAUER m. Lewis Merrillat 2. BERTHA DAUER b. 1893 m. Randolph H. Everett 3. FRANCIS DAUER b. 1896 m. Harvey Everett 4. HERBERT A. DAUER b. 1899 5. MARY DAUER m. Ernest Felger
1850 FEDERAL CENSUS ALLEN COUNTY INDIANA MADISON TWP DARR, John 167
1860 FEDERAL CENSUS ? CHECK MADISON TWP 593 AND 594
1870 FEDERAL CENSUS? DAUER, John Page 531
1880 FEDERAL CENSUS
1890 Madison Township, Allen County, IN Dower, Henry F.
1900 FEDERAL CENSUS
1903 Fort Wayne City Directory
1907 Fort Wayne City Directory Dauer, Henry lab Ribb Hoop Co h 1602 Lake
1910 FORT WAYNE, IN CITY DIRECTORY Dauer Bertha clk Int Harv Co b 1602 Lake av Dauer Henry F foreman Imp Hoop Co h 1602 Lake av
1910 FEDERAL CENSUS FORT WAYNE, ALLEN COUNTY, IN 1602 Lake Ave. Dauer Henry F Head M W 54 M1 27 IN Ger Ger Eng Foreman Hosp Facory W N Y Jennie Wife F W 53 M1 27 NY Ire Ire Eng Bertha Daughter F W 17 S IN IN NY Eng Office girl Harvesting Co W N Francis Daughter F W 14 S IN IN NY Eng None Y Y Y Herbert A Son M W 11 S IN IN NY Eng none
1911 FORT WAYNE, IN CITY DIRECTORY Dauer Bertha stenogr Int Harv Co b 1602 Lake av
1910 FEDERAL CENSUS 1910 Federal Census Indiana, Allen County, Wayne Township, 1602 Lake Dauer, Henry F. 54 M Foreman hosp factory IN GER GER English None Jennie53 F NY IRE IRE English (age 53) Bertha17 F Office girlIN IN NY English Office girl Harvesting Co. Francis 14 F Harvest co.IN IN NY English None Herbert 11 MIN IN NY English None
1920 FEDERAL CENSUS ALLEN COUNTY, FORT WAYNE, IN Dauer, Henry F. 1602 Lake Ave. Fort Wayne Father-in-law Enumerated with Ernest H. Felger 102 126 356 Felger, Ernest H. Head R M W 39 M _ Y Y IN GER German OH Y Machinist Helper RR shop W Mary J. Wife F W 33 M _ Y Y IN IN NY Y None Earl Son M W 12 S Y Y Y IN IN IN Y None Paul Son M W 10 S Y Y Y IN IN IN None Virginia Daughter F W 5 S Y _ _ IN IN IN _ None Dauer, Henry F Father-in-law M W 64 M _ Y Y IN GER German GER German Y Foreman Man Jennie Mother-in-law F W 62 M _ Y Y New York Ireland Scotch Ireland Scotch Y None Herbert P. Brothe-in-law M W 21 S Y Y Y IN IN NY Y None
ALLEN COUNTY IN OBITUARY INDEX DAUER, Henry Journal Gazette May 6, 1933 2:5 OLD RESIDENT DIES Henry F. Dauer, 77, Succumbs After Long Illness Henry F. Dauer, 77, died at 11:45 o'clock Friday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ernest H. Felger, 1602 Lake avenue after an illness of one year. He had lived with the daughter for seven years. Mr. Dauer, who was born in Fort Wayne in 1855, was a millwright, having been last employed by the Vail Cooperage company. He was a member of the Christ Lutheran church. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Margaret Merrillat, Mrs. Mary Felger, Mrs. Frances K. Everett, all of this city, and Mrs. Bertha Everett of Pleasant Mills; a son, Herbert A. Dauer of this city; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister, Mrs. Louise Gick, and a brother, August Dauer of the Tillman road. The body will be taken from Klaehn & Sons funeral home to the residence of Mrs. Felger this afternoon. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Felger home and at 2:30 at Christ Lutheran Church, Rev. Richard Trojan officiating. Burial will be at Lindenwood cemetery. Friends are asked to omit flowers.
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Fort Wayne postman served in the Civil War where he lost his leg at Shiloh for the North Shiloh-44th-01-Co-D. Two photos were shared November 11, 2017 on the ACGSI Facebook page from a November 11, 2017 post bythe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. Author Margret Hobson added to both posts:
I hadn't seen that photo of him before. He was a member of Co. D, not Co. H (pictured). Here's more about him: Alfred Dougherty, of Co. D, enrolled Sep. 7, 1861 in Allen Co., IN, by Capt. Cosgrove as a Private; mustered in Nov. 22, 1861 in Ft. Wayne by Lt. Stansbury at age 21. He was 5′ 11″ tall, dark complexion, grey eyes, and brown hair. Born May 9, 1840, in Stark Co., OH, employed as a carpenter, single, resident of Harlan, in Allen Co., IN. Discharged for wounds Sep. 12, 1862 in Louisville, KY with rank of Sergeant. Notes: 21" shoulders, medium build, scar on right cheek. Also listed Bethlehem as town of birth. Lost left leg by amputation in hospital due to gunshot wound at Shiloh Apr. 6, 1862. In Evansville Gen. Hospital #3 on Aug. 15, 1862. Married Martha A. Johnson 1864 in Allen Co., IN. He filed Invalid Pension Application to receive Pension Certificate #10993 Sep. 29, 1862 and received $18 monthly pension for loss of left leg. Resident of Ft. Wayne 1870-1917; was Washington township trustee. Died Aug. 12, 1919; buried Lindenwood Cemetery, Sec. S/#185, as Daugherty. (Albert//Daugharty, Daugherty, Daughorty) copied from "The Iron Men of Indiana's 44th Regiment, Part 1: Biographies and Statistics".
Snider High School teacher and coach was on the NBC television show "The Biggest Loser" September 20, 2011. Read more in the News-Sentinel newspaper article 'Biggest Loser' helps local teacher get rid of bad habits or Journal-Gazette newspaper article "Local coach not worried about winning ‘Loser’"
Danielson, Lillian M.
1912 Titanic Sinking Survivor. "86, died Jan. 13 (1962) after a brief illness. Mrs. Danielson was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana Feb. 7, 1875, daughter of Mahala Babb and Sylvannus Thorpe. She spent her early days in Kansas during her marriage to the portrait painter, Paul Lawrence, until his untimely death. In 1903 while visiting friends in Wisconsin, she met and married Dr. William E. Minehan (sic), a prominent Wisconsin physician. They lived in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, for nine years until their voyage on the ill-fated Titanic. Dr. Minehan (sic) was tragically lost at sea, but she was rescued by the S.S. Carpathia." Read the rest of her story published January 25, 1962 in the Laguna Beach Post newspaper.
D'Arcy, Rev. John Michael
August 18, 1932 - February 3, 2013 - Rev. John Michael D'Arcy, 80, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. D'Arcy served the diocese as its eighth bishop from 1985 to 2010, coming from the Boston Archdiocese, in which he had grown up and where he served as an auxiliary bishop. His successor was the Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades. He was born August 18, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts to Michael J. and Margaret Moran D'Arcy. The Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend released the following statement Sunday afternoon (February 3, 2013):
The Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend is saddened to announce the death of Bishop Emeritus John Michael D’Arcy. Bishop D’Arcy died in the late morning hours of February 3rd, 2013. Bishop D’Arcy was at home at the time of his death, surrounded by loved ones. He passed on the 56th anniversary of his first Mass as an ordained priest. Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades along with the diocese, asks for and offers prayers for Bishop D’Arcy, his family, loved ones and friends as together we grieve the loss of our beloved Bishop D’Arcy. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time. Read more of his life story including a photo gallery at Retired Bishop D'Arcy dies February 3, 2013 and Bishop John D’Arcy 1932 -2013 ‘Faced death with deep faith’
Combatted priest shortage, stressed spiritual growth, with timeline, February 4, 2013 both by Rosa Salter Rodriquez of The Journal Gazette. D'Arcy's legacy: tough decisions in life and true faith in the face of death He valued 'truth,' even when it wasn't easy or politically correct by Kevin Leininger of The News-Sentinel. Spiritual standard in word and deed February 5, 2013 Journal Gazette newspaper Editorial. D.O.McComb & Sons Obituary. See also Faith, friendship were D’Arcy’s twin gifts Bishop’s life of service continued even through his final days by Melissa Long of Indiana NewsCenterin the February 7, 2013 The Journal Gazette newspaper
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- Fort Wayne should be in awe of D’Arcy by Ann Votaw, about movie Spotlight winner Best Picture Oscar in 2016 nominated for six Academy Awards, published February 29, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
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Born in Henry County, Indiana in 1866, died in 1957 at age 90, studied art at Depauw University and attended Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and several other art schools before venturing overseas for several years painting in Europe. He returned to Indiana around 1910 and made Fort Wayne his home with his studio at 331 W. Pontiac Street. He split his time between northeast Indiana teaching at the Fort Wayne School of Art and his summers in Nashville, Indiana. His impressionist landscapes were nationally known and he was nicknamed the "dean of Indiana artists." See a December 6, 2013 photo of his studio by Daniel Baker on Facebook. May 30, 2016 photo and November 1911 newspaper article posted June 4, 2016 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook. Noted artist's studio may be facing its greatest and last fight for survival by Kevin Leininger published August 20, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
August 5, 2021 post by The History Center on Facebook:
Local artist and instructor Homer G. Davisson, often referred to as the “Dean of Indiana Artists,” studied at DePauw (Class of 1889) and later studied in Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, D. C, and Europe. He was recruited to become an Instructor at the Fort Wayne Art School around 1910, where he remained active until 1947. He maintained a home studio in Fort Wayne, and also established a second home with his wife in Somerset, Indiana, where he maintained a studio and gallery. Davisson was known for pastoral landscape scenes, but he also painted portraits earlier in his career. To view more artifacts related this artist visit the History Center to see our new temporary display on his career. #sociallyhistory
March 4, 2023 post by Wabash County Historian on Facebook:
A painting of PEARSONS MILL a favorite subject of the artist HOMER G. DAVISSON (1866-1957) who had a summer home and studio for 25 years in old Somerset on the Mississinewa River and a gallery in the old IOOF building. His summer home and studio was on W. Main St. He was known far and wide for his Indiana Impressionist landscapes. So impressed with the beauties of Somerset and the Mississinewa that many of his paintings have them as their theme. During his time in Somerset, he would conduct, one or two days a week, a class of local pupils. Jeannine Durnbaugh Knotts-Brown adds " Mr. Davisson used to have an art school and would take the students out in the country to paint countryside subjects. My older brother would go with him sometimes. Mr. Davisson corrupted my brother because the young women (gasp!) smoked! For some reason when I think of the stories my brother told, I see sheep, so perhaps one of the paintings of sheep was done when he was with Mr. Davisson. I have always wanted a Davisson." He was a teacher in the Fort Wayne Art School and a charter member of the Brown County Art Galley Association.
His paintings have become highly sought after. His paintings can be found in Wabash County at the Wabash Carnegie Public Library, Honeywell Center, Woman's Clubhouse and Manchester College. The Peabody Home collection was sold at auction in 2015. For a more complete biography of Davisson see Wabash County Chronicles page 118-20. Larry Drook says "I grew up in Somerset. My Mother was Postmaster there for 44 years. Mr. Davisson painted a license plate for my wagon when I was about 6. He was a familiar fixture in the area, often setting up his easel in the roadway to capture a scene on canvas."
John Bevier adds “This is a marvelous painting. I love the colors and the freedom of each brush stroke…Mr. Davisson had lots of talent.” And Judie Silvers continues “Beautiful Art, don’t miss the collection at the Wabash Carnegie Library!”
91, died April 13, 1916. Oldest resident of New Haven at the time. Born September 28, 1822 in Kent England, he sailed to New Jersey, then came to Fort Wayne in May 1841, then moved to Maples near New Haven. See his photo and more of history in his April 16, 1913 Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel obituary onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
Dawson, John W.
Wrote the short book Charcoal sketches of old times in Fort Wayne (1959 reprint) " (1820-1877) — of Fort Wayne, Allen County, Ind. Born in Cambridge, Dearborn County, Ind., October 21, 1820. Farmer; lawyer; newspaper editor; candidate for Indiana state house of representatives, 1854; candidate for secretary of state of Indiana, 1856; candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1858; Governor of Utah Territory, 1861. In December, 1861, after less than a month as territorial governor, fled Utah amid controversy and scandal. Just east of Salt Lake City, he was attacked by three men and badly injured. Died in Indiana, September 10, 1877 (age 56 years, 324 days). Interment at Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Ind." - From Political Graveyard. John W. Dawson sent a letter to Abraham Lincoln Monday, January 13, 1862 (Affairs in Utah Territory) from Fort Bridger. Utah Terrritory. See pages 20-22, A Biographical History of Eminent and Self Made Men of the State of Indiana, Volume 2, Western Biographical Publishing Company, Cincinnati Ohio 1880. Wikipedia has his photo. See also Find-A-Grave.
Deb-Tones - The Petticoats Singers
A female trio from Fort Wayne, Indiana first know as The Petticoats. They consisted of Linda Hirt, Karen Lemasters and Julie wilson. They won the Westinghouse Talent Search in April 1958 including a recording contract. Photos on White Doo-Wop Collector: The Deb Tones. Newspaper clipping on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne. Even a YouTube video.
82-year-old Lew L. DeHaven and 75-year-old Marcy Gettle went on their first airplane ride from May 22, 1948: Seniors take first plane ride by Corey McMaken published June 13, 2019 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Delagrange, Louis - home builder
From his obituary, "88, of New Haven, died on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born Jan. 23, 1924, in Allen County, he was the son of the late David and Margaret Delagrange. He started his working career as a milk hauler for Allen Dairy, in Fort Wayne; he owned/operated Delagrange Ford, in New Haven; and also was a developer and contractor of both residential and commercial developments in the Fort Wayne area. He was a member of Maplewood Mennonite Church; one of the organizers of Big Brothers & Big Sisters; and served on the Board of Trustees at Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio, for many years. Surviving are his wife, Marian; daughter, Lisa (Matt) Momper of Fort Wayne; son, Jon Delagrange of New Haven; grandchildren, Ashlee Delagrange, Brittany McKee, Luke, Libby and Mary Momper; great-grandchildren, Braxton and Bentley McKee; and sisters, Marguerite Yoder of Woodburn and Iona (Lewis) Miller of Leo. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Menno, Amos and Delbert Delagrange. Memorial service is 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, 2012, at Maplewood Mennonite Church, 4129 Maplecrest Road. Pastor Barry Schmell and Pastor Don Delagrange officiating. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road. Private burial in Yaggy Cemetery, Grabill. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Bluffton University, in Bluffton, Ohio; Maplewood Mennonite Church; or Parkview Home Health & Hospice."
Nicole Lehrman listened to her grandfather Gabriel DeLobbe tell story after story about his efforts to fight the Nazis in Belgium during the 1940s. The Ball State graduate brought his memories to life in the documentary “Saboteur.” “He’s been telling stories of his time growing up in Belgium during the war for as long as I can remember, but I’ve never heard a full chronological account of what he experienced,” said Lehrman, who graduated in 2017. “I didn’t realize how amazing my grandfather’s story is. At just 14 years old, he was a saboteur in a war-ravaged nation.” The documentary was broadcast at 11 p.m. November 8 on WIPB-TV (49.1), and on Veterans Day through vimeo and the TCOM Facebook Page. Copied from the longer article WWII resistance fighter from Fort Wayne the subject of his granddaughter’s documentary at Ball State University. Similar story is WWII vet's heroics documented Ball State film on local man by Ashley Sloboda published November 7, 2018 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Demetroff, Caroline Josephine
Caroline Josephine Demetroff born in Fort Wayne on April 9, 1926, was a Central High School and International Business College graduate, and worked for S.F. Bowser and Co. She married Alexander "Lexy" Demetroff in 1947 and they launched a local pizza empire. They had two sons Kevin and Alexander (Alex) Jr. Lexy preceded her in death in 2005. They opened Alexander's in 1956, an Italian restaurant and bar that served pizza, the first of over a dozen pizza shops the couple owned and operated. Among the names of those eateries that still operate today are the Lexy's pizza chain, a'Roma Pizza and River Bend Pizza, which is owned and operated by Alex and his wife Denise, as well as Caroline's granddaughters, Marisa Sickles and Alexandra "Lexi" Demetroff. Copied from Local pizza empire matriarch Caroline Demetroff dies at 93 by Ryan Duvall published May 6, 2019 in The Journal Gazette newspaper .
De Rome Family
The book starts out:
The Indiana-Purdue Regional Campus at Fort Wayne occupies a part of the DeRome Reserve, land granted by the government to Princess Maria Christina, a half breed Miami Indian, by the Miami Treaty of October 23, 1826. Maria Christina, born about 1798, was the illegitimate child of Ca-ba-no-kay of the family of Les Jambes Croches,^ (The Crooked Legs) perhaps his daughter. He was Chief of the Miami tribe which lived in the village of Kikapoufuoi along the Wabash River. Maria Christina’s father was John Christopher Frederick Graeter of Mackinac and Vincennes, who was the first of his family to come to America and was in Knox County, Indiana as early as 1772. A native of Alsace-Lorraine, he engaged in fur trade at Mackinac where he held considerable property around the year 1800. Eventually he settled in Vincennes where his daughter Maria Christina must have joined him. Reading this book could be useful for local Indian researchers and local Indiana reservation information.
Dettmer, Bob and Sue
Concordia High School graduates Local couple receives national Spirit of Giving award published February 24, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
A native of Fort Wayne, Ind., Karl William Detzer was born on Sept. 4, 1891, the son of August J. and Laura Goshorn Detzer. On Nov. 26, 1921, he married Clarice Nissley and they had two children, Karl, Jr., and Mary Jane. He was a reporter and photographer for Fort Wayne newspapers, 1909-16; advertising writer in Chicago , 1920-23; screenwriter and technical director in Hollywood, 1934-36; and roving editor for the ENTERPRISE-TRIBUNE (Leland, Mich.), 1947-51. He became roving editor for the READER'S DIGEST, 1939-42, and resumed that position again in 1946. Detzer served in the armed forces during 1916-19 and 1942-46. Information from Who's Who in America. Copied from Indiana authors and their books 1917-1966. at .
Karl Detzer was born September 4, 1891 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A journalist and free-lance writer, Detzer began his career working for a Fort Wayne newspaper as a reporter and photographer. Following service in World War I, he came to Chicago where wrote advertising copy. He would leave this to write full-time on his own, writing for various pulp magazines, submitting screenplays to Hollywood studios, eventually working as a roving editor for Reader's Digest. He died April 28, 1987 in Leland, Michigan, where some years earlier he had made his home. Copied from Karl Detzer papers: 1916-1981 at the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan Digital Library. He wrote a book: Myself When Young available at the Allen County Public Library and borrowable copy on Archive.org describing life in Fort Wayne ca. 1900 which also has a Myself When Young - Index of Names by Barbara Monroe available at the The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The book was discussed May 26, 2022 on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne Private Facebook Group. It is available as Myself When Young Hardcover – January 1, 1968 on Amazon books with the review shown below:
Myself When Young- Harold Wolf wroted this review for Amazon books
FORT WAYNE, INDIANA, AT THE TURN TO THE 20th CENTURY Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2008 The author, Karl Detzer (1891-1987), was born & grew up in Fort Wayne, IN, and became acquainted with many of his parents friends including Hoosier historian Jacob Dunn who whetted his natural appetite for local history. This is a delightful memoir of a young lad and his mischief and opportunities through youthful years. An average youth in a not-so-average time and place. A FUN READ.
Detzer sat on James W. Riley's lap (as a prop) during a performance & got his head patted (which he loathed) by Wild Bill who was reminiscing with his Uncle, and complaining about a lady, Annie Oakley, that disappeared prior to the performance. Detzer met her too.
This author's mother was 1/3 owner of Fort Wayne's, Lehman Book Store. Third owner/manager (Miss Lehman) instructed an author, Gene Stratton Porter, to dust between book signings of her first book. She did. Detzer's mother, a friend of Gene's, but not a fan, told Porter, when "Freckles" had already sold 1/2 million, "I tried to read it." Porter answered, "You just couldn't like it, Laura. I didn't write it for you." Karl's father, a druggist who regularly sold medicines to Gene Stratton Porter's husband, considered her only "Druggist Charley Porter's wife."
Maj. John Whistler, ancestor of the artist, built the last fort of Fort Wayne, and this author's mother found old prints by the artist in a "junk shop" selling at ten cents each. She was reprimanded by the merchant when she suggested he was selling them too cheaply. Laura surely bought them all.
Karl Detzer began a Ft. Wayne newspaper career an hour after leaving school at 16 when an English teacher said, "You'll never write a decent English sentence." After years as a reporter, he was a Hollywood screenwriter and asst. director, then first roving editor for Reader's Digest (1937-76). Indiana Univ awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1979. Karl wrote 12 books.
This is a 5-star book for all historical minded readers in Fort Wayne, in Indiana, or the Midwest. Perhaps a 4-star for the rest of the USA.
Born in Chicago, with his wife, Nancy, arrived in Fort Wayne in 1945 to work at WOWO, he retired in 1983. Died at the age of 79 from his December 1, 1997, obituary in The Journal Gazette. Wife Nancy died around 2011. Starting from age 10, he collected 130,000 pieces of sheet music that took 3 moving vans in 1988 to move to the Smithsonian National Museum of History titled the “Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated Sheet Music.” From WOWO legend's music collection is at home at the Smithsonian by Steve Warden published July 8, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
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Dillinger Gang members in Fort Wayne
See Infamous Burials.
1921, November 9 - after the Indiana General Assembly ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in January 1920, which granted women the right to vote." Catherine Dinklage was elected to the Fort Wayne City Council, becoming the 1st woman elected to ANY office in Indiana! See front page of the November 9, 1921 The Journal Gazette newspaper. Discussed November 9, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook. See Winning the Vote in Fort Wayne, Indiana: The Long, Cautious Journey in a German American City by Peggy Seigel in the Indiana Magazine of History journal in the archives at Indiana University ScholarworksVol. 102, No. 3 (SEPTEMBER 2006), pages 220-257. See timeline 1922-1923 Our 175th Year - 1833-2008 at The News-Sentinel newspaperand TIMELINE OF WOMEN'S "FIRSTS" at IN.gov.
2016 selected for induction into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. A Snider High School and Ball State graduate, has worked at The News-Sentinel since 2000, predominately covering Indiana University and Purdue University athletics. DiPrimio, Hormann picked for Indiana sportswriting, sportscasting Hall of Fame by News-Sentinel staff published January 14, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Pete DiPrimio’s ISSA Hall of Fame speech by Pete DiPrimo published April 10, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
Disco Harry Paul
Was a local celebrity during the 1980's "disco craze." The 82-year-old was a dance fixture at the local night spot Piere's and was going strong until two weeks ago, when he was diagnosed with fast-moving liver cancer according to the article got his last dance. "In 1979, Harry was featured on the TV show "Real People," which recognized showy non-celebrities and gave them a moment in the spotlight." Rick Hughes a long time disc jockey would announce
Disco Harry has entered the room according to the article Disco Harry has one last dance in the July 3, 1994 Gadsden Times. His obituary was July 15, 1994 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. He is buried in Lindenwood Cemetery on Find-A-Grave. His wife Vera Evelyn Paul died December 27, 2002. Photo and over 150 comments onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. January 10, 2014 photo in response to January 9, 2014 discussion on Vintage Fort Wayne closed group on Facebook. Photos and discussion February 27, 2017, March 7, 2017, April 11, 2017, July 8, 2017, August 13, 2017 and Name Search and the video Disco Harry | Real People | George Schlatter was published on October 11, 2017 the YouTubebelow was posted January 29, 2018and several photos Janaury 29, 2018 discussed and then why due to
too many negative comments future discussions are banned in a June 2, 2019 post on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook.
Lived on land along the Maumee River on the Indiana-Ohio line. Land that has been in the family since 1822 when his grandparents bought eleven hundred acres of old growth timber and moved here among the Indian's and swampland to cut timber. As the timber disappeard the family turned to farming, his grandfather raised Morgan horses. His great-grandmother planting corn during the Civil War when there was no men folk. she plowed 17 acres of ground cultivated it with horses and planted the seed by hand and harvested it. Paraphrased from Local Man's Land Settled by His Family in 1822 video by Eric Olson August 6, 2009 no longer online.
Dodez, Dr. Edward D.D.S.
Dr Edward Wright Dodez 11 Mar 1865 to 27 Apr 1939 (aged 74) is buried in Section E Lot 26 in Lindenwood Cemetery from memorial at Find A Grave. A medical examiner for Lincoln Life. He invented a tooth paste and received a patent for "a detergent for cleaning teeth", which was sold under the name Odozone. He was also involved as a stockholder in the German National Bank, which was later renamed Lincoln National Bank. His white house at 3935 Bass Road is a ca. 1905 shell encasing an 1840's Greek Revival farmhouse according to a comment from Craig Leonard, local historic preservation consultant, in an October 8, 2017 and house with photos December 3, 2017 and again September 4, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook. February 23, 2014 discussion with photo on Vintage Fort Wayne closed group on Facebook and colorized house photo Dr. Edward W. Dodez House, Fort Wayne IN: reproduced from a printed source, 1913 at Allen County Public Library Digital Collections at the Allen County Public Library. His probable son Ed Dodez was mentioned several times in the History of the Fort Wayne Ski Club (FWSC). This Edward Cramer Dodez, 14 Feb 1903 to 24 Feb 1970 (aged 67), is buried in the same Section E Lot 26 in Lindenwood Cemetery with his wife June Vianna Merriman Dodez, 24 Jun 1915 to 3 Jan 1992 (aged 76) from their memorials at Find A Grave.
Has a twin brother Dean, athletic director for 20 years after 17 as football coach, twin brother, Dean, is the athletic director at Concordia, their alma mater, from Longtime North Side AD retiring Doerffler has been at school for 37 years by Greg Jones published June 16, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Twin to brother Dale, Concordia's Dean Doerffler leaves legacy entering retirement by Reggie Hayes published May 5, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
Doermer, Dick - Banker
South Side High School graduate. "A Fort Wayne native born in 1922, became president and chief executive officer of Dime Trust and Savings Bank in 1957. The bank eventually became Summit Bank, and he became chairman of the board and CEO of Summit Bank and Summcorp, its parent company." from his lengthy Journal Gazette newspaper obituary Banker, civic ‘giant’ Dick Doermer dies October 11, 2010. More history is found on IPFW Names Business School for Local Entrepreneur from May 4, 2006 IPFW.edu news release.
Donovan, Marion O'Brien
Marion O'Brien Donovan born October 15, 1917 Fort Wayne, died November 4, 1998 Manhatten, New York from Marion O'Brien Donovan on Find A Grave.
Like many famous inventors, Marion Donovan (1917-1998) was originally mocked for her most significant invention, but she succeeded in revolutionizing the infant care industry by inventing the disposable diaper. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1917, Marion O'Brien grew up surrounded by machinery and invention. Her father and uncle invented the "South Bend lathe," used for grinding automobile gears. After her mother died when she was seven, Marion spent most of her free time in their factory.Copied from Marion Donovan Disposable diaper Consumer Devices at Lemels N-MIT.edu.
Far too often, we think about invention as only taking place in neat contexts – within sterile labs and under ideal conditions. When we imagine these picture-perfect circumstances, the messiness of creativity and experimentation is largely forgotten. In fact, it’s typically during moments of spontaneity that originality flourishes and breakthroughs happen. National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF)  Inductee Marion Donovan is a powerful example of an inventor who thrived outside of traditional scientific settings. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1917 as Marion O’Brien, she grew up around machinery and invention. Her father and uncle invented the “South Bend lathe,” a tool used to grind automobile gears. From a young age, she spent a great deal of her free time in their manufacturing plant, instilling in her a lifelong love for innovation.Copied from Marion Donovan: Mother, Inventor, Visionary at National Inventors Hall of Fame.
- Marion Donovan, a onetime Connecticut housewife who had to change one damp diaper too many, died on Nov. 4 at Lenox Hill Hospital near her home in Manhattan. She was 81 and had helped spearhead an industrial and domestic revolution by inventing the forerunner of the disposable diaper. Her family said the cause was heart disease. Disposable was not what Mrs. Donovan had in mind in 1946 when her second daughter came along and proved as maddeningly reliable as the first: Put her down for a nap and by the time the light was out her diaper would be wet, and her clothes and crib sheet would soon be soaked and in need of changing. Copied from Marion Donovan, 81, Solver Of the Damp-Diaper Problem by Robert Mcg. Thomas Jr. Nov. 18, 1998 at The New York Times.
Manufacturers, though, weren’t interested. As Donovan would tell Barbara Walters in 1975: “I went to all the big names that you can think of, and they said ‘We don’t want it. No woman has asked us for that. They’re very happy, and they buy all our baby pants.’ So, I went into manufacturing myself.” In 1949, she started selling the boater at Saks Fifth Avenue, where it was an instant smash hit. Two years later she sold her company and her patents to Keko Corporation for a million dollars. Donovan considered going on to develop a diaper using absorbant paper, but executives at the time allegedly weren't interested. Pampers, the first mass-produced disposable diaper, wouldn't hit the market until 1961. The boater wasn’t the end of Donovan’s inventions. She went on to earn a total of 20 patents, for things from a pull cord for zipping up a dress with a back zipper to a combined check- and record-keeping book to a new kind of dental floss device.Copied from Meet Marion Donovan, the Mother Who Invented a Precursor to the Disposable Diaper The prolific inventor with 20 patents to her name developed the “Boater,” a reusable, waterproof diaper cover in the late 1940s by Emily Matchar Innovation Correspondent May 10, 2019 at Smithsonian Magazine. Includes a link to a video: From the Archives: Daytime Talk and Invention July 3, 2012 by Alison Oswald Jacob Rabinow and Marion O'Brien Donovan’s inventive lives intersected in 1975, when they both appeared in two episodes of "Not For Women Only" titled “Inventors and Inventions.”
- There are several Marion Donovan videos on YouTube including comedy by Shafted: Marion Donovan's Trailblazing Diapers | The Daily Show and a non-English language video MARION DONOVAN by Shirley SOTELO MATA.
Inventor Marion Donovan interview around the 10:00 mark with Barbara Walters by digthisgig June 4, 2013.
#4 around the one-minute mark of Women Who Made Invention History - InventHelpby InventHelp posted Jun 4, 2021
PBS Backpack: Marion Donovan & Floaters by Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention posted Nov 6, 2020
This PBS Backpack video by the Cade Museum introduces viewers to the historical inventor Marion Donovan. Her invention, Floaters, was the first disposable diaper. Learn about the materials used in the making of diapers and how diapers wick and retain moisture. We explore concepts like polymers and hydrophilic Polyacrylates.
Famous American Inventors Marion Donovan MBA Documentary by Mobile County Public Schools school project posted April 20, 2016.
- Was discussed December 15, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook and December 13, 2022 on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne Private Facebook Group.
Fort Wayne filmmaker and advocate indirectly involved in founding the women’s movement and the local Johnny Appleseed Festival. He launched the Fort Wayne Folk School in the 1970s and started
Theater for Ideas programs, which bring experts and citizens together to discuss an issue or topic, as well as into creating films and cable-access TV programming. A nearly two-hour documentary
Portrait of a Pioneer: The Life and Work of Terrance Doran was discussed in Fort Wayne filmmaker and social-justice advocate Terry Doran the subject of documentary premiering June 11 at the Allen County Public Library by Kevin Kilbane published June 5, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
Designed Lindenwood Cemetery and was its first superintendent. His son George Doswell succeeded him. The first four homes at the entrance to Lindenwood Cemetery are still Doswell homes 100 years later. They had a flower shop and a dozen huge greenhouses on 3 acres in the mid-20th century. Read more in Generations of history enliven home Near Lindenwood Cemetery stands a century-old house still in the family by Rosa Salter Rodriguez published April 6, 2014 in the Who lives there? series of The News-Sentinel newspaper.
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1860, October 2 - Presidential candidate Stephen A. Douglas running against Abraham Lincoln came to Fort Wayne. From 148 Years Ago Today…by Stephen Parker posted on October 2, 2008 on Around Fort Wayne blog.
Five man musical group on the WOWO Hoosier Hop Barn Dance radio show in the 1940s.
Master stone carver whose work graces buildings from Fort Wayne to West Point, died Sunday November 6, 2016 at age 70. See Tim Doyle, master stone carver, dies by Kevin Leininger published November 8, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
On the original 1952-53 Komets hockey squad. Named Komets captain after goaltender Jack Timmins the team's original captain. George scored the first goal and still went to all the home games in 2014. The book Hat Trick Man is a 130-page biography by Wendy Luley, whose husband's parents were some of the Drysdales' best friends, discussed the book in Local author inspired to write Drysdale book "Hat Trick Man" profiles original Komet by Blake Sebring published November 4, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper
Duemling, Dr. Herman
Dr. Herman and Addie Duemling. A plaque outside his Queen Anne style house at 301 West Creighton states he
served as professor of anatomy at the Fort Wayne Medical College and chief surgeon at Lutheran Hospital. He was also a vice president at Valparaiso University. He established a clinic at Fairfield and Home Avenues in 1922. Around 1973, the Clinic moved across the street into a larger facility (since demolished). A photo of his home was posted December 6, 2013 on the Daniel Baker Facebook page.
Local businessman and longtime Republican leader.
Born April 13, 1922, in Decatur, he served in the Army Air Corp as First Air Comman dos. He served on Fort Wayne City Council for 16 years; State Legislature for two years; Allen County Commissioners for 12 years; and Allen County Council for 16 years. He was awarded the 'Sagamore of the Wabash' award. He was president and owner of Gasoline Equipment, Inc. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Mizpah Shrine, Scottish Rite, Masonic Lodge, Fort Wayne Historical Society, and American Legion Post 47. He died October 26, 2012 age 90 from his Dignity Memorial obituary.
Born February 14, 1912 in Fort Wayne, she died April 15, 1990 in Los Angeles, California. She was a popular dancer in the 1930's and 1940's and also appeared in Hollywood films. She was once married to musician Jackie Kelson. See more information and photos on Find A Grave. See IMDb bio, photo and discussion April 20, 2017 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
Dustin, Jane and Tom
Environmentalists founded ACRES LAND Trust. Jane 1929-2003 and Tom 1923-2004. "Jane H. Dustin, a passionate environmental advocate celebrated for her tenacity and her broad knowledge of water quality issues, died Friday at her home in Huntertown. She was 74. Beginning in the mid-1950s, Dustin and her husband, Tom, were involved in scores of local and national conservation campaigns, including opposing a federal plan to flood Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and the drive to create the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in the 1960s. Jane Dustin is also credited with helping to develop state regulations to protect Indiana's waterways and establish water quality standards for the state. The Dustins were also among the co-founders of Acres Inc., one of the most successful land preservation groups in the country." from December 1, 2003 Journal Gazette newspaper obituary. The Acres Land Trust. Their home became the Tom and Jane Dustin, Robert C. and Rosella C. Johnson and Whitehurst Nature Preserves. The Friends of Cedar Creek Founders have photos and tribute page to each. The Good Earth Blog has photos of the preserve.
Dwenger, Bishop Joseph Gregory
(April 7, 1837 – January 22, 1893) was the second Roman Catholic Bishop of Fort Wayne (1872–1893). Joseph Gregory Dwenger Wikipedia article. He is remembered with Bishop Dwenger High School.
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