March 20, 1935 Amelia Earhart lectured at the Shrine Auditorium in Fort Wayne as a guest lecturer for the Psi Iota Xi Sorority Pi Chapter. Reporters interviewed her at the Keenan Hotel at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Harrison Street. It was reported the next day in The Journal Gazette newspaper and The News-Sentinel newspaper. Earhart reportedly flew into Fort Wayne's Paul Baer Municipal Airport, since renamed Smith Field, in October 1929, and September 1931. She disappeared July 2, 1937 on her third-to-last leg of her trip, from Lae, New Guinea, to Howland Island while attempting to become the first woman to fly around the world. Read more in the interview with historian and pilot Bill Decker, 45, of Fort Wayne in Amelia Earhart lectured in Fort Wayne in 1935 published July 8, 2012 in The Purdue Exponent. See the Amelia Earhart Collection at Purdue Libraries.
An immigrant from Bavaria, Germany. In 1877, started what became a mamoth meat packing plant and stockyards at 1825 W. Main Street. His son built the Eckart Mansion.
German Meat Market Wholesaler died April 4, 1942 and is buried in the Catholic Cemetery. Advertised heavily on television and radio during high school basketball haydays of the 1950's-1980's before cable TV and the internet when high schools filled the Memorial Coliseum games broadcast by Hillard Gates and others. Wikipedia states "Eckrich is a prepared meat brand owned by Smithfield Foods. It sells smoked sausages, cold cuts, hot dogs, corn dogs, Vienna sausages, breakfast sausages and bacon under the Eckrich brand name. Eckrich was founded as a local meat market in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1894 by Peter Eckrich, an immigrant from Waldsee, Germany. The firm expanded in the local market, becoming a wholesaler in 1907 and incorporating as Peter Eckrich and Sons in 1925. It closed its last retail operation in 1932 and operated exclusively as a wholesale meat vendor. In 1972, thirty years after Peter Eckrich had died, Beatrice Foods bought the firm and merged it into its Swift and Sons meat processing division in 1986 as Swift-Eckrich. Beatrice Foods' brands were sold off over the late 1980s, culminating in 1990 with the sale of many of its brands, including Eckrich, to ConAgra. ConAgra sold Eckrich to Smithfield Foods on October 2, 2006." The Ekrich.com Heritage page has a couple photos. His ancestry is on the Eckrich Surname List. A January 2, 2023 post with photo labeled Lewis and Francis Streets, 1910, butcher: Peter Eckrich with customer Mrs. Hollenbacker on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.
From Amelia Earhart impressed Fort Wayne residents during a 1935 visit here by Kara Hackett of The News-Sentinel July 7, 2012. When Amelia Earhart lectured at the Shrine Auditorium in Fort Wayne on March 20, 1935, she took listeners with her “through the black fastness of the night” 8,000 feet above sea level, according to a News-Sentinel report the next day. But the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and first person to fly solo from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Oakland, Calif., made the strongest impression on Fort Wayne citizens with her intelligence, progressive ideas and simple tastes. “Her person is far more interesting than her records,” said historian and pilot Bill Decker, 45, of Fort Wayne.
March 9, 2017 post by Allen County Public Library on Facebook.
Did you know Thomas Edison lived in Fort Wayne? He lived on the Landing at Columbia and Calhoun streets in 1864 when he was 17 years old while working as a telegraph operator for the railroad. That building was torn down in 1980.
Thomas Edison in Fort Wayne published July 12, 2016 and The Landing and Columbia Street published April 11, 2013 both by Tom Castaldi, local historianin the History Center Notes & Queries blog.
[Transcontinental telegraph was completed only three years earlier on October 24, 1861]
July 12, 2016 post by The History Center on Facebook:
This week Tom Castaldi talks about Thomas Edison's time in Fort Wayne!
Thomas A. Edison was born in Milan, OH, in 1847, and grew up in Port Huron, MI. Approximately two decades after Samuel F. B. Morse sent the first telegraphic message in 1844, Thomas Edison worked as a telegraph operator. He based two of his earliest inventions—an electric vote recorder (Patent No. 90,646) and stock "ticker" (Patent No. 140,488)—on telegraph technology.Copied from U.S. Census Bureau History: Thomas Edison.
February 19, 2018 post by The History Center on Facebook:
140 years ago today, Thomas Edison was granted a patent for the phonograph. The phonograph’s ability to relay recorded sound changed the way the public used and consumed entertainment and information. Local companies including Magnavox and Capehart-Farnsworth took advantage of this new ability and began designing, manufacturing, and selling some of the best phonograph-radio consoles on the early-mid twentieth century market. Eventually, manufacturers combined recorded picture with recorded sound in combination phonograph-projectors, which melded two of the most important entertainment innovations of the turn of the century.
Local businesses sold phonographs, records, consoles, and accessories to provide Fort Wayne residents with audible enjoyment. Residents of the Summit City who purchased phonographs or consoles utilized this invention in new ways as it became a more common appliance in stores and homes. Although today it seems trivial to record and replay sound on devices that fit in our pockets, it was not long ago that people had to work much harder to create, synthesize, and enjoy audible entertainment. #sociallyhistory
- A photo of a Young Thomas Edison is on The Landing with Audio: “The Landing” featuring Tom Castaldi. Courtesy of WBNI-Fort Wayne. by Central Downtown Trail 19 stops on the Heritage Trail by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage).
April 9, 2019 post by The Landing Fort Wayne on Facebook:
"On the upper floor of the business on the northwest corner of Columbia and Calhoun streets, Thomas Edison lived for a short time when, in 1864, he worked for the railroad as a telegraph operator. That building was destroyed in 1980. In the same building, which in later years was called the Old Drug Company, druggist Joseph and Cornelius Hoagland and their partner Thomas Biddle developed the formula that became Royal Baking Powder. Elsewhere, the west end of Columbia Street became famous for its hotels, such as the Wayne and the Randall." via The History Center
- Thomas Edison passed away in New Jersey on October 18, 1931, at age 84. See The Cincinnati Enquirer Cincinnati, Ohio 19 Oct 1931, Monday, Page 1 on Newspapers.com.
- 6 Key Inventions by Thomas Edison Edison's genius was improving on others' technologies and making them more practical for the general public by Patrick J. Kigermar posted March 6, 2020 on History.com.
- Edison's career as a telegraph operator began when he saved the station agent's young son from the path of a moving freight car. Out of gratitude the father taught Edison the new science of telegraphy. By the time he was seventeen, Edison was "on the road" as a telegraph operator. He drifted from Stratford, Canada, to Adrian, Michigan, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Boston. Copied from 3.) Extended Biography: By Dr. Edwin Reilly Jr. at Thomas Alva Edison The accomplishments and life of electrical engineer and entrepreneur Thomas Edison, 1847-1931 at Edison Tech Center.
Some fun facts: After being fired from his Union Depot job in Indianapolis, Tom Edison moved to Cincinnati, then to Louisville. The teenager was fired from jobs in various cities besides Indy and Fort Wayne. Hank will share insights about why young Edison was able to land new jobs despite a string of dismissals in his past.Copied from Thomas Edison's links to Indiana May 5, 2012 broadcast show at Archives of Hoosier History Live podcast on Saturdays, noon to 1 p.m. ET on WICR 88.7 FM
November 30, 1952, 63, died January 23, 2016. Son of Clarence Egts and Concetta (Talarico) Egts. A Realtor for 40 plus years with ReMax Results. 37 years was football coach at Bishop Luers High School. See obituary and more at Michael Egts, Luers assistant coach, dies published January 24, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Perry Ehresman retiring from Parks and Recreation Dept. Has served the city for more than 40 years by Blake Sebring published August 24, 2015 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
Notre Dame star tight end and Bishop Dwenger graduate was chosen April 25, 2013 by the Cincinnati Bengals football team as the 21st pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. Photos of Eifert's high school and college career are found in the Photo gallery: Tyler Eifert through the years and Notre Dame's Eifert picked by Cincinnati in NFL Draft Bishop Dwenger grad taken with 21st pick by Tom Davis April 25, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Eifert earns his stripes Former Notre Dame and Bishop Dwenger tight end drafted by Bengals by Tony Krausz The Journal Gazette newspaperApril 26, 2013.
Retired April 12, 2013 as Indiana regional president of PNC Bank. He had been with PNC, and its predecessor, National City Bank, and before that, Fort Wayne National Bank, since 1966, when he started in consumer lending. His father was a banker and grandfather was also involved in banking. PNC regional chief to retire Eikenberry ends storied 47-year banking career April 12 February 28, 2013 by Sherry Slater of The Journal Gazette. Short video on After 47 years in bank business, Eikenberry remains optimistic about Fort Wayne by Bob Caylor of The News-Sentinel newspaperApril 15, 2013.
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Attended every Indianapolis 500 since 1946, from Local woman planning to attend her 71st consecutive Indy 500 by Kevin Kilbane published May 20, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
He is seen in a few minutes of video September 15, 1952 making a speech at Baker Street Station while campaigning for 34th President of the United States from Access Fort Wayne public television at the Allen County Public Library.
Ellenberger, Norman Dale
83, parents Dale and Mildred Ellenberger and grandparents Chester and Clellah Isanogle in Bluffton, Indiana. Wife Judith Weld, children; Barbara, Shari, and James. Basketball coach at New Mexico, UTEP, Indiana, Chicago Bulls, and New Haven High School. New Haven native a basketball icon Ellenberger never left game for long by Jeff Washburn published November 19, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. See Fort Wayne Newspaper obituary and Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation Services obituary with color photo. Yes, Norm Ellenberger swept the floor at halftime of the Milan-Muncie Central game by Kerry Hubartt published November 21, 2015 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
Elliot, Willis W.
c.1810-c. 1881, was a pioneer African-American barber who conducted business on the north side of Main Street between Calhoun and Clinton Streets in Fort Wayne. A native of North Carolina, he was a founder of the Turner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Fort Wayne in 1849. Mentioned in Chapter Three, Black Churches in Fort Wayne, page 103, in the book African Americans in Fort Wayne The First 200 Years.
Ellis, Cecil and Juanita
Founded the Ellis Funeral Home in 1954. Read Ellis Funeral owner Juanita Ellis crosses over at 83 by Frost Editor published April 20, 2015 on Frost Illustrated.
From the forthcoming book: Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne...... Donald “ Don” Ellis (1925 – 1978) After working as a teenager at downtown’s Bon Ton Bakery, with his father’s help, Don would go on to found Ellison Bakery in the family garage in 1945. Joined by brothers William and Richard, the company became an Archway brand licensee in 1949. Ellison underwent repeated expansions and in 1964 moved into a modern 120,000-square-foot Ferguson Road facility, enabling it to churn out over 1.8 million cookies a day. Discontinuing the Archway franchise in 1997, the company, still family-owned, then grew its private label, food service, crunch toppings, and ice cream inclusion items, as well as its own brand of cookies. (Courtesy of Ellison Bakery, Inc.) Posted July 18, 2015 by
Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and authorand additional photos posted November 16, 2017 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group
Elson, Trooper Cory R.
April 5, 2023 post by the Indiana State Police, Fort Wayne Post on Facebook:
(*Apologies - The following memorial was delayed due to technical difficulties. It should have been up on Monday April 3rd.)
Remembering a fallen trooper.... Twenty-four years ago, on April 3, 1999, Indiana State Trooper Cory R. Elson was killed in the line of duty.
Trooper Cory Elson was shot and killed after making a traffic stop in the rear of an auto parts store in Decatur.
As he exited his vehicle, the suspect opened fire with an AK-47 assault rifle. One of the first rounds penetrated the cruiser's door and struck Trooper Elson in the leg. He retreated to the rear of his cruiser and returned fire. The suspect continued to fire at Trooper Elson, firing as many as 36 rounds, fatally wounding him. An employee of a business was shot and wounded during the gunfire but was able to call 911.
The 38-year-old suspect fled the scene but was captured the next day. He was later sentenced to life in prison without parole plus 20 years for operating a machine gun after entering a plea agreement to be spared the death penalty.
Trooper Elson, from Fort Wayne, had recently graduated from the academy and was assigned to the Fort Wayne post. He was survived by his wife, sister, and parents.
Trooper Elson was the second of three troopers within 11 months to be killed in the line of duty from the 56th ISP Recruit Academy, which graduated in December 1998. He was a roommate of Trooper Richard Gaston who was killed in the line of duty on March 4, 1999.
We will always remember, forever honor, and respect those that serve in their memory!
Emanuel, Julia Esther
Early woman pharmacist, 91, died in 1962, was from a family of doctors, father, grandfather, three uncles. Starting in 1889, was a pharmacist for 10 years with Meyer Brothers Drug Store at the corner of Calhoun and Columbia Streets in Fort Wayne. She opened Arcade Pharmacy on West Berry and West Wayne Streets for twenty years, then changed name to Miss Emanuel's Chemist Shop. After 52 years as a pharmacist, she retired in 1943. Read her story Julia Emanuel, The Lady in Lavender published April 28, 2011 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog.
July 24, 2019 post by The History Center on Facebook:
Having a prescription filled conjures an image of a trip to the nearest Wal-Mart or Walgreens, but in the middle of the 19th century, citizens of Allen County turned to the local pharmacy to receive their prescription medicine. The first known druggists in Fort Wayne, a total of six, appear in the 1850s. In 1890, noted women’s suffragist Julia Emanuel became the first female pharmacist in Fort Wayne, and later operated her own pharmacy from 1902 until 1943. By the end of World War II, the number of druggists in Fort Wayne had grown from the first humble half-dozen to the staggering total of 65. The rise of corporate drug stores led to the decline of local pharmacies, with many being lost to the mists of history.
Visit The History Center to see our new temporary pharmacy display entitled, “The Prescription Store: Fort Wayne’s Forgotten Pharmacies.” #sociallyhistory
March 3, 2022 post by The History Center on Facebook:
Julia Emanuel, Fort Wayne's first woman pharmacist, c1900
Sometimes referred to as “The Lady in Lavender” Julia Emanuel is a Fort Wayne legend not only for her contributions to the pharmaceutical field, but for her example as an independent, career-driven woman. In 1889, Emanuel was a recent graduate from the College of Pharmacy of the University of Michigan; she was the only woman in a class of over 40 students. Women of this time rarely attended college, let alone left the homes to start a career, this made Emanuel a pioneer for female pharmacists and women everywhere who wished to pursue careers. Emanuel’s first job was working in the backroom of Meyer Brothers Drug Store. Although an educated pharmacist like her male colleagues, Emanuel was not allowed to wait on customers in the front of the store but was made to work out of sight for fear the customers would not feel comfortable with a woman assisting their medical needs. Instead of letting this discrimination discourage her, Emanuel broke free and opened her very own pharmacy shop in Fort Wayne, the Arcade Pharmacy. Emanuel was still hesitant that people wouldn’t come to a female led shop, so for the first twenty years, she kept the name of her shop discrete. Finally, Emanuel changed the name of her shop to “Miss Emanuel’s Chemist Shop” and became a downtown landmark in Fort Wayne. Miss Emanuel’s customers soon instilled their confidence in Emanuel’s skill with medical and beauty remedies. When Emanuel was able to begin hiring on staff for her shop, she insisted they all be women as she understood the importance for a woman to be independent. Emanuel was also an advocate for Women’s Suffrage. Emanuel not only helped to pave the road for women to pursue careers in primarily male fields, but also provided the citizens of Fort Wayne with medical remedies to ease pain and cure illness making her a legendary woman. Emanuel died in 1962 at the age of 91.
March 17, 2023 post by the Genealogy Center on Facebook:
March is Women’s History Month! Each Friday this month, we are featuring stories to highlight the contributions and work of Fort Wayne women over the years! Today, we are featuring Julia Esther Emanuel, Fort Wayne’s first female pharmacist.
Julia Esther Emanuel was born in June 1870 in Antwerp, Ohio to Appellus Emanuel and Emma Kauffman Emanuel. Julia came from a medical background. Her father, grandfather, and three uncles were physicians. Her mother also operated a drugstore.
She graduated from Antwerp High School in 1886, and in 1889, Julia graduated from the University of Michigan - she was the only girl in a class of 41. After graduation, she worked at the Meyer Drugstore at the corner of Columbia and Calhoun in Fort Wayne. She worked there for about 10 years and she recalled that while she filled prescriptions, she was not allowed to wait on customers.
In 1902, Julia decided to open her own business on Berry Street. In 1909, she moved the business to the southwest corner of Berry and Harrison under the name “Miss Emanuel Chemist Shop”. Julia’s pharmacy was a big success! She also later opened a store of W. Wayne St.
She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Wayne as well as the Fort Wayne Country Club. Julia loved to golf - when she golfed, she always wore one blue sock and one gold sock to represent her alma-mater, U of M. She played nine holes every Tuesday into her 80s.
Julia Esther Emanuel passed away at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne on March 28, 1962 at the age of 91. She is buried in Antwerp, Ohio.
(1962, March 28). Julia Emanuel Dies; Funeral Saturday. Fort Wayne News Sentinel, p. 37. (1992, March 4). Founding Mothers. Journal Gazette.
American Association of University Women, Fort Wayne Branch. (1988). Memorable fort wayne women: A women's history project of American association of university women, Fort Wayne, Indiana branch.
Born May 23, 1817, married John McConaghy .
Emenhiser, Stephen C
See Stephen C. Emenhiser.
Born 1861 in Hoagland, Allen County, Indiana to Joseph Emenhiser. See William Emenhiser.
Born December 2, 1869 to Henry Emerick, Married May 23, 1889 William M. McKeeman. See Minnie Emerick.
Crew member of B-26 #40-1475, Bomber Squadron 33 and Carole Lombard, the famous Hollywood movie star Jane Alice Peters both born in Fort Wayne, deaths were printed side by side in the January 17, 1942 The Journal Gazette newspaper. The bomber squad story is retold in Follow Up: Researched Background of the members of the crew of B-26 #40-1475, Bomber Squadron 33 by Marie S. Schmidt. The crew died in a military plane crash just 23 days after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, but the wreckage was not located until 1992 when three hikers were curious about the old wreckage of a plane on Keller Peak in California's San Bernardino Mountains. The story was retold in the article Memorial honors local soldier killed in '41 crash by Nancy Vendreley November 11, 1994 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Born 1822 in Ireland, married Isabella McConahey in Ireland. See James English.
Enyart, John H.
Civil War veteran, born November 9, 1843 in Lagro, Indiana, died August 20, 1919 in FOrt Wayne. See newspaper image posted August 21, 2014 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
Essex, Trai Jamar
Born December 5, 1982 in Fort Wayne, attended Paul Harding High School, lettered in football and basketball. He was a standout football tight end and played in the first ever U.S. Army All-American Bowl high school football national all-star game on December 30, 2000. In basketball, he was a member of the 2001 class 2A Indiana boys high school championship team. His 14 rebounds ties for 3rd best ever in the class 2A championship game. Essex was an All-Conference honoree as a junior. Played football at Northwestern University. Was a third round 2005 draftee by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an offensive lineman when they won Super Bowl XL and again in 2009 at Super Bowl XLIII. After seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he is now an American football offensive guard who most recently played for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. See his Wikipediapage and older Steelers archived webcitation page.
His father William donated land to form the town of Williamsburg, now known as Poe. Uncle George Essig lived in Whitley County, Indiana
Born in 1862, March 26, 1892 married Ellen McKeeman. See William Essig.
He served as a Colonel in the Revolutionary War. Patriot Alexander Ewing in the Patriot Graves Registry at INSSAR - Indiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution shows he died January 1, 1827, buried in Lindenwood Cemetery Fort Wayne where his grave is marked. Name is on a Bronze Marker and his Alexander Ewing biography is on the Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Fort Wayne, Indiana Allen County Indiana Cemetery Project.
August 25, 2023 post by the SAR - Anthony Halberstadt Chapter on Facebook:
It's not too late to RSVP or register a wreath for presentation. Color Guard members are especially encouraged to participate.
August 25, 2023 post by the Lindenwood Cemetery on Facebook:
We are honored to be a part of this historical event. Please join us on September 16th! We are grateful to SAR - Anthony Halberstadt Chapter for hosing this event.
August 30, 2023 post by the Lindenwood Cemetery on Facebook:
In preparation for the Patriot Grave Marking for Col. Alexander Ewing, we had the trees trimmed to showcase the beautiful spire. We look forward to this event hosted by SAR - Anthony Halberstadt Chapter on September 16th at 2pm.
September 16, 2023 post by the Lindenwood Cemetery on Facebook:
What a great turnout for Col. Alexander Ewing’s Patriot Grave Marking! Thank you again to SAR - Anthony Halberstadt Chapter. It was an absolute honor to work with you all!
September 16, 2023 post by SAR - Anthony Halberstadt Chapter on Facebook:
September 18, 2023 post by SAR - Anthony Halberstadt Chapter on Facebook:
A very nice picture of the extended Ewing family at the Alexander Ewing grave marking on 16 Sep 2023.
September 18, 2023 post by SAR - Anthony Halberstadt Chapter on Facebook:
The passing of the Colors from Color Guard Commander to Colonel Alexander Ewing descendant, Mrs. Beth Ewing Toscos, at the grave marking conducted on 16 Sep 2023.
September 22, 2023 post by SAR - Anthony Halberstadt Chapter on Facebook:
SAR PATRIOT MARKER: as read by Seth Bradtmueller during the Patriot Grave Marking of Colonel Alexander Ewing on 16 September 2023 in Ft. Wayne, IN.
The center of the SAR Patriot Grave Marker contains a picture of a Minute Man; the first volunteer for the American Revolution. He was ready to go “at a minute’s notice.”
The Minute Man is surrounded by 13 stars which represents the original 13 colonies.
The date of 1775 is the generally agreed upon date of the start of the American revolution.
The term “Patriot” at the bottom of the marker signifies someone that served or supported the American Revolution.
Finally, the Grave Marker contains the letters “S”, “A” and “R” which stand for the recognizing organization, the Sons of the American Revolution.
Ewing, William G.
he was born in New York and came to Fort Wayne with his father and mother in 1822. William G. Ewing was the first Fort Wayne man to be admitted to the Allen County bar. He had a college education in Ohio and subsequently studied in a law office in Cincinnati. He was admitted to the practice of law in Allen County with the establishment of the first court in 1824. Copied from History is in session Courthouse,occupants getbook treatment published May 12, 2019 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
- His home Ewing Homestead was built in 1838.
- The Ewings and the Indian Trade on the Midwestern Frontier by Tom Castaldi, local historianposted October 24, 2013 on the History Center Notes & Queries blog.
- Ewing Family Materials in theFamily Resources growing collection of material submitted to The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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