People of Allen County, Indiana

F Surnames

Fabini, Jason - football player

Born August 25, 1974, Fabini played high school football at Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A former American football offensive lineman originally drafted by the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL) in the fourth round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Cincinnati. See Jason Fabini at Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

Fairfield, Asa Capt.

Asa Fairfield arrived in Fort Wayne from Kennebunkport, Maine, with his brothers Oliver and Charles in 1833 with the then-astouding sum of $30,000. He was married to Olive, the sister of the attorney Hugh McCulloch, also from Kennebunkport, who had been named judge of the probate court and cashier of the State Bank of Indiana. Fairfield spent $1,800 of it on 160 of the 240 acres he eventually acquired and farmed on the city’s south side. When he bought 815 Creighton, there was only a log house on the site; he later built a double log house and then a frame house before his death in 1868. The house was saved in 2007. Read the story Hard times hide storied history Repairs planned for 1860s Creighton house built by canal skipper by Rosa Salter Rodriguez of The Journal Gazette September 2, 2007. A similar story is Once home to wealth and fame, it had been marked for demolition column by Kevin Leininger publshed May 5, 2007 in The News-Sentinel newspaperposted on the Munson, Underwood, Horn, Fairfield and Allied Families website. See photos posted onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. “A YANKEE SEA CAPTAIN ON THE INDIANA FRONTIER: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CAPTAIN ASA FAIRFIELD” about a January 31, 2015 lecture by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage).

Farnsworth, Philo Taylor

PHILO FARNSWORTH: the most famous man you never heard of - 10 minute YouTube video by his great-granddaughter Jessica Farnsworth on TheHistoryofTV.

Philo invented television according to most American sources. He lived in Fort Wayne from 1948-1968, his home 734 E. State Boulevard is at the corner of St. Joseph and East State Blvd has an Indiana Historical Bureau marker erected in 1992! See his home on Google map and May 26, 2022 discussion on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook. See January 1, 2014 Home of Philo T. Farnsworth Allen County Marker Text Review Report. The house, built about 1905, was designed by Joel Roberts Ninde, one of Indiana’s first female house designers. Read more in Dwelling on accomplishments Farnsworth house built by, for innovators by Rosa Salter Rodriguez published July 12, 2009 in the The Journal Gazette newspaper. Philo was born in a log cabin in 1906, at age 14 conceived of television while plowing farm fields, then invented electronic television sending his first signal September 7, 1927  at his San Francisco lab, covered in the November 1940 Popular Science magazine, honored with the Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award. He moved to Fort Wayne and opened a television and radio manufacturing plant called the Farnsworth Television and Radio Corporation. There, he established a lab, where he devised a “fusion reaction tube” and reportedly achieved self-sustaining fusion. A comment to a September 27, 2019 post by the Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook said there is a Farnsworth museum in the lobby of the L3Harris building on Lima/Cook with several of his TVs and notebooks.

However... John Logie Baird FRSE a Scottish engineer is credited as inventor of the world's first practical, publicly demonstrated television system, and also the world's first fully electronic colour television tube. See Baird Television web page. He is often known as "the father of television." In his laboratory on October 2, 1925 Baird successfully transmitted the first television picture with a greyscale image and demonstrated a viable system January 26, 1926 using radio or ordinary telephone lines.

  1. On January 7, 1927, inventor Philo T. Farnsworth applied for his first television patent. He conceived of the idea for electronic television at the age of fourteen and brought his conception to fruition in 1927 with his first electronic transmission. In 1939, he established the Farnsworth Television and Radio Company in Fort Wayne, eventually operating seven television and radio manufacturing plants in Indiana. Farnsworth also established a laboratory in Fort Wayne, where he reportedly achieved self-sustaining fusion. The image below shows Farnsworth’s patent, courtesy of Google Patents. You can see the whole patent here: US1773980A US Grant Copied from a January 7, 2019 post by Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook.
  2. Modern Mechanix magazine
    Modern Mechanix photo
    Perfected Television article by Dean S. Jennings in November 1934 Modern Mechanix
  3. "In 1957, he was a mystery guest on the TV quiz show I've Got A Secret. He fielded questions from the panel of celebrities as they unsuccessfully tried to guess his secret ("I invented electronic television."). For stumping the panel, he received $80 and a carton of Winston cigarettes."
  4. Numerous web sites like: Farnsworth Archives official site - Farnovision - Wikipedia -, Inducted 1984 Invent Now Hall of Fame, a 1999 Time Magazine article and 1999 MIT Inventor of the Week.
  5. Philo T. Farnsworth material at the Allen County Public Library.
  6. Several books on his life including "Distant Vision" by his wife Elma G. Farnsworth.
  7. Tech Savy Lender shows his Fort Wayne home.
  8. The U.S. Post Office issued a stamp in 1983 shown in a September 25, 1983 The Journal Gazette newspaper article posted November 27, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
  9. 1957: Honoring inventor Philo T. Farnsworth by Corey McMaken published October 14, 2021 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  10. History Center Rescues Farnsworth Artifactspublished July 20, 2010 on their History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  11. Science Central promotes the local "Philo T. Farnsworth-ITT Innovation Award."
  12. Internet Archive has several titles on Philo Taylor Farnsworth
  13. The ITT now Harris Corporation building off Cook Road in Industrial Park had a small Farnsworth Museum.
  14. 1955 Capehart & Farnsworth TV ad and 1950's photo of family with TVon the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
  15. PHILO FARNSWORTH "SMALL SCREEN, BIG DREAMS" part 2 published Sep 7, 2012 by TheHistoryofTV
    Philo T. Farnsworth came up with the original idea for electronic television when he was 14. his is a story of true American Ingenuity. He invented a thousand things and was one of our unsung geniuses. Here in part two from an old PBS documentary, he wins his patent war against RCA, but ironically does not share in the fortunes made on his invention.
  16. Discover the Drama Behind The Farnsworth Invention a play written by Aaron Sorkin highlights a lesser known part of our technological history by Kayleen published March 22, 2012 archived on Internet Archive Wayback Machine originally on Visit Fort Wayne blog."
  17. See Philo T. Farnsworth: The Father of Television Part I published February 14, 2014, Part II published February 21, 2014, and Part III published February 28, 2014 by Nicole Poletika on Marking Hoosier History the Indiana Historical Bureau blog now on the Marking Hoosier History Archive.
  18. May 11, 2017 updates with photos of “THE DAMNED THING WORKS!:” Philo T. Farnsworth & the Invention of Television Part I, Philo T. Farnsworth: Conversing with Einstein & Achieving Fusion in Fort Wayne Part II May 23, 2017 by Nicole Poletika on Indiana Historical Bureaublog and May 23, 2017 on Facebook.
  19. Philo T. Farnsworth on Facebook points to The Boy Who Invented Television by Paul Schatzkin.
  20. March 7, 2016 Philo Farnsworth, the father of television in Indiana Bicentennial Minute 10 YouTube from the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.
  21. YouTube PHILO FARNSWORTH: the most famous man you never heard of - by Jessica Farnsworth published March 27, 2013 by TheHistoryofTV and discussion March 11, 2017 and other Name Searches on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
  22. His story posted April 27, 2017 on Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook.
  23. Photo of historic marker and house with discussion posted May 9, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
  24. Farnsworth's company made advancements to wartime technology during WWII by making major developments in radar and early missile guidance systems, from 90 Fun Facts on Facebook from The History Center.
  25. Did Philo T. Farnsworth bottle a star in his Fort Wayne basement laboratory on Pontiac Street? It is possible that in the 1960s the inventor of television achieved what still eludes scientists: self-sustaining fusion. Read Philo T. Farnsworth: The burden of genius by Nicole Poletika published March 1, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  26. FROM THE ARCHIVES: Television makes its midwest debut at plant of Farnsworth Corporation This was a story which originally appeared in the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel on August 9, 1939 and re-published March 1, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  27. More on Philo T. Farnsworth - Forgotten Genius Exhibit at the MZTV Museum published Oct 19, 2018 by Everything Zoomer
    We go in depth with an expert on Philo T. Farnsworth, more from Moses Znaimer, Philo's great grandson and the unveiling of the new Forgotten Genius exhibit. Exhibit is on now and running until April 2019. Along with the television artifacts, visitors can also scan QR codes spread throughout the exhibit to watch unique clips related to Farnsworth’s life, including the one and only time Philo himself appeared on television — as a guest on a 1957 episode of the game show I've Got A Secret.
  28. December 29, 2018 was a discussion about knowing Philo and working for his company on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook
  29. Philo T Farnsworth S1 E2 published May 9, 2021 by Indiana Roadside Markers
    Philio T. Farnsworth, inventor of the television made his home in Fort Wayne, Indiana from 1948 to 1967, opening the Farnsworth Radio and Television Corporation there in 1938. IN this episode host, Michael L Harris visits the site of Farnsworth's Fort Wayne home and shares Farnsworth's history.

  30. Radio History - A trip to the local history museum to see the Philo Farnsworth exhibit by Kevin Loughin posted December 23, 2017 on YouTube

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Felger, Herb and Ruth

Started Felger's Peat Moss in 1953 on Valentine Road where his parents lived before the Great Depression. See Felger's Peat Moss.

Ferguson Family

July 1895 Patrick to Joseph Ferugson telegram
Facebook photo

Dozens of photographs were purchased at estate sale in 2017 including a telegram to a Joseph Ferguson from Patrick Ferguson. The telegram simply says “father is dead, funeral Thursday morning at 9.” It’s dated July 2/3, 1895. If anyone in the area is related to this family and wants to reunite with this box of photographs contact the poster of the October 25, 2018 post on Facebook. 

Fewdle Lords

1960s rock and roll band, photos and videos posted and discussed May 28, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. Quite a few items in Google Searchlike in GarageHangOver and many music videos like The Fewdle Lords - Farewell To Today And Tomorrow published February 17, 2011 on YouTube.

Fischer, Regina "Jenna"

television star on "The Office" An Emmy nominee, plays Pam Beesley on "The Office" television show since 2005, and appeared in several movies. Jenna was born March 7, 1974 in Fort Wayne, but raised in Saint Louis, Missouri. See biography on Internet Movie Database and Wikipedia for more information.

Fischer, Jenna

Born March 7, 1974 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Her mother, Anne (Miller), is a history teacher; and her father, James E. "Jim" Fischer, is an engineer. She has one younger sister, Emily, a third grade teacher. She first performed at the age of six, when she participated in an acting workshop taught by her mother at Henry School in St. Louis, a workshop also attended by actor Sean Gunn, with whom she grew up. Stars in the Office TV show as Pam Beesley for which she received an Emmy nomination. See Jenna Fischer on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. See photo on Five Fort Wayne Actresses Who Made it on the Big Screen by the The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Fishering, Richard Baxter

August 25, 1922 - February 11, 2016, a son of George William Fishering and Muriel (Baxter) Fishering. He was a 1941 graduate of South Side High School. Awared the state's highest honor Sagamore of the Wabash. He was survived by his beloved daughter, Lisa (Fishering) Osmon; and his truly cherished granddaughter, Meret V. Duvall; and sisters, Nancy (Philip) Wehrenberg and Suzanne (William) Carl. He was preceded in death by his adored wife, Kathleen (Koenemann) Fishering in 1999, whom he married on Valentine's Day 1956; and brother, George W. Fishering II in 2008. From his February 11, 2016 obituary at Greenlawn Funeral and Cremation Services.

Fitch, Jon

From the June 12, 2012 Journal Gazette newspaper article Local MMA fighter Fitch subject of documentary "Fort Wayne native Jon Fitch has something else to add to his résumé other than world-class MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter. He can add film star. The former Purdue and Carroll wrestler, who fought for the welterweight title, is featured in a documentary, Such Great Heights, which will be released today. The film follows Fitch as he prepares for his 2008 fight against UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. Fitch lost the fight by unanimous decision, ending a 16-match winning streak. Since then, he has a 5-1-1 record." See also Jon Fitch Documentary Director Jonah Tulis: Aspiring to Great Heights written by Brian J. D'Souza 25 June 2012. Such Great Heights - Trailer YouTube. Such Great Heights on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

Fitzwater, E. Oliver Al

Died November 3, 2014, son of Ellis O. Sr. and Margaret E. Fitzwater; brother, Oren Fitzwater, sister Jenny (Tom) Busch, daughter Lori K. (Michael) Ianucilli, son E. Oliver. See D.O. McComb and Sons obituary. Enlisted in the Army in 1961, earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star while leading nine men during the Vietnam War, Fort Wayne 'hero' among those laid to rest in Arlington by Mahamed Sulejmanagic published January 31, 2015 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Fleming, William

Born in 1828 in Wicklow, Ireland, married Ann McLaughlin in January 1850, she died in 1854 Ann. His second marriage on July 7, 1859 was to Helen F. Mayer whose father George operated Fort Wayne’s Mayer House hotel. He died on January 13, 1890. Fleming bought the Wabash and Erie canal in 1876 and was founder of the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad, which became the Nickel Plate Railroad. See his photo and read more in William Fleming Helped Open the Way for Fort Wayne by Tom Castaldi published October 16, 2014 by History Center Notes & Queries blog.

Florea, Richard

Born in New York City on May 22, 1937, his family (his parents were originally Hoosiers) eventually moved to Marion, Ind., when Florea was a 7th-grader. His broadcasting career began at radio station WMRI while he was still a Marion High School student. He was one of five inductees honored Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the 54th annual Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame luncheon in Indianapolis. Copied from THE LAST WORD: Dick Florea, ‘Fort Wayne’s Walter Cronkite,’ inducted into Journalism Hall of Fame by Kerry Hubbartt published May 20, 2019 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.Florea served 48 years in broadcasting, including 17 years as anchor at WKJG, where he was also host of “Editor’s Desk” and “Our Town,” both focused on community issues and people. ... Florea, the hall concluded, had been dubbed “the Walter Cronkite of Fort Wayne.” When he retired in 2001, Florea told The News-Sentinel he had loved his work but looked forward to having more time to explore his interest in genealogy. Copied from Fort Wayne TV pioneer Dick Florea named to Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame by Kevin Leininger published March 13, 2019 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. A graduate of Purdue University, he was the main evening news anchor at WKJG-TV-33, the city’s first TV station, from 1966 until 1983, as well as News Director from 1970 to 1987. A past president of the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers and the Associated Press Broadcasters of Indian, he retired from WKJG after 35 years in 2001. Dick was inducted into the Richard M. Fairbanks Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame November 14, 2015 in Indianapolis. See Fort Wayne Newsman in Hall of Fame by Eric Olson, 21Country Featured Reporterformerly published November 17, 2015 on ABC TV stationnow in the Wayback Machine. He was also active in Habitat for Humanity discussed in Florea's faith flouishes at Habitat for Humanity published July 2, 2013 in Senior Life newspapers. Richard's wife Phyllis, 75, died September 15, 2011. Her D.O. McComb and Sons obituary says she organized the first Johnny Appleseed Festival in 1975 and remained active in its leadership for many years. Fort Wayne broadcast legend Dick Florea to be inducted into Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame with video by Linda Jackson published March 13, 2019 on WKJG Fort Wayne's NBC TV station.

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Foellinger, Helene

Publisher of The News-Sentinel newspaper, was born on December 12, 1910, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a daughter of Oscar G. and Esther Anna (Deuter) Foellinger. She died March 25, 1987, mother Esther Deuter died July 24, 1969, and father Oscar Foellinger, died October 8, 1936, was publisher of the The News-Sentinel newspaper. Esther Deuter Foellinger and her daughter Helene Foellinger established the Foellinger Foundation which has a video, then established the Foellinger Theatre in 1949 at Franke Park in honor of her father Oscar. In 1979 she funded the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory to honor her mother, and at Helene's death in 1987 a very generous gift was given to the Foellinger Auditorium at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where Helene was in the Class of 1932.

  1. Obituary for Helen R. Foellilnger on Find A Grave Memorial.
  2. Helene Foellinger inducted 1974 biography at Depauw University
  3. HELENE FOELLINGER · 1974 by Joseph F. Sheibley of Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame.
  4. Helene Foellinger: Pioneer in the industry by Chelsea Brune published July 7, 2008 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  5. A photo was on Great Memories and Histories of Fort Wayne, Indiana Photos on Facebook.
  6. Was a Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard discussion August 13, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group.
  7. Foellinger legacy helps children and families published October 7, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.


A BOTANIST'S VIEW OF FOGWELL FOREST NATURE PRESERVE by Paul E. Rothrock, Ph.D. Taylor University, Professor of Environmental Science and Biology published March 06, 2002.

Fogle, Dailey M.

1921-2013 - 91, was a well known photo journalist for the The Journal Gazette newspaperand a former resident of Churubusco in Whitley County. Read Longtime JG photographer Dailey Fogle dies at 91 May 15, 2013 by The Journal Gazette and his Sheets and Childs obituary.

Foellinger, Oscar G.

President and general manager of the News Publishing Company of Fort Wayne, deserves a large share of credit for the making of the News-Sentinel, one of the outstanding examples of Indiana journalism. The community of Fort Wayne has reason to esteem him for many other activities, leadership in matters vital to the city and to the welfare of its inhabitants.

Mr. Foellinger was born at Fort Wayne, April 11, 1885, son of Martin C. and Christina (Stellhorn) Foellinger. He was educated in the parochial schools of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and began life without any particular advantages, social or financial, except a resolute purpose, an unwavering ambition and ability to work, and with experience to direct the work of others.

Mr. Foellinger married, November 16, 1909, Miss Esther Anna Deuter, daughter of Michael and Hannah Deuter, of Fort Wayne. Mr. and Mrs. Foellinger have two daughters, Helene Ruth and Loretta Esther. Copied from INDIANA ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT Vol. 3 by Charles Roll, A.M. The Lewis Publishing Company, 1931

Font, Walter

Curator at the The History Centerstarted in 1983, retired in 2017. Documented and organize thousands of items in the museum's collection, as well as doing historical research and serving as editor of the museum's Old Fort News publication. History Center curator passing the challenge to a new generation by Kevin Kilbane published June 30, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Foote, Charles W., Commodore Foote

1848-1937. At three feet, five inches, with his diminutive sister Eliza, spent over half a century traveling the world performing with various troupes, including The Little People, P. T. Barnum, the Royal American Midgets, and the Lilliputian Opera Company. Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard discussion August 1, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group. Commodore Foote Print at The History Center. Commodore Foote and the Fairy Queen on Travalance. Discussed March 18, 2017 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Fort Wayne Daisies

Fort Wayne Daisies team photo
The History Centerimage

Women's professional baseball team was one of two teams in Indiana, the other was in South Bend. On May 24, 1945, the Fort Wayne Daisies won the first game of their inaugural season in the All-American Girls Baseball League. The league was established during World War II to help keep baseball in the public eye while men were drafted in the U.S. Armed Services. The Daisies were league champions from 1952 to 1954. Copied from a May 24, 2020 team photo posted by Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook. Their home games were played at North Side High School (1945-1946) and Memorial Park (1946-1954).

  1. Photos of Naomi Sally Meier were posted May 24, 2020 by ACGSI on Facebook.
  2. Cuban pitcher found home as Daisy When women's league ended, 'Lefty' Alvarez, 84, never left the city by Dylan Sinn published May 30, 2018 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. The southpaw was born in Havana, Cuba and was pushed to play baseball by her mother, who enjoyed listening to Cuban baseball games on her radio.
  3. The June 4, 1945 Life magazine had a story on Girl's Baseball A femine Midwest league opens its third professional season with photos including a two page photo with 15 Fort Wayne players. Google has back issues of Life magazine from 1972 backward.
  4. Google has a lot of photos.
  5. 1951 photo of Katie Horstman, Jo Weaver, her sister Jean Weaver and Pat Scott at Memorial Park was posted in THIS DAY IN HISTORY: August 1 in photos by Dan Vance posted August 1, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper
  6. Baseball in Fort Wayne by Chad Gramling discusses the Daisies.
  7. A post asking for a historical marker was discussed March 16, 2017 on Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook.
  8. All American Girls Professional Baseball League History.
  9. Photo and discussion March 29, 2017 and August 9, 2017 and November 25, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
  10. Photo of the 1945 Fort Wayne Daisies with names on the Official Website of the AAGPBL was then shown a better photo and discussion March 4, 2014 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
  11. The same sepia tone photo shown with “Wamby was a gentleman:” An interview with the AAGPBL’s Audrey Haine Daniels, Part 1 by Susan Petrone published December 26, 2012 on
  12. Fort Wayne Daisies on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
  13. A home video from the 1940s with less than a minute of the Fort Wayne Daisies was posted April 14, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
  14. Daisies, Diamonds & Dugouts: The Fort Wayne Daisies Story by Don F. Graham who spent 10 years sneaking into Fort Wayne Daisies games or peeking between the tarps covering the outfield fence as a child growing up in Fort Wayne. It's the first book detailing the exploits of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League franchise that played in the city from 1945 to 1954. Copied from Daisies: Book of their own Local author gives 1st detailed history of iconic city team by Blake Sebring published May 23, 2021 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Don self published the book in 2021 and copies are available by emailing The book was also featured in A League of our Own Vintage Softball League Facebook group May 6, 2021.
  15. Dottie Schroeder stats
    AAGPBL photo
  16. Dottie Schroeder was born April 11, 1927. The only player to play all 12 seasons, Dottie Schroeder, would have turned 94 today, April 11th. In 1943-45 she played shortstop for South Bend and then during the 1945 season she was traded to Kenosha where Dottie played till 1947. In 1947 she was moved to Fort Wayne till 1952 and she finished her career in Kalamazoo in 1954 with a Championship. Copied from April 11, 2022 Facebook post by the All American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Association on Facebook.
  17. April 13, 2022 post by All American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Association on Facebook included a photo of Betty Carveth wearing a uniform with City of Fort Wayne, Indiana stating: April 13 would have been Betty Carveth Dunn's 97th birthday. Betty played one season,1945, for Fort Wayne and Rockford as a pitcher. Betty was a Canadian pitcher who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during the 1945 season. She batted and threw right handed. She was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and was one of the 57 players born in Canada to join the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. In her only season Carveth posted a combined 4–11 record and a 2.28 earned run average in 21 games for the Rockford Peaches (1945) and the Fort Wayne Daisies.
  18. April 14, 2022 post by All American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Association on Facebook included a photo of Katie “Horsey” Horstman. It stated: Happy 87th birthday to our Katie “Horsey” Horstman!!!! Katie started her career with the Kenosha Comets in 1951 but later that season found her home in Fort Wayne, 1951-54.
  19. May 9, 2022 - TinCaps Jersey Auction to Help Fund Daisies Monument Fort Wayne TinCaps and City of Fort Wayne partner on Fort Wayne Daisies Player Monument. Newsrelease started with: FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Fort Wayne TinCaps, in partnership with the City of Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department, are raising funds to renovate and improve the Fort Wayne Daisies monument at the historic site of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) team’s home field, located at Fort Wayne’s Memorial Park. “Fort Wayne has a rich baseball history and the Daisies are front and center as trailblazers for the sport in this city,” said Michael Limmer, TinCaps Vice President of Marketing. “While Memorial Park has long had a marker to designate it as the former home field of the Fort Wayne Daisies, we felt each individual Daisies player deserved to be recognized as well. This new monument will highlight each of the 144 former players and managers associated with the Daisies during the team’s existence from 1945 through 1954.” The enhanced monument was designed and created as a partnership with the City of Fort Wayne’s Parks and Recreation Department. Memorial Park is located approximately two miles east of Parkview Field, where the TinCaps play.
  20. Tincaps scoreboard
    All American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Association photo
  21. A May 22, 2022 post by All American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Association on Facebook included photos of the Fort Wayne Daisies players in attendance that night. A special thank you to the Fort Wayne TinCaps for hosting five AAGPBL players Saturday night as they honored the Fort Wayne Daisies. Three former Daisies, Isabel “Lefty” Alvarez, Katie Horstman and Dolly Vanderlip Ozburn were in attendance, along with Jeneane Lesko and Mary Moore. TinCaps players wore throwback jerseys featuring graphics replicating the Daisies uniform. The AAGPBL players signed autographs well beyond the designated time as hundreds of fans showed up to show their appreciation and to have a moment with these special women. Thanks so much TinCaps! It was also shared May 23, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook. West Michigan 1 TinCaps 0 TinCaps lose on night women's league honored by Victoria Jacobsen published May 22, 2022 in The Journal Gazette newspaper had additional information.

All-American Girls Professional Baseball Spring Training in Alexandria, Virginia Circa 1940 posted June 20, 2013 by Rogers Photo Archive on YouTube
In this awesome footage, the girls all american baseball league is highlighted as they go through spring training in Alexandria, Virginia. The Fort Wayne Daisies and the Racine Bells are getting ready for the upcoming season. Dottie Schroeder, one of the most famous players from that era, is highlighted in the vintage footage.

Fort Wayne Derby Girls

Founded in 2005,, see A Pair of Roller Skates and a Dreamon their history page. Franchise starting second decade of competition by Blake Sebring published September 8, 2015 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Fort Wayne Fire Department

  1. Retired firefighter Don Weber complied more than 9,000 photos dating back to 1860 cataloged as Fire Fighter Photographs in the Allen County Public Library Digital Collections at the Allen County Public Library. See also Fort Wayne Firefighters Museum
  2. Fires and explosions in the city can be found on the Fire Police City County Federal Credit Union calendar on the Wayback Machine.
  3. I Love Fire Trucks! by Nancy McCammon-Hansen published July 2, 2013 on the History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  4. Learn more in the book Fort Wayne’s Fire Department 1839-1964 by George K. Bradley, available for sale at the Firefighter’s Museum
  5. History of the Fort Wayne Fire Department : extracts from Fort Wayne, Indiana, newspapers ([20--]-) Volume 3 an embeded below. The front of the book mentions some street name changes and several former neighborhood towns such as Frenchtown.
  6. Dearly Departed...and the Fort Wayne Fire Department about fire fighter tombstones at Lindenwood Cemetery published July 6, 2013 by Nancy McCammon-Hansen on History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  7. City’s first female firefighter, fire chief meet Gratitude expressed for leading way - the fire department hired Genois Wilson Brabson in 1979 , who had been a dispatcher in the department. A PBS documentary is being filmed about Brabson. Published August 28, 2013 by Jeff Wiehe in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  8. Museum showcases 175 years of fire service with video by wanealyssaivanson published August 28, 2014 on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.
  9. Souvenir book of Indiana State Firemen's Association convention held at Fort Wayne, August 10, 11, 12, 1920 by Indiana State Firemen's Association Publication date 1920.

History of the Fort Wayne Fire Department : extracts from Fort Wayne, Indiana, newspapers Volume Three 01/02/1878 to 12/03/1886 by Weber, Donald Allen, Publication date [20--]- on, Includes index v.1. 1833-1872 -- v. 2. 1873-1877 -- v. 3. 1878-1886

Full Circle: Women in the Fort Wayne Fire Department

WFWA PBS39 2013 promotional documentary project about women in the Fort Wayne Fire Department featuring Fort Wayne's first female Fire Chief Amy Biggs and Fort Wayne's first female firefighter, Genois Wilson. From Pbs39 Productions on Facebook May 23, 2013.

Fort Wayne Friars Professional Football team

Football kicked off locally in second decade by Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel - Wikipedia - Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne Hoosiers

1920s American Basketball League photo of 3 players posted May 19, 2017 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Fort Wayne Nurses

Fort Wayne nurses were initially trained at nurse’s schools at local hospitals. Student nurses were offered housing on or near the hospital campus and in some cases received pay. In addition, graduates could obtain training as members of the military nursing corps and the American Red Cross. St. Joseph Hospital’s nursing education program began in 1918 with the first class of graduates in 1921. It was directed by the Sisters, Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and continued operations until its closure in 1988. Fort Wayne City Hospital was founded in 1878. In 1891 it became Hope Hospital, which began an education program in 1897. In 1953, the hospital became Parkview Memorial Hospital, the school became known as Parkview Methodist School of Nursing. Its last class graduated in 1991. Parkview partnered with IPFW after the closure. The Lutheran Hospital Training School For Nurses began operations in the early twentieth century. Students worked and trained six days per week year round. The school later became known as the Lutheran College of Health Professions and was acquired by the University of Saint Francis in 1998. Copied from a January 14, 2019 post with photos by The History Centerfor their current exhibit.

Fort Wayne Police

FWPD photo of names killed in line of duty
Names of Fallen Officers
Fort Wayne Police Department photo

May 10, 2019 at the annual Police Officers Memorial Ceremony the Fort Wayne Police Department on Facebook posted a photo of the names of the Officers who made the supreme sacrifice and fallen in the line of duty while serving our community on the Fort Wayne-Allen County Police and Fire Memorial at 1001 North Wells Street which also has a Facebook page: Law Enforcement/Firefighters Memorial of Allen County. Patrolman Kenneth P. Stiverson, age 36, was killed by gunfire July 17, 1969. His photo and information is posted on the Supporting Heroes website.

Fort Wayne TinCaps

Played their first baseball game at Parkview Field downtown on October 2, 2008. The team was formerly the Wizards. See The Apple of Our Eye: The Story Behind the Fort Wayne TinCaps by Paul Caputo published January 10, 2015 on SportsLogos.Net. See video on 25th anniversary of the Wizards/Tin Caps baseball in Fort Wayne posted April 3, 2017 by WANE-TV NewsChannel 15on Facebook. See the TinCap Alumni List with over 150 Wizards and TinCap players since 1993 who made it to the major leagues. See fast facts and more on Parkview Field / Fort Wayne TinCaps by Kevin Reichard on July 22, 2009 on

Fort Wayne Wizards

1993-2008 the Kenosha Twins baseball team relocated to Fort Wayne with their first game April 10, 1993 in a new 6,500 seat Memorial Stadium near the Memorial Coliseum as the Wizards in the Midwest League. Last game was September 1, 2008 lost 0-3 against the Great Lakes Loons. October 2, 2008 Wizards name ended becoming the Fort Wayne Tincaps playing a new stadium Parkview Field in downtown Fort Wayne. Some information from Fort Wayne Wizards on See photos, fast facts and more on Memorial Stadium / Fort Wayne Wizards by Kevin Reichard on November 3, 2008 on

Last home game for the Wizards posted Aug 29, 2008 by WANE 15 News on YouTube
Last home game for the Wizards

Foster, Samuel and Colonel David N.

Their families donated land that became Foster Park at 3900 Old Mill Road. David is recognized as "Father of the Fort Wayne Parks System" from dasfort Instragram photo.The park is now 255 acres with four miles of riverbank along the St. Marys River. It is part of the master Fort Wayne Park and Boulevard System developed in 1912 by landscape architect George Kessler. Paraphrased from the History and a September 14, 2015 post by Friends of the Parks of Allen County on Facebook. See Col David Nathaniel Foster on Find A Grave. See before and after photos of the restoration of the Colonel David Foster statue in Swinney Park winner of the ARCHie award in the institutional/government category posted May 25, 2018 on Facebook by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage). The bronze sculpture of David N. Foster at Swinney Park was dedicated 100 years ago this week. It stands at the West Washington Boulevard entrance to Swinney Park. The statue, designed by Chicago sculptor Frederick Hibbard, was unveiled to a crowd of several thousand people on May 14, 1922. A story in The Journal Gazette the next day noted it was a beautiful day to pay tribute to the Civil War veteran who played a prominent role in Fort Wayne's parks system. Foster was at the ceremony, surrounded by family and friends. His granddaughter, Maxine, pulled the cord to lower draped flags and unveil the monument. Speaker Capt. W.A. Kelsey, a representative of Civil War veterans, said the statue " will be an imperishable marker, pointing to our children, their children and all who come after us your great civic and philanthropic work to make our city a better place in which to live." Foster made brief remarks that included, "We of the park board have not been building simply for today or for this generation, but for all the centuries to come. From the depths of a proud and grateful heart I want to thank every man, woman and child in the city of Fort Wayne whose contribution is represented in this testimonial which has just been unveiled." Excerpts from the May 15, 1922, Journal Gazette story are below. Foster was born in 1841 and died in Fort Wayne in 1934 at age 93. He is buried in Lindenwood Cemetery. There is also a memorial stone to Foster and brother Samuel M. Foster at Foster Park. The family donated the initial 100 acres of land for that park. Copied from May 14, 1922: Dedication of David N. Foster statue at Swinney Park by Corey McMaken in The Journal Gazette newspaper posted May 12, 2022 on Facebook.

Franke, John

1866-1927, he died in an auto accident. - started Perfection Biscuit Company in 1901. In 1921 he gave 80 acres for Franke Park. His grandson John Popp renamed the baker Aunt Millie’s Bakeries in 2005. Was a Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard discussion August 18, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group.

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Freeland, Richard Dick

March 16, 1937 - October 20, 2013, born in Nevada, Missouri. Parents Rev. Fred and Helen Freeland, brother John, died at age 10, half-brother Fred, Jr, and half-sister Eleanor Mathis of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. In 1957 he married Deanna Walters and they had three children Kim (Alan) Cook, Terri Derheimer (died in 2009) and Todd (Angie) Freeland. Grandchildren Tyler Freeland, Dillon Freeland, Deanna Derheimer, Lindsay (Darin) Falk, Tiffany (Mike) Rego and Austin Freeland; and one great-grandchild, Connor Falk. He was chairman of the board of Pizza Hut of Fort Wayne Inc. In 1972 opened his first Pizza Hut restaurant in Fort Wayne, expanded to 46 Pizza Huts in Indiana, two Pizza Huts in northwest Ohio and four KFC restaurants in northern Indiana. He was heavily involved in local, state and national politics. Governor Mike Pence awarded his first Sagamore of the Wabash to Dick Freeland in February 2013. Read more Gov. Pence names Freeland Sagamore of the Wabash The News-Sentinel newspaperSee also Dick Freeland Dies At Age 76 by Emma Koch - 21Alive on Indiana NewsCenter. Restaurateur Dick Freeland dies on Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. Included in KFCFW History. Pizza Hut magnate Freeland dies at 76 Owner of 49 stores active in civic life by Jeff Wiehe October 22, 2013 on The Journal Gazette newspaper. Here is an aerial photo of Freeland Farms and photos on the charlan brock & associates architects & planners page. Dick Freeland Business leader draws award Pence issues 1st Sagamore honor to city executive Fort Wayne businessman Dick Freeland rated Gov. Mike Pence’s first Sagamore of the Wabash award. Freeland is chairman of the board of Pizza Hut of Fort Wayne Inc. He opened his first Pizza Hut restaurant in Fort Wayne in 1972 and now he owns 48 Pizza Hut restaurants and four KFC restaurants in northern Indiana and northwest Ohio. by Niki Kelly of The Journal Gazette newspaperFebruary 8, 2013. See Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard discussion August 7, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group.

Freeland Farms | Marilyn Hoffman posted Feb 17, 2016 by Pro360 Virtual Tours and Photography on YouTube
A rare opportunity to own a work of art, this is one of the great mansions of the world, with over 38,000 GBA sq. ft. of museum quality construction, secluded on 50 acres in a prime Midwest location. In addition to the mansion, there is a guest apartment, a separate 5,567 sq. ft. stone home with 3,329 sq.ft. of finished basement, a 6,720 sq. ft. stable and many acres of emerald green lawns, studded with huge towering trees, a 7 acre private lake, incredible landscaping and gardens.

SHAEL DREAM DESERT from Horsefly Films Rare Equine Trust on Vimeo.


History of Wayne Lodge, No. 25, F. & A.M., Fort Wayne, Indiana : together with by-laws and roster of memberships to September 1, 1911, Publication date 1911, on

Square and compass of Northeastern Indiana has various issues on

French People

The Alfred B. Rondot collection at The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indianahas 35 volumes of handwritten information including obituaries copied from local newspapers published in 1977 of French and Swiss family information for Allen County residents digitized on the Internet Archive. Four volumes, 30, 31, 35, 36, labeled obituaries are on our Obituaries page.

Friedman, Elizebeth Smith

Poet, Codebreaker, Nazi Hunter: The Puzzle-Solving Adventures of Elizebeth Smith Friedman published Dec 3, 2018 by the George C. Marshall Foundation on YouTube. See their ELIZEBETH SMITH FRIEDMAN COLLECTION.

Her early years took place in northeast Indiana. She was born into a Quaker family and grew up on a farm between Huntington and Roanoke. She was the youngest child of nine. Her niece who lived in New Haven was interviewed in Codebreaker from area subject of documentary by Rosa Salter Rodriguez published January 10, 2021 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. A PBS documentary The Codebreaker was broadcast as an American Experience January 11, 2021 and discussed January 10, 2021 on Facebook. She is the subject of a book The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies by Jason Fagone, a San Francisco Chronicle journalist and writer of long-form nonfiction. Book review in Forbes magazine: Elizebeth Smith Friedman: The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Rebecca Heilweil` published January 6, 2018.

Fremion, Joel

Artist, Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard discussion August 9, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group.

French Voyageurs

Fort Wayne has French roots. French voyageurs were the first Europeans to come to the Three Rivers region, drawn to this area by the abundant supply of furs, including fox and beaver. May 12, 1719 an inventory and orders for Francois Roye to go to the Miamis and trade was signed by Vincennes. Another document is a voyageur contract from August 17, 1720 to travel by canoe to go down and trade for furs among the Miamis. The documents were to be deposited with the judge at Montreal, Canada. Copied from a July 14, 2018 The History Center Facebook post with photos of maps and documents for July 14 Bastille Day in France. If other early records exist, they are likely to found in the French-Canadian archives.

Freshour, Joseph Terre

Born 1838, he never married but had a very interesting and productive life." Read the entire article Wagons to Soquel, Sidney Glenn Freshour from Santa Cruz County History - People Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans by Robert L. Nelson.


See 1910s photo posted May 19, 2017 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Fry, Michael L.

October 25, 1950 to November 4, 2012 see his Life Legacy. Locally famous as Happy the Hobo a television show. Mike Fry Children's TV icon, Happy the Hobo, passes away Mike Fry was original 'Happy' for eight years, from 1982 to 1990 on local WFFT television channel 55, died November 4, 2012. He had YouTube channel with highlights of his TV show and more. Happy's Place has 4 YouTube videos of the TV show. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopediahas Michael L. Fryand Happy's Place pages. WFFT has a short video of friends and colleagues Remembering Happy 'The Hobo' on November 6, 2012. Happy the Hobo actor dies at 51 Mike Fry a mainstay of local TV in the ’80s November 7, 2012 by Jeff Wiehe of The Journal Gazette newspaper. Discussed July 27, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook

Fry, Nettie

1878 Born at Maples, Indiana Attended Hanna School 1901 Nov 4 Married David Charles McKeeman, M.D. 1903 Charles Robert born 1908 David John born 1915 Harriet Elizabeth born 1918 Husband David caught influenza from a patient and died 1920 Living with Robert and Nancy Mercer, David's parents 1924 General supervisor of kitchen at South Side High School Simpson Methodist Church 1925 - 1943 Kitchen director at Girl Scout Camp at DeWart Lake 1951 Heart attack while working at South Side High School cafeteria 1951 May 16 Died Fort Wayne, Indiana; burial Lindenwood Cemetery.

OBITUARY MRS. NETTIE MERCER RITES SATURDAY FOR SCHOOL'S CAFETERIA CHIEF Services will be conducted Saturday for Mrs. Nettie Mercer, 73, 305 French Ave. who died at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Joseph's Hospital of a ruptured blood vessel. She had a heart attack at the South Side High School cafeteria, where she was kitchen supervisor. Rites will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Klaehn Funeral Home, the Rev. Donald E. Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Lindenwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 p.m. today. She was born in Maples, and attended Hanna school here. She was the widow of Dr. David J. Mercer, who practiced at Poe, until his death in 1918. She came to South Side High School in 1924 as general supervisor of the kitchen. It is estimated that she, over a period of years, directed 9,000 daily lunch periods there. She also had charge of the preparation of lunches for many school organizations. >From 1925 to 1943 she was kitchen director for the Girl Scout Summer Camp at DeWart Lake. In August, 1944, The Girl Scouts presented her with a "Thanks" Medal for outstanding service to the group. For a number of years she was cook for the "Y" weekend camping parties at Winona Lake. She was a member of the Simpson Methodist Church, the OES, and the Miriam White Shrine. Surviving are two sons, Robert, Fort Wayne; David, Pendleton; and a daughter, Mrs. Harriet Adkins, Fremont, O., and 13 grandchildren.

Submitted before 2009 by Jane Hunter Hodgson, Tucson, Arizona:, see also the Hunter Hodgson Webpage 2004 archive

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