People of Allen County, Indiana

G Surnames

Gabbard, Sarah

An 87-year-old local woman has received the Sagamore of the Wabash award from Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office for her work in preserving Abraham Lincoln’s history in Indiana. Sara Gabbard, executive director of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana, was given the award for her work in keeping artifacts of former President Lincoln’s history in Indiana. Gabbard and Ian Rolland, a business leader who died in July 2017, worked together after the Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne closed in 2008.  Copied from Fort Wayne woman receives award from Holcomb Madelyn Kidd Aug 24, 2023 The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Gabet, Sharon

Born Sharon Rose Gabet on January 13, 1952 in Fort Wayne, Indiana is an American actress known for roles on daytime soap operas. See Sharon Gabet on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. See her biography on IMDB.com. Former ‘Edge Of Night’ Soap Actress Sharon Gabet Unites With Fans On Social Media by Charles W. Kim September 2, 2015. Sharon Rose Gabet on Facebook. Her mother Hilda M. Becker Gabet obituary December 28, 2010 on Legacy.com.

Gable, Mary

85 year old lived here about 60 years. Her Pioneer Resident is Dead obituary was published in the June 15, 1913 Fort Wayne News newspaper and posted May 11, 2016 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. Her ancestors are among the Gables in the Pioneer Certificate Ancestors List microfilm.

Gabre-Tsadick

Co-founder and current co-CEO of the Project Mercy organization in Fort Wayne, received the national award Mother of Achievement during the American Mothers organization's national convention April 24-26, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Born in Ethiopia, she grew up to become her country's first woman senator. Her family fled the country during the communists' takeover in 1975, and came to Fort Wayne a short time later as refugees. With her husband, Demeke Tekle-Wold, they founded the Fort Wayne-based Project Mercy in 1977, an organization that provides food, community development and other aid to African nations. Copied from Reception honors local Mother of Achievement award winner by Kevin Kilbane published May 4, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Gallagher, Mitch

Grammy Award winner in 1991 claimed music’s biggest award for his daring, experimental style. 2017, Gallagher is Sweetwater’s editorial director. Executive Producer Phil Naish won in 1991, 1992, and 1993 for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for his production of albums for best-selling artist Stephen Curtis Chapman. From Summit City Grammy winners share victorious tales by Kaitor Kposowa published February 11, 2017 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.

Garcia, Hector

Hector Garcia 1976 bicenetennial medalians

American Bicentennial, Fort Wayne IN: medallion designed by Hector Garcia. 1976, American Bicentennial, Fort Wayne IN: medallion designed by Hector Garcia (obverse). 1976. depicts the three rivers, Anthony Wayne, Little Turtle and the old Fort. Photo by Gabriel Delobbe, Hector Garcia working on his statue of Little Turtle, dedicated 18 October 1976 in the Allen County Public Library Digital Collections at the Allen County Public Library. From February 14, 2024 post on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.

Hector Garcia ACPL

Hector Garcia search results at the Allen County Public Library Digital Collections at the Allen County Public Library.

  1. Hector Garcia, b.1933. Hector Garcia was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in the Bronx. He was a professor at IPFW for more than two decades. His career as a public sculptor spans 60 years. He also sculpted a number of medals including the City of Fort Wayne Bicentennial Medal and the State of Indiana Bicentennial Medal.He received the Mayor's Arts Award from Arts United in 2019. Art Locator map at Fort Wayne Public Art.
  2. Hector Garcia, Dreaming and Drawing June 14, 2022 at Stillwater Hospice.
  3. Page 9 of Fort Wayne Artists We Should Know McNagny William F-12 Apr 1991-0001 Quest Club Papers.
  4. Page 9 about the Little Turtle statue in The public art of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Quinn Angie-28 Mar 2014-009 Quest Club Papers
  5. Discussed January 12, 2023 Hector Garcia Anthony Awards from Fort Wayne Civic Theatr and May 25, 2024 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook
  6. As the city's array of communal artwork grows richer each year, staple pieces, like Hector Garcia's "Jesuit Priest" and ...

    Posted by 89.1 WBOI on Friday, May 19, 2017

    Friday, May 19, 2017post by 89.1 WBOI on Facebook:

    As the city's array of communal artwork grows richer each year, staple pieces, like Hector Garcia's "Jesuit Priest" and "Chief Little Turtle" continue to speak to and about the spirit of Fort Wayne. In this extended version of Julia Meek's on-air interview w/ Garcia, you'll learn what fuels his passion, and drives his artistic output.

    Veteran Fort Wayne Sculptor Reflects On Public Art Scene

  7. Hector Garcia is a Fortland legend--for his sculptures AND insights! Hear all about them in this interview we did for...

    Posted by WBOI 89.1 - Meet the Music on Friday, May 19, 2017

    May 19, 2017 post by WBOI 89.1 - Meet the Music on Facebook:

    Hector Garcia is a Fortland legend--for his sculptures AND insights! Hear all about them in this interview we did for 89.1 WBOI--at 4:44 & 6:44 during ATC--and to double your pleasure, be sure to catch the extended version of our on-air convo later today at our website: wboi.org

    Shared May 19, 2017 post by Julia Meek on Facebook:

    Hector Garcia's sculptures AND artcentricity are legend, and it was quite an honor to interview him for 89.1 WBOI on both! If you missed it w/ Lisa on ME, catch it on Zach's ATC (4:44 & 6:44) & be sure to find an extended version of the on-air convo, w/ more on Hector's passions and pursuits at our website: wboi.org

  8. Today marks the 223rd anniversary of the signing of The Treaty of Greenville. Greenville was the culmination of...

    Posted by The History Center on Friday, August 3, 2018

    Friday, August 3, 2018 post by The History Center on Facebook:

    Today marks the 223rd anniversary of the signing of The Treaty of Greenville. Greenville was the culmination of year-long negotiations between the United States and various Native American tribes, following the Battle of Fallen Timbers in August of 1794. The main provision of the treaty ceded vast tracts of land to the American government for the purpose of westward settlement. Little Turtle, war chief of the Miami, was one of the Native American representatives at the treaty negotiations. During the American Bicentennial of 1976, a ten foot tall statue of Chief Little Turtle, sculpted by local artist Hector Garcia, was commissioned by the Fort Wayne American Revolution Bicentennial Commission. In 1984, Garcia created a cold-poured bronze-alloy replica of the original bust and donated it (along with the original mold itself) to the Historical Society. #sociallyhistory

  9. Congratulations to Hector Garcia on earning the 2019 Arts United Mayor's Arts Award. Hector was recognized for his 60-year career as a public sculpture artist.

    Posted by Mayor Tom Henry on Thursday, February 28, 2019

    February 28, 2019 post by Mayor Tom Henry on Facebook:

    Congratulations to Hector Garcia on earning the 2019 Arts United Mayor's Arts Award. Hector was recognized for his 60-year career as a public sculpture artist.

  10. As downtown continues to be a destination welcoming new residents, “Johnny” could prove an amiable neighbor, especially compared to General “Mad” Anthony Wayne whose iconography dominates.

    Posted by Input Fort Wayne on Thursday, March 14, 2019

    Thursday, March 14, 2019 post by Input Fort Wayne on Facebook:

    As downtown continues to be a destination welcoming new residents, “Johnny” could prove an amiable neighbor, especially compared to General “Mad” Anthony Wayne whose iconography dominates. See Johnny Appleseed Downtown bench and Glenbrook Mall carving.

  11. Hector Garcia Obituary a Fort Wayne Newspapers Legacy.com obituary

    Hector Garcia, 91, iconic artist and professor emeritus of Fine Art at the former IPFW, passed in his sleep, Thursday, March 28, 2024. He is survived by his son, Piero (Jacqueline) Garcia, daughter, Avila (Cliff) Myrice, brother, Pat (Angie) Garcia , sister, Maureen (Dick) Norris, grandchildren, Franco Garcia, Josette Garcia, Gabrielle Myrice, Margarite (Alex) Tyson, Rory Myrice, nieces and nephews, Colin Garcia, Todd Norris, Shannon Barnett. He was preceded in death by his son, Carlo Garcia March, 17, 2020, and Carol Garcia, December 5, 2022. "As an artist I am responsible to my humanity." He was a quiet warrior for the arts in the community and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

    Private interment with family. Church service and celebration of life memorial will be forthcoming this summer.

Gardner, Francis Wilson “Frank”

Born September 23, 1911 in Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana, he died October 26, 1983 (aged 72) and was buried in Greenlawn Cemetery. Frank was a graduate of South Side High School in June of 1929. Frank married Ilah Wright in Linton, Indiana, on June 24, 1935; they had two children. After Ilah's death in 1971, he married Marjorie Felton January 19, 1972. In the spring of 1935, Frank founded Gardner's Drive-In in Ft. Wayne. It was a small walk-up root beer stand with eleven seats at the corner of Jefferson and Webster. Six months later Frank's parents Willis and Josephine Winstead Gardner joined the business and they built a larger drive-in restaurant at the same location. The hamburgers and frosted malts were legendary! In 1941, Frank opened the Colonial Restaurant at the corner of New Haven Ave. and Beuter Rd. The Colonial was a sit-down restaurant with a casual short order side and a more formal dining room, featuring complete "meat and potatoes" meals. He operated the Colonial until 1946 when he returned to Gardner's. Gardner's was sold in 1955, and Frank began planning Char King Restaurants: one in Waynedale, one on S. Anthony and another on State St. In 1965, he also started the Char-King Farm Fare Cafeteria on California Road across from the Coliseum. The restaurants were sold in 1971. Frank was active as a restaurant consultant until his death in 1983. Copied from his extensive Find A Grave memorial page that includes several restaurant photos.

Gates, Hilliard

Born December 14, 1915 in Muskegon, Michigan, died November 21, 1996 in Fort Wayne. He was a well known sports announcer who launched the first local television station, WKJG NBC. Born as Hilliard Gates Gudelsky in Michigan, the sportscaster dropped his last name when he started broadcasting in 1936. Moving here in 1940 to take a job at WOWO, Hilliard switched to WKJG in 1947, later becoming the station’s vice president and general manager. Copied from the Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard .

  1. Hilliard Gates Gudelsky BORN: DECEMBER 14, 1915, MUSKEGON, MI, DIED: NOVEMBER 20, 1996, FORT WAYNE, INDIANA on Find A Grave.
  2. Hilliard Gates at Indiana Broadcast Pioneers
  3. RAE GUDELSKY Obituary RAE L. (GATES) GUDELSKY, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2011. Born Oct. 11, 1920, in Muskegon, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Mauritz and Euphemia (Lund borg) Petersen. She was a homemaker and a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Psi Iota Xi, the Fort Wayne Country Club, numerous bridge clubs and a Trustee of Allen County Public Library. Surviving are daughter, Marsha Gates White of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Justin A. White of Fort Wayne and Sarah R. White of Carmel; one great-grandson; and sister, Muriel Kintner of North Muskegon, Mich. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Hilliard Gates Gudelsky; son, Brian Gates Gudelsky; and three sisters. Private services were held. Preferred memorials to the Allen County Public Library Foundation. Arrangements by Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Wayne Street Chapel, 420 W. Wayne St. www.klaehnfahlmelton.com. Fort Wayne Newspapers Legacy.com obituary.
  4. May 27, 2013 post by the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook:

    IPFW Hilliard Gates Sports Center ( He Deserves this) Hilliard Gates (December 14, 1915 - November 21, 1996)

  5. December 21, 2014 post by the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook:

    Election Night coverage in the WKJG-TV studios November 8, 1960. Jack Gray and Hilliard Gates are at the anchor desk, with announcer Bill Foster in the background ready to deliver a live commercial.

  6. Hilliard Gates 2018 at the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame.
  7. March 7, 2018 post by The News-Sentinel on Facebook:

    A legend finally gets his due.

    Do you remember listening to Hilliard Gates?

    Legendary Fort Wayne WKJG broadcaster Hilliard Gates to be inducted posthumously into Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame by Reggie Hayes published March 7, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper now archived on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine

  8. March 8, 2018 post by The News-Sentinel on Facebook:

    When Bob Knight has only good things to say about you, you know you are doing it right: “He was a guy who really enjoyed sports. He really worked at making sports enjoyable for the people who listened to him or watched.

    Gates spoke the first words ever broadcast by a Fort Wayne station when he signed WKJG-TV on the air. At 7:45 p.m. on Nov. 21, 1953, he said, Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. You are watching history being made. These are the first words and pictures to emanate from WKJG-TV, Fort Wayne’s first television station. Copied from Hilliard Gates lived a life devoted to sports, his craft and his admirable work ethic by Kerry Hubartt published March 7, 2018 now archived on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

  9. Hilliard Gates on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
  10. Hilliard Gates an icon, pioneer of TV in city, Blake Sebring May 27, 2020 The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  11. November 10, 2021 post by the Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook:

    Thirty-five years ago today, the movie "Hoosiers" premiered at the Circle Theatre in Indianapolis. Filming for the movie took place in several Indiana towns including New Richmond, Nineveh, Knightstown, and Indianapolis.

    One of the most popular sports movies of all-time, it is loosely based on the 1954 Milan High School basketball championship.

    Visit the Grand Hall at the Indiana State Library to see an exhibit from the Indiana Archives including memorabilia from the filming and premier of Hoosiers!

    Learn more about the real story behind the film here: Milan Miracle That Inspired Hoosiers Film Turns 60 [ Hilliard Gates was the original announcer during the Milan Miracle basketball game ]

    The image below, showing the cast and crew applauding extras, is courtesy of the Hoosiers Archive website.

  12. Storytime with Doc: Hilliard Gates January 12, 2022, Doc Emrick shares the legacy of the late legendary sportscaster Hilliard Gates, his role in the classic sports movie, Hoosiers, and the craziest sporting event Gates ever did play-by-play for. At NBC Sports.
  13. April 27, 2021 post by the Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum on Facebook:

    You may recognize this familiar name: Hilliard Gates!

  14. July 16, 2022 post by the Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum on Facebook:

    A few notes from Cpl. Hilliard Gates at Baer Field in 1944!

Gawehn, August

August Gawehn, a tailor, age 37, along with his wife Zilla, 26 yrs, daughter Elizabeth, 10 months old, and son George, 2 yrs, arrived on the Polaria on December 7, 1889 in New York from Lauenburg. After arriving in New York, they made their way to Fort Wayne, Indiana. ... Zilla and August had two children born in Fort Wayne: Luella R Gawehn, born July 26, 1892; and Erich John Gawehn, born March 15, 1897. Modified copy from a Gawehn Search for the Gawehn Family on Sheryl's Family Tree such as Sunday's Obituary - Elizabeth M. 'Betty' Gawehn 1889-1974 posted June 23, 2013, Sunday's Obituary - Erich J. Gawehn posted June 30, 2013, Sunday's Obituary - George Richter Gawehn posted July 7, 2013. and Elizabeth M. Gawehn, 1889-1974 posted July 14, 2013.

Gawehn, George

Local artist George Gawehn, a corporate Art Director until the 1940s, took up etching and printing depictions of local...

Posted by The History Center on Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 post by The History Center on Facebook:

Local artist George Gawehn, a corporate Art Director until the 1940s, took up etching and printing depictions of local landmarks during retirement. These works were often featured in News-Sentinel Rotogravures. In 1951, Gawehn was the only Indiana intaglio artist included in a special Library of Congress exhibition. See Gawehn’s etched plates and prints and learn more about the process of intaglio printmaking by visiting The History Center to see our new temporary display “Etched in History.” #sociallyhistory

George Gawehn Sold at Auction Prices at invaluable.com

February 27, 2013 post by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook:

All right folks, time for the Hofer and Davis, Inc. - LAND SURVEYORS "Riddle of the Week" This is an original pen etching signed by George Gawelin named "Hoosier Gargoyle" from 1962 that hangs in our office. From what building would you find this gargoyle?

Shared February 28, 2023 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook

 

Craig Leonard comment to the November 28, 2023 post said: Front(SW) corner of the Dewald Block

November 22, 2017 post by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook:

It's Wall of Fame Wednesday, Baby!!! Might have shared this before, but we have new information about this etching called "Hoosier Gargoyle" hand signed by artist George Gawelin in 1962. Stay tuned for our Visitor to the H & D WOF who shed some light on this etching we've been wondering about for years! How 'bout that "cliff hanger"?

Shared November 22, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.

November 28, 2017 post by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook with photo of Frank Bougher in their office referred to their November 22, 2017 post above.

We got a special visit last week from artist and counterman Frank Bougher, at Riegel's Pipe and Tobacco Shop at 621 S. Calhoun Street. We have been stopping in at Riegels as part of "checking our traps" for over 40 years on Friday afternoons, and Frank has become a good friend! We were very excited when he picked up our etching of "Hoosier Gargoyle" by George Gawelin and knew all about him! There are 30 etchings done by Mr. Gawelin, and John Steckbeck, of Steckbeck Paints has the only complete collection that Frank is aware of. Mr. Gawelin would often work on his "plates" while eating lunch at the counter when Riegel's was located across the street, where the ROUSSEAU CENTRE (City County Building) is now. We were so happy that Frank stopped to visit The Wall of Fame and shed some light on our etching, come back anytime Frank! — with Frank Bougher in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

General Electric

Employed over 10,000 people at one time in Fort Wayne. A variety of organizations existed and some are housed and indexed in the General Electric Collection at The Genealogy Center.

George, Mrs. Eliza E. Mother - Civil War Nurse

Mother George: Fort Wayne's Angel of Mercy by Hilary A. Sadler, Fort Wayne and Allen County Public Library, 1964 an Archive.org has a second copy. "This essay on the career of Mother George, Civil War nurse, was originally published in four installments in Sunday issues of the Fort Wayne The Journal Gazette newspaper on November 24, December 1, 8, and 15.


Street View photo from Google maps showing the Mother George marker location near 329 E. Berry Street.
Mother George Civil War Nurse 1808 to 1865. The first Fort Wayne home of Mrs. Eliza E. George was near this spot. At the age of 54 she helped to make Civil War nursing history. Mother George, as she was known to thousands of Union soldiers, served with front line troops in Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina. Time after time she braved Confederate gunfire to comfort the sick and wounded. Mother George died at her post in Wilmington, North Carolina on May 9, 1865, a victim of typhoid fever contracted from returning prisoners.” Copied from: Eliza “Mother” George (Stop #8) marker Audio: “Eliza ‘Mother’ George” featuring Tom Castaldi. Courtesy of WBNI-Fort Wayne. by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage).

August 10, 2012 post by on The History Center Facebook:

Do you ever stop and look at these signs that you see around Fort Wayne? Pretty interesting stuff. This one's right across the street from the History Center.

 

Mother George Civil War Nurse — 1808-1865 — marker photos with Google maps Street View image of marker location, and more at The Historical Marker Datatbase HMdb.org.

 

December 11, 2011 photo of the plaque on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Mother George, as she was affectionately denominated by the soldiers who knew her, was definitely but mysteriously connected with Fort Wayne and possibly with the Sion Bass family." Fort Wayne Indiana's noted Civil War nurse, died May 9, 1865 of typhoid fever in an army camp in Wilmington, N.C., a month after General Lee's surrender at Appomattox. 

  1. Abraham Lincoln's contemporaries Mother George Excerpts from newspapers and other sources from the files of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection Publication date 1991 on Internet Archive.
  2. Eliza George, Fort Wayne's Civil War Heroine by Peggy Seigel published May 20, 2010 in History Center Notes & Queries blog
  3. Mentioned in City sent thousands to Civil War front lines by Kerry Hubartt published April 26, 2011 and another article about Eliza George, Sion Bass and Henry W. Lawton Three of City's Bravest Won't Be Forgotten published April 14, 2011 in The News-Sentinel newspapernow on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
  4. Report of the Adjutant General of the state of Indiana ... by Indiana. Adjutant General's Office, William H. H. Terrell on page 384 at Archive.org states "MONUMENT TO MRS ELIZA E GEORGE A beautiful monument was erected at Fort Wayne in 1866 by the citizens of that city to the memory of Mrs Eliza E George whose patriotic services in behalf of our sick and wounded soldiers will be long and gratefully remembered The Fort Wayne Gazette gives the following description of the monument: " See
  5. She died a month after the war ended in 1865. Her body was brought back to Fort Wayne and buried in Lindenwood Cemetery with full military honors. Eliza E. George on Find A Grave has photos and information.
  6. May 9, 2018 post by Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook:

    On May 9, 1865, Civil War nurse Eliza "Mother" George, of Fort Wayne, died from a typhoid outbreak scarcely a month after the war ended. At 54 years of age, following the death of her son-in-law in the Battle of Shiloh, she applied for duty in the Sanitary Commission, a civilian-run relief and medical organization. George's value as a nurse was quickly realized in the rapidly overflowing hospitals in Memphis, her first duty station. Her tireless work caring for thousands of Union soldiers earned the commendation of beleaguered field doctors and Indiana’s Governor Oliver P. Morton. Learn more about Mother George on The Indiana History Blog:

    Memorial Day Spotlight: Eliza “Mother” George by Tom Castaldi, local historianpublished May 26, 2016 in Indiana History Blog.

     

    A similar post with the marker was posted May 9, 2023 by Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook.

  7. Fort Wayne Civil War nurse known as the ‘Angel of Mercy’ to be honored at Lindenwood Cemetery by Clayton McMahan Posted: Oct 13, 2022 / Updated: Oct 13, 2022 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.
  8. October 24, 2022 a post by Lindenwood Cemetery on Facebook:

    The memorial service for Eliza E. “Mother” George was absolutely perfect! Here are a few pictures from the day.

  9. March 20, 2023 post by Emily Dwire WANE 15 on Facebook:

    POSITIVELY FORT WAYNE: This week I dove into the life of a Fort Wayne Civil War nurse named Eliza "Mother" George. If you don't know her story, take a few minutes and watch this piece to find out why this remarkable woman is honored by a group of veterans every year.

    ‘The soldiers come first’: Fort Wayne Civil War nurse remembered for selfless, sympathetic nature by: Emily Dwire, posted March 20, 2023 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.

    The History Center stated March 20, 2023 on Facebook: The History Center's image collection and blog, "History Center Notes & Queries", were used in the creation of this news story honoring Eliza "Mother" George.

    Lindenwood Cemeterystated March 20, 2023 on Facebook: We are extremely honored to be the final resting place of Mother George. We hope you take the time to watch the attached video and learn a little about the sacrifice Mrs. George made.

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Gerberding, Arnold

1900 – 1977, formed a dealer-owned buying cooperative called Hardware Wholesalers, Inc. (HWI), officially changing its name to Do it Best Corp. in 1998. Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard .

Getz, Bill

“My name is Bill Getz and I’m going to tell you a story about my experiences as a pilot. I was born in Fort Wayne Indiana in 1924. I was raised there but I went to High School at Morgan Park Military Academy in Chicago." from EvanFlies.com

Gevers, Duane

Was a Marine serving in Vietnam and one of the final 11 soldiers to leave Saigon in April of 1975. In 2014 he was a resident of the Englewood Rehabilitation Center when he went to a showing of Last Days In Vietnam a documentary showing his younger self in news reel footage with Walter Cronkite of CBS News narrating the fall of Saigon. See photos on D. R. Gevers on fallofsaigon.org, quotes on page 6 and page 364 in the Google ebook Goodnight Saigon by Charles Henderson

Geyer, Benjamin Franklin

Born in Plymouth, Marshall County, Indiana, on 07 May 1882 to Ferdinand Friedrich Geyer and Mary Augusta Wollenhaupt. Benjamin Franklin Geyer married Marian Blanche Miller. He passed away on 29 April 1958. Copied from an Ancestry.com post. See his Find A Grave page. Namesake for the Ben F. Geyer Junior High School which had a May, 15, 1960 dedication on 420 Paulding Road since 2006 the TOWLES MIDDLE SCHOOL. During the 20's, he was President of The East State Bank (located at 1201 Maumee Avenue). After the depression, he was President of Wayne Pump. He was a driving force in raising funds for the construction of the Chamber of Commerce Building. Mr. Geyer was part of a group (as a board member) who put together the overall Parkview Hospital infrastructure which included the School of Nursing. He helped shape the early years of Fort Wayne's school system - both as board member and president - for over 20 years. Paraphrased from a comment to a March 31, 2022 post on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook which apparently was copied from The Space within becomes the reality of the building June 17, 2008 post by Kristena on the Child of the Fort blog. The 2022 post showed an 1812 map of Fort Wayne which has links to several online sources and some information on our Maps of Allen County page.

Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories - Fort Wayne Indiana published August 27, 2009 on The Shadow Watchers. Anyone know more about the real Devils Hollow woman? “I’m sorry, lady, but you need a therapist, not a priest.” published May 11, 2009 on GhostTheory.com. On August 26, 1896 Fort Wayne News newspaper wrote about an Anthony Wayne ghost story posted in 12 photos in The Ghost of Wayne photo album on July 26, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. 6 ghost folklore stories posted October 3, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook.

Giaquinta, Ben

Passed away July 11, 2010 well known realtor, politican, family patriarch remembered in several The Journal Gazette newspaper articles such as A Gentleman and Public Servant where it mentioned GiaQuinta sometimes used his fists defending his best friend, Rocco Marchegiano, better known as Rocky Marciano, heavyweight champion of the world in 1952, was also Legislator, Veteran and Family Patriarch and legislative Peers call ex-state lawmaker fair, passionate.

Giaquinta, Mark

Lawyer, longtime Democratic Party activist, former four-term city councilman served on the city plan commission, public transportation board, St. Joseph Hospital Board, Family and Children’s Services Board and the Indiana Government Efficiency Commission. In 2014, FWCS Board President and one of the two The Journal Gazette Citizens of the Year published December 28, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Includes list of recipients back to beginning in 1988.

Gindlesparger, Mead

July 14, 2023 post by the Genealogy Center on Facebook:

It’s #FirefighterFriday! Each Friday in July, we will be featuring photos and historical bios from our firefighter collection (Collection courtesy of Donald A. Weber). Today, we are featuring Mead Gendlesparger.

Mead Gindlesparger was born in 1861 in South Milford, LaGrange County, Indiana to Jacob and Mary Gindlesparger.

In 1895, he married Frances Mariah Jolly. The couple had three children: Elizabeth, Allerton, and Glen. Mead served as a Fort Wayne city fireman during the 1890s and later became a coal salesman.

He died on February 7, 1941 at Lawson Place Sanitarium at the age of 79 from cancer. He is buried in Lindenwood Cemetery.

View these photos and hundreds more in the Fire Fighter collection in our Community Album: http://contentdm.acpl.lib.in.us/digital/collection/coll3

(1941, February 7). Deaths, Gindlesparger. The Fort Wayne News Sentinel, 26.

Girl Scouts - Brownies

March 1918 was the start of girl scouting in the Bloomingdale neighborhood and March 5th, 1925 the first Brownie Troop was formed in Fort Wayne. The Brownies first met in the Southside Baptist Church according to page 4 of the Silver Anniversary Dinner held in Fort Wayne, February 19, 1951 and posted by Indiana Memory Hosted Digital Collections digitally published from Girls Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Mishawaka - Penn - Harris Public Library, Mishawaka, Indiana.

Glaze, Scott

Scott’s father, Ardelle Glaze, a former research scientist, established the wire drawing company Fort Wayne Metals in 1946. Specializing in making wire for medical applications, Scott became company president in 1985. Copied from Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard discussion August 29, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group.

Glenn, Arthur

November 11, 2018 post by MM1C Arthur Glenn on Facebook:

Machinist Mate First Class Arthur Glenn of Fort Wayne joined the US Navy in 1917, enlisted for the duration of World War I, then chose to stay in the Navy, where he served 24 years in both the Atlantic and Asiatic fleets. His life was cut short on the morning of December 7, 1941, when the USS Oklahoma was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was 43 at the time and his remains were buried along with other unknowns in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said DNA submitted by John and James Glenn helped identify Arthur's remains in November of 2017.

  1. October 4, 2018 post by Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency on Facebook:

    Family members of U.S. Machinist's Mate 1st Class Arthur Glenn attend his funeral at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 21, 2018. On Dec. 7, 1941, Glenn was assigned to the USS Oklahoma when it sustained fire from Japanese aircraft. The ship capsized after multiple torpedo hits, resulting in the deaths of more than 429 crew members at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. Glenn is the 100th Oklahoma Sailor identified by Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) through DNA analysis. He was returned to his family for burial with full military honors. The mission of the DPAA is to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and the nation. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Claire Farin)

  2. Arthur Glenn, Pearl Harbor at Veterans National Memorial Shrine & Museum. Navy Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Arthur Glenn of Fort Wayne, Indiana turned 43 on December 7, 1941. It was also the day of his death. Glenn joined the US Navy in 1917 and served for the duration of World War I. He then chose to stay in the Navy, where he served 24 years in both the Atlantic and Asiatic fleets. He was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Glenn. His remains were finally accounted for on Nov. 17, 2017. He was buried August 21, 2018 in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. At the time, he was the 100th USS Oklahoma sailor identified through the government project using DNA testing. Glenn was laid to rest with full Military Honors and re-interred with some of his shipmates August 21, 2018 in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
  3. Arthur Glenn, the 100th USS Oklahoma sailor identified through the government project using DNA testing, is shown in a family photo in the newspaper article Pearl Harbor casualty identified City sailor to be buried with honors by Matthew LeBlanc published August 17, 2018 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  4. August 14, 2018 Facebook post of article no longer online.
  5. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MM1cArthurGlenn/ was set up by the family before the ceremony.

Glick, George

Little League administrator retiring after 45 years Glick wants to go while things are going well by Blake Sebring published June 30, 2015 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Glick celebrates retirement with Sagamore award by Blake Sebring published September 29, 2015 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Godfroy, Archangel (Montesequah)

See separate Mon-go-sah-quah - Archangel Godfroy page.

Godfroy, Francis

Francis Godfroy was born near present day Fort Wayne Indiana in March of 1788 and was the son of a Miami woman and French trader Jacques Godfroy. Like most French people of that time, Jacques was a Catholic, so Francis and the family practiced a mixture of the Catholic and Miami religious beliefs. Following the War of 1812, Francis Godfroy became a wealthy and successful merchant and his trading post was located on the land directly across 124 from what is now THE GODFROY CEMETERY. The trading post stood there until a tragic fire destroyed it in August of 2000. The Francis Godfroy Cemetery is located on Indiana 124, four miles east of the city of Peru Indiana. The Miami County Genealogical Society worked to get the cemetery added to the National Registry of Historic Places which it was placed onto on March 1st, 1984. Francis Godfroy, the last primary War Chief of the Miami Indians of Indiana, and some of his descendants are buried in this cemetery. Burial Place of Francis Godfroy at IN.gov. Francis Godfroy Cemetery at Find A Grave.

Goeglein

George Goeglein estate photo with information from www.goeglein.composted September 2, 2016 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. See Goeglein's Catering and Homestead Hall 7311 Maysville Road.

Goldner, Karen

From 1986 to 2003, Goldner worked for the city to attract quality jobs, encourage development and build the economy. She then went on to do similar work for local private-sector consulting companies, including FourthWave and Ruffolo Benson. Then Goldner, 49, decided to enter the political arena. In 2007, she defeated the 37-year incumbent Don Schmidt in a heavily Republican City Council district. While serving on the council, she became known for her dedication to constituent services. She also played a crucial role in developing the garbage and recycling contracts that called for a profit-sharing agreement for the city, led to a significant increase in the city’s recycling rate and reduced the city trash fee. But she lost her re-election bid in 2011. Read the rest of the story Where are they now? Success follows former area newsmakers to their new locales Editorial page staff of The Journal Gazette January 6, 2013.

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Goldstein, Leonard

Born in Cleveland, Ohio September 27, 1920, to Rose and Mitchell Goldstein. Leonard met his wife Rikki while both were attending Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. They married and moved to Fort Wayne in 1945, they said during an October 2016 interview The News-Sentinel. They lived in Fort Wayne for 71 years before moving in late 2016 to Carmel to be closer to family. In the mid-1970s, Leonard served one term on the Fort Wayne Community Schools board of school trustees, where he led the effort to push FWCS to desegregate its schools. Leonard also was active in the leadership of the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne. He also was involved for more than 30 years with the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana (ACLU). He wrote frequent newspaper guest columns and letters to the editor. Rikki helped start what is now the Women’s Bureau in 1976 and worked there for 20 years doing counseling and supervising programs. She also helped found the Fort Wayne Ballet and served on its board of directors. Rikki and Leonard Goldstein each were presented Sagamore of the Wabash awards in 1994. They also were longtime members of the Fortnightly Club in Fort Wayne. Copied from Longtime Fort Wayne business and community leader Leonard Goldstein has died by Kevin Kilbane published April 23, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaperand his D.O. McComb and Sons obituary.

Gooden, Tiffany

Gooden wore the #1 jersey as recipient of the 1994 Indiana Miss Basketball award. She led the Indiana All-stars in a pair of games against cross-border rival Kentucky. She scored 31 points as Indiana won the first game in Kentucky, and 24 points in the following victory in Indianapolis. Her two game total of 55 points still stands as the best two-game efforts in the history of the series. Gooden became a law partner in the firm of Hall & Gooden LLP in Fort Wayne, Indiana. See Good Enough No. 41 on TOP 50 Northeast Indiana's Top 50 Athletes of the 20th Century by The News-Sentinel newspaper. See Tiffany Gooden on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

February 4, 2023 post by Fort Wayne Sports History on Facebook. See Blake Sebring.

February 5

In 1994, Tiffany Gooden's spectacular high school career ends.

Fort Wayne first became aware of Gooden's abilities when she teamed with Leslie Johnson to help the Decatur Thunderbirds win the 13-and-under national AAU title in 1989. That began a dominating decade for girls basketball in Fort Wayne, and Gooden led the way.

A few years later, Gooden and company won three AAU national titles in four years as part of Mohr Magic.

Gooden's high school career was the best individually in northeast Indiana basketball history. She scored 2,198 points to break the area's career scoring record, including 29.9 points, 13.5 rebounds per game her junior year, and 29.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a senior.

At the culmination of her high school career in 1994 as Indiana's Miss Basketball, Gooden led a late Indiana rally as the Hoosier girls completed a two-game sweep of the Kentucky All-Stars with a 100-92 victory. Gooden's 24 points, coupled with her record 31 points a week earlier, broke the 17-year-old two-game series mark of 54 points.

She was selected as the National Player of the Year by Parade magazine and the Naismith Foundation.

That led to her career at the University of Iowa, where she earned all-Big Ten honors as a sophomore and senior, and conference Freshman of the Year honors. She finished with 1,024 career points, overcoming a second knee injury in her junior year.

After a 13-game stint with the ABL's Colorado Xplosion in 1998, Gooden's pro career ended when the league folded. She's now a successful lawyer in Fort Wayne and president of the Fort Wayne Sports Corporation.

In 2006, Harding's Trai Essex wins a Super Bowl ring as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks.

Goshorn, Glenn

January 7, 2023 post by Indiana Albumon Facebook:

Warsaw - Glenn E. Goshorn (1932-2020) poses with his guitar in circa 1948. Goshorn was a musician for 70 years. He started performing at church, won several local music contests, and played for Audiences Unlimited for over 25 years. He served his country during the Korean War. Glenn was the son of Howard and Elizabeth (Funk) Goshorn of Warsaw and he later lived in Fort Wayne. (Source - The Indiana Album: Ralph Goshorn Collection).

Musician Glenn Goshorn with guitar, circa 1950 at Indiana Memory digital library at IN.gov and same photo Musician Glenn Goshorn with guitar, circa 1950 at The Indiana Album.

Glenn E. Goshorn April 23, 1932 – January 3, 2020 obituary at D.O. McComb and Sons obituary at Dignity Memorial stated: IN THE CARE OF D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes - Pine Valley

Glenn E. Goshorn, 87, of Fort Wayne, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 3, 2020. Born on April 23, 1932, in Warsaw, was a son of the late Howard Lester and Elizabeth (Funk) Goshorn. He proudly served his country in the Army, during the Korean War, and, he worked for Service Electric of Warsaw before retiring in 1994, after 23 years of service as an electrician, for Allen County, Indiana. Glenn was a musician for over 70 years, beginning in church, and playing for Audiences Unlimited for over 25 years. He loved music, playing his guitar, and camping with his family and friends.

Glenn is survived by his wife of 65 years, Patsy Mae (Myers) Goshorn; children, Debra Kay (Jim) Biggs, of Grabill, Ralph E. (Carolyn) Goshorn, of Fort Wayne, Donna Mae (Scott) Book, of Fort Wayne, and Jerry Allen Goshorn, of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, and two sisters.

Funeral service will be 1:30 pm, Thursday, January 9, at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Calling will also be held from 3 to 7 pm, Wednesday, January 8, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne.

Memorial donations may be given to Audiences Unlimited. For online condolences please visit www.mccombandsons.com. GLENN GOSHORN OBITUARY at Fort Wayne Newspapers Legacy.com obituary.

Goss, Donald C.

Former Elmhurst H.S. teacher Donald C Goss passed away on March 12, 2019. Don Goss was the first to teach computer art and animation in the state of Indiana. One of his students, Adam Green, has continued working as an animator for Disney in Burbank, California where he has animated segments of six Disney films including Frozen. He was awarded Teacher of the Year in Fort Wayne and was also runner-up for the State level of the award. He was presented with a Life-time Achievement Award from the University of St. Francis. Some of his students like Peter and David Turnley have gone on to be world-renowned photographers with David winning the Pulitzer Prize in Photo Journalism. Another student, Kurt Lawson has worked with Lady Gaga doing the promotion for her black perfume called Fame. Kurt also works as an independent animator doing the Spiderman movie jump from atop a skyscraper and landing on the ground with both feet and his hand on the ground. Goss always told his students to find the best of themselves and improve on that rather than be a clone of Mr. Goss. Copied from A LIFE COMMITTED TO TEACHING by Allen Shaw published  October 23, 2015 in The Waynedale News.com.

  1. March 12, 2019 post by David Turnley Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer from Fort Wayne on Facebook:

    Remembering Donald Goss- My Art Teacher and Life Long Dear Friend is shown on the right.

    Yesterday, as I was teaching my Documentary Photography Class at the University of Michigan, I shared my thoughts that strength has very little to do with muscles, size, gender, sexuality. And I found myself feeling very emotional and wanted to share that I had grown up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and until I was a junior in High School there was not a day that I didn’t effectively live waiting until the end of school excited to go to football practice. And I shared that nevertheless, at the age of 17, I realized that I wanted to explore more about myself, and enrolled in my first Art class, which was frankly a bit intimidating for me. It was then that I met my Art Teacher Donald Goss. From that first day, he saw something in me, that was not defined by athleticism, nor strength, but by sensitivity, curiosity, and creativity that he encouraged in me each day. And as Peter Turnley and I fell at that same time into photography, and began to photograph on McClellan Street, he not only championed our work and stood firmly behind our convictions about people being defined by their inner strength, and their dignity, but also mentored us, and in doing so also transformed his art classes into one of the best high school photographic program anywhere. And from that first day in Don’s Art class, until now, I continued to share with my students, that we have stayed in touch like family. All of these years he has believed in what I have to offer the world with my photography, and in using my work to fight against people being dismissed, and fighting for people to be judged by the content of their character. He helped me to become the person that I am today. I encouraged my students to think of the people who really inspire them, and for what reasons. And we had an extraordinary class, and one that I walked away from feeling so uplifted by. I also reflected on how thankful I am for Don, how much he has always meant to my life, and sad that I hadn’t spoken to him for some time. And this morning when I awakened, I had a message from one of Don’s relatives, that Don passed away yesterday. And I share this tribute to my dear friend Don with so much gratitude, and ask each of us to remember what real strength means, and the people in our lives that we have learned this from. I love you Don and I hope you are up there with my Dad catching up. We lost a good man yesterday, but wow did Heaven just get lucky.

    ©Photograph of Don made shortly after college by David Turnley, 1979.

    And photograph of Don with Peter Turnley, and David Turnley at our exhibition at St. Francis College, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Late 1990’s.

  2. His obituary DONALD “DON” C. GOSS, 87 published March 14, 2019 and general search for several articles mentioning Don Goss on The Waynedale News.com.

Gould, Jay

Born February 16, 1901, on a farm in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, was one of five children. He started at WOWO in 1938, and eventually created the "Dinner on the Farm" radio program heard six days a week before the noon hour and initiated the station’s first "Penny Pitch" on WOWO radio 1190 AM. See his biography Jay Gould · 1973 by Richard A. Isenhour on IndianaJournalismhof.org.

Gouloff, Stephen and Opal

Son of Nicholas Gouloff, from Macedonia, who opened a restaurant in 1930 then moved as Gouloff's Paramount Grill which served Greek food at 3402 Fairfield in 1946, Opal sold to Casa D'Angelo a local Italian restaurant in 1981.

July 13, 2017 post by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook:

For "Throwback Thursday" we share this article from the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette on December 24, 1981. It is an interview with Opal Gouloff, after the decision to close Gouloff's Paramount Grill at the Southwest corner of Fairfield and Kinsmoor, catty cornered from Packard Park. BTW.... Hofer and Davis, Inc. drew up measured floor plans for the Gouloff's in 1974. It was later turned into the second Casa D'Angelo in February of 1982, as the added article from December 18, 1981 explains in the lower right hand corner.

Graffe, Henry C.

In the early 19th century clocks were primarily sold by local jewelers. One local jeweler and clock-seller was Henry Graffe, located at the corner of Columbia and Calhoun Streets until his death in January 1896. Clocks could be found all over Allen County, from the county courthouse down to the local rural farmhouses. Local businesses also relied heavily on timepieces; City Light & Power used a large oak-cased clock at its switchboard from 1908 until 1975. In the 20th century, developments in the field of electronics have led to clocks with no clockwork parts at all. Copied from a longer June 10, 2019 post with photos by The History Center

Graham, Billy

Quote in 1944: There were plenty of opportunities to leave for greener pastures. There was a big church [Gospel Temple] in Fort Wayne, Indiana. that wanted me to become their pastor. From January 13, 2013 post and discussion on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. December 6, 2013 Daniel Baker Facebook post. There is a book A Short History of the Fort Wayne Gospel Temple by Forest Weddle, 1972, that might have more information.

Graham, Neal

Born March 13, 1946, in Fort Wayne, Neal graduated from Ball State in Music Ed., going on to teach within several area music programs over the years, including North Side, Northrop and Snider High Schools. He died December 23, 2012, owner of the Percussion Center. Sold equipment to major rock bands like Rush recalled in Rock n’ roll stories from Fort Wayne’s past Big names. Big events. Brushes with fame…by Michael Summers published February 6, 2011 on Fort Wayne Reader and Neal Graham RIP on DrumEatDrum May 2, 2013. See his December 30, 2012 obituary on Legacy.com.

Graham, Rev. Vernon

Died January 20, 2017. See Impact of late Associated Churches leader the Rev. Vernon Graham still being felt in Fort Wayne by Kevin Kilbane published January 25, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. See January 2017 D.O. McComb and Sons obituary.

Gramling, Chad

Baseball in Fort Wayne - book by Chad Gramling, an officer in NEIBA - Northeast Indiana Baseball Association

Graves, Michael

Died in 2015, was one of the giants of postmodern architecture. He designed the Snyderman Home also called the Hanselmann House - aka Cube House.

Gray, Jack Huizenga

Jack Huizenga Gray, 1929 - 2023, Jack Huizenga Gray obituary, 1929-2023 at Fort Wayne Newspapers Legacy.com obituary. He passed away on Wednesday September 13, 2023, Jack was born on April 5, 1929 in Grand Rapids, MI to Jacob and Jennie Huizenga. He graduated from Muskegon High School. On August 27, 1948 he married his wife of 70 years Ginny Gray in Muskegon, MI. Survivors include children; Kym (Kevin) Kaiser, Fort Wayne, Gary (Cynthia) Gray, of Adrian MI, Grandchildren Brandon (Therese) Bossard, Korey (Meredith) Kelley, Brad (Shallon) Gray, Doug (Valerie) Gray, and 8 great grandchildren. Jack was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, and sisters Angeline, Rose, and Jeanette. Jack began his professional career as the first news anchor in local TV, at WKJG -TV, in 1953. Jack was an icon in Fort Wayne, bringing the news to everyone each weekday evening as well as hosting a morning show called "The Editor's Desk". Jack continued his career in radio and TV until 1970 while also serving, along with his wife Ginny, as a member of the Sheriff's Reserve. He then began a new career with Lutheran Hospital and retired from hospital administration in 1988 as a vice president. He then began his third career with his wife as he continued on to work with his son Gary Gray and grandson Doug Gray's company, Gray Institute.

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Greater Fort Wayne

Have you seen our 10-Year Anniversary Video? Learn more about the history of Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and all the amazing changes that have taken place in Fort Wayne and Allen County in the last decade.

Posted by Greater Fort Wayne Inc. on Friday, June 14, 2024

Friday, June 14, 2024 post by Greater Fort Wayne Inc. on Facebook:

Have you seen our 10-Year Anniversary Video? Learn more about the history of Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and all the amazing changes that have taken place in Fort Wayne and Allen County in the last decade.

Gregory, Art

Gregory Like lots of dads from a generation or two back, Art Gregory always considered himself a coach of young men. ... he became a "girls" coach and started the Lady Legit AAU basketball team in 1992 as a way to give some girls more chances to play. Though Gregory had coached some YMCA basketball, it was mostly to keep the boys on his PAL football team around and active during the offseason. In one of Lady Legit's first games, the team played the defending state champions and future Purdue star Katie Douglas and lost something like 79-19. Read the rest of his story Veteran AAU girls coach still reaping rewards will retire at the end of the season by Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel newspaper December 26, 2012

Gresham, Bill

Died July 17, 2011, he hand crafted the largest miniature circus in Indiana. Some of his wagons appeared in the Three Rivers Festival.

Grice, Jessie A.

Jesse A. Grice; sheriff and mayor, 1852-1915 by the Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County  on Archive.org.

Griggs, Bill

Was president of the local chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). He pinpointed Camp Allen Park as the spot of the May 4, 1871 baseball game when the Kekiongas of Fort Wayne took on the Forest Citys of Cleveland in the first ever professional league baseball game. See 20 Questions With Bill Griggs by Jeff Wiehe published May 9, 2017 in Fort Wayne Magazine. A monument was erected in 2017. Monument to mark site of 1871 pro baseball game Ceremony will be held Thursday evening at Camp Allen Park published May 2, 2017 and Baseball monument dedication honors friend's last goal Camp Allen Park spot marks first professional league game published May 20, 2017 both by Blake Sebring in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph)

See our Bert J. Griswold page.

Gross, Owen

86, father of six children, year old hog farmer, 50 year 4-H volunteer, 25 years on the Allen County Fair board remembered in Volunteering his time Churubusco farmer dedicates decades to 4-H, county fair by Kimberly Dupps Truesdell published May 25, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper and shared May 25, 2017 by Allen County Fairgrounds / Allen County Fair on Facebook.

Guldlin, Addie Bleekman

(1863-1935), foresighted suffragist and reformer was also a champion for inner-city children and instrumental in creating the city's first playground as a safe place for kids to play. Guldlin Park named in her honor, celebrated its centennial the spring of 2011. November 1, 2011 Guldlin was recognized with the first-ever Extra Mile Award presented by HearCare Audiology of Fort Wayne from New program to honor people who go the extra mile for others or the community October 21, 2011 by Barb Sieminski of The News-Sentinel. Long-forgotten Fort Wayne park has a rich history and, just maybe, a bright future Tiny Guldlin Park boasted the city's first playground, and it's been downhill ever since by Kevin Leininger of The News-Sentinel newspaper April 6, 2013.

Gubitz, Jeffrey

Both Fort Wayne’s faith and education communities benefited from contributions Gubitz, 61, made to the city in his 22 years here, including his work as executive director of the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation. Longtime residents might remember him from his first job here – as an employee of the former Dickers Plumbing and Hardware Store on Clinton Street or through the family’s volunteer work through the boosters program at Weisser Park Elementary School, the fine and performing arts magnet school his three children attended. From Where are they now? Success follows former area newsmakers to their new locales by the Editorial page staff of The Journal Gazette newspaper published January 6, 2013.

Gump, Jeremiah

Page 756 (n767) Gospel Messenger, The (1912) by Miller, D.L. (Daniel Long), 1841-1921; Moore, J.H. (John Henry), 1846-1935 Publication date 1912 on Archive.org

Eld. Jeremiah Gump, of Churubusco, Ind., was bom May 7, 1829, in Miami County, Ohio, and died Nov. 18, 1912, aged 82 years. He was married to Sarah Shultz, of Huntingdon, Pa., in 1850, and three years later moved to Allen County, Ind., where he resided until his death. They moved into the woods and built up a very pleasant Christian home.

Bro. Gump and his wife united with the Church of the Brethren June 21, 1854. He was elected to the ministry in November of the same year, and advanced to the second degree of the ministry in 1857. In 1862 he was ordained to the eldership, and remained faithful to his calling, though in limited circumstances, and having but very little education. Only those who lived in those early days can know the many hardships endured. He cut the trees with which to build their large frame house, and cleared the fields. They raised a family of ten children.

When one of their daughters died, leaving two little children, Grandpa and Grandma Gump took the little ones nto their home and cared for them until they were grown, and moved into homes of their own. They lived on the same farm for fifty-nine years. Bro. Gump and his companion lived together sixty-two years less two months.

He often said that much of his success in the church work was due to his faithful wife, who would take care of the children and the home many days and nights, while he would go on horseback, through heat and cold, far and near, over bad roads and through all kinds of weather, to preach the blessed Gospel to a lost world. He baptized many and preached a great many funeral sermons, of people both in and out of the church.

Buried in the Fairview Cemetery Huntertown, Eel River Township.

1897 - German Baptist church organized Eel River 1874 Jeremiah Gump 1875 building

Article from Nov 18, 1897 Fort Wayne Weekly Journal (Fort Wayne, Indiana) 1897, German baptist, Jeremiah gump

1897 - German Baptist church organized Eel River 1874 Jeremiah Gump 1875 building Fort Wayne Weekly Journal, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Thursday, November 18, 1897, Page 15.

GERMAN BAPTIST. A German Baptist church was organized in Eel River township In 1874, with Jeremiah Gump as pastor and in 1875 a pretty and commodious church built.

1911 - The Deaths - Gump - Jeremiah Gump 82

Article from Nov 20, 1911 The Fort Wayne Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Indiana) 1911, Jeremiah gump

1911 - The Deaths - Gump - Jeremiah Gump 82 The Fort Wayne Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Monday, November 20, 1911, Page 2

 

1911 - Churubusco News - Jeremiah Gump pioneer aged minister  The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Sunday, November 19, 1911, Page 20

1911 - Beloved Pioneer Pastor - Eel River Township - Jeremiah Gump sudden death The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Tuesday, December 26, 1911, Page 11

Gump Reunions

Many Gumps are buried in the Fairview Cemetery Huntertown, Eel River Township.

Gump Road is around three or four miles long going east to west, around four miles southeast of the cemetery in Huntertown to Auburn Road. Huntertown Elementary School is on the corner of Lima and Gump Roads.

1901 - Fort Wayne Man Chosen - third annual Gump family reunion Muncie - 150 members - Jeremiah Gump The Fort Wayne Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Thursday, September 26, 1901, Page 4

1905 - Annual Reunion of the Gump Family - Robison Park - pioneers 1834

Article from Sep 7, 1905 The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (Fort Wayne, Indiana) 1905, Gump reunion, Jeremiah gump, Daniel gump
1905 - Annual Reunion of the Gump Family - Robison Park - pioneers 1834 The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Thursday, September 7, 1905, Page 6
1905 - Came to County Many Years Ago - 1834 - Gump Family Annual Reunion Robison Park - 400 Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Wednesday, September 13, 1905, Page 10

1906 - Gump Reunion at Cedar - Family Gathering - list of annual deaths

Article from Sep 22, 1906 The Fort Wayne Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Indiana) 1906, Gump reunion, Jeremiah gump
1906 - Gump Reunion at Cedar - Family Gathering - list of annual deaths The Fort Wayne Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Saturday, September 22, 1906, Page 5

Gutwein, Gwen

Local artist painted 2 barns from each of Indiana's 92 counties. Featured 12 barns in her 2010 'Barns of Indiana' calendar and Gwen Gutwein: Barns of Indiana at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. See Gwen Gutwein on gwengutwein.com.

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