People of Allen County, Indiana

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Ihrie, Bob

Died July 1, 2015. A gentle spirit who will be remembered for his kindness by Terry Doran published July 23, 2015 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Inskeep, Richard

Died January 8, 2017, born in Bluffton, in 1949 married Harriett Simmons niece of Journal Gazette co-publisher Virgil Simmons, three sons, Joe, Tom, and Steve, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Richard G. Inskeep · 1991 Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. See Richard G. Inskeep obituary on, and Longtime JG publisher Richard Inskeep dies published January 8, 2014 and Visitation Saturday for ex-JG publisher January 10, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Irish People

Irish heritage in Indiana posted March 17, 2018 on Archives of Hoosier History Live podcast on Saturdays, noon to 1 p.m. ET on WICR 88.7 FM. The introduction begins with: It's not blarney: Of all the European ethnic heritage groups that found a new home in Indiana during the 19th century, the Irish are the second largest, outnumbered only by the Germans. For our show about Irish immigration to the Hoosier state, what more ideal day than St. Patrick's Day to spotlight the significant links between the Emerald Isle and Indiana? According to the book The Irish in America (Hyperion, 1997), Irish immigrants quickly became the "muscle power" of the American labor force, particularly after the infamous potato famine began in 1845. Even before that devastating blight spurred an emigrant exodus, Irish-born brawn in Indiana was helping build the Old National Road, the Wabash and Erie Canal and other canals. As early as 1832, canal companies based on the East Coast were specifically recruiting Irish immigrants to come to the Hoosier state, according to Peopling Indiana: The Ethnic Experience (Indiana Historical Society Press, 1996).

Isaacs, Russ

A 38-year career as a teacher, coach and administrator at Snider High School was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame. See Russ Isaacs: Up Close (VIDEOS & PHOTOS) by Tommy Schoegler and Eric Dutkiewicz of ABC TV stationpublished June 10, 2014. Throwback Thursday: Snider’s Russ Isaacs by Glenn Marini published August 27, 2015 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.

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