“Sammy”, as he was called, was born a prince in 1873, the son of a chief of the Kroo tribe in Liberia. He was in Fort Wayne only a short time when he contracted a cold in January, 1893 which turned into pneumonia and he died on May 12, age 20, at St. Joseph Hospital. He was buried in Section 14 Jordan Crossing in Lindenwood Cemetery. Read more on our Samuel Morris page.
A brief history of the Kammeier family by Kammeier, Ernst C, Publication date 1932, a 38-page version of on Archive.org.
Kartholl, David W.
Born on December 3, 1954, in Fort Wayne, he died on February 10, 2017, age 62, in Fort Wayne. See his February 10, 2107 D.O. McComb and Sons obituary. His death was posted February 13, 2017 on WhatZUp on Facebook.
Keane, John Gorman
Wikimedia Public Domain photo
July 3, 1930 – October 24, 2019, was born to William G. and Esther (Centlivre) Keane. He was nominated to be Director of the Bureau of the Census
on November 16, 1983 by Ronald Reagan 40th President of the United States: 1981 ‐ 1989.
He received an AB from Syracuse University in 1952; a BS from the University of Notre Dame, in 1955; an MBA from Indiana University in 1956; and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1965. Between 1966 and 1968, he advanced from director of research services to account supervisor and vice president at North Advertising, Inc., in Chicago, Illinois. From 1968 to 1972, he was vice president of research and planning for J.W. Walter Thompson of Chicago. From 1972 to 1983, he was president of Manage Change, Inc. in Barrington, Illinois. From 1984 to 1989, he was director of the Bureau of the Census. In 1989, he became dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Notre Dame. Copied from Keane, John Gorman, 1930- Person Authority Record at the The National Archives in their Catalog. John G. Keane is On the C-SPAN Networks: with two videos in the C-SPAN Video Library; the first appearance was a 1985 Forumand the second was 1986 program. The United States Census Bureau has his photo with detailed biography and an Interview conducted on December 28, 1988.
Keegan, Margaret Ann
Born in 1903 Fort Wayne, died in 1966. Founded the Christmas Bureau in 1936, created the Fine Arts Festival leading to the establishment of the Fine Arts Center. Arts United yearly presents an award named after her. Read more in In Celebration of Women's History Month: Fort Wayne Women remembered at Lindenwood Cemetery by Nancy McCammon-Hansen published March 12, 2014 in History Center Notes & Queries blog. Read about the Margaret Ann Keegan Award for Arts Education in Margaret Ann Keegan: Public Servant & Champion of the Arts by Sue Slick, Collection Information Specialist in the Articulate from the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
Keenan, Hugh J.
47, born in 1870 Scranton, Pennsylvania, owner of hotel death, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, obituary in April 14, 1918 The News-Sentinel newspaper. Six children: James, Bert, Walter, Fred, Ruth, and Grace.
Kekionga Baseball Team
Won first professional baseball game ever played May 4, 1871. See Fort Wayne Kekionga Baseball Team
Started out his career as a car salesman in 1964 when he left his life as a humble farmer, and went to work for his brother Jim. See video and story End Of An Era: Award Winning Car Salesman Retiring After 50 Years by Ian Hoover and Kent Hormann published December 5, 2014 in Fort Wayne's NBC-33 television station.
Kelly, Francis James Kelly -
Kelly the Clown
Born on March 26, 1926 in Yonkers, NY, Frank was the son of the late Harry and Catherine Kelly. He was a WWII Army veteran. Age 90, he passed away March 5, 2017. His children, Tim (Cheryl) Kelly of Yoder, Chuck (Diana) Kelly of Fort Wayne, Dan (Judy) Kelly of Lansing, MI, Anne Kelly of Fort Wayne; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Frank was preceded in death by his wife Bernadette in 2011. See his March 5, 2017 D.O. McComb and Sons obituary. Discussed March 7, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook.
The Keltsch Pharmacy names was Fort Wayne neighborhood fixtures for more than seven decades. Maurice Keltsch died at 89 in 2016. Maurice Keltsch and his late brother, Donald Keltsch, took over a business that was started in 1924 by their father, Carl Keltsch. It remained a single drugstore until 1959 when it was incorporated. The business had as many as 17 stores at its peak in 1989 and was the largest independent drugstore chain in Indiana at one time. Maurice Keltsch retired in 1993 after 43 years with the business, which later located inside several area Scott’s supermarkets. Copied from Maurice Keltsch dies at 89; owned drugstore chain by Rosa Salter Rodriquez published August 22, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaperthen posted in a November 2, 2018 post on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook.
Don joined his dad in the pharmacy business in 1948 at his store at the corner of Wells and Third streets, and in 1950 his brother Maurice, also a pharmacist, joined the business. Forming the company Keltsch Bros., Inc., in 1960, they opened a second drugstore on West State Boulevard, and continued to expand to 18 modern stores, two clinics, and a gift store across scattered across six northeast Indiana communities. Don’s son Richard later became CEO and continued to build the company until selling it to the Scott’s Food Stores division of Supervalu in 1998.) with photo from Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard discussion August 20, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group.
(Courtesy of Karen Keltsch Butler.
Maurice Keltsch was preceded in death by his wife, Betty I. Keltsch. He [wa]s survived by his sisters Ruth Cole of Studio City, California, and Mildred Franke of Fort Wayne. He also is survived by three daughters Sara (Dan Thue) Keltsch of Fort Wayne; Molly (Dana Leininger) Keltsch of Fort Myers Beach, Florida, and Amanda (Scott) Senger of Fort Wayne, and the Sengers’ daughters, Sydney and Shelby Seng. Copied from Maurice Keltsch dies at 89; owned drugstore chain by Rosa Salter Rodriquez published August 22, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Richard Copied from his March 25, 2011 D.O. McComb and Sons obituary published in the Fort Wayne Newspapers.
Rick M. Keltsch, 64, died unexpectedly Wednesday, March 23, 2011. Born Sept. 1, 1946, he was President and CEO with Keltsch Bros. Pharmacy, a regional pharmacy chain. during his tenure as President of Keltsch Bros. ... He [wa]s survived by his wife of 32 years, Jennie Keltsch; son, Mike (Nicole) Keltsch of San Ramone, Calif.; daughter, Kriss (Olivier) LaComme of France; stepson, Chad (Amanda) Lewton of Round Rock, Texas; brother, Steve (Ann) Keltsch of Detroit, Mich.; sisters, Karen (Rod) Butler and Susan (Rod) Hoffman, both of Fort Wayne; stepbrother, Glen (Kim) Wight of Warsaw; stepsisters, Linda (Tim) Harmon of Granger and Wendy Wight of Fort Wayne; stepmother, Jane Keltsch of Fort Wayne; mother-in-law, Gloria Byerley of Fort Wayne; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jean and Don Keltsch.
His mother was the longest-serving Fort Wayne city clerk, serving from 1983 until October 2015. Director of public works, 2007-17; associate director of public works/City Utilities, 2002-07; street commissioner, 2000-02; street department accounting and purchasing, 1996-2000; street department, 1985-96. See Kennedy moving on down road After 3 decades with city, head of Public Works starts new career by Dave Gong published November 5, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Died in 2014, was a community leader and volunteer for the Heritage Trail Foundation, Real Men Read, the YMCA and more.
Born June 28, 1811, Married Nancy McConahey October 15, 1842 in County Antrim, Ireland. See Hugh Kerr.
Ed Kettler, died Friday June 3, 2011, was a Fort Wayne business owner, civic leader, Republican fundraiser, member of the Memorial Coliseum’s board of trustees, was on the IPFW Foundation board, IU Bloomington’s board of trustees and Fort Wayne Civic Theatre’s board of directors. He received the Sagamore of the Wabash award from the governor, the Distinguished Alumni Service award from Indiana University and the Distinguished Alumni award from South Side High School. Letter to Editor in Journal-Gazette "Web letter: A dad’s vision made IPFW possible" explains connection with IPFW - Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne.
Bishop Luers High School graduate professional baseball player with Tampa Bay Rays video interview One-On-One With Luers Grad Kevin Kiermaier by waneglennmarini published August 6, 2015 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. Kiermaier wins 1st Gold Glove for center field Luers grad wins in 1st full season published November 11, 2015 on The Journal Gazette newspaper. November 8, 2016 won second Golden Glove in center field. Luers grad Kiermaier inks 6-year, $53.5 million deal by Fred Goodall published March 20, 2017 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.
Died in 2014 was a community leader and volunteer who was first female president of the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne.
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Anyone interested in the family of Kinder of Allen County can contact Rev. Claude F. Kinder. My data base has over 44,000 names in it with thousands of documents and pictures. There are names such as Pequignot, Wellman, Heckbur (Heckboure) Smith, Hoffman, Kirkhoff, Cavalier, Christman(n), Miller and many more. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions. Regards, from a July 21, 2013 email.
Pastor Claude F. Kinder
King Jr., Martin Luther
"On June 5, 1963, Dr. King visited Fort Wayne and spoke before a crowd of more than 2,000 at the Scottish Rite Auditorium. He talked about his nonviolent strategies to end racial discrimination in the South and improve conditions for African Americans in the United States. The next day, The Journal Gazette reported that 'several hundred...had to be turned away for lack of room.'" from City of Fort Wayne SOARING TRIBUTE, STUNNING GATEWAY HONORS DR. KING, SENDS WELCOMING MESSAGE TO ALL.
- Today's Catholic has a large photo when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed the crowd in Historic King speech anchoring USF’s free ‘Future of Education’ published May 15, 2003. Much of Dr. King's speech was recorded by Wesley Bashore, a journalist writing for The Journal Gazette newspaper.
- Martin Luther King's Visit to Fort Wayne by Peggy Seigel published January 6, 2011 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog.
August 23, 2023 post by Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook:
On June 5, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to Hoosiers at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Fort Wayne. During his speech, Dr. King advocated for Civil Rights, the advancement of Black communities in America, and rallied against segregation. This speech preludes Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream,” speech which was delivered in Washington, D.C. just two months later on August 28.
On June 5, 2023, 60 years after Dr. King’s visit, the Fort Wayne Public Art Commission dedicated the Pillars of Hope and Justice monument in commemoration of the event.
Interested in learning more about Dr. King’s visit to Ft. Wayne? Check out the book Before the Dream: Martin Luther King’s 1963 Speech, and Civil Rights Struggles in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Teacher’s book explores 1963 MLK visit to Fort Wayne/
King, Stephen Edwin
The famous story teller and author lived in Fort Wayne briefly in the 1950's during his early childhood before age eleven where his father's family lived according to the third sentence on his web site StephenKing.com [accessed September 2, 2022] it states:
Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. The page starts with
Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King.
- 3-year-old Stephen King does not appear in the Allen County Census, 1950. [A different 8-year-old Stephen M. King son of Walter and Lillian King is in the 1950 census].
- His father was born Donald Edwin Pollock March 11, 1914 in Peru, Miami County, Indiana, no one is sure when or why he changed his surname to King. When King was two years old, his father left the family under the pretense of going to buy a pack of cigarettes, leaving his mother to raise King and his adopted older brother, David, by herself, sometimes under great financial strain. The family moved to De Pere, Wisconsin, Fort Wayne, Indiana and Stratford, Connecticut. His family research aired September 23, 2014 in the PBS program Finding Your Roots. See a 2 minute trailer Stephen King's Progressive Past from the Season 2 Episode 1 In Search of Our Fathers. Donald Edwin King on Find A Grave
February 16, 2017 post by the Genealogy Center on Facebook. The house is at 1227 Lake Avenue.
Read our latest blog posting about tracking where science fiction author Stephen King lived while in Fort Wayne!
The King family lived in an apartment for a while and then lived with their aunt Betty a school teacher who had several city directory addesses in Stephen King lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana on the Genealogy Center Blog from The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine
- February 17, 2017 discussion on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook
- February 18, 2019 discussion on Fort Wayne Memories on Facebook.
- Stephen King on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia which references Finding Your Roots S02e01 Stephen King 15-minute video taken from the TV program Finding your Roots Season 2 Episode 1 aired September 23, 2014 posted on GhostArchive.org with the YouTube version posted above.
- March 21, 2023 discussion on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.
Namesake of Kinzie Street in Chicago. He was in 1790s Miamitown, now Fort Wayne, before moving to Chicago by 1804. Read his story A piece of Indiana in Chicago Chicago ‘father’ Kinzie lived here by Tom Castaldi for Fort Wayne Magazine published December 28th, 2015.
A first generation German-American, illiterate butcher, city councilman and state legislator. His old ledger turned scrapbook is at The History Centerin How a scrapbook helped an illiterate politician WANE Staff Reports published: March 5, 2016. See Peter Kiser Scrapbook at 200 @ 200 2016 Bicentennial items at The History Center. His obituary Obsequies of Peter Kiser was published 06 Oct 1890, Monday, page 2 in The Fort Wayne Sentinel Fort Wayne, Indiana posted on Newspapers.com. He appears on page 35 in the book Valley of the Upper Maumee Riveras an attendee for the burial of Judge Archer in an early graveyard where the county jail of that time was located so his body was moved to Broadway Cemetery that was eventually mostly moved to Lindenwood Cemetery. A 1906 speech by Son of Hon. Peter Kiser, Deceased was posted January 22, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.
Began his career in the Klaehn Funeral Home, located at 420 W. Wayne, which was founded by his great grandfather, John Julius Klaehn in the late 1800s. Read more on DON KLAEHN RETIRING AFTER 65 YEARS IN FUNERAL BUSINESS published April 8, 2016 on The Waynedale News.com.
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Died April 3, 2017, her husband Ed died April 11, 2017. Longtime North Side guidance coordinator loved helping students by Kevin Kilbane published April 20, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
Knepper, Elmer Francis
May 8, 2023 post by the Genealogy Center on Facebook:
It’s Mortarboard Monday! In honor of graduation season, we’re sharing biographies from the 1894 Central Grammar School class in Fort Wayne to see where their paths took them after graduation.
Did you know our yearbook collection is searchable in our catalog? Start exploring here: https://acpl.lib.in.us/genealogy/. Some are available to view digitally!
Elmer F. Knepper was born in 1872 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Noah Knepper and Emeline Clark. Noah worked in farming to support his family. Elmer graduated from the Central Grammar School in Fort Wayne in 1894.
In 1896, he married Mahala May Thompson. The couple had 4 children. Following in his father’s footsteps, Elmer was a farmer. In their later years, the couple spent time in Hillsborough County, Florida.
Elmer F. Knepper is buried with his wife Mahala at Oaklawn Cemetery in Plant City, Hillsborough County, Florida.
Find a Grave, database and images (http://findagrave.com : accessed 27 April 2023), memorial page for Elmer Francis Knepper (1872 - 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103467588, citing Oaklawn Cemetery, Plant City, Florida; memorial page is created and maintained by contributor 103467588, Donna McPherson.
Find a Grave, database and images (http://findagrave.com : accessed 27 April 2023), memorial page for Mahala May Knepper (1877 - 1947), Find A Grave Memorial no. 30730576, citing Oaklawn Cemetery, Plant City, Florida; memorial page is created and maintained by contributor 103467588, Donna McPherson.
January 12, 1936 - March 30, 2018. His children were Carolyn Knox, Ronald (Karen) Knox, and Tomisha Knox; grandkids, Arin Knox-Hodges, Andrew Knox, Brandon Knox, and Austin Knox; 4 great-grandkids; and siblings, Elaine Day, Clarence Starks Jr, Alberta Dukes, and Gail (Larry) Starks. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Annabelle (Hatcher) Starks Sr.; brother, Gabriel D. Starks; and sister, Martha Ann Curry from his obituary at Klaehn, Fahl, & Melton Funeral Home.
If you played, coached or watched sports around Fort Wayne from the 1960s until a few years ago, you saw Knox call a game. He officiated basketball, football and baseball, was a founding member of Metro Youth Sports and even spent a brief period officiating in the American Basketball Association. He was honored by the IHSAA for distinguished service in 1988. A native of Beckley, W.Va., Knox moved to Fort Wayne as a freshman and was an all-state football and basketball player at Fort Wayne Central High School. Copied from Longtime Fort Wayne referee Tom Knox will be remembered for his flair and his care by Reggie Hays published April 4, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Spotlight on Tom Knox, a living legend by Jeanie Summerville published June 18, 2015 on Frost Illustrated now on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
Koehlinger, Uncle "Win"
Schwinn bicycles and toys. Briefly mentioned in Memories of our Christmases downtown by Rich Ferber published December 8, 2015 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
Kramer, Norman Elliott
Norman Kramer February 28, 2006, updated November 25, 2012 on KPC.News and Norman Kramer on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
FORT WAYNE - Norman Elliott Kramer, 74, of Fort Wayne, died Thursday in Lutheran Hospital.
A native of Tell City, he was a science teacher for 33 years and taught at Tell City, Decker, Bruceville and Shelbyville, as well as Lane Junior High and R. Nelson Snider High School in Fort Wayne. He was a World War II Marine veteran, had coached high school basketball for 25 years, and coached in the Connie Mack Summer Baseball League. He played professional baseball for six years and scouted for the Philadelphia Phillies for 33 years.
Mr. Kramer was a member of the First Baptist Church, and a member of the Fort Wayne and Indiana Baseball halls of fame.
Surviving are his wife, Maxine Ruth; a daughter, Kathleen Kay Liddy of Fort Wayne; a son, Stephen Allen Kramer of Kendallville; two brothers, Clarence McNeil "Mac" Kramer of Erlange, Ky., and the Rev. John Phillip Kramer of Plano, Texas; and two grandsons, Max Kramer and Carl Kramer, both of Kendallville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Sarah Kramer, and a brother, Marion Miller Kramer.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the First Baptist Church, 2323 Fairfield Ave. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Fort Wayne.
Visitation is from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. today in D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., and one hour before services at the church on Saturday.
Preferred memorials are to First Baptist Church, or Fort Wayne Rescue Mission, 301 W. Superior St., Fort Wayne 46802.
''If nothing else, they`re getting a good workout,'' said Trcka, 33, who has spent much of his adult life on the road in search of baseball talent. Wednesday`s was the third of seven similar camps he and his aides-Norm Kramer, a veteran of 24 years in the scouting business for the Phillies, and Lyons Township High School baseball coach Terry Sullivan-will run this summer. A handful of other organizations also run individual camps, but most teams-and most potential prospects-turn out for the larger gatherings, such as the recently conducted Major League Scouting Bureau camp at St. Xavier. Copied from DREAMERS FILL LINEUP AT TRYOUT CAMP by Linda Young, Chicago Tribune, June 28, 1991.
The Norm Kramer Service Award for 2017 shows the list since 1999 on page 49 of the 121 page Snider 2017 Back to Back SAC Champs shown below:
A December 20, 2015 Tweet by Snider Football stated: @SniderFB Norm Kramer Service Award: Kevin Klee.
"The greatest pitcher Norm signed was Tom Underwood of Kokomo, who was in the majors from 1974-1984. Tom’s younger brother, Pat, made his major league debut as a pitcher against Tom, the only time that’s happened in baseball history." and
A collection of sports memorabilia lines Steve Kramer’s basement walls, a tribute to a professional baseball player, scout and high school coach — his father. Kramer of Kendallville is the son of the late Norm Kramer, a Tell City native who was a standout in high school as a basketball and baseball player. “Dad was a man of quiet confidence — basically shy, but a motivator,” Steve said. “He was a jovial jock, a great storyteller with a sense of humor.” from Sports collection keeps dad’s memories alive by Terry Housholder June 13, 2021 on KPC.News and Sports collection keeps Dad’s memories alive on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
February 8, 2023 by The Journal Gazette on Facebook.
Norm Kramer was a Snider teacher who became a Midwest area scout for the Philadelphia Phillies. He signed recent Hall of Famer Scott Rolen to his first pro contract.
Longtime area baseball scout has Hall of Fame moment Mark Jaworski February 8, 2023 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Page 18, MR. NORMAN E. KRAMER... Health ... B.S.— Butler University, M.S.—Indiana University .. . Outdoor Club, 8th Football, 9th Basketball in the 1971 Axe and Shield yearbook Chester T. Lane Junior High School.
Photos of several paintings by John Krantz a local artist in the 1960s were posted August 22, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook. He painted the backdrops at the original Diehm Museum and the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. He worked at Channel 21 when they used painted backdrops.
golf player card on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne
Kriss, Sister M. Elise
President of the University of Saint Francis, Kriss awarded Sagamore of the the Wabash by Jamie Duffy published May 6, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper
Krudop, George H.
Was a retail coal merchant for over thirty years formerly with CF Krudop whom he bought out in 1890. He was born at Fort Wayne May 12, 1869 and held many offices in retail coal associations. See George H. Krudop Coal and Lumber Company shown with photos on page 66 in Volume 40 of the March 1922 The Retail Coalman on Google eBookbelow.
Director of the Allen County Public Library for 28 years, 1986 to 2014, oversaw the expansion of the The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana while enlarging the main library and 11 of the 13 county branches. Read more in ‘Visionary’ library director to retire Sept. 1 by Vivian Sade published February 28, 2014 in the The Journal Gazette newspaper and After 28 years' leadership, Allen County Public Library director will retire Krull oversaw expansions and many changes by News-Sentinel staff published February 27, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
Born September 2, 1951 in San Antonio, Texas, he grew up in New Haven. See Wikipedia. In the 1980s and ’90s, after several Fort Wayne downtown floods, Kuhne designed Fort Wayne’s Headwaters Park. Kuhne credits the park in his becoming an internationally known architect. His London firm, CivicArts, has worked on multimillion-dollar public projects in places such as Kuwait, Dubai, Turkey and Sydney, Australia. Read more in Symposium features park architects, landscapers September 16, 2012 by Rosa Salter Rodriguez of The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Also read the story Where are they now? Success follows former area newsmakers to their new locales by the Editorial staff of The Journal Gazette January 6, 2013.
As a boy, Eric Kuhne traveled the country with his Air Force father before settling in New Haven. Now he travels the world, designing magnificent buildings and cities that capture the spirit of the people who live there. He got his start designing Headwaters Park as a city architect under former Mayor Ivan Lebamoff and recently sat down with us to discuss his plans for expanding that downtown jewel and to play 20 Questions. Read the rest in 20 Questions by Bonnie Blackburn in Fort Wayne Magazine.
Ku Klux Klan - KKK
The Ku Klux Klan in Indiana: 75 Years of Turmoil and Intimidation A Paper Presented before Quest Club March 14, 1997 by Dr. George W. M. Bullion twenty page item in the Allen County Public Library Digital Collections at the Allen County Public Library.
- Indiana Klan on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
July 11, 2016 post by the Indiana Album on Facebook:
Ku Klux Klan - This early 1920s Klan image likely shows the funeral of Orethello Lee Stringer, a railway detective who was murdered by a thief. Indiana had one of the country's largest and most powerful KKK organizations during the 1920s. Over one-quarter of the state's native-born white Hoosiers joined the Klan by its peak in 1924, due to the leadership skills of the Grand Dragon D. C. Stephenson. The membership quickly diminished in 1925 after Stephenson kidnapped and raped Madge Oberholtzer, a young secretary who took poison and died a month later.
Although membership was so high in Indiana and the Klan was involved with churches, businesses, government, and even had auxiliary groups for women and children, we find that few photographs of the organization's activities have survived. One 85-year-old who came to a scan-a-thon told us that all of her friends threw away their parents' KKK photos out of embarrassment. The Klan cast a shadow over the state, but should not be forgotten. Do you have Klan photos or negatives? Please share with the Indiana Album project. (The Indiana Album: Nancy Netter Collection)
November 30, 2016 post by the Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook:
The Indianapolis Times and the Muncie Post-Democrat mobilized the power of their press to take down the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana during the 1920s.
According to historian Leonard Moore, the Klan was a “populist, white Protestant social and political movement of the 1920s” in Indiana and the US that was “based on anti-Semitic beliefs, support for prohibition enforcement, and a wide range of traditional social, religious, and family values.” The KKK gained a large following in Indiana in the 1920s due to the efforts of Hoosier Klan leader David Curtiss (D.C.) Stephenson, who worked for the election of Klan sympathizers to local and state offices. His emphasis on recruitment grew Hoosier Klan membership to 250,000 Hoosiers. The Times began its crusade against the Klan in 1923 and exposed Indianapolis and state officials’ ties to the Klan, including Governor Ed Jackson and Indianapolis Mayor John L. Duvall. In Muncie, Post-Democrat editor George Dale ridiculed the Klan’s rallies and hypocritical ideology and published the names of known Klansmen. Ultimately, the Times won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928 for exposing the Klan, and Dale became mayor of Muncie in 1929.
Learn about Dale's crusade against the Klan: “Koo Koo Side Lights”: George Dale vs. the Klan
Read about the Times's efforts to expose Klan activities: Indianapolis Times historical marker
- November 14, 1925, July 11, 1927, and May, 1928 Timeline posts
- The KKK, Political Corruption, and the Indianapolis Times including transcript at Talking Hoosier History at IN.gov.
- Indiana at 200: Ku Klux Klan had short-lived political power in state by Andrea Neal published June 15, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspapernow on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
- KKK dominance in 1920s Indiana posted September 26, 2020 on the Archives of Hoosier History Live podcast on Saturdays, noon to 1 p.m. ET on WICR 88.7 FM introduction starts with:
Why did the despicable Ku Klux Klan become pervasive across Indiana during the 1920s? Who joined? And does the tendency of the general public to focus on Klan Grand Dragon D.C. Stephenson (and his lurid scandals) dilute the more insidious - if less sensationalistic - impact the KKK had on life in Indiana in the 1920s? These are among the questions that acclaimed Indiana historian James Madison tackles in his new book, The Ku Klux Klan in the Heartland (IU Press), which explores one of the most shameful eras in the Hoosier state. From 1923 through 1925, the peak of the KKK's influence in Indiana, "up to one third of the state's native-born, white Protestant men signed up," Jim Madison notes.
Tim Egan’s disturbing new book, “A Fever in the Heartland: The Ku Klux Klan’s Plot to Take Over America and the Woman Who Stopped Them.” I could barely put it down. It reads like fiction, but here the truth is stranger than fiction. The book is a must-read for all Hoosiers who wish to understand Indiana’s past and present, and perhaps even its future.Copied from The dark history of the Indiana heartland James P. Fenton May 23, 2023 The Journal Gazette newspaper.
February 5, 2022 post by Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook:
On February 5, 1867, anti-Ku Klux Klan crusader, newspaper editor, satirist, and one-term Muncie mayor George R. Dale was born in Monticello, White County. He used the power of the pen in the Muncie Post-Democrat to combat the rising influence of the KKK, skewering Klan members with statements like, "Aint it grand to be a one hundred percent American and wear your wife's nightie and a mother goose cap?"
Despite threats on his life, Dale won Muncie's 1929 mayoral race and served until 1935. His first action as mayor was to fire all members of the city's police force, many of whom supported the Klan's efforts.
Learn more about Dale here: “Koo Koo Side Lights”: George Dale vs. the Klan
The image below is courtesy of the Ball State University Digital Media Repository.
May 8, 2023 post by Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook:
#OTD in 1928, the Indianapolis Times won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its "work in exposing political corruption to Indiana, prosecuting the guilty and bringing about a more wholesome state of affairs in civil government." The Valparaiso Vidette-Messager dubbed the Times the "'conspicuous champion' of the independent press." It praised the paper’s effort to combat the Ku Klux Klan and corruption in state government and contended that it represented "the new spirit of public service that [was] moving the newspapers of the nation to new ideals."
November 28, 2014 post by the Indiana Genealogical Society on Facebook:
FRIDAY FACT: In February 1947, the Indiana legislature tried to outlaw the Ku Klux Klan. Any group member that advocated "malicious hatred by reason of race, color or religion" and caused "riot, disorder, interference with traffic" along with "violence, or denial of civil or constitutional rights" would be found guilty of "racketeering in hatred," imprisoned up to 2 years and fined up to $10,000, plus lose their right to vote for up to 10 years.
Source: Laws of the state of Indiana, passed at the eighty-fifth regular session of the General Assembly begun on the ninth day of January A.D. 1947 (Indianapolis: The Bookwalter Co., 1947).
- October 2, 2023 Facebook discussion to a question by Charlie Savage New York Times reporter about the KKK in 1920s Fort Wayne while reading the book “A Fever in the Heartland: The Ku Klux Klan's Plot to Take Over America, and the Woman Who Stopped Them” by Timothy Egan. He show a page photo mentioning Fort Wayne on the last page of the chapter A Master Race in the Midwest.
- One comment said to see the Race Relations chapter in the History of Fort Wayne & Allen County, Indiana, 1700-2005. Image of Chapter 57, Volume 1, page 643, Ku Klux Klan Activities 1920-1930 was posted. Willis S, Clark was mentioned.
- A “Fearless Editor” in a Changing World: Fort Wayne's Jesse Greene, Peggy Seigel, Indiana Magazine of History, Vol. 113, No. 4 (December 2017), pp. 309-340 (32 pages), Published By: Indiana University Press
- Image from the Quest article about Fort Wayne Klan participation.
- Image of a page from a 1925 publication called "Office of the KKK in Indiana" describing the local Anthony Wayne Klan #22 chapter. It said there were 2,150 members at a time when the county population was 120,000. They met every Wednesday at 8 p.m. at 299 W. Berry Street.
- Three images of The Journal Gazette article Area Klan's sketchy past dotted with show of force September 2, 1979 by Dave Nichols.
Release from house arrest in late 2010 as a dissident, is now a parliamentarian after five decades of repressive military rule. Myanmar (Burma) democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was honored in Washington D.C. and presented Congress's highest award in her remarkable journey from political prisoner to globe-trotting stateswoman. The Nobel Peace laureate's 17-day U.S. tour included meetings at the State Department and the White House. Then New York, the American Midwest including Fort Wayne, Indiana September 25, 2012 due to its large Burmese refugee population and California. Read more in Suu Kyi begins landmark US visit on FortWayne.com September 17, 2012 by Matthew Pennington of the Associated Press. See also Suu Kyi’s city visit predicted to be ‘history-making event’ September 16, 2012 by Rosa Salter Rodriguez of The Journal Gazette newspaper and Work on Suu Kyi visit under way Local Burmese, IPFW, Coliseum officials meet on FortWayne.com September 14, 2012 by Brian Francisco a Washington editor. Why Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is coming to the Midwest by Kyaw T. Soe for The News-Sentinel newspaper September 19, 2012. September 26, 2012 Journal Gazette page with several links to other stories the day after her September 25, 2012 appearance. Diverse crowd hears message by Frank Gray September 26, 2012 of the Journal Gazette.
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