People of Allen County, Indiana

K Surnames

Kaboo, Prince

“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 Prince Kaboo by Nancy McCammon-Hansen published November 12, 2013 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.

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.

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

Kelley, John

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... Closed group on Facebook.

Keltsch, Carl

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 newspaper then posted in a November 2, 2018 post on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Keltsch, Donald

1924-1992 - 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.
(Courtesy of Karen Keltsch Butler.
) 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... closed Facebook group.

Keltsch, Maurice

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.

Keltsch, Richard

Richard 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. Copied from his March 25, 2011 D.O. McComb and Sons obituary published in the Fort Wayne Newspapers.

Kennedy, Bob

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.

Keoun, Craig

Died in 2014, was a community leader and volunteer for the Heritage Trail Foundation, Real Men Read, the YMCA and more.

Kerr, Hugh

1811 Jun 28 Born
        1842 Oct 15 Married Nancy McConahey in County Antrim, Ireland?
        1846 Apr 29 Margaret born
        Daughter born
        1850 Census ? Ohio? Check Adams Co OH Green Twp P 60
        Sarah born
        John born
        1860 Census? OH?
        1870 Census? Allen Co IN?
        1880 Census? Allen Co IN?
        1890 Madison Twp, Allen County, IN City Directory
        1893 Jun 26 Wife Nancy died
        1900 Census Allen Co Marion Twp IN
        1901 Aug 31 Died in Marion Twp, Allen County, IN 
        1. MARGARET KERR b. 29 Apr 1846 d. 4 Feb 1928 m. Henry Emerick 27 Sep 1866
        2. DAUGHTER KERR m. Hubler
        3. SARAH KERR m. McCray
        4. JOHN K. KERR 
      Descendants of Hugh KERR
        Generation No. 1
        1.  HUGH2 KERR  (HUGH1) was born 28 June 1811, and died 31 August 1901 in
        Marion Township, Allen County, Indiana.  He married NANCY MCCONAGHY 15
        October 1842 in Ireland, daughter of JOHN MCCONAGHY and ISABELLA *.
        Children of HUGH KERR and NANCY MCCONAGHY are:
        i.  KERR3, m. HUBLER.
        ii. SARAH KERR, m. MCCRAY.
        iii. JOHN K. KERR.
        iv. MARGARET KERR, b. 29 April 1846, Ohio; d. 04 February 1928, Marion
        Township, Allen County, Indiana; m. HENRY EMERICK, 27 September 1866, Indiana. 
       Probably related to Isabel Kerr who married James McConaughy 
      1890 Madison Township, Allen County, IN
        KERR, Hugh 
        Kerr Hugh Head W M June 1816 89 Wd 56 Ire Ire Ire 1840 60 Farmer
        McCrea S-in-L W M Oct 1818 81 M 15 OH Ire Ire Preacher
        Sarah Daughter W F Sept 1852 47 M 15 O O OH Ire Ire
        Smarty Grand W M Jan 1897 3 S IL MI MI 
      Antioch Cemetery, Allen County, IN
        Hugh E. Kerr
        June 28, 1811
        d Aug 31, 1901
        Nancy his wife
        b Feb 15, 1817        

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

Kettler, Ed

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.

Kiermaier, Kevin

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 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 WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.

Kimbrough, Joan

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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Kinder Family

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 with your questions. Regards,
Pastor Claude F. Kinder
from a July 21, 2013 email.

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. Read more of his story Martin Luther King's Visit to Fort Wayne by Peggy Seigel published January 6, 2011 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog.

King, Stephen

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 his web site Stephen King was born September 21, 1947, in Portland, Maine. His father was born Donald Edwin Pollock, 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. See Stephen King lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana on the The Genealogy Center blog, the February 16, 2017 discussion when posted on The Genealogy Center on Facebook and February 17, 2017 discussion on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. See Stephen King on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Kinzie, John

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.

Kiser, Peter

A first generation German-American, illiterate butcher, city councilman and state legislator. His old ledger turned scrapbook is at The History Center in 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.

Klaehn, Don

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 theWaynedale

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Klocke, De

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.

Knox, Tom

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

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.

Kranz, John

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... Closed group 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.

Kratzert, Bill

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 Books below.

Krull, Jeffrey

Director of the Allen County Public Library for 28 years, 1986 to 2014, oversaw the expansion of the The Genealogy Center 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.

Kuhne, Eric

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

Indiana at 200: Ku Klux Klan had short-lived political power in state by Andrea Neal published June 15, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. See July 11, 1927 Timeline.

Kyi, Suu

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 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 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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