People of Allen County, Indiana

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LaBalme, Lt. Col Augustin Mottin de

Revolutionary War Colonel defeated in the Fort Wayne area.

  1. Aboite name origin in LaBalme Visit to Fort Wayne by Tom Castaldi, local historianpublished April 12, 2016 in History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  2. La Balme's Defeat on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
  3. Reexamining the LaBalme Massacre Reexamining the LaBalme Massacre by Keith Layman on page 32 in the Summer 2017 Old Fort Palisade newsletter.

November 12, 2020 post with several photos by the Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution on Facebook:

The annual ceremony to honor Colonel De La Balme, a French Calvary officer who served during the American Revolution, was held in Whitley County at the site of the battle between his company of men and Chief Little Turtle and his Miami Warriors. This battle occurred around November, 1780.

Charlotte Blain, Indiana State Regent, introduced and thanked DAR, SAR, and C.A.R. members that were in attendance.

Mary Penrose Wayne Regent, Linda Stafford, placed a wreath for the Chapter.

A 1911 newspaper article references a monmuent for the "LaBalm Massacre."

July 15, 2019 post by Military History of Fort Wayne on Facebook:

The Aboite area of Fort Wayne draws its name from a massacre of French soldiers by Miami Indians southwest of present day Fort Wayne in 1780.

“103 men were massacred west of Fort Wayne, Indiana at a place called Aboite. The Miami Indians left the mutilated bodies to rot, which resulted in the French calling the site, "The Slaughterhouse" - alternately known as LaBalme's Defeat.

A slaughterhouse, also called by the French word abattoir. Today the site is still called the "Slaughterhouse" in the name of a small town and township in Allen County, Indiana called, Aboite”.

The battle itself took place on the grounds of the Vermilyea House off of Redding Road.

Aboite, Indiana Named For Indian Massacre and French Word For Slaughterhouse posted by Fritz Zimmerman September 11, 2013 on Blood on the Ohio Tales of the Frontier blog.

November 4, 2023 post by the SAR - Anthony Halberstadt Chapter on Facebook:

Col de la Balme annual Revolutionary War Commemoration in Columbia City, IN on Nov 4, 2023. Pictured are members of the IN State SAR Colorguard, along with two guardsmen performing a rifle salute. The IN State DAR are also pictured below.

La Croix

Fort Wayne has nurtured the talent of numerous entertainers who have performed during Vaudeville, on Broadway and in...

Posted by The History Center on Thursday, August 30, 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018 post by The History Center on Facebook:

Fort Wayne has nurtured the talent of numerous entertainers who have performed during Vaudeville, on Broadway and in Hollywood. One of our lesser known entertainers was vaudevillian trapeze artist, Charles Augustus Rathert. Born on November 28, 1885, Rathert grew up in Adams Township within Allen County. He began his performing career in 1914 with his wife Edna and they were known first as “Rozella & Earl,” eventually settling on “The La Croix.” After 1926, Charles performed alone under several aliases, including: La Croix, Charles Augustus, Charles Richards, Charles La Croix, Carl Landair, Vinton Corwin and Victor C. Carlin. Rathert continued promoting his trapeze act though the 1950s. He died on April 18, 1963 at the Irene Bryon Hospital from pulmonary tuberculosis and was buried at Prairie Grove Cemetery. #sociallyhistory

Ladies Society of Lutheran Hospital

Started in the fall of 1904 when the Lutheran Hospital opened. After 111 years with fewer active members and lack of new younger members it ended in 2015. See Hospital society to end with new year by Frank Gray published in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Lahey, Eric

18-year fire department veteran sworn in June 2, 2014 as Fort Wayne's 22nd Fire Chief. A Fort Wayne native and Concordia Lutheran High School graduate. 18-year department vet sworn in as fire chief by Dan Stockman published June 3, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Landon, Daniel

An Early Mill at Three Rivers on page 120 of Pamphlets Volume 8 by the Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County, Publication date 1954, on
In 1802 Daniel Landon purchased the improvements on a tract of land on the St. Mary's River, near Wayne's fort. The mill, which he later erected on the river, may havebeen the earliest water mill in Allen County. The Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County is indebted to Miss Caroline Dunn, librarian of the Indiana Historical Society, who unearthed the federal document on the claims of Landon' s heirs. The report is published verbatim, except that the Library staff has reconciled the punctuation and spelling with current practice.

Lane, Chester T.

A memorial to Chester T. Lane, principal of the Fort Wayne High School, 1879-1915 by Potterf, Rex M., Publication date 1965, on

Chester was principal of the Fort Wayne High School, 1879-1915, he is remembered today with Chester T. Lane Junior High School opened in 1965 on Reed Road, now a Middle School, across from both Glenwood Park Elementary School and R. Nelson Snider High School also built in the 1960s. The following information is copied from pages 1 and 2 of the book above:

Mr. Lane was born in Jackson County, Michigan, October 31, 1851, the son of David and Minerva J. (Crawford) Lane, both natives of New York. He remained on the family farm until he was fifteen years old. He then entered the public schools of Jackson, Michigan, to which city his parents had moved. He was graduated from the Jackson High School in 1869. In the fall of 1870, he matriculated in the University of Michigan. Completing a full classical course, he was graduated in June, 1874. Mr. Lane’s excellent scholarship was recognized by his teachers. At the time of his graduation no Phi Beta Kappa existed at Michigan. Many years later a chapter of that scholarship fraternity was established; and on graduation Winthrop Lane, son of Chester T., received his key in the first class so honored. Simultaneously his father was belatedly recognized. For five years (1874-1879) Chester T. Lane served as high school principal at Ypsilanti, Michigan. Chester T. Lane thereafter served as principal of the Fort Wayne High School for the ensuing thirty six years, terminating his professional career here in 1915. he period of Mr. Lane’s tenure at the Fort Wayne High School, 1879-1915, saw much that was formative in the American nation. Some of the landmarks of the period were the disappearance of the western frontier, the last of the Indian wars, Custer’s defeat, the early stirrings of Union labor, the annexation of Hawaii, the Spanish-American War, the beginning of the World War, the last twenty-four years of Queen Victoria’s reign, the flight of Wright's plane at Kitty Hawk, the sinking of the TITANIC and the invention of wireless telegraphy.

Page 4 in The Caldron by Fort Wayne High and Manual Training School (Fort Wayne, Ind.) 1915 for Central High School was shared March 11, 2023 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.

June 25, 2023 post byHistoric 07 District - Fort Wayne on Facebook:

The Chester Lane home is for sale on Maple Avenue. This home, known as the Cottage House, was built in 1889 in South Wayne. This beautiful Queen Anne was in a countryside neighborhood with larger lots to give it that country in a city setting. While the home is gorgeous, Chester Lane was one of Fort Wayne’s most incredible educators. Read on to learn more!

Lane Middle School was named after Chester, who was considered an expert in classical education. Chester, born on a farm in Michigan, didn’t have formal education until high school. Excelling, he attended the University of Michigan, receiving a full classical education. Upon graduation, he spent a few years in Michigan but eventually arrived in Fort Wayne in 1879 to lead the development of Fort Wayne High School for the next 36 years.

Lane built the school curriculum based on the Boston Latin School and recruited teachers to provide the best classical education available. Chester’s wife, Caroline, passed away in 1906. Chester and Caroline had six children. Eventually, Lane remarried Vera, who was an English teacher. In 1917 Chester passed away, but his story serves as the foundation for public school education in Fort Wayne.

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Lantz, Joanne

A Defiance, Ohio, native, Lantz graduated from Fort Wayne’s Central High School. She earned a doctorate from Michigan State University.  “All the presidents worked hard, but she set the bar. You could talk to her and work with her. She loved Fort Wayne and (the) university.” said Win Moses, who was mayor of Fort Wayne during part of Lantz’s 1988 to 1994 tenure as IPFW’s fourth chancellor. Copied from  Retired IPFW chancellor Joanne Lantz dies by Lisa Esquivel Long published December 9, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper .

Lapp, Sharon

May 1, 1985 murder of community activist at her home on Rudisill Boulevard. Lapp, known for her outspoken criticism of Mayor Win Moses and other city officials, was the publisher of "The Messenger," an occasional newsletter that passed on gossip and other material that usually held city officials in a bad light. Copied from Grisly crimes sent chills through city by Mike Dooley published in 1980-1989: HOT POLITICS, COLD CRIMES of The News-Sentinel newspaper. Her 1941-1985 tombstone on Find A Grave.

LaSalle, General Hyacinth

Born 1777, died 1843 - the first white baby born in Fort Wayne, was a War of 1812 General. Cass County Genealogical Society has a picture of him. Established the first official newspaper in Logansport, Cass County, Indiana and was part owner of the Logansport Canal Telegraph. From Firsts in Early Logansport, Indiana History.

Lattimore, James Harlan

91, May 9, 1921, Knoxville, Tennessee - January 2, 2013, served in the elite all black Tuskegee 301st Fighter Squadron. He was employed by Wayne Pump Company; where he developed a device that was used to detect the presence of water in gasoline. This device was submitted to the Department of Defense in Washington D.C. and became a part of the Army and Navy standard specifications for fueling installations at all U.S. Air Bases. A patent was issued in honor of James name. From his Carmichael Funeral Service obituary. See his obituary.

Latz, G. Irving

1889-1947, first general manager in 1919 of the local legand Wolf & Dessauer store. See Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard discussion August 22, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group.

Lauer, Kenneth Lawrence

February 27, 1926 to December 27, 2013, fifth child of Paul Anthony Lauer and Florence Elizabeth Becker. Siblings Margaret Ann (Lauer) Sherlock, Richard Paul Lauer, Mary Alice (Lauer) Burns, Phyllis Mae (Lauer) Traylor, and Lawrence James Lauer. January 27, 1951, he married Mary Joan "Jo" Piatt in the rectory of Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church. Ken died one month before his 63rd wedding anniversary. Their children were Beth Ann Lauer, Linda Sue Lauer, and Philip Gregory Lauer. Greg's wife was Joletta Charun, and their children were Austin Charun Lauer, Braden Charun Lauer, and Audrey Charun Lauer. Fred Reynolds, head Allen County Public Library librarian, persuaded Ken to change careers by working at ACPL and going to library school for three summers. During this time, he made 52 trips to Newberry Library in Chicago to help ACPL build its now famous genealogy collection. Ken eventually became a library manager. See his lengthy obituary or Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home obituary.

Lawton, General Henry "Hank" Ware

Henry Lawton statue near northwest corner of Lake and Crescent Avenues in Lakeside Park South shown in Street View photo on Google map.

Page 535 THE MEMORIAL TO HENRY W. LAWTON. Page 535 While Fort Wayne was fortunate in that none of her volunteer soldiers died in battle during the Spanish-American war, it was called upon to suffer deeply the sorrow which came with the news of the tragic death of their former townsman. Major General Henry W. Lawton, who was shot down by a Filipino sharpshooter in the Philippines, on December 19, 1899. When the body of General Lawton reached Fort Wayne, on the way to Washington, where it was interred in the National Cemetery, the flag-draped casket was conveyed from the railway station to the rotunda of the AUen county courthouse by an escort consisting of several bands of music and many military and other societies, but the most impressive portion of the procession was that in which appeared the men who were his comrades in arms during the civil war. The tattered battle- flag of Lawton 's Thirtieth Indiana regiment was carried by Thomas Toomey, who had borne it through the period of the rebellion. Sixteen other survivors of the same regiment were also in line. Page 536 The caissou, bearing the remains, Avas followed by a detachment of veterans of the Ninth Indiana regiment in which Lawton first enlisted. The casket, unopened, was viewed by saddened thousands. (See Chapter XXXVII).

Page 455 - A WAR-TIME PORTRAIT OF HENRY W. LAWTON from The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana : a review of two centuries of occupation of the region about the head of the Maumee River by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927; Taylor, Samuel R., Mrs, Publication date 1917 on
The portrait of Henry W. Lawton was made In 1864, when he was a captain, at the age of twenty-one years. No citizen of Indiana has risen to greater heights of military fame than did General Law ton, who was proud to call Fort Wayne his home to the end of his eventful life. This lovalty is feellnglv exhibited in a letter dated August 8, 1899. Five months before his tragic death In the Philippines, addressed to A. S. Covell, of Sion S. Bass post, G. A. R., at Fort Wayne. General Lawton wrote: "I have never wavered in my allegiance to the state of Indiana, and have never for a moment contemplated a change of residence — Fort Wayne, Ind., Is the only place where I could legally cast a vote or where I could have voted since I attained my majority." and then he adds the pathetic words which seemed to indicate his knowledge of the events of the near future: "I have heard of the death of many of the old comrades, and feel often that the time is close at hand when I, too, must join the great majority as they go marching along." Within a few weeks the body of Henry W. Lawton reposed in state in the Allen county courthouse and his home city united in the highest tribute to his honored memory.

Page 456 - MAJOR GENERAL HENRY W. LAWTON. A word at this point with reference to Fort Wayne's greatest military leader, Major General Henry W. Lawton. is entirely fitting. The father of Henry W. Lawton came to Fort Wayne during the building of the Wabash and Erie canal, but the family did not locate here permanently until 1858, at which time Henry, who was born at Manhattan, Ohio, in 1843, entered the Methodist college as a student. He enlisted as a private in the company organized by W. P. Segur, which became a part of the Ninth Indiana regiment,
Page 457 - In 1876 he was prominent in the campaigns against the Sioux and the Ute Indians. General Nelson A. Miles chose him in 1886 to lead a picked body of men to capture the bloodthirsty Indian chief, Geronimo. Within three months, on scant, unwholesome ra- tions, the little command traversed 1,396 miles of Mexican soil before the chief and his band were captured. At the beginning of the Spanish-American war General Lawton, then a lieutenant-col- onel, was promoted to the office of major-general of volunteers. He was in command of the Second division of the Fifth army corps before Santiago, and became "the hero of El Caney." At the close of the war he was transferred to the Philippines and placed in com- mand of Manila. Here he began an active campaign against the
Page 458 - native insurgents. On December 19, 1899, a bullet from the rifle of a Filipino sharpshooter at San Mateo brought to him almost instant death. The body of General Lawtou, conveyed to America for burial at Arlington cemetery, lay in state in the Allen county court- house while thousands viewed the closed casket. (See Chapter XLVI.) That Governor James A. Mount failed to recognize Law- ton's standing in the estimation of the Indiana veterans in 1898 is shown by his words in reply to the proposition to honor him with the appointment of brigadier general at tlie outbreak of the Spanish- American war. "Lawton is an absolutely unknown quantity in Indiana," said he. "His selection would disgust and disrupt the National Guard. I protest vigorously against his appointment. It must not be. He has no identity with Lidiana. If the powers that be insist on his preference, we may as well abandon the camp and
Page 458 - disband the troops." The failure to appoint Lawton at this time prevented the service of the Indiana troops beyond the border of the United States.

Born on March 17, 1843, near Toledo, in the town of Manhattan, Ohio. His millwright father George came to Fort Wayne to build mills in Allen County accompanied by his brothers Daniel and Charles. He joined the first Indiana regiment in 1861 when the Civil War erupted. During his military career he rose to General rank and was killed December 19, 1899 during the Phillipine Insurection. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. May 30, 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt was in Indianapolis to dedicate the statue of General Henry Lawton at Garfield Park in Indianapollis. He also placed a wreath on the grave of President Benjamin Harrison at Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery.

August 2, 2023 post by the Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook:

#OTD in 1864, Civil War Major General Henry Ware Lawton commanded Company A of the 30th Indiana Infantry during the Battle of Atlanta. He was awarded a Medal of Honor for leading a “charge of skirmishers against enemy rifle pits and… successfully resisted two determined attacks of the enemy to retake the works.” After the Civil War, Lawton continued serving in the US military until his death in 1899 during the Philippine-American War.

Read more about General Lawton here: Henry Ware Lawton Flawed Giant and Hero of Four Wars by Steven L. Ossad

Pictured below is General Lawton, courtesy of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.


  1. Henry Lawton with the audio: “Long Hank Lawton” featuring Tom Castaldi. Courtesy of 89.1 WBOI on the Kekionga Trail 11 stops on the Heritage Trail by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage).
  2. Henry W. Lawton by Tom Castaldi, local historianposted May 10, 2016 in History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  3. Eliza George, Sion Bass and Henry W. Lawton in the 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. October 22, 1921, Fort Wayne erected a bronze statue dedicated to General Lawton in Lakeside Park. The Fort Wayne Sentinel newspaper had a photo February 24, 1921 posted January 31, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook.
  5. Gen. Henry Lawton is honored with a statue in Lakeside Park. Lawton enlisted in the army in 1861 and served in the 9thn Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He continued his military career after the Civil War, serving until he was killed in 1899 in the Philippines. General Henry "Hank" Lawton Statue with photo by by Laura Weston-Elchert in Allen County and the Civil War Gallery in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  6. Lawton was a Civil War hero and the first Fort Wayne native to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. The story of his life is truly interesting and the statue on the corner presides well over the neighborhood. One of the many mysteries in Fort Wayne is why Lawton is in Lakeside Park, and not Lawton Park. Copied from Who Put That There? January 3, 2011 by Nancy McCammon-Hansen on the History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  7. The perfect storm is brewing in Fort Wayne about whose statue is standing in which park named what. As far as I can understand it, Foster’s statue is in Swinney Park instead of Foster Park, Lawton’s statue is located in Lakeside Park instead of Lawton Park, Chief Little Turtle is hidden in Headwaters Park, the Civil War memorial is in Lawton Park, Anthony Wayne’s statue is overwhelmed by trees in Freimann Square, and the Memory statue in Memorial Park is of a woman whose head is missing. Copied from Let’s rename the city’s parks so they match the statues that are in them by Nancy Carlson Dodd posted August 16, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  8. Henry Ware Lawton on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
  9. Henry Ware Lawton Flawed Giant and Hero of Four Wars by Steven L. Ossadat in Army History Winter 2007.

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Lebamoff, Jordan

Fort Wayne Community Schools board member and local attorney. The son of former Fort Wayne Mayor Ivan Lebamoff, Jordan Lebamoff was a 1984 graduate of South Side High School. He was first elected to the school board in 2010 and joined the board in 2011. He was last elected in 2018, and his term runs through 2022. He chose to raise his two sons, Sebastien and Julien, with his wife, Nicole, within view of South Side in the house his grandfather built and where he and his father were raised. He was committed to improving the neighborhood around South Side as a property owner and landlord. Copied from Jordan Lebamoff, FWCS board member, attorney, dies at 54 by Jim Chapman published March 10, 2020 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Lebamoff, Thomas Christ

1932 - December 1, 2012, was a Fort Wayne restaurateur for over 40 years owning Ted and Tom's North and South, Yankee Drummer, Lambro's, and The Elegant Farmer Restaurant, retiring in 2001. For more read his obituary.

Lee, Judge William Charles

  1. Judicial Profile Hon. William C. Lee U.S. District Judge, Northern District of Indiana 18-page pdf at
  2. William Charles Lee at Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
  3. Former federal judge dies at 85 Maya Wilkins January 24, 2024 The Journal Gazette newspaper
  4. IN Northern District Senior Judge Lee dies at 85 January 26, 2024 at
  5. Jan. 28 - Fort Wayne federal Judge William C. Lee dies at Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly

January 29, 2024 post by The History Center on Facebook:

The History Center mourns the passing of its dear friend and dedicated champion Judge William C. Lee. Judge Lee was first elected President of the History Center’s Board of Directors in 1992 and returned to serve in that position between 2001 and 2006. As the Board President with the longest combined tenure, one of only two to serve five consecutive years and one of only two to serve non-consecutive terms, he playfully quipped that he had the distinction of being both the F.D.R. and Grover Cleveland of the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society. He began his service to the organization in the 1960s coordinating fundraising events, continuing into the 1970s when he advocated for the capital campaign that transformed the Old City Hall Building into its current museum. He created our Heritage Education Fund annual campaign in 2003, co-chaired the publication of the History of Fort Wayne and Allen County in 2006, and established our William C. Lee Fund in 2022.

For the centennial celebration of the History Center in 2021, Judge Lee shared the following retrospective on his time with our organization and the value of its ongoing mission. His sentiments below represent a minute encapsulation for why he will be so deeply missed by our organization and those who cherish our unique local history and distinct heritage.

“When I learned of the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, I checked the society’s records and found that I first became a member in 1967 and have remained one ever since, thus spanning more than half the history of the organization. Given that longevity, and the remarkable changes in our community and culture, raise the question for me, and perhaps others, of whether or not local history can still be important or even relevant in this age of instant messaging, wireless communication, video games, and all the various forms of instant gratification that we now have dominating our lives. At first glance it would appear counterintuitive to think that anything as painstaking and laborious to produce could be relevant today. My position, perhaps not surprisingly, is that local history is as important today, perhaps more important than in times past. As our society has become more transient and fragmented, the greater importance there is to the enduring questions of where we are now, where we have been, and where we may be going.”

Leeward, James Kent

74, a 1955 Central Catholic High School graduate who grew up in Fort Wayne, was the pilot at an air show tragedy where 9 spectators were killed September 16, 2011 in Reno, Nevada. See Jimmy Leeward: Pilot killed in Nevada crash remembered as skilled, modest by Anika Myers Palm published September 17, 2011 on Orlando Sentinel, 2011 Reno Air Races crashon Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, owner of Leeward Air Ranch in Ocala, Florida. There was also Air show crash pilot from city published September 18, 2011 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Lehman, Jack

1931 to November 2, 2013 - Berne native, Korean War Army veteran, received degrees from Bluffton University in Ohio and Indiana University, former president of the Fort Wayne National who helped found the English, Bonter, Mitchell charity foundation and was involved in a lengthy list of charitable organizations, 52 year member of the Plymouth Congregational Church and instrumental in bringing a minor league baseball team to Fort Wayne. Wife Carol Sprunger, four children Reverand Janet (Jeffrey) Funk, Ray Lehman, Susan (Dr. Steven) Hoagburg and Rober (Denise Daniels) Lehman, 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. From Bank chief, civic leader Lehman dies Started charity foundation, oversaw Coliseum projects by Ron Shawgo November 5, 2013 on The Journal Gazette newspaper and D.O. McComb and Sons obituary. Editorial ‘Visionary’ Lehman poured his all into Fort Wayne’s improvement November 7, 2013 on The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Leininger, Kevin

Attended New Haven High School. He was one of the staffers during the 1982 flood when The News-Sentinel won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the flood when President Ronald Reagan posed holding a sandbag on the levee.

  1. Columnist/reporter Leininger leaving News-Sentinel after 36 years by Cindy Larson January 5, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspapernow on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
  2. The years taught me that good journalism is next to godliness -- and that's the truth by Kevin Leininger January 7, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspapernow on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
  3. The great reporters don't just chase the train by Kerry Hubartt January 9, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspapernow on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
  4. Fort Wayne journalist retires by sgoldsby - January 15, 2016 at Hoosier State Press Association.
  5. Oops, not retiring, Take it from me: Appreciate what you love before losing it, not afterward by Kevin Leininger published January 19, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspapernow on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
  6. The News-Sentinel newspaperhas 45 pages of online archived articles for Kevin Leininger from April 23, 2020 when they stopped online digital publication back to 2017 with their last print edition on October 7, 2017.
  7. May 2, 2020 post by Kevin Leininger on Facebook:

    I don't plan on beating this dead horse any longer -- I'm moving on -- but just for the record, here's what The News-Sentinel brass promised readers back on Oct.3, 2017, when publication of the daily newspaper was discontinued.

    As you'll notice, you were told to expect continuation of the same conservative editorial viewpoint for which the paper had been known for more than a century.

    Is that still the case? When will they be honest enough to tell readers,one way or another?


    Fort Wayne’s News-Sentinel publishing final edition Saturday October 6, 2017 at


Lemmon, Alihana

9 year old girl gruesome murder in December 2011 and dismembement at a trailer park on the north side of Fort Wayne made national news as a search for a missing child. June 4, 2012 a garden was dedicated in her honor as a student at Holland Elementary School. Memorial garden in honor of Aliahna by Sarah Janssen published June 5, 2012 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. December 23, 2012 Remembering Aliahna Candles lighted at 1-year vigil for slain girl by Jeff Wiehe of The Journal Gazette newspaper. June 18, 2012 Michael L. Plumadore was sentenced to life plus 36 years in prison for killing 9-year-old Aliahna Lemmon. Plumadore, a family friend was baby-sitting Lemmon and her sisters when Aliahna went missing days before Christmas 2011. Babysitter Kept Aliahna Lemmon's Head in His Freezer with video by Olivia Katrandjian published December 27, 2011 on ABC

Leonard, Craig

A native of Fort Wayne, historic preservation consultant, and three degrees in architecture. Forty years specializing in restoration and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. He is both a Sagamore of The Wabash and a Kentucky Colonel. Involved in restoration of the John Bass Mansion “Brookside,” the Allen County Courthouse, and other local landmarks. He has done extensive research of local history, and past volunteer work for ARCH and The History Center. The book Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard - 2015. Available at, Arcadian Publishing, Museum Shop at The History Center, and Visit Fort Wayne Store at Visit Fort Wayne.

Leonard, Jay

Preferred Auto dealer website:, Facebook: Jay A. Leonard May 3, 2023 (age 61) Divine Mercy Funeral Home Obituary Jay Alan Herbert Leonard, 61, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023. He was surrounded & filled with the love of his wife, two children & their spouses, both of his brothers, niece & nephew, and life-long best friend. Jay was raised in New Haven, Indiana. He was the middle of three sons of James (Jim) & Janet Leonard. His brother James (Jim Jr.), 67, who currently resides in Los Angeles, California and younger brother Jon, 57, who currently resides in Chicago, Illinois have been continual supporters of Jay’s ambitions since the earliest days here with him. He has been happily married to & survived by his wife Ann for 34 years. Together, they had two children Alexandria (Khorshid) & Jacob. He is also survived by his son-in-law, Daniel Khorshid, and daughter-in-law, Ashley Leonard. Along came three grandchildren as well, Lincoln & Leo Khorshid and Penelope Leonard - best known as “Papa” to them. He continues to be survived by his brothers James (Linda) Leonard Jr. and Jon (Betsy) Leonard; several nieces and nephews and additional family members. Jay was preceded in death by his father, James J Leonard, and mother, L. Janet Leonard.

  1. Jay Leonard, founder of Preferred Auto, passes away after cancer battle  Evan Harris May. 4, 2023
  2. Jay Leonard, founder of Preferred Auto Group, dies at 61 Sherry Slater May 4, 2023 The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Levine, Joseph

Joseph Levine was born in Molodechno, Belarus on July 7, 1907. He was one of nine children of Zalman and Sylvia Levine. In 1915, he left Molodechno with his mother, two of his brothers, and one sister. The family traveled in boxcars across Russia and Siberia, arriving at Angel Island, California in February 1915. He graduated from Hillhouse High School in 1926 and from Franklin & Marshall College in 1930. After some graduate studies at Columbia University School of Social Work, he began his career with the Jewish Board of Guardians in New York City. He later became a parole officer with the New York state parole office and was soon selected the number two person in the department of Executive Case Supervisor, after finishing first in a civil service exam. During WWII he was in the electric supply business with one of his brothers in Stanford, Connecticut. Following WWII, he worked in Germany for a year for the “JOINT” Distribution Committee, resettling Holocaust survivors. Joe wrote a story for the Indiana Jewish Historical Society on his work with the Jewish survivors of WWII, and it is still available. In the summer of 1947, he became the Executive Director of the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation. When he retired in 1972, he founded the Indiana Jewish Historical Society and was its director until he retired in 1992. Governor Evan Bayh awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash to him for all his contributions to Indiana. He married Edna Price of Staten Island, New York and they had two children, Lois (deceased) and Stanley. Joe passed away in August 7, 1996 at the age of 89. The Fort Wayne newspaper hailed him as the “conscience of the community.” Additional publications by Joe Levine are: The First Known Jewish Resident of Fort Wayne John Jacob Hays; The Boruchovicz Siddur; Peddlers To Merchants; My Work in Germany with Jewish Survivors of WWII; A Little Known American Jewish Hero; Minsk 1915: The “Rabbi Wept”; Jewish Transients in Fort Wayne; The American Heritage-Roots of Greatness; Changes In Fort Wayne. Copied from Joseph Levine at the Indiana Jewish Historical Society website:

  1. See Joseph Levine documents at Indiana Historical Society.
  2. Oral history interview with Joseph Levine at the United States Holocust Memorial Museum.
  3. Camp Joe Levine at Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne is a summer day camp program for 3 weeks in July at beautiful Fox Island.
  4. Son Stanley Levine was an Allen County Superior Court judge for 20 years who retired in 2018. Judge Levine to Retire After 20 Years In Superior Court at Allen County Government.
  5. Joseph Levine was mention in "The Good War" an oral history of WWII by Studs Terkel and discussed June 19, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.

Lewis, Belinda

After 29 years, Belinda Lewis, executive director of Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control, to retire in January by Belinda Bogue published August 27, 2015 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. MAYOR HENRY PRESENTS BELINDA LEWIS WITH "KEY TO THE FORT published January 27, 2016 by City of Fort Wayne.

Ley, Elizabeth Renier

Elizabeth Ley
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1943 newspaper article Woman, 90, Never Has Seen Movie: Has Dislike for Radio posted January 19, 2023 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook. "She recalls from her girlhood the murder of Abraham Lincoln." Elizabeth Ley in Catholic Cemetery on Find A Grave.

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Libii, Kobi

Mother Louise Magoon and father Josue Njock Libii. He graduated from Snider High School in 2003 where he was active in drama and speech. Kobi helped take the Snider speech team to eight national competitions. The Snider High School grad starred in CBS' 2017 legal drama, Doubt, alongside Katherine Heigl of Grey's Anatomy fame. See Snider Grad starring in primetime CBS show by Kaitor Kposowa published Febraury 13, 2017 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.

Liddell, Stan

February 4, 2013, 76, in 1984 he bought the Marketplace of Canterbury. He also owned Piere’s Entertainment Center with 5 different clubs featuring various musical genres and is billed as "Fourth in the World for Clubs 21+.", a variety of other businesses, including the north-end Trolley Steaks & Seafood, also known as the Trolley Bar, and a car parts company. A 1994 profile of the man published in The News-Sentinel called the nightclub business a “brass-knuckle arena” where “Liddell is the reigning champ in Fort Wayne.” A 1996 article in the northeast Indiana publication Business People, referred to Mr. Liddell by his well-known moniker, "Prince of Piere's." Read more of his story in Fallen Piere’s founder ‘really cared’ February 6, 2013 by Jeff Wiehe of The Journal Gazette newspaper. Survivors include his daughters, Buff (Lloyd) Sergent of Chicago; Jill (Chad) Conley of Sugar Grove, Ill. and Tish Liddell of Allen County; sons, Herbert Liddell III (Sheraea Deckard) and Nicholas Liddell, both of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Caleb, Camri and Chloe Conley, Joelle (Elle) Liddell and Herbert Liddell IV and Hannah Scarlett Liddell; sisters, Charlotte Beatty of Auburn, Judy Liddell Farrington of Fort Meyers, Fla. and Deborah Liddell of Raleigh, N.C.; brother, David (Sunny) Liddell of Auburn; and 15 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Liddell Sr. and Lee Liddell. From his February 6, 2013 Fort Wayne Newspapers obituary and Feller & Clark Funeral Homes Auburn, Indiana obituary.

Liebowitz, Fawn

ANIMAL HOUSE Fawn Leibowitz March 3, 2014 on YouTube

A fictional movie character in the 1978 National Lampoon’s Animal House movie starring John Belushi. Origin of character Fawn is discussed in newspaper article Fawning attention Fort Wayne frequently played for laughs - and what's wrong with that? April 12, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper now archived on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

December 17, 2023 post by Input Fort Wayne on Facebook:

Explore the inspiration behind this 1958 ranch house on the Northeast side of Fort Wayne. The Fawn Liebowitz's 1958 Childhood Home creatively pays homage to the movie “Animal House,” Summit City history, and 1960s Americana.

Learn more: Airbnb Tour: This mid-century house pays homage to the 1978 film “Animal House”

#airbnbexperience #moviebuff #fortwayne

Photos by Rachel Von Stroup

Lillie, Samuel, Jr.

Samuel Lillie Jr. (1830-1869) operated a brick, tile and pottery/earthenware business in Fort Wayne back in the mid/late 1800s. His brick yard was located at the corner of Maumee and Walton Ave. (now Anthony Boulevard). His brick yard continued to operate (at this location) after his death until it finally ceased operations in around 1887. Mr. Lillie also held a patent that made improvements to machines that molded and pressed bricks. Copied from a December 5, 2023 photos and discussion on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.

Lincoln, Abraham

President of the USA - February 23, 1860 made a brief stop at the Pennsylvania Railroad station in Fort Wayne. While he was making his way to New York to deliver his famous Cooper Union Address - the speech that assured his nomination as the Republican candidate - Lincoln stopped in Fort Wayne in the dead of night to change trains. There is no evidence that he ever left the station - it was 1 a.m. - and only a brief notice in Dawson's Daily News of Fort Wayne noted his passing: "The Hon. Abe Lincoln and wife came from the west this morning at 1 o'clock, on the Toledo, Wabash and Western Railroad, and changing cars at this city, went east." From 'Ole Abe' rides the rails Old train stations sadly reflect Fort Wayne's past by Michael Hawfield from the archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper. Lincoln came through a few days later for a second visit changing trains on his way back to Illinois. A statue of the young Abraham Lincoln in Fort Wayne represents the president-to-be as more of a “dreamer and poet… than…rail-splitter.” from Fort Wayne’s Lincoln Mystery By Yael Ksander posted May 30, 2011 at indiana

Lindahl, David M.L.

Mr. Lindahl was born August 6, 1944, in Fort Wayne, and graduated from Indiana University (B.S., 1967) and Western Michigan University (M.A., 1968). He is married, has two children, and currently resides in Fairfax Station, VA. Copied from November 13, 1985 his Nomination of David M.L. Lindahi To Be Director of the Office of Alcohol Fuelsby Ronald Reagan 40th President of the United States: 1981 ‐ 1989 at The American Presidency Project. October 19, 1989 was Continuation of David M.L. Lindahl as Director of the Office of Alcohol Fuels at the Department of Energy by George Bush 41st President of the United States: 1989 ‐ 1993, at The American Presidency Project.

Lindbergh, Charles

The famous pilot flew over Fort Wayne on August 10, 1927. The History Center’s April exhibit focuses on transportation: Here's a special look at a letter from American Aviator Charles Lindbergh that he dropped in the Summit City in 1927 by the Associated Press published April 2, 2016 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.

200@200: Charles Lindbergh's Air Sock posted April 2, 2016 by WANE 15 News on YouTube.
Learn a little more about one of the hundreds of the History Center's artifacts.

April 6, 2016 post by The History Center on Facebook:

This 1930 aerial view of Fort Wayne would have been very similar to what Charles Lindbergh saw when he flew over the city in 1927 with one major exception. Can you guess what would have been different?

Learn more about Charles Lindbergh's flight over Fort Wayne in 200@200 - Traveling the Crossroads: - 1927 Charles Lindbergh Air Sock

#fwhistory #indiana200

October 3, 2020 post by The History Center on Facebook:

After the end of World War I, large portions of society worked to keep America out of and from intervening in any European conflicts. In order to accomplish this, the America First Committee (AFC) was established in September 1940. As the foremost non-interventionist group in the United States they supported isolationism. Membership peaked at 800,000 paying members in 450 chapters, located mostly in a 300-mile radius of Chicago, making the AFC one of the largest antiwar organizations in the history of the United States. Well-known aviator and accused Nazi sympathizer, Charles A. Lindbergh was the group’s major spokesman and appeared all over the country promoting isolationism. On October 3, 1941, exactly 79 years ago today, Lindbergh spoke at the America First rally in Fort Wayne held at the Gospel Temple. His address, entitled “On Free Speech,” was delivered to an overflow crowd and the event was broadcasted over national radio. AFC disbanded several months later, in December 1941, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Today the History Center takes a look back on one of the days that Charles Lindbergh visited Fort Wayne. #sociallyhistory

  1. The image Lindbergh speaks again Fort Wayne, Ind. - Backed by a large portrait of George Washington, Charles A. Lindbergh addresses some 3,000 persons at an America First rally in Fort Wayne's Gospel Temple. Speech marked his first appearance since his controversial address at Des Moines. at The Library of Congress.
  2. No America First Committee chapter was without its organizational or leadership problems. But among the better chapters in terms of leadership, size, and effectiveness of organization were the chapters in St. Louis, Missouri; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Denver, Colorado; Fort Wayne, Indiana; from page 31 and However,/without referring to the Des Moines speech or the Jews, he did attempt to defend him self at an America First rally at Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 3, 1941page 153 in the book AMERICA FIRST THE BATTLE AGAINST INTERVENTION 1940-1941 by WAYNE S.COLE, Publication date 1953, Publisher THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN PRESS
  3. December 3, 2023 images of October 3, 1941 Fort Wayne ticket and more posted on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook

Link, Col. William Hardy

Col. William Hardy Link, born 2 March 1821Rockbridge County, Virginia, died 20 September 1862,Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky from Find A Grave. While serving as Commander of the 12th Indiana Infantry, Col. Link was wounded at the Battle of Richmond, Kentucky on August 30, 1862. He was struck in the leg by a minie-ball (a muzzle-loaded, spin-stabilizing rifle bullet) which shattered the bone. He remained in a military hospital with an infection for three weeks before dying on Sept. 20, 1862. His body was returned to Fort Wayne for burial on Sept. 24th at Lindenwood Cemetery, Section B, Lot 46. Sources: News-Sentinel, Ancestry, Battle of Richmond Association on Facebook; and staff at Lindenwood Cemetery. Copied from March 10, 2023 post on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.

Linsky, Marcia

February 5, 2024 post by 21Alive on Facebook:

The Allen County Public Defender’s Office is mourning the loss of their colleague killed in a Grabill stabbing.

“As good of an attorney as she was, she was ten times better of a person."

STORY: Allen County Public Defender’s Office mourning loss of colleague killed in Grabill

February 6, 2024 post by 21Alive on Facebook:

'Irreplaceable and extraordinary': Friends of the former Allen County magistrate are mourning her loss after she was murdered Saturday night.

Story (video) Friends reminisce on life of former Allen County magistrate

February 6, 2023 post by The Journal Gazette on Facebook:

Grabill attorney's stabbing death ruled homicide

February 8, 2024 post by WANE 15 on Facebook:

The Fort Wayne attorney, known for her polish and prestige in the courtroom, was killed in her Grabill home on Saturday.

Video: Friends reflect on Fort Wayne attorney’s life and legacy

Lipscomb, Mary Polly

101, died June 4, 2015, 10 days shy of her 102nd birthday. Was born Ann Arbor, Michigan, was US Army Nurse Corp during WWII. Oldest to fly Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana to Washington D.C. May 20, 2015. See June 4, 2015 D.O. McComb and Sons obituary. WWII Army nurse veteran Polly Lipscomb dies at 101 by Jaclyn Goldsborough published June 5, 2015 and 101-year-old WWII veteran Polly Lipscomb takes her first flight with the Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana Honor Flight 16 marks the 1,000th WWII veteran to visit Washington, D.C. published May 25, 2015 by The News-Sentinel newspaper. See also World War II Veteran Series: Army nurse Mary 'Polly' Adelaide Woodhull Lipscomb 101-year-old veteran shares personal story about treating shell-shock patients in England by Kayleen Reusser published May 4, 2015 by The News-Sentinel newspaper. Her WWII letters were discussed in 'Nobody writes like that anymore' In a digital world, cursive fades further from favor by Jeff Wiehe published July 5, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

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Little Turtle

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Locke, Victor

1983-2004 various responsibilities at Fort Wayne's, was the number one ranked morning show for 20 years, now Victor Locke Productions in Durango, Colorado who still does many voice over commercials around the area.

Logan, Lot A.

1832-1898, 66 years old, born in 1832 Kentucky, came with his parents in 1836 age 4 to Fort Wayne, was a conductor on the Wabash railroad, had four children John C. a conductor on G.R. & I. RR, William H., Mary Cantrell of Hartford City, and Jennie Lones of Warsaw wife of a Pennsylvania RR agent. See his Fort Wayne News obituary February 5, 1898.

Logan, Shawnee Chief

Logan, Shawnee chief by Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County, 1954, on

Lombard, Carole - born Jane Alice Peters

Carole Lombard publicity
File:Carole Lombard publicity.jpg at Wikimedia

Hollywood movie actress was born Jane Alice Peters October 6, 1908 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Fred Peters, son of John Claus Peters. One of three children, her parents separated and with her mother she moved to California.

Carole Lombard 1908-1942

Carole Lombard, Writing Her Story Indiana Commission for Women

October 4, 2014 post by The History Center on Facebook:

Today! 1-4 Miami Indian Heritage Days at the Chief Richardville House. 2-5 is Dearly Departed at Lindenwood Cemetery. Put on your fall duds and come on out! And Sun at 2 is the first Mather Lecture of the year about Carole Lombard. (photo from the sidewalk in front of the Embassy Theater)

March 23, 2019 post by Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook:

On March 23, 1913, the Great Flood devastated much of Indiana, as the Ohio and Wabash rivers and their tributaries spilled over banks and levees across the state. For days, the flood swept through Indiana and proved to be one of the worst weather disasters in Midwest history, causing hundreds to lose their lives and thousands their homes. Film star Carole Lombard was one of thousands impacted and her Fort Wayne childhood home became a rescue center.

Learn more and see more images of the Great Flood here: Indianapolis Collected: Postcards from the Great Flood of 1913 

Her first film role was at age 12 in A Perfect Crime. Carole Lombard and her husband Clark Gable honeymooned at Lake BarBee near Warsaw, Indiana. Her last visit to Indiana was January 15, 1942 for a war bond rally, see photo posted March 8, 2018 by the Indiana Historical Society on Facebook.

January 16, 2019 post by the Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook:

On January 16, 1942, Jane Alice Peters, better known as silver screen actress Carole Lombard, died in a plane crash the day after a visit to Indianapolis for a war bond rally. Approximately 12,000 turned out to see the Fort Wayne native's return to Indiana; millions others viewed the rally through newsreels. While in the city, Lombard attended tea at the governor’s mansion, a flag-raising ceremony at the Statehouse, and ribbon-cutting at an army recruiting office.

Learn more about Lombard on the #IndianaHistoryBlogCarole Lombard: From Fort Wayne Flood to the Silver Screen

The image below shows Lombard with Governor Henry Schricker at the bond rally just before her death, courtesy of the Hammond Times. 

  1. See Carole Lombard Bridge and Carole Lombard House.
  2. Jane Alice Peters aka Carole Lombard April 18, 2013 by Tom Castaldi on the History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  3. Carole Lombard: From Fort Wayne Flood to the Silver Screen by Tom Castaldi, local historianpublished June 16, 2016 on the Indiana Historical Bureaublog.
  4. Carole Lombard video at Indiana Bicentennial Minute by the Indiana Historical Society and the law firm of Krieg Devault with transcript of Jane Pauley narration.
  5. Photo on Five Fort Wayne Actresses Who Made it on the Big Screen by the The News-Sentinel newspaper now on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
  6. WhatWasThere has then and now crash scene photos.
  7. Third wife of Clark Gable whose biography is on Find A Grave.
  8. Carole Lombard and also mother's photoon Find A Grave.
  9. Her father Frederick C. Peters died February 20, 1935 and is buried in Lindenwood Cemetery Fort Wayne, Indiana on Find A Grave.
  10. A September 6, 2009 Journal Gazette newspaper article West Central block party salutes arts shows her home at 704 Rockhill St.
  11. Carole Lombard on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
  13. GenDisaster web site discusses her tragic death January 16, 1942 Near Las Vegas, NV Carole Lombard, 21 More Dead In Airline Crash, Jan 1942 "
  14. Several local landmarks are show in Carole Lombard album on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne.
  15. IMBd biography lists her many film credits.
  16. British Newspaper Archives has the Evening Telegraph – Saturday 17 January 1942 newspaper clipping.
  17. city icon Carole Lombard back to life Civic Theatre opens playwright festival with one-woman show about the famous actress, a Fort Wayne native by Sheryl Krieg published May 30, 2013, New book examines plane crash that killed Hollywood star, Fort Wayne native Carole Lombard by Kevin Kilbane published January 13, 2014, and a new book Fireball: Carole Lombard & the Mystery of Flight 3 by author Robert Matzen published January 16, 2014 by GoodKnight Books, discussed in  Fort Wayne native and acting legend Carole Lombard's life, death topic of first Mather Series lecture by Kevin Kilbane published September 30, 2014 were all in the former The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  18. 2014 book by author Robert Matzen in a video: Writer discusses book on Fort Wayne native, Hollywood star by WANE Staff Reports published October 5, 2014 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15 now on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
  19. Author Robert Matzen wrote WOODSTOCK ON THE MAUMEE about his visit to the Peters/Lombard family homes including photos before his presentation on his Robert Matzen blog.
  20. Carole Lombard by Susan King published November 25, 2003 in the Los Angeles Times newspaper.
  21. Carole Lombard pdf
  22. Fold3 items include photos
  23. July 30, 2022 photos of the Carole Lombard Bridge were posted on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook. Carole Lombard Memorial Bridge at Main Street Bridge at
  24. Carole Lombard Plaque Updated at Rotary Club of Anthony Wayne.
  25. Carole Lombard: Hoosier Actress by Ray E. Boomhower posted October 6, 2022
  26. November 30, 2023 post by the Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook:

    Actress Carole Lombard selling Defense War Bonds on January 15, 1942. Lombard, a popular actress born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, was stationed at a table in the Indiana Statehouse corridor, where pledgers received receipts adorned with her printed autograph and photograph. (Here is a great view of the event: Lombard's eventful day included attending flag-raising ceremonies at the Statehouse and in the Claypool Hotel (where she dined and was provided a suite for rest and wardrobe changes), a ribbon-cutting at a new army recruiting office, a surprise visit to a Sahara Grotto dance at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, tea at the Governor's Mansion, and finally a patriotic concert and war bond rally at the Cadle Tabernacle, promoted as the nation's first state-wide defence bond rally. The beautiful blond actress known for her screwball comedies sold more than $2 million worth of war bonds that day.

    During her one-day visit, Lombard was accompanied by her mother and the press agent of her famous husband, Clark Gable. Both preferred to return to California by train, but Lombard, eager to fly home, suggested flipping a coin to decide. Unfortunately, she won the toss. The next day, all three, along with the crew and 15 U.S. Army soldiers, perished in a TWA plane crash. The cause was attributed to a blackout of safety beacons placed to assist pilots over the mountains near Las Vegas; they were dimmed due to fears of a Japanese attack (this was just weeks after the attack at Pearl Harbor).

    Color footage of Lombard in Indianapolis: Carole Lombard final bond rally speech colour film footage


    -Did your family attend this event? Please share stories.

    -Do you own a an original Lombard bond receipt that we can scan?

    -Who are the men on either side of her?

    Source - The Indiana Album: Ray Hinz Collection

  27. March 22, 2024 post by PBS Fort Wayne on Facebook:

    Did you know Carol Lombard was from Fort Wayne? Watch Carol Lombard in Nothing Secret, on PBS Fort Wayne, this Saturday and Sunday, on Subterranean Cinema!

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Long, Edwin J. Eddie

Edwin J. "Eddie" Long June 11, 1933 – July 28, 2023 at Dignity Memorial online obituary. Listed at just 5-foot-8, 170 pounds, “Tiny Mite” became the Komet's first star, and after playing, 1952-1964, for 14 seasons he retired as “Mr. Komet.” He was named the IHL's Most Valuable Player in 1963 after putting up a career-high 56 goals and 102 points. During that season he scored 48 goals in the Komets' first 48 games. Copied Fort Wayne Sports History Eddie Long gave Komets their 1st star by Blake Sebring published March 27, 2020 in The Journal Gazette newspaper now on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

March 26, 2023 post by Fort Wayne Sports History on Facebook:

March 27

In 1964, the Komets hold ``Eddie Long Night.''

When the Fort Wayne Komets first came to town in 1952, they held a free exhibition two nights before their first game to introduce the sport to the fans.

Then-News-Sentinel Sports Editor Ben Tenny wrote, ``It didn't take me long to see that the young short skater who was wearing No. 16 on his white jersey had that desire to win and get ahead that makes some athletes outstanding. If the play of this youngster is typical of the play fans will see in the International Hockey League, hockey will make it in Fort Wayne.''

Hockey made it, and so did Eddie Long. Long played 14 seasons for the Komets, and his No. 16 became the first Komets' jersey to be retired on March 27, 1965. The Komets shocked Long by sneaking his mother into town for the event.

During his playing days, Long scored 459 goals, 465 assists and 924 points while earning 845 penalty minutes in 858 games. He retired as the IHL's all-time leading scorer.

He ranks second in games played, goals, assists and points and is ninth in penalty minutes on the Komets' all-time lists.

``But Eddie Long is more than a statistic – he’s a spirit, the spirit of competition,'' former News-Sentinel Sports Editor Bud Gallmeier wrote at Long's retirement in 1965. ``He only knew one way to play the game – as hard as he could. Eddie would burn more energy during one shift on the ice than many players do in an entire game.''

During his career, ``Tiny Mite'' as he was first known, became ``Mr. Komet.''

Long was part of two Turner Cup championship teams, played in four IHL All-Star games, was the league's MVP in 1963 and was named all-league three times.

July 29, 2023 post by on Fort Wayne Komets on Facebook:

We are saddened to share the Mr. Komet Eddie Long has passed away at the age of 90.

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Eddie Long 1933-2023

Long, Mason

The life of Mason Long, the converted gambler : being a record of his experience as a white slave, a soldier in the Union Army, a professional gambler, a patron of the turf, a variety theater and minstrel manager, and, finally, a convert to the Murphy cause, and to the gospel of Christ (1887) - Long, Mason, 1842-1903, of Fort Wayne, Indiana on
Dozens of references to memories from 1865 in Fort Wayne.

Long, Melissa

21Country Extra: Interview with Melissa Long posted Apr 19, 2021 by Daniel Beals on YouTube.
Former WPTA anchor Melissa Long speaks with ABC21 on her time in television, as well as co-authoring "Television in Fort Wayne: 1953 to 2018" with Heather Herron and Mark Souder.

1976 Elmhurst High School graduate and cheerleader captain. Melissa Hunter began her career reading afternoon news on WGL Radio in 1980. A fixture on local television news for three decades and wife of Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long from Melissa Long Local anchor plans her post-career life by Bonnie Blackburn published August 28th, 2015 in Fort Wayne Magazine. Nearing her final sign-off Melissa Long, enduring face of local TV news, looks to Dec. 17 and beyond by Steve Warden published November 3, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. 21Alive flash mob honors Melissa Long by Eric Dutkiewicz and Kayla Crandall published December 15, 2015 on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence honored Melissa Long with the state's highest honor, the Sagamore of the Wabash, during her final newscast. After 30 years, several videos when 21Alive's Melissa Long signs off for the last time Thursday by Kayla Crandall published December 17, 2015 on

Long, Shelley Lee

Born August 23, 1949 in Fort Wayne, daughter of Ivadine Wiliams, a school teacher, and Leland Long, who worked in the rubber industry before becoming a teacher. She attended Kekionga Junior High and was active on her South Side high school speech team. She competed in the Indiana High School Forensic Association, and in 1967 she won the National Forensic League National Championship in Original Oratory. She studied drama at Northwestern University, but left before graduating to pursue a career in acting and modelling. She became a member of the celebrated Second City troupe in Chicago. She starred in 142 episodes on the TV sitcom Cheers (1982-1993) for five years, winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress (1983) and two Golden Globe Awards in 1983 & 1985. She went on to star in several movies such as Money Pit (1986). She appears periodically in the ABC television show Modern Family. She married second husband Bruce Tyson in October 1981 and daughter Juliana was born March 27, 1985. Paraphrased from The History Center Facebook posts shown below, Wikipedia, and IMDb biography. See photo on Five Fort Wayne Actresses Who Made it on the Big Screen by the The News-Sentinel newspaper now archived on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

February 5, 2013 post by the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook:

1967 South Side Archers Shelley Long (Tv Series CHEER'S) Willie Long

March 21, 2016 post on Only Indiana on Facebook:

Shelley Lee Long was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1949. She is the daughter of Ivadine, a school teacher, and Leland Long, who worked in the rubber industry before becoming a teacher. She was active on her high school speech team, competing in the Indiana High School Forensic Association. In 1967, she won the National Forensic League's National Championship in Original Oratory.

After graduating from South Side High School in Fort Wayne, she studied drama at Northwestern University, but left before graduating to pursue a career in acting and modeling. Her first break as an actress occurred when she began doing commercials in the Chicago area.

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September 30, 2018 post by The History Center on Facebook:

The sitcom Cheers highlighted the Boston bar “where everybody knows your name.” Do you know the name of the actress with Fort Wayne roots who played the popular female lead Diane Chambers? The sophisticated love interest of Ted Danson’s character was played by Fort Wayne native Shelley Long. Long was born in Fort Wayne in 1949 and graduated from South Side High School in 1967, where she was active in speech and theatre. Long has enjoyed a successful career in show business, but she is best known for her role on Cheers, winning two Golden Globes and an Emmy. Featured are photos from Long’s time as a student at South Side and articles from local newspapers. #sociallyhistory #ArtStartsHere

April 30, 2020 post by The History Center on Facebook with the same photos:

The sitcom Cheers, which highlighted the Boston bar “where everybody knows your name,” debuted thirty-six years ago today. Do you know the name of the actress with Fort Wayne roots who played the popular female lead Diane Chambers? The sophisticated love interest of Ted Danson’s character was played by Fort Wayne native Shelley Long. Long was born in Fort Wayne in 1949 and graduated from South Side High School in 1967, where she was active in speech and theatre. Long has enjoyed a successful career in show business, but she is best known for her role on Cheers, winning two Golden Globes and an Emmy. Featured are photos from Long’s time as a student at South Side and articles from local newspapers. #sociallyhistory

October 8, 2015 post by Visit Fort Wayne on Facebook:

Did you know these four people were born in Fort Wayne?

DaMarcus Beasley (US men's national soccer team), Dick York (Bewitched), Shelley Long (Cheers), Jenna Fischer (The Office).

Can you name more famous Fort Wayne natives? #tbt

Long, Willie

1967 Indiana's Mr. Basketball while at South Side High School with a school-record 1,606 points, 24-4 record and the state finals in his senior season. Inducted in 1999 to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. He scored 1,542 points at New Mexico, holding the school record for 17 years. He averaged 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in one season with the Floridians in the ABA, and 9 points and 5.2 rebounds and 12.6 points and 5.7 rebounds in each of his two seasons with the Rockets. In 2016, was a substitute teacher and high school volleyball referee. A new life for an Indiana Mr. Basketball He had it all. Prestige. Stardom. Glory. But all that fizzled out for Willie Long, until he received an unexpected letter. published May 2, 2016 on IndyStar newspaper. See 1967 yearbook photo - Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne. Help comes at long last for former hoops star by Greg Jones published May 15, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

March 31, 2023 post by Fort Wayne Sports Historyon Facebook:

April 1

In 1967, South Side's Willie Long is named Mr. Basketball.

The Archers' senior averaged 25.6 points and 16 rebounds per game, leading South Side to the 1967 Final Four in Indianapolis when the Archers lost 79-70 in the semifinals to Lafayette Jeff. The Archers finished 24-4.

Long was the second player from Fort Wayne and South Side to earn Mr. Basketball honors, following Mike McCoy in 1958.

The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 23.2 points per game as a junior and 25.6 as a senior to earn Mr. Basketball honors and finish his high school career with 1,606 points. His single-game high was 44 points.

Then he went to the University of New Mexico and established almost every scoring record the school had. He averaged 23.8 points per game as a junior and 23.9 as a senior, earning All-Western Athletic Conference honors both years. As a senior, he led the WAC in scoring and earned All-America honors as the Lobos climbed as high as No. 5 in the national rankings.

His 1,542 points was the New Mexico career scoring record for 17 years. He was the second Lobo ever to score at least 1,500 points and grab 800 rebounds. Long finished with a 19.8 scoring average and 10.3 rebounds for his college career.

Long was a second-round draft choice of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers (35th overall) but played three years in the American Basketball Association. With Florida as a rookie, he averaged 11.7 points and then he scored 9.0 and 12.6 points per game in two seasons with Denver. His career totals were 11.4 points and 6 rebounds per game as a pro.

A restaurant executive with Taco Bell Inc., Long rarely visits Fort Wayne and currently lives in Atlanta.

Long was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.

Also, in 1988, the Flames drop the final game of the playoffs to Canton 5-4 before 8,032 at Memorial Coliseum.

Loomis, Jim

Ex-Magnavox CEO, 85, dies January 15, 2012 by Archie Ingersoll of The Journal Gazette newspaper. Obituary James R. Loomis, a former chairman and CEO of Magnavox Electronic Systems Co., died Friday at the age of 85. Loomis spent 30 years with the defense contractor that was based in Fort Wayne. He started with the firm in 1962 as controller of its research lab in Torrance, Calif., and took charge of developing an electronic facsimile program. He climbed through the ranks of Magnavox, becoming CEO in 1990 and retiring from the post in 1992."

Lopshire, Gerald Stephen

August 10, 2015 - inherited the family business Lopshire Flowers when it was a greenhouse and small retail flower shop in the family home on Pennsylvania Street. wife of 55 years, Judith Ann; his four children, Dawn (Rhett Bratt), of Walnut Creek, Calif.; Katheryn, Dr. John (Therese), and Sara Reifenberg (Dr. Rick) all of Indianapolis; eight grandchildren, Andrew, Elizabeth, Rachael, Hans, Joey, Callahan, Addison, and Kate; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Grace Edna; brothers, John and James; and his sisters, Helen (Barry) and Grace (Griffiths). See his August 16, 2015D.O. McComb and Sons obituary.

Lotter, Gary

Lotter first started Fort Wayne Crime Stoppers more than 40 years ago in 1983 after visiting programs in Rockville, IL...

Posted by WFFT FOX 55 on Sunday, February 11, 2024

February 11, 2024 post by WFFT FOX 55  on Facebook:

Lotter first started Fort Wayne Crime Stoppers more than 40 years ago in 1983 after visiting programs in Rockville, IL as well as another in South Bend, IN. Once he returned, he knew the program could do wonders for the Summit City and Allen County.

Fort Wayne Crime Stoppers founder surprised with Sagamore of the Wabash award the highest honor bestowed by Indiana's governor.

The Fort Wayne Crime Stoppers officially launched November 14, 1983. Lotter would also go on to help develop 13 other programs across Indiana and Ohio. Lotter has received other awards for the work Crime Stoppers has done in helping law enforcement, including the recovery of drugs and property equal to $2 million.

During the surprise celebration, Lotter talked about how when Fort Wayne Crime Stoppers first began, many members of law enforcement didn't have belief in its success.

“It’s been a really good thing over the years 40 years later. They told me it would never last a year. A lot of my criticism coming from police officers at that time, they wouldn’t think it would last a year but we fooled them,” Lotter said.

Luers, Right Reverand John Henry

Pages 30-38, Chapter III. Bishop John Henry Luers The First Bishop of Fort Wayne in The Diocese of Fort Wayne by Alerding, Herman Joseph, 1845-1924; Noll, John Francis, Abp., 1875-1956, Publication date 1907, on

The Rt. Rev. John Henry Luers, D. D., was born on September 29, 1819, near the city of Munster, in Westphalia, a province of Germany. His parents were devoted Catholics. Poor in the goods of this world, and desirous of bettering their condition in life, the family emigrated in 1833, landing in New York on June 7th. Piqua, Ohio, located on the Miami river, and being the terminus of the Miami canal, connected Cincinnati on the Ohio river with Toledo on the Lakes. It was here, on a farm in the neighborhood of Piqua, that the Luers family settled down. He is remembered with Bishop Luers High School.

Lupkin, William

Stained glass artist studio William L. Lupkin Designs 1012 Broadway. See newspaper article Fort Wayne artist's stained-glass windows win national Lutheran Church award by Kevin Kilbane published November 29, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaperand a video at his studio Stained Glass Maker Immersed in the Medieval by Eric Olson published October 28, 2013 on Indiana NewsCenter.

Lutes, Melvin

Family from Near and Far Brothers reunite after being separated as toddlers by Pat Randle published July 1, 1995 in The Journal Gazette newspaper . Newspaper article with photos shows brothers Melvin Lutes of Fort Wayne, raised in South Bend (born James Melvin Lane), met Homer Kapua (born Harmon Arthur Brown) the brother he never knew 68 years after being put up for adoption.

Lynch, Dan

Died August 10, 2014, 67, born in Fort Wayne, graduate of Bishop Noll High School in Hammond, an award-winning editorial cartoonist at The Journal Gazette for more than 20 years. Son, Kelly; daughter, Anna, spouse, Janet; mother Theodora Jean Boyer; four half-brothers, Keith Winters, Steven Winters, Jim Winters and Don Winters; half-sister, Donna Lee McCrea. Served as director of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, was interested in trains throughout his life. Requested memorials to the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society Inc., P.O. Box 11017, Fort Wayne, IN 46855 or at From Dan Lynch, longtime JG cartoonist, dies at 67 published August 11, 2014, and same title, different content, Dan Lynch, long time JG cartoonist, dies at 67 published August 12, 2014, and Former JG cartoonist Dan Lynch dies Rebecca S. Green published August 12, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. The work of former JG cartoonist Dan Lynch posted August 12, 2014 by The Journal Gazette newspaper on Facebook. See photos and discussion January 10, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook. Facebook page is still online.

Lynch, Mary Ann

January 2, 2024 post by Irishtown Neighborhood on Facebook:

284/1710 Harrison Street including newspaper articles from the era.

[ Pioneer Citizen Succombs Mrs. Mary Ann Lynch Dies at Age of Eighty-eight Years. ]

Lynn, Lillian

1889 to 1985 tombstone photo on Find-A-Grave the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook referenced her March 29, 2013 as involved in the film industry in the 1930s with famous actors like John Barrymore and Jimmy Stewart copied from the comments on Ghost Stories - Fort Wayne Indiana. See connection with Devil's Hollow discussed April 3, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Lyons, Preston Allen

February 24, 2023 post by the Genealogy Center on Facebook:

February is Black History Month - each Friday this month, we have featured stories to recognize and highlight Fort Wayne's American heritage. Today, we are featuring Preston A. Lyons Sr.

Preston Allen Lyons Sr. was born in McKinney, Texas in 1891 to Henry and Belle Lyons. He married Jessie Lindsey and the couple moved their two sons, Herbert and Preston Jr. from Texas to Fort Wayne around 1920. They had three more children: Joseph, Anne, and Hilda.

Mr. Lyons was an entrepreneur - he owned the Lyons Trucking Company, retiring from there at age 84 after 55 years. He also owned the Lyons Fish Market in the 1950s.

He was active in the community. A member of the Union Baptist Church, he served as a deacon, a trustee, a choir member, and Superintendent of the Sunday School for 35 years. Mr. Lyons also served as President of the Fort Wayne chapter of the NAACP, was Justice of the Peace during 1953-1954, a member of the Retired Men’s Club, and served in several other organizations.

Preston Allen Lyons passed away at the age of 95 on November 5, 1986 at Parkview Memorial Hospital. He was survived by his wife of 73 years, Jessie, their children, 20 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great grandchildren. He is buried in Lindenwood Cemetery.

African/African-American Historical Museum. (2005). Miscellaneous biographical articles about African Americans in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Memorial Card from the Marsha Smiley Collection. View them here:

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