People of Allen County, Indiana

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LaBalme, Lt. Col Augustin Mottin de

Revolutionary War Colonel defeated in the Fort Wayne area. See Aboite name origin in LaBalme Visit to Fort Wayne by Tom Castaldi, local historian,published April 12, 2016 in History Center Notes & Queries blog. Reexamining the LaBalme Massacre Reexamining the LaBalme Massacre by Keith Layman on page 2 in the Summer 2017 Old Fort Palisade newsletter.

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.

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. There was a lively discussion of the Osborne and Lapp murders February 5, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

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 .

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... closed 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, Henry Ware

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. See Henry W. Lawton by Tom Castaldi, local historian, posted May 10, 2016 in History Center Notes & Queries blog. Henry Lawton with the audio: “Long Hank Lawton” featuring Tom Castaldi. Courtesy of 89.1 WBOI by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage). 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 newspaper. 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. Henry Ware Lawton on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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... Closed group on Facebook. See photo of General Henry "Hank" Lawton Statue in the Gallery by the The News-Sentinel newspaper. See Google street view map of statue location. 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.

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 newspaperand 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. Read more in Columnist/reporter Leininger leaving News-Sentinel after 36 years by Cindy Larson published January 5, 2016 and The years taught me that good journalism is next to godliness -- and that's the truth by Kevin Leininger published January 7, 2016 and The great reporters don't just chase the train by Kerry Hubartt published January 9, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. 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 newspaper.

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.

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.

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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 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 obituaryand Feller & Clark Funeral Homes Auburn, Indiana obituary.

Liebowitz, Fawn

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? published April 12, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. There are even fake obituaries such as Fawn Liebowitz Dies on

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.

Lindbergh, Charles

The famous pilot flew over Fort Wayne on August 10, 1927 since There were way too many air planes in the air and he didn’t think it would be a safe landing. For more see April 6, 2016 Facebook post by The History Center. See also 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 WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.

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

Mishikinakwa on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, also Me-She-Kin-No-Quah, last Chief of the Miami Indians, some say was born in 1747 near Devil's Lake, northwest of Churubusco in Whitley county, Indiana, Otho Winger says “Little Turtle was born at his father’s village on Eel River in 1751... five miles east of Columbia City." He led the Miamis to military defeats of Generals Harmer in 1790 and St. Clair in1791. He died July 14, 1812 near Fort Wayne. His grave location is shown on the Map of Kekionga and his marker is shown in the video below.

  1. He has a statue at Headwater's Park
  2. Memorial plaques on Lawton Place Little Turtle Site-Lawton Place Cemetery from Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter NSDAR.
  3. In 1801 Little Turtle met President Thomas Jefferson. See Conference with Little Turtle editorial note in the Jefferson Papers at The National Archives.
  4. Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne has nice photo of his burial site memorial stone.
  5. The last of the Miamis book published in 1935 by Winger, Otho, 1877-1946
  6. Little Turtle's famed battle humbled U.S. forces by Michael Hawfield published October 20, 1990 in Cityscapes from the archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  7. History Center Notes & Queries blog Remembering Little Turtle posted July 5, 2012 by Nancy McCammon-Hansen with photo album Remembering Little Turtle showing some Little Turtle Artifacts found July 4, 1912 on Facebook, The Man Little Turtle published July 12, 2012 by Nancy McCammon-Hansen, Some Final Thoughts on Little Turtle published July 13, 2012 by Nancy McCammon-Hansen, and Meshekinnoquah (Little Turtle) published June 20, 2013 by Tom Castaldi.
  8. Indiana at 200 (11): ‘Little Turtle’ Led in War and Peace published November 4, 2013 by Andrea Neal on Indiana
  9. Group works to realize tribute of Little Turtle by Rosa Salter Rodriguez published November 16, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  10. Little Turtle, An Indian Success In War And Peace by Scott S. Smith published December 15, 2014 on
  11. Artwork's unusual past traced Preserving a painting on deer hide by Jamie Duffy published April 04, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  12. Little Turtle (Miami Chief) on
  13. Mark Krebs posted photos November 7, 2015 of the marker at his last home site in Whitley County near the De le Balme Revolutionary War maker.
  14. Photos and discussion April 2, 2017 and September 18, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
  15. Discussed April 2, 2013 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
  16. Find-A-Grave page.
  17. Book Little Turtle, Chief of the Miami published in 1954 by staff of the Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County on Internet Archive.
  18. Indian Chiefs of the Miami Tribe September 23, 1906 newspaper article posted October 21, 2017 and later discussion October 22, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
  19. The home of Little Turtle has several articles on Access

Locke, Victor

1983-2004 various responsibilities at Fort Wayne's WPTA21 ABC TV station, 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,

Lombard, Carole

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. In the 1913 flood, her home was one of thousands impacted and it became a rescue center according to a March 23, 2019 post by Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook. 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. She died the next day January 16, 1942, age 33, in an airplane crash near Table Rock Mountain, Nevada. She was in 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. Copied from a January 16, 2019 post by the Indiana Historical Society on Facebook.

  1. Jane Alice Peters aka Carole Lombard April 18, 2013 by Tom Castaldi on the History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  2. Carole Lombard: From Fort Wayne Flood to the Silver Screen by Tom Castaldi, local historian, published June 16, 2016 on Indiana Historical Bureau blog.
  3. Photo on Five Fort Wayne Actresses Who Made it on the Big Screen by the The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  4. WhatWasThere has then and now crash scene photos.
  5. Third wife of Clark Gable whose biography is on Find-A-Grave .
  6. Find-A-Grave has a memorial and also her mother's photo.
  7. Her father Frederick C. Peters on Find-A-Grave died February 20, 1935 and is buried in Lindenwood Cemetery Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  8. A September 6, 2009 Journal Gazette newspaper article West Central block party salutes arts shows her home at 704 Rockhill St.
  9. Carole Lombard on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
  11. GenDisaster web site discusses her tragic death January 16, 1942 Near Las Vegas, NV Carole Lombard, 21 More Dead In Airline Crash, Jan 1942 "
  12. Several local landmarks are show in Carole Lombard album on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne.
  13. IMBd biography lists her many film credits.
  14. British Newspaper Archives has the Evening Telegraph – Saturday 17 January 1942 newspaper clipping.
  15. 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 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  16. New book examines plane crash that killed Hollywood star, Fort Wayne native Carole Lombard by Kevin Kilbane published January 13, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  17. 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 in 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 WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.
  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. Photos and discussion January 15, 2017 of Good Springs Nevada near where she died and more photos November 19, 2017 , photos of the plaque outside her birthplace home here in Fort Wayne along with several interior photos were posted January 11, 2019 and general Lombard Name Search on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

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Long, Eddie

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

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 ebook.
Dozens of references to memories from 1865 in Fort Wayne.

Long, Melissa

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 WPTA21 ABC TV station. 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 WPTA21 ABC TV station.

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,Wikipedia, IMDb biography and her profile with photos posted March 21, 2016 on Only Indiana on Facebook. See her photo in 1967 South Side year book. See photo on Five Fort Wayne Actresses Who Made it on the Big Screen by the The News-Sentinel newspaper and a September 30, 2018 post and again April 30, 2020 with photos from Long’s time as a student at South Side and articles from local newspapers by The History Center on Facebook.

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. Discussion January 23, 2017and January 1967 photo on cover of Roto in The News-Sentinel newspaper May 3, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

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.

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 newspaper and 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... Closed group on Facebook. Facebook page is still online.

Lynn, Lillian

1889 to 1985 tombstone photo on Find-A-Grave. the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebookreferenced 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.

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