People of Allen County, Indiana

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Maahs, Mike

25 years in local sports broadcasting almost 1,200 Fort Wayne Wizards/TinCaps games and more than 800 IPFW athletic events. Determination led to successful career for TinCaps, IPFW broadcaster by Blake Sebring published July 19, 2015 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.


In 1922 Macedonian delegates met in Fort Wayne and formed the International Macedonian Political Organization, later renamed the Macedonian Patriotic Organization (MPO) in 1956. Learn more in 200@200 - Peopling the Community at 200 @ 200 2016 Bicentennial items at The History Center.

Mahurin, Guy M.

Guy M. Mahurin was an American architect and nephew of the well-known architect, Marshall Stimson Mahurin. He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana August 14th, 1877 to Melville B. and Alice Mahurin. His father was a merchant and manufacturer and because of his job the Mahurin’s moved to several cities throughout Guy’s childhood including Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Guy graduated from Short Ridge High School in Indianapolis and proceeded to attend the University of Illinois to study architecture until his studies were interrupted for an opportunity to work as the Chief Draftsmen of the United States Bureau of Architecture in the Philippines Island. Guy Mahurin married his wife Myrtle Walker on October 17th, 1911 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. They would go on to have two children, Margaret Ann and Walker Melville. Their family formerly resided at 2537 Maple Place c. 1919, and then later 927 West Wildwood Avenue Fort Wayne, Indiana. Copied from Guy M. Mahurin at ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage).

Notable Structures Designed by Guy M. Mahurin copied from Guy M. Mahurin at ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage).

  1. Fort Wayne Scottish Rite Cathedral
  2. Scottish Rite Auditorium
  3. Summit City Soap Work’s Factory
  4. Fort Wayne City Market Way
  5. Sherman White & Co., Produce and Cold Storage Warehouse
  6. South Wayne Baptist Church
  7. Saint Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  8. Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce
  9. Adair Federal Building
  10. Plymouth Congregational Church

Mahurin, Marshall Stimson

Marshall was born in Indiana in 1857, died in 1939. October 2, 1888 he married Cora A. Diggins, and they had three children. His nephew Guy Mahurin would later become his partner at the firm of Mahurin & Mahurin, his first partnership was with John F. Wing at Wing & Mahurin. The partnership of Wing & Mahurin was one of the most successful local architecture firms of the late 19th and early 20th century, designing dozens of commercial buildings, public works buildings, and residential housing. By 1907, the partnership between the two had come to an end, Mahurin leaving John Wing to form a new partnership with his nephew Guy Mahurin as Mahurin & Mahurin. Guy had been a draftsman and minor partner of Wing & Mahurin. A vast number of the structures designed by Marshall and his partners over the years are now listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. See Marshall S. Mahurin with photo slideshow of his projects at ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage). Drawing showing the home of Marshall S. and Cora (Diggins) Mahurin at 2902 Fairfield Avenue in Fort Wayne was posted August 1, 2015 on The Indiana Albumon Facebook. The home is gone and the Lutheran Foundation is located on its former site on the SW corner of Fairfield and Home Avenues.

Mahurin is mentioned 32 times beginning on page 9-32 with many photos of Mahurin & Mahurin projects in The Ohio Architecture Engineer and Builder Volume XXVII May, 1916 Number 5 titled Honest Architecture by Marshall S. Mahurin, Fellow A.I.A. a Google ebook.

List of Fort Wayne Notable Structures Designed by Marshall S. Mahurin, and his collaborations with John F. Wing and Guy Mahurin copied from Marshall S. Mahurin at ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage).

  1. Allen County Orphans’ Home
  2. Hon. R. C. Bell Residence
  3. Dr. D. S. Brown Residence
  4. Central Fire Station
  5. Indiana State School for Feeble-Minded Children
  6. The McDonald & Taylor Fire-Proof Building
  7. US Post Office and Courthouse, 1300 W. Harrison St.
  8. Mordhurst Oriental Drug Store Building, 812 S. Calhoun St; c 1886
  9. J.C. Peltier House, 435 E. Berry St; c. 1886
  10. Fort Wayne City Hall, c.1893, Fort Wayne City Hall at ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage)
  11. The Fort Wayne Saengerbund Building, 1896
  12. Marshall S. Mahuin Residence
  13. Engine House No. 3, 1900, 226 W. Washington Blvd.
  14. Saint Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1126 S. Barr St.; c. 1900, Saint Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage)
  15. John H. Bass Mansion. NRHP-listed; c. 1902
  16. B. Paul Mossman House, 1202 W. Wayne St; c. 1905

Mahurin, Walker Bud

1918-2014, he was born in Dowagiac, Michigan, then lived in Ann Arbor until he was adopted by a family from Fort Wayne, Indiana from Walker Bud Mahurin on Air Zoo.. South Side High School graduate, ace fighter pilot and war hero, was shot down twice – once over France and later in Korea – and escaped both times, responsible for 21 kills from the cockpit of his P-47 Thunderbolt in the European Theater of World War II and in the Pacific. Later, in Korea, he downed four Communist MiG fighter jets. See Bud Mahurin, Fighter Pilot in 2 Wars, Dies at 91 by Richard Goldstein published May 15, 2010 on The New York Times newspaper and Walker M. "Bud" Mahurin, A Top Flying Ace, 91, Washington Post by T. Rees Shapiro Washington Post Staff Writer posted on Google Groups. See Bud Mahurin on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

Maloley, Alfred


ALFRED MALOLEY, 100, of Fort Wayne, died on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at his home. Born May 24, 1913, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Lebanese immigrant parents, he remained a resident throughout his life. He was best known as the owner of the Maloley Grocery Stores of the greater Fort Wayne area and was a significant community leader. Coming from humble beginnings, Maloley earned a track scholarship to the University of Illinois in 1931 when his father suddenly died. He returned home to find that his father's corner confectioners store had burned to the ground. At the height of the Depression, Al and his brother, Mike could not find jobs to help support their mother and the rest of their family. So with the $750 insurance money, they claimed after the fire, they began their own grocery business. It would grow into one of the Fort Wayne area's largest independent supermarket chains known as Maloleys. There would eventually be 18 Maloley stores in Fort Wayne and surrounding areas, two M&M Gold Stamp redemption stores modeled after S&H Green Stamps, and the Maloley bakery. By the 1970's, Maloleys employed over one thousand Hoosiers. He sold the entire business in 1980 to Super Valu Company. Al Maloley's success came from attention to detail, especially in the produce sections of the stores. A man of great foresight, he was always looking to changing trends. Following the evolution of California stores that were many times the size of Indiana stores, he would eventually greatly increase the size of his stores - this innovation put him at the forefront of the independent supermarket chains. Maloley became a leader in the community, he was respected and admired. He served on many boards including Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce and Peoples Trust Bank and aided in the banks transition to Summit Bank. He had an insatiable appetite for learning and, as an advocate of higher education, sat on the board of the University of Saint Francis when it was known as Saint Francis College and served on the development committee for the Indiana Institute of Technology (Indiana Tech). Al sat on the Fort Wayne Better Business Bureau, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Fort Wayne Country Club boards and served as President to all three. An avid supporter of all the arts, he was instrumental in finding a home for a very young Fort Wayne Ballet Company when it was under the direction of John Neff. He also was a member on the board of the Fine Arts Foundation. Al was married in 1939 to Julia Ellis of Grand Rapids, Mich. Julia's death preceded Al in 2006 after 66 years of marriage. She shared in his love of community and together they enjoyed all it had to offer and the many friendships that ensued. They had two daughters, the late Nancy Maloley and Pamela (Maloley) Morris of Durham, N.C.; one grandson, Alfred Morris of Durham; one brother, Edmone Maloley and his son Michael Maloley, both of Fort Wayne; nieces, Ginny Maloley and Nellie Maloley, both of Fort Wayne, and Judy Elsworth of West Bloomfield, Mich.; and nephews, David Joseph of Williamston, Mich. and Mark Newell of Los Angeles, Calif. He will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife in a private family burial at Trinity Episcopal Church. Memorials may be made to Fort Wayne Philharmonic, 4901 Fuller Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46835; or Turnstone Center, 3320 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne, IN 46805. To sign the online guestbook, visit

Copied from his ALFRED MALOLEY OBITUARY at Fort Wayne Newspapers obituary also posted to his Alfred “Al” Maloley page at Find A Grave.

In 1939 he married Julia Ann Ellis of Grand Rapids, Michigan who, at age 93, died August 25, 2006from Julia Maloley Obituary on Fort Wayne Newspapers obituary. With his brother Mike, they founded Maloley's Fine Foods which at their peak employed 1,200 people in 18 supermarkets in northeast Indiana, a bakery and two M&M stamp stores.

Maloley, Mary

Born in 1881 Syria died, December 20, 1944 according to her Mary H. “Dago Mary” Maloley page on Find A Grave. 1908 Lebanese immigrant Mary Maloley moved to Fort Wayne to become a landlord and real estate investor with money she had made dealing in diamonds and gems. She gave money to her nephews, Al and Mike Maloley, to start their grocery business Maloley's Fine Foods from Mary Maloley heading in Strangers Among Us by Louise Clamme and Sinuard Castelo published in 2011 available on Google Play. Her funeral service was well attended and she was buried at Lindenwood Cemetery.

See our Syrian Community section.

  1. March 7, 2016 post by The History Center on Facebook:

    In 1908, Mary Maloley became a real estate investor. Learn more: #indiana200 #fwhistory

    Mary Maloley Funeral Register one of 200 @ 200 2016 Bicentennial items at The History Center.

  2. St. Mary's Flat was on Eureka Street the Red Light District of the early 1900s in Sin in the Summit City by Heyde Mitchell on February 20, 2014 on Her bawdy house was on Eureka Street .
  3. Mary H. “Dago Mary” Maloley has newspaper article on Find A Grave. There are many other newspaper articles about her to be added at some future date.
  4. She made her money dealing jewels and diamonds in Hartford City. This was right at the turn of the century, and Mary Maloley was successful. So much so she was able to scratch together enough money at the age of 22 to travel back to her native Syria — solo — to bring her niece in tow back to the states. In 1908, she moved to Fort Wayne. Here, she bought up property, took girls in and became one of the most famous — or infamous, depending on how you look at it — brothel operators in this city’s history, even gaining influence among the male movers and shakers during that time. There has always been something about the notorious that tends to tingle our senses, and for Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards, that with a mix of history can provide everyone with a unique sense of where we came from and who we are. This Saturday, Richards will give a free lecture titled “Notable and Notorious Fort Wayne Women” at the downtown library for ARCH, Inc.

    Copied from A little notoriety, a lot of history Local prosecutor's free lecture to focus on the notable — and notorious — women of our city Monday, January 23rd, 2017 on Fort Wayne Magazine about the Notable and Notorious Fort Wayne Women lecture at the downtown library.

    She is discussed around the 58 minute mark of the video ARCH Sin in the Summit City posted Jan 18, 2016 by Access Fort Wayne on YouTube shown below. Karen Richards discusses the colorful history of Fort Wayne at the Allen County Public Library. Filmed and edited by Dan Allen for Access Fort Wayne.

    St. Marys Flats around the 55:55 mark of ARCH Sin in the Summit City by Access Fort WayneJanuary 18, 2016 YouTube.
    Karen Richards discusses the colorful history of Fort Wayne at the Allen County Public Library. Filmed and edited by Dan Allen for Access Fort Wayne

  5. September 12, 2020 post by The History Center on Facebook:
    Mary Maloley c 1920 photo is number 18 of those posted above and shown below.

    The place where Fort Wayne was founded referred to as the confluence, literally “the flowing together,” has long been prized for its strategic location at the meeting point of the three rivers. Yet it is also a place where people come together. Over the last three hundred years, individuals from all over the world have traveled to the confluence in search of opportunity and a new life. Each wave of new immigrants has left a lasting mark on the region’s story and culture. Since 2009, Welcoming Week has promoted the bringing together and building of strong connections amongst all people. This year’s theme is ‘Creating Home Together.’ …”Home is not just a house. Home is any place where you feel safe and accepted: in your neighborhood, in your community, at work. Ultimately, home is where you feel you most belong…” Today the History Center shares some materials from popular past ‘Socially History’ posts that highlight some of the many peoples that have made their home in Allen County. “This Welcoming Week, let’s build home in new ways through virtual spaces, digital sharing, and being together even when we’re alone. Let’s create home together so everyone feels they belong, no matter where you are, or where you are from, so that each of us has a stake in its future.” #sociallyhistory

    Mary Maloley ca 1920

Mann, Susan

With her friend Alida Hubbell were teachers who arrived with Sam Hanna. Alida's brother Woolsey was employed at the State Bank of Fort Wayne. They started a school in the basement of the Allen County courthouse. She married in Hugh McCulloch. There home is on West Superior street. They moved to Washington D.C. when Hugh was appointed Sectretary of the Treasure by Abraham Lincoln. Read more In Celebration of Women's History Month: Fort Wayne Women by Nancy McCammon-Hansen published March 11, 2014 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog. Learn more about Hugh McCulloch and see a picture of Susan at The Father of Modern Banking Hailed from Fort Wayne .

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Marshall, Thomas

Vice President 1913, 1917. From Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana. Lived in Fort Wayne as a teenager.

Martin, Mary Ann Hassett

Mary Ann Hassett was born in Ireland’s Tipperary County on May 1, 1842, and at the age of four emigrated to Cincinnati, Ohio. Her husband to be, Patrick Henry Martin, was born in 1840 in Cincinnati and in 1858 the two were joined in marriage at Franklin, Ohio. He was a canaller between Dayton, Ohio, running on the Miami & Erie Canal to its connection with the Wabash & Erie at Junction, Ohio on the Wabash & Erie. Eventually, he operated two boats, landing at ports between Toledo, Ohio, Lafayette, Indiana, and below. After Patrick died in 1871, his wife Mary Ann operated the boats during the last years of the old waterway. After a career as a canal boat master, Mary Ann Hassett Martin died in September 1914 at the age of seventy-two and was laid to rest beside her husband Patrick in the Catholic Cemetery at Logansport, Indiana. Copied from her story Mary Ann Martin: A Northern Indiana Boat Master by Tom Castaldi, local historianpublished March 1, 2017 on Indiana Historical Bureaublog.

Martin, William

A native of Germany, came to American when he was 21 years old, house mover - moved over 700 houses. See his July 9, 1913 Fort Wayne News newspaper obituary

Martone, Anthony Tony

Born December 13, 1932, died April 8, 2014, 81, husband of Patty Martone, a Fort Wayne sports legend, was quarterback for Central Catholic's 1950 state championship team, Commissioner of the PAL Football League for 52 years, in 1967 he was elected president of the Fort Wayne Little League serving five years, and was inducted into the Northeast Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998. He was survived by sons Michael Anthony (Theresa Pappas) Martone of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and former Northrop football coach Timothy James (Amy) Martone of Fort Wayne and three grandsons, Anthony "Sam" Martone, Nicholas V. Pappas and Benjamin James Martone. Copied from his April 8, 2014 D.O. McComb and Sons obituary and Fort Wayne sports legend Tony Martone passes Was a great baseball and football player, coach and organizer by Blake Sebring published April 9, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Martone, Michael

This One’s (Four) You, Michael Martone by B.J. Hollars published April 13, 2016 on Indiana University Press blog. Former Fort Wayne resident Michael Martone wins prestigious writing award by Cindy Larson published June 3, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. His book Fort Wayne is Seventh on Hitlers List was discussed February 5, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook. He has 12 books listed on

Martone, Patti

Former guest columnist for the News-Sentinel newspaper wrote her last COMMUNITY VOICE column July 11, 2012, a recall of her Spring 1989 North Side Alumni Association article, North Side, State Street endure the years of change in my 'State of Mind'. Several newspaper articles about her life: COMMUNITY VOICE As an actress, I got to walk in Patty Martone' shoes, if only briefly by Deborah Dambra published July 2, 2012 in The News-Sentinel newspaper, Local educator, leader Patty Martone dies at 81 by Jeff Wiehe published July 10, 2012 in, and Bettering city was her workpublished July 11, 2012 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. See also obituary and Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home obituary with photo gallery. Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard discussion July 31, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group. Patty Martone, a longtime fixture of Fort Wayne Community Schools, died early Monday morning, her family said. She was 81. Martone served as Fort Wayne Community Schools’ assistant superintendent from 1982 to 1986, when she retired after being diagnosed with colon cancer. Martone was a fixture in the FWCS serving as an English teacher at Central High School on Lewis Street for 12 years, dean of girls for Central and Northrop high schools for nine years and holding various administrative roles in the district’s central office. “I left my heart on Lewis Street,” Martone once said of Central, now Anthis Career Center. “From the day she started, way back at Central, she just loved kids,” said Tony Martone, her husband of nearly 60 years. Martone was an avid writer and long-time guest columnist for The News-Sentinel. She wrote Northrop High School’s fight song and named the school’s newspaper and yearbook. From Longtime educator, guest columnist Patty Martone passes away published July 09, 2012 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

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Mason family

Mason Family History - And A View of the Past by Cindy Cornwell published August 31, 2005 on The Waynedale

Matteson, Bradley W.

A police officer killed in line of duty October 5, 2000. Officer Matteson (age 43), a 19-year-veteran with the Fort Wayne Police Department, was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. at Parkview Hospital with massive head injuries after his patrol car collided with a tractor-trailer rig. Officer Matteson was survived by a wife and three children.

Maxwell, Marvel Marilyn

Bob Hope & Marilyn Maxwell - Silver Bells (Original) by Stage Film Television published December 14, 2017 on YouTube
From Wikipedia... "Silver Bells" is a popular Christmas song, composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. "Silver Bells" was first performed by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the motion picture The Lemon Drop Kid, filmed in July–August 1950 and released in March 1951. The first recorded version was by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards on September 8, 1950 with John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra and the Lee Gordon Singers which was released by Decca Records in October 1950. After the Crosby and Richards recording became popular, Hope and Maxwell were called back in late 1950 to refilm a more elaborate production of the song.

August 3, 1921 – March 20, 1972, the other Marilyn, attended Central High School, was an usher at the Rialto Theater in the mid-1930s, and dropped out of school in her sophomore year to join an Indianapolis band as a singer. ... still a teenager when she signed with MGM, whose owner Louis B. Mayer convinced her to drop her first name. In more than 30 movies beginning in 1942, she played opposite legends like Clark Gable, Mickey Rooney, Gene Kelly, and Kirk Douglas. Maxwell is remembered for singing the Christmas carol classic “Silver Bells” which debuted in the movie “The Lemon Drop Kid” with Bob Hope. She and Hope traveled widely doing USO Tours during World War II and the Korean Conflict and had a longstanding relationship. Copied from page 101 of Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard . Marilyn Maxwell on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

Fort Wayne is home to numerous musicians, artists, and those who made a career in the arts. Many individuals made the...

Posted by Historic 07 District - Fort Wayne on Sunday, March 10, 2024

Sunday, March 10, 2024 post by Historic 07 District - Fort Wayne on Facebook:

Fort Wayne is home to numerous musicians, artists, and those who made a career in the arts. Many individuals made the city their home only briefly before their stardom rose. Today’s story is about one of those stars, a traveling family from Iowa, the Rialto, with a little bit of Bob Hope sprinkled in.

Somewhere between Omaha, Kansas City, and Des Moines is a small town named Clarinda. With its historic square, the city is similar to many small towns in America. From the late 1800s to now, the town itself does not have more than 5,000 residents. But in the late 1800s, a woman named Anna Tomlinson was determined to make it in show business. Her father, Fred, was a harness maker, but the family became associated with music through the local Methodist church. Anna, an organist and composer, harnessed her skill set by playing at the local church but eventually decided to begin traveling.

Those travels included a substantive stop in Fort Wayne. While she lived in the White Apartments downtown, she made her living by giving lessons and playing where she could. She had a five-year-old daughter who accompanied her as she toured the country. Her name was Marvel. While Anna never “made it,” Marvel was trained under her mother to become a future star.

During her formative years, Marvel attended Central High School and worked at the Rialto Theater. However, her mother encouraged her to become a nightclub singer by dropping out of high school. While Fort Wayne was a city of opportunity, Indianapolis had much more. As a high schooler, she got her first big break working as a nightclub singer at the Columbia Club in Indianapolis.

Marvel, now known as Marilyn Maxwell, would make her first movie in 1942 and appeared in films with Bob Hope, Kirk Douglas, and Mickey Rooney. She toured with Hope and Jerry Lewis for service members overseas in World War II and the Korean War. She passed in 1972, and her pallbearers were Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Jack Benny.

McBride, James Joseph

James Joseph McBride (1923 - 1980) was active/lived in Indiana.  James McBride is known for Landscape, seascape and portrait painting, illustration. Copied from James McBride on askART.

  1. 1923-1980 - watercolorist with a local gallery, was best known for his Indiana landscapes and his depictions of Fort Wayne buildings. Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard discussion August 3, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group.
  2. James McBride's 4th Street watercolor back home in Fort Wayne on Fort Wayne Observed blog.
  3. December 28, 2022 post on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.
  4. artist James McBride 1923-1980 Google search

McCaulay, Timothy

Fort Wayne head attorney and Allen County prosecutor’s office and a number of other entities during a long legal career spanning decades. As health fades, McCaulay gets Sagamore by Jeff Wiehe published February 3, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Attorney who served city, county dies at 66 by Rebecca S. Green published February 5, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. His first wife, Janet, died from cancer in August 1999. Survived by his second wife of nearly 15 years, Sharon, son Phillip; two stepsons, Michael Milholland and Mark Milholland; an infant granddaughter; two step-grandchildren; his mother, Beth Ann McCaulay, and four brothers and two sisters. He was preceded in death by his father, John Francis McCaulay. February 7, 2016 obituary at Dignity Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home.

McChessney, Maureen

"1948 when McChessney was born. Her mother, who wasn’t married, raised her until she was 2 and then put her up for adoption. McChessney’s birth mother remained in her life, though. McChessney knew her as her aunt, an awfully devoted aunt. ... McChessney saw her father only three times, but in one of those meetings, he told her she had a sister, and he even told her where she worked, but he instructed McChessney not to talk to her." Read how two British half-sisters are reunited in 2012 Fort Wayne, Indiana in the newspaper article Half sisters finally united by Frank Gray of the Journal Gazette newspaper September 13, 2012.

McComb, Walter

December 14, 2023 post by KPC News Obituaries on Facebook:

Walter McComb has sadly passed away. We invite you to share your condolences here: Walter McComb Obituary


Walter A. McComb Jr., of Fort Wayne, Ind., passed away on December 13, 2023, Walter A. McComb Jr., known fondly as Walt to friends and family, passed away peacefully in his hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana on the 13th of December, 2023, at the age of 88. Born on May 12, 1935 to the late Walter McComb Sr. and Mildred Mary Magdalene McComb, in the same city he would later serve with distinction, Walt's life was marked by dedication to his community, a love for his family, and a career that set a standard of excellence in his field.

A proud graduate of Northside High School, Walt went on to earn his funeral director's degree from the Indianapolis College of Mortuary Science. This education laid the groundwork for a professional journey that would span over 65 years. His commitment to his craft was evident as he became a licensed Funeral Director, not just serving families in their times of need but also setting pioneering standards in the industry.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Jean L. McComb; and his sons, Douglas M. McComb and David W. (Cheryl) McComb. His legacy continues through his cherished grandchildren, Brenden Walter (Libby) McComb, Jannelle (Brad) Thompson, Jessica (Josh) Phegley, Nicole McComb, Nikalette (Jimmy) Clarke and David W. (Annabella) McComb Jr.; and great-grandchildren, Stella Phegley, Calvin Phegley Elliana Thompson and Molly McComb who will carry forward the values he instilled. 

McConahey, Isabel

Born November 28, 1824 to John McConahey in County Antrim, Ireland. See Isabel McConahey.

McConahey, John

Born March 18, 1815 to John McConahey in County Antrim, Ireland 1818. Immigrated from Ireland to US with parents. See John McConahey.

McConahey, Nancy

Born February 15 1817 to John McConahey in County Antrim, Ireland, October 15, 1842 married Hugh Kerr in Ireland 1846 Apr 29 . See Nancy McConahey.

McCoy, Mike

Mike McCoy, Fort Wayne's first Mr. Basketball and the first 7-footer to play Indiana high school basketball, died Feb. 15 in Battle Creek, Michigan. McCoy, who led South Side to the 1958 state championship, was 81. South Side finished 28-2 and was ranked No. 1 for most of the 1957-58 season with McCoy leading the way with 17 points and 14 rebounds per game. The Archers also won the city title when four of the five Fort Wayne teams were ranked among the state's top 15. He is survived by his wife, Helen, children Deb and Bill and four grandchildren. Copied from Archers' basketball icon dies at age 81 by Blake Sebring in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

McCulloch, Hugh

Namesake of McCulloch Park, formerly Broadway Cemetery the city burying grounds in the early 1800s where his wife Eunice who died at age 26 on February 29, 1836 was buried, then moved when Lindenwood Cemetery opened in 1860. His McCulloch House is still standing.

  1. Hugh McCulloch portrait attributed to the Mathew Brady Studio and Hugh McCulloch and artist George Peter Alexander Healy at the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian.
  2. Hugh McCulloch (1865 - 1869) & (1884 - 1885) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury shows the George P.A. Healy 1880 portrait on the cover of the Father of Modern Banking book below and was the topic in a 2023 dispute between the Office of Comptroller of the Currency and the Treasury Department arguing over where his portrait should be displayed shown in the Mitch Harper Facebook post below.

Hugh McCulloch : Father of Modern Banking by Guckenberg, Susan Lee, Publication date 2004, Publisher Fort Wayne, Ind. : Allen County--Fort Wayne Historical Society, on

March 6, 2018 post by Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook:

On March 6, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln nominated Hugh McCulloch of Fort Wayne to become secretary of the Treasury. He continued to serve in the cabinet after Lincoln's assassination and throughout President Andrew Johnson’s administration. As secretary, McCulloch "maintained a policy of reducing the federal war debt and the careful reintroduction of federal taxation in the South" (according to the U.S. Treasury Dept.). McCulloch also fought a losing battle to conquer Reconstruction era inflation by returning U.S. currency to the gold standard.

In 1884, President Chester Arthur tapped McCulloch again to serve as secretary for the final four months of his administration.

March 15, 2002 post by the Lincoln Collection at the Allen County Public Libraryon Facebook:

President Lincoln appointed Hugh McCulloch as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury in March, 1865. McCulloch was a business man from Fort Wayne, Indiana, who, before his appointment, was Comptroller of the Currency, responsible for chartering, regulating, and supervising national banks. Upon Lincoln’s death, Secretary McCulloch issued an order from the Treasury Department ordering that all department employees wear black crape on their left arms for six months in mourning for the President.

Hugh McCulloch: Treasury Department order following Abraham Lincoln's death: 

McCulloch was buried in Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington. His grave is marked: “Hugh McCulloch Dec. 7 1808-May 24, 1895 Comptroller of the Currency 1863 Secretary of the Treasury 1865 to 1869, and in 1884 ‘Justice and Judgment are the habitation of Thy Throne. Mercy and Truth shall go before Thy face.’” His second wife, Susan lived until July 25, 1898, devoting her remaining years to writing her autobiography “The Recollections of Susan Man McCulloch”. In 1981, they were presented to the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society. Copied from The Father of Modern Banking Hailed from Fort Wayne by Nancy McChamon published July 26, 2012, and Hugh McCulloch: Lincoln’s Choice published August 21, 2014 and his son John Ross McCulloch published August 29, 2013 both by Tom Castaldi on the History Center Notes & Queries blog. Hugh McCulloch: Father of Modern Banking book is available from The History Center.

February 12, 2021 post by the Genealogy Center on Facebook:

“Your own heart can inform you how I feel in regards to our approaching union.” 💌#swoon 🥰

🙋‍♀️ Raise your hand if you are one of the lucky ones to have old family letters in your possession!

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Between the covers of “The Fort Wayne letters of Susan Man McCulloch, 1836-1865” / edited by Clifford H. Richards are letters between Susan (1818-1898) and her husband Hugh McCulloch (1808-1895).

Find the book on our shelves at 929.2 M13776MS.

Images from Allen County Public Library Community Album.

August 25, 2022 post by The History Centeron Facebook:

Financial security and prosperity have long been sought by the people that call Fort Wayne home. From 1794 until 1835, our city did not have an established banking institution, primarily relying on banks in the more populous Ohio River Valley and Eastern States. With the creation of the State Bank of Indiana in 1833, this all changed and the Fort Wayne branch of the bank was officially established on August 25, 1835, exactly 187 years ago today. The list of principals who organized the bank reads like a “who’s who” of prominent men of the era: Allen Hamilton (president), Hugh McCulloch (cashier) and directors William Rockhill, Asa Fairfield, Jesse Vermilyea, Francis Comparet and William G. Ewing, among others. This branch operated until the charter of the bank was revoked in 1859 and the state allowed the creation of the privately held Second Bank of Indiana, which took over local operations. This bank operated in Fort Wayne until 1865 when it merged with another local bank, which in 1885 changed its named to Old National Bank. In 1863, First National Bank was the first bank in Indiana to receive a charter under the new national banking system, through several events Fort Wayne’s first banks and this second would join together and be important institutions in our community. In 1905, First National consolidated with White National Bank and in 1917 with Hamilton National Bank. Now known as First and Hamilton National Bank, the institution merged with Old National and became Old-First National Bank. In 1933, Old-First National closed in March, but was reorganized and reopened in October as the new Fort Wayne National Bank. Fort Wayne National operated as an independent banking institution until its acquisition by National City Bank in 1998. Through its most recent incarnation, it continues to serve the citizens of Fort Wayne & Allen County as PNC. ts most recent incarnation, it continues to serve the citizens of Fort Wayne & Allen County as PNC. #sociallyhistory

August 9, 2023 post by Mitch Harper on Facebook:

Fort Wayne's Hugh McCulloch discussed on the front page of today's Wall Street Journal.

The Office of Comptroller of the Currency and the Treasury Department are arguing over where his portrait should be displayed.

Having once portrayed Hugh McCulloch for the marking of the anniversary of the dedication of the Wabash & Erie Canal I feel I know the man a bit.

[Same image is on the cover of the 2004 book: "Hugh McCulloch : father of modern banking" shown above of the 1880 portrait by George P.A. Healy.]

A 143-Year-Old Portrait Fuels a Government Turf War Two federal agencies claim to be the rightful owners of a painting of the now-obscure Hugh McCulloch by Andrew Ackerman and Ricard Rubin The Wall Street Journal.

McDonald, Ranald Trevor

December 24, 2022 post by Electric Works on Facebook:

24 Jun 1849 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to Christmas Eve 24 Dec 1898 from Ranald Trevor McDonald memorial at Find A Grave. On Christmas Eve in 1898, Ranald T. McDonald, business magnate and general manager of the Fort Wayne Jenney Electric Light Company, died on a trip to Texas. JELC was put into receivership until the next year, when the General Electric Company of Schenectady, New York, acquired the plant and kept its story alive.

See the Ranald T. McDonald House.

November 3, 2022 post by Lindenwood Cemetery on Facebook:

Ronald T. McDonald - 1849 -1898

Final resting place - Section D - Lot 6 

  1. The name RTM Ventures honors Ranald T. McDonald, the early entrepreneur who first launched the Fort Wayne Jenney Electric Light Co. in the late 1800s. Copied from Electric Works About page.
  2. Photo posted June 20, 2022 by Electric Works on Facebook.
  3. Ranald T. McDonald by Tom Castaldi, local historianpublished November 7, 2013 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  4. A business magnate and promoter in the era of Edison and Tesla, McDonald was a key figure in the early years of the electrical industry in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He played a substantial role (as financier and/or manager) in dozens of corporations in several states besides Indiana. Millionaire and inventor, McDonald's death was widely mourned in 1898. Copied from the book: Ranald Trevor McDonald: Captain of Industry: An electrical mastermind in the Victorian Era.
  5. The Jenney Electric Light Company (headed by Ronald T. McDonald) was formed in Fort Wayne, Indiana in November 1881, based on an electric arc lamp and dynamo invented by James A. Jenney. In 1888, the Thomson - Houston Company obtained a controlling interest and renamed the company as the Fort Wayne Electric Company. It manufactured several lighting systems, including the "Wood", which produced electric arc lighting and "Slattery", which was an induction system of alternating electric incandescent lighting. In 1893, the company went into receivership, and its shares were purchased in that year by the Fort Wayne Electric Corporation, also headed by McDonald. In 1899, the Fort Wayne Electric Works purchased the company, and it eventually merged with General Electric in 1911. "Fort Wayne Electric Company". Beatty, John D., ed. (v. 1). History of Fort Wayne & Allen County, Indiana, 1700-2005. Evansville,IN: M.T. Publishing Company, Inc., 2006. Print. ISLI. Copied from page 4 of the Fort Wayne Electric Company collection in the INDIANA STATE LIBRARY Manuscripts Catalog.
  6. Fort Wayne Electric Works at is copied from The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana 1917 pgs 509-510.
  7. Lawsuit Fort Wayne Electric Company, Henry Olds, Perry Randall, and Ranald McDonald, 1887 at Case Western Reserve University Special Collections.
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McGauley, John

John McGauley takes lots of amazing photographs including drone photos of local sites posting on flickr as John McGauley. Some of his photos are posted on our Allen County Courthouse, Fort Wayne Resources, General Electric, MLK Martin Luther King bridge, Parkview Field, and Three Rivers page.

McKeeman, Alexander

Born April 7, 1867 to David & Margaret (McConahey) McKeeman, Allen County. See Alexander McKeeman

McKeeman, David

Born May 21, 1821 in Ballyoglaugh by Mosside, County Antrim, Ireland to William McKeeman. See David McKeeman.

McKeeman, David

Born February 8, 1871 to David & Margaret (McConahey) McKeeman, Allen County. See David McKeeman.

McKeeman, Donald Harry Cook M.D.

Born January 12, 1904 Fort Wayne to Robert B. McKeeman and Susie M. (Hocker) McKeeman. See Donald Harry Cook McKeeman.

McKeeman, Ellen

Born March 15, 1869 to David & Margaret (McConahey) McKeeman, Allen County. See Ellen McKeeman.

McKeeman, Isobel

Born December 19, 1864 to David and Margaret (McConahey) McKeeman, Allen County. See Isobel McKeeman.

McKeeman, James

Born November 30, 1860 to David & Margaret (McConahey) McKeeman, Allen County. See James McKeeman.

McKeeman, Jennie

Born January 24, 1856 to David & Margaret (McConahey) McKeeman in New York. See Jennie McKeeman.

McKeeman, John

Born March 29, 1851 to David & Margaret McConahey McKeeman in New York. See John McKeeman.

McKeeman, Leland Stanford M.D.

Born November 28, 1898 Monroe, Adams County, IN to Robert B. McKeeman and Susie May (Hocker) McKeeman

McKeeman, Lillian Theodosia

Born July 11, 1901 in Fort Wayne to Robert B. & Susie May (Hocker) McKeeman. See Lillian Theodosia McKeeman.

McKeeman, Margaret

Born Feb 8 1855 to David & Margaret McConahey McKeeman in New York. See Margaret McKeeman.

McKeeman, Maria Catherine

Born July 20, 1853 to David & Margaret (McConahey) McKeeman in New York. See Maria Catherine McKeeman.

McKeeman, Nancy

Born 1862 in Allen County to David & Margaret (McConahey) McKeeman. See Nancy McKeeman.

McKeeman, Robert Benjamin

Born February, 27 1874 in Hoagland, Allen County, Madison Township to David & Margaret (McConahey). See Robert Benjamin McKeeman.

McKeeman, Ruth Beatrice

Born April 18, 1907 to Robert Benjamin and Susie May (Hocker) McKeeman at Fort Wayne. See Ruth Beatrice McKeeman.

McKeeman, William

Born March 27, 1863 to David & Margaret (McConahey) McKeeman Allen County. See William McKeeman.

McMahan, Dr. Deborah

2017 Citizen of the Year: Dr. Deborah McMahan , Fort Wayne-Allen County health commissioner, published December 31, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. See previous Citizens of the Year.

Meek, Julia

In the Spotlight with Terra Brantley (Interview with WBOI Arts/Entertainment reporter Julia Meek) posted Jul 1, 2022 by Daniel Beals on YouTube.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - WBOI’s arts and entertainment reporter Julia Meek, may be the station’s biggest fan, as well as most dedicated employee. She’s remembers (and has been listening too) it’s first days on-air, broadcasting in Fort Wayne. Meek has been involved on-and-off the air for over 40 years. Copied from longer article In the Spotlight with Terra Brantley (Interview with WBOI Arts/Entertainment reporter Julia Meek) at

Hosts Northeast Indiana Public Radio's Folk Tales and Meet the Music for many years, and participates in live events such as the Allen County Public Library's Cherry Blossom Festival. Julia Meek page at 89.1 WBOI Northeast Indiana Public Radio. Some Things Never Get Old Lutheran Life Villages Mural at 5 minutes with Julia Meek: ‘Meet the Music’ legend reflects on 40 years of Fort Wayne art-centricity video at Arts United | Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at Input Fort Wayne. See photos and discussion February 13, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook.

June 25, 2018 post by WBOI's Folktales is with Julia Meek on Facebook:

Here's the nitty gritty about me & my world as it was described in "Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne," by R.L. Harter & C.S. Leonard, 2015:

Self described Forthead, the ubiquitous Julia Meek has painted the town "her way" since 1969.

Three dozen Easter Seals ARC cityscapes, multiple Mastodons on Parade, hundreds of private commissions and commercial designs, and Hyde Brothers Bookstore's "Fort Wayne Story" mural attest to her graphic artcentricity.

Adding public radio to her "palette" in 1980, she colors NIPR's airwaves weekly, with her syndicated "Folktales", Arts & Culture reporting, and "Meet the Music" sound stage.

Canal Society of Indiana co-founder, official Three Rivers Festival Millennial Artist, Volunteer Extraordinaire and Community Connector are a few of the appointed titles that forge Meek's bond with her world that is as diverse and colorful as the artist herself. 

December 19, 2023 post by 89.1 WBOI on Facebook:

Did you know that WBOI's multi-talented Julia Meek has an exhibit at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory? It's a festive, art-centric look at Fort Wayne traditions—fun for the whole family!

Check it out now through January 5! More details: Julia Meek: Fort Wayne Traditions

📸 Mike Durbin

Meier, Naomi "Sally"

Naomi Meier was born in Fort Wayne November 17, 1926 and died July 15, 1989. She was an outfielder who batted and threw right-handed when she played with the Fort Wayne Daisies for four years and several other ALL-AMERICAN GIRLS PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE teams from 1946-1953. Her information was posted November 17, 2021 by All American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Association on Facebook and Wikipedia below. For more see Naomi Meier at AAGPBL or Naomi Meier at Find A Grave.

Naomi Meier at Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia on November 12, 2022 states:

Naomi Meier″Sally″ (November 17, 1926 – July 15, 1989) was an outfielder who played from 1946 through 1953 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m), 115 lb., Meier batted and threw right-handed. She was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Well-traveled Naomi Meier moved around for a while, as the AAGPBL shifted players as needed to help teams stay afloat. Basically a line drive hitter and speedy base runner, she collected over 25 stolen bases in five of her eight seasons in the league. An instinctive player with good hands and a strong throwing arm, she also was capable of playing well all three outfield positions. But her best attribute may have been able to adapt and perform well for nine teams and thirteen different rosters in a span of eight years.

Meier entered the league in 1946 with the Rockford Peaches, playing for them one and a half years before joining the Fort Wayne Daisies (1947). Then she found herself on the move again, this time to the Peoria Redwings (1948) and Chicago Colleens (1948), and then the Muskegon Lassies (1949), Racine Belles (1949), Kalamazoo Lassies (1950), followed by a new trip to Fort Wayne (1950–1952). She later was part of the Battle Creek Belles (1952) and played her last season for the Muskegon Belles (1953).

In her rookie year, Meier appeared in 103 games and hit a .249 batting average with a career-high 49 runs batted in while scoring 44 times. Her most productive season came in 1948, when she posted career numbers in hits (100), at-bats (450), runs scored (54), stolen bases (55) and games played (127), adding a .222 average and 47 RBI. She raised her average to a career-high .261 in 1950, while collecting a second-best 34 stolen bases in 99 games.

In 1951, Meier suffered a season-ending compound fracture of her right ankle while sliding into second base. Used sparingly in 1952, she hit .229 and stole 25 bases in 111 games during the 1953 season, her last in the league. A .258 career hitter, she reached the postseason with the Peaches (1946), Lassies (1949) and Daisies, collecting a .208 average (21-for-201) with one double, seven runs, seven RBI and six stolen bases in 27 games. In 690 games at outfield, she committed only 73 errors in 1226 chances for a .941 fielding average.

In 1988 she became part of Women in Baseball, a permanent display based at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, which was unveiled to honor the entire All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. It was not really a well known fact until filmmaker Penny Marshall premiered her 1992 film A League of Their Own, which was a fictionalized account of activities in the AAGPBL. Starring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna, Lori Petty and Rosie O'Donnell, this film brought many of the real AAGPBL former players a rebirth of celebrity.

Naomi Meier died in Fort Wayne, Indiana, at the age of 62.

Mendenhall, Murray Joseph - Sr., Jr. and III

Murray Joseph Mendenhall, Jr., 88, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, born October 22, 1925 in Fort Wayne, a son of Murray and Alice Mendenhall. He graduated from Central High School in 1944, was a member of the 1943 State Basketball Championship team, and a member of Branch McCracken's Indiana Universtiy basketball team. He taught mathematics and coached basketball at Beech Grove and Greensburg, Ind., and at Central, Snider, and South Side in Fort Wayne. Wife was Miriam of 63 years; son, Murray III (Cindy) of Fort Wayne; daughter, Susan (Ken) Nickels of Iowa City, Iowa; son, Tom (Beth) of Indianapolis; and a brother, Keith (Mary Lou) of Harlan; sister, Barbara (John) Campbell. See his February 9, 2014 Legacy obituary on D.O. McComb and Sons obituary. Several great basketball players from Fort Wayne Central High School played for Murray Mendenhall who is considered the Dean of Indiana High School basketball coaches.

Mercer, David

Born December 13, 1878 in Allen County, Madison Township to Robert & Nancy (McKeeman) Mercer. See David Mercer.

Mercer, Robert

Born May, 31 1854 in Hancock County, OH to Jacob & Harriet (Whitcomb) Mercer. See Robert Mercer.

Merillat, August

Born June 1836 in Switzerland, 1847 immigrated to America. See August Merillat.

Merillat, Emily

Born February 1874 in Indiana. See Emily Merillat.

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Merryman, Shane

A Carroll High School graduate, while on the Huntington University basketball team made the ESPN #1 play of the day HU's Merryman: Buzzer beater the "shot of a lifetime" by Glenn Marini November 27, 2013 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.

Mesing, Charles

1916, May 9 - Rusty Nail Causes Death - Charles Mesing Dies After Illness of One Week - Was Well Known Farmer of Allen County - Struck Hand on Nail Last Tuesday. Clipped from The Fort Wayne News09 May 1916, Tuesday, page 14. Clipped by sdswogger on 19 Sep 2021.

Metcalfe, Edwin C.

96, died October 23, 2014 in Oro Valley, Arizona, former vice president and general manager of WPTA-TV, Channel 21, and an active volunteer in Fort Wayne. Survived by a daughter, Judy Hampton, of Houston; a son, Duane Metcalfe of Dallas; his wife, Betty Murphy Metcalfe; four granddaughters and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife of more than 50 years, Margaret “Tootie,” in 2000. Read more in Retired WPTA boss, Chamber leader, big band singer dies by Frank Gray published November 15, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

A January 7, 2023 post on Fort Wayne Community Memories on Facebook stated: My Grandpa Fred Myers was born 100 years ago today. Fred Myers Piano put pianos, organs, clocks in Fort Wayne homes, churches, and schools for many decades. included link to the video above.

Meyer, John Christoph

Map of his land purchases 1820-1853 on a portion of the Beaubien Indian Resevation was posted January 31, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Meyer, J. F. W.

Born in Westphalia, Germany arrived at New Orleans October 3, 1847, founded Meyers Drug Stores in 1860s. He was discussed in March 17, 1901 on page 4 of The Journal Gazette newspaper and reprinted on page 86 in the March 2017 Allen County Lines quarterly publication in the Membership section of the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana websiteVolume 41 Number 3.

Miami Indians

See our Indians of Allen County page.

Micheaux, Ellis

February 10, 2023 post by Genealogy Center on Facebook:

February is Black History Month - each Friday this month, we will be featuring stories to recognize and highlight Fort Wayne's African American heritage.

Ellis Micheaux was born in Marshall, Texas on March 19, 1896 to Ellis Micheaux Sr. and Ella Rose Josey Micheaux. Ellis’ father supported the family by working as a Preacher.

Ellis attended the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago. Not able to find work in Chicago, he moved to Danville, IL. Mr. Micheaux returned to Fort Wayne in 1923 and established his first funeral home on Brackenridge St. This business did not get any customers for funerals. The next year, he moved to Marion, Indiana but his business did not succeed there.

In 1925, Ellis returned to Fort Wayne and opened the Micheaux Funeral Home. This time, the business was a success! The funeral home was located at 1338 Eliza Street and was the only African American funeral home in Fort Wayne.

Josie Bryant graduated from South Side High School in 1928. After earning a degree in biology from Wilberforce University, she returned to Fort Wayne and worked as a maid in the China department at Wolf & Dessauer. In 1936, Ellis Micheaux married Josie Bryant and two children were born: Ellis and Judith. Mr. and Mrs. Micheaux operated the funeral home together and she obtained her funeral director’s license.

Along with operating the funeral home, Mr. Micheaux was a member of Turner Chapel AME Church and its board of trustees where he served as treasurer. He was active in civic affairs and served on various boards over the years.

Mr. Micheaux operated his funeral home from 1925 until his death in 1952 from leukemia. Following his death, Ellis' wife, Josie, continued to operate the business until 2002. The couple is buried at Lindenwood Cemetery. The Micheaux Funeral Home was the longest continually operating black business in the history of Fort Wayne.

This picture of Ellis is from our Community Album. Memorial cards courtesy of Marsha Smiley Collection:

(1952, November 17) “Mortician Ellis Micheaux Dies; Active in Club, Civic Affairs”. Fort Wayne News Sentinel,

Leininger, Kevin (2007, February 15) “Black Community Leader Dies”. Fort Wayne News Sentinel.

Stith, Hana L. (2005). Illuminating an Ignored Legacy: African American History. The African & African American Society Museum. 

Michell, Greg

Has an amazing collection of historic photos, postcards, newspaper articles and more posted on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook which is only visible to those members before it was archived which hides from new members. Greg Michell had just a few photos on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. Greg Michell on Facebook.

William Gregory "Greg" Michell left us on Saturday, February 19, 2022. Greg had a 24-year career in the United States Air Force, spending approximately 17 years overseas, including Vietnam. After retirement, he had several career moves, including stints with J. C. Penney and the Chicago Motor Club here in Fort Wayne. Greg spent over nine years with the Community Transportation Network (CTN) as operations manager, retiring from there in 2015. Greg graduated from Texas Lutheran College with a degree in history, the Community College of the Air Force, and Fort Wayne's International Business College. Greg had a long-time passion for genealogy, spending a lot of his free time researching his family tree. Traveling and walking were close seconds in which he regularly participated. Also, he was a Fort Wayne History Buff. Surviving are his spouse, Corazon "Cora" Yabut (Magtoto) Michell; sons, Nickholas "Nick" Preston, and Mark Bryan Michell, both of Fort Wayne; sister, Darlene (Rick) Lessing of Fort Wayne; brother, James K. (Dora) Michell of Ossian; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, William K and Gertrude C. (Rohland) Michell; and sister, Mitzi Kuntz. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46819 with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 25, 2022 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lindenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider sharing your generosity with the Community Transportation Network (CTN), Catholic Charities, The History Center, or The Genealogy Center (Allen County Public Library). Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Michell family. Copied from his Klaehn Fahl Melton Funeral Home obituary.

Miller, Charles

Went to Central High School, a unique groundbreaker as Tula from Tulisa's, Up The Street, Katy's Kapers, and Show Director at After Dark Nightclub 112 E. Masterson Avenue.

  1. Photo of Tulisa’s, Fort Wayne’s first “gay bar.” It was founded by Charles “Tula” Miller in 1971 and remained open until 1976. [National Register of Historic Places Application, Pearl Street District]. posted June 1, 2022 by The History Center on Facebook.
  2. Charles Miller From shy boy to reigning queen Bonnie Blackburn, May 12th, 2015 on Fort
  3. City honors contributions of drag queen by Keiara Carr May 23, 2021 in The Journal Gazette newspaper
  4. Community honors legacy of trailblazing drag queen Charles “Tula” Miller by Jazlynn Bebout January 3, 2023 on
  5. Community remembers trailblazing drag queen by Alyssa Ivanson, posted Jan 3, 2023 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15 Trailblazer. A force of nature. Giving heart. Wicked sense of humor. All around amazing person. That’s how Branden “Della Licious” Blaettner remembers his friend and mentor Charles “Tula” Miller. Miller, 83, died Monday after a prolonged illness.
  6. Charles 'Tula' Miller, founder of Fort Wayne's first gay bar, dies at 83 by Brett Stover in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  7. Discussed January 2, 2023 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.

Miller, Christian

Welcome BACK to FUN 👏 FACT 👏 FRIDAY! 👏 This building on Broadway Street was built in 1915 by Christian Miller, a sheet...

Posted by Sturges Property Group on Friday, February 9, 2024

February 9, 2024 post by the Sturges Property Group on Facebook:

Welcome BACK to FUN 👏 FACT 👏 FRIDAY! 👏

This building on Broadway Street was built in 1915 by Christian Miller, a sheet metal worker originally from Huntington.

Christian owned and operated C. Miller and Sons, a mechanical repair and construction company. He operated a tin & roofing company out of the basement of the building and a hardware store on the ground level, while also living in the apartments upstairs. 🏡

In the 60s, the Miller family shut down operations at this Broadway location to focus on the roofing sector of their business, known today as CMS Roofing. After the Miller family moved out, Artlink 🎨 got their start in this building as "Linker's Gallery" in 1976, showcasing emerging artists' work in an apartment upstairs.

Residents remember the building transitioning from the hardware store to boutique shops, convenience stores, galleries, and finally the popular Antiques on Broadway right next to the Brass Rail. 🍻

Antiques on Broadway was open for 20 years, and recently closed, allowing new life to be brought to the Broadway Corridor which we currently have for lease.

Broadway has traditionally been a busy artery through Fort Wayne, with commercial uses lining the street from Downtown Lutheran Hospital to newly developed Electric Works. 🏭

Located within the West Central National Historic Register boundary, the Broadway Corridor continues to thrive with unique businesses, like Fancy & Staple, The Hedge, & Davey's Delicious Bagels, and events like the Broadway Street Stroll.

With its bright murals and brick-paved residential streets, the historical significance of the neighborhood is preserved through modern interpretations and upkeep.

🌱 Keep the tradition alive! Call Andrew and John for more information! 

Miller, Jeanne

Jeanne Miller first female judge
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First woman judge in 1956 newspaper article:

Miller, Milton

Milton Miller Five-generations
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July 30, 1951 The News-Sentinel photo:

A Five-Generation Family- five generations are represented in the above family group. Eighty-four-year-old Mrs. Milton Miller, of Fort Wayne, is shown, seated left holding her great-great granddaughter, three-month-old Jerri Ellen Snowball, also of Fort Wayne. Mrs. Miller's daughter, Mrs. William Hartman, of Columbia City, is seated right. Mrs. James Snoweball, Mrs. Miller's granddaughter, is standing rear with her son Robert Snowball, Mrs. Miller's great-granson. Both are from Fort Wayne.

Posted February 3, 2023 by Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana on Facebook.

Miller, Private Nelson

From the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Boeing B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay" "Colonel Paul Tibbets,...the Group Commander...named the B-29 that he flew on 6 August 1945 Enola Gay after his mother. In the early morning hours, just prior to the August 6th mission, Tibbets had a young Army Air Forces maintenance man, Private Nelson Miller, a graphic artist from Fort Wayne, Indiana, paint the name just under the pilot's window." Flickr photo. Originial comment was posted on the History Center on Facebook. Also mentioned in World War II Museum in Auburn published August 22, 2010 on TourFortWayne blog.

Miller, Richard Ewing

Born March 2, 1916, Fort Wayne, Indiana, a 1933 Central High School graduate, a captain in the Army Air Corps and a bombardier. He was killed in Action, January 22, 1943 from wounds received in action over North Africa from Richard Ewing Miller, 0-432352, Captain Bombardier Crew 2posted on Originally titled Star honoring local Doolittle Raider rises in mystery about his copper memorial star found in 2008 North Dakota by Frank Gray published March 16, 2008 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. See Doolittle Raid on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

Miller, Roger

Longtime umpire leaving his legacy by Jeff Wiehe published January 26, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Millett, Mark

A co-founder of Steel Dynamics Inc., is now its president and CEO. ...the youngest of three children in a family living in “very humble” circumstances in Plymouth, England. His father, who was a prisoner of war for 3 1/2 years during World War II, worked on a shoe factory assembly line for 44 years. His mother helped support the family by pumping gas in a petrol station and ringing up groceries in a supermarket. Read the rest of his story Out of the shadows to take reins at SDI by Sherry Slater of The Journal Gazette newspaper published: September 9, 2012.

Milnor, Cliff

Wrote a gossip column in The Journal Gazette newspapercalled "Lines and Angles".A book Lines And Angles By Cliff Milnor As Excerpted From The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette Paperback – 1982 by Compiled by Dorothy Conner (Author), Cartoons by Jerry Stewart (Illustrator), Chris Schenkel (Foreword) was discussed March 14, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook.

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Minahan, Lillian M.

Made it aboard a (Titanic) lifeboat, but her husband did not. Lillian M. Minahan was one of the lucky ones. When the majestic ship Titanic smashed into an iceberg about 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912, Minihan, who always described herself as being born in Fort Wayne, was among the mostly women and children ushered into lifeboats when the ship started sinking." From A Titanic survivor's Fort Wayne roots by Kevin Kilbane published April 11, 2012 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Miner, Charles Winslow

Born January 26, 1866 to Simon P. and Melissa Miner both originally from Ohio who had moved to Columbia City in the mid 1800s. He died in November 1911. He was an early Fort Wayne photographer with a studio at 121 W. Wayne street. Read his story Charles W. Miner, Fort Wayne Photographer by Tom Castaldi, local historianposted March 29, 2016 on History Center Notes & Queries blog. See a large photo Interior of Charles Miner's photographic studio in Fort Wayne, Indiana on the Digital Image Collections of the Indiana Historical Society.

Milton, Bobby

1928-2007, the statement Likely the greatest basketball player ever to come out of the city, the six-foot, one-inch Central High School forward joined the Harlem Globetrotters in 1949 as a player and later became its coach and manager. With the Globetrotters for 34 years, he played over 8,000 exhibition games in more than 100 nations, as well as on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. on a Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard discussion August 16, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group.

Moellering, Alfred W.

Superior Court Judge Alfred - 86, born December 13, 1926, died June 2, 2013, son of the late William and Hilda Moellering, he was raised in Fort Wayne. He graduated from South Side High School in 1945, Indiana School of Business in 1951, and Indiana University School of Law in 1953. He was a World War II Army veteran. A member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. He was appointed U.S. Attorney for Northeast Indiana District by President Kennedy in 1962, serving until 1970. Elected Superior Court Judge in 1971, he retired in 1991. Active in the Allen County Democratic Party, he ran for mayor of Fort Wayne in 1955. He was survived by his wife, Carol; daughter Caroline Moellering of Chicago; son, David (Linda) Moellering of Fort Wayne; grandchildren: Fiona Gallagher, Fintan Gallagher and Sadie Gallagher; and step-granddaughter, Jill Norris; and step-great-granddaughter, Emilia Norris. Information from an email from his daughter Caroline, his June 5, 2013 obituary and newspaper article Moellering was respected mentor, colleague, father by Sarah Janssen published June 5, 2013 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. A May 7, 2023 post with photos discussed a home built by H. Edward Moellering on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook

Mollberg, Erik

July 14, 2017 the assistant manager for Access Fort Wayne at the Allen County Public Library and the manager of the library's low-power, community radio station, WELT, 95.7-FM, died Friday after being seriously injured about 8:30 a.m. that morning in a traffic accident at Leesburg and Rapp roads near the Allen-Whitley County line. Died after being injured in a traffic accident Friday morning. Copied from Late local public-access TV, radio staff member inspired many by Kevin Kilbane published July 15, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. See his obituary posted July 19, 2017 on WELT 95.7 FM - Fort Wayne Community Radio on Facebook and obituary at Swem Chapel Starks Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services.

Montgomery, Charles L. Smoky

84, of Fort Wayne, died September 16, 2006. Surviving were his wife, Eva Gae Montgomery; sons, Charles L. Jr. (Linda) of Atlanta, Ga. and Roger (Joanne) of Albion; brother, Joe (Janice) Montgomery of Austin, Texas; granddaughter, Angela Eva-Marie Montgomery Budd (Tim) of Downingtown, Pa.; and great-grandson, Roman Peter Charles Budd. See his September 20, 2016 obituary in Fort Wayne Newspapers , or Find A Gravepage and former Wells Street store location posted March 9, 2016 and August 5, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook.

Moritz, Aloyse Weezie C.

91, born December 20, 1923, daughter of Madeline and Ongle Moritz, died March 22, 2015. During WWII decoded Japanese communications in Washington D.C., in Fort Wayne became editor of the society newspaper page, taught history and anthropology, retiring in 1984 at Elmhurst, volunteered for the Red Cross and Mathew 25. She visited all seven continents, including the Soviet Union in 1964 and Antarctica in her 70s. Read more in Moritz, editor, teacher, dies at 91 by Frank Gray published March 24, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaperand her D.O. McComb and Sons obituary.

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Moore, John

Worked for the CIA as an analyst from 1963 to 1970. He was awarded the medal for Civilian Service for his time spent in Vietnam, as well as, the CIA Certificate of Exceptional Service. Mr. Moore grew up in southeast Fort Wayne, graduating from South Side High School in 1954, immediately enlisting in the Army, where he served for three years. Copied from JOHN MOORE, LONGTIME SUPPORTER - Community Spotlight by Camille Garrison published April 22, 2016 in The Waynedale

Moores, Richard Arnold

Nine week story in 1975 about saving the Embassy Theatre in his comic strip "Gasoline Alley". December 12, 1909 – April 22, 1986 was an American cartoonist whose best known work was the comic strip Gasoline Alley, which he worked on for nearly three decades. ... Moores was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on December 12, 1909. After graduating from high school in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he attended Fort Wayne Art School. He also received a year of training at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts before spending five years working for Chester Gould on Dick Tracy. While working for Gould in Chicago, he met and married Gretchen, a musician. ... Moores introduced local events into the comic strip. At the same point that Fort Wayne residents were trying to raise money to save a grand old theatre, the Embassy, from the wrecker's ball, and to restore it, the characters in Gasoline Alley were trying to do the same with their Emboyd Theatre. Even many Fort Wayne residents were unaware that their theatre had been originally called the Emboyd, named after Emma Boyd, daughter of the owner. (For that matter, neither of the Fort Wayne newspapers carried the syndicated Gasoline Alley strip. Read the rest of his biography on Wikipedia and his cartoon biography.

Moring, Laura Grace Bradley

May 22, 2023 post by the Genealogy Center on Facebook:

It’s Mortarboard Monday! In honor of graduation season, we’re sharing biographies from the 1894 Central Grammar School class in Fort Wayne to see where their paths took them after graduation.

Did you know our yearbook collection is searchable in our catalog? Start exploring here: . Some are available to view digitally!

Laura Grace Bradley was born in Adrian, Michigan in 1876 and was a graduate of the Central Grammar School class of 1894. Laura attended Indiana University at a time when very few women were going to college. She played tournament basketball and was a member of the Phi Beta Phi sorority. After completing her education, Laura worked as a teacher in the English department at the old Fort Wayne High School.

On June 30 1910, Laura married John Edwin Moring. The couple had one son, John Bradley Moring, who was born in 1914, when Laura was 37.

Throughout her life, Laura was active in the community. She served as founder and the first President of the Fort Wayne Woman’s Club, and as a trustee and board member of the Fort Wayne Art Institute. She was also active for many years with the YWCA and was a charter member of Community Concerts Inc. and was named honorary Director upon her retirement in commemoration of her service to the organization.

Laura died on November 21, 1977 at the age of 101. Services were held in the McMillen Chapel of the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne and Mrs. Moring was buried in Lindenwood Cemetery in Fort Wayne.

(1977, November 22). Laura Moring’s services Friday. Journal Gazette, 3C.

Morris, Bob

A Fort Wayne state representative in 2012 generated worldwide newstory controversy when he was the only Indiana state legislator to not sign a declaration celebrating the 100th birthday of the Girl Scouts of America.

Morris, Leo

July 7, 2023 post by the Fort Wayne Business Weekly on Facebook:

We are missing him.


Leo Morris, columnist for The Indiana Policy Review these last six years, died July 6, the owner of a distinguished 50-year career in journalism, most of it with the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. His honors included the Hoosier State Press Association’s award for Best Editorial Writer and being named a finalist in editorial writing by the Pulitzer Prize committee.

Born to a coal-mining family in eastern Kentucky Copied from: July 7 - Rest in peace, Leo Morris by Indiana Policy Review Foundation on Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly.

Morris, Mary

A Holly Grove, Arkansas native lived in Fort Wayne for 44 years, died December 18, 2014. She worked to improve local neighborhoods in the Oxford Community Association area on the city's southeast side. Remembered with the  Mary L. Morris Memorial Parkway a portion of Rudisill Boulevard dedicated by Mayor Tom Henry July 25, 2015 discussed in Parkway street designation to honor late, longtime local neighborhood champion by Kevin Kilbane published July 23, 2015 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Morris, Samuel (Prince Kaboo)

The spirit filled life by Morris, Samuel Publication date 1924; Publisher Bible Institute Colportage Association on

Prince Kaboo was born in 1873 to a tribal chieftain of the Kru Tribe in Liberia Africa. Imprisoned after a war with another tribe he escaped to Monrovia and where he met Miss Knolls at a church who was a missionary and graduate of Fort Wayne College, now Taylor University formerly of Fort Wayne, now Upland, Indiana. He attended Fort Wayne Bible College after learning English from Miss Knoll. His name was changed by Miss Knoll to honor her benefactor, a banker from Fort Wayne. In December 1891, Morris arrived on the Fort Wayne campus. He died on May 12, 1893 from a severe cold at Saint Joseph Hospital, he was buried in Section 14 Jordan Crossing in Lindenwood Cemetery..

  1. Taylor University has several pages on their web site: Samuel Kaboo Morris , Samuel Morris' Impact The continuing story, Samuel Morris StoryThe Search for Samuel Morris, and Buildings and Monuments Samuel Morris residence halls.
  2. SCAA & Taylor University Take Sammy Morris Back Home about taking his statue back to Samuel Morris Educational Resource Center in Farmersville, Sinoe County, Monrovia, Liberia, Africa.
  3. Sammy Morris' Gravesite memorial page at Taylor University has a photo of his original gravesite at Lindenwood Cemetery. Although the original burial location is no longer known, it was moved and he was rememebered with a large memorial stone.
  4. Find A Grave memorial page.
  5. Samuel Morris at The Malachi Project.
  6. Prince Kaboo (Samuel Morris) Makes His Mark in Fort Wayne History posted March 9, 2015 by Visit Fort Wayneblog.
  7. Samuel Morris & the march of faith by Baldwin, Lindley J - Class of 1886 - Taylor University; publication date 1942, a 14 day book loan at Internet Archive.
  8. The Samuel Morris Faith Fund was started by a Sunday School Class in New York. Jorge Masa, a member of Taylor University Class of 1928, directed a movie about Samuel Morris called "Angel in Ebony".
  9. Samuel Morris also know as Prince Kaboo by Brother James of Knoxville, Tennessee
  10. Samuel Kaboo Morris on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
  11. The Story of Samuel Morris -Torchlighters a 32 minute cartoon movie by Ramiro published Dececmber 30, 2017 YouTube
  12. Thoughts on Samuel Morris by metamorpheus posted January 4, 2012 on 35 Years in the Cockpit From the mind and heart of Bob Elrod blog.
  13. Samuel Morris: A Spirit-filled Life, Issue 33 by Stephin Merritt, Thaddeus; Constantine Reade; Golden Rule Publishing Company, 1908 on Google books.
  14. Prince Kaboo by Nancy McCammon-Hansen published November 12, 2013 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  15. In 1928, his simple gravestone at Lindenwood Cemetery was replaced with a larger marker by that year’s graduating class. From a May 12, 2022 The History Centerpost with several photos and more information on Facebook.

The Story of Samuel Morris: A Spirit-Filled Life by GospelForOrthodox; Published on May 31, 2013 YouTube

Morrow, Denver C.

86, formerly of Ossian, died November 9, 2017 at the home of his daughter, Pam (Mike) Halley in Elkhart. Survived by son, Dennis; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Jeanne Draper; and special friend, Lou Turner. His wife Irma died in 1999 and son, Randy. Denver was one of Joe Taylor's Red Birds, legendary local country group. Burial at Grand Prairie Cemetery, Marion, Ohio. Obituary was published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on November 12, 2017.

Moses, Win

Winfield "Win" C. Moses Jr., born February 20, 1943 and graduated from South Side High School in Fort Wayne in 1960. He then went on to Indiana University, where he graduated in 1964 with BA degrees in Economics and Philosophy and an MBA in 1966. He also received an honorary PhD in Political Science from the Indiana Institute of Technology in 1998. City Councilman from 1972 to 1979, City Council President in 1973 and 1979, was elected Mayor, serving from 1980-1987, was defeated in the 1987 election by Paul Helmke. He then served as the State Representative of Indiana House District 81, a position he held from 1992 to until his 2012 defeat for re-election by Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) on November 6, 2012. Copied from Winfield Moses on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Civil rights leader Vernon Jordan was shot by a sniper at the Marriott Hotel on Coldwater Road in 1980. The city won an "All America City" designation, gained a reputation as the City that Saved Itself for the 1982 efforts of thousands of flood-fighting volunteers, and saw its downtown rejuvenated with numerous construction projects. 1983 International Harvester decided to close its local plant and move the operations with thousands of good paying jobs to Springfield, Ohio. Standing behind the meat counter at Pio Market on East State Boulevard one day in late October 1987, butcher Jack Didier offered an insightful observation on local politics. You can say what you want to about Win Moses, he said as he wiped his hands on his apron, but you can't say he's been dull. Copied from The rise and fall – and rise – of Win Moses by Mike Dooley published in 1980-1989: HOT POLITICS, COLD CRIMES in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Mayor Of Ft. Wayne Resigns In Plea Deal, But Plans Return by Eileen Ogintz published July 09, 1985 in the Chicago Tribune. FORT WAYNE MAYOR IS OUT, THEN IN by E. R. SHIPP published in 1986 in SPECIAL TO THE NEW YORK TIMES.

Mossman, William and Lois

Photos of the William & Lois Mossman House were posted June 17, 2022 by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) on Facebook. They posted: This c. 1888 Queen Anne house on West Washington Boulevard has original fish scale slate shingles on the roof, decorative interior chimneys, decorative wood trim and a trio of arched windows in the front gable. It looks like there was a later addition to the house on the southeastern corner. Perhaps there was a wraparound porch at time. The double front doors are still intact. On the east side of the house, there are three metal fence posts that look like they may have been part of an old fence. One of the early residents of the house were William & Lois Mossman. Mr. Mossman was a partner in Mossman-Yarnelle Company on Pearl Street. The Mossmans were active in Plymouth Congregational Church (The church had previous locations before the 1924 church was built on West Berry Street.) Mrs. Mossman died in 1915. As a memorial to her, Mr. Mossman donated $20,000 to the church for the purchase of its pipe organ. Mr. Mossman died in 1929.

Motter, Thomas A.

Thomas A. Motter . . . Indiana Basketball Player September 13, 2014 by JA Motter on YouTube
This four-minute mini-documentary celebrates the life of Thomas A. Motter as an Indiana Basketball player. It includes a brief history of his playing career and several rather unique honors. It also includes a short video of the stirring recognition he received at the start of an Indiana University basketball game on February 15, 2009.
March 1936, trio of basketball stars: Paul Curly Armstrong, Thomas A. Motter and Herm Schaefer under the direction of coach Murray Mendenhall Dean of Indiana High Schools Coaches during the 1940s won the Indiana State High School Championship Finals for the first time.Armstrong and Motter make the All-Tourney Team. They returned to the finals in 1937.


Motter was one of seven children and the only one who went to college. His parents divorced when he was a boy and his mother worked hard to provide enough for the family. The Motter family was full of athletes. One sister, Betty, was considered the greatest female athlete in school history. An older brother, Parker, was a four-time Fort Wayne city golf champ. Tom was the starting center (averaging about 10 points a game) for Central High School teams that reached the state finals in 1936 and '37 under coach Murray Mendenhall. Copied from Hoosier pleasure – basketball glory days remembered Motter last surviving player of first IU title team by Pete DiPrimio published January 25, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.


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Muhler, Joseph Charles

Born December 23, 1923 in Fort Wayne, aged 73, he died December 24, 1996 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He was survived by his wife of 47 years, Majetta Stewart Muhler; two sons, Dr. Joseph Jr. and James P., both of Fort Wayne, and five grandchildren. See his Memorial on Find A Grave for his obituary and more information. A biochemist, he led the team that came up with the original formula for Crest, a Procter & Gamble best seller, in the 1950's. He started its development in 1945 when the Navy, which had sent him to the Indiana Dental School, stopped supporting him. Muhler with Dr. Harry G. Day, his biochemistry teacher, Dr. Grant Van Huysen of the dental school, and William H. Nebergall, an associate, developed a popular source of stannous (tin) fluoride. Procter & Gamble, underwrote their work in 1949, test-marketed Crest in 1955, and it went on sale nationally the next year as Crest toothpaste. Copied from Joseph Muhler, 73, Dies; Made Crest Formula by Wolfgang Saxonjan published January 5, 1997 in the New York Times newspaper and Fort Wayne native instrumental in pioneering use of fluoride by Rebecca R. Bibbs published July 22, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. He came to IPFW in 1972 and retired as research professor emeritus and professor emeritus of dental auxiliary education. See Muhler, Joseph C. at the University Archives. See the Joseph Charles Muhler papers, 1919-1997, bulk 1955-1977 A Guide to his Papers at the Indiana University Archives. Joseph Muhler and William Nebergall will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame on May 2, 2019 in Washington from 2 Fluoride Toothpaste Inventors From IU Win Posthumous Fame by the Associated Press posted January 22, 2019 by Indiana Public The Crest toothpaste slogan was look mom, no cavities one of the 20th Century’s greatest leaps forward in public health shown in Look Ma! a video by Eric Olson, 21Country Featured Reporterpublished January 25, 2019 on

Muhn, John Roland

He was born June 24, 1891, in Auburn and died in September 1985, age 94. He was Santa Claus, and his wife Ann was Mrs. Claus, for over 50 years starting in 1926 for St. Vincent Villa Catholic Orphanage orphans. He owned several contracting businesses employing over 140 employees building 40 homes a year. Read more below:

  1. J. Roland Muhn Collection in the William H. Willennar Genealogy Center at the Eckhart Public Library in Auburn, DeKalb County, Indiana.
  2. John Roland Muhn Find A Grave page.
  3. KEVIN LEININGER: Longtime Fort Wayne Santa has been inducted into the Hall of Fame — and his name may surprise you published December 6, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Muller, Gertrude

Born June 9, 1887 in Leo, third child of Victor and Catherine (Baker) Muller, Allen County pioneer residents. Her father, a son of one of Leo’s founders, died when Muller and her brother and sisters were children, so the family moved to Fort Wayne. Her mother’s parents were Henry J. and Mary Baker. Henry was superintendent of the Old Canal, and Baker Street is named in his honor. He was one of the founders of St. Joseph Hospital and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Muller’s brother, Harry, became a judge. Gertrude Muller died October 31, 1954. Gertrude developed a folding childs toilet seat and started "The Toidey Company" on Taylor Street. Read her story In celebration of Women's History Month: Gertrude Muller by Nancy McCammon-Hansen published March 4, 2014 in History Center Notes & Queries blog.


Discussion appear and disappear on various social media and blog sites. Here are just a few.

  1. May 30, 2016 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook with photo stated: The Continentals formed in 1957 by Sonny Charles, Robert Stevens, Marwin "Sweet Louie" Smith, Harvey Trees and Bill Van Buskirk with ocassional members Calvin Thomas and Jimmy Milton. See photos on CHECK-MATES (Regency Records) on WhiteDooWhopCollector blog.
  2. Indiana45s was a resource dedicated to the documentation and preservation of music and the history of Hoosier artists with a Fort Wayne page now on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
  3. Rock ’n’ roll dream found in lost record story by Frank Gray published December 4, 2012 no longer online in The Journal Gazette newspaper was about the 1960's band the Olivers who recorded an album in 1969 then the acetate recording was lost when the record company went out of business and was rediscovered and available for sale online at in 2012. See Olivers - Ft. Wayne Indiana 1965 - 1967March 26, 2007 on 60's indiana band szene .See videos and photos at The Olivers on Loud Horizon.

    A December 28, 2012 followup Letter to the Editor titled: Serfmen tale incomplete without keyboardist is on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

    In response to the article “Rock ’n’ roll dream found in lost record” (Dec. 4), one very important person in the article was left out. Hoagland’s very own Carl Aldrich was a founding member and was with the original lineups, even the pre-Olivers “Serfmen.” He actually wrote a great deal of music, including co-authoring the one single that is considered to be one of the most highly collected in the “garage band” genre of records, “Beeker Street/I Saw What You Did.” He was the keyboardist from the beginning and almost up to the time of the recording of the lost record. He actually was there when the early Serfmen recorded a song at a Fort Wayne radio studio of “Chills and Fever.” Aldrich still plays in the Fort Wayne music scene as part of Stagecoach. TED RUPEL Fort Wayne

  4. Rock n’ roll stories from Fort Wayne’s past Big names. Big events. Brushes with fame…by Michael Summers 2011-02-06 on Fort Wayne Reader.
  5. February 19, 2013 interesting responses to a post by Michael J. Hatch stating: The Yardbirds played at Indiana Beach in 1966. Jimmy Page, later of Led Zeppelin fame, is playing bass. (Photo by Rick Knapp) How many "Local" bands of the 60's do you remember playing in "The Greater Fort Wayne Area" ?? The Ravens, The Rivieras, Souls on Fire, The Chosen Few, Boston Creme Pie, Crystal Illusion, Walden, Syndicate of Sound, The Chessmen, Story, late 60's - Ethos? The Swingin Gate and The Hullabaloo on Harris Rd were just two venues of the day. Where are the band members now? on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
  6. 60's indiana band szene blogspot web site from a January 29, 2016 post about Bojrab's Clubhouse formerly on Lahmeyer Road had many local bands. Some are listed in the You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook.
  7. April 21, 2023 post by Downstait on Facebook:

    Hey! We're on TV! Thank you to Amir and Ian at 21Alive for putting this together!

    Their name is Downstait, and they might just be the most successful musicians to ever come out of the Summit City. The band was formed years ago when the members were teens at South Side High School. After playing dozens of local gigs in The Fort, the members say they got their big break when they were approached by a WWE music producer who asked them to create a theme song for The Miz. That song, “I Came to Play”, currently has over 9 million streams on Spotify. Copied from Fort Wayne band finds major success in pro wrestling by Amir Abbas, April 21, 2023 on

  8. January 3, 2023 post by Alex Null - 21Alive on Facebook:

    The film, premiering later this month, is a chronicle of the Fort Wayne punk and hardcore scene of the late 80s and through the 90s.

    STORY: New documentary spotlights history of punk rock in Fort Wayne

  9. January 13, 2024 post by WBOI 89.1 - Meet the Music on Facebook:

    New documentary shines light on the city’s punk rock history

Myers, Fred

Music a Gift for a lifetime Fred Myers by DavidPaulMyers September 24, 2011 on YouTube

Tabetha Ann Murlin

After a 32-year investigation, the Allen County coroner on Thursday announced the identity of a woman known as Mary Jane Doe, who was found dead in 1992.

Posted by The Journal Gazette on Thursday, February 15, 2024

Thursday, February 15, 2024 post by The Journal Gazette on Facebook:

These photos provided by the Allen County coroner’s office show Tabetha Ann (Slain) Murlin, whom the coroner has identified as the woman whose body was found in a Fort Wayne basement in 1992. She would have been 23.

Advancements in technology and countless hours of investigating led to a nearly 32-year-old cold case victim’s identification, the Allen County coroner said Thursday.

The woman formerly known as Mary Jane Doe was Tabetha Ann (Slain) Murlin. She was found May 15, 1992, wrapped in a blanket lying in 8 to 12 inches of water in the basement of a now-demolished house at 3512 Reynolds St.

Investigators estimate that Murlin, who was pregnant, died between late 1990 and early 1992, Coroner Dr. E. Jon Brandenberger said at a news conference. She would have been 23 on the day she was found.

Murlin was born in California but moved with her family to Fort Wayne shortly after birth, said Christopher Meihls, chief investigator with the Allen County coroner’s office.

Her identity was confirmed after her alleged father, Robert Bowers Sr., submitted a cheek swab for DNA testing Jan. 22. Identifying relatives was key to finding out who Mary Jane Doe was, investigators say.

Stacy Bozinovski, a forensic scientist with the state police, first started building a DNA profile for the woman in 2018. With the technology then, she was only able to assemble a partial DNA profile.

However, Bozinovski was able in October to use newly discovered next-generation sequencing analysis to create a full DNA profile. That gave Bozinovski more than 200 genetic markers to search with.

Murlin’s was one of the first cases in which state police investigators used the new sequencing method.

The analysis from Indiana State Police showed that there is a 1-in-7.5 million chance that Bowers is not Murlin’s father. Investigators consider a 1-in-1 million chance to be a very strong likelihood.

Mary Jane Doe identified as Fort Wayne woman after 32-year investigation 

On Thursday, the Allen County Coroner’s office identified a woman found dead in a Fort Wayne basement more than 30 years...

Posted by 89.1 WBOI on Friday, February 16, 2024

Friday, February 16, 2024 post by 89.1 WBOI on Facebook:

On Thursday, the Allen County Coroner’s office identified a woman found dead in a Fort Wayne basement more than 30 years ago. Tabetha Ann Murlin was identified using advancements in technology and genetic genealogy.

To learn more, listen to the full story by WBOI's Ella Abbott.

Allen County Coroner's Office identifies Jane Doe after nearly 32 years

"You couldn't keep her down," the sister of a woman identified after three decades of being known as Mary Jane Doe...

Posted by 21Alive on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

February 20, 2024 post by 21Alive on Facebook:

"You couldn't keep her down," the sister of a woman identified after three decades of being known as Mary Jane Doe said.

Read more about Tabetha Slain Murlin here: Loved ones of Fort Wayne woman known as ‘Mary Jane Doe’ for decades want community to know she was lovedTabetha Ann Slain Murlin was a ‘free spirit’ Corryn Brock


ACPL staff learning more about recently identified Mary Jane Doe

Alex Null, February 19, 2024.

Allison Singleton works at the Allen County Public Library’s Genealogy Center. Recently, she learned about the case of Tabetha Ann Murlin, a woman who passed away in 1992, but was only identified as Mary Jane Doe until last week. BACKGROUND: Allen County Coroner’s Office gives update in 1992 death investigation. Singleton says she wanted to learn more about the person behind the name.

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