People of Allen County, Indiana

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Nathan, DeDee

Sydney, 2000 South Side's DeDee Nathan placed second in the heptathlon at the 2002 U.S. Nationals, seventh in the world championships in 2001 and won the USA Outdoor Nationals title in 2001. from 9 Olympic athletes have ties to the Fort Wayne area.

Isaac De Groff Nelson

Born July 2, 1810 in New York, a short biography is on pages 40-42 in Allen County Lines December 2011. Was owner of the Fort Wayne Sentinel weekly newspaper. "In memoriam Isaac De Groff Nelson. Died March 24, 1891 " is an Internet Archive ebook, was first president of the Lindenwood Cemetery Association in 1860 when the cemetery was established in Fort Wayne. He married Elizabeth Rockhill, a Quaker from New Jersey, their son William Rockhill Nelson, became founder, owner and editor of The Kansas City Star newspaper which has his story in a William Rockhill Nelson: The Story of a Man, a Newspaper and a City free ebook on Google. He was fondly known for many years in Fort Wayne, was much more renowned as a nursery owner. His own estate, Elm Park was considered the showplace of Allen County. Copied from Isaac De Groff Nelson on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. See Isaac De Groff Nelson on pages 108-109 in Transactions of the Indiana Horticultural Society, Volume 31 and pages 438-444 in Memorial and Genealogical Record of Representative Citizens of Indiana By Jacob Piatt Dunn both Google ebooks.

Nelson, William Rockhill

Born in 1841 Fort Wayne, died in 1915 Kansas City. His father was Isaac De Groff Nelson (1810–1891) and his mother was Elizabeth Rockhill (1816–1889), the daughter of William R. Rockhill (1793–1865), an important farmer and politician in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He sold his ownership in the Fort Wayne Sentinel newspaper of Fort Wayne and went west in 1880, no longer hopeful that Fort Wayne would change. He had photos and a writeup in the June 24, 1907 The Journal Gazette newspaper. William Rockhill Nelson The Story of a Man a Newspaper and a City printed in 1915 by the staff of the Kansas City Star, where he was the owner and editor. Also discussed September 5, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... closed Facebook group. See William Rockhill Nelson on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Nestel, Charles and Eliza

Charles was billed as “Commodore Foote,” and Eliza was billed as “The Fairy Queen.” The two were part of a genre of acts sometimes referred to as “Thumbiana” and often appeared with other small people. Read their story at the bottom of Hard times hide storied history Repairs planned for 1860s Creighton house built by canal skipper by Rosa Salter Rodriguez of The Journal Gazette September 2, 2007. Briefly mentioned on a few pages of The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana : a review of two centuries of occupation of the region about the head of the Maumee River by Bert Joseph Griswold published in 1917. The Fairfield-Nestel Mansionrestoration project on Facebook has an 1869 photo. See Find A Grave pages for Charles W. “Commodore Foote” Nestel born Septempber 14, 1848 Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, and died April 17, 1937 (aged 88) and photos and history for Eliza S. “Queenie” Nestel 1857 to 25 April 1937 who are buried in section G lot 107 in Lindenwood Cemetery. See also Commodore Foote & the Fairy Queen with William Ellinger photo on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. See more about the Fairfield-Nestel House. A relative of Joachim Sallot who lived at 719 East Lewis Street where they lived and died started a discussion October 4, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Nickleson, Rev. Mike

Died December 16, 2015. Pastor of Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. See Giant among clergy: Pastor Mike Nickleson crosses over at 63 by Frost Editor published December 21, 2015 on Frost and Children lose champion in Nickleson published December 22, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Niemeyer, Henry

1816-1904, born in Duedinghouse, Stolzenau, Germany, came to America in 1836, was captain of Wabash & Erie Canal boat, from December 21, 1904 newspaper. Married Caroline Brueggeman of Whitley County, six children, Louis H. , Henry C., William and Ernest F. Niemeyer, Mrs. Henry Hattendorf of Fort Wayne, and Henry a fireman on the Wabash RR at Ashley.


Six brothers Staying off the sidelines Niezer brothers share their love of family, Fort Wayne by Steve Warden published July 7, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Ninde, Joel Roberts

Fort Wayne, Indiana’s first female architect, left an amazing legacy of comfortable, artistic and affordable houses. Soon after her October 1900 marriage in Indianapolis, the couple moved to the Fort Wayne community to make their home. Unable to find a suitable dwelling and unwilling to move into her in-laws house, Joel decided to design her dream house and thus launched a successful architectural career in the Fort Wayne area." from Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne. See also Fort Wayne's Most Famous Female Architectby Nancy McCammon-Hansen published December 19, 2012 on the History Center Notes & Queries blog. ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) posted on Facebook March 27, 2013: Here's what the 1996 Fort Wayne Historic Sites and Structures Survey has to say about Joel: Joel Ninde (1874-1916), a woman self-taught in architecture, designed and built over 300 houses by 1914. Working with her husband, attorney, and salesman Lee J. Ninde, through their Wildwood Builders Company, Ninde and her design partner Grace Crosby created Colonial Revival and Craftsman style houses with innovative features appealing to the housewife. The company also published The Wildwood Magazine, a nationally known publication on the subjects of architecture, city planning, and interior design, from 1913-1917. Joel Ninde died of a stroke in 1916 at age 42. Although examples of her work survive in various parts of the city, both the South Wayne Historic District and the Shawnee Drive Historic District contain significant concentrations. Her own home (pictured) is located at 902 W. Wildwood Avenue. The house on St. Joseph Blvd., later occupied by Philo T. Farnsworth, was designed by Joel Roberts Ninde for her brother-in-law Daniel Ninde, one of the founders of Lincoln Nation Life Insurance. Newspaper article and photo by Cathie Roland June 12, 2009. An entire blog, Joel Roberts Ninde - An account of Indiana’s first female architect and her amazing legacy of comfortable, artistic and affordable Corinne Toth has over 100 blogs about her life, her houses including floor plans and photos last revised in 2009. Joel Ninde and the Wildwood Company by Tom Castaldi posted September 26, 2013 on the History Center Notes & Queries blog. See photos posted March 5, 2018 by The History Center on Facebook.

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Nierman, Dr Herman G.

December 4, 1870 - January 31, 1909. A prominent doctor died at only 38 when he had his diseased colon removed to test a theory. Family is listed on Find A Grave page. Mother Julia Mergel Nierman Find A Grave page. More information possible First Family Certificate for a Henry NiermanThe Critque, Volume 16 says he removed his colon to prove a theory, page 82 in The Journal of the Indiana State Medical Association, Volume 2.

Nixon, Richard Milhouse

Appeared in Fort Wayne several times. 1957 Vice-President Nixon and wife Pat on visit to Fort Wayne and September 21, 1960 Richard M. Nixon campaigning for the presidency in Fort Wayne photos at History Center Digital Collection on the mDON mastodon Digital Object Network, October 20, 1970 from page 375 of Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Richard M. Nixon, 1970 By Nixon, Richard M. and Richard Nixon 375 - Remarks in Fort Wayne, Indiana. October 20, 1970 at The American Presidency Project. 1957 photo discussed July 10, 2018 and again July 10, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Noel, Smallwood

1785-1862, Pioneer Presbyterian, a founder of the Fort Wayne's First Church July 1, 1831. See Smallwood Noel tombstone photo in Lindenwood Cemetery in Find A Grave.

Noll, John Francis Archbishop

Born January 25, 1875, in Fort Wayne, one of 19 children. He was baptized at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception where he also attended grade school. He entered the preparatory seminary at St. Lawrence College, Mount Calvary, Wisconsin when he was 13, and went on to Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Cincinnati for his theology and philosophy studies. John Noll was ordained at the cathedral at the age of 23 on June 4, 1898. Founder of Our Sunday Visitor weekly newspaper in Huntington, Indiana. Read more of his story John Francis Noll Founder, Visionary, Defender of the Faith by Ann Carey.

Noll, Will H.

His wife distributed Christmas gifts to 1,000s of children in the early 20th century from early newspaper stories. Children Are Made Happy included photo of the toys, a list of Christmas Plans and a photo of Fort Wayne's Christmas Lady Mrs. Noll among many news items in the December 24, 1915 Fort Wayne News newspaper from the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. Other stories were on December 24, 1913. Their magnficient home is remembered in CITYSCAPES Fort Wayne's saddest story by Kevin Leininger from the archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper September 5, 1981.

Norris, Michele

Of NPR All Things Considered, at the Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Omnibus Lecture Series Michele Norris - The Grace of Silence and the Power of Words recorded February 20, 2012 and published September 18, 2014 on the ipfwhelmkelibrary YouTubechannel. Had a family history aspect to her lecture on race relations. “This is the last place (Fort Wayne) that I saw my father alive,” Norris said. “I had to take a moment at the airport (Monday.) It’s one of the first scenes in the book – saying goodbye to him.” Her father was visiting his brother in 1988 (Fort Wayne) when doctors discovered an aggressive brain tumor. Norris rushed from Chicago and put her dad on a plane back to his hometown of Minneapolis. By the time Norris got there, her dad had died." from February 21, 2012 Race Card has U.S. talking by Dominic Adams of The Journal Gazette. References for Omnibus. Her Race Card web page. The Omnibus Lecture Series Past Speakersand alphabetical list.

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