Najdeski, Henry Peter
Henry Peter Najdeski, 52, passed away April 22, 2023, in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born April 2, 1971, in Fort Wayne, IN, the son of Petar and Ivanka Najdeski, whom survives.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah Najdeski, their children, Jack Henry and Emma Najdeski, brother, Orfej Petar Najdeski, sister Make (Nikola) Karagule and a niece Simona Karagule. Also surviving are in-laws Jay and Sandra Habig; brother-in-law Greg (Terri) Habig; sister-in-law Jennifer (Derek) Reid, nieces Hannah Reid, Olivia Reid, Alexa Habig, Isabella Habig and nephew Andrew Habig. Henry graduated from Canterbury High School 1989, and studied Economics and Political science at DePauw University where he graduated in 1993. Henry earned his Juris Doctorate from UIC Law School of Chicago, in 1997. Henry was a proud member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and nurtured his relationship with his fraternity brothers throughout his lifetime. Copied from Dignity Memorial online obituary.
- Coroner rules on death of man hit by police officer’s vehicle by: Lucas Wannemacher, Rex Smith, Lydia Reuille, Ethan Dahlen, April 23, 2023 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.
- Henry Najdeski, a partner at Barrett McNagny LLP, was a devoted husband and father, the downtown firm said in a statement. Copied from Pedestrian struck by police officer dies Ashley Sloboda April 24, 2023 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
- Friend: fatal officer-involved pedestrian crash ‘senseless’ Henry Najdeski died after being struck by an unmarked FWPD police car driven by a sergeant by Angelica Pickens April 25, 2023 on 21AliveNews.com.
September 21, 2023 post by The Journal Gazette on Facebook:
More than 200 of Henry Najdeski's family, friends and colleagues gathered Wednesday to both celebrate him and to raise money for a Canterbury High School scholarship in his name. Najdeski died April 22 after being struck by an unmarked Fort Wayne Police Department vehicle while he walked across a downtown street a few days earlier.
Family, friends, colleagues remember Henry Najdeski with Canterbury School scholarship;
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 NO. 8 Olympic hopeful Former South Side track standout DeDee Nathan hopes to compete in Sydney in 2000 from TOP 50 Northeast Indiana's Top 50 Athletes of the 20th Century by The News-Sentinel newspaper.
National Basketball Association
September 8, 2007, the Basketball Hall of Fame debuts a presentation highlighting Fort Wayne as the birthplace of the NBA. See our Fred Zollner section.
National Horse Thief Detective Association
- Constituting whiteness: The National Horse Thief Detective Association and racial mores in Indiana, 1850–1930 Erik C Wade, Purdue University Abstract This dissertation tells the story of the National Horse Thief Detective Association (NHTDA) based in Indiana, a group that has received little attention until now. The NHTDA represents a story of how white supremacy was state sanctioned and enabled the transformation of Indiana into a modern political domain. I argue that the framing of the 1851 Indiana constitution and the development of the NHTDA offer a top-down-bottom-up model for examining how the boundaries and performances of citizenship in the United States along the lines of race, property, and the law are constructed and fostered. The NHTDA was composed of white propertied men that were granted the right to organize by the state for the protection of their property against criminals. The association began in central Indiana in 1845 with one company; by 1926 there were as many as 300 active companies, some of which formed alliances with the second wave of the Ku Klux Klan. I contend that the attitudes that produced the 1851 Indiana constitution directly reflected not only the anxiety over and resistance to black immigration and equality, but also influenced other movements based on local interests and social discrimination. In the case of the NHTDA, their activities persisted for nearly a century, which is testimony to how "natural" white supremacy was in Indiana. Purdue e-Pubs at Purdue University Libaries and School of Information Studies.
- Horse Thief Detective Association collection This collection contains receipt books (1892-1929, 1931-1933), roll call book of members (1914-1932), a certificate of appointment to a constable, payment cards for dues, a metal sign, and a petition for constable powers from the Horse Thief Detective Association of Warren Township in Marion County, Indiana ranging from 1892 to 1933. At the Indiana State Library Manuscripts Catalog.
- Horse Thief Detective Agencies About this collection This collection is part of the John Martin Smith collection, digitized by the Eckhart Public Library, Willenar Genealogy Center, Auburn, Indiana. The materials were digitized with a Library Services and Technology Act grant made possible with from the Institute for Museum and Library Services and administered by the Indiana State Library. An Indiana Memory Hosted Digital Collections at IN.gov
- When the Midwest was the 'Old West' Eric Olson, December 8, 2015 21AliveNews.com now on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
See our African American page.
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.
People can get very passionate on what they own, and property line disputes can spiral out of control! It was 57 years ago today that the Journal-Gazette headline read 'Happy Jack' Nelson Killed By Monroeville Policeman In Gunfight Property Line Dispute Triggers Clown's Attack! I know a little boy that used to make his dad tell this "bedtime story" over and over again in the early 1960's. That is our "Throwback Thursday" for this week!
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... Private Facebook group. See William Rockhill Nelson on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
Nestel, Charles and Eliza
The Fort Wayne Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 21 September 1912, Saturday, page 12 on Newspapers.com
Library of Congress photo
Charles was billed as “Commodore Foote, born September 14, 1848 Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, and died April 17, 1937,” and Eliza,1857 to 25 April 1937, 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. See more about the Fairfield-Nestel House.
- Was a 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 newspaper September 2, 2007.
- The Nestel family arrival is briefly mentioned on page 357 and 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.
- 1881 Medal with Case is shown on 200 @ 200 2016 Bicentennial items at The History Center.
- The Fairfield-Nestel Mansion is shown several times in photos on Facebook before it was torn down.
- Fort Wayne Charles Nestel search results on Google.
In the afternoon, President Lincoln and his family host a "private reception" in the White House for some "celebrated little people." Lincoln's guests include Charles Nestel and his sister Eliza Nestel, of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The siblings are members of an entertainment troupe that is performing at Washington, D. C.'s Odd Fellows' Hall. The Nestels are better known, respectively, by the stage names Commodore Foote and the Fairy Queen. A newspaper reports that a large number of the "elite...of the city" have been attending the "wonderful performances." Evening Star (Washington, D.C.), 20 February 1864, 2:5, 3:1; Daily National Republican (Washington, DC), 20 February 1864, 2d ed., 2:6.from Friday, November 19, 1864 on The Lincoln Log A Daily Chronology of the Life of Abraham Lincoln .
- Charles D. Fredricks - Charles W. Nestel "Commodore Foote" and sister Eliza Nestel, ca 1865 Maker: Charles D. Fredricks (1823-1894) photograph on flickr.
- The Nestel Will is being contested in the Superior Court A big array of attorneys clipped from The Fort Wayne Sentinel Fort Wayne, Indiana, 10 Jan 1900, Wednesday, page 1.
- Charles W. “Commodore Foote” Nestel born September 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 on Find A Grave.
- Commodore Foote & the Fairy Queen with William Ellinger photo on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
- Photo and discussion March 17, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
- (left to right) Charles Nestel ("Commodore Foote"), Eliza Nestel ("Queenie" or "Fairy Queen"), and Joseph Huntler ("Colonel Small"), full-length studio portrait, standing, facing front] and Commodore Foote and fairy queen 5-page sheet music at The Library of Congress.
- Photo in military images was discussed October 26, 2020 on Military Images 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 Illustrated now on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
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.
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 Dr Herman G. Nierman and Julia Mergel Niermannon Find A Grave. 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.
Six brothers, Niezer brothers, from left, Barney, Tom, Jerry, Bill and Ted, 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 now on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
Ninde, Joel Roberts
Joel Roberts Ninde on the Heritage Trail by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) lists Further Readings and addresses of several Notable Structures Designed by Joel Roberts Ninde. Joel Roberts was born in 1873 in Alabama and moved to Fort Wayne after her 1900 marriage to Lee Ninde. Instead of living in her in-laws’ dark and old estate, she decided to design her own house. Joel proceeded to design additional houses for family and friends and by 1909, she and Lee formed Wildwood Builders Company, a real estate and building company where Lee handled the real estate and Joel designed houses that were focused on the housewife and were individualized. Architect Grace Crosby joined the company to convey the technical aspects of Joel’s designs. The women were immensely successful with their designs and the business flourished. Eventually the pair opened their own separate company for both architecture and interior design. Unfortunately, Joel died in 1916 at age 42 and the partnership ended. Wildwood continued for awhile after Joel’s death, but Grace Crosby found other work. Copied from a May 7, 2022 Facbook post with several photos by Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA).
- 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.
- Joel Roberts Ninde - An account of Indiana’s first female architect and her amazing legacy of comfortable, artistic and affordable houses. by Corinne Toth has over 100 blogs about her life, her houses including floor plans and photos last revised in 2009 at https://joelrobertsninde.blogspot.com/
- Legacy of Joel Roberts Ninde--First Woman Architect in Fort Wayne by Corinne E. Toth at Purdue University Fort Wayne Helmke Library.mDON: mastodom Digital Object Network
- Joel Ninde and the Wildwood Company by Tom Castaldi posted September 26, 2013 on the History Center Notes & Queries blog.
March 5, 2018 by The History Center on Facebook:
Joel Ninde and Grace Crosby were both architects who designed comfortable, convenient, and efficient homes at affordable prices. By 1910, Ninde’s designs were so popular that she and her husband, Lee J. Ninde, formed the Wildwood Builder’s Company. Grace Crosby joined the company soon after its founding. Crosby and Ninde formed the design department and supervised construction. This company designed and developed the neighborhoods of Wildwood Park, Lafayette Place, Brookview and others.
Ninde became known for her innovative ideas regarding city planning, and eventually became one of the publishers of The Wildwood Magazine, which grew into a forum for city planning throughout the country. Joel Ninde died in 1916 after suffering a stroke. Crosby continued to work for Wildwood Builders and other architectural firms until her retirement in 1930. #sociallyhistory
- Two Fort Wayne Women Put Their Stamp on House Design In the early twentieth century, the partnership of two women shaped the look of several Fort Wayne neighborhoods, where their designs remain in demand today. At Indiana Landmarks.
March 24, 2023 post by the Genealogy Center on Facebook:
March is Women’s History Month! Each Friday this month, we are featuring stories to highlight the contributions and work of Fort Wayne women over the years! Today, we are featuring Joel Roberts Ninde, a Fort Wayne architect!
Joel Roberts Ninde was born in 1874 in Alabama to Willis Roberts and Moffitt (Peacock) Roberts. She moved to Fort Wayne at a young age and married Lee Ninde, a Harvard educated attorney, in 1900.
After marrying Lee, Mrs. Ninde did not want to live in “Wildwood”, the old family estate. Instead, she desired something cozy with a yard that she could cultivate. She house-hunted, searching high and low, but could not find what she was looking for. Although she did not possess a formal education in architecture, with a creative eye, she designed her first home for herself and her husband Lee. People were immediately interested in buying the home that Mrs. Ninde had designed - her career blossomed!
Soon, Lee gave up his law practice and the couple went into business together, forming the Wildwood Builders Company. The husband and wife team, along with design partner, Grace E. Crosby, created two of the first subdivisions in Fort Wayne - Wildwood Park and Lafayette Place. She was known for “the practical as well as the artistic” in her homebuilding. She planned houses with ample windows for light and ventilation and “sleeping porches that could be turned into cozy rooms”. Mrs. Ninde also furnished the homes that she built and would plant vines, flowers, and trees as she “believed in using nature whenever possible to enhance the beauty of the homes.”
Mrs. Ninde died March 7, 1916 at the age of 42 from a stroke. She was described as having “great personal charm, nobility of character, tender sympathy” along with a great love for the “beautiful and artistic”. She is buried in Lindenwood Cemetery along with her husband and their infant daughter.
(1914, November 14). Fort Wayne Woman Turns to Architecture and Becomes Creator of Honeymoon Row. The Fort Wayne Sentinel, p. 31.
(1915, February 4). Makes a Specialty of Designing Homes. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, p. 23.
(1916, March 20). Resolutions Passed Upon the Death of Mrs. Lee Ninde. The Fort Wayne News, p. 9.
(1992, March 4). Founding Mothers. Journal Gazette.
American Association of University Women, Fort Wayne Branch. (1988). Memorable fort wayne women: A women's history project of american association of university women, Fort Wayne, Indiana branch.
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Nirdlinger, Maximilian Frederick “Max”
Clothing Merchant, Baseball Team Owner. Max was the son of Frederick Nirdlinger who owned clothing stores in Fort Wayne starting in the late 1840s, his "Palace of Fashion" was one of largest outlets in Indiana by the 1860s. Max worked as a manager there but his local fame came in assembling and providing Fort Wayne with one of the original National Association of Pro Baseball Players franchises in 1871. Copied from Maximilian Frederick “Max” Nirdlinger on Find A Grave. Was listed as a director of the original Kekionga baseball team on page 474 of the book The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana : a review of two centuries of occupation of the region about the head of the Maumee River by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927; Taylor, Samuel R., Mrs. See our Baseball section. Mentioned as President, Max Nirdlinger in “Ballplayers were Some Sort of Cattle” in Baseball History Daily and Max Nirdlinger owned a baseball bat factory (1883) in Allen Jewish Allen County History at IN.gov. In 1848 the Congregation Achduth Vesholom was founded as the first known Synagogue in Indiana History in the Nirdlinger Home in Fort Wayne. From an October 9, 2022 post by the Indiana Jewish Historical Societyon Facebook.
Nirdlinger, Samuel Frederic
Samuel F. Nixon, born Samuel Frederic Nirdlinger was an American theater owner. He was known as one of the organizers of the Theatrical Syndicate, which monopolized theatrical bookings in the United States for several years.
Samuel Frederic Nirdlinger was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 13, 1848, the son of Frederic Nirdlinger and Hannah Meyerson. The Nirdlingers were of German Jewish origin. They had traveled by covered wagon from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, to Fort Wayne, where they founded a frontier trading post. His father and uncle became clothiers. The Jews of Fort Wayne formed the Society for Visiting the Sick and Burying the Dead in 1848, with Frederic Nirdlinger as president. Nirdlinger's daughter Ella married Charles Naret Nathan. Their son was the drama critic George Jean Nathan, editor of The Smart Set and co-founder with H. L. Mencken of The American Mercury.
Samuel F. Nirdlinger first worked for the family business, then left to work for George K. Goodwin, a Philadelphia theater entrepreneur. Nirdlinger adopted the name of Samuel F. Nixon for business purposes. He became a partner of J. Fred Zimmerman, Sr. (1843–1925), an advance agent. They formed the Nixon & Zimmerman theatrical firm. The two started as lessees of theaters, and later became owners. Nirdlinger married Sallie Strauss. They had 2 children, Carrie Nixon Nirdlinger (1874–1970) and Fred G. Nixon-Nirdlinger (1877–1931). Copied from Samuel F. Nixon Early Years on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. A January 10, 2023 post by Indiana Jewish Historical Society on Facebook has several photos.
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 37th President of the United States: 1969 ‐ 1974 Remarks in Fort Wayne, Indiana 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... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook.
Page 110 in the book Pioneers resting in historic Lindenwood by Paulison, Arthur Marion, 1905-1989, 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 his story John Francis Noll Founder, Visionary, Defender of the Faith by Ann Carey on FOREVER NOLL: CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF HISTORY.
Noll, Will Henry
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 Noll Mansion is on our Places page.
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 on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. References for Omnibus. Her Race Card web page. The Omnibus Lecture Series Past Speakers.
Edward Norton is featured in: Season 9 Episode 1 Hidden Kin of finding your roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr on PBS. One of his great-great grandfathers is Frank Baals, who was a railroadman in the Fort Wayne. Around the 24:30 mark the video shows a newspaper clipping:
Former Wabash Man Dies in Kentucky. Frank Baals, at One Time General Yardmaster at Andrews. Frank S. Baals, an old Fort Wayne railroad man, who was for years yardmaster for the "Wabash" at Andrews; died at Ashland, Ky., Saturday and his remains arrived in the city last evening. They were taken to the home of Mrs. Rosina Baals; mother of the deceased, at 1134 West Jeffeson street, and the funeral will take place Tuesday afteroon.
- Two different January 3, 2023 and January 3, 2023 posts discussed this on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.
- Edward Nortonmovie actor family tree is outlined on the Famous Kin website.
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