People of Allen County, Indiana

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Oakley, Annie

June 14, 1908 article Annie Oakley's Shooting appeared in The Journal Gazette newspaper posted August 15, 2015 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Oberholtzer, Michael

An actor, he graduated from Bishop Luers High School in 2001, Luers grad starring opposite Vaughn by Keiara Carr published November 21, 2013 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Olds, Henry G

1839-1902 Founder Olds Wagon Works photos and discussion May24, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Olds, Noble

Born in 1818 in Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania, and settled in Fort Wayne in 1861. A wagon maker, railroad car manufacturer, and active in city politics, he lived at 407 West Berry Street built in 1870 and is one of Fort Wayne’s finest examples of Italianate architecture. See Noble Olds and Theodore Thieme Homes by Tom Castaldi published November 6, 2014 on the History Center Notes & Queries blog.

Oliphant, Rick

Born May 27, 1948 in Waterloo, Iowa, 65, died March 17, 2014 in Fort Wayne. He was in business with local Pizza Hut founder, the late Dick Freeland, from the company’s start in Fort Wayne and managed the first Pizza Hut restaurant in Fort Wayne, beginning in 1972. Sons Chase and Blake of Fort Wayne, brother Robert Oliphant of Waterloo, Iowa, parents Don and Ruth Oliphant. See his D.O. McComb & Sons obituary. Read more in Pizza Hut exec Oliphant dies at 65 by News-Sentinel staff reports published March 19, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Oliver, Fred and Lois

Fred & Lois Oliver were a father and daughter team who "would always stop the show when they were with the old WOWO Hoosier Hop radio show that aired out of Fort Wayne, Indiana." Fred Oliver was also the leader of a band called the Prairie Pioneers. Copied from a circa 1940 photo posted December 15, 2018 by Indiana Album on Facebook. The same photo is called Promotional photo of Fred & Lois Oliver, Indiana, ca. 1940 on their web site. You can read a little bit more with a couple more photos on a page on Red Thompson on Hillbilly Another article Prairie Pioneers sign comes home to roost with its family narrated by Marc Bourne of Divernon, Illinois by Cindy Ladage published May 20, 2015 on Marc was  the son of Lois Oliver and her second husband Leo Bourne. See her December 7, 2011 obituary.


Lloy Ball, volleyball, won a gold medal in 2008 in Beijing, Steve Bigelow, swimming, finished 10th in the 200-meter backstroke at the 1988 Seoul Olympics at age 17, Don Lash, track, finished eighth in the 10,000 meters and 14th in the 5,000 meters at Berlin in 1936, Mike Marchesano, baseball, a 1994 Elmhurst graduate, Marchesano pitched for Italy in Athens with little luck during the 2004 games, DeDee Nathan, track, finish ninth in Sydney during the 2000 games, Matt Vogel, swimming won the 100-meter butterfly gold medal and then was part of the gold medal-winning 400-meter medley relay in the 1976 Montreal games, Sharon Wichman, swimming, won the gold medal in the 200-meter breaststroke and set an Olympic record with a time of 2:44.4 in the 1968 Mexico City games, Verle Wright Jr., shooting, in 1956 he made the Olympic team for the Melbourne games but struggled shooting outdoors and finished well out of medal contention, Amy Yoder Begley, track, placed 26th in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 10,000-meter run, Dan Zehr, swimming, finished fourth to three Japanese swimmers in the 1932 Los Angeles games in the 100-meter backstroke. Read more in Who are Fort Wayne’s Favorite… Olympians? by Blake Sebring published June 18, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Osborne Murders

Possibly the most spectacular of the crimes were the September 1983 bludgeoning deaths of News-Sentinel editorial page editor Dan Osborne, his wife, Jane, and their 11-year-old son, Ben, at their home on South Harrison Street. The couple's 2-year-old daughter, Caroline, escaped injury, but wandered about the house for two days before the murders were discovered. Copied from Grisly crimes sent chills through city by Mike Dooley published in 1980-1989: HOT POLITICS, COLD CRIMES of The News-Sentinel newspaper. A young man charged with killing onetime Tulsa newspaperman Daniel Osborne and his wife and son hanged himself in his cell today, leaving a note saying "I didn't kill nobody." Calvin D. Perry III, 18, of Fort Wayne was found hanging from bars on his window with a long piece of mattress-cove cloth around his neck and feet, Allen County Sheriff Dan Figel said. Copied from Triple-slaying suspect kills self published January 17, 1984 in The Oklahoman. There was a lively discussion of the Osborne and Lapp murders February 5, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

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