People of Allen County, Indiana

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Packnett, Michael

Citizen of the Year: Michael Packnett originally December 29, 2013 in The Journal Gazette newspaper now on NorthEastIndiana. CEO of Parkview Health since 2005. A native of Ada, Oklahoma, is credited as a major force promoting downtown Fort Wayne revitalization including Parkview Field the baseball stadium for the TinCaps. See previous Citizens of the Year.

Pantazi, Dean

Native of Chicago, a sports caster for WOWO radio and WPTA-TV. Hall-of-fame sportscaster Dean Pantazi celebrated his 40th anniversary at WPTA-TV on Tuesday. Dean came to 21Alive on Dec. 2, 1974, covering both news and sports. Dean would switch to sports full-time in 1985. Copied from Dean Pantazi Celebrates 40 Years At WPTA by Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive published December 2, 2014 on 21AliveNews.com.

Paire-Davis, Lavonne "Pepper"

88, a star of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s. The All American Girls Baseball League was founded in 1943 by Chicago Cubs owner Philip K. Wrigley. Catcher and shortstop, she helped her teams win five championships. She chronicled her baseball adventures in the 2009 book "Dirt in the Skirt." Was a model and an inspiration for the central character played by Geena Davis in the 1992 hit movie "A League of Their Own" also starred Rosie O'Donnell, Madonna and Tom Hanks as the crusty manager who shouted the famous line, "there's no crying in baseball!" see Former Fort Wayne Daisies player dies Women's baseball star, movie inspirer Davis dies by the Associated Press February 4, 2013. Lavonne Paire-Davis dies at 88; inspiration for Geena Davis’ character in ‘A League of Their Own’ on yahoo.com. See our Fort Wayne Daisies section.

Parker, Christian

Portrait drawing appears on page 316 and name Paker appears 27 times in 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, Publication date 1917 on Archive.org

Christian Parker settled in St. Joseph township. Allen county, in 1833. Mr. Parker was elected a justice of the peace in 1834. a county commissioner in 1839 and 1844, and a representative in the state legislature for four successive terms. HON. CHRISTIAN PARKER history on Parker Cemetery website. Christian Parker's land is shown in the blueprint map discussion on our Johnny Appleseed page.

Parker, Darl Lee

Born February 9, 1931 in Canton, Ohio, in 1957 robbed a bank of $50,104 in Fort Wayne, escaped the Allen County jail in 1958, sentenced to a 50-year sentence was committed to Alcatraz in 1959 and tried to escape in 1962. In 1963 when Alcatraz closed was transferred to and paroled in 1967 from Atlanta and died in 1974 Akron, Ohio. See April 26, 1963 Toledo Blade newspaper, Well-known Alcatraz escape risk is born in 1931 published February 9, 2015 on examiner.com and Escapes from Alcatraz on San Francisco Genealogy.com. From a April 18, 2016 post on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group.

Parker, Eugene

Was a well known national sports agent. Born February 24, 1956 in Fort Wayne, he died March 31, 2016 of kidney cancer, survived by his wife, June, and children Tai, Eugene Jr., Brandon, Solomon and Austin. He was a son of Fletcher Stephens and Jessie Parker. He was a star basketball player at Concordia High School and a two-time Allen County Player of the Year. He set a sectional-record of 45 points in a victory over Wayne High School, before 3-pointers, still a record in 2016. He was a four-year starter on Purdue University men's basketball team, where he studied business management, and was a team captain for two years earning All-Big Ten awards and the John Wooden Award as the MVP for Purdue. He also played for Athletes in Action and was selected for the 1978 U.S. National Team. He was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs, but chose to pursue his Law Degree at Valparaiso University where he was a graduate assistant coach. In 2002, he was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Read more in his April 10, 2016 Fort Wayne Newspapers Legacy.com obituary.

  1. Top agent Parker pulls no punches Fort Wayne native makes deals without much fanfare June 10, 2013 by Tim Graham of The Buffalo News.
  2. Discussed August 4, 2015 in Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group.
  3. Fort Wayne sports legend Eugene Parker dies Parker represented future hall of famers Rod Woodson, Deion Sanders and Emmitt Smith by Rod Hissong published April 1, 2016 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.
  4. Sports agent Eugene Parker dies by Paul Wyche published April 1,2016 on The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  5. The 1974 Concordia graduate scored over 1,500 points with the Cadets, including a then-record 45 points in a 70-65 win over Wayne in the 1974 IHSAA Sectional at the Coliseum. Parker was a two-time honoree by The News-Sentinel as its Allen County Player of the Year, and went on to star at Purdue. copied from Fort Wayne sports icon passes away by Tom Davis published April 1, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  6. Fort Wayne friends praise Eugene Parker's integrity, impact: Famous agent influential as mentor to many by Reggie hayes published April 1, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  7. Renowned sports agent, businessman, local icon Eugene Parker by Frost Editor published April 13, 2016 oin Frost Illustrated now on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
  8. Rod Woodson a Snider superstar, a Purdue All-American and a NFL Hall of Famer, NFL superstars such as Deion Sanders, Larry Fitzgerald, Curtis Martin, Steven Jackson, Michael Crabtree and more attended his funeral remembered in Eugene Parker – celebrating a life well lived: Sports legend leaves lasting legacy by Pete DiPrimo published April 16, 2016 on The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  9. Video Hundreds pack church to say farewell to Eugene Parker by WISE Web News published April 16, 2016.
  10. Honoring life of 'great man' Famed local sports agent praised by friends, family, clients by Frank Gray published April 17, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  11. A stretch of Hillegas Road between Bass and Illinois roads was named “Eugene E. Parker Memorial Way” on March 31, 2017. See Roadway named in honor of Fort Wayne sports legend Eugene Parker published March 31, 2017 by CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.
  12. EUGENE E. PARKER MEMORIAL WAY DEDICATION CEREMONY HELD published March 31, 2017 by AllenCounty.us.
  13. Road dedicated to late Eugene Parker, famous sports agent by Dave Gong published April 1, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Parker, Jacob

Jacob Parker Copied from An Atlas and History of Indiana on Parker Cemetery website. 

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Parr, Lulu Bell

Born November 14, 1876 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She died January 17, 1955 in Dayton, Ohio. She was a wild west performer who thrilled audiences in the early 1900s through the 1930s, traveling with the Pawnee Bill Wild West Show and Buffalo Bill Cody’s show and many other acts and circuses. She was famous for her bronco riding skills and also did trick riding, sharp shooting, and buffalo riding. She died penniless in 1955 Dayton, Ohio and was buried in the Medway Cemetery. Years later, when members of the Medway Area Historical Society discovered that she was buried in an unmarked grave, they helped uncover her history and, with the help of donors and notices in western magazines, were able to get her a fine marker in the cemetery, which they dedicated in 2001. She was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2005. Copied from a long article with photos posted March 8, 2018 by the Clark County Historical Society at the...Heritage Center of Ohio on Facebook. See her photo at Find A Grave. See photos and information posted April 14, 2020 by Old Pictures of Forgotten Ohio on Facebook. LULU BELL PARR on National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. Wild Women Of The West: Lulu Bell Parr "An angry chestnut mare dashed out of the wire enclosure, bucking and twisting..." by Chris Enss published MAY 16, 2018 in Cowgirl magazine. Large tombstone photos at Travels of a Hobgoblin Taphophile Pictures and stories of cemeteries and the residents. All while enjoying actual beer. Thursday, June 5, 2014 Lulu Bell Parr - Medway Cemetery.

Parrish, Zach

Disney Animator that grew up during, as he puts it, the golden age of Disney. As a boy, his favorite movies were the likes of “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and “The Lion King.” Today, Parrish has found a way to immerse himself in those favorite childhood memories: He works at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif., and was a supervising animator on “Wreck-It Ralph,” currently in theaters. A 2003 Bishop Dwenger High School graduate, Parrish was born and raised in Fort Wayne, and he always knew he wanted to be an animator. Animate-It Zach Dwenger graduate part of team on Disney movie ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ by Jaclyn Youhana of The Journal Gazette on January 1, 2013

Pelkey, Jennie

May 15, 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: https://acpl.lib.in.us/explore-genealogy/. Some are available to view digitally!

Jennie Pelkey was born in 1874 to Jonas Pelkey and Savilla Hursh Pelkey. Jennie had two younger brothers, Earl and Clyde.

A member of the 1894 graduating class of the Central Grammar School, Jennie became a teacher, working in the Franklin school for several years. Jennie was described as “bright and intelligent” and “popular in many social circles”.

On December 24, 1903, Jennie Pelkey married John Strain and the young couple relocated to Louisville, Kentucky. In November 1904, the couple welcomed a baby boy, Albert Lionel Strain.

Jennie died in 1905 at the age of 30 following an operation for appendicitis, leaving behind her husband and 10 week old baby. She is buried at Lindenwood Cemetery in Fort Wayne. 

(1905, February 11). “Mrs. Jennie Strain Dies in Louisville”. Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, 24.

https://access.newspaperarchive.com/.../1905/02-11/page-24/

Pellen, Louise

Rochester, Indiana native Louise Pellens was born in 1885 and at some point during her childhood, her family moved to Fort Wayne. Louise graduated from Fort Wayne High School c.1905 and continued her education at the University of Illinois. She studied architecture and graduated in 1909. Louise returned to Fort Wayne and worked for Wildwood Building Company until 1912. She then worked for Walter Burley Griffin in Chicago for about six months before moving to Rockford, Illinois, to teach mechanical drawing at Rockford High School. That brought about the end of her architecture career. Louise stayed in Rockford until c.1920 when she moved to Indianapolis to teach mechanical drawing at Arsenal Technical High School. She moved to Chicago c.1927 and continued teaching mechanical drawing, this time at Austin Polytechnical High School. She remained there until 1950 when she retired. Louise died in 1969. Copied from a May 7, 2022 Facbook post with photos by Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) and again October 4, 2022 with the same text and photos by Indiana Department of Natural Resources on Facebook.

Peltier, Isabelle McClure

Born in 1881, died in 1961. Was active in bringing culture to Fort Wayne. Her estate provided gifts for Fort Wayne Fine Arts, First Presbyterian Church and Trinity Episcopal Church. Read more in In Celebration of Women's History Month: Fort Wayne Women remembered at Lindenwood Cemetery by Nancy McCammon-Hansen published March 12, 2014 in History Center Notes & Queries blog.

Peltier, J. C. the Undertaker

Photo is opposite page 448 of Valley of the upper Maumee River, with historical account of Allen County and the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana Volume 1, Publication date 1889 on Archive.org. Some Peltier family history is on pages 181-182 and other pages.

Peltier, Louis

Peltier Mortuary Coffin Sales, 1862-1877, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Peltier Mortuary Coffin Sales, 1862-1877, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Additional information posted January 4, 2023 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.

August 8, 2023 post by ARCH, Inc. on Facebook:

ARCH Inc. loves to encourage the nurturing of historic homes and businesses in our community. This brick-and-mortar heritage provides us with a window to our past. We celebrate good stewardship by awarding individuals and companies ARCHie Awards every year to recognize the best of the best. A 2021 winner was recognized for an outstanding exterior restoration with a beautiful paint update on the historic home of the Peltier family on East Berry Street. The Peltier family dates all the way back to the old fort in Fort Wayne. Louis Peltier was an undertaker. It’s believed he got into the business as a teen when he helped remove soldier’s remains from the military cemetery outside the original fort near the intersection of Berry and Clay Streets. In 1827 he made his first coffin for Chief Meta. Learn more about ARCH’s work and how to nominate your home or business for an ARCHie Award at our website or join the others who support ARCH as members and donors at archfw.org.

Perfect, Stephen

Ann Colone’s photographer at WANE-TV took the photos of Ann Colone with The Rolling Stones rock band. Not fade away US show spotlights Stephen Perfect’s ‘Stones photos’ for “The Ann Colone Show” by Michael Summers published October 21, 2014 on Fort Wayne Reader.

Peterson, David Reed

Thursday, May 7th, 1942 - Friday, November 1st, 2019 David “Dave” Reed Peterson, 77, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Friday, November 1, 2019. Born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Dave was the son of the late Reed and Beverly Peterson. Dave graduated from Lacrosse Central High School, earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, his master’s degree and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1964 to begin his career at Magnavox. Dave worked for Magnavox/Raytheon for 47 years prior to his retirement in 2011. He was an active member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church where he served as Head Elder and marriage mentor. He was a member of IEEE, played the baritone in the Fort Wayne Area Community Band, marched with the Second-Time-Arounders Band, President of The Klub, Covenant Partner (pre-marriage) with Cross Connections, past President of Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana, served on the Board of Bellshire Community Association, past coordinator and facilitator for Beginning Experience, member of Big Brothers and Big Sisters thru Real Men Read, co-founded Single Journey, a Christian singles group. He enjoyed reading, learning, puzzles, tennis, ballroom dancing, Bridge, watching his favorite teams – Badgers, Boilermakers, Packers and Cubs. His grandchildren were the light of his life. His greatest joy was helping anyone in need. Dave is survived by his wife, Julia Peterson; children, Lisa (Jason) McIntyre, Brian (Jennifer) Peterson, Scott Peterson, Sarah (Matthew) Rosbrugh; step-children, John (Brooke) Davis, Anne (Ron Burley) Davis; grandchildren, Kaity, Allie, Duncan, Nicholas, Lillian, Lucas, Tyler, Taylor, Camryn, Spencer; siblings, Tom (Kathy) Peterson, Nancy (Bob) Bekx, Greg (Kathy) Peterson; nieces/nephews, Michael, Abigail, Kate, Cindy, Andy; and special second cousin, Juli (Dusti Smith) Black. He was preceded in death by his step-daughter, Sarah Davis, who passed away August 16, 2019. Service is 11 a.m. Saturday, November 9, 2019 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, with calling one hour prior. Calling at FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 6557 N. Clinton St., Friday, November 8, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Burial in St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery, Fort Wayne, IN. Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 7710 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46815, or Heart to Heart Hospice, 7221 Engle Rd., Suite 100, Fort Wayne, IN 46804.  Copied from David Reed "Dave" Peterson. His wife Julia May Peterson (Berkheiser) August 18th, 1942 - Sunday, July 30th, 2023 both at Fairhaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services Obituaries.

Pembroke, Terry

Born April 22, 1944 in Meaford, Ontario, son of Terry Sr., and Etta Mae, played with the Komets from 1964 to 1967 and 1969 to his retirement in 1978. Legendary Komet dies Pembroke was one of team's great defensemen by Justin A. Cohn published March 6, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Komets legend Terry Pembroke has passed Long-time defenseman has No. 5 among retired banners by Blake Sebring published March 6, 2015 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Peters, John Claus

Was born in 1848, some sources say in Fort Wayne, and was the grandfather of actress Carole Lombard. His business's included Horton Washing Machine Company (established in 1871), the Wayne Hotel (acquired in 1886), Indiana Road Machine Company, and Peters Hardware. He built the Romanesque/Queen Anne style house at 832 W. Wayne St. in 1885. Peters arrived in Fort Wayne shortly after the Civil War and with another newcomer to Fort Wayne, Henry C. Paul, co-founded the Horton Manufacturing Company in 1871. This company developed and produced the first contained washing machine and by 1924 manufactured half of the world’s washing machines. Copied from Putting a spin on history With washing machines and more by Tom Castaldi, local historianfor Fort Wayne Magazine May 19th, 2017. See information on the PETERS-HEFFLEY HOUSEat OldWestEnd.com and photo of The John Claus Peters House, built in 1885 for Mary and John Claus Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana at The Library of Congress. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 17, 1980 as National Register Information System ID: 80000051. Photos of his house were posted July 3, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook.

Phelps, Michael

Master Spas manufactures Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas for the most decorated Olympian in history, who visited Fort Wayne on September 19, 2013 MICHAEL PHELPS LEARNS HOW MICHAEL PHELPS SWIM SPAS ARE MADE by Michelle Alonzo published October 24, 2013 in BusinessPeople magazine. See photo with helicopter on Parkview Field and discussion on Fort Wayne TinCaps Facebook page and Visit Fort Waynepage. Olympic great Michael Phelps is finished training, but not swimming Legendary athlete makes appearance in Fort Wayne and talks on motivation, future by Tom Davis published January 24, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Short video on Phelps drops in city with big splash Most decorated Olympian arrives by chopper for spa firm by Aubree Reichel published January 25, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Pixley, George Whiting

His biography is on pages 218-220 of the American Biography: A New Cyclopedia, Volume 10 edited by William Richard Cutter. George and Sarah Lewis Pixley donated their home at 2300 Maumee Avenue to the Relief Union in 1918. In 1920 it was given the name Pixley Relief Home. A 1904 photo of Berry Street is described as: "The Pixley-Long in 1904 Building on W. Berry at Court St looking east toward Clinton St. The Post Office and Federal Bldg [building] is the turreted brownstone on the next corner and beyond that is the Majestic Theater." on the History Center Digital Collection on the mDON mastodon Digital Object Network. The Pixley's were discussed April 3, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook.

Poignard, Bettye

July 28, 1938 - November 27, 2013, Bettye Jean Pinkston Poignard born July 28, 1938, in Hawkinsville, GA, the only child of Lizzie Lee Edwards Pinkston and Gordon Pinkston. She moved to Fort Wayne in September 1960. Met her husband Charles Franklin Poignard in Fort Wayne in 1961 and they were married on August 15, 1964 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They reared two children, Nichole Poignard Austion, born in 1967 and Anthony Franklin Poignard, born in 1971. Copied from her Carmichael Funeral Service obituary. See also Former FWCS board member Bettye Poignard dies published November 30, 2013 and Bettye Poignard championed education, youth, community by Vivian Sade in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Remember Bettye Poignard by Brenda Robinson published December 16, 2013 on Frost Illustrated now on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

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Poinsette, Jacob

May 20, 2023 post by Indiana Album on Facebook:

Fort Wayne - Interior of a saloon identified as "'Jakes' Bar Room / J. Poinsette." Proprietor Jacob Poinsette stands 3rd from the right behind the bar. Poinsette's saloon first appeared in the Fort Wayne city directories between 1900 and 1904 and was located at 1016 Maumee Avenue.

Source - The Indiana Album: Nancy (Poinsette) Delullo Collection (See the full collection [17 photos] here: http://indianaalbum.pastperfectonline.com/Search...)

Studio portrait of the Jacob and Magdalene Poinsette family of Fort Wayne, ca. 1908. They are identified on the mount and through family information as (left to right): William J., Leo, Jacob (seated), Eugene Joseph, Albert M., Alois Lyle (boy in sailor suit), Henry J., Magdalene (Dirig) (seated), and Eugenia "Jane" Poinsette.

Pollard, Bernard

February 3, 2013 Superbowl XLVII becomes the third football player from Fort Wayne to be on a winning team - the Baltimore Ravens. February 3, 2013 Persistent Pollard big hit for Baltimore by Ben Smith of The Journal Gazette newspaper. Fort Wayne native Bernard Pollard 'blessed' to be in Super Bowl Hard-hitting defender is team leader for AFC champion Ravens by David Driver of The News-Sentinel Friday, February 1, 2013. Bernard Pollard: Tough enough by Ben Smith of The Journal Gazette February 5, 2013.

Polke, William

1775-1843, he was a burial mystery Here from the start by Tom Castaldi published September 2015 in Fort Wayne Magazine posted by Indiana State Archives on Facebook. The Papers of William Polke, 1775-1843 by Cecil K. Byrd - 8 page pdf at ScholarWorks.IU.edu. In 2016, State Archivist Jim Corridan confirmed William Polke, born in 1775 Virginia, died in 1843 Fort Wayne, one of 43 men who wrote the Indiana State Constitution in 1816, remains are buried in the old Broadway Cemetery now McCulloch Park on Broadway. Samuel Bigger the 7th Governor of Indiana, from 1840 to 1843, died September 9, 1845 is also buried there with a large stone marker as his next of kin could not be contacted for permission to move his body. All the other remains were moved in 1860 to Lindenwood Cemetery. LOOKING FOR WM POLKE’S FINAL RESTING PLACE – Voice Of The Township by Richard A. Stevenson - Wayne Township Trustee published January 15, 2016 on The Waynedale News.com. Was discussed February 9, 2016 on the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana Facebook page. A public memorial event for the Indiana Bicentennial on June 27, 2016 had a keynote address by Indiana Senate President Pro-Term David Long honoring his service founding Indiana. See Bicentennial salute for early bigwig published June 13, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Read his story including where information found confirming his burial in Fort Wayne in Judge William Polke: Constitutional Convention Delegate and Conductor of the “Trail of Death” by Tom Castaldi published June 23, 2016 on Indiana Historical Bureaublog. Early Hoosier pioneer buried in city honored in an Indiana Bicentennial Commission on Facebookevent at McCulloch Park with State Senator David Long, distant relative Rita Ann Polke Dutton Dunlap of Evansville, DAR and others by Rosa Salter Rodriguez published June 28, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Headstone dedicated to IN delegate from 1816 with video by WANE staff reports published November 12, 2016 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. State founder gets marker Burial site of man that signed Indiana Constitution located in McCulloch Park by Sherry Slater with photos published November 13, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

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Pond, Phyllis

State representative started in the House in 1978 and served for 35 years. Advocated for the now-complete U.S. 24-Fort to Port Highway project. State Rep. Phyllis Pond, 82, has died published September 22, 2013 and New Haven mourns one of its own Services for beloved lawmaker span 2 days by Niki Kelly published September 24, 2013 on the The Journal Gazette newspaper. US 24 dedication to Pond is April 29 published April 22, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. April 29, 2014 11 mile section of US 24 Fort-to-Port highway renamed Phyllis J. Pond Memorial Highway. See April 29, 2014 photo of sign and dedication with Senator David Long photo on Indiana Department of Transportation: Northeast Facebook page. Phyllis J. Pond Memorial Highway dedicated in New Haven published April 30, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Pond, Olen J

Street View photo from Google maps

A limestone tribute memorial to Mrs. Olen J. Pond and to those who served in World War I was dedicated November 11, 1930 in Memorial Park looking out over Maumee Avenue, from the south side of Memorial Park, near the basketball courts. It is one of several commemorative monuments on park grounds. The head was removed in the 1990s and never recovered. Photos shown on pages 20 of the 1953 Olen J. Pond Memorial Plaque in Franke Park and page 62 of the November 11, 1930 Olen J. Pond Memorial Monument in Memorial Park in FORT WAYNE MONUMENTS PLAQUES AND MARKERS IN CITY PARKS compiled in 2020. The statue head was replaced in 2022.

  1. AFW Throwback: 85th Year anniversary of Olen J. Pond memorial dedication by Stephen Parker published November 19, 2015 in Around Fort Wayne blog
  2. Memorial Park Task Force recommends monument restoration, new paths and more in Fort Wayne’s Memorial Park by Kevin Kilbane published August 9, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper
  3. Memorial Park statue her ‘whole self’ again -- finally! The restored statue of Mrs. Olen J. Pond at Memorial Park by Jonathan Shelley published June. 22, 2022 on 21AliveNews.com.
  4. Olen J. Pond Memorial on The Historical Marker Datatbase HMdb.org. Google map Street View.
  5. Olen J. Pond at Find A Grave.

Pool Family of Monroeville, Allen County, Indiana

FIRST GENERATION

  1. 1. Samuel POOL was born in 1816/17 in Ohio. He moved about 1835 to Stark Co., Ohio. He was a carriage maker in 1850 in Waynesburg, Sandy Township, Stark Co., Ohio. He moved his home about 1852 to Allen Co., Indiana. He resided at his home in June 1860 in Monroe Township, Allen Co., Indiana. He resided at his home in December 1861 in Monroeville, Allen Co., Indiana. He was Methodist in 1867 in Allen Co., Indiana. He was an operator of a dry goods and grocery store from 1870 to 1880 in Monroeville, Allen Co., Indiana. He resided at his home in June 1870 in Monroeville, Allen Co., Indiana. He resided at his home in June 1871 in Monroeville, Allen Co., Indiana. He resided at 16 South Street in June 1880 in Monroeville, Allen Co., Indiana. He moved between 1888 and 1889 to Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He was an operator of a merchantile business from 1889 to 1900 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He died in 1896 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He was buried in 1896 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He was married to Drucilla TIDBALL (daughter of Joseph Bertram TIDBALL and Mary DAIR) on April 3, 1842 in Carroll Co., Ohio. Drucilla TIDBALL was born on July 29, 1820 in Ohio. She resided at at he home of her son James O. Poole in 1900 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. She was Protestant in 1909 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. She died on June 25, 1909 in Sutter Co., California. She was buried on June 27, 1909 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. Samuel POOL and Drucilla TIDBALL had the following children:
  2. +2 i. Joseph Tidball POOL (born on February 20, 1843).
  3. +3 ii. Horatio Dallas POOL (born in November 1845).
  4. +4 iii. John Gobel POOL (born in 1846/47).
  5. +5 iv. Thomas D. POOL (born in 1849/50).
  6. 6 v. James O. POOL was born in March 1851 in Ohio. He served in the military about 1870 in Indiana. He was a keeper of meat shop in 1880 in Monroeville, Allen Co., Indiana. He resided at 16 South Street in June 1880 in Monroeville, Allen Co., Indiana. He resided at Sutter Village in Sutter Township from 1900 to 1910 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He was a garden farmer in 1910 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He resided at his home in 1915 in Sutter Co., California. He died on May 19, 1934 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He was buried after May 19, 1934 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California.
  7. 7 vi. Ida POOL was born on July 5, 1860 in __________?. She died on April 23, 1867 in Allen Co., Indiana. SECOND GENERATION 2. Joseph Tidball POOL (Samuel-1) was born on February 20, 1843 in Waynesburg, Sandy Township, Stark Co., Ohio. He was a clerk in June 1860 in Monroe Township, Allen Co., Indiana. He served in the military on June 8, 1862 in Indianapolis, Marion Co., Indiana. He was a lawyer from 1880 to 1888 in Monroeville, Allen Co., Indiana. He resided at 18 South Street from June 1880 to 1888 in Monroeville, Allen Co., Indiana. He resided at his home from 1888 to 1898 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He resided at his home from 1898 to May 1, 1918 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He resided at veterans home from May 3, 1918 to July 8, 1918 in Napa Co., California. He died on July 8, 1918 in Napa Co., California. He was buried after July 8, 1918 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He was married to Mary Horton WARING (daughter of Richard WARING and __________?) on February 20, 1868 in Mansfield, Richland Co., Ohio. Mary Horton WARING was born in March 1845 in Richland Co., Ohio. She resided at her home before 1906 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. She resided at the Napa State Hospital from November 24, 1906 to December 23, 1908 in Napa Co., California. She died on December 23, 1908 in Napa Co., California. She was buried after December 23, 1908 in Marysville, Sutter Co., California. Joseph Tidball POOL and Mary Horton WARING had the following children: 8 i. George B. POOLE was born on November 20, 1868 in Indiana. He was a lay laborer in 1900 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He resided at the home of his father in 1910 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He was a painter in 1910 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He died on January 6, 1954 in Napa Co., California.
  8. 9 ii. Alice Dracilla POOLE was born in 1870 in Indiana. She died before 1898 in Indiana.
  9. +10 iii. Samuel Guy POOLE (born on May 23, 1872). 3. Horatio Dallas POOL (Samuel-1) was born in November 1845 in Ohio. He served in the military from 1861 to 1865 in Indiana. He resided at his home in 1870 in Monroeville, Allen Co., Indiana. He resided at his home in June 1880 in Monroeville, Allen Co., Indiana. He moved between 1888 and 1889 to Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He resided at Oro Township in 1900 in Butte Co., California. He was a farmer in 1900 in Butte Co., California. He resided at Ophir Township, Palermo Precinct in April 1910 in Butte Co., California. He was a member of Grand Army of the Republic in 1915 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He resided at 918 F Street in 1915 in Marysville, Sutter Co., California. He died on January 17, 1915 in Yuba Co., California. He was buried on January 19, 1915 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He was married to Mary Jane DICKEY (daughter of Sanford DICKEY and __________?) in 1875/76 in Illinois. Mary Jane DICKEY was born in July 1853 in Illinois. She resided at the home of her husband in 1900 in Butte Co., California. She was buried in 1917 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. She died on November 18, 1917 in Yuba City, Sutter Co., California. Horatio Dallas POOL and Mary Jane DICKEY had the following children: 11 i. Edna Earl POOLE was born in June 1877 in Indiana. She was a milliner in 1900 in Butte Co., California. She died about 1950 in __________?.
  10. 12 ii. Walter POOLE was born in September 1879 in Monroeville, Allen Co., Indiana. He died about 1885 in Indiana.
  11. 13 iii. Mamye Adella POOLE was born in May 1882 in Indiana. She resided at her home in 1915 in Marysville, Sutter Co., California. She died about 1920 in __________?. She was buried about 1920 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California.
  12. 14 iv. Rose R. POOLE was born in May 1884 in Indiana. She died about 1960 in __________?.
  13. 15 v. Lloyd Dickey POOLE was born on January 14, 1888 in Indiana. He was a farm laborer in 1910 in Butte Co., California. He resided at his home in 1915 in Marysville, Sutter Co., California. He died on January 9, 1950 in Sutter Co., California. He was buried after January 9, 1950 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He had Social Security Number 549-28-9539.
  14. 16 vi. Fred POOL was born about 1890 in Sutter Co., California. He died about 1920 in Sutter Co., California. He was buried about 1920 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California.
  15. +17 vii. Horatio Devore POOLE (born on March 2, 1895). 4. John Gobel POOL (Samuel-1) was born in 1846/47 in Ohio. He served in the military from 1861 to 1865 in Ohio. He resided at the farm of his wife's family in 1878 in Rose Township, Carroll Co., Ohio. He died on December 14, 1879 in Ohio. He was buried on December 16, 1879 in Waynesburg, Sandy Township, Stark Co., Ohio. He was married to Mary BOORY (daughter of Edward BOORY and Anna ANDERSON) on July 20, 1871 in Stark Co., Ohio. Mary BOORY was born about 1852 in __________?. She died on April 11, 1933 in __________?. John Gobel POOL and Mary BOORY had the following children: 18 i. Maud A. POOLE was born in 1872 in Carroll Co., Ohio. She died in 1890 in Carroll Co., Ohio.
  16. 19 ii. Sarah POOLE was born about 1874 in Carroll Co., Ohio. She died about 1880 in Carroll Co., Ohio. She was buried about 1880 in Ohio.
  17. 20 iii. Maggie Belle POOLE was born on April 11, 1875 in Rose Township, Carroll Co., Ohio. She died about 1950 in __________?.
  18. 21 iv. Drusilla POOLE was born on August 20, 1877 in Rose Township, Carroll Co., Ohio. She died about 1950 in __________?. 5. Thomas D. POOL (Samuel-1) was born in 1849/50 in Ohio. He was a gold miner about 1875 in California. He was a house painter in 1880 in Monroeville, Allen Co., Indiana. He resided at 17 South Street in June 1880 in Monroeville, Allen Co., Indiana. He died on September 18, 1897 in Alameda, Alameda Co. California. He was married to Florence SWIFT (daughter of John F. SWIFT and Melissa JACOBS) on June 25, 1872 in Allen Co., Indiana. Florence SWIFT was born on May 24, 1852 in Yankee Jims, Placer Co., California. She resided at the home of her brother, Alpheus, in February 1862 in Monroeville, Allen Co., Indiana. She resided at the home of her brother, Alpheus, on October 4, 1864 in Allen Co., Indiana. She resided at her home in June 1872 in Monroeville, Allen Co., Indiana. She resided at 17 South Street in 1880 in Monroeville, Allen Co., Indiana. She resided at 1301 Park Street in June 1900 in Alameda, Alameda Co. California. She retired from 1926 to 1928 in Oakland, Alameda Co., California. She resided at 1714 Stanton Street in 1936 in Oakland, Alameda Co., California. She died on December 9, 1936 in Oakland, Alameda Co., California. She was buried on December 11, 1936 in Oakland, Alameda Co., California. Thomas D. POOL and Florence SWIFT had the following children:
  19. +22 i. Herbert F. POOLE (born on July 15, 1874).
  20. +23 ii. Amy POOLE (born on May 13, 1876).
  21. +24 iii. Mark POOLE (born on August 29, 1878). THIRD GENERATION 10. Samuel Guy POOLE (Joseph Tidball-2, Samuel-1) was born on May 23, 1872 in Monroeville, Allen Co., Indiana. He was a butcher in 1900 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He resided at his home in 1918 in Tudor, California. He was an owner of general mercantile business about 1920 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He died on January 25, 1944 in Sutter Co., California. He was buried on January 28, 1944 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He was married to Lorena MCPHERRIN (daughter of William H. MCPHERRIN and N. STEPHENS) on April 10, 1905 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. Lorena MCPHERRIN was born about 1885 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. She died in 1916 in Sutter Co., California. She was buried in 1916 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He was married to Elizabeth __________? about 1920 in Sutter Co., California. Elizabeth __________? was born in 1881 in __________?. She died in 1954 in Sutter Co., California. She was buried on May 17, 1954 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. 17. Horatio Devore POOLE (Horatio Dallas-2, Samuel-1) was born on March 2, 1895 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He resided at hiis home in 1915 in Marysville, Sutter Co., California. He was Catholic about 1915 in California. He served in the military in 1918 in San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California. He died on October 25, 1918 in San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California. He was buried on October 27, 1918 in Marysville, Sutter Co., California. He was married to Mary Elizabeth FINNEGAN about 1915 in California. Mary Elizabeth FINNEGAN was born about 1895 in __________?. She was Catholic about 1915 in __________?. She died about 1960 in __________?. Horatio Devore POOLE and Mary Elizabeth FINNEGAN had the following children: 25 i. James Dallas POOLE was born about 1915 in Sutter City, Sutter Co., California. He died about 1990 in __________?. 22. Herbert F. POOLE (Thomas D.-2, Samuel-1) was born on July 15, 1874 in Indiana. He was a shoe salesman from 1900 to 1935 in California. He was a sewing machine agent in June 1900 in Alameda, Alameda Co. California. He resided at 1301 Park Street in June 1900 in Alameda, Alameda Co. California. He was a salesman and collector about 1940 in Alameda Co. California. He resided at 628 12th Street before July 15, 1943 in Oakland, Alameda Co., California. He died on January 3, 1946 in San Leandro, Alameda Co., California. He was cremated on January 5, 1946 in Alameda Co. California. He was also known as Bert. He was married to Noma P. __________? about 1900 in __________?. Noma P. __________? was born about 1875 in __________?. She died about 1945 in __________?. 23. Amy POOLE (Thomas D.-2, Samuel-1) was born on May 13, 1876 in Indiana. She was a seamstress from 1900 to 1945 in San Francisco Bay Area, California. She resided at LeBarr Meadows from 1947 to 1954 in Grass Valley, Nevada Co., California. She died on December 11, 1954 in Grass Valley, Nevada Co., California. She was buried on December 15, 1954 in Grass Valley, Nevada Co., California. She was married to __________? about 1910 in __________?. __________? was born about 1875 in __________?. He died about 1945 in __________?. 24. Mark POOLE (Thomas D.-2, Samuel-1) was born on August 29, 1878 in Indiana. He was a head of an office from 1900 to 1928 in San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California. He was a clerk in 1901 in Alameda, Alameda Co. California. He was Catholic from 1907 to 1928 in San Francisco Bay Area, California. He resided at 687 Poirier Street from 1915 to 1928 in Oakland, Alameda Co., California. He died on February 25, 1928 in Oakland, Alameda Co., California. He was buried on February 27, 1928 in Colma, San Mateo Co., California. He was married to Ann Agnes FINN (daughter of James J. FINN and Ellen FITZGERALD) in 1907 in San Francisco Bay Area, California. Ann Agnes FINN was born on May 16, 1883 in Bodie, Mono Co., California. She was baptized on June 17, 1883 in Bodie, Mono Co., California. She was Catholic from 1884 to 1948 in San Francisco Bay Area, California. She was a glove sewer in June 1900 in San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California. She resided at 74 Shipley Street in June 1900 in San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California. She was a telephone operator about 1905 in San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California. She resided at 377 Alcatraz Ave. from 1915 to 1948 in Oakland, Alameda Co., California. She was an office worker about 1930 in San Francisco Bay Area, California. She died on April 12, 1948 in Oakland, Alameda Co., California. She was buried on April 14, 1948 in Colma, San Mateo Co., California. She was also known as Annie. Mark POOLE and Ann Agnes FINN had the following children:
  22. +26 i. Thomas Finn POOLE
  23. +27 ii. Mark Joseph POOLE
  24. +28 iii. Mary Aileen POOLE

Submitted by: Robert G. Wilson prior to 2009: wilsonr@songs.sce.com, or Robert_G_Wilson@yahoo.com

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Poor Handmaids

Poor Handmaids celebrate 150-year history of U.S. ministry that began in Fort Wayne by Julie Dowd published July 17, 2018 on Today's Catholic. Discussed August 1, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook.

Popp, John

John F. Popp, president of Aunt Millie’s Bakeries, is the third generation to lead Aunt Millie’s Bakeries which was founded in 1901 in Fort Wayne, Indiana by John’s maternal grandfather, John B. Franke. John Popp in the Hall of Fame at the American Society of Baking asbe.org.

Porter, Dr. Miles F.

Brother to Charles Porter who married Gene Stratton in 1886 the famous author. Dr. Miles practiced medicine in Fort Wayne for more than 50 years. Miles followed in the footsteps of his father, Dr. John P. Porter, and grandfather, Dr. Alexander Porter, both of Decatur. Dr. Miles served as chief of staff at Hope Hospital, and appears to have built the first operating room in the city and also to have performed one of the first appendectomies ever done here. Miles also taught at Fort Wayne Medical College and was on the faculty of the Indiana University School of Medicine. He had seven children, at least two of whom had major impact on Fort Wayne. Miles died in 1933, and his wife, Lillian, lived for many years in a large home that once stood on the southwest corner of Fairfield and Creighton avenues. Read more about Terri Gorney, a Fort Wayne resident who had been researching the lives of Gene Stratton Porter, her family and other early environmentalists in northeast Indiana in Author’s husband and brother-in-law had major influence on Fort Wayne published December 23, 2014 by The News-Sentinel newspaper. A Miles and Charles Porter family portrait was posted February 11, 2018 by Creighton-Home Neighborhood Association on Facebook.

Porter, Hiram

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Hiram Porter, one of the valued citizens of Allen county whose memory of pioneer days reaches back over a more extended period of years than those of all but a few others in northern Indiana, was born in Scioto county, Ohio, November 17, 1826, son of John and Sarah (Null) Porter. At the time of this writing, in 1917, Hiram Porter is thus nearly ninetyone years of age. To this first marriage of John Porter were born four children — Elizabeth, Hiram, Samuel and William Harrison. The children of a second marriage of John Porter — with Bethena Goings — were Christian, Hannah, Eliza, Anna, Allen, George, Joseph, Matilda, John, James, Ellen, David and two pairs of twins who died in infancy. John Porter came to Allen county, in 1833, and settled on the Breckenridge farm in St. Joseph township, on the site of the present Indiana School for Feeble Minded Youth. After clearing a few acres for cultivation he removed to the Archer farm, in Washington township, in 1836. Three years later Mr. Porter located on the Coldwater road, on the farm now owned by Mr. Rodenbeck, and in 1842 settled on the John Archer farm, where he cleared forty acres of land. Then Mr. Porter purchased eighty acres near the Lima road, in Washington township, where he resided until his death. Here he cleared a large area of land and erected a substantial log house. Hiram Porter received his earlier education in the country schools and later came to Fort Wayne, where he attended the old Methodist College. He remembers with pleasure Professors Samuel Brenton and R. D. Robinson. For sixteen years Mr. Porter taught school during

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the winter months and engaged in farming during the intervening summer seasons. In 1859-1861 he taught the Fletter school in St. Joseph township, No. 1. At the time of the homecoming celebration of old teachers of the county, in 1915, he was the only teacher present whose services extended back to the year 1861. Five of his pupils of that year enlisted in the Union army and all returned from the service. At the time of the roll call, in 1915, no one responded when the names of fiftyfive of Mr. Porter's pupils of 1859 and fifty-eight of 1861 were called, nor were any of the patrons of the school present. Mr. Porter tells of the spot where Little Turtle, the Indian chief, is buried, as he remembers it being pointed out by Jack Hackley. He is an authority also on Johnnie Appleseed (John Chapman), who frequently visited the Porter home. He remembers the day of the burial of Johnnie Appleseed in the Archer cemetery. On February 26, 1857, Mr. Porter married Miss Hester Arnold, daughter of Elijah and Julia Ann (Mickey) Arnold, and their devoted companionship of more than half a century was broken by the death of Mrs. Porter, on June 23, 1910. After his marriage Mr. Porter continued to teach school and to cultivate the Schwartz farm in St. Joseph township. He was prevented through a physical defect from enlisting for service in the Civil War. He improved the farm on the Ann Hackley reservation and lived here until his retirement from active life, in 1890, at which time he took up his residence in the Fort Wayne residential district of Bloomingdale, on Putnam street. In 1900 he removed to his present home in Washington township. To Hiram Porter and his wife were born eleven children : John Elijah, Melissa Jane, Henry Allen, James Sylvester, William Louis, Sarah Elizabeth, Oliver Franklin, Bethena May, Hiram, Jr., Charles Walter, and Mary Viola. Mr. Porter has been a member of the Masonic fraternity since 1882. He is a Protestant in his religious views and has always been a staunch Republican in politics. In his advanced years Mr. Porter is in vigorous physical and mental health and is very active for a man of such patriarchal age.

Copied from 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 Volume 2 by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927; Taylor, Samuel R., Mrs, Publication date: 1917 on Archive.org

Presidents in Fort Wayne

The History page of the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum states: President Harry S. Truman gave a speech at the Memorial Coliseum in 1958 [online speech for June 4, 1948], but he wasn't the only President to appear here - Richard Nixon spoke in 1970, Gerald Ford in 1976 and Ronald Reagan in 1978. Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin visited in 2008. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson visited for a rally in 2016. President Donald J. Trump visited for rallies in 2016, as a candidate, and again in 2018.  President Ronald Reagan did visit March 16, 1982 for a photo op throwing sandbags during the flood. The American Presidency Project had 140 results in 2022 for Presidents in "Fort Wayne" Search.

Primeau, Reg

77, died May 28, 2014. Komets hockey player, scored 222 goals and 595 points in 511 games over eight seasons. Born Aug. 13, 1936, in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Canada, he was a son of the late Richard and Mary Catherine Primeau . With his wife and family moved to Fort Wayne in 1961. Was survived by his wife of almost 58 years, Sonja; sons, Richie (Diane), Greg (Gretchen) and Rodney; daughter, Pam (Randy) Potts; grandchildren, Lindsey Primeau, Lesley (Dave) Slowik, Ashley (Jack) Runyon, Aimee (Shaun) Mungovan, Ryan (Ashley) Potts, and Corey (fiancé, Lindsey Pape); great-grandchildren, Carley and Courtlynn Slowik, Tanner and Cameron Potts, Dylan and Avery Mungovan, Ryder and Rysen Runyon and Ryder Pape; brother, Ron Primeau; and sister, Elsie Knoble. He was preceded in death by brothers, Alex, Ernie, Larry, Norm, and Clarence; sisters, Phyllis, Lina, Alvine, and Gladys. Copied from his May 30, 2014 Legacy.com obituaryand Covington Memorial obituary. See also Komets great Primeau passes away Center's No. 12 was retired in 2001 by Blake Sebring published May 29, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. See Komets May 29, 2014 Facebook photo and Primeau was more than just K’s star by Ben Smith published May 30, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Prokopowicz, Gerald J.

He came to Fort Wayne in 1993 to be a caretaker of one of the community’s most treasured historical assets: The Lincoln collection. Prokopowicz, who received his doctorate in history from Harvard University, served as a Lincoln scholar and director of academic programs for the Lincoln Museum until he left in 2003. Was discussed in a story Where are they now? Success follows former area newsmakers to their new locales by the Editorial page staff published January 6, 2013 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

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