People of Allen County, Indiana

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Randall, Franklin P.

Franklin P. Randall photo in the ACPL colleciton

Franklin P. Randall (1812-1892) was an attorney, state legislator, and Fort Wayne's "Civil War mayor." His wife was Mary Jane Reed (1829-1912). They were the parents of seven children. Prominent in Fort Wayne society. One daughter, Mrs. Caroline Fairbank, was a leader in the local Women's Suffrage movement. A son, Alfred "Larry" Randall, opened the city's first automobile dealership. This text and photo were copied from the Franklin P. Randall photograph collection in the Allen County Community Album at the Allen County Public Library which contains family images from the 1850s to the 1920s, including pictures of the Randall home at the corner of Lafayette and Berry streets. See the Randall Hotel and read more about the Randall family on The Randall Circle website or 58 page pdf book a collection of assorted photos, newspaper articles and memories from various family members.

Rankin, Rev. Randall Taylor

Born December 4, 1803 in Dandridge, Tennessee, to Richard and Jane Steele Rankinin Tennesse. He was a minister at the Fort Wayne Presbyterian Church and established an underground railroad site at his home now known as the Randall T. Rankin House at 818 Lafayette from 1841-1844 before moving on to western New York. See his history starting on Section 8 page 7 on his house registration certification October 26, 2004 when it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Rathert, Charles Augustus

Born on November 28, 1885, Rathert grew up in Adams Township, Allen County, Indiana. He was a vaudevillian trapeze artist. He began his performing career in 1914 with his wife Edna and they were known first as “Rozella & Earl,” eventually settling on “The La Croix.” After 1926, Charles performed alone under several aliases, including: La Croix, Charles Augustus, Charles Richards, Charles La Croix, Carl Landair, Vinton Corwin and Victor C. Carlin. Rathert continued promoting his trapeze act though the 1950s on Broadway and in Hollywood. One of our lesser known entertainers was vaudevillian trapeze artist, He died on April 18, 1963 at the Irene Bryon Hospital from pulmonary tuberculosis and was buried at Prairie Grove Cemetery. Copied August 30, 2018 post with photos from The History Center on Facebook.

Rea, Samuel

Age 92, passed away Friday October 22, 2010. Remembered in an October 26, 2010 The Journal Gazette newspaper article. Rea graduated from South Side High School in 1936, attended college and served a stint in the Navy. In 1949, he returned to Fort Wayne to work at his father’s company, Rea Magnet Wire Co. He was that company’s president from 1954 to 1960, when it was sold to Alcoa. He founded the Fort Wayne Fine Arts Foundation (now Arts United) in 1955 and was its first president. He was then in the Indiana House from 1963 to 1972. See his January 1, 2012 Fort Wayne Newspapers obituary. See Rea Magnet Wire Co. Inc. by Erin N. Riley published June 8, 2009 on Fun City Finder Indianapolis, Indiana. See Rea Magnet Wire on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Rea, Victor F.

Born May 24, 1889, died Aug. 21, 1954. A pominent Fort Wayne, Indiana industrialist and civic leader. He was president of Rea Magnet Wire Company, which he founded in 1933. He came here in 1910 to become general manager of the old Dudlo Company, which merged with General Cable Company in 1927. See son Samuel above for links to Rea Magnet Wire information.

Reagan, President Ronald

President Reagan during a Visit to the Fort Wayne, Indiana Flood Victims on March 16, 1982 by the Reagan Library published on April 19, 2017

President Ronald Reagan tossing sandbag during 1982 flood.

The photo above of President Ronald Reagan helping sandbag the St. Mary's River in Fort Wayne was posted on President's Day February 19, 2019 by the Indiana Archives and Records Administration on Facebook and Twitter. They included a link to the newspaper article Reagan Joins in Passing Out Sandbags In Surprise Visit to Flooded Ind. City by Herbert H. Denton published March 17, 1982 in the Washington Post. Similar photos when he met with volunteer sandbaggers at Herman and Sherman Blvd during the March 16, 1982 flood were broadcast nationwide. Discussion and more photos were posted October 22, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. Kevin Leininger of the The News-Sentinel newspaper discusses in the video below how he was in the right place and right time to get the story of the "photo-op" at the 4:55 minute mark of the Patty's Page - Interview with Kevin Leininger, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel below:

Redd, Charles B.

82 died January 26, 2013, recipient of the mayor’s first “Key to the Fort” award, First ‘Key to the Fort' Former councilman receives honor for advocacy by Benjamin Lanka September 27, 2008 of The Journal Gazette. Local civic leader, instrumental in desegregating Fort Wayne schools in the late 1960s, founder and president of the Voter Information Center, chairman of the Indiana Democratic African-American Caucus, board member for Anthony Wayne Services, the Headwaters Park Alliance and the Fort Wayne Housing Authority, helped create Headwaters Park, director of the Fort Wayne Urban League from 1968 to 1974, advocate for the city’s African-American community, former General Telephone Co. employee, Democratic City Council member from 1983 to 1991, representing the 1st District during exodus of International Harvester and the east-end industries, 1997 and 1998 interim director of the Metropolitan Human Relations Commission. An Indiana House Resolution passed in 2001 said he had “spent his entire life in service to mankind.” from Fort Wayne ‘prime mover’ Charles Redd dies Dan Stockman January 28, 2013 of The Journal Gazette. See also Redd worthy of ‘key' September 30, 2008. See his January 30, 2013 Fort Wayne Newspapers obituary. Civil Rights Pioneer, 'Lion,' Charles Redd Crosses Over at 82 published February 6, 2013 on Frost

Reed, Lynn Rowe

Has written, illustrated and published 17 children's books since 1990.

Reighter, Ralph

F51 crash Korea by Kr8er published Dec 19, 2016 YouTube

Survived his crash-landing an RF-51 Mustang fighter jet after taking fire during a low-level reconnaissance mission just a couple of miles inside South Korea in 1952. He was one of the first pilots stationed at Fort Wayne's Baer Field when it was activated. Official copies of his father's military records were lost in a government building fire in 1973 St. Louis, Missouri. Among attendees at his April 2018 celebration were his son, Ken Reighter, sisters, Ruth Reighter, 87, and Nancy Yoder, 79, both of Fort Wayne, and his brother, Robert Reighter, 91, of Fort Wayne, also a World War II veteran. They celebrated his upcoming 100th birthday in June 2018. Copied from Fighter pilot's big moments Surprise 100th includes footage of Korean War crash landing by Rosa Salter Rodriquez published April 21, 2018 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Reitz, Caroll

She and her husband Bill started Reitz Stores grocery in 1967 before merging with Don Scott’s grocery chain to form Scott’s Food Stores. She remained on the Scott’s board for 20 years. She died at 76. obituary or D.O. McComb and Sons Funeral Home obituary.

Repka, Lionel

Komets hockey player, born February 7, 1935 in Vilma, Alberta to Jack and Emily Repka, died April 27, 2015. Married Helen Bolte May 18, 1957 in Edmonton, Canada. Nicknamed “Choo Choo”, he played 11 seasons with the Komets 1958-59 through 1968-69. Two-time IHL Turner Cup Champion with Fort Wayne. See two videos on Komets Legend Lionel Repka Passes Away by Chuck Bailey - Komets Media Relations published April 28, 2015 on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. The loss of 'Choo Choo' Legendary Komets defenseman dies by Justin A. Cohn published April 28, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Komets great Lionel Repka passes away after cancer battle by Blake Sebring published April 28, 2015 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. See his D.O. McComb and Sons obituary.

Replogle, Andy

Snider High School baseball pitcher, set career pitching records at Kansas State for 25 wins 1973-1975, played with Milwaukee Brewers 1978-1979 had a Topps baseball card

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Reynolds, Fred J.

"Why such a fabulous genealogy collection in Fort Wayne, Indiana? Fred J. Reynolds, former "head librarian" (library director) at ACPL was instrumental in establishing and beginning to build the genealogy collection. He was a non-genealogist who respected the study of genealogy and he implemented numerous innovative methods of helping the collection grow. It is now named for him." Photo of statue posted January 5, 2013 The Genealogy Center on Facebook.

Rhoads, B. Eric

1973 Homestead High School graduate, painter and entrepreneur, lives in Austin, Texas from Doing what he loves has brought Fort Wayne native B. Eric Rhoads success in life and business by Kevin Kilbane published September 12, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

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Richardville, Jean-Baptiste de

Nephew of the great war chief Little Turtle who defeated General Arthur St. Clair November 2, 1791 in battle that drove St. Clair’s army from Kikionga to Fort Recovery. It was the worst defeat of the U.S. Cavalry by any Indian Tribes. Richardville House - May 24, 2011 from the The History Center "Today, Michael Galbraith and Angie Quinn are heading to Washington DC, to present a nomination of the Akima Pinsiwa Awiiki (Chief Jean-Baptiste de Richardville House) to the National Park Service." National Historic Landmark Nomination. See the 2012 National Historic Landmark plaque. May 28, 2011 Richardville House likely to become National Landmark. See "Forgotten Pronunciation" and A brief overview of Chief Richardville published January 23, 2013 on History Center Notes & Queries blog for a little more on Chief Richardville. In 2011 his house became the fifth Native American landmark in the country, the first east of the Mississippi River. Keeping Culture Alive an IndianaNewsCenter video. From Vivian Sade of the Journal Gazette March 8, 2012" Chief’s home gains federal status The Waynedale home of a rich and famous Miami Indian chief has been named a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service, part of the Department of the Interior. Chief Jean Baptiste de Richardville’s home at 5705 Bluffton Road – the oldest Native American dwelling in the Midwest – was one of 13 new National Historic Landmarks recognized this week by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. The brick and limestone home, also known as the akima Pinifiwa Awiiki, is a rare surviving example of a treaty house – a site where numerous treaties were negotiated and signed – in the U.S., according to Salazar. The historic home was built by the Miami chief in 1827. Richardville was a successful businessman and was the richest man in Indiana when he died in 1841. Born in 1761, Richardville was the son of a French fur trader father and a Miami Indian mother – Tacamwa, sister to the Miami war chief Little Turtle. Richardville was best known for his strong negotiating skills, in particular with the U.S. government, according to the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society website." Chief Richardville: Walking the fine line between collaborator and hero by Kevin Leininger of The News-Sentinel newspaper May 8, 2012. Gathering place takes shape Miami Alliance longhouse will take few years by Rosa Salter Rodriguez of The Journal Gazette newspaper November 18, 2012. Chief J.B. Richardville Gravesite with map by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage). His burial location was discussed August 8, 2017 as part of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Cathedral Square burial ground and a photo at the Catholic Cemetery revived the discussion on September 15, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Richeson, William E.

March 1, 1927 - February 17, 2015, He worked for the Magnavox Company where he received several patents. One was for the Facsimile System with Selective Contrast Control, United States Patent 3622698, the first facsimile image transmitted over public telephone lines, better known as a fax machine. The March 3, 1969 application number 04/803612 was filed with co-inventor Robert H. Dreisbach approved and published November 23, 1971. See Freepatentsonline3622698, Google US3622698, Vehicle management computer US 5284116 A, he patented many other devices found in these Google Search Results. Wikipedia history of the fax details the first fax patent back to Scottish inventor Alexander Bain in 1846. Read his February 19, 2015 or Hockemeyer Miller Funeral Home obituary.

Ridely, Richard, Jr.

First black firefighter in the 1960s, badge number 210, honored February 25, 2015. He retired in 1985 as a district chief. His brother, two sons and three nephews all joined the department. Read his story or watch the video Badge 210: An American history story by Alyssa Ivanson published February 25, 2015 on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15and Union Honors City's First African-American Firefighter by Corinne Rose published February 25, 2015 in WPTA21 ABC TV station21Country video.

Ridley, Serlena

Born in 1850, died in 1918. Born a slave, she received a Freedman Bureau education and iniiated Fisk Camp Schools for African-Americans in Nashville. She taught school through the Methodist Church when most African-Americans were not allowed to teach in many public schools. She arrived in Fort Wayne about 1881. With husband, Daniel, served as deaconess and trustee of Turner Chapel A.M.E. 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.

Ringenberg, Margaret Ray

87, died in July 2008 while attending an air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. A resident of Leo-Cedarville, just a month before she flew more than 2,000 miles from Bozeman, Montana, to Mansfield, Massachusetts, in the women-only Air Race Classic. Born on a farm she was a World War II aviation pioneer. She trained as a WASP pilot in 1943. Tom Brokaw wrote a chapter about her in his book The Greatest Generation and in a telephone interview said Margaret was one of my favorites. She wrote a book Girls Can’t Be Pilots: an aerobiography in 1998 with Jane L. Roth. In 1999 she received the NAA Elder Statesman in Aviation Award in a presentation ceremony in Washington, DC. Margaret married banker Morris Ringenberg in 1946. He preceded her in death in 2003. They had two children and five grandchildren. Her story is told in the 2007 book Maggie Ray : World War II Air Force pilotby Marsha J. Wright. Photo and discussion March 30, 2017 on Indiana Commission for Women on Facebook. Documentary Wings for Maggie Ray March 5, 2013 Honoring a pioneer Early woman pilot, area native profiled in documentary by Keiara Carr of The Journal Gazette newspaper. The documentary video was available from PBS39 WFWA Fort Wayne. See Find A Grave page. Margaret Ringenberg, WW2 aviator, 87 by Rebecca S. Green and Dean Musser of The Journal Gazette newspaper on Google obituaries.

When Margaret Ray Ringenberg completed her first solo flight in 1941 at the age of 19, some people said women didn’t belong in the cockpit. But the Hoosier pilot proved them wrong, launching a long career in aviation that included service in World War II, a stint in airplane racing and shuttling Indiana senators to Washington. “Margaret wasn’t one of those people who set out to be a revolutionary,” filmmaker Philip Paluso said. “She just wanted to do what she wanted to do, and her actions spoke for her.” And now Paluso has created a documentary about the pioneering aviator’s life. “Wings for Maggie Ray”

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Ripley, Paul E.

He died February 18, 2019, age 95. He was married for 71 years to Valeria Inez Adair who died October 15, 2018. Their children were Karen Ripley Stein, Cazenovia, New York; Janet Caron, Charlotte, North Carolina; Jeanne Emilian, Fort Wayne; and Roger Ripley, Fort Wayne, along with 13 grandchildren, and 34 great-grandchildren.. He was awarded the French Legion of Honor, France's highest distinction for military and civilian service, in a ceremony February 8 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for his service in World War II. Ripley served in the 9th Army during the Brest campaign, a battle that freed a portion of northwest France that included vital port cities, including Brest. Copied from Local resident gets Legion of Honor France to WWII vet: 'Merci' by Rosa Salter Rodriquez published February 9, 2019 and Local vet honored by France dies by Matthew Leblanc published February 20, 2019 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Roberts, Bessie Keeran

Born in 1886, died in 1964. Wrote Fort Wayne's Album, The Glorious Gate1934 on History Center Digital Collection on the mDON mastodon Digital Object Network, A Wayne Scrapbook, The Frontier Line an unpublished Abraham Lincoln history. A society editor and wife of Frank Roberts a former editor of the The Journal Gazette newspaper. Read more in In Celebration of Women's History Month: Fort Wayne Women remembered at Lindenwood Cemetery published March 12, 2014 and The Glorious Gate published August 1, 2014 both by Nancy McCammon-Hansen in History Center Notes & Queries blog. See her book list on

Roberts, Ollie

Born 1906 in a small mining community of Garrett, Kentucky, with no electricity or a telephone. Only supercentenarian in Indiana and one of 52 in the world. Fort Wayne resident Ollie Roberts will turn 110 on Sunday by Kayla Crandall published January 14, 2016 on WPTA21 ABC TV station. Marking 110th birthday Local woman gives credit to hard work, faith for her joining club of 52 in world ... by James Duffy published January 18, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Robertson, Colonel Robert S.

Descended from Scotch ancestors, settled in Fort Wayne after the Civil War, during which he had won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service, nearly dying from wounds suffered in May 1864 at the Battle of Spotsylvania. Active in civic affairs, became lieutenant governor, and later, Fort Wayne's city attorney and state senator. He wrote a history of Fort Wayne. See Colonel Robertson Civil War Diary on 200 @ 200 2016 Bicentennial items at The History Center and the ebook posted above: Colonel Robert S. Robertson, 1839-1906 : soldier, public officer, historian, social arbiter by Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County published 1958 on Internet Archive. See also THIS DAY IN INDIANA HISTORY: THE “BLACK DAY” OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY by Justin Clark published February, 2017 Tweet February 24, 2017 on Hoosier State Chronicles - Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program on Twitter. He has several publications online at Internet Archive.

Robinson, Jackie

Baseball player, Fort Wayne’s Jackie Robinson Connection on TinCaps Holding Down the Fort MLB blog.

Robinson, Wendy

Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent one of two 2014 The Journal Gazette Citizens of the Year published December 28, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Includes list of recipients back to beginning in 1988. Fort Wayne, Ind., Superintendent Is Forceful Advocate for Urban Schools by Denisa R. Superville published February 24, 2016 on Education Week Leaders to Learn from. FWCS Superintendent Wendy Robinson named Indiana public schools superintendent of the year She will now be the state's nominee for National Superintendent of the Year. Published September 28, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. See October 5, 2017 video by Linda Jackson News of WKJG Fort Wayne's NBC TV station. She was the first woman, the first Black person and the first FWCS graduate to lead the district, which has served students for more than 150 years. “Her selection broke through several glass ceilings,” longtime school board member Steve Corona said. “I think it represented an important step forward.” Robinson, 69, retires June 30, ending a 47-year education career she began as an elementary school teacher. All those years were spent at FWCS despite job opportunities elsewhere, including those that offered higher salaries, she said. Copied from FWCS leader concluding career of 1sts Robinson exiting after 47-year career by Ashley Sloboda published June 21, 2020 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. The following list provided by FWCS to the article includes some of the honors Robinson has received during her 17 years as superintendent:

  • 2018 – Indiana Superintendent of the Year, Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents
  • 2017 – Partner in Purpose, Great Progressive Baptist Church
  • 2016 – Leaders to Learn From, Education Week
  • 2015 – Outstanding PTA Partner, Indiana PTA
  • 2014 – Co-Citizen of the Year with Mark GiaQuinta, The Journal Gazette
  • 2013 – Chairman's Award, Indiana Civil Rights Commission/ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission
  • 2012 – Mike Kneale Educational Excellence in Leadership Award, Education Research & Development Institute
  • 2010 – Communities for a Lifetime Award of Excellence, Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana Inc.
  • 2009 – Joseph E. Hill Superintendent of the Year, National Alliance of Black School Educators
  • 2008 – District II Superintendent of the Year, Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents
  • 2005 – Athena Award
  • 2004 – Elizabeth Dobynes Award, Fort Wayne NAACP
  • 2004 – Helene R. Foellinger Achievement Award, YWCA

Mary Rockhill Tyler

Photo with caption: The Mary Rockhill Tyler home on Van Buren Street was restored for use as a museum. But it may become a rental property instead. ... The home, built around 1840, is owned by ARCH, Fort Wayne's nonprofit historic architecture preservation group. Beginning in 2007, ARCH gained control of the house, used as a garage for many years, and restored the two-story 1,007-square-foot building. ... Believed to be one of the oldest surviving residences in the city, the house is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a local historic district. The home was built by city pioneer William Rockhill for his daughter and her husband. Rockhill was an original Allen County commissioner and involved in constructing the first stretch of the Wabash and Erie Canal from Fort Wayne to Huntington. Copied from ARCH looks to convert historic home to rental by Rosa Salter Rodriquez published February 6, 2020 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Rockwell, Horace

Was the first known itinerant artist to visit and make a living in Fort Wayne. Horace painted the Samuel Hanna Family 1843 portrait in the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s collection.  Horace Rockwell: Artist by Tom Castaldi published April 24, 2014 on the History Center Notes & Queries blog.

Roese, Mildred Korte

Born in 1940, died November 27, 2013, with her father Fred Korte co-founded Korte Paper which closed in 2007. Korte Paper sold various items like grocery bags to local supermarkets like Maloley's and Rogers, hand towels and toiletries, among other items, was one of the first businesses to embrace the concept of "cash and carry," which meant that customers could come in and buy items in quantities they needed, instead of being limited to buying in bulk. ... She is survived by Gloria, stepdaughter Janice Ramsey and stepson Michael Roese, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Copied from Mildred Roese, co-founder of Korte Paper, passes away by Elbert Starks III published December 3, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Rogers, Robert

Lost his first family, wife Melissa and four children, in a tragic flood August 30, 2003 near Emporia, Kansas. Children were Mekenah, Nicholas, 3; special-needs son Zachary, 7 with Down syndrome and autism; and special-needs daughter Alenah, 21 months, and adopted eight months earlier from China. Rogers moved to Fort Wayne where he married his second wife, Inga in 2006 and have four children Eziekiel, 6, Estellah, 4, Leo, 3, and Lola, 1. Read their story Local father gives thanks for kids after death of first family by Rosa Salter Rodriguez published November 28, 2013 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

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Rolf, Herman

"was born in 1880 and spent his early years on a farm in Dearborn County, Indiana. He later moved to Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where he joined his brother in the plumbing business. Mr. Rolf distinguished himself as inventor of a hot water heater that sold successfully both locally and abroad. Who's Who page 19 October 1918 Norwester photo and description. His business continues as Rolf Griffin Heating & Air Conditioning and a 5th generation relative Randy Rolf Heating & Cooling.

Rolland, Ian

Community leader was born June 3, 1933 in Fort Wayne, Indiana and died July 1, 2017. Ian was the son of the late David and Florence Rolland. He graduated from North Side High School in 1951. His wife of 61 years was Miriam "Mimi" Rolland of Fort Wayne; children, Cheri Stone of Columbus, Larry (Irene) Rolland of Kokomo, Bob (Beth) Rolland of Columbus, OH, Carol Rolland of Fort Wayne, Sara Moore of Fishers. From his July 3, 2017 D.O. McComb and Sons obituary. "a Fort Wayne native, began his career at Lincoln National Life in 1956; rose to president and a director of Lincoln National Corp. in 1975 and was named CEO two years later. In 1992, he was named chairman and CEO, retiring in 1998. He has stayed active in the community, sitting on the boards of more than a dozen non-profits and charities including the Indiana Historical Society, Arts United, Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana, the Indiana chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, Courthouse Preservation Trust and the Indiana Heritage Trust...Gov. Mitch Daniels will honor Fort Wayne civic leader and longtime businessman Ian Rolland (April 25) with the 2012 Sachem Award, the state’s highest honor." From Rolland tapped for Sachem Award Ex-Lincoln CEO, civic activist due state’s top honor by Niki Kelly published April 18, 2012 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Rollands' support invaluable to development of arts center by Cindy Larson published October 1, 2015 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Ian Rolland, former Lincoln CEO and civic leader, dies at 84 published July 1, 2017 on The News-Sentinel newspaper. Rolland leaves legacy of service editorial July 3, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. State Remembers 'Champion' Rolland by Andy Ober published July 3, 2017 on Inside Indiana Business. EDITORIAL: Ian Rolland, community leader published July 6, 2017 on The News-Sentinel newspaper. Many companies remembered his contributions to their group Friday July 7, 2017 on Facebook such as ArtLink, Lincoln Collection, and Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. To us he was a pillar of the community, to five others Ian Rolland was dad with video by Kelly Roberts published July 7, 2017 on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. Ian Rolland helped Fort Wayne keep Lincoln collection by Sara Gabbard, Executive Director of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection published July 14, 2017 on Allen County Public Library.


Both Theodore and FDR gave speeches in Fort Wayne. See Teddy Roosevelt was a rock star, and his tour came through here by Kerry Hubartt published September 20, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper and Indiana intersections with national history posted by Nancy McCammon-Hansen December 26, 2013 in History Center Notes & Queries blog. Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States gave a campaign re-election speech in Fort Wayne. See Remarks at Fort Wayne, Indiana on The American Presidency Project. See photo Fdr At Soldier's Field & Ft Wayne Nov 1944 with WOWO radio microphone visible by George Skadding in the Life Photo Collection on Google. A similar photo taken by Louis J. Culp of the public relations department at International Harvester shows FDR speaking, with Governor Henry Schricker and Senator Sam Jackson on the Allen County Community Album at the Allen County Public Library.

Ropa, Captain William

An ex-canal boat captain laid to rest in Concordia Cemetery after residing in Fort Wayne for over 60 years from May 6, 1918 Fort Wayne The News-Sentinel newspaper posted May 6, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Rothgeb, Wayne P.

1920-1993, well known farm broadcaster for WKJG radio, was accepted as an aviation cadet for the Army Air Corps in 1941. Received the Air Medal with Four Clusters and a Unit Citation. Assistant County Agricultural Agent for Jay County 1948-1950. Farm Director for WKJG-TV Ft. Wayne 1951 - 1985. Named National Farm Broadcaster of the Year in 1984. From Milan Township, Allen County, Indiana on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He wrote a book about his adventures, New Guinea skies : a fighter pilot's view of World War II. Reviewed by Publishers Weekly, Mondo's Info and Purdue University Libraries. His tombstone in Gar Creek Cemetery shows he was a Captain in World War II. Discussion March 18, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebookand September 25, 2012 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.  

Rothchild, Dr. Charles

Dr. Charles Rothchild running for Coroner life story in January 30, 1916 Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel newspaper was posted on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Rousseau, Edwin Ed

1933-2009 - Businessman and civic leader, city and county politician for over 40 years, original manager of Glenbrook Square, local realtor and appraiser. Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard discussion August 8, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... closed Facebook group. Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard discussion August 8, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... closed Facebook group.

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Roy, Francis Xavier

1881–1971 semi pro boxer, photo posted May 21, 2016 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Roy, Patricia

1956 Harlan High School graduate served on the IHSAA executive staff for 27 years before she retired in 1999. At age 15, Roy played 14 games for the Fort Wayne Daisies of the All-American Professional Baseball League, but was released because insurance rules at the time prohibited players under age 16. Copied from Allen County-native and girls sports pioneer Patricia Roy has died No one worked longer for IHSAA or did more for girls sports by Blake Sebring published May 24, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Rudisill, Henry

His wooden dam for his grist mill, 1830-1850, on St. Joseph River photo published 25 October 1979 in The News-Sentinel newspaper posted December 20, 2014 in the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. Read about father and son, Henry Wolf and Henry John, on pages 38-42, in Two Henry Rudisills by Shirley Poinsett Slater in the December 2017 Allen County Lines quarterly publication of the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana. It also reprinted Henry J. Rudisill's Vineyard published in the 1871 Fort Wayne Sentinel newspaper.

Ruffolo, Joseph

1941-December 27, 2011, "held various management positions at Reynolds Metals and at the Squibb Corporation prior to coming to Fort Wayne in 1974 to accept a senior management position at NorthAmerican, Inc., then owned by PepsiCo, Inc. and later by Norfolk Southern Corporation. In 1987, he became NorthAmerican's Chief Executive Officer and served as CEO until his retirement in 1993." co-founder of RuffoloBenson, and helped create Bowmar, other companies listed in his lengthy obituary.

Ruffolo, Linda

73, died March 10, 2015, born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, wife of Joseph Ruffolo, director of development at IPFW for nearly 20 years and a tireless volunteer in Fort Wayne for four decades. Read Linda Ruffolo dies; icon of city, IPFW by Frank Gray published March 10, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper and March 11, 2015 obituaryand D.O. McComb and Sons obituary. See also Tapestry to honor 2 for dedication Stith founded museum; Ruffolo on many boards by Rosa Salter Rodriguez published February 26, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Russell, Jean

A Haverhill Elementary School teacher was named the 2016 Indiana Teacher of the Year and received the Sagamore of the Wabash. See Haverhill teacher receives Sagamore of the Wabash Award by Ellie Bogue published October 29, 2015 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Russo, Josephine

Born May 15th, 1913. She doesn't wear glasses or hearing aids, pushes herself in her chair and proudly has her own teeth. She moved to Fort Wayne with her husband from Rhode Island. Local woman celebrates 105th birthday video by Sara Schaefer published May 15, 2018 on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.

Ruth, George Herman Babe

He graced Fort Wayne with his presence during a personal visit on October 26, 1926 and May 6, 1827 at League Park. From Babe Ruth: A Big Hit in Fort Wayne by Tom Castaldi, local historian, published August 24, 2016 in Indiana Historical Bureau blog. See Did Babe Ruth hit the longest home run of his career HERE in Fort Wayne?! November 2, 2016 post by Fort Wayne TinCaps on Facebook. Links to Where was Babe Ruth’s longest home run? A six-city mystery by Tim Hagerty published October 31, 2016 on Whick links to City native's triple play put decade on sports map by Blake Sebring in the 1920-1929: THE ROARING 20s history on The News-Sentinel newspaper. Was discussed April 5, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Ryan, Ed

In 1865 the Indiana State Fair was held in Fort Wayne. After the Civil War ended in 1865 into the 1870's Fort Wayne was home to sixty saloons which thought to be the root of the growth of a criminal underworld in the city. One big player in that criminal underworld was Ed Ryan. Ryan and his gang set up shop at a saloon situated on Railroad Street. From this saloon, the gang members would prey upon the unsuspecting travelers who were new to the city. Read the rest of the story copied from an April 25, 2017 post by Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook. Read more in Crime and Crinoline by Bessie K. Roberts published in Volume 41, Issue 4, December 1945 Indiana Magazine of History published online by the Indiana University Department of History.

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