People of Allen County, Indiana

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Tacumwah - Marie-Louisa Richardville

was the daughter of an Indian chief and the sister of two chiefs---Pacanne and Little Turtle. Tacumwah and Pacanne had the same father while Little Turtle and Tacumwah had the same mother. This meant she was an important Miami woman. ... Tacumwah married ... Joseph Richardville. Together they had four children including Jean-Baptiste Richardville (Peshewa, the future Chief Richardville). Joseph Richardville also had children by other women, but this wasn’t considered a problem. In 1773, after nearly a decade of marriage, all the Richardville children and Tacumwah were baptized as Roman Catholic. Tacumwah became Marie-Louisa. From Tacumwah- an 18th century People Magazine story August 28, 2012 by Carmen Doyle on The History Center blog. See a second blog Tacumwah: Chief Richardville’s mother August 30, 2012 a second article about Tacumwah by Carmen Doyle.

Taviano, Tina

For 25 years Taviano served on the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, she began her career as a confinement officer and moved her way up the ranks to become the director of training. Then in 2006, Taviano decided to run for Allen County sheriff as a Democrat against then-chief deputy Ken Fries. From Where are they now? Success follows former area newsmakers to their new locales by the Editorial page staff of The Journal Gazette newspaper published January 6, 2013.

Taylor, Eliza

Arrived from Buffalo, NY by sleigh in 1821, died at age 85. Sister of Laura Taylor Suttenfield. Married Samuel Hanna n 1822. Built a two-story log cabin across from her sister. Sam worked for his brother-in-law James Barnett, opening a trading post, with the first post office where Sam was a postmaster. Sam was an associate judge of Allen County’s Circuit Court and became one of the city’s leading citizens. They had 13 children, several of whom died in infancy. Read more In Celebration of Women's History Month: Fort Wayne Women by Nancy McCammon-Hansen published March 11, 2014 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog.

Taylor, Joseph Joe

Joseph "Joe" Taylor - "The Cowboy Auctioneer" and of the Indiana Red Birds country western band passed away March 24, 2011. Joe Taylor’s Indiana Red Birds were formed in 1948 and signed with the Red Bird Record Company in Fort Wayne. Although Taylor had performed solo on local radio for nearly a decade, he recruited area musicians to form a band. The band’s name was an acknowledgement of their Hoosier roots, the state bird, and their publishing company. The Red Birds were best known for group vocals, square dance calling, harmony, and bluegrass instrumentation. In 1950, the band secured a live show on WGL that would last for seventeen years. Copied from a March 34, 2019 post by The History Center on Facebook. Remembered by Kevin Kilbane on News-Sentinel and Jeff Wiehe on the Journal-Gazette newspapers. 30 second music samples on Hometown Sounds, many photos on Cowboy Memories. Discussed July 26, 2015 and April 30, 2018 photo posted by a granddaughter includes a couple photos in comments on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... closed Facebook group. Several photos and information were posted January 31, 2018 by The History Center on Facebook.

Taylor, Laura

Born in Boston, MA in 1795, died in 1886. She was taken captive by the British when she and her father, Israel, were on a trip to Mackinac. In Detroit, Laura met and eloped with William Suttenfield, arriving in Fort Wayne in 1814. She lived in the fort for a while where her first child Jane was born. In 1823, they built one of the first log houses in the village of Fort Wayne on an original plat of land at the corner of Columbia and Barr Streets. For many years they made their living with a tavern. Read more In Celebration of Women's History Month: Fort Wayne Women by Nancy McCammon-Hansen published March 11, 2014 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog.

Tecumseh

6 Things You May Not Know About Tecumseh by Jesse Greenspan published October 4, 2013 on History.com. On August 20, 1810, Shawnee warrior Tecumseh met with Indiana Territorial Governor William Henry Harrison in Vincennes. Tecumseh spoke for a growing confederacy of American Indians. He denounced the 1809 Treaty at Fort Wayne in which the U.S. government continued their policy of taking Indian lands by treaties with village chiefs. Tecumseh told Harrison: Indian lands were common property and could not be sold without agreement of all Indian nations; the confederacy wanted to keep peace and their lands, but would defend their villages from U.S. advance. To read Tecumseh's full speech see Messages and letters of William Henry Harrison page 463 Or to view the digitized manuscript from the Indiana Historical Society go to Tecumseh's Speech to Governor Harrison, 20 August 1810 Posted August 20, 2017 by Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook.

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Television personalities

Several local names discussed January 15, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Thieme, Theodore

Born on February 7, 1857, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, died August 11, 1949, was the second of ten children born to German immigrant parents Frederick John and Clara (née Weitzman) Thieme. Both of his parents were natives of the kingdom of Saxony, an independent German state. In August 1891 he helped organize the Wayne Knitting Mills with Henry C. Paul, president of the Old National Bank, as president; Charles S. Bash, vice president; William H. Dreier, treasurer; and Thieme, secretary-manager. Read more in Theodore Thieme -- Fort Wayne Industrialist by Nancy McCammon-Hansen published July 12, 2013, Thieme Drive Overlook by Tom Castaldi publlshed July 18, 2013 and Noble Olds and Theodore Thieme Homes by Tom Castaldi published November 6, 2014 on the History Center Notes & Queries blog. See a long article Theodore Frederick Thieme (1857-1949) on Immigrant Entrepreneurship German-American Business Biograhies.

Thomas, Dave

Founder of Wendy's started bussing tables at 1947 Hobby House restaurant. See his 1948 photo at the Hobby Ranch House and more posted April 16, 2018 on Facebook by The History Center. Raised as a Master Mason in Sol. D. Bayless Lodge No. 359 Fort Wayne, Indiana. Although, he joined Scottish Rite in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, he received the 33rd degree in 1995 from the Southern Jurisdiction. From IPFW Alumni on Pinterest. Where’s the Beef? Dave Thomas In Fort Wayne, Indiana by Yael Ksander published August 30, 2010 on Moment of Indiana History on IndianPublicMedia.com. Discussed June 29, 2015 on Only Indiana Facebook page. Discussed February 11, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. How David Thomas Built Kentucky Fried Chicken and Wendy's by Don Daszkowski updated November 28, 2016 on The Balance.com.

Thomas, Deshaun

Historic basketball career at Bishop Luers high school, the 6-foot-7 forward is now a star at Ohio State. Deshaun Thomas' Journey To Stardom WANE TV will have a two-part video. Thomas set for next step June 27, 2013 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Former Luers star goes to Spurs June 28, 2013 The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Thomas, Lyn Jacqueline

Born in 1929 Fort Wayne, she became a Hollywood Actress starring in Stage Struck, Three Came to Kill, Covered Wagon Raid, and The Missourians. Died August 26, 2004 in Riverside, California from Lyn Thomas on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. See Biography on IMDB.com, Lyn Thomas Holl on Variety.com, October 25, 2004 obituary from page 65 in Variety published in Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2004: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre Google ebook and photo on Five Fort Wayne Actresses Who Made it on the Big Screen by the The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Thomas, Martha

Describes her work with NAACP since her grandfather, parents, two brothers and four sisters moved to Fort Wayne from Marion, Alabama in December 1952. At 86, leading a historic life by Steve Warden published September 15, 2013 in the The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Thomas, Mary Frame

In the 1850s Women's Sufferage begins leading to 70 years before the August 18, 1920 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. One of the early leaders of that battle in Indiana was Mary Frame Thomas, a brave Quaker activist who lived in Fort Wayne from 1849 to 1856. After she and her family moved to Richmond, Indiana, in 1856, Thomas became one of the leaders of the growing women's rights movement. And on Jan. 6, 1859, Thomas was the first woman to address the Indiana legislature, presenting a petition for the right of women to vote. She died in 1888 never getting the right to cast a vote. From Stand up, be counted Ballot's implications are too awesome to ignore published November 3, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Thomas, Dr. Mary F. 1816-1888

Born in Maryland to Quaker parents who were strong abolitionists, Mary and her two sisters grew up believing in the value of all people. She practiced medicine for two years in Fort Wayne before moving to Richmod where she remained the rest of her life. See Thomas, Dr. Mary F. 1816-1888at mrlinfo.org Morrisson-Reeves Library, Richmond, Indiana.

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Thomson, Sandy

Weather Specialist on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15 until fall 2010. Sign off video discussion March 30, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Tinsley, April Marie

Born in 1980, on Good Friday April 1, 1988 the 8 year old left her family's home on Fort Wayne's south side to go to a friend's house. The girl with the mop of blond hair and a slight, almost wry, smile never returned. Her body was discovered three days later by a jogger in a DeKalb County ditch. April's Garden at the corner of Hoagland and Masterson avenues was created in her memory.

DNA spurs big break in decades-old cold case Indiana police arrested John D. Miller, 59, after plugging crime scene DNA from an 8-year-old girl's 1988 slaying into an online genealogy database. Posted July 17, 2018 on Good Morning America.

DNA results from popular genetic tests used to crack a 30-year-old cold murder case 

Arrest made in 1988 slaying of Indiana girl CBS News published on July 16, 2018 on YouTube.

30 years later: Fort Wayne girl's killing remains unsolved WANE NewsChannel 15 published on April 4, 2018 on YouTube

59 year old John D. Miller was arrested and confessed to the April Tinsley murder on July 15, 2018. Then on December 7, 2018 Accused Tinsley killer John D. Miller pleads guilty with video by WANE Staff Reports posted December 07, 2018 on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.

  1. April Marie Tinsley Facebook page and In Remembrance Facebook page and April's Garden Facebook Group page.
  2. April's Garden Maintenance Fund GoFundMe page.
  3. April Marie Tinsley Find A Grave memorial page
  4. Cold Case Heats Up Help Solve 1988 Murder, Part 1 published April 8, 2009, Hitting the Airwaves Help Solve Cold Case, Part 2, published April 14, 2009, and In Search of a Killer Help Solve Cold Case, Part 3 published May 19, 2009 in the archives of The FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  5. NEW FORENSIC DNA ANALYSIS PRODUCES IMAGE OF COLD-CASE KILLER AT LARGE published May 2, 2016 on Crime Watch Daily with Christ Hansen.
  6. Police release updated rendering of suspected Tinsley killer April Marie Tinsley was abducted April 1, 1988 from her south-central Fort Wayne neighborhood by WANE Staff Reports published May 3, 2016 on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.
  7. Discussion February 5, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
  8. Mom holds out hope for justice Tips still come in on 30-year-old slaying by Matthew LeBlanc published April 1, 2018 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  9. 30 years later: Fort Wayne girl's killing remains unsolved video above was published April 4, 2018 by WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.
  10. 30 years later, family still looking for answers in heinous cold case with video and links to more articles including 2015 DNA analysis that created a possible image of the suspect, published April 4, 2018 by WPTA21 ABC TV station.
  11. Friends and family gather to remember April Marie Tinsley photos posted April 5, 2018 of 30 year later by Fort Wayne Police Department on Facebook.
  12. The April Marie Tinsley case: a timeline of the Fort Wayne girl’s 1988 kidnapping and killing published April 5, 2018 on The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  13. 30 years later in Fort Wayne: Where is April Marie Tinsley’s killer? with photos published April 5, 2018 on The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  14. Suspect arrested, charged with murder of April Tinsley includes local news release sent by police around 1:00 pm with the Affidavit by Jonathan Shelley, News Director published July 15, 2018 at WPTA21 ABC TV station.
  15. Arrest made in notorious April Tinsley cold case by WANE-TV NewsChannel 15 posted July 15, 2018.
  16. Grabill man charged with the cold-case murder of April Tinsley posted July 15, 2018 by WKJG Fort Wayne's NBC TV station. This story reported that Parabon Nanolabs was contracted for the DNA testing, and they were able to narrow down the DNA to two living brothers using an open public genealogy base.
  17. July 15, 2018 CeCe Moore,Genetic Genealogist, reported on her Facebook page, the arrest and confession posting The News-Sentinel newspaper article: UPDATED: Grabill man arrested on murder, other charges in 30-year-old April Tinsley murder case which contains a timeline of the murder and significant events such as the DNA Connection in the investigation. October 7, 2017 the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana sponsored a "Day with Cece Moore" who explained genetic genealogy testing at the Allen County Public Library see  Facebook Photos . Then on May 8, 2018 the Parabon Labs website announced Parabon® Announces Snapshot® Genetic Genealogy Service for Law Enforcement including the statement: The company's new genetic genealogy (GG) unit is led by CeCe Moore, a pioneer in the field, best known for her work on the PBS television series Finding Your Roots.
  18. ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN a national television show has a 42 minute video called Notes from a Killer SEASON 17 • EPISODE 1 When a young girl disappears off a quiet suburban street, it marks the beginning of a terrifying game of cat and mouse between police and her abductor. Premiered July 15, 2018 on the Investigation Discovery TV channel.
  19. Lead genealogist at lab that led police to alleged April Tinsley's killer explains how genetics is cracking cold cases2 minute video with Cece Moore, Genetic Genealogist, with Parabon Nanolabs by Alexis Shear, Anchor, published July 16, 2018 on WPTA21 ABC TV station.
  20. Complete Coverage of April Tinsley Case links to various stories on WPTA21 ABC TV station.
  21. April Marie Tinsley archives at The News-Sentinel newspaper
  22. Suspect in Tinsley killing appears in court with several videos about by Staff Reports posted: July 15, 2018 updated: Jul 16, 2018 at WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.
  23. Type of DNA genealogy research used in April Marie Tinsley case described as possible ‘game-changer’ in cold cases by Kevin Kilbane published July 16, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. This lengthy interview with CeCe Moore - Genetic Genealogist discusses Genetic Genealogy, Law Enforcement, Value of GedMatch, Genealogy Benefit along with comments from Sarah Allen genealogy librarian who leads the monthly DNA and Genealogy Interest Group at the Genealogy Center. The article briefly mentions a "Day With Cece Moore" October 7, 2017 that filled the 3 Meeting Rooms at the Allen County Public Library. The Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana has nearly 100 photos of the seminars on their Facebook page.
  24. Many national stories:
    1. DNA evidence credited for arrest in April Tinsley's 1988 killing by Justin L. Mack published July 15, 2018 in the Indianapolis Star.
    2. The unlikely crime-fighter cracking decades-old murders? A genealogist. by Justin Jouvenal published July 16, 2018 in the Washington Post. The article starts with a photo of April Marie Tinsley looking at the history of genetic genealogy describing how DNA testing started in 2000 and has evolved from personal genealogy research into a law enforcement tool.
    3. Child-killer taunted investigators for 30 years with disturbing notes. DNA ends the mystery of who did it, police say by Eric Levenson and profile by Eric Levenson and Amanda Watts, on CNN.
    4. DNA Leads to Arrest in 8-Year Old April Tinsley's 1988 Murder DNA evidence allegedly links an Indiana man to the murder 30 years ago of April Tinsley. DNA evidence allegedly links an Indiana man to the murder 30 years ago of April Tinsley. By Monica Rodriguez on Fortune.com.
  25. April Tinsley's mother opens up in exclusive TV interview one minute video with Janet Tinsley by Jazlynn Bebout published July 17th 2018on WKJG Fort Wayne's NBC TV station.
  26. April's mom wants death penalty 'I'm going to be pushing the button' by Matthew Leblanc published July 18, 2018 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  27. April's memory still lives on for many and Detectives on Tinsley case happy with arrest Genealogy website able to finish 3 decades of work by Matthew LeBlanc published July 22, 2018 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  28. Inside the genetic genealogy being used to solve crimes Steve Kroft reports on how a new tool that uses a mixture of DNA analysis and family genealogy has been helping law enforcement crack cold cases when he interviewed Cece Moore October 21, 2018 on the television show 60 Minutes. The April Tinsley case was mentioned around the 10:20 mark in the first video and another 5 minute video posted online.
  29. Could your DNA help solve a cold case? Most of those implicated by DNA are 3rd and 4th cousins that we don't even know. Published by 60 Minutes on October 21, 2018 Genetic genealogy, a new frontier in criminology, uses DNA to crack cold cases. Would you have a problem if yours were used?
  30. WANE-TV NewsChannel 15 has many April Tinsley stories.
  31. WKJG Fort Wayne's NBC TV station has many April Tinsley stories.
  32. WPTA21 ABC TV station has many April Tinsley stories.
  33. Parabon Snapshot posted this statement December 10, 2018 on Facebook and December 15, 2018 on Twitter: The Tinsley case is a special one to us here at @Parabon. It was the first case to which we applied the Snapshot technology back in mid-2014, Steve Armentrout said. Genetic Genealogy was used to ID the suspect in the case, and on Friday, he plead guilty.
  34. DNA detective Technique that aided in identifying April Tinsley's killer gains wider acceptance`Opinion published May 19, 2019 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
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Tipton, John

An Early Road: Fort Wayne to Tiptonsport about John Tipton in early 1800s by Tom Castaldi published March 8, 2016 in History Center Notes & Queries blog.

Toenges, Frederick William

In 1878 Frederick William Toenges immigrated from Germany where he had worked as a shoe cobbler. He settled in Fort Wayne, Indiana and continued working as a cobbler. Frederick soon recognized that retailing would be more rewarding and in 1891 established a shoe store at 1127 Maumee Avenue. In 1891 he married and he and his wife Elise had 10 children. Two of his sons, John and Arthur, joined theirfather in the business. Grandfather Frederick died in 1930 and John and Arthur carried on the business. In 1942 Arthur’s son Fred W. Toenges, began working in the store after school and on week-ends even though he was only 14 years old. In 1946, John died and Fred W. became a full time employee after graduating from High School. Copied from Our History on their website: toengesshoes.com. Fred's youngest son, 4th generation, Ross Toenges, 52, manages the Fred Toenges Shoes and Pedorthics store at 2415 Hobson Road in Fort Wayne and another store in Muncie. Family putting feet first for 125 years by Vivian Sade published October 22, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Toepfer, Mitzi

74, died March 13, 2015, started working at McMillen Park Ice Arena in 1962. Husband Harold Toepfer, son Bill (Rhonda) Berg of Fort Wayne; daughters, Jamie (Gary) Hall of South Bend, Ind. and Susan Matteson Thomas of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Melanie and Ryan Matteson, Julia Hall, Brooke and Graham Thomas; brother, Orion (Mary Jane) Toepfer of Wabash, Ind.; and sisters, Carol Beck of Manhattan Beach, Calif. and Ruth Nix of West Bloomfield, Michigan. Copied from Long-time McMillen Park Ice Arena manager Toepfer has died She was also USA Hockey and Silver Sticks official by Blake Sebring published March 13, 2015 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. See her March 16, 2015 D.O. McComb and Sons obituary.

Tolbert, Lance

The 4th born of six musically talented children in Fort Wayne, a son of Juanita and Rev. James Tolbert. See his mother Juanita (Anderson) Tolbert January 23, 1950 ~ October 14, 2017 Carmichael Funeral Service obituary that lists her children: Lamont (Susan) of Phoenix, AZ; Tyrone (Nakia) of Indianapolis, IN; Douglas of Fort Wayne, IN; Lance of Los Angeles, CA; Kenneth (Jachell) of Fort Wayne, IN; and Eric (Stacy) of Columbus, OH. See also Educator, youth advocate, spiritual leader Juanita Tolbert passes on by Frost Editor published October 20, 2017 on Frost Illustrated.com.

April 12, 2018 Lance announced that he won an RIAA, Recording Industry Association of America, Certified Gold plaque as a songwriter for his work on the Britney Spears album entitled BritneyJean. Posted April 12, 2018 on Twitter linking to his April 12, 2018 Instagram account which has a photo of him with his award show below and more information.

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His brother Lamont plays keyboard, Tyrone plays keyboard, Douglas drums, Kenneth keyboards and drums, and Eric key boards and drums from zoominfo. A South Side High School graduate Lance earned music-related bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Indiana University. Lance plays bass guitar and keyboard with superstar musical legends including Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, will.i.am, Backstreet Boys, Cee Lo Green, Mary J. Blige, Carlos Santana, Jerry Garcia, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Madonna, Jon Bon Jovi, and Bob Dylan. From On stage with the stars published August 15, 2013 on INfortwayne.com sponsored by Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. Lance Tolbert around the world by Frost Illustrated Staff published January 24, 2014 on Frost Illustrated.com. For current activities see his AllMusic credits, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Lance Tolbert Ultrasone Fanpage.

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Tone, Fred

1941-December 29, 2015, born in San Antonio, Texas, Fred was a teacher, coach and principal at Bishop Dwenger High School for 42 years, retiring in 2010. For more read Dwenger stalwart Fred Tone, 70, dies after cancer fight by Chris Goff published December 30, 2015 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Surviving were his wife of 48 years, Sandy; sons, John F. Jr(Karin) of Fort Wayne, IN and Jason M. (Cheri) of Suffolk, VA; grandchildren, Jackson, Emma, Payton, Wilson, Parker & Allison; brothers, Thomas B. Tone and Michael S. Tone both of Fort Wayne, IN; sister, Marsha A. Gibson of Fort Wayne, IN. Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas B. and Eleanor Tone. From his December 30, 2015 D.O. McComb and Sons obituary.

Tourkow, Leah

March 21, 1923 - June 16, 2014, radio disc jockey for 63 years, one of eight people credited with saving public radio in Fort Wayne in the late 1970s, daughter of Jacob Schwartz and Esther Kretzman Schwartz, husband Frederick, sons Ralph and Josh (Donna) Tourkow, daughter Deborah Sheray, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren, brother Ralph Schwartz. See her June 17, 2014 obituary at Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home and Jazz radio fixture Leah Tourkow dies at age 91 by Jeff Wiehe published June 19, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Turnley, David and Peter

David C. Turnley and brother Peter were children of Dr. William Turnley (orthodontist) and Elizabeth Turnley (taught piano) from January 28, 2017 post on ACGSI Facebook page. Elmhurst High School graduate, professional photographer, author, see City native chronicles history in Cuba Photographer in the right place, right time for visit by Obama by Rosa Salter Rodriquez published March 26, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Photo of the twins on his twin brother Peter Turnley Facebook page discussion January 28, 2017 and another January 28, 2017 discussion showing the cover of their book with photos of McClellan Street where they were born in 1955 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. McClellan Street photos from website peterturnley.com was discussed July 14, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. When 41st President George H. W. Bush died in December 2018 Fort Wayne photographer shares moments behind the lens of the 41st President. Peter Turnley born and raised in Fort Wayne, a globally recognized photographer shared his experiences of capturing iconic moments of the 41st President. Published December 7, 2018 on WPTA21 ABC TV station.

Turpin, Ronald

In June 2012 is vice president – head of finance at Lincoln Financial Network, the Retail Sales Division of Lincoln Financial.

Community and leadership involvement: Immediate past board chair, United Way of Allen County; board chairman, Leadership Fort Wayne; board member for Indiana Association of United Ways; board member for Kate’s Kart, a non-profit organization that raises money to distribute free books to children in nearly 20 northeast Indiana hospitals ; board member, Tower Financial Corp. and Tower Bank; trustee for Malpas Trust, which was established to provide scholarships for high-potential students, based on need, attending DePauw University in Green Castle; University of Saint Francis Business School mentor; board member, Indiana 4-H Foundation; member of the Knowledge Management Task Force for the Indiana CPA Society.

Most recent accomplishment: Awarded “Volunteer of the Year” by Indiana Association of United Ways; The award, based on his serving in various volunteer capacities for the organization, was presented in February at a banquet in Indianapolis. Turpin has been a United Way volunteer since 1998. Integrity makes a leader Lincoln Financial Network VP Ron Turpin believes in giving back Journal Gazette newspaper June 18, 2012

Twain, Mark - Samuel Langhorne Clemens

Better known by his pen name Mark Twain, came to Fort Wayne for a lecture at Hamilton's Hall. He wrote a letter from Fort Wayne To Olivia L. Langdon  2 January 1869 • Fort Wayne, Ind.available on the Mark Twain Project with related newspaper articles. He refers to his future wife as Livy. Wikipedia [January 2013] states: Throughout 1868, Twain and Olivia Langdon corresponded but she rejected his first marriage proposal. Two months later, they were engaged. In February 1870, Twain and Langdon were married in Elmira, New York. 

Clemens missed a December 29, 1868 appointment in Fort Wayne and forgot to let Olivia know in advance he was coming to Fort Wayne. The telegraph was the method used in this time period for long distance communication.

The Fort Wayne Democrat and Gazette newspapers had stories about the Mark Twain lecture at Hamilton's Hall.

The Democrat called Clemens’s lecture in Hamilton’s Hall, for the local Library and Lecture Association, “one of the finest, of the character, that it has ever been our pleasure to listen to. The artistic style in which the lecturer mingled the sublime and the ridiculous, the pathetic and the humorous, we have never heard excelled. We thank Mr. Clemens, and the Association who afforded us the opportunity, for the exquisite pleasure we enjoyed in listening to his faultless entertainment. The entire absence of all vulgarism, which all the latter day sons of Momus seem to think so indispensable to wit[,] constituted a marked feature in Mr. Clemens’ lecture”  (“The Lecture Course,” 4 Jan 69, 4).

The Gazette remarked that the lecture “kept the audience in alternate states of laughter and close attention. It was a kind of literary hash, (not in the least like boarding house hash), made up of the very best materials. ... It was a string of pearls from which the string had been lost. ... In any event it was a very amusing and interesting lecture; containing passages of great beauty and eloquence, mixed with a spice of wit which was irresistable... and pleasing by its novelty as well as by its intrinsic merit” (“The Lecture,” 4 Jan 69, 4).

February 5, 1885 Last evening Mr. Samuel L. Clemens the humorous writer, known all over the world as "Mark Twain," and Mr. George W. Cable, the novelist and magazine writer, appeared at the Academy of Music in a novel entertainment.  from articles in the Fort Wayne Daily Gazette and Daily Sentinel with copies of the articles at the Library of Virginia.

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