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 Oct. 26, 1965: The Fort Wayne Rescue Home and Mission is seen under construction at 301 W. Superior St. It was used the next day for the first time as the site of a meeting for area church women. (Journal Gazette file photo)

Oct. 26, 1965: Rescue Mission on Superior nears completion

The Fort Wayne Rescue Home and Mission was still under construction when it was used for the first time on Oct. 27, 1965, as the site of...

December 12, 2019 2:00 am

 In this photo dated July 26, 1962, window washer Pete Malott hangs off the side of Lincoln Tower's 17th floor by safety belts hooked to knobs at the side of the windows. (Journal Gazette file photo)

July 1962: Washing windows on Lincoln Tower

The idea of hanging from a peg 22 stories in the air is like something out of a nightmare for me – I don't care for heights....

December 5, 2019 2:00 am

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March 31, 1957: Assistant Fire Chief Maine Graft, center, and firefighter Walter Roemke check over a duck before it is placed in a box to for transport to a bird sanctuary.

March 31, 1957: Rescuing a stuck duck

It's March 31 and you walk out of your house to get the morning paper. Something catches your eye in the park across the street. It...

November 28, 2019 1:00 am

 This flock of 4,000 turkeys on a farm near Hoagland was the largest in Allen County in 1948. (Journal Gazette file photo) 

Holiday turkey prices in 1948

A 10% shortage of turkeys in the fall of 1948 had some people bracing for premium prices for their holiday meals.

November 25, 2019 1:20 pm

 Pedestrians walk past the downtown Santa display in a photo dated Dec. 10 or 11, 1980. The holiday season of 1980 was the first time the display had been hung and lit together since 1958. (Journal Gazette file photo)

December 1980: Santa display lit together for first time since '50s

Admittedly, this week's History Journal doesn't feature the greatest photo of the downtown Santa display. Taking pictures of lights in...

November 21, 2019 2:00 am

 Sept. 3, 1957: Janet Steward and Jean Scherer read a

Sept. 3, 1957: Wait For Walk

In September 1957, a Pedestrian Protection program was sponsored in Fort Wayne by the Traffic and Public Safety Committee of the Chamber...

November 14, 2019 3:00 am

 Aug. 20, 1948: The first group of 25-year-old await their turn to register for the draft. (Journal Gazette file photo)

Aug. 30, 1948: Draft registration begins

Draft registration of men between 18 and 25 from Fort Wayne and Allen County began Aug. 30, 1948.

November 7, 2019 10:30 am

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Halloween and Christmas decor were displayed in October 1974 at a Glenbrook Square variety store.  (User: Windows NT/95/98 User)

Christmas' early retail arrival is nothing new

It's only Halloween, but Christmas items are beginning to appear in retail stores and I've already heard people reciting the regular...

October 31, 2019 1:00 am

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A coffin containing Dracula is carried from a plane at Baer Field on Oct. 13, 1977, for a multiple sclerosis fundraiser. 

Dracula and other Halloween creatures

Journal Gazette photographers kept a daily diary for every year from the mid-1950s through 2000. Each page represents a day of the year,...

October 31, 2019 1:00 am

061208_St_Vincent2_DTM June 12, 2008: The Haunted Castle and what was once the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, at the corner of Wallen and Old Auburn roads being taken down. (Journal Gazette file photo by Dean Musser Jr.) (Photo by Dean Musser Jr.)

June 12, 2008: Demolition work on site of Haunted Castle

The former site of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church at Wallen and Old Auburn roads had been the home of the Haunted Castle for about 30...

October 24, 2019 10:20 am

  • October 1944: A review of Fort Wayne Philharmonic's first performance
  • Jan. 27, 1962: 'Night of Evil' premieres
  • July 25, 1947: Freight train, switch engine collide
  • Screams greet Elvis at Coliseum in 1957
  • November 1956: Backstage with Eva Gabor and Richard Arlen
  • Oct. 26, 1954: Central Catholic Irish secure 3rd City Series title
  • February 1882: Oscar Wilde lectures in city
  • Feb. 19, 1957: Fire guts downtown building
  • Oct. 8, 1954: High school football city opener