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 June 22, 1954: Bill Leming tells police officers about his finger, which was bitten by a squirrel. The officers, Albert Bragalone, left, and Don Schoenherr, chased the squirrel for more than an hour before capturing it and placing it in a bucket, which is under the board Bill has his feet on. (Journal Gazette file photo)

June 22, 1954: Capturing squirrel that bit boy

When 6-year-old Bill Leming was bitten by a squirrel, police were called. The squirrel needed to be arrested ... well, captured, at...

January 16, 2020 1:00 am

 May 1, 1970: Kay Mettert, left, and Erin Smith sell empty liquor bottles that were taken home by Hillcrest School students and decorated to raise money for a trip to Chicago. (Journal Gazette file)

May 1, 1970: Selling liquor bottles for school trip

Hillcrest School students got creative when raising money for a trip to Chicago in 1970.

January 9, 2020 1:04 pm

 Nov. 26, 1947: FBI special agent Harry Howard demonstrates a judo move with his partner, special agent Manley Hawks, during a training session for sheriff deputies. (Journal Gazette file photo)

Nov. 26, 1947: Judo demonstration for deputies

In this photo, FBI special agent Harry Howard demonstrates a judo move with his partner, special agent Manley Hawks, during a training...

January 2, 2020 11:30 am

Unusual headlines that really catch eye

Often when I'm scrolling through microfilm of our archived pages, I'm looking for a specific story or a photo that I want to share with...

December 26, 2019 1:00 am

 W.R. Gaskill shows his empty mail bag as he sits in front of empty mail racks in December 1950. (Journal Gazette file photo)

December 1950: Mail workers finish Christmas rush

The city's mail carriers were enjoying some much needed rest on Christmas Eve 1950 – a Sunday – after moving the...

December 19, 2019 1:00 am

 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

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