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In the final week of July 1970, the Lutters of Fort Wayne were among more than 1,000 Allen County families preparing for the 4-H fair, which was planned for that weekend at Memorial Coliseum.

Making the news 50 years ago

We're headed back to 1970 with photos and story excerpts to give a snapshot of this same week in the area, 50 years ago.

July 30, 2020 1:00 am

No Title The highlighted story from this Sept. 2, 1909, page of the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette details

Sept. 1, 1909: Crowds gather for 'Fort Wayne day'

On Sept. 1, 1909, between 6,000 and 7,000 local residents gathered at Robison Park for the first "Fort Wayne day."

July 23, 2020 1:00 am

 Jan. 1, 1954: Members of the Polar Bear Club swim in the St. Joseph River. (Journal Gazette file photo)

Jan. 1, 1954: Polar Bear plunge

There were six polar bears on the frozen St. Joseph River on Jan. 1, 1954.

July 16, 2020 1:00 am

 July 12, 1969: A converted barge filled with full-blooded Sioux and Dakota Indians passes a replica Indian Village during the river parade at the first Three Rivers Festival. More than 10,000 lined the banks of the St. Joseph to watch the parade. (Journal Gazette file photo)

July 1969: Preparing for first Three Rivers Festival

When the Three Rivers Festival debuted in 1969, it was intended to show off Fort Wayne – not just to people coming from...

July 9, 2020 1:00 am

No answers in courthouse's Louvre ties

A couple months ago, a History Journal reader asked if I had ever come across evidence of a unique claim he remembered being told as a...

June 25, 2020 1:00 am

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Sept. 23, 1982: Dog pulls baby cart

Readers were asked to share fun captions for photos in this month's History Journal column.

June 25, 2020 1:00 am

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Sept. 26, 1975: Cleaning up after mud slide

Readers were asked to share fun captions for photos in this month's History Journal column.

June 25, 2020 1:00 am

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Aug. 2, 1963: Bluffton couple raises peacocks for fun

  Readers were asked to share fun captions for photos in this month's History Journal column.

June 25, 2020 1:00 am

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June 24, 1954: Men display captured turtles

Readers were asked to share fun captions for photos in this month's History Journal column.

June 25, 2020 1:00 am

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June 7, 1973: Anthony Wayne statue moved

Readers were asked to share fun captions for photos in this month's History Journal column.

June 25, 2020 1:00 am

  • January 1958: Battling birds downtown
  • Aug. 20, 1947: Eight injured as coach hits truck
  • June 4, 1973: 'Get-Away Vehicle Just Won't Get'
  • Changes at Barr Street Market in 1957
  • Caption This: Send in your descriptions for these fun photos
  • Sept. 17, 1982: Students rappel at stadium
  • June 1954: Woodburn prepares for new dial system
  • May 12, 2019: Mother's Day downtown
  • July 16, 1974: Coaching kids at clown clinic
  • April 12, 1975: New Haven girl wins county bee
  • March 13, 1954: 'Too Fond Of Both Wives, He's Held As Bigamist'
  • July 18, 2001: James Earl Jones visits Fort Wayne Wizards
  • Aug. 10, 1947: Sunny fun at the country club