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History Journal indexed by decade

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A chronological index of History Journal features and other stories of historical interest. Last updated on April 1, 2020.

To suggest dates or subjects, email Corey McMaken at cmcmaken@jg.net.

1880s

February 1882 – Oscar Wilde lectures in city: Oscar Wilde was on a lecture tour of the United States when he stopped at Fort Wayne in February 1882. He spoke at the St. Augustine Academy on Feb. 16.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190905/february-1882-oscar-wilde-lectures-in-city

1900s

Sept. 1, 1909 -- Crowds gather for 'Fort Wayne day': Between 6,000 and 7,000 local residents gathered at Robison Park for the event. 

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200723/sept-1-1909-crowds-gather-for-fort-wayne-day  

1910s

1916 and 1917 – Journal Gazette picture pages: In the early 1900s, The Journal Gazette published a weekly page of pictures every Sunday. Anything from car accidents and construction projects to family reunions and fishermen showing off their catch. Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190411/early-1900s-journal-gazette-picture-pages

1916 – Leonard and Geller's Grocer: This otherwise undated photo shows two men at the grocery at Broadway and Taylor Street.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200220/1916-leonard-and-gellers-grocer

1920s

Summer 1921 -- A 'dream' of riverfront parks: In the summer of 1921, local candy company Heit-Miller-Lau put up a billboard on Calhoun Street that showed what it called “Just A Dream”: A riverfront park extending from Wells Street east to the confluence of the city's three rivers.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200827/a-1921-dream-of-riverfront-parks 

Jan. 24, 1925 – Sun's tryst with moon dazzles earthly beings: A story following a solar eclipse over the city.

Link: http://www.journalgazette.net/features/20170817/suns-tryst-with-moon-dazzles-earthly-beings

Aug. 10, 1927 – Charles Lindbergh flies over city: The pilot circled downtown Fort Wayne in his Spirit of St. Louis monoplane and dropped a greeting to the city before heading off toward Detroit without landing.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200123/aug-10-1927-charles-lindbergh-flies-over-city

May 14, 1928 – Happy 90th, Embassy: A feature on Embassy Theatre's 90th anniversary includes a downloadable PDF of the 14-page special section about its opening from May 1928. The archive pages include stories about its construction and the people that brought it to life.

Link: http://www.journalgazette.net/entertainment/20180517/happy-90th-embassy

1930s

1938 – An aerial photograph dated 1938 showing the area of Coldwater Road and North Clinton Street as farmland. Target and Glenbrook Square are among the businesses that stand there now.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190502/1938-coldwater-road-and-north-clinton-street

1940s

October 18, 1944 – A review of Fort Wayne Philharmonic's first performance.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20191017/october-1944-a-review-of-fort-wayne-philharmonics-first-performance

April 14, 1947 – Business women showing off fun hats: Members of the Business and Professional Women's Club showed off their fun hats at a "Hollywood Party."

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190207/business-women-showing-off-fun-hats-in-april-14-1947

July 18, 1947 – Making microfilm of JG archives: In the summer of 1947, The Journal-Gazette was converting all of its archived editions to microfilm, which was then a new technology.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190815/july-18-1947-making-microfilm-of-jg-archives

July 25, 1947 – Freight train, switch engine collide: A freight train collided with a Nickel Plate Railroad switch engine at the Van Buren Street crossing. Two railroad workers leaped from the engine to escape injury.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20191003/july-25-1947-freight-train-switch-engine-collide

Aug. 10, 1947 – Sunny fun at the country club: Young people have fun in the sun at the Fort Wayne Country Club.
 
 
Aug. 20, 1947 – Eight injured as coach hits truck: Eight people, including the driver, were injured Aug. 20, 1947, when a trolley coach hit a truck carrying 11 tons of steel on Main Street.
 

Aug. 28, 1947 – Kids' Day in Portland: The day's activities included bands, a pet parade, a circus and soap box race before kids went back to school.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200806/aug-28-1947-kids-day-in-portland 

Aug. 28, 1947 – Strauss announced as Coliseum architect: County commissioners announced that A.M. Strauss had been chosen as architect for Memorial Coliseum.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200910/aug-28-1947-strauss-announced-as-coliseum-architect 

Nov. 26, 1947 – Judo demonstration for deputies: FBI special agent Harry Howard demonstrates a judo move with his partner, special agent Manley Hawks, during a training session for sheriff deputies.
 
 
December 1947 – Santa visits St. Joseph Hospital: He brought gifts for patients.
 
 
April 1, 1948 – He saved 8,000 dimes to buy a car: Ed Adreon saved up his dimes for two years with the intention of buying a new car.
 
 
May 1948 – Memorial Day parade: A shot of the Memorial Day parade in Fort Wayne in May 1948.
 
 
May 22, 1948 – Seniors take first plane ride: A grandson convinced his grandfather to take his first plane ride at 82. The grandfather also convinced a friend to go up. Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190613/may-22-1948-seniors-take-first-plane-ride
 
June 22, 1948 – Couple gets married in plane: Love was in the air for this couple when they got married above Allen County.
 
 
July 1948 – First Allen County 4-H 'Apron Revue': This was the first "Apron Revue" for 4-H girls, which was held as part of the Allen County 4-H dress revue and demonstrations. Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190711/july-1948-first-allen-county-4-h-apron-revue
 
Aug. 30, 1948 – Draft registration begins: Draft registration of men between 18 and 25 from Fort Wayne and Allen County began Aug. 30, 1948. About 8,000 men from the county were expected to register before the deadline of Sept. 18.
 
 
Nov. 1, 1948 – 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. Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20191125/holiday-turkey-prices-in-1948
 
March 1949 – Railroad treats boys for finding broken track: A pair of local boys were playing baseball when they discovered a broken rail track in 1949.
 

 

1950s

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 holiday mail the night before.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20191219/december-1950-mail-workers-finish-christmas-rush

1950 to 1952 – Construction of Memorial Coliseum: Ground was broken for Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 24, 1950. There was nothing but farms in the area, but community leaders were optimistic the arena would become a prime destination. It was dedicated Sept. 28, 1952.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/article/20190326/WEB/303269998/1263

June 1952 – Hunting for a giant snake: A huge snake was reported on June 13, 1952, which led to a multi-day hunt that included a mounted posse.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190530/hunting-for-a-giant-snake-in-1952

Also, one of the men behind the prank shares his story: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190627/fake-snake-behind-the-1952-prank

Jan. 1, 1954 – Polar Bear plunge: The St. Joseph River was covered by several inches of ice that had to be broken up before the swimsuit-clad men made their plunge.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200716/jan-1-1954-polar-bear-plunge

March 3 to 7, 1954 – Northeastern Indiana Automobile Show: It featured cars for the 1954 model-year, as well as experimental automobiles, a variety show with singing and dancing, and even a visit from Miss America. This feature includes a PDF of the 16-page preview section the JG published ahead of the show. Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190124/march-1954-northeastern-indiana-automobile-show

March 13, 1954 – 'Too Fond Of Both Wives, He's Held As Bigamist': "I'm glad this thing is over. I was running out of excuses." That's what a Fort Wayne man said when it was discovered he was splitting his time between two wives in 1954.
 
 
June 1954 – Rescue Home and Mission gets face lift: In the spring of 1954, the Fort Wayne Rescue Home and Mission was undergoing a face lift, inside and out.
 
 
June 1954 – Woodburn prepares for new dial system: Woodburn was preparing to get a new dial system, replacing the switchboard and operator system that had been in place for the Woodburn Home Telephone Co.'s 470 subscribers.
 
 
June 1954 – A busy week: When skimming the archive, several items from the week of June 13 stuck out including a simulated air raid, strike and Perfection Biscuit Co., work on the Cedarville Dam and a blood drawing for a polio test.
 

June 14, 1954 – Pet crow stolen, and other stories: There were several fun stories on the local cover this day.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200128/june-14-1954-pet-crow-stolen-and-other-stories

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 least, to make sure it didn't have rabies.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200116/june-22-1954-capturing-squirrel-that-bit-boy 

June 24, 1954 – Men display captured turtles: Three men collected 19 turtles in the Eel River.
 

June 28, 1954 – Lad learns red box can call firemen: A curious little boy got quite a surprise! Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200402/june-28-1954-lad-learns-red-box-calls-firemen

Oct. 8, 1954 – High school football city opener: The North Side High School Redskins beat the Central High School Tigers 19-12.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190822/oct-8-1954-high-school-football-city-opener

Oct. 26, 1954 – Central Catholic Irish secure 3rd City Series title: The Central Catholic Irish beat the North Side Redskins at Northrop Field to secure the City Series title.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190909/oct-26-1954-central-catholic-irish-secure-3rd-city-series-title

Oct. 27, 1954 – Voting procedure instruction: Here, William F. Walt and his wife get a lesson from North Side High School junior Mike McLaughlin. Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190507/oct-27-1954-voting-procedure-instruction

Oct. 4, 1955 – Construction and dedication of the Nickel Plate Railroad elevation: The Nickel Plate railroad elevation was dedicated Oct. 4, 1955, at the Calhoun Street crossing downtown.

Link: http://www.journalgazette.net/features/20170427/nickel-plate-railroad-elevation

Sept. 15, 1955 – Charlton Heston visits city: The actor visited for several personal appearances at showings of his new movie, "The Private War of Major Benson," which was showing at Embassy Theatre.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190404/sept-15-1955-charlton-heston-visits-city

November 1956 – Backstage with Eva Gabor and Richard Arlen: The actor and actress, who had starred together in 1941's "Forced Landing," were in town for separate stage productions and met up to say hello.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190919/november-1956-backstage-with-eva-gabor-and-richard-arlen

1957 – Changes at Barr Street Market: The pavilions at the downtown market were removed in 1957. Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200528/changes-at-barr-street-market-in-1957

Feb. 19, 1957 – Fire guts downtown building: Nearly 100 firefighters battled a blaze downtown in frigid temperatures for six hours at the corner of Jefferson and Calhoun.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190829/fire-guts-downtown-building-in-1957

March 30, 1957 – Screams greet Elvis at Coliseum: Memorial Coliseum was filled with 10,000 people when Elvis Presley stepped on stage.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190926/screams-greet-elvis-at-coliseum-in-1957

March 31, 1957 – Rescuing a stuck duck: About 55 feet above the ground in the Spy Run Creek park area, a duck was caught on a kite string that was strung between two trees.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20191128/rescuing-a-stuck-duck

Sept. 3, 1957 – Wait For Walk: A program was aimed at educating the city's pedestrians about traffic issues.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20191114/sept-3-1957-wait-for-walk

Oct. 18, 1957 – Witness to bank robbery: In the first bank robbery in Fort Wayne since 1930, two armed men robbed the Rudisill-Clinton branch of the Lincoln National Bank & Trust Co. on Oct. 18, 1957, and got away with $50,100. A former Journal Gazette managing editor was in the bank and gave a first-hand account of the event.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200924/witness-to-1957-robbery

January 1958 – Battling birds downtown: Stuffed owls were among tactics being used in 1958 to convince pigeons and starlings to stay clear of the Allen County Courthouse and some other downtown buildings.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200618/january-1958-battling-birds-downtown

July 23, 1959 – Deconstructing buildings on Brackenridge: Workers continue efforts to raze a two-block stretch of buildings that formerly housed shops, freight and division offices of the Pennsylvania Railroad Co.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200312/july-23-1959-deconstructing-buildings-on-brakenridge

1960s

Jan. 27, 1962 – 'Night of Evil' premieres: Starring Lisa Gaye and William Campbell, "Night of Evil" was filmed in Fort Wayne in the summer and fall of 1960.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20191010/jan-27-1962-night-of-evil-premieres

Feb. 10, 1962 – Wolf & Dessauer fire: Billowing clouds of smoke were rising from downtown and blocking out the sun over parts of Fort Wayne on the afternoon of Feb. 10, 1962.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/20180222/throwback-thursday-feb-10-1962---wolf-38-dessauer-fire

July 1962 – Washing windows on Lincoln Tower: Ten men were responsible for washing the windows on Lincoln Tower downtown in 1962. There were knobs at the sides of the windows that they would hook their safety belts on, and then they got to work cleaning the 453 windows on the tower.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20191205/july-1962-washing-windows-on-lincoln-tower

Aug. 2, 1963 – Bluffton couple raises peacocks for fun: The Irvins discovered peafowl were harder to raise than chickens.

Link (includes reader captions): https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200625/aug-2-1963-bluffton-couple-raises-peacocks-for-fun

Oct. 9, 1963 – Astronauts visit area for boats: Gordon Cooper and Virgil “Gus” Grissom snuck away while visiting Fort Wayne on Oct. 9, 1963, to test a boat built in Harlan. A few years later, they returned to help build a boat they intended to race.

Link: http://www.journalgazette.net/features/20180531/astronauts-sneak-away-to-test-boat

June 26, 1965 – Laying tile sidewalk on the Landing: The tile workers along with a group of bricklayers worked for weeks on the project without charge.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190620/june-1965-laying-tile-sidewalk-on-the-landing

July 3, 1965 – Fort Wayne Children's Zoo opens: Under sunny skies, about 6,000 guests toured the zoo. Some were amazed to find there were no cages.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190425/fort-wayne-childrens-zoo-opens-in-1965

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 as the site of a lunch meeting of area church women.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20191212/oct-26-1965-rescue-mission-on-superior-nears-completion

February 1966 – Showgirls for Civic Guild follies: Women dressed up as showgirls for the Civic Guild's Ya-Hoo Follies Revue. 

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200813/february-1966-showgirls-for-civic-guild-follies

April 8, 1966 – Dog nurses kittens: Lisa, a 1 1/2-year-old Skye Terrier, gave some help to a new mother when she began nursing newborn kittens.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190321/april-8-1966-dog-nurses-kittens

April 13, 1966 – Wapakoneta celebrates Armstrong's homecoming: Neil Armstrong got a hero's welcome when visiting his hometown of Wapakoneta, Ohio, a few weeks after the Gemini 8 mission.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190627/1966-homecoming-for-neil-armstrong

June 5, 1966 – JG spelling champ heads to national bee: Ralph Banasiak left from Baer Field after being sent off by neighbors, friends, family and classmates.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/article/20200305/WEB/303059999

July 23, 1966 – Covering snake story: JG reporter Sandy Thorn gives a humorous recounting of visiting a reptile trailer with a bunch of SNAKES. 

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20201001/july-23-1966-covering-snake-story

July 23 and 24, 1966 – Testing a jet-powered train: The train was a jet-powered experiment of the New York Central Railroad which tested its speed on a stretch of track between Butler and Bryan, Ohio. Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190131/testing-a-jet-powered-train-in-1966

Aug. 23, 1966 – Phelps Dodge office explosion: Around noon Aug. 23, 1966, an explosion turned the administration office of Phelps Dodge Copper Products Corp. into rubble, killing five people.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200130/phelps-dodge-blast-kills-5-in-1966

Jan. 18, 1967 – Girl's finger stuck in jack-in-the-box: Sharon Seabold was playing with a jack-in-the-box, but "Jack" was too quick for the 6-year-old and her finger got stuck in the box.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190808/jan-18-1967-girls-finger-stuck-in-jack-in-the-box

July 21, 1967 – Water ballet rehearsal: Swimmers rehearse for the Park Board's annual water ballet.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20201008/july-21-1967-water-ballet-rehearsal

Sept 22, 1967 – Civic Theatre installs sign: This was when Civic Theatre was based in the Palace Theatre (renamed the Civic Playhouse) on East Washington Boulevard.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190221/sept-22-1967-civic-theatre-installs-sign

Dec. 2, 1967 – Bob Hope's son marries in Defiance: Hundreds of fans came out on a rainy day in Defiance, Ohio, for the wedding of Bob Hope's son on Dec. 2, 1967.

Link: http://www.journalgazette.net/entertainment/celebrities/20180726/bob-hopes-son-marries-in-defiance

April 7, 1968 – Local tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.: A few days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., more than 3,000 people gathered outside the Allen County Courthouse to pay tribute to the civil rights leader.

Link: http://www.journalgazette.net/features/20180329/local-tribute-to-martin-luther-king-jr

May 27, 1968 – Fort Wayne Army Reserve Unit 890 Transportation Co. departs Baer Field: The unit was called to active duty during the Vietnam War.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190423/may-27-1968-fort-wayne-army-reserve-unit-890-transportation-co-departs-baer-field

Also, a reunion reconnects the men: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/20190423/reservists-reconnect

July 1969 – Preparing for first Three Rivers Festival: The festival was intended to show off Fort Wayne to people coming from out-of-town and to residents that maybe didn't know what all the city had to offer.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200709/july-1969-preparing-for-first-three-rivers-festival

July 16 to 19, 1969 – Neil Armstrong's parents react during Apollo 11: Stephen and Viola Armstrong talked to news reporters camped out at their house during the launch and moonwalk.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190714/armstrongs-parents-react-during-apollo-11-in-1969

Also, readers share their memories of Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190714/sharing-memories-of-mission-astronaut

Sept. 17, 1969 – Construction underway on the Fort Wayne National Bank Building (now known as PNC Center) downtown.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20181213/throwback-thursday-construction-of-fort-wayne-national-bank-building-1969

1970s

May 1, 1970 – Selling liquor bottles for school trip: Students took home liquor bottles they collected during a clean-up project and decorated them to raise money. Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/article/20200109/WEB/200109816

May 4, 1970 – Fixing flagpole atop Lincoln Tower: A maintenance man climbed to the top of Lincoln Tower's flagpole to replace the pulley.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190418/may-4-1970-fixing-flagpole-atop-lincoln-tower

July 26 to Aug. 1, 1970 – A week in the area included stories about protests on paid parking at local hospitals, a profile of a woman taxi driver and a so-called "Tombstone Ordinance" that would require drive-in theaters to block free viewing of X-rated movies.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200730/making-the-news-50-years-ago

September 1971 – Bill Blass returns to city for fashion show: After he graduated from South Side High School, Bill Blass moved to New York to pursue fashion. In 1971, he returned to his hometown for the first time in 25 years ahead of a fashion show that included his latest looks.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190228/bill-blass-returns-to-city-for-fashion-show-in-1971

Also, a local man tries to verify that his sketches are genuine: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190328/on-a-mission-to-verify-possible-blass-sketches

March 19, 1972 – Sonny and Cher perform at Memorial Coliseum: The pair of singers took the local stage on March 19, 1972. 

Link: http://www.journalgazette.net/entertainment/celebrities/20180927/sonny-and-cher-march-19-1972

1973 – Construction and opening of Freimann Square: Freimann Square was dedicated on Sept. 27, 1973, when several hundred people turned out in downtown Fort Wayne to see the fountains in action.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190606/1973-construction-and-opening-of-freimann-square

May 10, 1973 – Tornado destroys New Haven home: Four funnel clouds were seen in the skies over Fort Wayne, with at least one hanging stationary several minutes near downtown before it moved away.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20181129/tornado-destroys-new-haven-home

June 4, 1973 – 'Get-Away Vehicle Just Won't Get': Lesson learned! If you're going to try and make a quick get-away, make sure your car has enough gas.
 
 
June 7, 1973 – Anthony Wayne statue moved: The equestrian statue of Anthony Wayne was originally placed in Hayden Park. But on June 7, 1973, the bronze statue of Anthony Wayne was moved into position at Freimann Square, which would be dedicated Sept. 27 of that year.
 

January 13, 1974 / Oct. 20, 1974 – Explosive demolitions of Van Orman, Keenan hotels: The downtown hotels were reduced to rubble to become parking lots.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190725/in-1974-2-hotels-came-tumbling-down

July 16, 1974 – Coaching kids at clown clinic: Children learned about how to be a clown during an all-day clinic at Lakeside Park. Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200430/coaching-kids-at-clown-clinic

Oct. 18, 1974 – Santa makes debut early: A commentary piece about how early Christmas seemed to show up at retailers.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20191031/trick-or-treat-santas-on-his-way

Feb. 3 and 4, 1975 – Fires on The Landing: On the night of Feb. 3, 1975, two fires swept through buildings on The Landing. The next afternoon, a second fire in the Old Fort Draperies building drew exhausted firefighters back to site. Link: http://www.journalgazette.net/features/20180830/the-landing-blazes

April 12, 1975 – New Haven girl wins county bee: Molly Reddin beat more than 90 spellers at the Journal-Gazette Spelling Bee.
 
 
Sept. 26, 1975 – Cleaning up after mud slide: A slide at Johnny Appleseed Festival left participants in need of a shower from the fire department.
 

Oct. 9, 1975 – 1 million bottlecaps: Math teacher Dan Sells and his sixth-grade students gathered more than 1 million bottle caps as a teaching aid and piled them in their classroom. Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190117/oct-9-1975-1-million-bottlecaps

1975 to 1976 – Construction of the Old Fort: Construction of the fort re-creation began in the summer of 1975. Work on the replica was not finished for its dedication, but several hundred people turned out for the June 1976 festivities.

Link: http://www.journalgazette.net/entertainment/20170831/old-fort-construction

Aug. 12, 1976 – Dedication of Foellinger Theatre: In August 1976, more than 3,000 people squeezed into Foellinger Theatre for a dedication ceremony and entertainment from Ronald Rogers, Richard Otto and the Dukes of Dixieland.

Link: http://www.journalgazette.net/features/20170727/dedication-of-foellinger-theatre-aug-12-1976

January 1978 – The Blizzard of '78: A snowstorm left Fort Wayne buried under a record 17 inches of snow in January 1978. Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/The-Blizzard-of--78--Jan--26--1978-17459103

Jan. 1, 1978 – Polar Bear Club's New Year's Day swim: More than 60 people joined the Polar Bear Club's 39th annual New Year's Day dip in the St. Joseph River.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20181231/looking-back-polar-bear-clubs-1978-new-years-day-swim

Dec. 20, 1979 – Santas hope to overlook worst gifts: A fun story and set of photos from 1979 about terrible gifts. 

Link: http://www.journalgazette.net/features/20171130/santas-hope-to-overlook-worst-gifts

Late 1970s – Fond memories of Santa display include path to restoration: The history of the downtown Santa display and its restoration in the 1970s and '80s.

Link: http://www.journalgazette.net/features/20171123/display-of-devotion

1980s

Sept. 20, 1980 – Domino Wizard at Southtown Mall: Robert Speca, known as the Domino Wizard, created a piece at Southtown Mall. Link: http://www.journalgazette.net/features/20171228/domino-wizard-at-southtown-mall

December 1980 – Santa display lit together for first time since '50s: The holiday season of 1980 was the first time the entire display had been hung and lit up since the late 1950s.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20191121/december-1980-santa-display-lit-together-for-first-time-since-50s

1982 to 1983 – Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory construction, opening: The gardens opened Nov. 20, 1983.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190623/1982-to-1983-foellinger-freimann-botanical-conservatory-construction-opening

Sept. 17, 1982 – Students rappel at stadium: Concordia students rappelled the side of Zollner Stadium under the direction of an ROTC instructor.
 
 
Sept. 23, 1982 – Dog pulls baby cart: Larry Schohl got creative with leftover lawnmower parts, some tubing and a child's chair to make this cart so the family's dog, Brandy, could pull his 3-month-old daughter, Kira.
 
 
Feb. 28, 1983 – Gathering to watch 'M.A.S.H.' finale: A viewing party at the Sheraton Inn drew about 300 people, many of whom were dressed in military garb.
 
 

1982 to 1984 – Fort Wayne Museum of Art construction, opening: The current building opened on April 15, 1984.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190623/1982-to-1984-fort-wayne-museum-of-art-construction-opening

July 15, 1983 – Last truck rolls off line at Harvester plant: On a Friday afternoon in mid-July 1983, a green Model 4200 International Harvester truck rolled off the assembly line at the Fort Wayne International Harvester plant. It was the 1,527,299th truck built since the plant opened in 1923 – and its last.

Link: http://www.journalgazette.net/features/20170629/international-harvester-truck-plant-closes-july-15-1983

1990s

Sept. 2, 1993 – St. Mary's Church Fire: “St. Mary's burns.” That was the headline the morning after a blaze destroyed the downtown Catholic church on Sept. 2, 1993.

Link: http://www.journalgazette.net/features/20170525/st-marys-catholic-church-fire-sept-2-1993

1995 to 1999 – Construction of Headwaters Park: More than 100 people attended the grand opening of the first phase of Headwaters Park on Sept. 10, 1995. See the park at various stages of construction. 

Link: http://www.journalgazette.net/features/20180426/headwaters-park-takes-shape

Nov. 5, 1995 – Opening of Science Central: The science museum in the old City Light and Power plant opened to a crowd of about 2,000 people.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200225/nov-5-1995-opening-of-science-central

Nov. 14, 1995 – Giving fall leaves a kick: A city resident kicks leaves away from a street gutter.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200917/nov-14-1995-giving-fall-leaves-a-kick

June 1, 1997 – Glenbrook Square ice rink closes: Renovations at Glenbrook Square spelled the end of an era as the mall shut down its indoor ice rink on June 1, 1997.

Link: http://www.journalgazette.net/entertainment/20180125/glenbrook-square-ice-rink

Read a second story: http://www.journalgazette.net/features/20180125/rink-closure-freezes-out-friends-on-ice

Nov. 15, 1997 – Rolling a giant snowball: A group of friends rolled a huge snowball in an empty lot on Fairfield Avenue. Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190702/nov-15-1997-rolling-a-giant-snowball

July 6, 1998 – A firehouse wedding: Ken Burson and Elizabeth Clegg Burson were married by the Rev. Victor Kolch on July 6, 1998, in a ceremony in the bucket of a hook and ladder fire truck above the Aboite Township fire station.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190110/july-6-1998-a-firehouse-wedding

1998 to 1999 – Creation of Courthouse Green: With its half-moon walkways, benches, fountains and almost an acre of grass in the heart of downtown, the Courthouse Green was dedicated Oct. 15, 1999, after a three-year project that cost about $3 million.

Link: http://www.journalgazette.net/features/20180628/creation-of-courthouse-green

2000s

Feb. 14, 2000 – A classroom valentine: Kindergartner Shaquek Cotton reads a valentine that she received from a classmate at South Wayne Elementary School.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190214/feb-14-2000-a-classroom-valentine

July 11, 2001 – Lottery decides area will switch to 260 area code: Cards were pulled from a large fish bowl to decide which two areas in Northeast Indiana would lose the 219 code.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200206/july-11-2001-lottery-decides-area-will-switch-to-260-area-code

July 18, 2001 – James Earl Jones visits Fort Wayne Wizards: Actor James Earl Jones came to Fort Wayne to do a dramatic reading for children and recite the national anthem at a Wizards baseball game.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200416/july-18-2001-james-earl-jones-visits-fort-wayne-wizards

Aug. 2, 2002 – Raising the roof of Memorial Coliseum: The 43,680-square-foot roof of Memorial Coliseum was raised 41 feet and 10 inches. It took almost five hours.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20190328/memorial-coliseum-raises-roof-in-2002

Oct. 18, 2005 – Cleaning out a pumpkin: A Franke Park Elementary student cleans out a pumpkin.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20201015/oct-18-2005-cleaning-out-a-pumpkin

2007 to 2009 – Construction of Parkview Field: The TinCaps' first game was played downtown April 16, 2009. See the project at various stages of construction: http://www.journalgazette.net/features/Construction-of-Parkview-Field-18406339

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 years.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20191024/june-12-2008-demolition-work-on-site-of-haunted-castle

Oct. 2008 to Oct. 2019 – A Zombie Walk down memory lane: Gallery of photos from Zombie Walks in downtown Fort Wayne.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20201022/a-zombie-walk-down-memory-lane

May 12, 2019 – Mother's Day downtown: The day stood in sharp contrast to what was experienced a year later during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200507/may-12-2019-mothers-day-downtown

Multiple eras

106 degrees – City's hottest days: The record was set on July 22, 1934, and repeated on July 14, 1936, and June 25, 1988. Most recently, the mercury spiked that high on June 28, 2012. Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/106-degrees--City-s-hottest-days-17781133

Gourd times in patches of the past: A photo gallery of kids enjoying pumpkin patches through the years.

Link: http://www.journalgazette.net/entertainment/20171026/gourd-times-in-patches-of-past

Halloween through the years: A look at Halloween costumes and celebrations. 

Link: http://www.journalgazette.net/features/20181025/halloween-through-the-years

Dracula and other Halloween creatures: Vignettes include "Dracula" arriving in the city and a Beast of 'Busco couples costume.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20191031/dracula-and-other-halloween-creatures

Miss Liberty: The statue has come down from its perch atop the Allen County Courthouse more than once for repairs. The first time was in 1947.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20200326/miss-liberty-comes-down-from-her-perch

• The Toboggan run at Pokagon State Park through the years.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20181220/throwback-thursday-toboggan-run-at-pokagon-marking-80th-anniversary

• A collection of unusual headlines that catch the eye.

Link: https://www.journalgazette.net/features/history-journal/20191226/unusual-headlines-that-really-catch-eye


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