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Oct. 26, 1954: Central Catholic Irish secure 3rd City Series title

On Oct. 26, 1954, the Central Catholic Irish beat the North Side Redskins at Northrop Field to secure the City Series title.

September 9, 2019 1:00 am


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...

September 5, 2019 7:30 am


Feb. 19, 1957: Fire guts downtown building

On Feb. 19, 1957, nearly 100 firefighters battled a blaze downtown in frigid temperatures for six hours. A glaze of ice formed on nearby...

August 29, 2019 1:00 am


Oct. 8, 1954: High school football city opener

Here's a look back to the city opener on Oct. 8, 1954, when the North Side High School Redskins beat the Central High School Tigers 19-12.

August 22, 2019 9:00 am


July 18, 1947: Making microfilm of JG archives

In the summer of 1947, a project was underway in The Journal-Gazette's library that any fan of History Journal should appreciate....

August 15, 2019 10:00 am


Jan. 18, 1967: Girl's finger stuck in jack-in-the-box

On Jan. 18, 1967, Sharon Seabold was playing with a jack-in-the-box at her home on West Main Street when she made a grab for it,...

August 8, 2019 5:00 am


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.

August 1, 2019 9:45 am


Nonprofit interested in your old photos

A lot of Indiana's best history is still in grandma's attic, says Joan Hostetler of Indiana Album, a nonprofit group that digitizes,...

July 25, 2019 1:00 am


1974: Explosive demolitions of Van Orman, Keenan hotels

Hotels seem to be springing up all around downtown Fort Wayne these days. But in 1974, the opposite was true.

July 25, 2019 1:00 am


Sharing memories of Apollo 11, Armstrong

Max Amstutz doesn't remember where he was for the Apollo 11 moon landing, but he says “I was real interested in...

July 14, 2019 1:00 am


Armstrong's parents react during Apollo 11 in 1969

About an hour after the launch of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969, Stephen and Viola Armstrong emerged from their Wapakoneta, Ohio, home to...

July 14, 2019 1:00 am


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.

July 11, 2019 9:00 am


Nov. 15, 1997: Rolling a giant snowball

It's hot out there, so cool down with this week's History Journal. On Nov. 15, 1997, a group of friends rolled a huge snowball in an...

July 2, 2019 3:20 pm


Fake snake: Behind the 1952 prank

“That was my snake.”

June 27, 2019 1:00 am


April 13, 1966: Wapakoneta celebrates Armstrong's homecoming

As we near next month's 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission in which Neil Armstrong became the first person to make one small step...

June 27, 2019 1:00 am