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 March 26, 1952: Oliver Repp stands with one of his statues next to a pond on his Harlan-area property. (Journal Gazette file photo)

March 26, 1952: Statues adorn Harlan homestead

The Harlan-area home of Oliver Repp was surrounded – and filled – with statues, some of which can be seen in this photo...

September 16, 2021 1:00 am

 Oct. 17, 1947: Part of a bridge floor on US Highway 427 fell into a creek bed when a bridge support was struck by a transportation truck during an accident. (Journal Gazette file photo)

Oct. 17, 1947: Bridge falls in truck accident

In the evening of Oct. 17, 1947, a tractor-trailer rig hit a bridge support on US Highway 427, causing the bridge floor to fall about 12...

September 9, 2021 1:00 am

No Title This courtroom drawing of John W. Terrell listening to the jury's verdict appeared in the Dec. 21, 1903, edition of The Journal Gazette. (User: Windows NT/95/98 User)

December 1903: John W. Terrell murder trial

The 1903 murder trial of John W. Terrell in Bluffton captivated not just the area, but made headlines across the nation.

September 3, 2021 1:00 am

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July 19, 1960: A city forestry crew takes down an elm tree suffering from Dutch elm disease at Fulton and Wayne streets downtown. Thousands of elms were removed around the city in a project that began in the 1950s.

Elm disease consumed decades

For decades, the city's forestry workers battled Dutch elm disease with projects to spraying healthy trees and removing dead or diseased...

August 26, 2021 1:00 am

 April 24, 1951: Old streetcars are seen rusting in the junkyard of American Iron and metal Company on Calhoun Street. The cars were expected to be cut up for scrap.

April 24, 1951: Streetcars rust in junkyard

The first horse-drawn railcar began operation in Fort Wayne at the start of 1872. The electric streetcar arrived in the city 20 years...

August 19, 2021 1:00 am

 July 14, 1984: Canoe enthusiasts Sharon Truelove, 26, and Dennis Bidwell, 29, were married July 14, 1984, on the St. Marys River near the Old Fort. (Journal Gazette file photo)

July 14, 1984: Canoe wedding on the St. Marys

Canoe enthusiasts Sharon Truelove, 26, and Dennis Bidwell, 29, were married July 14, 1984, on the St. Marys River near the Old Fort....

August 12, 2021 1:00 am

 July 16, 1947: Two young people splash near a flooded underpass. (Journal Gazette file photo)

July 16, 1947: Flash flooding in city

On July 16, 1947, hard rain dumped more than an inch of rain on the area in a three-hour period. causing flash flooding throughout the...

August 5, 2021 1:00 am

 Hoses were run from fire trucks Dec. 4, 1950, by the St. Joseph River up to the Water Filtration Plant as fire crews supplied emergency water reserves after debris clogged the emergency intake being used while the main raw water line was being repaired.
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Dec. 4, 1950: Clogged intake slows water in city

About 11 a.m. on Dec. 4, 1950, something went wrong with distribution of the city's water.

July 29, 2021 1:00 am

 July 3, 1969: Crews install facing on the side of the new City-Council Building downtown. (Journal Gazette file photo)

July 3, 1969: Work on City-County Building

In July 1969, crews were adding facing to the new City-County Building in downtown Fort Wayne. Construction, which began that year, was...

July 22, 2021 1:00 am

 June 17, 1966: This boy doesn't seem all that enthused to go in the pool. (Journal Gazette file photo)

June 17, 1966: Swimming lessons go from fear to fun

Learning to swim is a right of passage for many kids, and not all are happy about it at first.

July 15, 2021 1:00 am

  • June 1976: Carving Johnny Appleseed
  • March 6, 1948: 4-H Charm School
  • June 29, 1952: Dedicating airport terminal
  • July 7, 1921: Beer raid during Prohibition
  • May 1968: Visit by a vampire
  • Aug. 2, 1962: Fire damages market, ruins stock
  • Oct. 30, 1988: Truck spill blocks road
  • July 12, 1962: Introducing the Drivotron
  • Nov. 4, 1953: Sonic gun battle