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Chester Gwozdz was born in Roseburg, Ohio on September 14, 1918. His parents, Simon and Mary were from a town near the Ukraine border in Poland. They immigrated through Stanton Island and then traveled to Rossford. Chester's dad worked for the Edward Ford Plate Glass Company.

Chester attended grades 1-8 at Walnut Elementary and graduated from Rossford High School in 1936. After high school he went to Detroit to work for Chrysler.

Chester brought in a news clipping of a summer day from 1930...

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South Side Speech team. Front row (l to r): Tom Miller, Leah Heller, Troy Cummins Back Row (l to r): Christine Walker, Jessica Turner, Emily Yates, Kerri Jylland-Hade. Absent is Katherine Walker.

The South Side High School Speech and Debate Teams have qualified 8 students to compete in the Bluebonnet National Tournament (Dallas Texas June 18-23) sponsored by the National Forensic League. The students will be competing in Speech and Debate events hoping to win scholarships in amounts from $100 up to $10,000.

The students qualifying are: Troy Cummins, Kerri Jylland-Hade, Leah Heller, Tom Miller, Jessica Turner, Christine Walker, Katherine Walker and Emily Yates.

This is the largest...

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Margaret as a WASP in the 1940s.

Margaret Ringenberg was at Atz's Ice cream shop on Tuesday morning, April 11. She was up early for a 7:30 a.m. presentation to the Southside Optimist Club. Margaret now lives in Leo Indiana and she keeps her airplane hangered at Fort Wayne International Airport.

Margaret was interested in flying from a very early age, but she was under the impression that only men could be pilots. She had decided to become an airline stewardess but then found an opportunity to take a flying lesson at Baer...

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Many of Indiana's residents still remember the Palm Sunday tornadoes of 1965. This brief article touches upon the Palm Sunday Tornadoes of 1920. Similar to the 1965 tornadoes the 1920 tornadoes struck Indiana late in the afternoon and followed multiple paths across the state but today's Weather Service estimated an intensity of F5, which is the most intense and devastating rating for a tornado.

Palm Sunday in 1920 fell on the date of March 28th. There was no warning system in place but all of...

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The Bishop Luers High School Speech Team had three entries at the state competition on Saturday, March 25, at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis. The trip marked the sixth consecutive state appearance for the Knights, after qualifying for the trip following a tenth overall finish at sectional competition.

Representing Bishop Luers in the individual competition was senior Abby Root in impromptu speech and junior Aggie Pryor in humor.

Top placers for the Knights were the combined pair...

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The Elmhurst "Trojan Pride" DrumLine used to be one of the best kept secrets at Elmhurst High School. Not any more! Directed by Chad Gay, assisted by Cory Kelley & Josh Farmer, Visual Design Consultant David Bolzman and supported by EHS Music Director Carson Kelley, the "Trojan Pride" DrumLine is in its third year of existence.

Sometime during 2004, percussion enthusiasts at Elmhurst began talking about forming a competitive DrumLine at Elmhurst High School. This group of directors, students...

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Professor McDougal demonstrates the fine art of screenwriting to student Keith Osmun.    Photo by Nathan Machard

Edward McDougal, who had directed a number of movies in the past, has come to Taylor Fort Wayne to teach a course on script writing. Classes so far have been tough, and students are coping with large amounts of homework, including a project to finish a 100-page screenplay by the end of the course. While all the work is trying, Professor McDougal is confident that it will help his students write a better screenplay.

Prof. McDougal is no stranger to the difficulties of screenplay writing. His...

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All of that wrestling around the house when one is young really does pay off. At least it does if you're Harry McGinnis, head wrestling coach at Triton College. Just this past year, Coach McGinnis took eight wrestling qualifiers to the National Tournament in Rochester, Minnesota. Four of them were named All-American and his Triton Trojan wrestling team placed third place in the Division III team scoring and 10th place overall.

A native of Waynedale, Harry McGinnis has just completed his 17th...

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Robert Heimman and Ray Sorg folded Charles' flag, as an explanation of the significance of each fold was read by Stanley Williams. A picture of Charles with the flag was on the table.

Pat Fager, Charles' daughter-in-law and her husband Cordill will be presenting this display to the National Veterans Shrine at 2122 O'Day Road, in Fort Wayne, at the opening of the museum in May.

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