Waynedale History

Waynedale’s First Businesses written by Ed Noble

The first trading in this area was the French hunter befriending the Indians for the fur business. The region was abounding with deer, wild turkey, bobcat, wolf, rattlesnake, beaver, otter, pheasant, squirrel, and raccoon. Skins by the hundreds were shipped down the Maumee River to Detroit. As pioneers pushed westward these products were joined by the fish oil business. Muskellunge and other large fish were very plentiful in the St. Mary's River. They could be caught by hand when chased...

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In the last issue of The Waynedale News, while researching Ed Noble's history column, I speculated there might have been a grist mill where Rogers Formal Wear & Tubby's Ribs now sit at Broadway and Bluffton Roads.

Dave Trainer read our story in The Waynedale News. He copied some maps and some literature about where the grist mill was initially built. The written information provided is from The Water Powered Mills of Allen County, by Roy M. Bates, February 1942 and the map is from The 1880...

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Looking South from Lower Huntington, between Bunn Trucking and Leeper’s Lawn Service.  photo by rls

The Growth of Waynedale Transportation


Pioneers with their families pushed westward with all of their possessions led by trusty horses or, like the ancestors of Mrs. Violet Fairfield Meyers, came west via oxen pulling a Conestoga wagon capable of crossing rivers as well as dry land.

The canals (1835-1856) made the western move both inviting as well as exciting. The Wabash & Erie Canal grew to 459 miles, the longest in the world. My thanks to the canal for bringing my great grandfather...

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