Waynedale History

Henry Ford had produced ten million Model "T" Fords by 1924 and with Indiana's improving road system the electric Interurban was nearing its end. The motor bus was the next major competitor to make the scene and it was independent of fixed rails; it provided additional flexibility in the choice of routes. In the early twenties, some of the larger companies in the country began to utilize buses to supplement their interurban systems and provide free local transportation to interurban terminals...

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All cousins in France during WWII--June 1945. (L-R) Jennings J. Waldron, Roy Brandan, Henry Brandan, and Donald W. Waldron.

Waynedale resident, Donald W. Waldron, was born August 21, 1925 in Hazelton, Pennsylvania and graduated from high school when he was seventeen. The year was 1943 and WWII was in full swing.

Don was making his living working in a machine shop but, most people in the area worked in the Pennsylvania coal mines. He received his draft notice in late 1943 and after his basic training was assigned to 1075th Engineers. His tool room experience contributed to his assignment to the USS Glenn Jerrold...

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By 1914 interurban lines in Indiana totaled more than 2,318 miles of track. Indianapolis' Traction Terminal building was on the corner of Illinois and Market Street and that was its hub. The interurban served every major community in the state except Bloomington, Madison and Vincennes.

But unfortunately Indiana's transportation utopia was built on shaky ground. Four companies controlled all lines coming into Indianapolis, Indianapolis & Cincinnati Traction Company; Interstate Public Service...

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