Waynedale History

Looking South from Baer Road at McArthur Drive-Feb. 2004 The Little River (Harber Ditch) starts east of Yoder and flows north under Interstate Highway 469, Pleasant Center Road, Winters Road, Ferguson Road, Baer Field Thruway, Indianapolis Road, (name changes from Harber Ditch to Fairfield Ditch) through Belle Vista, and under Bluffton Road, and then dumps into the Saint Mary’s River next to the soccer fields at Foster Park.

Waynedale 1929/1930


Before the Great Depression, Waynedale was all for growth...new adventures, new businesses and exciting new gadgets to affect our way of life.

Bowser Pump had a good sales force and top-notch inventors, but they needed help to speed up production. The pump needed a sieve to screen out any foreign materials.

My Dad suggested a solution. Bowser would furnish us rolls of cotton cloth, with design specifications for the sieve. They would load these rolls on Fort Wayne...

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The society that used to meet at Prairie Grove Chapel in Wayne Township was organized in 1888, but is really a reorganization of an older class, possibly the United Brethren Society, which dates back to 1854.

In the late 1800s the United Brethren Church built the Prairie Grove Chapel on Old Trail Road, which is still standing. The ground was donated by Joseph and Catherine Mason.

The first written information on Prairie Grove Cemetery was on June 1874 when...

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Speaking of Telephones


At the New York 1876 Centennial Celebration, manufacturers hawked and boasted of upcoming inventions that would revolutionize the pioneer's way of life. Some introductions included the typewriter, Edison's mimeograph, wood burning stoves, Bissell vacuum sweepers, and among other things was the telephone. Reportedly the Brazilian Emperor picked up the telephone and put the receiver to his ear. The sound shocked him and as he dropped the phone, he said, "My God, it...

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