Waynedale History


part 2


In 1925 we added a room that housed a large cold storage area for fresh meat. It had a display case and a huge round butcher block. Fresh meat in a store was a very new concept and this was a built-in, commercial sized "ice box". We were wide-eyed as we watched the Moran Ice man come every other day, bringing in a 100 lb. block of ice. Everyday a lot of Grade A milk and milk products were brought in from Schranks Dairy and Ruhl Buskirk's farm on Smith Road....


The building pictured below was located at McArthur Drive and Ideal Avenue. It was built by Forest May and plastered by Ruhl Buskirk. Forest was our neighbor from across the street and as you may guess, they were paid in 'trade'. In those days few people had money so bartering became a way of life.

In the 1920s Fort Wayne was fortunate in having two wholesale grocery outlets, A.H. Perfect and G.E. Bursley. Dad chose the G.E. Bursley Homestore, featuring co-op advertising and volume purchasing...


A LANDMARK OF EARLY WAYNEDALE - THE TOWER STATION-located at the northwest corner of Old Trail and Lower Huntington Roads (currently East of Chicago Pizza).  Closeness to the road attracted oil companies such as this one in the 1920s and 1930s. The Tower Station was owned by Homer Crowl in 1930. The business contained a lunch room, juke box, and was a hangout for all the young kids.

In 1919 my father, Edgar B. Noble Sr., bought 5 acres at the southwest corner of Indianapolis Road (then State Road 1, now McArthur Drive) and Lewisburg Road (now Ideal Avenue). The east boundary was the L. E. & W, (leave, early and walk railroad). This area was enjoying the greatest population growth of any rural community and my dad decided that this would be a good place to start a business.

The summer of 1920 was spent building a 24' X 32' structure close to the road. This closeness to...


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