Along the Heritage Trail

Tom Castaldi

Allen County Historian Tom Castaldi, a retired Essex vice president, hosts "On the Heritage Trail," which is broadcast at 6:35 a.m. and 8:35 a.m. Mondays on WBOI, 89.1 FM, and "Historia Nostra" heard on WLYV-1450 AM.

Along the Heritage Trail

At home

Among the lakes

By Tom Castaldi

Allen County Historian Tom Castaldi reminds us how important the Great Lakes were (and are) in Fort Wayne's development.

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Strong signal

WOWO a radio pioneer

By Tom Castaldi

The booming voice of WOWO radio has been heard far and wide.

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Partners in business and war

Barnett, Hanna helped avert attack

By Tom Castaldi

Tom Castaldi makes sure we know the story of James Barnett.

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Breath of fresh air

Breathalyzer invented here

By Tom Castaldi

Fort Wayne is home to the Breathalyzer, Historian Tom Castaldi tells the tale.

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The Fort's peacemaker

Her courage, eloquence helped save lives

By Tom Castaldi

Historian Tom Castaldi tells the story of Angeline Chapeteau Peltier Griswold.

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What do you know?

Time for another local history quiz

By Tom Castaldi

It's time for another challenging local history quiz from the files of Allen County Historian Tom Castaldi. Don't peek at the answers until you've really tried your best!

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House of holidays

Fleming threw many a party

By Tom Castaldi

Historian Tom Castaldi describes how William Fleming's grand house on West Berry defined how Christmas came to be celebrated in Fort Wayne 150 years ago.

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The bird and the Boss

The Boss Roaster cooked many a holiday meal

By Tom Castaldi

Not all that long ago, Fort Wayne cooks would have been proud to trust the Thanksgiving turkey to their Boss Roaster, Historian Tom Castaldi says.

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Counties' Sleepy Hollow

Sentries kept their heads

By Tom Castaldi

Historian Tom Castaldi tells the story of how three Revolutionary War heroes came to be memorialized in Ohio.

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A 'slow' boat to Fort Wayne

Mrs. America Jane Marvin remembers commute

By Tom Castaldi

Historian Tom Castaldi reveals what the commute to school was like when the canal was the way to Fort Wayne.

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Tarzans of Indiana

Two Hoosiers played early film versions of the ape man

By Tom Castaldi

Historian Tom Castaldi tells the story of our two Tarzans of Indiana.

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Eternal Freshmen

Group's Hoosier roots run deep

By Tom Castaldi

Did you know how deep The Four Freshmen's roots are around here? Historian Tom Castaldi gives the details.

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The Squirrel Invasion

This tale may actually be true

By Tom Castaldi

Was there a squirrel invasion or wasn't there? Historian Tom Castaldi weighs the evidence.

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Our first safe place to play

Guldlin Park was built on site of first French fort

By Tom Castaldi

Historian Tom Castaldi traces the triumphs and tragedies that happened at the site of Fort Wayne's first playground.

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Pioneer industrialist

Comparet was one of the first county commissioners

By Tom Castaldi

In Francis Comparet’s story, Historian Tom Castaldi illustrates Fort Wayne’s transformation from wilderness trading post to emerging city.