Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Packard Piano and Organ Company

The establishment of the Packard Piano and Organ Company on

Fairfield Avenue in 1872, led to increased development and population

growth in the area. Eventually a movement was formed to incorporate

South Wayne as a town. After a lengthy court battle with the City of Fort

 Wayne, which wanted to annex the area, the State Supreme Court ruled

 in favor of South Wayne and the town was incorporated in 1889.

Fort Wayne eventually succeeded in annexing South Wayne in 1894,

bringing with it streetcar lines, utilities, and a new school. The

annexation, coupled with growing industrial development, led to

increased residential interest.

Posted by Nancy McCammen Hansen

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