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    "We took Kevin's(husband) mom with us one year when the kids were little. Katie(daughter) was old enough to have that fond memory of Grandma going with us and will sometimes still mention it now that Grandma is gone." ~Jackie B.: Albion, Indiana
    "Back when they used to hold the official lighting the weekend after Thanksgiving, it fell on my birthday, Nov. 28, a couple of times. That made me feel special..." ~Jessica S.: Chicago, Illinois
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    "The last couple of years, Sam(fiance) and I take pictures in front of it." ~Matt S.: Muncie, Indiana
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    According to many people that visited W&D during the Christmas holidays, the displays got more elaborate year after year. Around 1937, G. Irving Latz, himself, drew the first sketches of the famous Santa and Wreath displays that hung on the sides of the Calhoun Street building (the display hung on the corners of Calhoun and Washington). Brinkman Signs constructed the famous displays. According to the Journal Gazette, a local Ft. Wayne newspaper, Brinkman's artist Isabel Wilkinson Parker designed the Santa and reindeer light display. Her design was modeled after a Christmas scene given to her by G. Irving Latz Sr., the owner of Wolf & Dessauer's. The original sign was made of wood and had forty thousand lights. There is some controversy as to whether the original sign had three or four reindeer. As many agree, I personally don't feel that Christmas has truly started until I see the lights lit up in Fort Wayne!
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Friday, May 25

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    During the early 1920's, Mr. Wolf and Mr. Dessauer sold their interest to a Mr. G. Irving Latz. Mr. Latz had formally joined Wolf & Dessauer's in 1917 and in 1919 was appointed general manager. Wolf & Dessauer thrived under the leadership of Mr. Latz. The store expanded and was soon a major downtown destination. W & D was known for its customer service, employee & customer satisfaction, fair prices, and beautiful Christmas displays and lights. Mr. G. Irving Latz was the person that sketched the first drawings of the now famous wreath and Santa displays. In 1952, a second location was opened in Huntington, Indiana. The store was run by William Latz, the son of G. Irving Latz.
    In 1957, W & D announced that that a new location would be built. W & D decided to go against the trend of the time of building outside of the city and decided to construct another building downtown. The new site was four stories and was located on Clinton Street, bounded by Wayne and Barr streets. The new site was was finished in 1959. According to Wolf & Dessauer: An Album of Memories, Volume II by Jim & Kathie Barron, "On a winter's weekend in 1959, 1,000 workers and 100 professional movers began the walk from the Washington Street store to the new main building - 240 vanloads in all. In three around-the-clock shifts, 100,000 pieces of china and glassware and two million dollars worth of merchandise (adding up to 750,000 pounds) made a three block caravan that took four months to plan and 73 hours to complete!" (p. 36)
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Wednesday, November 30

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    According to many people that visited W&D during the Christmas holidays, the displays got more elaborate year after year. Around 1937, G. Irving Latz, himself, drew the first sketches of the famous Santa and Wreath displays that hung on the sides of the Calhoun Street building (the display hung on the corners of Calhoun and Washington). Brinkman Signs constructed the famous displays. According to the Journal Gazette, a local Ft. Wayne newspaper, Brinkman's artist Isabel Wilkinson Parker designed the Santa and reindeer light display. Her design was modeled after a Christmas scene given to her by G. Irving Latz Sr., the owner of Wolf & Dessauer's. The original sign was made of wood and had forty thousand lights. There is some controversy as to whether the original sign had three or four reindeer. As many agree, I personally don't feel that Christmas has truly started until I see the lights lit up in Fort Wayne!
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Saturday, November 19

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    Nancy Vendrely. "Bulb Installer Helped Bring W&D's to Light". Journal Gazette 2 April 1996
    According to Wolf & Dessauer: An Album of Memories by Jim and Kathie Barron, the giant wreath was first displayed in 1937 on the side of the Calhoun Street Store. It was 25 feet high and contained more than 40,000 lights. It also spent a few years at the Huntington location of Wolf & Dessauer before being retired to a warehouse after the store was sold to L.S. Ayres. Years later, the Fort Wayne Parks Department rescued the wreath for display at Christmas at the Zoo. Although the Santa and the wreath displays hung for many years on the side of the W&D building, for a few years it wasn't lit. According to the above mentioned book by the Barrons, "the reason is that during World War II, we're told the lights were kept out to reduce the chance of enemy planes easily spotting the city at night because Fort Wayne was a manufacturer of materials used to fight the war and was thought to be a target for enemy attack. It was also done to help to conserve energy during the war." (p.36-37) ~ Barron, Jim & Kathie. Wolf & Dessauer: An Album of Memories. Fort Wayne, IN: 2003.
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    "I have been going to the lighting ceremony since I was in 5th or 6th grade. My mom would take my brother and I to Fort Wayne, we would get hot chocolate, and wait for the lights to be turned on. I now take my girls every year. We watch the Santa display being lit and then we walk with the other two hundred plus people to see the wreath being lit. I plan on doing it with my grandkids someday. We never drive through Fort Wayne during the holidays without driving past both the Santa and the wreath. It just wouldn't be Christmas without them!" ~ Kim H.: Decatur, Indiana
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Wednesday, November 16

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    During the early 1920's, Mr. Wolf and Mr. Dessauer sold their interest to a Mr. G. Irving Latz. Mr. Latz had formally joined Wolf & Dessauer's in 1917 and in 1919 was appointed general manager. Wolf & Dessauer thrived under the leadership of Mr. Latz. The store expanded and was soon a major downtown destination. W & D was known for its customer service, employee & customer satisfaction, fair prices, and beautiful Christmas displays and lights. Mr. G. Irving Latz was the person that sketched the first drawings of the now famous wreath and Santa displays. In 1952, a second location was opened in Huntington, Indiana. The store was run by William Latz, the son of G. Irving Latz.
    In 1957, W & D announced that that a new location would be built. W & D decided to go against the trend of the time of building outside of the city and decided to construct another building downtown. The new site was four stories and was located on Clinton Street, bounded by Wayne and Barr streets. The new site was was finished in 1959. According to Wolf & Dessauer: An Album of Memories, Volume II by Jim & Kathie Barron, "On a winter's weekend in 1959, 1,000 workers and 100 professional movers began the walk from the Washington Street store to the new main building - 240 vanloads in all. In three around-the-clock shifts, 100,000 pieces of china and glassware and two million dollars worth of merchandise (adding up to 750,000 pounds) made a three block caravan that took four months to plan and 73 hours to complete!" (p. 36)
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Monday, November 14

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    According to the Wolf & Dessauer: Album of Memories, people shared memories "of standing outside on [those] cold November nights waiting with delighted anticipation for the unveiling of the window displays." (p.25)
    Many children waited for the opportunity to sit on the lap of the Wolf & Dessauer Santa. W & D decorated an area of the store to look like the North Pole. Phil Steigerwald became the favorite Santa and played the role for many years. Channel 33 in Fort Wayne used to broadcast a live 1/2 hour show five days a week during the Christmas season. See Wolf & Dessauer offers a poignant glimpse of a bygone era by Michael Summers for an another reflection of the Wolf & Dessauer tradition.
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    According to the Wolf & Dessauer: Album of Memories, people shared memories "of standing outside on [those] cold November nights waiting with delighted anticipation for the unveiling of the window displays." (p.25)
    Many children waited for the opportunity to sit on the lap of the Wolf & Dessauer Santa. W & D decorated an area of the store to look like the North Pole. Phil Steigerwald became the favorite Santa and played the role for many years. Channel 33 in Fort Wayne used to broadcast a live 1/2 hour show five days a week during the Christmas season. See Wolf & Dessauer offers a poignant glimpse of a bygone era by Michael Summers for an another reflection of the Wolf & Dessauer tradition.
    A Christmas<a href="http://www.christmas-lawn-decorations.com">Christmas</a> photo of
    {Lorren_Caffee_1950.JPG} Lorren C. (Decatur) with W&D Santa, 1950 {Christmas_Photo_Holder.jpg} Photo Holder
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