“Sweet Auburn! The loveliest village of the plain.” This line from an Oliver Goldsmith poem is believed to have inspired the naming of Auburn, Indiana. Known as “The Home of the Classics” in honor of the Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg automobiles built by citizens of the city from the early 1900s through 1937, this classic theme runs deep within the people who shaped the very fabric of the community. These localslike Martha “the Popcorn Lady” Falka, Glenn T. Rieke, Charles Eckhart, William McIntosh, Dr. Bonnell Souder, Irene Bisel, Rollie Muhn, John Martin Smith, and othersdedicated themselves to “Auburn Forever with Honest Endeavor.” They advanced a legacy first envisioned for the “loveliest village of the plain” and nurtured its vibrant heritage. Legendary Locals of Auburn explores the stories of these men and women and offers an insightful look into Auburn’s remarkable contributions to American culture.
About the Author
A lifelong Auburn resident, Chad Gramling’s love of his hometown and its culture began at age 10 when he began delivering daily newspapers to business men and women throughout the downtown area. He remains active in promoting, preserving, and developing Auburn’s heritage through several means. He also authored Arcadia Publishing’s Images of Baseball: Baseball in Fort Wayne.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Pioneers and Founders 9
Chapter 2 Leaders of Business and Industry 27
Chapter 3 Artists and Artisans 53
Chapter 4 Educators and Informers 61
Chapter 5 Community Leaders and Servants 71
Chapter 6 Entertainers and Athletes 101
Chapter 7 Newsworthy and Notable 111