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Stephen Parker

Mitch - Didn't the downtown fire station, now the museum, serve as the storage and servicing center for the region during the epidemic?

Ed. note: Yes, it did. And for those who haven't visited the Firefighter's Museum lately, you are invited to do so. A new theater area and other improvements have been made to make the museum better meet its goals of educating youngsters on fire safety as well as preserve the rich history of firefighters in Fort Wayne.

Brian Collins

I was a "Polio Pioneer" at Bethlehem Lutheran School on South Anthony in 1952(?). We were given the shot and allowed to pick a toy. I got a truck. I also remember standing in line for the oral vaccine at the Coliseum.

Jon Wilton

Another great piece of journalism by Fort Wayne Observed. I did not grow up in Fort Wayne, but share many of the same memories from my youth. Leg braces. I remember those. Plus, the frightening stories of people temporarily leaving town at word of an outbreak.

Roger McNeill

Sugar cubes were the preferred method of Polio vaccine delivery when I came along. I remember getting the cube and a certificate at school. Chicken Pox & 3-day Measles (sp?) were pretty common then, too, and very scary. I still carry my gigantic smallpox scar as well. We've come a long way.

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