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Briefs: Seeking 1913 flood memories and photos; Barry Manilow concert here; Piere's founder Liddell dies

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 12:01 am

Remembering the Great Flood of 1913

This March marks the 100th anniversary of the Flood of 1913, which swamped Fort Wayne and much of the Midwest, leaving hundreds dead nationally and massive damage.

Do you have any stories, photos or artifacts relating to a family member who was affected by the flood or came to the aid of others impacted by it?

Share your story by sending it to us in 200 words or fewer, along with any photos, by March 1 to features@news-sentinel.com, with Flood of 1913 submissions in the subject line. You also can mail your story to The News-Sentinel, C/O Sheryl Krieg, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. Include your name and phone number so we can verify the information. By sending photos, you give us permission to archive them for future use.

For any questions, call 461-8290.

Barry Manilow concert here April 18

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today for a concert by Barry Manilow at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at Memorial Coliseum.

Prices range from $9.99 to $129.99. They will be available at the coliseum box office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000.

Manilow is known for hits such as “I Write the Songs,” “Copacabana (at the Copa)” and “Mandy.”

The concert will be in the coliseum's arena. Additional concert details are expected to be released today, a coliseum spokesman said Wednesday.

Piere's founder dies

H. Stanley “Stan” Liddell, who transformed much of the Marketplace of Canterbury shopping center into Piere's Entertainment Center, died Monday at DeKalb Health in Auburn.

Liddell, 76, grew up in Auburn after his family moved there in 1944, when he was in the third grade, his obituary says. The Auburn High School graduate worked for his mother in her automotive parts business in the 1970s and went on to buy the business from her.

In 1984, he purchased the Marketplace of Canterbury, which is located at St. Joe and St. Joe Center roads on Fort Wayne's northeast side, the obituary says. When a major tenant moved out, Liddell converted the space into an indoor mall, with boutiques, cafes and a specialty grocer.

Liddell later remodeled that space and additional areas into Piere's Entertainment Center, which includes five different nightclubs.

Liddell also founded the Picasso's banquet and catering service and Flashback's on The Landing. He also acquired ownership of Trolley Steaks and Seafood on East Dupont Road west of Interstate 69.

Automobile of the Month: 1930 LaSalle

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum has selected the 1930 LaSalle 340 Series Coupe as February's Automobile of the Month. Visitors may pick up and take home with them a full page of information about the spotlight automobile that was introduced by General Motors in 1927 as a midrange price option that settled nicely between the lower-priced Buick and the higher-priced Cadillac. The museum is located at 1600 S. Wayne St., Auburn.

— News-Sentinel staff reports