This Week In Toledo History 8/8/2022

Lou Hebert

August 7
1893 - Five people killed in train crash near Lindsey. Two Chicago baseball players injured.
1912 - It’s reported by Humane Society that over the past month there have been 54 reports of fathers and two mothers neglecting their children in Toledo.
1914 - TPD patrolman Albert Schultz killed in line of duty when shot while investigating a burglary.
1923 -Thousands of people descend on Deshler to watch the passing of President Warren G. Harding's funeral train roll through that Northwest Ohio town enroute to Washington, D.C.
1926 - A Waterville teenager, U.S. Army private Oliver Bliss, thought killed in an arsenal explosion turns up on streets of Toledo with another soldier. Both are dazed and unsure how they got to Toledo from the Army arsenal in New Jersey.
1956 - Grove Patterson, nationally known Blade editor and author, dies. He is remembered as “Toledo’s Number One Citizen.”

August 8
1880 -Toledo’s population reported to be 50,137 people.
1911 -The 26-foot “F.H. Prince” burns and sinks near Kelleys Island.
1916 -Toledo is coping with the worst mosquito invasion that locals can ever recall. Health commissioners express concern.
1918 - The porch of the Toledo Beach bath house collapses, injuring 14 people.
1951 - A U.S. Air Force pilot and ground witnesses see strange cigar-shaped object flying in skies near Port Clinton over Lake Erie.
1962 - Stanley “Skip” Jechura, owner of Raceway Park, and another man, are killed in plane crash near Flint, Mich.

August 9
1894 - Electric streetcars make their first run from Toledo to Perrysburg as part of the Toledo, Maumee Valley Streetcar Company.
1905 - Cherry Street Bridge tender is fired after almost failing to get draw spans up in time to allow loaded passenger ship to pass through. With little warning to traffic, a street car nearly plunged into river. Tender was said to be in “no condition” to work that night.
1911 - One man is killed and seven workers badly injured when dynamite explodes prematurely in the quarry at Clay Center.
1929 - Federal and state agents raid illegal 1,000-gallon moonshine still on Matzinger Road and arrest two men.
1930 - Three recent Libbey High School graduates make the news by driving to California and back to Toledo in their $20 flivver (car).
1932 - Radio broadcasting of fire alarms to stations and fire trucks begins in the city of Toledo.

August 10
1894 -The first story of the Wood County courthouse is completed.
1905 - The “Pope-Toledo” automobile is selling nationwide for $3,500. It is called the “quiet mile-a-minute car.”
1923 - Businesses in Toledo are closed for the day as Ohioans hold official day of mourning for Ohio native President Warren G. Harding.
1927 - Aviation hero Charles Lindberg performs a low altitude flyover of ballgame at Armory Park in Toledo. He drops a message of goodwill to the spectators below. A baby was found abandoned on front steps of Toledo Hospital that day and is named “Lindberg” in his honor by hospital nurses.
1933 - Well-known area racketeer and underworld figure, Jacob “Firetop” Sulkin, indicted for the murder of Toledo area bootlegger Jackie Kennedy in Point Place.
1964 - School lunches in the area are going to increase to 35 cents.

August 11
1853 - Cornerstone placed at Adams and Michigan for what would become Toledo’s first high school building.
1911 - Bishop Joseph Schrembs appointed as first Bishop for Toledo Catholic Diocese.
1923 - Toledo Police Department gets six new “speed” cars, three Cadillacs and three large Studebakers, for the fleet. The vehicles can reach speeds of up to 60-miles-per-hour.
1932 - Rookie Toledo police patrolman 28-year-old Edward Keim is shot and killed during shootout with a robbery suspect at a gas station on Indiana Ave. Responding fellow officers shoot and kill suspect. Keim, a former boxer, had been on the department about a month.
1966 - B & O passenger train service to Bowling Green and other points south is discontinued.
1986 - Bob Tway wins PGA at Toledo’s Inverness Club with dramatic chip-in on number 18.

August 12
1908 - Toledo courtroom is shocked when police bring in a bandaged and dying woman, Bertha Hood, to testify against an assailant who stabbed her repeatedly. She was so weak she couldn’t hold up her hand to take the oath.
1916 - Last horse retired from Toledo Fire Department which is now completely motorized.
1918 - Overnight garbage collection ordered for downtown Toledo because garbage wagons were too smelly for daytime use.
1921 - President Harding’s 76-year-old father, Dr. George Harding, spends his wedding night at Secor Hotel in Toledo after marrying a 52 -year-old nurse in Monroe, Michigan.
1949 - Arctic fox escapes from its cage at Toledo Zoo, leading zoo workers on chase through South Toledo streets.
1961 - Count Basie plays for special opening at Hines Farm Blues Club near Swanton.

August 13
1900 - Former Union Army General and reconstruction Governor of South Carolina, Robert Kingston Scott, dies at his home in Napoleon.
1919 - Walbridge Park pavilion burns to the ground. Two people living at the business are saved by their barking dog.
1922 - Toledo patrolman Fritz Bacon killed on duty after he was hit by drunk driver.
1926 - Toledo Edison workers find old wooden paving blocks eight feet below street level at Superior and Jackson Streets. Wooden blocks had been used for paving in the 1880s.
1930 - Local farmer on Pickle Road in Oregon shoots and kills a destitute father and son because they were stealing potatoes from his field. Farmer is acquitted in the killings.
1938 - Lt. Leonard Guerin of Trilby Fire Department killed while battling a gasoline tanker explosion.


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