This Week In Toledo History Week Of 11/15/2021

By: 
Lou Hebert

Nov. 14
1901 - A runaway horse on Summit St. crashes into a horse and buggy throwing that horse through a plate glass window of Harry Bower's saloon at the corner of Adams Street. The runaway horse was finally brought to a stop by a brave Toledo policeman, Emmert Cairl, who ran and grabbed the frightened wild horse by the bit and held on for dear life until it calmed down.
1913 - Ostrich plumes from the Toledo Zoo ostriches are on sale in the Nicholas Building for 25 cents to $2 in price.
1923 - The world renowned Vatican’s Sistine Chapel Choir performs at Toledo Coliseum.
1925-Toledo residents mourn the passing of the city's most generous and prominent citizen. Glassmaker, industrialist and art benefactor, Edward Drummond Libbey dies of pneumonia at age 71.
1947 - Humorist and author PJ O’Rourke is born in Toledo.
1953 - Toledo song writer Joe Murphy of the Ice House Gang dies at age of 86. Murphy wrote the popular "We're Strong For Toledo" in 1909.
1972 - Northeast gale force winds force Lake Erie waters into neighborhoods of Point Place, causing major flooding in the area. Hundreds of residents are evacuated, and hundreds of homes are flooded out. A shelter is set up at Friendship Park. The flooding is the worst in many years and prompts the building of new dikes and flood gates along the water's edge.

Nov. 15
1902 - A campaign begins this week by Toledo Police to force "house of ill-fame owners to oust the "colored" musicians that play piano in their "resorts". Chief Knapp has told his men to let the Madame's in the Tenderloin know they must get rid of these "colored professors" who hang out and play music in the prostitution houses.
1906 - It is noted by Toledo school officials that the autumn "nutting season" is underway when people gather nuts for the winter. As a result of this activity, school truancy rates are higher than normal. This year's increase reported to be "alarming."
1932 - Major snowstorm of 12 to 15 inches hits area. Worst November storm on record.
1934 - A gang of eight bandits seize the small town of Cygnet in Wood County in a scheme to rob the local bank. All phones lines in the city are cut. Residents are shot at on the streets and blasts of nitroglycerin shake the town as bandits try to break into the safe at the bank. As sheriff deputies arrive, the bandits flee without getting the payroll cash that was inside the safe.
1952 - Northwest Ohio area is suffering worst drought in more than twenty years. Water has to be hauled in by truck to Fostoria, Archbold and Delta.

Nov. 16
1916 - Voice actor Dawes Butler is born in Toledo. He became a Hollywood icon in cartoon production as the voices of Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, and Yogi Bear.
1920 - Mary Shaw becomes the city of Toledo’s first policewoman and warns that dancing cheek-to-cheek or flirting or doing the "toddle" will be outlawed in Toledo. Checking dance halls for such behavior would be one of her duties.
1921 - It’s reported that Ohio has the most licensed passenger cars in the nation at just about 70,000.
1925 - Mrs. Wilma Headley attacked by "Toledo Slugger" as she was walking near 20th Street and Jefferson Avenue.
1925 - Baby is found abandoned in back seat of a car in front of a church on East Broadway.
1947 - The last Nebraska Avenue Trolley ends operations forever.
1963 - Toledo Blade workers go on strike. Newspaper ceases publication until November 24th.

Nov. 17
1895 - Wealthy women complain that not enough girls in Toledo are available for the domestic servant jobs. Most do not want these jobs citing long hours and the "tyranny" of housewives. Average pay is $2.50 a week.
1900 - A naked baby girl, only a few hours old is left on the doorstep of Dr. Brooks in Prairie Depot (now known as Wayne) in Wood County. Dr. Brooks did see a wagon traveling east of town and figured the baby was born in the wagon and left for him and his wife to take care of. They intend to do that.
1909 - A planned prizefight between Schultz and Kilkane at the Toledo Coliseum was called off at the last minute by orders of Mayor Whitlock who is opposed to prizefighting. The crowd assembled was said to be disappointed but left without trouble.
1917 - A crime wave hits Toledo. On a recent night there were three burglaries, four robberies and a pickpocket crime.
1933 - Pemberville farmer Leo Briggs shoots and wounds an American bald eagle that has been stealing his pigs. Eagle has a 7- foot wing span.
1959 - Near Wauseon, a westbound freight train collides with eastbound freight, killing one crewman and injuring four.

Nov. 18
1922 - Daring daylight bank robbery is pulled off in Genoa at the local downtown bank. A Genoa druggist is shot to death as he crosses the street near the bank. Robbers escape with large amount of cash and securities.
1925 - Another woman is badly injured in an attack by the Toledo Slugger or Clubber as he is sometimes called by the press. This attack occurs in the 800 block of Tecumseh Street. The victim survives, but city is in terror from the continuing attacks.
1948 - Toledo Police motorcycle officer Albert Fadell killed in cycle crash near downtown.
1955 - Eight New York Central workmen killed near Monroe, Mich. when passenger train slams into their crew truck.
1975 - Shocking Ottawa Hills murder when two elderly widows (mother and daughter) are beaten to death in their home and robbed. The crime is later solved with the arrest of the woman's son, and daughter-in-law (David and Nikki Wernert) who are later convicted along with an accomplice. They are sentenced to life in prison.

Nov. 19
1900 - First byline ever given to a Blade reporter. His name is OK Schimansky.
1902 - Guard patrols are being beefed by the health department in Toledo to keep watch on quarantined houses where those with smallpox are living. So many cases of smallpox now the health officers need more guards to patrol the homes.
1906 – Toledo police round up 30 "suspicious" persons after a recent burglary. They not only arrest those they believe committed the crime but also collar others who look like they might commit a crime. Most are sent to the workhouse for being "suspicious".
1924 - The barge “Toledo” sinks off Rattlesnake Island in Lake Erie in storm.
1920 - The Rivoli Theatre opens in downtown Toledo on St. Clair Street. Its marquee would stay alive with light until the 1970's.
1923 - Two brothers are being sought for the vicious murder of veteran William Fritz who was shot dead while sitting in an auto with his fiancé on Hoffman Road.
1928 - Radio Wizard Maurice Francill astounds audiences at the Rivoli as he demonstrates radio controlled cars and other machines. Later he is to control a Toledo street car by radio remote control.

Nov. 20
1897 - Workmen building the new railway line near the Perrysburg bridge unearth many native American relics and skeletons. They have found tomahawks, kettles, bones and five skeletons near the Ft. Meigs site.
1926 - Cigar store dealer in Toledo says women no longer want to smoke just cigarettes but are also buying cigars and pipes.
1932 - University of Toledo President Henry Doermann dies suddenly at age 42 of an infected sore throat.
1941 - Near capacity crowds turn out for the annual Thanksgiving football rivalry games played at Libbey High and Waite High School. At Libbey the Cowboys are hosting the Devilbiss Tigers and at Waite the Indians are hosting the Scott Bulldogs in their 28th meet up for the Thanksgiving Classic.
1954 - White Hut drive-in restaurants advertising for curb waitresses. They offer free meals, top pay, hospitalization, uniforms and paid vacations.

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