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A man’s worst nightmare: What happened at the urinal

The exits on The Nostalgia Highway are at 10-year increments. Enjoy the trip through the pages of The Press.

July 2003
News: Metroparks of Toledo attempted to set the record for The World’s Largest Picnic. Fifteen thousand picnickers including 3,000 at Pearson Park attended and were treated to hamburgers and hot dogs. (The Guinness record is held by a city in Portugal in 2009 and was attended by 22,232).


Jimmie Rodgers

National recording artist Jimmie Rodgers appeared at the Pemberville Opera House to sing a number of his hits including Kisses Sweeter Than Wine.

A group of Lake Township residents studied the advantages of combining the township’s villages including Walbridge and Millbury into one city. The move was expected to lower property taxes while giving officials the opportunity to levy an income tax.

Sports: The Genoa Comets football team played its final year at historic Bergman Field. The team now plays at the high school complex on Genoa-Clay Center Road.

Price check:  Tank’s Meats sold 12 oz strip steaks for $5.50 lb; Genoa Chevy sold a 2003 Chevy Astro Van for $21,709.

Hot then, gone now: White River Group, Northwood.

July 1993
News: The Go-Kart Grand Prix in Gibsonburg was cancelled due to a lack of volunteers. The annual race brought in thousands of visitors to the Sandusky County village.

Maumee Bay State Park registered 20,000 visitors on both Sunday, the Fourth of July, and the following Monday. Park officials turned away 3,000 on Monday due to overcrowding. The record-breaking attendance was attributed to a heat spell with temperatures reaching 95.

It was a man’s worst nightmare. A Detroit man was standing in front of a urinal at the McDonald’s on Navarre when he was grabbed from behind, put in a chokehold, thrown to the floor and robbed of his wallet.

As the robber fled, the victim chased him. His yells drew the attention of another man who caught up to the robber in the Kmart Parking lot. The would-be hero jumped on the hood of the robber’s car but was thrown off as the car sped away. Another righteous citizen picked up the pursuit in his pickup but lost the suspect when he ran a red light.

Sports: The City of Oregon announced it would host the ASA Girls National Softball Tournament in August. More than 1,500 players and their families were expected to attend. One team, the Lady Gators from Palm Beach Florida had already spent more than $15,100 for airline reservations, motel rooms and car rentals.

Price check:  Admission to Clearwater Quarry was $2.50 for adults and $1 for children.

Hot then, gone now: Sun Rec Center, Millbury.

July 1983
News: A bit of Japan was at work at Atlas Industries plants in Gibsonburg and Fremont. The company, which manufactured crankshafts for air conditioning, refrigeration and compressor units, implemented quality circles, groups of employees which met regularly to identify and analyze problems then, recommend solutions to management.

John Szozda was hired as the fourth general manager in the 12-year history of The Suburban Press.

Hope Niehausmyer, Genoa mayor, stated she had received complaints about youths firing rifles and air guns to shoot out light bulbs on public property. She wrote, “This practice must be stopped and it is the responsibility of parents to see that their children are not destroying public property…Replacing these items is an unnecessary expense to the village.”

Sports: Spencer Millimen, Clay High junior, took second in the 171.5 pound class in advanced freestyle wrestling at the AAU USA Junior Olympic Region VI Wrestling Championships in Indianapolis.

Price check: Hay-Lo Market sold Tony Packo’s Hungarian sausage for $2.89 lb.; Genoa Auto Parts sold NAPA resistor spark plugs for 99 cents. 

Hot then, gone now: Solar Age Builders, Genoa.

July 1973
News: Woodville Mall boosted its store count to 90 by adding B. Dalton Bookseller, Cassano Pizza and Lane Bryant.

Oregon Police Chief James Saddoris told council his 25-man department needed an additional 15 officers to prevent crime. He cited the city experienced 600 auto accidents and 150 burglaries since January.

Sports: Wayne Zahn of St. Louis, the leading money winner on the pro bowling tour, announced he will bowl in the Suburban Press singles bowling tournament to be held at Fountain Lanes in Woodville.

Jim Dunn of the Dunn Chevy-Olds dealership was also the offensive coordinator for Ted Federici’s Clay Eagles football team.

Clay hired Denver Beck as its wrestling coach. Beck was an all-Ohio football player and state wrestling champ at Whitmer and a graduate of the University of Illinois.

Price check: Pant Scene sold big bells, baggies, flares and blue jeans for $5.

Hot then, gone now: Western Auto, Oak Harbor.

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