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Romules Durant finished Waite career as a top tackler

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

November, 2003
News: Robert W. Russell, the Cleveland area man who led local officials to believe he would build a $280 million steel micro-mill in Oregon, was convicted in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas of kidnapping and raping his stepdaughter. The crimes took place 1987 to 1989.

Russell allegedly took money from banks, investors, business associates and government officials in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania under the pretext he was going to build state-of-the-art micro mills in their communities. None were built. The Oregon project was entitled Rotaforge.

HaleyWriteIn
In November 1993, James Haley won a mayoral race as a
write-in candidate.

The Northwood Board of Zoning Appeals rejected an appeal from Turner Vault Company for construction of a crematorium on its Tracy Road site. The company manufactures concrete burial vaults.

Sports: The Genoa Comets commemorated 70 years of football at Bergman Field in a ceremony before its final game there. The Comets moved to a new field on the high school campus.

Jake Speck, Eastwood wide receiver, led area receivers with 61 catches for 1,016 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Price check: Lee Williams sold fresh, homemade kielbasa for $2.99 lb.

Hot then, gone now: The Sweet Feed Company, Oregon.


November, 1993
News: Oregon councilman James Haley, a former mayor, achieved a rare feet in Ohio politics when he successfully waged a write-in campaign against another former mayor, endorsed Democrat Leonard Wasserman. Haley, a former Democrat, ran as an Independent. He won 2,967 to 2,031 to accomplish what no other politician in an Ohio city had done—win a mayoral race as write-in.

The Metroparks eliminated the 10-year-old horse patrol program and put some Rangers on bike patrols.

Rick Hoover, a teacher at Woodmore Elementary School, and his 13-year-old son Chad, members of a Civil War re-enactors group, appeared in the Ted Turner movie Gettysburg starring Martin Sheen and Jeff Daniels.

Sports: Romules Durant, an all-state linebacker as a junior, wrapped up his senior year at Waite by recording 129 tackles (82 solo, 47 assists). He was the team’s top tackler for three seasons recording 355 tackles (230 solo and 125 assists). Dr. Durant is the current superintendent of Toledo Public Schools.

Pro bowlers from the Midwest, who were not touring pros, converged on Wally’s Eastgate Lanes in Oregon to compete in a PBA-sponsored tournament. The top six finishers advanced to the National Resident Pro Tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Coach Kathy Loomis led the Eastwood Eagles volleyball team to a 25-3 record and a Division III state title.

Coach Mark Yoder and the Woodmore Wildcats girls cross country team won its second consecutive Division II state title.

Price check: Genoa Ford offered 5.9 percent financing on 1993-94 cars and trucks.

Hot then, gone now: Clay Center Bowling Alley, Clay Center.


November, 1983
News:  The First Annual Miss Glass City Beauty Pageant was held at the Playdium in East Toledo. Judges included city officials from Toledo, Oregon and Rossford as well as Diane Larson of WDHO-24 and Rebecca Hanshaw of WTOL-11.

Alfred Hanny, Oak Harbor, a backyard gardener for more than 40 years, grew a five-pound turnip.

A crowd of 400 amateur detectives peeked in nearly every nook at the Woodville Mall looking for a treasure letter hidden in the mall concourse by The Press. The letter awarded the finder a Caribbean cruise for two. No one found the winning letter that night although three prank letters were discovered. 

Sports: Don Christie, Oak Harbor’s senior guard signed with Ohio University. Christie set a single-season record for assists for the Rocket basketball team.

Price check: Ray’s Party Store, E. Toledo, sold 2 percent Borden’s milk for $1.69 gal.

Hot then, gone now: Vogel’s IGA, Genoa.


November, 1973
News: David Stothers, an anthropology instructor at the University of Toledo, led his students on a dig on the south bank of the Maumee River. They uncovered remains and artifacts from the Woodland Indians dating from a period between 100 B.C. to 500 A.D.

Sports: Harold Potter, Clay High baseball coach and athletic director for 45 years, was elected into the Ohio High School Athletic Director’s Hall of Fame.

Dick Tressel, current Ohio State Buckeyes running backs coach, led his Gibsonburg Golden Bears, 7-0-1, into a SLL game against Otsego. A victory would have given the Bears the first outright SLL championship. Tressel is the older brother of former OSU coach Jim Tressel.

Price check: Del’s Supermarket in Woodville celebrated its 25th anniversary by offering Dinner Bell wieners for 99 cents lb.

Dunn Chevy-Olds sold a 1974 Chevrolet Impala for $3,395.

Hot then, gone now:  Grant’s in Great Eastern; The Ritz Supper Club, Oregon.


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