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Hope comes to Elmore; Blue Jays draft Clay High grad

The Press celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Once a month until the end of the year, I will take you on a short trip through The Press archives.

The exits on The Nostalgia Highway are at 10 year increments. Enjoy the trip.

June 2002
News: Lawson Hart Hicks, a veteran of the War of 1812 buried at Willow Cemetery, received a new head stone thanks to Bob Vincent of the Christ Dunberger American Legion Post 537, Gary Arquette, a member of the Lucas County Veterans Services Commission, and Amy Collins, a summer worker at the cemetery. Through their efforts a replacement stone was obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington D.C.

Jonathan Everett, a Genoa native, appeared in the movie Holes starring Jon Voight.

Gibsonburg School officials announced they were ready to turn dirt on a new high school-middle school complex. The state funded $18.3 million of the $22.5 million cost.

The first case of West Nile Virus in Northwest Ohio was discovered in Ottawa County.

Hope Taft, Ohio’s First Lady, came to Elmore to dedicate The Trellis Gallery at Schedel gardens.

Joe the Shaker, aka Joe Brumfield of East Toledo, was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. His song, Yeah Pretty Baby, was a hit in the 60s.

Sports: The Gibsonburg Golden Bears softball team won its second consecutive Division IV state title finishing 30-0.

Waite won its first Toledo City League baseball title in 20 years.

Eastwood’s 4 x 800 relay team of Jamie Kuhlman, Doug Russell, Aaron Lehman and Ryan Schroeder, won the Division II state title.

Price Check: Johnny’s-on-the-Spot sold a carton of Camels for $25.59; Seaside Aquarium sold Leopard sharks for $149.99.

Hot then, gone today: Zsuzska’s Hungarian & American Restaurant in Genoa; Touch of Class Dry Cleaning, Oregon; Tom’s Tire, Woodville Mall.


June 1992
News: A bill making it illegal to possess deadly weapons on school grounds was passed by both the Ohio House and Senate. The bill was conceived by Crystal Ellis, superintendent of Toledo Public Schools, and shepherded through the senate by Sen. Betty Montgomery.

Diana Lillibridge was elected the first female president of the East Toledo Club in its 67-year history.

Roger Kania and a group of Curtice residents started the informal homecoming celebration known as Curtice Kidz Day.

Bill Nolte, a 1971 Genoa grad starring in the Broadway play “The Secret Garden”, returned to Genoa for the school’s graduation ceremonies. He sang a song composed for the event by Terry Robb, a Genoa High music teacher.

Sharon Gaich, after eight years as a Press reporter, was named editor of the Erie County Reporter, a sister publication of The Press. Inspired by the television show L.A. Law, she later earned a law degree and is an assistant prosecutor for the City of Toledo.

Sports: The Toronto Blue Jays drafted Clay High grad Jeff Ladd.

Genoa’s 4 x 800 relay team of John Elmers, Pat Jones, Jason Balduf and Bill Werner won the Division II  state title. 

Price Check: Lots in Oak Tree Run subdivision in Oregon sold for $21,900; Spurgeon Chevrolet in Genoa offered a Geo Storm for $9,755; Hidden Hills charged walking golfers $8 for 18 holes on the weekdays; Danberry Realty listed a three-bedroom ranch with a two-car garage in Oregon’s Eastmoreland subdivision for $114,900.

Hot then, gone today: 84 Lumber, Oregon; St. Stephen’s Catholic School, East Toledo; Elmore Hardware, Elmore.


June 1982
News: The $1 million repair project to replace the deck on all four lanes of the Craig Bridge was completed.

Gibsonburg, Genoa, Eastwood and Woodmore placed levies on the June 8 ballot.

Price check: Danberry Realtors listed a 4-bedroom, 1.5-story brick and cedar sided home with a great room on a double lot in East Toledo for $43,900.

Tank’s Meats sold chuck roast for $1.49 lb.

Genoa Ford offered a new two-door Escort for $5,637 at 15.17 percent interest for 48 months.

New owner Joe Miller of Genoa SuperValu sold five loaves of white bread for $1 and a box of 10 Hostess Twinkies for $1.33

Hot then, gone today: Macy’s in the Woodville Mall and Curtice Landmark.


June 1972
News: Gina Reeves was named Miss Independence Day for Oak Harbor’s annual Fourth of July festivities.

Bill Nolte, a voice and art major at Bowling Green State University and a Genoa grad, was chosen to perform at Cedar Point for the summer.

Price check: Veh & Son offered a La-Z-Boy Reclina-Rocker for $139.

Hot then, Gone today: Latham’s Supermarket.


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