This Week In Toledo History

By: 
Lou Hebert

Jan 21-27

January 21
1904- A young teen at Toledo High School will be allowed to re-enter the school after his handgun he took to school discharged during a class. He was given a “stern lecture” by police, and sent back to school.
1915 - TPD Detective Kaiser Bartecki was shot and killed by suspected stalker, Peter Skribner, who had earlier gunned down his former girlfriend. It was during the pursuit of Skribner that Detective Bartecki was shot and killed in the 300 block of Kosciousko Street in North Toledo.
1921 - Women who work in the Spitzer Building form a “hatpin brigade” to defend themselves against “Jack the Hugger”, an elderly man who hangs out in the lobby and tries to grab them.
1970 - The notorious brothel at the “Clock Grille” on Woodville Road near Millbury is raided by federal agents after almost 20 years of operations. The raid results in numerous charges against the owners and law enforcement officials in Ottawa County who had accepted bribes. The operator of “The Clock”, Lillian Tailford, was sentenced to federal prison for tax evasion.
1972 - Nolte’s Sohio gas station in Genoa erupts into inferno in eight-vehicle accident involving a propane truck. Two people injured.
1984 - Record setting low temperatures reported in Toledo at -20.

January 22
1921 - Fifteen thousand loaves of bread and 5,000 quarts of milk are donated to city to give out to Toledo's needy families. The anonymous donor was a Toledo businessman.
1927 - Seven people are killed and eight others injured in the gas explosion of a two-story retail and apartment building in Point Place.
1929 - Nineteen people are killed in collision of a Lakeshore Electric train (LSE) and a bus at Bellevue. Oddly, an injured passenger from Detroit who thought he was dying confessed to rescuers that he had recently robbed a bank. (He didn't die)

January 23
1910 - Toledo Public Schools continue their tradition of offering sleigh rides to school children. This year because of a lack of snow, the rides will go to the youngest children first.
1912 - A Toledo boy tells a juvenile court that he was driven to commit robberies because of a drug habit he was coaxed into by the dope sellers that hang out near the school selling heroin.
1922 - The 14th annual automobile show underway in Toledo. It features many cars that are still popular today, and a dozen other models that no longer exist. The Maxwell, the Velie, the Paige, the Beverly, the Marmon, the Oakland, the Elgin and many others.

January 24
1879 - A large grain elevator on the Maumee River burns to the ground. Over 100 thousand bushels of corn and 120,000 bushels of flax seed are destroyed.
1899 - Toledo inventor Allen DeVilbiss patents an automatic scale.
1930 - About 1,000 jobless men protesting lack of jobs, erupt into small riot on the streets of Toledo, ransacking downtown stores.
1959 - Violinist Isaac Stern plays with Toledo Symphony at the Peristyle.
1963 - Deep freeze hits Toledo area. Temps recorded at -19 degrees.
1965 - Major ice storm closes schools and businesses. Snarls traffic, causes power and phone outages throughout the Toledo area.

January 25
1901 - Reported in the Toledo Bee that a man was sent to the Toledo workhouse for 60 days for being drunk and insulting women.
1906 - Major fire destroys several businesses in downtown Genoa.
1931 - Seven thousand people mob the courthouse in Bucyrus to avenge killing of Sheriff Davenport. The mob demands to lynch one of the three accused killers. They are turned away.
1958 - Trilby Fire department investigates major fire at Miracle Mile Shopping Center in West Toledo. $600,000 in damage, destroying the W.T. Grant Store and four others.
1965 - Trilby Fire Department disbanded.

January 26
1921 - Toledo police display what is called a collection of “tin cans.” Their entire fleet of crime fighting vehicles, which include seven old discarded Ford jalopies and a few motorcycles. Council quickly approves funds for six new police cars and 15 motorcycles.
1958 - Grammy award winning R&B/jazz singer Anita Baker born in Toledo.

1978- Massive blizzard hits Northwest Ohio, creating worst conditions in more than a century. Most of area is paralyzed. With 15 inches of snow and massive drifting, businesses, highways and schools are closed for days. City doesn't recover for many weeks. The "Blizzard of '78" remains the storm against which all other winter storms in the region are measured.

January 27
1893 - Anti-Catholic movement grows in some areas of Toledo with groups forming to defend against fears of a violent Catholic uprising. Mayor orders police to search for weapons at St. Hedwig's Catholic Church on Lagrange Street.
1933 - Bowling Green area farmers create disturbance when they show up for a farm foreclosure auction and only bid pennies for property. This becomes the first use of the so called “penny auctions,” a tactic which became popular among farmers during the Great Depression.
1951 - Toledo Blade reports on overcrowding conditions, fire hazards and inadequate treatment of staff at Toledo State Hospital.
1984 - Macy's Department Store, formerly LaSalle's, in downtown Toledo closes for good.

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