Sunday, November 29, 2009


I really must apologize profusely to all the DHS alumni whom I have let down by not posting for so long.

The explanation (or excuse, if you will) is that my wife has been ill, and we spent our summer in physician's offices, laboratories, imaging machines, and at the end, surgery. However, I am happy to report that she lost 40#, came through the surgery with flying colors, and went back to work today.

As I catch up with various other neglected responsibilities, I will start posting the summer's collection of images -- soon.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Grade School Pictures

Here is the link to some of the grade school pictures....

All for now.....Dave

Sunday, April 19, 2009

DHS Fight Song

Geez, I didn't know we had so many fight songs, even Princeton's? Thanks for clearing up a life time fight song confusion for me. I perfectly knew "March Tigers down that field" except for the second line. Never could understand what everyone was singing. Obviously, I didn't have a fight song book at the time.

"March Tigers down that field
By crashing play through line or end (Sorry about the orange, Dave)
Fight, fight we must not yield
for our honor to defend,
Rah, Rah, Rah.

By crashing play through the line? That didn't make any sense to me at all. Still doesn't but I get it. I doubt that it would to Rose Bloom, either. This was my version:

"March Tigers down that field

"Da...da.da....da....da... da... da da."

How fight song deprived I was to go nearly 50 years singing 

Loved the "World of Me, Me." thanks to Roger Brett, class of '62. Being me, me was what to wear, make up, perfectly combed doves, saddle shoes, having such great teachers who were real mentors. Well, most of them anyway.

I have also wondered what the youth of today will hold dear to the days of their youth. The nurturing stability of family, wonderful friends, faith, and a life time relationship with God will always be youths foundation. Those ingredients are still seeds planted for a better world. How wonderful that we can say that in here. Those from the World of Me, Me, if we have any hopes of preserving or renewing all that was life precious, as the lyrics of a song goes, "Let their be peace on earth and let it begin with me." 

Not to fret Roger, if our topics became boring or we not have something better to do with our time, Dave-o wouldn't have somewhere in the number of over 700 cake eaters in here.

Thanks again, Roger.

A Cake Eater news item. Did you know that cake is an anti-aging food, especially the frosting?


-- Polly East Kingsley, Class of '60,  [] 

Friday, April 17, 2009

Robert Gruenke, 1916-2009

(Obituary published Thursday, February 26, 2009)

Cafeteria owner got start in downtown

Robert Greunke, 92, a restaurant owner whose cafeterias served up homestyle fare, died of pneumonia Tuesday in Hospice of Northwest Ohio, South Detroit Avenue.  

For decades, Mr. Greunke of South Toledo was part of Greunke's Cafeteria, the downtown business first run by aunts and a sister. He built and opened a cafeteria in 1954 on West Central Avenue in the Colony district.  

"He liked visiting with the customers and feeling that they were having a good time and enjoyed the food," daughter Laraine Hardy said.  He was the menu maker, and his aim was to offer a good variety of food  people liked, prepared as they might at home, she said.  

The family cafeteria opened about 1922 in the Nicholas Building downtown - later known as the National Bank Building and, most recently, Fifth Third Center. It was known in early years as Linck's Cafeteria - Anna Greunke Linck was one of the principals. His brother, William B. Greunke, took ownership in the late 1930s, and in 1941, it became Greunke's Cafeteria.  

Mr. Greunke during World War II worked for the Spicer division of what is now Dana Holding Corp. Afterward, he bought his brother's interest and became full owner, Mr. Greunke's wife, Gladys said. The cafeteria in the Colony was sold in 1961 to Henry G. Linck, Anna Linck's son. It later was run by Donna Heintshel, Mrs. Linck's granddaughter. It closed in 1996.

Mr. Greunke's brother, Howard, helped run the downtown cafeteria, his  wife said. That was sold in 1983 to Christine and Jim Wilson, Henry Linck's daughter and son-in-law, and became Linck's Too. It was in the National City Bank Building when it closed in 1999.  

Mr. Greunke was a former president of the Northwest Ohio Restaurant Association and was on the board of the Ohio Restaurant Association.  He started a contracting business in the 1960s and built houses in WestToledo, South Toledo, and in Oregon, taking after his father, a builder whose projects included public schools, his wife said. He retired in 1983 and, for years after, he and his wife spent winters in Clearwater, Fla., and traveled. He was a member of Bay View Yacht Club.  

He was a graduate of Scott High School and attended the University of Toledo.  

"He would have been a good businessman no matter what he chose to do," his daughter said. "If he said he would do something, he did it. He had determination, strength, and endurance."  

Surviving are his wife, Gladys, whom he married March 6, 1940; son, Martin; daughters, Susie DiSalle, Laraine Hardy, and Carol Herebic; 14 grandchildren, and 20-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, where the body will be after 3 p.m. tomorrow.  The family suggests tributes to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or a charity of the donor's choice.

Monday, April 13, 2009

DHS Songs

I bought this booklet when I was a freshman, about 1950.

-- Lew Lindner '53

Alice Margaret Taylor Snow

See attached for Liz Snow's mother's obituary. Wow quite a life!!!......

Liz Snow Solberg's email address is and her mailing address is 4030 Sylvan Trail West Lafayette, IN 47906

Also you can leave a note on the Guest Book which should be attached to the obituary.....Dave


SNOW Alice Margaret Taylor Alice Margaret Taylor Snow, 96, of West Lafayette, Indiana, formerly of Toledo, Ohio, and Naples, Florida, died Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at Cumberland Pointe Health Campus (formerly George Davis Manor) in West Lafayette.

Alice was born October 31, 1912, in Hedgesville, Wheatland County, Montana. Her parents, Ossian and Elizabeth Fraser Taylor, had gone west from Maine to settle in Montana. Alice graduated from Missoula County High School in 1929 and from the University of Montana in 1933. She was president of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma; a member of the undergraduate scholastic honorary; and active in drama. Alice taught at the Billings Polytechnic Institute where she met and married fellow faculty member, Wayne Edwin Snow, a North Carolina native, on January 5, 1934. Wayne became involved in development work for the school, which took them from Montana to Toledo, Ohio. When the depression economy overtook that effort, they found other jobs and made Toledo their home. During World War II, Wayne joined the navy and Alice worked for Packard as an inspector on the assembly line, building aircraft engines. Alice was active in many organizations including First Congregational Church, her sorority alumnae group, Parent Teacher Association, Mothers' Club, Community Chest (United Way), Mothers' March on Polio, Toledo Writers' Club, and the writers' group of AAUW. Alice returned to teaching in 1958 after spending more than a decade focused on their children and volunteer activities. She earned her M.A. at the University of Toledo in 1964, and her Ohio Reading Certification at Bowling Green State University in 1970. Alice's teaching career at Scott High School was rich with innovation. She drew on her own interest in creative writing and set up a course in the curriculum that brought a number of literary awards for her students. She instigated the first experimental reading improvement classes at the high school level and for a time chaired the English Department. She was a member of professional education groups and president of the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. When Alice's husband, Wayne turned his long time avocation into a vocational calling by creating NIFTI (Neighborhood Improvement Foundation of Toledo, Inc.), a not-for-profit neighborhood revitalization organization, Alice was very supportive of this bold unique contribution to Toledo's civic well-being. Later in their lives, Alice and Wayne enjoyed their ties with rural Hudson, Michigan, and their retirement years in Naples, Florida, and in West Lafayette for Alice. In Naples Alice supported the Southwestern Florida Symphony Association and the Big Cypress Center . In West Lafayette, she was a member of First United Methodist Church, volunteered at the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy, and kept in shape at the YWCA. She was an enthusiastic sports fan and enjoyed Purdue Boilermaker football and basketball.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne in 1989 and by her sister, Ossia Taylor Kearns (husband, James). She is survived by two children, Elizabeth Alice Snow Solberg (husband, James, West Lafayette), Randolph Edgar Snow (wife, Jennifer, Bonita Springs, Florida); two adult grandchildren, Kirsten K. Solberg (Boston) and Margaret E. Solberg Batchelor (husband, Jason, Denver); her precious "little ones," great- granddaughter, Greta Alice Batchelor; grandson, Nicholas Taylor Snow and granddaughter, Charlotte Mackenzie Snow and beloved Kearns, MacKenzie, and Snow family members.

The celebration of a wonderful person will be held on Saturday, April 25th, at 4:00 p.m., with the Reverend Daniel Berger, at the Soller-Baker West Lafayette Chapel, 1184 Sagamore Parkway West. Visitation will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. before the remembrance gathering. Burial at the Ottawa Hills Memorial Park Cemetery will be this summer. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church or the University of Toledo.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Judi Ann Sautter-Schumaker

Dave - The following obituary appears on today's Blade website:  Judi Ann Sautter-Schumaker, DeVilbiss class of 1959.

-- Ron


SCHUMAKER Judith Ann Judi Ann Schumaker, 68, of Woodville, passed away on April 9, 2009, at St. Vincent's Hospital. She was surrounded by many loved ones.

Judi was born in Toledo on January 27, 1942, to Irving and Virginia Sautter. She was a graduate of DeVilbiss High School. She was an employee of General Mills for over 30 years. She loved to crochet; read; and travel, taking many extended family vacations; and was an active member of the Retiree's Club .

Her love was well known to all around her. Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband, Ronald; daughters, Lori (Roy) Whitehead and Lisa  (Andy) King; grandchildren, Joshua, Jacob, Alyssa; and grand-dog, Tobey.  She was looking forward to the birth of her future granddaughter in June.  She is also survived by her sisters, Jacquie and Sherri, and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Judith was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 15, 2009, from 1:00-8:00 p.m. at the Ansberg-West Funeral Home, 3000 W. Sylvania Ave, where funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 a.m.  Interment to follow at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. Memories of Mom: dancing to "Old Time Rock and Roll," movie nights with popcorn "extra butter," homemade pizza and Pepsi, and making spatzle with grandkids. We love you "Mama Jude."

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Stroll Down Memory Lane

George Tauber sent the attached "Stroll Down Memory Lane"


A Final (?) Word on the Super King

Hi Dave,

I realize that my instructions for assembling a White Hut "Super King" last week glossed over the key ingredient - the meat patty itself. When I first tried to recreate one, I mistakenly used ground sirloin in thick patties. I quickly learned to travel down the meat-quality spectrum to ground chuck or hamburger, and to make the patties much, much thinner.

Yesterday Jeff Brenneman (DHS '60) reminded me that Chazz Mewhort (DHS '60) once said those patties were actually made up of meat mixed with suet and bread crumbs. In support of Chazz's contention, remember that Chazz was a close friend of Jim Lee (DHS '59) who - between gigs at the piano and stints as a mechanic - also spent some months as the cook at the Colony Hut and would know what went on in the kitchen.

Hope this helps in the reconstruction of future "Super Kings".

-- Bill Rinehart (DHS '58)

'51 Nathan Hale Football

Friday, April 10, 2009

Murph's Team Record

Fred & Jim:

Here's the information I gathered on Murph's overall record shortly after his death. I had to rely on several people to gather the information for me, and while I'm reasonably certain it's correct, may I suggest you contact Donna Christian at the main branch of the Toledo Public Library. She advised that she has all yearbooks from DeVilbiss, except the one from the year the school closed. The reason I say that, is Murph's obituary states that his record as head coach was 78 wins - 8 losses - 4 ties. I didn't get the same numbers, as I counted 56 wins - 12 losses - 5 ties, which is a pretty vast difference. hope this helps.
-- Ron Thompson

1951 season - This appears to be Coach Murphy's first season as head coach.. 5 wins, 4 losses , 1 tie.

1952 season - Murph's second season. Tom Inman coached the backs and Dave Hardy was the line coach Their record was 6 wins, 4 losses, and 1 tie. Libby was crowned City League champions.

1953 season - The Tiger record was 10 wins, 0 losses and 0 ties. They were uted city champs and ranked #6 in the State by the Associated Press (AP).

1954 season - Record of 8 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties. City champs for the second time, and #18 in the state according to AP.

1955 season - Record 10-0-0. The Tigers were City Champs for the third straight year, and once again #6 in the State rankings.

1956 season - Record of 6 wins, 3 losses and 1 tie. Although the City championship was awarded to Waite High School, the Tigers nevertheless were still ranked #16 in the state.

1957 season - The Tigers again went undefeated, by going 11-0 for the 1957 season, were again city champs and reached #3 in the state behind #1 Cleveland Benedictine and # 2 Massillon. Dan Kwiatkowski was named first team all state as a defensive halfback.

As head coach at DeVilbiss, Murph had a very impressive record of 56 wins - 12 losses and 5 ties. They were City champs four times during Murph's seven year tenure, and achieved state ranking in five of those six years.

-- Ron Thompson DHS 1960

Re: DHS Barb Lehnert Fowler

The last email address for Barb Fowler is:  She now lives in Syracuse NY.  If it doesn't go through, let me know & I'll call her.

Why is there never anything about Bancroft Hills and Nathan Hale?  Are we last on the food chain ;-) ?

-- Carol

DHS, Class of '65

Hi Dave ...

I am a '65 graduate of DHS (Vicki Custar Etue Duncan) ... presently working at the Hylant Group in Downtown Toledo, but having worked at Doyle, Lewis & Warner from 1965 to 1986, and then for Tom Smith from 1986 until he retired in 1993.  I'm sure we worked across the hall from each other in the old National Bank Building for some of those years.

Toni Fries Varner (DHS '65)  recently shared with me several of your emails regarding DHS, and in one of them a blog site or website was mentioned.  I'd love to know how to find those.  One thing I'd like to pass along ... my daughter works for Harbor Behavioral Center, assigned to the DeVilbiss Achievement Center.  Her office is actually located in the Little Theater area.  She is amazed at what a beautiful building it is.

Thanks !!

-- Vicki Duncan
Hylant Group
Phone: 419-259-6036
Fax: 419-255-7557

More Ducks

The duck toon is set to John Phillip Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever.

-- Jack Ward
John Ward & Associates


Enough already.  I think the
Duck Tune has set a record for responses....Dave

DHS Fight Song

Geez, I didn't know we had so many fight songs, even Princeton's? Thanks for clearing up a life time fight song confusion for me. I perfectly knew "March Tigers down that field" except for the second line. Never could understand what everyone was singing. Obviously, I didn't have a fight song book at the time.

"March Tigers down that field
By crashing play through line or end
Fight, fight we must not yield
for our honor to defend,
Rah, Rah, Rah.

By crashing play through the line? That didn't make any sense to me at all. Still doesn't but I get it. I doubt that it would to Rose Bloom, either. This was my version:

"March Tigers down that field
"Da...da.da....da....da... da... da da."

How  fight song-deprived I was to go nearly 50 years singing Da....Da!

Loved the "World of Me, Me." thanks to Roger Brett, class of '62. Being me, me was what to wear, make up, perfectly combed doves, saddle shoes, having such great teachers who were real mentors. Well, most of them anyway.

I have also wondered what the youth of today will hold dear to the days of their youth. The nurturing stability of family, wonderful friends, faith, and a life time relationship with God will always be youths foundation. Those ingredients are still seeds planted for a better world. How wonderful that we can say that in here. Those from the "World of Me, Me", if we have any hopes of preserving or renewing all that was life precious, as the lyrics of a song goes, "Let their be peace on earth and let it begin with me."

Not to fret Roger, if our topics became boring or we not have something better to do with our time, Dave-o wouldn't have somewhere in the number of over 700 cake eaters in here. Thanks again, Roger

A Cake Eater news item. Did you know that cake is an anti-aging food, especially the frosting?


-- Polly East Kingsley Class of '60, []

Phil Buell

Please add me to your list to receive e-mails and other DHS info.

-- Phil Buell 1956


If you remember Phil send him and email....Dave

Bob McCloud DHS 1958

Hi Dave 

Just to let everyone know that Bob is home now from Toledo Hospital  recuperating from a triple by-pass.  I can get his wife (Carol's email   address).   You are doing a great job with this site and have gotten in contact with a lot of long lost friends and  even my cousin Mary Jo O'Rourke   Thanks again and when I get the time I will send pictures from the DeVeaux the class of 1954.

-- Susan Wadsworth []

Thursday, April 9, 2009


Dear Dave,

The song about the web footed duck is set to the tune of "American on Patrol" by Susa [sic!].

-- Susan Sanzenbacher Smith '61 []

DHS fight song

Hi Dave,     

Two things that I would suggest is that as far as the fight song goes, maybe Jack Tongring would be the one who would really know whee the DHS fight song came from since he wathe Band Director at DHS from I believe the early fifties to late sixties. Also thanks for the scroll down on this last note.

-- Gary Herren DHS1963 [] 

DHS Handbook & Hilton Murphy

The Hilton Murphy bench looks beautiful.  Thank you, Ron, Ovid, and  everyone else who worked on this, as well as all those who donated.  It feels good to do a really good thing like this for such a great man.

-- Roger Brett '62 [] 

Fwd: From Junior High Champs to High School City Champs












Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Here is a gem from the past!

The Nathan Hale "Pirates" were football Co-Champs in1951. Four of us eighth graders( Russ Wagoner, Bob Speweik, Bernie Solomon and I) and two seventh graders( George Kegg and Bill Black)  went on to be on DeVilbiss's undefeated City Championship Teams "53 through '55 ('54 through '56 for George and Bill).  All of us, except Bill, were from Bancroft Hills Grade School and lived within about a two block radius of each other. Russ and I were Co-Captains(he the line and I the backfield) at Nathan Hale and later made All-City at DeVilbiss.  Notice the last one in the middle row.  Carty was our quarterback and is now your Mayor! Bernie, isn't the first one in the middle row your dad? Our coach, Norb Larzelere,worked the midnight shift at the railroad and coached us in the afternoons. George Kegg's and Pete Sawicki's dads were assistant coaches.

If it hadn't been a rainy day in Charlotte last weekend, which caused me to clean the attic, I probably wouldn't have found the picture. It makes me want to clean it more often. Enjoy.

-- Jim Gallagher '56,

Ed Foy '60

Hre's an obituary on one of our class members.  Ed Foy's name appears in the 1960 Pot O' Gold, but without an accompanying photo.  His picture is in the 1959 yearbook. 

--Ron Thompson

FOY Edward V.

Edward V. Foy, age 66, of Toledo, passed away peacefully, Sunday, March 29, 2009, in his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born October 24, 1942 to Edward and Annabelle (Vance) Foy in Toledo.  Edward was a 1960 graduate of Devilbiss High School.  After graduation he joined the U.S. Airforce, serving our country proudly.   He was employed in the Tire Industry for over 25 years before retiring.   Edward was an avid golfer, even accomplishing 3 holes-in-one. He was a huge sports fan and will be truly missed by all for his sports trivia and his quick wit. Edward was an eager fan of the Boston Red Sox, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Chicago Bears.

He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, J. Michael Foy.  Edward is survived by his loving wife of 13 years, Nola M. Foy; children, Anthony (Liz Smith) Foy and Amy (Jake) Hake; stepson, Brent (Amy) Harbaugh; grandchildren, Conner and Logan Hake and Jackson Harbaugh; siblings, Patricia Foy, Dennis (Terry) Foy, Kathleen James and Timothy (Nancy) Foy; his canine companions, Mickey and Buddie "Lil Joe"; and several nieces, nephews and dear friends.

The family will receive guests on Wednesday from 3 - 8:00 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, 4150 W. Laskey Rd. (419-473-0300) with a Rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m.  Funeral   Services will begin Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home.  Officiating will be Fr. James Auth.

Those wishing to make monetary donations are asked to consider Hospice of Northwest Ohio or the Victory   Center of Toledo. To leave a special message for the Foy family please visit

Monday, March 23, 2009

Butch Komives

For those of us who graduated in 1960 Butch Komives was a name we all knew and respected.  What a player.   I thought you out of towners would enjoy this article that appears in the Blade today.



Komives was Woodward, BGSU basketball legend

BGSU's Butch Komives led the nation in scoring as a senior in the 1963-64 season by averaging 36.7 points per game. The previous year he scored 32 and with Nate Thurmond helped the Falcons rout Loyola of Chicago, then rated No. 2 in the country and the eventual NCAA champion, 92-75.

Anderson Arena has always been "The House That Roars," but old-timers will tell you that the noise was secondary to the humidity on those long-ago winter nights when they'd jack up the thermostat and the fire marshal would look the other way and nearly 6,000 fans would squeeze into Bowling Green's basketball arena.

The night of Feb. 16, 1963, must have been all of that and more. The attendance at what was then called Memorial Hall was announced at 5,734 and at least twice that many would later claim to have been there. Undefeated Loyola of Chicago visited BG and the Ramblers, then ranked No. 2 in the nation, were just a few weeks away from an NCAA national championship.

But BG coach Harold Anderson had 6-foot-11, 235-pound center Nate Thurmond, who averaged 17 points and 17 rebounds, and Loyola's game plan was pretty simple. Throw as many bodies at big Nate as possible, make it impossible for him to shoot, and force somebody else to do the scoring.

It's hard to imagine Loyola coach George Ireland didn't realize who that somebody else would be. Howard "Butch" Komives scored 23 points in the first half, 32 on the night, and BG dismantled the visitors 92-75.

"We didn't play especially bad, but they were very hot and they had a good team," Loyola guard John Egan once said. "There was no fluke about it. They had Thurmond and Komives."

And that said it all.

Komives, who died yesterday at age 67, was half of one of the greatest duos in college basketball history and, a year later (1963-64) after Thurmond had moved on to the NBA, Komives led the nation in scoring with a 36.7-point average.

Before that, Komives starred at Woodward High School and I can tell you I saw him play although I'd be lying if I claimed to remember it. My father loved basketball and had been a pretty good small-college player. So when word of Komives' feats spread around town in the late '50s, my old man drove across town to check it out and took his young son with him. And it wasn't just one trip.

Like I said, I don't remember it. But I remember what my dad said many times. He had seen the legendary Bevo Francis play. He'd watched Jerry Lucas at Middletown. The best pure shooter he'd ever seen? Butch Komives, he said, hands down. Period. End of discussion.

Komives broke onto the scene with a 42-point game as a sophomore at Woodward and averaged 23 points as a senior before heading for BGSU, where he scored 1,834 career points and authored a career average of 25.8 points per game that is still the school record.  Butch scored 50 points one night against Niagara and had 34 in an NCAA tournament game against Notre Dame. He set what was then a national college record with 50 straight made free throws and, after finally missing one, made the next 24 he tried.

We could go on and on. And just imagine what the numbers would have been had he played four years - freshmen weren't eligible back then, kids - and had there been a 3-point arc painted on the court which, of course, there was not.

Komives was the 13th overall pick in the 1964 NBA draft by the New York Knicks and was named to the league's all-rookie team in 1964-65. He put up his best pro numbers in '66-67 when he averaged 15.7 points and 6.2 assists.

Butch played for a decade with the Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Buffalo Braves and Kansas City-Omaha Kings and his teammates included a veritable who's-who of pro basketball - Willis Reed, Walt Bellamy, Cazzie Russell, Tom Gola, Dick Barnett, Phil Jackson, Bill Bradley, Dave Bing, Bob Lanier, Bob McAdoo and Tiny Archibald, among others.

There is so much to be said of Komives' career and so many to say it. But Butch was never much of a source on Butch.  "I don't talk about myself," he said a few years back in an interview with The Blade. "That's not my style. I had fun when I played, but once the lights went out that was it."

Indeed, life dimmed considerably after the lights went out. Butch dealt with some demons and had a terrible run of health issues and physical problems. He needed a kidney transplant - his son, Shane, who followed in his footsteps as a BGSU basketball player, was the donor - almost four years ago.  He hobbled on bad knees for years and eventually needed a walker.

Retired Blade editor Tom Walton wrote a column last year chastising BGSU for never having retired Komives' number and, indeed, there is something missing next to the big No. 42 that hangs on the wall of Anderson Arena in honor of Thurmond. He was half of the story, but only half.

They'll get around to retiring No. 30, I'm sure, but it's too late for Butch. I don't know what it will say on that banner nor do I know what will be etched on Komives' tombstone. But the word "legend" belongs on both.

Contact Blade sports columnist Dave Hackenberg at:

or 419-724-6398.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Black and White

One thing I've never heard anyone else say about black-and-white movies and TV is the fact that it gave us all the chance to imagine the colors to suit our own particular taste.  To this day, when a rare TV program is in B&W, I immediately adjust and "see" colors.  OK, so I'm weird.  Are there any others out there of the weird persuasion?

-- Gloria Diane (Brown) Altona, 1950 []

Sorry Gloria, I can't say I've done that but I do remember some sort of gimmick that used colored plastic film that you could place on the screen that tried to do something to shade or add color.

... Dave

King and His Court

Hi Dave,

Eddie Feigner, the King of the King and his Court traveling fast pitch team, died a few years ago. 

June of l958, my first summer back from the army, I saw the King and his Court play a local conglomeration of athletes at McCarthy Stadium, a night game.  The late Jack Kennedy pitched for the Toledo team and I think UT basketball coach Bobby Nichols played along with other local athletes.  Eddie kept moving back, continued to strike out batters from second base and, of all places, from center field.  The man was an amazing athlete.  When Eddie died I think he was in his late 70's. 

Why do I remember my dinner before this game?  Somehow I do and this was in my eating days when I weighed a ton.  I stopped at an Italian restaurant and polished off a spaghetti dinner with meatballs, a tray of garlic toast, a pizza with pepperoni, three or four Diet drinks and two or three cups of "joe" along with a mammoth slice of banana cream pie. Mama mia, I would be 400 pounds eating like that today!!!!!!!

-- Tuffy Reason []

Friday, March 20, 2009

Dick Nelson

Hi Dave, I am a 1950 graduate of Devilbiss, please add to your list -

--Dick Nelson

3831 Bellevue Rd.
Toledo, OH 43613

If you remember dick, drop him an email

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Li'l Abner

Broadway Joe Namath, of all people, played the role of "Lil' Abner" in the musical play and toured awhile as the boy from Dogpatch with the bodacious lady friend named "Daisy Mae."  I finished a book about Joe awhile back and it described his voice lessons and acting job.

-- Tuffy Reason, []

King and His Court


How many of our group remember the "King and His Court" playing in Page Stadium. greatest fast softball pitcher of all time?

King and His Court

Ovid (O.J.)Mc Laughlin []


Yes, I remember them setting up a softball diamond inside page stadium and Eddie Feigner pitching.  I think the opposing team was made up of coaches from DeVilbiss and it must have been some sort of fund raiser but I really don't remember other that sitting in the stands with my father to watch the exhibition.  It was really something.  He could throw strikes blindfolded and strike you out pitching from second base.


Roger L. Zeigler

Roger is both of my twin sons father-in-law.  My twins married two of his three daughters.  He was the grandfather of six of my grandchildren.  He had a massive stroke Friday, and lost his speech and motor skills.  He passed away Tuesday with his Ohio State blanket wrapped around him, in the sun, outside at Hospice.

-- Pat Ramer []

'59 Reunion

--Dave, Please pass this along to your ever growing list of emails. Our mailing found a few lost souls and lost a few more but the list is down from what it was previously. I am hopeful that any DHS alumni will send information back to me if they know where any of these people are. My reunion email is

Thanks for all you do.
-- Marty Kupsky
Knight Crockett Miller Insurance Group
(419) 241-5133 local
(800) 241-5133 toll free
(419) 321-5280 fax

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

L'il Abner

To all you L'il Abner fans, here's the official website for those characters we grew up with:

Li'l Abner

For reasons unknown, I've always remembered how to spell Joe Btfsplk.   Talk about a useless piece of information!

Thanks, Dave, for keeping this often hilarious e-newsletter going!

-- Gloria Diane (Brown) Altona, 1950

Q. Why is Joe Btfsplk shunned and feared?
A. He's the world's worst jinx.

Q. Why were the Shmoos declared illegal?
A. Because they make work and money unnecessary.

The third character is still in office, I do believe.

Q. What's his full name?
A. Jack S. Phogbound

From: Diane Altona []


Thanks Diane: These really bring back memories.......Dave

Jiggs Dinner

If you didn't know (or forgot) where the name of that famous Irish meal most of us will eat today, you may find this interesting.

Erin go 'brau, or something like that.
-- Roger

Thanks Roger, I remember reading "Bringing up Father" in the Blade Sunday cartoons. I think my grandfather was a great fan. "Nancy" and "Pogo" were others but "Dick Tracy" was special and "Little Abner" always had the craziest characters from Joe Blitzvig (spell) to the smooes (spell).  I remember going to my grand parents in Canton Ohio where their paper the Canton Repository had some special ones the Blade did not. "The Phantom" and "Mandrake the Magician" were always fun to read.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Richard Ransom

Alice Taylor Orzehowski just called to my attention that Richard Ransom's Wife's obituary was in the Blade this morning. Dick was/is very active in DeVilbiss matters and is a DHS Graduate.


Sandy's email

Hi Dave,

I'm so sorry to hear of Sandy's Dad and Steve's uncle. Can't locate their emails in my address book to send them condolences. I lost my dad two years ago March 7 at the same age of 94. Her father surely had a full life.


-- Polly East Kingston,

DHS 1960.....

Polly and anyone else, Sandy's email is and Steve's is .


Friday, March 13, 2009

Judy Simmons Polverari

Dear Dave,

We recently came back from a vacation in Fl. Part of the time we were with my friend since 4th grade at Nathan Hale and then DHS.  She would like to be put on your list.

Judy Simmons Polverari, DHS '61,

Half of the year she is in Fl. and the other half is in Toledo. Also, her husband Bill graduated from DHS, but I don't know what year.

Thanks for bring us all together again.

-- Susan Sanzenbacher Smith DHS '61

Roger Smith


Hope this helps!

Roger Smith (Smitty)
5953 Tetherwood Drive
Toledo, OH 43613-1615
-- Smitty, DHS 1961

Cookie Fiasco

Thanks to Ron for his peanut butter cookie story. It was so funny that I sent it to almost everyone on my email address list. I'm still laughing.

-- Shirley Sparrow Rentz, Class of '52 ,


Mr. Incorvaia was a very memorable man. When Don Scouten and I took scuba lessons, Mr. Incorvaia took me (not sure about Don) down for my deep water test for my C card at Salisbury Quarry many years ago. Very nice man. I would stop in once in a great while to say have and have some of that great spaghetti. It still is great as is the pizza.

-- Gale Karam []


 A really tasty variation on the coleslaw dressing uses Asian seasoned rice vinegar instead of plain old boring white vinegar. For you folks who panic over anything spicy, no, it's not going to burn out the inside of your mouth and throat! It's merely flavorful. Enjoy!

-- Gloria Diane (Brown) Altona, 1950 Grad []



Oh my god INKY'S with their square pizza's. I have not thought of them in 40 years. I am a 1962 graduate of DeVilbiss, now living in Newport Beach, Ca. since 1975.
Love your updates and information.

-- Bill O'Desky

BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Office 949.253.5047
Fax 949.253.5045
Cell 949.233.9942

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The 8th grade photo was from 1955


1954 Grade 7 DeVeaux School...Toledo, Ohio  PHOTO

Top Row..L-R
1 Alan Bailey 2 Dave Shapiro 3 Jim Reed 4 Herbie Grounds

2nd Row from top
2 Judy Sauter 4 Tom Lippold  9 Judy Reighard

3rd Row from top
5 Jim Bowe

4th Row from top
1 Tom Roby  3 Jim Gerlach

Dave, this is the best that we can do... (We are Old!)    


-- Carolyn and Jim Reed

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


 A number of you reported you couldn't down load the Memories from Toledo site which had wonderful photos of the old restaurants etc. Try the following link:


Monday, March 9, 2009

DeVeaux 8th grade

Kin Wa Low

Hi Dave,

I made two visits to the Kin Wa Low restaurant on Cherry Street. The first time I saw and heard the under rated singer Nellie Lutcher. The second time was more memorable. Jan August was the featured performer. Usually a band leader, Jan was pulling a solo gig. We had three couples together, danced, spent a nice evening. The next morning I got a phone call from a mother of one of the other two guys in our three couple group. She asked if I knew what happened to Dave. I told her no. It was all solved that evening when I received a phone call from a Monroe, Michigan motel. Dave was talking over a loud noise of water running. He said he was in the shower with his girl friend Tony who was now his wife. They ran away and got married.

Maybe it was the chop suey at Kin Wa Low's? What?

-- Tuffy Reason, DHS, '51

Memories of Toledo

The attachment [SEE "LINK" ABOVE] is really good. You have to navigate around a little but I loved the Restaurants. Kin Wa Low was gone I think in the late 50's. There was a restaurant where the parking lot is for the old LOF building now Hylant's Insurance Headquarters. That could have been the Kin Wa Low but I never remember it as an option or was that where the Golden Lily was located before it moved to the Board of Trade Building and then next to Jim Feak's. I may be wrong on that the Golden Lily could have been on Monroe across from the Western Union building which became the parking lot next to the Chamber of Commerce Building and then they moved to Superior next to Jim Feak's and across from Dyers and down past the Esquire. Great shot of the interior of Smith's boy was that the place for lunch if your worked downtown. Paul Burnor sat at one of the front tables every day and held court. Also there was a blind insurance salesman Forman I believe who was usually there with his dog. I had a lot of hot roast beef sandwiches and mashed potatoes at the
wheel. Thanks Bill Wagner for the link.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Old West End

Many thanks to Lynn Payne Sigman for the wonderful article about the Delaware/Detroit area in the Old West End. So many of us who were not privileged to live in an area of such great cultural diversity cannot appreciate that great experience. All the years I passed through the area, and never stopped to enjoy that experience......what a shame. Good job, Lynn.

From: Gary Willoughby []

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Russ Wagoner

My new e-mail address is:

-- Russ Wagoner DHS 1956

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Linda Nixon Schlachter

Hi Dave,

A few weeks ago I asked to be placed on the DHS list and we e-mailed back and forth. I just realized that I am not on the list yet.
My e-mail is 

Many thanks, 

-- Linda Nixon Schlachter

If you remember Linda class of 1961 send her an email .....Dave

1950's Sandwich Menu

... from Woolworth's....(Our Generation's Fast Food)


If any of you have doubt about what we kids paid for a coke and a sandwich at Woolworths ( How many don't know what Woolworth's was?) in the 1950's, here's proof of the era we lived in.

Can you believe it was in ENGLISH ONLY !

Old West End

Many thanks to Lynn Payne Sigman for the wonderful memories she shared.

I lived most of my young life at 2346 Lawrence Avenue, just a few minutes walk from the corner she wrote about. We moved to the DeVilbiss district after I spent my first two years at Scott High School. I remember all the stores and shops she referred to, but had forgotten all the names. One Halloween we tied all ten of the garbage cans together by the bus stop at that very corner. The driver would go in and have a coffee at the drugstore and while he was there we tied the end of the rope to the back bumper. When he pulled away the cans just started jumping up one at a time and following him down the street. Those old Community Traction buses were so noisy that he never heard all the racket and vanished out of site. We never did find out what happened to those garbage cans.....

What a wonderful time it was. Maybe a few more of us could write a little more about their experiences growing up. We might not write as well as Lynn, but the stories are well worth telling.

Thanks again Lynn,

-- David Lea

Living Letters Productions
Gingerbread Hill
Box 246 - St. Peters, Montserrat
British West Indies
Phone 1-(664)-491-5812

Monday, March 2, 2009

Carol Retzke, Lynn Hartman

As a result of my rebuilding my mailing list I reconnected with some classmates who had been inadvertently dropped over the years.   Below is an exchange between Carol Retzke and Lynn Hartman.  Feel free to drop either of them a line at for Carol who uses her nickname Cary, or Lynn at

----- Original Message ----- 

From: Lynn Schuttenberg
To: Carol
Sent: Sunday, March 01, 2009 11:36 PM
Subject: Re: Latest Photo

Hi Cary,

Great picture of both of you!  How fun to see photos after all of these years. In both you and Dave I see facial features I recognize and would remember, but also see differences that make me wonder if we would recognize each other if we met on the street somewhere. I always envied your long hair and floppy pony tail in high school. I never looked good in long hair and never got to have a pony tail that flopped back and forth when I walked. Maybe as the plans get under way for the reunion, someone could set up a photo album like Webshots or some other online album that we could send pictures to for a better chance to recognize one another when we meet  again.  We have done that previously when we have been going on a cruise and have been chatting online beforehand with others we have not met yet who will be on the same cruise.  Having a little cheat sheet really helps us to recognize each other when we finally meet.  The people who still live in Toledo and see each other regularly are at a real advantage.

Old West End

I enjoyed Lynns recollections. My daughter asked me to do a bio for her this Christmas and I have done so. Mush of it were such recollections of the days on the streets with all the school chums. Not all recollections were positive but they all were of a different time when more mixing took place and folks seemed to better care for each other.

The mention of Mary Manse brought to mind a situation that came up a couple years ago. I was in the Maine Legislature at that time and we had to confirm an appointment by the governor. When I looked over the individuals credentials I saw Mary Manse as the woman's college.  Before the hearings I asked her about several of the less reputable bars in Toledo at the time she had been in school. She had attended none of them so got my vote.

Keep up the great work. This is always the first EMail I open.

-- Dusty Fisher "59"

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Longfellow 8th, 1958

More pictures from grade school. I had some out-of-character organizational desire and wrote all their names on the back of the class picture. Unfortunately those pictures were just slightly larger than my scanner. The left and right columns are cut off a bit. Hope interested classmates can figure them out. Then there is the issue of my handwriting. Sadly, it has not improved.

-- Tom Willoughby

Thanks Tom, it is always great to have the names with the photos. Boy you got the new desks, we had the old ones with the hole for the ink.



More pictures from grade school.  I had some out-of-character organizational desire and wrote all their names on the back of the class picture.  Unfortunately those pictures were just slightly larger than my scanner. The left and right columns are cut off a bit. Hope interested classmates can figure them out. Then there is the issue of my handwriting.  Sadly, it has not improved.

-- Tom Willoughby

Old West End

Dave, I am a 1955 DHS grad and a TPS elementary counselor.  I have also worked at the TTA in the DeVilbiss building; it is a grand program and offers advanced course work to prospective engineering students. 

I am enclosing an article written about growing up in Toledo.  I was a student at DHS and my family had a little store in the old West End, which has a little bit to say about the '50's. you might enjoy it.

[Great Story Lynn! -- see below.....Dave]



Published in "The Bend of the River Magazine"

Lynn Payne Sigman

In the 50's I was a young girl working in my family's business.  Payne's Market, owned by my parents Wilson and Ruby Payne, was located on the corner of Detroit and Delaware.  This colorful corner was a microcosm of enterprise, family values, ethnic blending and American ingenuity.  

Across the street was Johnny Ray's indoor/outdoor market.  You could always find fresh flowers on the steps and luscious blueberries in season. The Ray's were parents to eight children, all hard working and known throughout the neighborhood, as  a well respected family.  The youngest was Margie, my friend.  On lazy summer afternoons we would sit outside and dream of the future.  Margie went to Central and I went to DeVilbiss.   Our friendship developed over our teen years. As we approached young adulthood, Margie became engaged to Bob Megan; they married, started a family and recently, celebrated their 50th anniversary. I went off to Ohio State and over the years we lost touch.  I remember those afternoons fondly. Two young girls, sitting in the sun, chatting and sharing laughter.  

Around the corner was the Savage Market.  The little boys, Bob and Jim were about my age, working with Dad.  When their store, or ours, ran out of an item, we helped each other out.   Like the Ray's and Payne's, theirs was a blessed and respected family business.  Our customers were friends and neighbors. Family owned food markets worked long hours, and delivered groceries to the door. When there were hard times there was a "book" in the drawer for the folks that couldn't pay until Friday.  On another corner was Verbryke's Pharmacy where you could sit at the old fashioned ice cream counter.  The Verbryke's lived on Hollywood Avenue and walked to and from the store each day. Around the corner was Mrs. Martha Daniels' Millinery Shop. She fashioned hats from lace, feathers, and pearls.  Each was an elegant creation.  In those days ladies wore hats and always gloves. 

The "corner" grew alive each morning, like a Hollywood set, as merchants set up for the day's traffic.  Our air conditioner was a "transom" window over the front door and big old fashioned ceiling fans.  Daddy always had the console radio on.  He would dance down the store aisle with the ladies and sing the "Tennessee Waltz". He was a powerful man with a generous heart.   Many men were out of work and would walk in the door.  My Dad always had a wrapped package ready for them. They never had to ask; he would hand it to them and shake their hand.  Often we bought ice from the vegetable man, Mr. George Ray.  A little extra ice kept the corn and berries fresh.  Our ceiling was high and had punched tin squares. The floors were wooden. We had a beautiful old fashioned shiny brass National Cash Register.  Momma enjoyed everybody and had a stool next to the cash register for her friends to rest.  She always had the coffee on and time to talk to the customers, or hold a baby. 

Many of our customers worked downtown and rode the bus which stopped in front of the store.  They would stop on their walk home to purchase the days groceries.  Folks shopped every day.  Refrigerators were small and money was used as needed.  Toward evening it was exciting to see who was coming in off the bus.  Officer Sullivan was a regular and added a cheerful note to the end of each day.  Dr. James Campbell was beginning his practice and he often used the bus.  He would come in and always purchased healthy foods.  Captain Commager was a daily visitor.  He had a dog by his side.  He was a retired sea captain and told me stories of far away places.  A gentle soul with shining eyes as he told of his adventures.  It is a splendid memory.

Our neighbor Mr. Lee established Lee's Chinese Hand Laundry.  I remember the day we were chatting on the walk outside the store and he expressed his joy.  He and his family lived in a tiny apartment above the Laundry.  They had worked and saved to bring 16 members of his family to America from a troubled China.  True grit.

Mr. Marino's Shoe repair was up the street.  I visited often, and he taught me a few Italian phrases I still remember.  The Sundry Store was a little farther up the block and sold items nowhere else to be found. Specialties, candies, earrings magazines. Another unique, neighborhood, family business, with a small "Beauty Shop "in the back.  I was about 12 when I saw my first baseball game at Swayne Field; I am still a baseball fan. Right down Bancroft was Mr. Giha's store. I remember "Pauli" with black curly hair and long legs playing with a basket ball in front of his Dad's store. Another long time Toledo respected family business.  My Uncle, Lowell Sheriff  worked next door in Lee's Market. Mr. Joe Green was the owner.

Our working neighborhood was rich with ethnic diversity. Irish, Chinese,  Italian, Dutch, Middle Eastern, Jewish, African American and many other descendants of exotic homelands. Friendships were lasting, time was slower. Church and school bound neighbors together.  

Sooner or later everyone crossed paths. Names float up in my memory Quinn, Reams, Dwyer, France, Kreglow, Angevine, Keanelly, Butler, and dear Miss Melda in her 80's who walked her little dog to see my mother every day.  Our Landlord was Mr. George Stahl who painted in oils and encourage my love of the arts.  Mr. Robert Linn would stop on his way home from the Edison to share a story and often helped me crank the awning up at the end of the day. His son Bobbie came by and pulled my pigtails.  Ladies attended Mary Manse College and wore starched uniforms. The Notre Dame Academy for high school girls was located on Bancroft Street. The young students were mysteriously schooled behind ivy covered walls. If you looked carefully while riding the bus you could see the Nuns walking in the gardens on the grounds.

It was the "Old West End," no other place like it.  The homes were lovely, "Painted Ladies" built in the Libbey Glass age. Generous porches with wooden swings invited a visit. Some had carriage houses and tennis courts. Yards filled with giant Lilacs, Lilly of the Valley.  Cabbage sized peonies and fragrant antique rose bushes were abundant.  Lawns were carefully tended with push mowers.

It was a privilege to grow up in that time and to share history with these fine neighbors.  I always thought I'd go back someday to live.  It was "Magic" and who knows, I have always believed the best is yet to come.

With greatest respect and fond memories,

-- Lynn Payne Sigman, Perrysburg Ohio

Tom Heywood

Tom Heywood's obituary appears on this morning's Blade website.

-- Ron Thompson

HEYWOOD Thomas Herbert, Jr. 

Thomas Herbert Heywood, Jr., age 66, of Perrysburg, passed away on February 24, 2009, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio. He was born in Toledo on October 3, 1942 to Thomas Herbert and Madeleine (Bartelt) Heywood.

Tom was a 1960 graduate of DeVilbiss High School and attended The Ohio State University and The University of Toledo. In earlier years he was employed at Dana Corporation and then worked at the Star Door and Sash Company and Gordon Lumber Company.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Madeleine Heywood and a brother, Frederick Cornell Heywood. He is survived by a sister, Diana Talmage (Dr. Lance), of Ottawa Hills. Also surviving are nieces, Tamara Talmage, Sylvania OH, Tenley Granito (Paul), Aurora, CO and Holly Beatty (Jeff), Macomb, MI; nephews, surviving are Dr. Lance Talmage, Jr. (Monica), Copley, OH, Matthew Heywood (Sandy), Wilmington, NC and Jason Heywood, Richmond, MI. The family thanks his special friend, Judy Genson for the loving care and assistance she offered to him over the years.

Private graveside services were held at Historic Woodlawn Cemetery. Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy in Tom's memory are asked to consider Hospice of Northwest Ohio, DeVilbiss High School or a charity of the donor's choice.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Big Bear

In the latest edition of Bend of the River (March 2009) is a picture of the Big Bear Supermarket that was located in the basement of the Lane's Drug Store at the corner of Sylvania and Westway. Thought this might bring back more memories of the Big Bear store.

-- Cindy Baer Jazwiecki DHS 1960

Friday, February 27, 2009

Sara Kennedy Cannon

My current email address will no longer be valid in a few days.  My new address is

-- sara kennedy cannon   DHS 1960

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Nancy Jeffries Samp

Really enjoy your emails, Dave. Keep them coming!

-- Nancy Jeffries Samp []

Sue Radabaugh-Alexander

I have a new email address. It is similar to my last one. I had to delete the other address because it became compromised and overloaded with spam! Please forward my new address to our 1960s classmates. I deeply
appreciate your assistance.

-- Sue Radabaugh-Alexander

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Martin Adler

Dave, Martin Adler (from Whittier - I'm not sure about DeVilbiss), at, would like to be added to the DeVilbiss list. He lives in Colorado now. Thanks.
-- Bill Rosenberry []

Monday, February 23, 2009


   All of the talk about the Palm Sunday tornados dredged up some memories. That evening I was at work at #16 Fire Station, on Detroit Ave, near Dorr St.  An alarm came in for a problem at  Deveaux Village. A few minutes later another alarm, this one at the DuPont facility on Tremainsville Road. Shortly thereafter another alarm was sounded for the Dana Corporation (Spicer plant) at Sylvania and Bennett.  Ten minutes or so later the last (of 4) rescue squad was dispatched to a bus rollover on what was then called the Detroit-Toledo Expressway. They were dispatched from #16 Station. 

Our engine company was then sent to #25 Station at Central and Drummond to cover that part of the city at that time. Soon after our arrival there one of the off duty firefighters from that station came in asking about the Shoreland area tornado. Until that time, none of us had any knowledge of a tornado, only that there had been a rash of alarms that we knew were storm related. 

By the way, if Marty thinks watching the activity at the Drill Tower was fun--------jumping into that new was a real trip. Also stepping out of the 5th floor window and rappelling a floor at a time down the side of the tower was, to say the least, interesting. (Of course we were all young and fearless then).

Good memories in all of these e-mails. Keep them coming. 

-- Gary Willoughby, DHS 58',  []

Bill Gervais

Hi Dave

Would you please re-add me to your DHS list as I have just moved to Texas and now have a new E-mail address.

-- Bill Gervais (DHS -63)

Sunday, February 22, 2009


hi dave,

i don't know where my head is. i signed my name betsy pugh shank -twice! it's schenk. also i mentioned joe heinel and left off the l. sorry, joe.

the tornado i'm remembering was much earlier than the one everyone else is writing about. by the 60's i had moved away from toledo. the one i'm remembering hit temperance, michigan in the late 40's or early 50's.

-- betsy pugh schenk


Follow Up Dale, thank you so much for sharing the Point Place information with allof us. We lived off Shoreland at the time and my son went to school with John Smith who not only lost his leg during the Tornado, but his mother was killed. Could the boy in your story be John?

I now live in Mount Dora, Florida and have shared your information with my son who lives in Apopka, Florida. We spent a lot of time in the basement waiting out tornado warnings; so dealing with our hurricane warnings is similar, but no basement. Thanks again for sharing your information.

-- Judy (Perlinski) Christie Class of 1958

Friday, February 20, 2009


I was fascinated by Lea's pics about the Palm Sunday tornado.

One more testimonial: I was driving a couple friends home after church that dayheading west up Bancroft. The one fellow lived off Monroe St and Sylvania. He happened to mention that one of our friends had recently returned from California and was now working at Frisch's Big boy, I believe on Haverhill near Berdan. So we detoured to go visit her. We weren't there but a very few minutes when the storm hit. I thought the large windows would shatter. Later we learned of the tornado's track; it skipped over us while we were in the restaurant. Also we realized later that we would have been perhaps in greater peril if we had continued our drive to his home.

-- Andy Amid '58 Henderson, NV

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Tornados, Engine House 23

Took the liberty to reduce the photos to have them fit my monitor. Also reduced the size of the files.

-- Dale T Harper, Class of '50


I forgot to mention that the last picture I sent goes back to a thread we had a while ago about Swayne Field. The burning building goes back to the fire at Grants which would have sat about where center field was at Swayne Field. I was there that night.

-- David Lea

Tornados, Engine House 23


I thought I would send along the newspapers from the Palm Sunday tornado story. I was on the fire department at the time and was off duty. It passed right over us not far from Devilbiss and then touched down to the East. Another friend of mine from the fire department grabbed an ambulance from my father in law at Garner Dolbee mortuary and headed to Point Place. We made three trips to the hospital. The last one was a little boy about 7 or 8 years old. He had blown a few blocks away from his home and hit the side of another house and then was covered up by debris. Someone heard him crying and we arrived back just in time to see them digging him out from under the stuff. His right leg was severed and just hanging on by a little skin.

When we got to the hospital they told us to take him straight to surgery. All we had was a stretcher and we hand carried him in on that only to find that all the surgery tables were occupied with victims. One of the surgeons looked at our boy and asked us if we could just hold the stretcher while he worked on him. We did and he picked up some scissors and cut the skin on the boys leg and set it on a table near by. My friend Wimpy and I just looked at each other trying to maintain our composure. The little guy lived, but I lost track of him a few months later.

I attached a picture I snapped of the blue streak addition of the paper that tells the story of the tornado, (I can't believe I still had it in a box of stuff right here in Montserrat), and also a drawing of the path it took across Toledo to Point Place. It was a day I will always remember. If it would have touched down sooner, it would have been MUCH worse.

The other pics are of our engine company at #23's engine house in the Colony where the practice tower was. It's a small world story as the guy at about 8 o'clock in the picture that Marty Kupsky sent was me. I actually have all the pics of that day that the Blade reporter came out to do the story. I dug out an old scrapbook and snapped some pictures of us one day when we were practicing there. You can see the fire station in some of the shots and part of the Colony in the distance. I worked at 25 Engine house for the last years I was on the department. By the way, the picture of me on the ground is supposed to be funny. 

-- David Lea []

Living Letters Productions
Gingerbread Hill
Box 246 - St. Peters, Montserrat
British West Indies
Phone 1-(664)-491-5812

Friday, February 13, 2009


Dave and Tom:
I have that same kindergarten picture at home with quite a few names listed on the back but am currently wintering in Sarasota, Florida. I compared my memories of names with Carol (Matthews) Ludwig and we came up with these additional identities:

First row, second from left, Linda Hite, looks like Connie Marlowe, third from right. Second row, first person, Billy Jarvis; Third row, first person, we think is Rhonda Monroe, third = Patty _?, fourth = Jean Hite, fifth = Suzanne Lowe, seventh = Carol Matthews, = eighth we think is Sue Ellithorpe, then Marlene Simon on the end. Fourth row: eighth = Shirley Herzig, ninth = Tom W.and tenth+Sue S.
-- Sue (Bremfoerder) Hosler

Tornados and Snickers

On the night of the Palm Sunday tornado I was returning from some Spring skiing at Boyne and drove through what I assume was the edge of a 
tornado in Milan, MI. When I got home and drove up to my apartment building at the corner of Stannard and Sylvania Ave something did not look right. There were people standing in the front yard and when I looked at the building I could see stars through the third floor windows. The tornado had ripped half the roofs off of two of the buildings and the carports. Although there were people in those apartments at the time, no one was injured. 

In the eighth grade at DeVeaux I was a crossing guard and had the job of turning the traffic light in front of the school off and on. I would go out 15 minutes before the first graders were dismissed, turn the light on, and return to class. During this time I developed an addiction for  Snickers bars. I would rush out turn the light on, run next door to the K & W (Krauss & Williams) market and buy a Snickers. One day the grocer asked me why I wasn't in school. I said, "It's okay. I have  permission." He said, "You have permission to leave school and buy a Snickers bar?" I was so afraid he would call the school and report me that I lost my addiction for Snickers and he lost a candy bar customer!

-- Roger Rummel

Shops near DeVeaux

Thanks to Gary Herren for filling in the info on the DeVeaux shopping center stores.   On the other side of DeVeaux was Johnson Furniture, Phairmont Pharmacy, National Foods (which later became Foodtown) and Shoppers Town Discount Store.

If I remember correctly the pharmacy sat back from the front of  Johnson's and the grocery. There was a soda fountain and lunch counter near the front of the pharmacy. I think there was also a beauty shop and an office of Prudential Insurance in the set back.

Wasn't the original Johnson's in an old two story building at the corner of Sylvania and Douglas? I believe there was a PURE gas station on the other side of Douglas.
-- Jim Jaggers
DHS Class of 1962

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Judy Bradley Berry

Sorry about that. I pushed your button when I was e-mailing the kids from my class. Judy Bradley Berry was from the class of "61. She died in the Cincinnati area. There maybe an obit in the Toledo Blade later this week.
-- ralph smith


I remember them well. My parents lived on Seckinger Dr. between Monroe St. and Sylvania Ave. My husband, children, and I went to their house after church to visit for awhile and have dinner. I told him that we had better head home because the sky was so black. We were just ahead of the storm. We traveled Sylvania Ave. to Douglas Rd. right ahead of the path of the tornadoes that went across Douglas Rd. While waiting for the traffic light to change at the intersections of Tremainsville, Douglas, and Laskey, the wind lifted our car up and set it down. The lights at the gas station were bending almost to the ground. After arriving home, which at that time was on Winona Rd., we found a lot of our aluminum siding had been ripped off of the house.

Our daughter went to the hospital for a tonsillectomy shortly after this event. While there, her roommate was a young girl who had been hurt in the tornado. She didn't know whether her parents were alive or not. So many people were hurt that they were sent to a number of different hospitals. The day my daughter was released her roommate's dad came walking in on crutches. She was so happy to see him. Her mother was still in the hospital. My friend, Jim Weyer, took the infamous picture of the two tornadoes that was shown in numerous publications.

We saw a lot of the devastation. I pray that we never see one here again.
-- Donna (Wynn) Owens
Class of 1954


The mention of Netties a couple of times this week has opened some wounds. I have lived in Maine for almost 40 years now and there is nothing here that compares to a Netties hot dog. I have times when that is all I can think of. Other times I have Red Wells flash backs) When I get back to Toledo all I eat are roast beef and hotdogs. That diet at one time also included Brauers corned beef. I taught for 26 years and for the last 20 had a Brauers bumper sticker on the wall and a Rusty's bar napkin along side. My students heard about those places more than they wanted. We do however have great lobster.  

Keep up the great work in bringing us together. This is the first mail I open each day.

-- Dusty Fisher "59" (rick was the other guy and a bit younger.)

Painted Tiger

Our DeVilbiss Tiger was painted blue and white before a game with Woodward. My brother-in-law was one of the perpetrators - and how the Woodward folks love to tell that story!
-- Susan Heffner Carlucci
DHS Class of 1961

Faith Conklin Vlcek

Dave, I am sorry to report that Faith Conklin Vlcek (DHS 1960) died Tuesday in a single car accident on her way to work at the University of Michigan. Faith lived in Tecumseh Michigan. Visitation will be at the Borek Jennings Funeral Home in Manchester Michigan Thursday Feb 12 from 6-8 pm; Saturday 2-4 and 6-8 and memorial service Sunday at 3:00 at the Manchester United Methodist Church. Condolences can be posted on the Funeral Home website.

-- Helen Babcock

Phone: 419-473-7453
Home Phone: 419-475-4115
fax number 419-473-7359

Shops near DeVeaux

Hi Dave,

I am glad to see that Jim Jaggers wrote you about those shops near DeVeaux and yes, the little grocery store on the corner wa called the K&W -- I know because I frequented it.  Also on the other side of DeVeaux was Johnson Furniture, Phairmont Pharmacy, National Foods, which later became Foodtown and Shoppers Town Discount Store.

During the Tornado of 1963, Shoppers Town lost it's roof which ended up over on the other side of Douglas Rd by one of the Duplex's if my memory serves me correctly. I also think that maybe Mike Scott was over at DeVEaux at the same time I was from 1950-1959. I know that Cynthia (Cindy) Boyd was.

Thanks for posting all of these notes from other DHS grads.

-- Gary Herren DHS 1963

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Whittier 1st Gr

Hi, Sue. Yes, Suzie and I were both in this class, as well as Bev. Here are the ones that I recognize from bottom to top: 2nd row left, first person is Bill Gervais; next to him is Steve Drake and then Dave Folger. 2nd row, 4th from right is Dave Maine. 3rd row, 2nd left Suzie(Boerger) Davie . 4th row,1st person left Bev (Britton) Johnson (I think) Top row, 3rd from left Jay Jacquet and next to him on the right, I think, is his twin sister (Kay?).

Connie Marlow is in the front row, 3rd from right.

-- Linda

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Longfellow 1956

Hi, This pic. is Miss Cruze 7th grade at Longfellow 1956.  I have most of the names if anyone is interested.

-- Joan Cowell Ryder DeVilbiss 1961


Xenia Tornado


We live in the same county as Xenia, OH; maybe 20 miles away. The biggest tornado they had occurred April 3, 1974 and was a F5 category tornado with winds up to 300 mph. It destroyed more than one thousand homes and businesses. Hardly any buildings remained standing in Xenia's downtown. Thirty-three (33) people died in the storm, with approximately another 1,150 people injured. I remember photos of a diesel locomotive knocked over on its side. As I recall the tornado struck around 4-5 p.m.  That was a stroke of luck because Xenia High School was decimated.

-- Dick Cosgrove,DHS '56

Polar Bears at Monroe & Secor

Does anyone remember the Polar Bears at Monroe & Sylvania and the Polar bear at Woodward High School being painted orange and black our junior and senior years (58 & 59). I also seem to recall that our tiger that was in the courtyard at DeVilbiss one night before the Woodward game was painted blue and white.
-- Ovid (O.J.)Mc Laughlin

Sunday, January 4, 2009 Obituaries

Jim Gallos.. always a "fun guy." [copyrighted material -- photo included]

-- Jane Giha Heltebrake