“Toledo has much to remember but surprisingly little memory of it.”

From Banksters, Bosses, and Smart Money, A Social History of the Great Toledo Bank Crash of 1931 by Timothy Messer-Kruse, The Ohio State University Press, 2004.

When Google put the microfilmed archives of my hometown newspaper, The Blade, on the Internet, I realized immediately it would be a treasure trove of history for someone who grew up there (and read the paper). So this is what Toledo History Box is all about. History, personal recollections, observations, just plain goofiness. It’s all there in black and white, all I’ve got to do is find it.

It is not an attempt to infringe on the copyrights of Google or the Toledo Blade, not that saying that is going to help me in the least. Also, this site has no relationship with The Blade whatsoever.

About the author

He was born at Toledo Hospital in May, 1963. Lived in the Old West End, Kenwood Gardens, Old Orchard, Corey Woods (sorta), West Toledo. Humble graduate of Sylvania Southview. Dropped out of the University of Toledo. Worked (briefly) at such illustrious places as The Blade, Inverness Club, TARTA. He doesn’t live in Toledo anymore but it holds a grip on his heart that will never be released, to coin a phrase.


  1. Sheryl White

    Congrats on the site from another SHS and UT grad. Do you still keep adding to this website? Can I submit materials as I go through my records? BTW, we’re you a member of the Toledo Press Club?

  2. I am working on a book on the history of Kewpee restaurants which were based in Toledo. They had a few locations in the Toledo area, but by 1985, they were gone. Do you recall what led to Kewpee’s demise in Toledo. There are still five Kewpee locations, three in Lima and one each in Lansing, MI and Racine, WI. The chain began 99 years ago in Flint, MI. The original Flint Kewpees left the Kewpee fold and is now Halo burger which also will celebrate its centennial next year.

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