Local author Jim Mollenkopf recently published his eighth book, the fourth about unique people and places in the region. Entitled “The Great Black Swamp IV,” the book is his longest, containing 12 biographical chapters of northwest Ohio people of note and 10 chapters featuring places of natural or historical interest. The book has 61 photos, many of which were taken by the author.
Of local note is the chapter about Lucian Lathrop and a brief history of The Lathrop House as a station on the Underground Railroad.
Also included in the book, is a photo and description of a state-champion sassafras tree located in Ravine Cemetary. According to Mollenkopf, being listed in the Ohio Champion Tree Registry …“means it is the largest specimen that a tree enthusiast took the time to measure and submit to the state.”
Other unique personalities found in the book include sculptor LeMaxie Glover, artist Adam Grant, suffragette and the first woman to win an election in Toledo Pauline Steinem, (Gloria Steinem’s grandmother), baseball player, writer and inventor Moses Fleetwood Walker, and former Toledo Mayor Brand Whitlock to name a few.
In addition to his books, Mollenkopf is a nature photographer. A former social worker, Mollenkopf also served as a reporter at The Review Times in Fostoria, Ohio, following his father, grandfather, and great-grandmother, who were writers or editors at The Blade.