Sylvania Then & Now – 5723 Main Street, Part 1

This property is somewhat near and dear to my heart as this is the house where I grew up. This house has that wonderful wraparound front porch, and back in the 1960s and 70s there was constant foot traffic past our house. The post office and church were across the street, the Sterling Milk store and Medic Drug Store were to the north, and downtown Sylvania to the south. Just about once or twice a week we would set up a Kool-Aid stand in our front yard, and had never ending customers. We went through lots of Kool-Aid and made enough money to take a trip down to Seitz Bakery, Lindau’s Soda Fountain, or Sterling’s for their large selection of penny candy. Remember? Continue reading Sylvania Then & Now – 5723 Main Street, Part 1

Looking Back – 5840 Summit Street

This house was built on Lot No. 4 of the Briggs Place subdivision in 1910 by George and Lottie (Chandler) Cook. They were married in 1894. Lottie’s brother was Dana Chandler who owned and operated a cement block manufacturing company in Sylvania. In 1910, each brother-in-law built the exterior of their homes on Summit Street entirely of “Chandler” block. These blocks were made to give the effect of cut stone, and just about every house in Sylvania, built before 1930, has a foundation built of this Sylvania-made block. Continue reading Looking Back – 5840 Summit Street

Sylvania Then & Now – 6235 Monroe Street

This article is written in memory of Christmases past in Sylvania. Up until 1982 there was a large double house on the southeast corner of Monroe Street and Harroun Road, where the Kroger gas station is today. Each generation over the years has had a different memory of this old house. What I remember from my childhood in the 1960s and 1970s, was purchasing live Christmas trees there each year. The Christmas trees would be in front of the house and spanned east on the vacant land where there was once the Sylvandale Poultry Farm. Continue reading Sylvania Then & Now – 6235 Monroe Street

Sylvania Then & Now – 6235 Monroe Street

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday we are going to share a wonderful story about a large poultry farm that used to exist on the south side of Monroe Street, from Harroun Road east, where the Kroger store was built in 1982, and then expanded in 2005. This also included the adjacent BP gas station. Continue reading Sylvania Then & Now – 6235 Monroe Street

Sylvania Then & Now – 5832 Summit Street

Briggs Place subdivision was laid out in 1905 by Henry Briggs. This house was built in 1902 on the north 42 feet of Lot No. 3, so the house was already on the property when the subdivision was laid out. Briggs sold the home to Ray and Ella Hollister, but the exact year is not recorded. It was probably after 1913, because Ray Hollister married Ella B. Clark on Sept. 11, 1913 in Adrian, Mich. Both were from Sylvania. When Ray completed his World War I registration card in 1917 he was living here and was employed as a mail carrier, delivering mail in rural federal district No. 2 in Sylvania. Continue reading Sylvania Then & Now – 5832 Summit Street

Sylvania Then & Now – 5826 Summit Street

This house was built in 1897 on the south portion of Lot No. 3 of the Briggs Place subdivision. Henry Briggs platted the subdivision in 1905, so this house was already on the property when the subdivision was laid out. Briggs sold this house in 1905 to William and Gertrude Fetters. William married Gertrude Taylor in 1902 in Sandusky, Ohio, and they appear to have purchased a home on Woodruff Avenue in Toledo first, which is where they were living when the 1910 census was taken. So from 1905 until 1917, while they owned this home, it was a rental property. Continue reading Sylvania Then & Now – 5826 Summit Street

Sylvania Then & Now – 5820 Summit Street

This house was built by Henry Briggs in 1902 on Lot No. 2 in the Briggs Place subdivision, named after Briggs who owned the land. The garage was also built in 1902. By 1904 Briggs sold this house to Nicholas Willinger who built numerous houses throughout Sylvania, including many along Summit Street. Continue reading Sylvania Then & Now – 5820 Summit Street

Sylvania Then & Now – Burnham Park

Burnham Park was established in 1911 when Mrs. Celestia Phillips-Pomroy-Burnham, in her Last Will and Testament, willed to “the citizens of the Village of Sylvania” this land for park purposes.

Over the years history has credited Sylvania resident Henry Burnham with donating the property for this park, but the true facts prove that it was his second wife, Celestia, who donated this park property. Celestia’s grandparents Paul and Fanny Hawes purchased the property in 1837, then it was willed to her mother, Susan Hawes-Phillips, in 1841. Then, in 1873, Celestia inherited all of the park property east to include Phillips Avenue from Erie Street south to Maplewood and then south to Monroe Street and east to Judi Young Lane. Continue reading Sylvania Then & Now – Burnham Park

Sylvania Then & Now – 5814 Summit Street

This house, built in 1897, was owned by Mary Albring. Henry and Mary Albring purchased a 4.28 acre parcel along the east side of Summit Street and between the North Branch of the Ottawa River, in 1885. He died in 1887 and it transferred to Mary. Then in 1904 Mary transferred the property to her grandson, Henry Briggs. On that acreage Briggs platted a subdivision he called Briggs Place, consisting of five lots, which the village council officials approved in 1905. Over time those original lots were split into smaller lots. Our subject house ended up on the north half of Lot No. 1. Continue reading Sylvania Then & Now – 5814 Summit Street

Sylvania Then & Now – Sylvania Country Club, 5201 Corey Road

Looking back, it was just before World War I when a group of golfers who had been playing at the Toledo Golf Club (later named Ottawa Park) began looking for property to establish a new golf course. They looked at three different properties throughout the county and settled on this Monroe Street and Corey Road location. In September of 1916 they purchased four parcels for a total of 160 acres. Continue reading Sylvania Then & Now – Sylvania Country Club, 5201 Corey Road