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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

More views of Ohio

The 25th President of the United States, William McKinley was an Ohio native, as were Ulysses Grant, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Taft and Warren Harding. Who knew? Bob and I like to play games on our long drives these days and one of them is trying to name the presidents. We can go backwards pretty good all the way from George Bush to Woodrow Wilson and forwards from Washington to Monroe, after that we kind of know all their names (well most of them anyway) but putting them in the right order is a challenge!

A statue of William McKinley stands in front of the state capital building in Toledo (which is why I mentioned him and the presidents in the first place!

The offices of the Toledo Blade newspaper, the oldest continuing business in Toledo, it was first published on December 19, 1835! When I googled it I found this blurb
"...the 170th anniversary of The Toledo Blade. Back on December 19, 1835, the first issue of The Blade was published in Toledo, Ohio. The Blade's history page explains that it is the oldest continuing business in Toledo, Ohio, USA. In fact, it is older than the city itself. The city was not incorporated until 1837. During the Civil War, David Ross Locke brought The Blade to national prominence writing satires under the pen name Petroleum V. Nasby on topics including slavery and temperance. The influence of Locke was significant, with President Lincoln himself reading the Nasby satires. And in 2004, The Blade won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for the series "Buried Secrets, Brutal Truths," reporting on atrocities in the Vietnam War.

The building was kind of cool too.

Headquarters of Toledo Edison

More views of the Flower Market - Saturday, Sunday and Monday May 24 - 26th were "Flower Day Weekend" in Toledo. As far as I could tell, this is a once a year event, with not only plants and flowers, direct from the growers, there were also some of the most wonderful fresh vegetables, baked goods, eggs, poultry and beef, plus artisans works, yard art and crafts. We sampled popcorn and had we not had breakfast at a nearby local diner (the ham and egg on an english muffin was just perfectly cooked!) we would have gone for some of the baked goodies for sure. The locals in the diner encouraged us to go check it out and we were glad we did.

Just one of the many beautiful churches in Toledo. Holy Toledo is right. I tried to find out where that phrase came from and found this on a site called The Phrase Finder

"holy Toledo! - This exclamation of surprise refers to Toledo, Spain, which became one of the great centers of Christian culture after its liberation from the Moors in 1085. Its thirteenth-century Gothic cathedral, one of the largest in Europe, is the seat of the Cardinal Archbishop of Spain." "Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins" by William and Mary Morris (HarperCollins, New York, 1977, 1988).

But I also found this info on the "do Toledo" website:

While there are several stories that try to explain the origin of the expression, “Holy Toledo,” no one has proven what it really is. Some say gangsters coined the phrase in the 1920s and 1930s because Toledo was a safe-haven for gangs. The phrase can also be traced back to Vaudeville performers who used the expression to explain poor attendance at shows in Toledo. However, it is likely that Toledo’s many churches of all faiths, particularly those along Collingwood Boulevard, may have inspired the nickname.

Here's just one of the many, many churches in Toledo.

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