Where's That?

Sylvania Sentinel - July 20, 1977 - WHERE'S THAT? - Part 1 - By Kathryn Keller (Adrian Road to Clark Street)


Time after time I find myself writing Chronicles that have more than their share of parenthesis. Example: The parades used to go down Division Street (Main St) and continue on Ohio Ave. (S. Main St.) until reaching Depot Grove (Southbriair) where they headed west on Clark St. (Convent Blvd). Copied like this looks a little bow-legged ( ) ( ) but it did nudge me into the idea of assembling all these parenthetical, old-time place names into dictionary form. With history attached to them I thought this might make different and light summer reading for you. So let's start off the series:

ADRIAN ROAD - N. Main St. and U.S. 223 to Ottawa Lake and beyond into Michigan. Also called the Cottonwood Swamp Rd.

ALLEN JUNCTION. On the north side of Sylvania Metamora Rd. west of Mitchaw Rd. stands the red brick building that used to house a rotary converter on the Toledo and Western R.R. This marks the location of Allen Junction where the car line from Adrian and the other from Pioneer joined to go east into Sylvania. There used to be a small passenger station here for people transferring from one route to another.

AMBROSE'S WOODS. Sleepy Hollow. This was part of Beebe Comstock's farm. Mr. Comstock came to Toledo by lake boat in 1834 just in time to find work "carrying the chain" for the surveying of Toledo. He bought land in Sylvania, adding more through the years till he had 260 acres on either side of the present Erie Street. His first farmhouse was on the Sleepy Hollow side where his son, Ambrose Comstock, eventually made his home with a large wooded tract behind the house. Ambrose was a Civil War veteran, active with the G.A.R. and headed the annual Memorial Day parade with his drum.

BACK ST. - Summit St. Although officially Summit St. from the first, on Gen. White's plat of Whiteford, it probably came to be referred to as Back St. because it was back of the main business block -- perhaps it was because the town had grown westward from the General's sawmill which dated from "back in the 1830's."

BANKS BRIDGE. Silica Drive crossing of Ten Mile Creek. Jim Banks, a nearby resident, used to seine in so many fish at this point that he sold them by the barrel.

BATTERY F. West side of Silica Drive between the high school and Convent Blvd. This post-World War I installation was officially the 135th Field Artillery Battery with a stable full of horses, barns, barracks and a meeting hall where civilians converged for years for Saturday night square dancing.

BERKEY RD. Sylvania Metamora Rd. Also known as the Plank Rd. and the Indiana Territorial Rd. See these in later entries.

BLANK ST. - Maplewood. One block between Main and Summit was not named on Gen. White's plat. Being blank on the map, it became Blank St. until 1923 when it was official named.

BURNHAM'S LANE. - School Drive. (Today Judi Young Lane). This well wore route from Monroe St. to Maplewood passed through Henry Burnham's property.

CADWELL'S MILL. On the north side of Ten Mile Creek along the west side of Harroun Rd. This was the first gristmill in town operated by Aaron Cadwell. It was water-powered from a mill race that was brought across the flats from Gen. White's dam at Monroe St. In times of low water oxen were hitched to a turnstile to create some "horsepower" for turning the mill stones.

CARPENTER'S PLACE. - Farm on the south side of Monroe between the railroad and Silica Dr. When the Bittner family moved in from Whiteford Twp. Mich. and bought the place in the early 1900's, it became the Bittner Place.

CEMETERY LANE. - Ravine Drive from S. Main along the cemeteries but not all the way through to Harroun Rd.

CLARK ST. - Convent Blvd. Owen Clark, an Irish immigrant, and his son, Barney had homes at the northwest corner of S. Main and Convent with a barn along the railroad tracks where they butchered and processed meats. At one time Peleg T. Clarke, son-in-law of Gen. David White, owned the land that is now the convent grounds. Sometimes it's spelled Clark St. - other times Clarke St. - it honored one or the other family, maybe both.