"Sleepy Hollow" Scene of Kids-Fish Derby
by Terry McLean
originally published July 2, 1959 in the Sylvania Sentinel Herald,
and can also be found on page 25 of the history & trivia book "Sautter's Special! 2020 Sylvania Edition"
Sleepy Hollow Pond was the scene recently of a junior fishing derby when several kids dropped their lines in quest of the evasive fish, which, if caught, meant a valuable prize for the successful angler.
The sky was bright, as were the eyes of the anxious children who gather up their fishing poles and bait. After the little people, ranging from one to 14, had formally registered, they surrounded the pond. A yell from the loud speaker, and the pageant had begun.
Silent expectation! Then a fourth grade girl, Judy Schiel, pulled in the first fish of the fourth annual derby. The first catch of the Adams Township Conservation Club-sponsored affair was a one pound, nine ounce cat fish.
Seeing how it was done, children from all over the Toledo area, even bus-loads from orphanages, settled down to the task ahead of them. They all worked at the job of winning fishing equipment, toys, badminton sets, games, baseballs, bats, mitts, and the top prize for the biggest catch, a bicycle. These gifts were donated by many of the business concerns of Adams Township* and the surrounding area.
The second fish was pulled in by Richard Bolander; a one pound, 4 1/2 ounce cat fish. Fish kept rolling in, ranging in weight from the smallest of one ounce, to the biggest of 3 pounds, 7 ounces. The biggest prize, the bike, and the biggest fish went to Joe Carter who asked, "When are you going to deliver the bike?"
Professional, hobbiest, and amateur fisherman could learn a lesson from the Parker family of junior anglers. Jerome, who won the bike last year, caught two fish this year. The "cats" weighed one pound 10 ounces, and 14 ounces, respectively. At the same time, Jerome is passing his secrets on to his younger sister, Darlene Parker. She also caught a pair of cat fish, one at a pound even, and the second weighed 12 ounces.
Was it just luck? Ask Jerome and he'll tell you that Sleepy Hollow pond is a fine place to fish. He caught over a dozen fish in just one day last year.
Although the fishing was over in a few hours, there was still much activity. After poles, and even unused bait were returned, more prizes and awards were announced, a busy ending to a very busy day at the pond.
*Adams Township no longer exists after being annexed in the '60s, click to see 1888 map.
*1888 Ohio Map, Adams Township is outlined in white.
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