Sylvania's Creque family has been growing good things since 1900
Flashback to Sylvania's Good Old Days with a Spotlight on 1912, and a Strawberry Pie recipe

When Stella Creque allowed her teenage son Harold to plant strawberry seeds in her garden, it was the 1940’s, the world was at war, and she and her husband Fred were raising six children.

It was a long time ago when that junior at Sylvania Burnham High School planted five rows of strawberries in his mother’s garden.  But the strawberry patch was well tended, and it flourished over the years.

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Today, there are dozens of Creque descendants in Sylvania, a thriving family farm business, and many acres of strawberry plants. 

Strawberries are now ripe and ready in the fields, you can head over and pick your own or grab some in the greenhouse.  But time is of Friday June 19, the Creque's are hoping for about ten more days of strawberry-picking. 
And click here for a little Flashback Friday Fun ...back to 1912, the year the Creque's began their gardening adventure in Sylvania, Ohio.

Hours for the U-Pick patch:  Everyday from 7:30 am-12 pm

  • please come w clean hands

  • please drive slow at the farm! 

  • no eating food in the field

  • must have a great time and make memories to share with others!


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Jeff and Eileen Creque in the greenhouse (2009)


Mrs. Creque's  Strawberry Pie 


1 cup sugar

2 Tbsp white corn syrup

3 oz. package strawberry Jell-O

3 Tbsp cornstarch

1 cup water

1 quart strawberries 


1 ½ cups flour

2 Tbsp milk

2 Tbsp sugar

½ tsp salt

½ cup oil 

Mix crust ingredients and press into a 9” pie pan. Bake at 400 degrees until golden brown. Cook sugar, cornstarch, corn syrup and water until thick and clear. Remove from heat and add strawberry Jell-O.  Let cool.  Add fresh strawberries. Stir and pour into baked pie shell. Top with whipped cream. 

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The Creque family began farming in Sylvania around the turn of the century, and by 1912 they were well established and growing.  Also occurring that year in Sylvania, in Ohio, and around the world: 

October 9 is declared Fire Prevention Day in Ohio, marking the 41st anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire.

Sylvania High School has 9 seniors, 19 juniors, 20 sophomores, and 21 freshmen. 

Sylvania merchants host a Big Bargain Carnival in the fall, about 700 families attend, Mrs. Dana Chandler wins a plow given away by Frank Koepfer. 

The Congregational Church hosts a Feast & Frolic on October 25. 

A Republican rally is held at Hine’s Hall on Oct. 26, a Progressive rally is held there the next week.

 Elections are Nov. 5, Democrats win the Whitehouse (Woodrow Wilson) and Ohio’s governorship. 

A parade of 1,200 free masons goes from The Boody House to the Valentine Theatre.

In Ohio and Michigan newspapers Canada is advertising free land, 160-acre farms in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, applications for The American Rush to Western Canada are available at the Canadian agent office in Toledo.

The Ohio National Guard is called to Columbus to enforce a quarantine after a diphtheria epidemic breaks out.  In Dayton schools are closed and public gatherings banned for the same reason. 

In Lucas County 691 divorce applications were filed, 308 were granted on the grounds of absence & neglect, drunkenness, or infidelity. 

167 foreigners were nationalized in Lucas County, up from 106 in 1911. 

Federal Spending is at .69 billion, unemployment is 4.6 percent, and a stamp costs two cents. 

Popular songs are Everybody Two-Step, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, and Alexander’s Ragtime Band by Irving Berlin. 

Tokyo gives 3,000 cherry trees to be planted in Washington, D.C.  Later Japan would also give D.C. a 300-year old stone lantern, and a stone pagoda, all to symbolize the peace and friendship brought on by the 1854 Japan-US Treaty of Amity and Friendship signed by Commodore Matthew C. Perry.

The RMS Titanic strikes an iceberg in the northern Atlantic and sinks. 

Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts opens, and the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Giants to win the World Series. 

Edgar Rice Burroughs publishes "Tarzan of the Apes".  The first Keystone Cops film debuts. 

The bust of Queen Nefertete is found in El-Amarna, Egypt. 

The Dixie cup is invented. 

Both Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures go into business and become corporations.

Danny Thomas, Jackson Pollack, Eva Braun, Pat Nixon, Karl Malden, Sonja Henie, Ben Hogan, Studs Terkel, Perry Como, John Cheever, Sam Snead, Woody Guthrie, Art Linkletter, Gene Kelly, Carlo Ponti, and Julia Child are born. 

Wilbur Wright, Harriet Quimby, Joseph Lister, Felix Dahn, Clara Barton, Bram Stoker, Robert F. Scott, and John Jacob Aster IV die. 

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