Enjoy a little Throwback Thursday fun!

 5362 S Main Street has been known by many names since it was built in 1853; The Lathrop House, The Wagonlander House, The Vogt House...The House on Suicide Hill…

George Wagonlander, the local cemetery caretaker, resided in this Main Street home with his family when the structure was a mere thirty five years old.   At that time, the house and the property were adjacent to the cemetery.   In 1889, Mr. Wagonlander was also appointed to Sylvania’s newly established Board of Health, thus for many years he was charged with keeping Sylvanians alive-- and burying them next door if he didn’t.


Also occurring in 1889  in Sylvania, in Ohio, and around the world:


  • F.O. Peak is the Mayor of Sylvania, Republican Joseph B. Foraker is the Governor of Ohio, Democrat Grover Cleveland is the U.S. President until March 4 when Republican Benjamin Harrison is sworn in.

  • A local health officer reports that Toledo is one of the healthiest cities in the country, averaging only 17 deaths per week this summer.

  • Sylvania Village Council votes to purchase lampposts for the downtown area, so it can be lit up at night.

  • George Wagonlander is again re-appointed cemetery trustee by Sylvania Village Council.  

  • Toledo’s German Pioneer Society heads to Cedar Point for the annual picnic, 500 attend.

  • The South Fork Dam collapses in Johnstown in western Pennsylvania, more than 2,200 people are lost.  A court will find the dam’s owner at fault.

  • At the Wheeler Opera House in Toledo, a graphic and thrilling re-enactment of the Johnstown flood is presented.  Children’s matinee on Saturday.

  • The Coca-Cola Company is founded in Georgia. Columbia Records is founded in D.C.

  • North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington are admitted as U.S. states.

  • The Indian Appropriations Bill is signed into law, opening two million acres for settlement. Due to the Homestead Act of 1862, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, legal settlers could claim lots up to 160 acres in size.

  • Indians meet with congress to request a fair return for the land they have been forced to give up, and the treaties that were not honored.  Congress says it’s too late, there’s nothing they can do.

  • Thousands rush to claim land in the Oklahoma Territory at high noon on a Monday in April.  The cities of Oklahoma City and Guthrie are formed by nightfall, with populations of at least 10,000. Tom Cruise will make a movie about it in 1992.

  • Vincent van Gogh paints Starry Night.

  • The Wall Street Journal is founded.

  • The Nintendo Koppai (Nintendo Company) is founded to produce and market Hanafuda playing cards in Japan.  In Naples, pizza is invented.

  • The Moulin Rouge cabaret opens in Paris.  The Eiffel Tower opens.

  • Journalist Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) travels around the world in 72 days, in an effort to beat Jules Verne.

  • The first jukebox goes into operation at a saloon in San Francisco.

  • Edith Mary Tolkien, Lady Olave Baden-Powell, Victor Fleming, Gabriela Mistral, Charlie Chaplin, Adolf Hitler, Otto Frank, Thomas Midgley, Jr., Jean Cocteau, Zerna Sharp, Robert Taft, Claude Rains,  Walter Knott, and Edwin Hubble are born.

  • Belle Starr,  Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, Baroness Mary Vetsera, The Leatherman, Charles Leroux, Robert Browning, and Jefferson Davis die.

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