Enjoy a little Throwback Thursday fun!

After being in business for two decades, The Andersons came to Sylvania and built their Automotive & Garden Center on the site of the old drive-in on Monroe Street. 
The Star-Lite Drive-In, which was the last drive-in built in the Toledo area, opened on May 19, 1955,  and it was also the first one to close, on September 16, 1969 after showing its last film... “2001- A Space Odyssey.”  The Star-Lite Drive-In was demolished on October 1, 1969 and work on The Andersons began immediately.

Harold Anderson, who managed a flour mill for the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco), left his job to create a family business.  After his sons returned from service in World War II in 1947 he successfully did so, establishing The Andersons with his wife, daughter, and five sons.  Also occurring in 1947 in Sylvania, in Ohio, and around the world:


  • Burnham High School has 65 students on the Honor Roll, including Jack Watkins, Lois Wobser, Norbert Naperiala, Phyllis Harroun, and Mildred Dague.


  • Four cases of Scarlet Fever are reported n Sylvania.


  • Larry Gaige, upon returning home from 42 months serving in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army, opens Lum’s Restaurant on Main Street next to the Bowling Alley.  The Grand Opening features plate lunches, steaks, and chops.


  • 2,000 people show up to see the new home of Sylvania’s war hero Mickey Smith.  The Garden Park home was completely purchased, including furnishings, by funds raised mainly by The Joseph Diehn Post of the American Legion.  Contributions came from people all over Sylvania and Toledo and also The Sunshine Fund, The Order of the Eastern Star, The Sylvania Tanning Co., The Sylvania Savings Bank, and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Chandler. 


  • There are over two million students enrolled in higher learning in the U.S. and 714,477 of them are war veterans.


  • Ohio has 39,917 public school teachers.  Of those, 7,100 are under-trained and have been granted temporary teaching certificates because of the teacher shortage.  745 school levies across Ohio have passed in a recent election to address the problem.


  • There is a critical glass bottle shortage in the U.S. for milk and beverages because people are neglecting to return deposit bottles.


  • A gallon of gas costs fifteen cents, a stamp is three cents.


  • U.S. Unemployment is 3.9 percent.


  • NY Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series.


  • Jackie Robinson signs on with the Brooklyn Dodgers.


  • A Streetcar Named Desire opens on Broadway.  Marlon Brando is Stanley, Jessica Tandy is Blanche, Kim Hunter is Stella.


  • In June, the first widely-reported UFO sighting occurs near Mount Rainier, Washington, three days after Seaman Harold Dahl claims to have seen six UFOs in Puget Sound.  Dahl also reports the first so-called "Men in Black" encounter


  • In July, a supposed downed extraterrestrial spacecraft is reportedly found near Roswell, New Mexico.


  • Temple Grandin, Jack Hanna, David Bowie, Paula Dean, Mitt Romney, Ted Danson, Tom Clancy, David Letterman, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Arnold Schwarzenegger, O. J. Simpson, Stephen King, Spencer Christian, and Hillary Rodham Clinton are born.


  • Al Capone, Edward Higgins, Sidney Toler, Henry Ford, Willa Cather, and Bugsy Siegel die.

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