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Book Description
Sylvania originated where Ten Mile Creek and Ottawa Creek meet, an area favored by the Ottawa Indians. Sparsely settled at first, Sylvania grew after the War of 1812. Increased settlement, construction of better roads, and expanding railroads brought many opportunities to Sylvania. The Territorial Road that passed through Sylvania became the first thoroughfare between Toledo and Chicago, and the Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad laid track through Sylvania from Toledo and Adrian, Michigan. This book provides a glimpse into Sylvania's rich history through photographs of the people, events, and businesses that made Sylvania the great place to live that it is today.

About the Authors
Authors and historians Gaye E. Gindy and Trini L. Wenninger have compiled a fascinating narrative of Sylvania's history to accompany these historic images, many of which come from the photograph collection of the Sylvania Area Historical Society. Both Gindy and Wenninger are members of the Sylvania Area Historical Society, in which they share the society's vision of preserving Sylvania history and making it accessible.

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Murder In Sylvania, Ohio: As told in 1857

Book Description
Murder In Sylvania is a true history about a grisly murder that happened in a small, quiet community in northwestern Ohio back in 1857. Everything contained in this book was prepared from documents that existed at the time of the murder, and the actual names of people and places are used throughout. The reader will learn about all the gory details of this murder, confessions to other murders, the sentencing and the hanging of a man whose childhood set the stage for this hardened criminal. The murder, committed by Return Jonathan Meigs Ward, was the first case of capital execution in Lucas County, Ohio, and this brutal murder was the last of a series of slayings committed by this first presumed serial killer in the state of Ohio.

About the Author:
Gaye E. Gindy is a free-lance writer and author from Sylvania, Ohio, who has been researching the history of the Sylvania community for 30 years. She has been employed for the past 30 years for the public entities of Sylvania Township and the City of Sylvania, working in the services of the Sylvania Township Fire Department, Administration offices of Sylvania Township and currently the City of Sylvania Police Division. She has also been writing a weekly history column for the local newspaper, the Sylvania Herald, for the last five years.

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 The Underground Railroad and Sylvania's Historic Lathrop House
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These cards will make great holiday gifts! A set of 8 cards costs $10 and includes 2 of each of the four designs below:

Proceeds from the sale of these cards will be donated to the Sylvania Historical Village, Inc. for the Train Barn Project. The proposed train barn will house the former Toledo & Western Baldwin Westinghouse Steeplecab electric locomotive and a Chesapeake & Ohio/Toledo Angola & Western Railroad caboose car No. 90781.

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