Ward M. Canaday Center Preserves Toledo Economic History

January 30th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in Our Community

By Barbara Floyd, director, Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections

For University of Toledo alumni of a certain era, the names Tiedtke’s, Toledo Scale, Willys-Overland, and Champion Spark Plug hold warm memories.  Perhaps more than a few UT graduates earned their way through college by working for these companies, while others may have had life-long careers with them.  In addition to these company names that are no longer, there are others businesses and industries that have been a part of our past that are still part of our future, like Owens-Illinois, Owens Corning, and Dana.  Together, these companies define our community, and are “wholly Toledo.”

The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections collects, preserves, and makes available historical materials that document the history of our city and region.  For the past 20 years, a special focus of the center has been on collecting materials that document Toledo’s rapidly changing economy.  By collecting and preserving these materials, the center helps to ensure that our city’s rich history is not forgotten.  These unique collections are also utilized by scholars from around the world to produce original research, and provide valuable learning opportunities for UT students.

Since the early 20th century, Toledo has been known as the Glass Capital of the World.  And today, the Canaday Center preserves the most important collection of records documenting this industry in the world.  The center houses the historical records of Libbey-Owens-Ford (now Pilkington North America), Owens-Illinois, and Owens Corning.  Over 500 boxes of historical materials document how Michael Owens developed the automatic bottle machine, how a new method for producing flat glass invented by Irving Colburn was perfected by Owens and Edward Drummond Libbey, and how a new product called Fiberglas was invented when excess bottle-making capacity during Prohibition made Owens-Illinois look for another product to market.

The glass-related collections have been used by many kinds of researchers.  Architectural scholars have used the L-O-F collection to study how structural glass made possible the construction of skyscrapers.  Historians have used the collection to research how the automobile industry adopted safety glass.  Glass bottle collectors have utilized old catalogs in the Owens-Illinois collection to research the dates and values of items in their collections.  This semester, students from UT Department of History classes will be using the collections to learn historical research skills and expand their knowledge of Toledo history.

In addition to the glass industry, the Canaday Center also preserves records documenting the history of Toledo Scale, the Dana Corporation, Acklin Stamping, The Andersons, the Lion Dry Goods Company, and many others.  Last year, the center produced a major original exhibition entitled “Wholly Toledo: The Business and Industry that Shaped the City” that allowed the public to see some of the rare items in the collections.  These included the original drawing by Clarence Spicer for a universal joint that formed the foundation for the Dana Corporation, a film that showed Michael Owens overseeing production from an early version of his bottle machine, and the recipe for Huebner Beer from the Huebner Brewing Company.

For those who may have missed the exhibit, an on-line virtual version can be accessed at:  http://libraryexhibits.utad.utoledo.edu/WTX/index.html

In 1872, Toledo real estate broker Jesup W. Scott wrote an essay calling Toledo “The Future Great City of the World.”   To help to realize this dream, Scott founded a university to train Toledo’s young people to assume productive roles in this future great city which became the University of Toledo.  While Scott’s vision may have fell short, the records of Toledo’s industrial and commercial development that are preserved in the Canaday Center are evidence that the city has much to be proud of in its past—and its future.

The Canaday Center’s next exhibition is titled “Medicine on the Maumee:  A History of Health Care in Northwest Ohio.”  The free, public exhibit opens March 1 at 3 p.m. with a presentation on early medicine in the region by historical interpreter John Jaeger, who will portray “The Black Swamp Doctor.”  The exhibit will be on display Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment in the Canaday Center, located on the fifth floor of the William S. Carlson Library.  For more information, contact the Canaday Center at 419-530-2170.

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The Military Bowl : A Story in Pictures

January 30th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in The Rockets

Special thanks to UT Photographer Dan Miller, as well as Rocket
fans Jeff Traudt, Ernie Brancheau and Patrick Ng for the pictures.

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The D.C. Experience-A Look Back on UT’s Military Bowl Trip Through the Eyes of a Player

January 30th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in The Rockets

By Dan Molls

From the moment that we arrived at the airport on December 23rd we knew we were in for a special experience. If you were to ask anyone on the team if we thought we would be playing in the Military Bowl in Washington, D.C. the common response would have been no. Truthfully, when we were told about the selection it was unexpected and a bit of a surprise. But  it ended up being an unforgettable experience, one that we are grateful for and truly blessed to have been a part of.

Before we departed from Toledo, it was being preached to us that Washington D.C. is a powerful place. Well, upon landing I am positive that everyone could feel that sense of power. As we traveled on the bus on the way to the hotel I noticed something that was different from any other trip we have been on. Everyone was nearly out of their seats looking and pointing in all different directions at different places and attractions as we drove by, trying to snap as many pictures as possible. The way in which we were welcomed when we arrived at the hotel was something I personally will never forget. When we walked in, the lobby area was filled with midnight blue and gold decorations along with a group of our fans and other supporters cheering us on! I couldn’t help but smile. It really made us feel special and gave us the feeling that we were actually playing for a championship.

A major highlight of this trip was certainly the tour of all the monuments and buildings.  Most of the players who have not been to D.C. before were only used to seeing these places in movie scenes or in a magazine. It is almost surreal to be able to see these places in person. The tour that we took inside the Capitol Building was probably my favorite. There is a tremendous amount of meaningful history within that building and I took full advantage of taking it all in.

Another highlight of the trip that was not necessarily as significant was the special dinners and all of our meals. We went to a Brazilian steakhouse called Fogo de Chao one of the nights and it was honestly overwhelming. We may never taste a piece of meat as delicious as that ever again unless we get a chance to go back. We were well taken care of in regards to food. It was nice to be able to look forward to something more than just pizza for a snack at night.

Outsiders might say that it had to be difficult to spend Christmas away from our families. Don’t get me wrong, you cannot replace one’s family, especially on a day like Christmas. But all 105 of us brothers had no problem spending the day with each other. We had a Christmas party and dinner on Christmas day which had to be the most entertaining night, next to the hypnotist show the following night. Santa even made a surprise visit for all of the coaches’ young children. Seeing that really brought some memories back to me from my childhood. The night came to an end with the first annual Christmas carol-off. Certain people were chosen from the teams that we divided up into earlier in the week and they had to finish a song that Santa started off singing. I happened to be one of the lucky ones that was chosen and successfully finished “Feliz Navidad.”

I could not be happier than to be a part of Coach Campbell’s first victory as head coach of the Rockets, a special victory that left us with the title, “Military Bowl Champions.” Air Force was a great team and had a great season. We knew going in that a team like this was going to be extremely disciplined and fundamentally sound, and that they were going to fight us all the way to the end. And they did.

Just as happened throughout the regular season, this was a game in which we were plagued with injuries. Two of our senior defensive lineman, John Lamb and Johnnie Roberts, both were sidelined towards the end of the first half with serious lower leg injuries. A little more than midway through the 3rd quarter, I ended up suffering a concussion which ended my game. Personally I think that situation just sums up our season, though. Multiple guys who played in key roles on the team suffered injuries that led them to miss many games or even the entire season. The fact that we had guys step up and fill in at all of those positions simply shows that we have a great team with great players that can be depended on. The guys that stepped up in this last game against Air Force were a huge part to the success.

The locker room after the game was nothing short of a party. I think if we could have, we would have stayed in there all night long just to embrace that moment all night as a team. We were even able to get Coach Campbell to show us some of his own dance moves. That time spent in the locker room with our 20 seniors after winning that game was by far the biggest highlight. In the end, that is what we went there to do.

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UT in the News

January 30th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in In The News

New York Times notes UTMC initiative

The University of Toledo Medical Center’s “iCare University” dedicated to training employees on improving patienyts’ experiences, was featured in a Times article on the importance of patient satisfaction.

Read the article here.

The Economist interviews UT prof on ‘inkblot test’

Research done by Gregory Meyer PhD, professor of psychology, shows that there’s plenty of life in the venerable Rorschach test — though he dispels some myths as well.

Read the article here.

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Class Notes

January 30th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in Class Notes


Manoucher Parvin (Eng ’59) published his fifth novel, Out of the Gray: A Concerto for Neurons and Synapses. The Akron-area educator and social commentator chose as his theme the romance between a neuroscientist and a social scientist in the early stages of dementia.


Rufus E. Wallace (Ed ’73), Millbury, Ohio, retired in July from the U.S. Postal Service after 31 years, 21 of them as postmaster of Clay Center. He and his wife Ann celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in September; their daughter Deborah is a Miami University grad.


Anne Sample (MBA ’87), Orono, Minn., was named senior vice president and chief human relations officer for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, a financial services membership organization headquartered in Minneapolis. Active in the Orono Alliance for Education and in Lighthouse Ministries International, she and her husband Mike have two sons.

Kevin Aller (Eng ’88) is employed as public service director with the City of Sylvania. He and his wife Lisa and their two children Devin and Kiley live in Holland.

Doug Lance (Eng ’89) was elected vice president, operations for Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. in Cleveland.


Angela Messmer-Blust PhD (A/S ’03, PhD ’09) is doing a research fellowship with the CardioVascular Institute of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard University. Her husband, Zach Blust (A/S ’05), is a field vascular interventional specialist with BIOTRONIK, a global biomedical technology company.

Luvada (Stovall) Wilson (Law ’04), law clerk for Judge Tygh Tone, was appointed interim clerk of courts for Erie County, Ohio, by the Erie County Commission.

Michael L. Lagger (MBA ’05), Sylvania, was promoted to vice president, middle market relationship manager in the Commercial Banking Division of Fifth Third Bank, where he has worked since 2005.

Prachi Kene PhD (MA ’07, PhD ’10) accepted a position as assistant professor in the Counseling, Educational Leadership and School Psychology Department of Rhode Island College in Providence.

Maj. Ildiko Szentkiralyi (Law ’07) of the U.S. Army is serving as a contract and fiscal law attorney in Kabul, Afghanistan, as part of a one-year tour of duty that began in June. Working in the adjutant general’s office, she’s part of a team that provides legal reviews for all expenditures of the military action.

Marriages & unions

Abigail N. Zimmerman (Ed ’09) & Aaron D. Knapke (Bus ’10). She’s an intervention specialist at Ottawa Hills Elementary School while working on her master’s degree at UT; he’s an accountant with Gilmore, Jaison and Mahler.

Extended Class Notes

You might say that Jocelyn Cruz (A/S ’11) already experienced serious face time before WUPW chose her to represent FOX Toledo on air and online as the new Face of FOX Toledo. After all, 2009 saw her crowned UT’s first Latina Homecoming Queen. And in 2011 she served an internship with Black Entertainment Television, working on 106 & Park, BET’s number-one video countdown show. After successfully competing with the many other Face of FOX hopefuls who sent in video auditions, Cruz told officials that she was honored and excited. “I will not only represent a great television station, but the youth who have big dreams, just like I do,” she said. More »
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