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    Becky Visser and Gary L. Franks, co-authors of “Toledo’s Forest Cemetery,” at the cemetery’s oldest gravestone. The duo researched the history of the area’s oldest cemetery for two-and-a-half years and updated more than 70 maps of the grounds.
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    The gravestone of Coxswain William Halstead, who received the Medal of Honor in 1864. More than 300 military veterans, including a second Medal of Honor recipient, are buried in Forest Cemetery.
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    The gravestone of Caleb Abbott, one of Toledo’s earliest mayors. Sixteen former Toledo mayors reside in Forest Cemetery.

Local historians uncover the lost history of Toledo’s oldest cemetery

Two area residents recently published a book chronicling the forgotten history of one of the oldest cemeteries in northwest Ohio.

Local historians Becky Visser and Gary L. Franks coauthored “Toledo’s Forest Cemetery,” a new book that documents the history of the area through the notable people who reside in the cemetery, located on Mulberry Street, near Greenbelt Parkway, north of downtown Toledo.

Mrs. Visser and Mr. Frank first worked together on a similar book for Woodlawn Cemetery, having met on the board of directors of Historic Perrysburg, a community history group.

 

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