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Mary Aberling
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Zygmunt Andrzejewski
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Born in 1913 in Toledo, Mr. Andrzejewski spent his early years in Poland, returning to Toledo in 1929. Zigmunt Andrzejewski worked 43 years for Paryski Publishing Company, the Toledo publisher of the Ameryka –Echo, an internationally known Polish language newspaper. Mr. Andrzejewski was a parishioner of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and a resident of the Kuschwantz neighborhood; he died in Toledo on August 23, 1989.


James Armstrong (Part 1 of 2)
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James Armstrong (Part 2 of 2)
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Louis Avalos
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David Baker
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Sadie Barnett
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Welton Barnett
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A native of Arkansas, Welton Barnett, was the youngest African American newspaper publisher in Toledo, publishing the Toledo Script from 1945 until 1954. Also, while in Toledo, Mr. Barnett promoted local and regional music groups to his friend Lionel Hampton. Mr. Barnett moved on to Los Angeles to publish the Golden West magazine. He died on June 25, 1994 in the Detroit, Michigan area.


Robert Bartley
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A glass cutter at Libbey Glass as well as other companies from 1905 until 1912, Mr. Bartley became a police detective following his work in the glass industry. After his years as a detective, Robert Bartley completed night school to become a lawyer. Along with his career as an attorney, he authored several books, both fiction and nonfiction. He died March 14, 1975 in Toledo.


Faris Baz
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Peter Bently
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A structural engineer, Pete Bentley was the fourth generation of the Bentley family to work in the family business, A. Bentley and Sons; he served as executive vice president and chief engineer. A champion rower in his youth he was selected as an alternate for 1952 Helsinki Olympics. In his senior years, Mr. Bentley won numerous medals in national and international competitions. Mr. Bentley died on July 7, 2008.


Elijah Benton
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A native of Mississippi, Elijah Benton settled in Toledo in 1923 following his World War I service. Within a few years, Reverend Benton was called to the ministry and served as pastor of the Mount Zion Baptist Church for forty-eight years. During his years of ministry, he served on several state and national Baptist church boards along with the Toledo Board of Community Relations. Reverend Benton died on July 8, 1977.


Helen Beres
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Glen Berning
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Mr. Berning served as a Toledo Police Officer for 27 years retiring in 1950. He twice ran unsuccessfully for Lucas County Sheriff in the 1940’s. Following his retirement, he relocated to Oakland Park, Florida where he established a construction business while holding office as a councilman and mayor. Mr. Berning lived until the age of 91, dying in Toledo on December 29, 1989.


Harry S. Blaine
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Robert Bleckner
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Mr. Bleckner operated Bleckner Music Store from 1953 until 1983. For thirteen years, the store was located in the Pythian Castle in downtown Toledo. Prior to opening Bleckner Music Store, he served in the Navy during WWII and in many different fields before developing an interest in music. Mr. Bleckner passed away on June 17, 1997 in Toledo.


David Brown
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Jenny Bshyra
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John C. Buehler
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Irene Burns
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Margaret Byrd
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Kate Callahan
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Mary Lou Callahan
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Georgia Cann
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Arnold Carmel
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Mr. Carmel served as the executive director of the Toledo Board of Jewish Education from 1980 until 1987. Born in England, Mr. Carmel spent eight years in Israel before coming to the United States. Following his time in Toledo, he worked in several other communities in similar capacities throughout the United States and Canada.


Iola Catchings
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Mrs. Chomos and Mr. and Mrs. Sendi
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James Christiansen
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Bill Claus
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Demeter Colchagoff Part 1
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Demeter Colchagoff Part 2
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Demeter Colchagoff Part 3
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Demeter Colchagoff Part 4
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Demeter Colchagoff Part 5
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Demeter Colchagoff Part 6
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Frank Cole
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Jeanette Czaika
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Born in Toledo to Polish immigrant parents, Joseph and Mary Samsel, she was raised with many Polish traditions. A long time Polish Village resident, Mrs. Czajka worked for Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. for more than thirty years.


Bernice Czubachowski
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Michael Damas
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Louis Dandino, Richard Dandino & George Schramm
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Ruth Davis
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Born in Toledo on March 24, 1910, Miss Davis was the third generation of her family to lead Davis Business College, currently known as Davis College. Miss Davis attended Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of Arizona and worked in Tucson, Arizona before returning to Toledo. She headed Davis College from 1948 until 1983. Miss Davis served on many community boards and organizations. She was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2001. Miss Davis passed away on March 21, 2005 at age 94.


William Day III
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Bessie Deain
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Anna Deerwester
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Gloria Dehabey
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Tom Dille
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Joseph Ditzel (Part 1 of 5)
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Joseph Ditzel (Part 2 of 5)
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Joseph Ditzel (Part 3 of 5)
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Joseph Ditzel (Part 4 of 5)
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Joseph Ditzel (Part 5 of 5)
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Elizabeth and Alex Docktor
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Frank Dubielak
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Gertrude Eaton
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Anthony Egwunyenga
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Elberna Epstein
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Leah Epstein
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Emilio Fabrize
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Inge Finley
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John Fleck
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Ted Fuller
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Adele Gartner
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Michael Gerard
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Burleigh Gifford
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LeMaxie Glover
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Herbert S. Goodloe
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Mr. and Mrs. Gottfried
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Pauline Gramza
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Fred Haas
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Thomas Hallenbeck
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Jeanne Hartman
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Vivian Harvey
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Fred Hasemeyer
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Arthur Hauser
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Paul Hayden
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Mary Louise Heban
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Orvid Heil
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Rev. Martin Hernandy
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Laura Heston
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Carl Hibscher
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Louise Hoffstetter
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Jacob Hubbel
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Arnold Huber
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Giles Johnson
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Wendell Johnson
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Joe Karol
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Seuk Woo Kaye
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William Kertesz
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Harry Kessler
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Eileen Kilduff Part 1
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Eileen Kilduff Part 2
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Eileen Kilduff Part 3
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Oscar Kinsey
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Oscar J. Kinsey
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Kikuo Kishore
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Dorothy and William Knotts
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Marvin S. Kobacker
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Sarah Koplin
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Louis Kovacs
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Forest Laplante
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Teresa Law
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Hazel Lawrence
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Naomi Lawson
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Bee Lee
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John Lee
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Kao Lee
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Lo Lee
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Pheng Lee
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Phoua Lee
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Howard Leffel, Jr.
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Mary L. Lehmann
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Velma Lengel
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Mary Lenkay
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Angela Rensch Ligibel
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Ted Ligibel
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Phil Long
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Mary Mahler
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Mary R. Mahler
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Henrietta Marimon
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Hazel Marshall
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Agnes McDaniel
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Aretha McDonald
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Eleanor Mesteller
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Richard Metzger
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Carlaine Miller
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Helen Miller and Rose Strance
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Geraldine Moreland
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Helen Munson
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Steve Murzynski
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Austin Musgrave
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Louis Nagy
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Charles Napp
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Vincent & Victoria Nowak
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Elizabeth Nyitrai
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Matthew Obloza
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Marian Odesky
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Fred Okun
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Max Okun
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Douglas Oman
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Victoria Oravecz
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Bela Pastor
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William Paztor
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Julie Pearson
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Jay Pelton
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Anne & Andrew Pocse
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William Potter
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Ed Quertinmont
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Thomas Quertinmont
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Bernard Quigley
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William Thomas Ramsey
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Albert L. Reed
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Richard Reisbach
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Bob Rejent
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Emma Rice
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Flute Rice
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Alta Richardson
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Robert Rieck
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Edward Riendau
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Pearl Riendau
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Bernice E. Rigby
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Johanna Lusctic Robarge
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Rowena Robinson
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James Roland Part 1
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James Roland Part 2
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Beatrice Rummell
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Herman Rupp
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Anna Schaarschmidt
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Kathryn Schiever
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Ludger Seguin
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Mr. and Mrs. Sendi and Mrs. Chomos
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Robert Seyfang
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Eva Shapiro
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Mary Shea
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Barbara Siler
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John and Pauline Skouroukos
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Bertha Slaughterbach
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Clarence Smith
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Michael Smith
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Vernon Smith
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William Smith
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Phyllis Soldner
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Robert Stalker
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Grace Stamm
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Ella P. Stewart (1982)
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Ella P. Stewart (1984)
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Elizabeth Stuller
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Ida Superior
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Dave Swartzlander
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Clyde Sweeney
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Joseph Sweeney
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Howard Sweet (1987)
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Howard Sweet (1988)
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William Szabo
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Mrs. Szor
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Robert Terry
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Cara Thomas
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William Thomas
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John Tiedtke
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Mrs. Torda
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Calvin Turner
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George Unger
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May Ly Vang
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Tau Kao Vang
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Wa Vue
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Lois Waffle (Courtesy of the Waterville Historical Society)
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Ann Wagner
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Carl Walinski
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Anne Walko
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Clinton Washum
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Elenore Weber
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Florence Weber
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Sten Westlund
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Henrietta Wilczynski
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Ethel Wiseley
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Jack Witte
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Joe Wlodarz (1980)
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Joe Wlodarz (1984)
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Jay Wobser
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Irving Wodtke
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John Wolf
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Robert Wyandt
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Harold Wycoff
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Der Yang
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Helen Yuhasz
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Elizabeth Zan
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Andrew Zigray
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Mary Zigray
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