6112 W. Central Ave.

This house used to sit on the north side of Central Avenue between the Economy Garage and the Melody Inn (between Fairbanks and Piero). Owned by William and Albena Sysok from 1940-1954 and Orval and Irene Nederhouser (Construction/Excavating) 1954 – 1976. It was vacant and demolished in the late 1970’s. The house is also slightly visible next to Butlers’ Body Shop (aka Economy Garage) in the pic below.

Photo courtesy of Toledo-Lucas County Public Library
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Joseph “Junk Man Joe” Batdorf

Joseph Batdorf used to live at 3403 Zone Avenue in Sylvania Township. It was difficult to miss the place when passing by as a kid on my bike because his entire yard was filled with salvaged materials, with the exception of the driveway. I believe I bought a chrome BMX bike frame from him one time for a few dollars. I suspect American Pickers would have loved to get a look at some of the things Joseph had in that yard.

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