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1960s Toledo bike license recovered from Manatt’s crusher

From when they licensed bicycles in Toledo

October 22, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

An interesting bit of Toledo history surfaced at Manatt's, Tama, the other day. Manager Jeff Upah brought a fairly well preserved 1962 Toledo bicycle license plate into the newspaper office.

"Well preserved" because it was discovered after having been in broken up concrete sent through the recycling crusher at Manatt's twice Upah said.

Local contractors and area residents bring in broken up concrete which is recycled at the Tama plant so the bike license was from a local source.

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License plates like this were a familiar site around town years ago as bicycles were required to be registered with the City of Toledo.
Chronicle photos/John Speer

It can be remembered 1962 was about the time bicycle licensing in Toledo got underway. There's memories of then Police Chief Floyd Whitmore and Officer Leo Kendall dutifully processing bikes in front of the Community Building.

What seemed like every kid in town was there with their bike. The bicycles were flipped over, a number corresponding to the plate number stamped in the frame between the pedals and a receipt issued to the owner.

The cost is believed to have been one dollar.

When the licensing of bikes ended it has not been determined. Toledo Police said they have no record other than a single receipt issued for a bicycle license. Poecile Chief Nathan Shepard and Sgt. Dan Quigley said they believe such records were lost or destroyed when the police department relocated from the police station on South County Road to the present location on West High Street.

There is a bicycle on display in the window of Wilkerson Hardware with a 1981 Tama-Toledo license sticker affixed.

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