Blog Category: cat-trivia

Question: Jean Shepherd’s book “In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash”, which “A Christmas Story” is based on, is a collection of semi-autobiographical short stories that Shepherd wrote for what magazine during the 1960s? __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Answer:  Playboy Magazine. For more fun facts about “A Christmas Story” click here:

Question: What year did Bob Hope begin the tradition of entertaining the troops during the Christmas season? __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Answer: Bob began what was to become a Christmas custom in 1948. He, with wife Dolores, went to Germany at the request of then Secretary of the Air

Question: What year did the Tiffin Lions Club start making and selling popcorn balls during the holidays? __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Answer: In 1956. Last year, in 2012, the group calculated that they had passed the 3 million mark of number of popcorn balls they had made since

Question: Ohio is home to the Smolen-Gulf Bridge which boasts both a state and national distinction (or record). What is it? __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Answer: The Smolen–Gulf Bridge is a covered bridge which carries State Road (Ashtabula County Road 25) across the Ashtabula River at the Plymouth and Ashtabula Township

Question: When did the Seneca Indians come to live in this part of the state? __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Answer: The Ohio Senecas came to live along the Sandusky River after the American Revolution. They relinquished most of their lands in Ohio with the signing of the Treaty

Question: When the famous Battle of Lake Erie was finally over, how did Tiffin factor into this decisive naval victory? __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Answer: In September, 1813, General William Henry Harrison received word of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory while at Fort Ball. This appeared in Harper’s Monthly Magazine

Question: The Heidelberg football team played which perennial powerhouse  for the first time on October 1, 1898? __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Answer: They played Ohio State, and were defeated 17-0. It was also the first game ever played on the Buckeyes’ new University Field, which was on the

Question: Where was this school located and what year was it demolished? __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Answer: The Union School was located at the corner of Monroe and Union Streets and was built in 1856 and demolished in 1958.

Question: What connection does Attica, OH have to the state of New York? __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Answer: In 1831, one of Attica’s early settlers Ezra Gilbert was made the first Postmaster and named the post office Attica after his former home in New York State. In addition, the township

Question: What is the longest word that can be made from the letters in Tiffin and Ohio? ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ Answer: Finfoot (using seven letters). Definition: any aquatic bird of the tropical and subtropical family Heliornithidae, having broadly lobed toes, a long slender head and neck, and pale brown plumage.

Question: What unusual offer did Annie Oakley make to President McKinley in 1898 that was refused? __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Answer: As the Spanish-American War loomed in April of 1898, celebrity sharpshooter Annie Oakley – a Buffalo Bill performer so famous that she was essentially the world’s first

Question: How many places in Seneca County are identified as a “census designated place” (CDPs) by the United States Census Bureau, meaning that they resemble a city, town or village but lack their own government? __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Answer: Bascom, Flat Rock, Fort Seneca, Kansas, *McCutchenville, Melmore, and

Question: What nearby highway does Tiffin, Ohio have in common with Tiffin, Iowa? _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Answer: U.S. Route 6. The main street of Tiffin, Iowa is U.S. Route 6 (see map below), the same highway that passes just north of Tiffin, Ohio, some 500 miles away. To learn

Question: A part of Seneca County can claim to be the world’s largest–what? __   __   __   __   __   __ Answer: The world’s largest sulfur springs which is located in the village of Green Springs. Read more about it in this interesting article from the Fremont News Messenger.

Question: This man-made millionaire once worked as a janitor for St. Mary Church. Who was he and what impact did he have on the City of Tiffin? _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Answer: Thomas Connor. He was the first citizen to establish a beneficent trust fund for Tiffin.

Question: Who is this woman and what significant (and impressive) role did she play in the history of our city and state? _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Answer: Nettie Cronise Lutes was the first woman lawyer in Tiffin and the first to be admitted to the Ohio bar. She became

Question: The building below was a fixture in the south end of town for many years. It was torn down in August 1977. Do you recognize the building? _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _   Answer: St. Joseph “old” School Building

Question: For a brief period in the late 1890s, Tiffin was home to a factory that made a very popular children’s item. What was the factory? [Hint: This item remains as popular today as when it first appeared on the market and billions are produced each year!] _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Question: What is the location of this photo? _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Answer: The Old Fort Banking Co., on the corner of E. Market and S. Monroe Streets. See photos below: 1950, 1967 and current                

Question: The family name “Tiffin” dates back to what century? _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Answer: The first recorded spelling of the family name “Tiffin” is shown to be that of Gilbert Tyffayne. which was dated 1288, The Abbey of Ramsey, Norfolk. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In

Question: What is significant about this photo to Tiffin/Seneca County? _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Answer: It shows the origin of the Sandusky River in Lowe-Volk Park in Crawford County, Ohio.

Question: By all accounts, who is considered Tiffin’s first millionaire? _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Answer: Rezin W. Shawhan. Read more about this fascinating person who played a major role in Tiffin’s early history and economic development.

Question: What major disaster in Tiffin’s history caused considerable damage to over 70 buildings and property? _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Answer: The Great Tiffin Fire Conflagration of April 13, 1872 began in the oldest part of the city on the Fort Ball/ Oakley side of the river. April 13, 1872

Question: What is the original, Old English definition of the word “tiffin”? _   _   _   _   _   _ Answer: A lunch, or slight repast (meal) between breakfast and dinner; — originally, a Provincial English word, but introduced into India, and brought back to England in a special sense.

Question: According to the Census, what is the second most common last name (after Smith) among deceased individuals in Seneca County?   _   _   _   _   _   Answer: Miller. 180 individuals with the last name Miller lived an average of 78.7 years.

Question: What person/business/entity suffered the largest individual loss from the 1913 Flood? _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Answer: The Tiffin Wagon Works at 40 Harrison Street incurred losses valued at $80,000. Read a recent Toledo Blade article about the flood: Region to mark record-shattering floods that swamped Ohio in 1913

Question: In terms of today’s dollars, what was the estimated property loss for the City of Tiffin from the 1913 Flood? a) $7 million b) $22 million c) $43 million _ _ _ _ _ _ Answer: b) $22 million. In 1913, the estimated loss was $1 million. For a fascinating look at the 1913 Flood,

Question: What do Tiffin and the Book of Mormon have in common? _   _   _   _   _   Answer: Oliver Cowdrey, who practiced law in Tiffin from 1840 to 1847, was the Second Elder and Scribe of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormon Church). His name

Question: What Tiffin business once had the distinction of being first in Ohio and third in the United States? _   _   _   _   _ Answer: The Tiffin Edison Electric Illuminating Company, built in Tiffin in the fall of 1883, was the first central electric power station in Ohio and the third in the United

Question: What role did Governor Edward Tiffin play in the issue of slavery and the rights of African-Americans when the Constitution was being written for the state of Ohio in 1802? _ _ _ _ _ Answer: The Ohio Constitution of 1803 prohibited slavery, honoring one of the Northwest Ordinance’s stipulations. However, Edward Tiffin cast

Question: Which president spoke at the funeral of a local war hero/political orator in 1894? _ _ _ _ _ Answer: Governor McKinley (future president) spoke at the funeral of William Harvey Gibson. Located on the grounds of the Seneca County Courthouse is a large statue dedicated to William Harvey Gibson. Unless you’re really up

Question: How much did it cost to use the first toll bridge in Tiffin? _ _ _ _   Answer: $2 a year In the fall of 1833, Josiah Hedges contracted with Reuben Williams to construct a wooden bridge at Washington St. to span the Sandusky River. It was only partially completed by the time

Question: What Heidelberg University graduate appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1991? _ _ _ _ Answer: Brian Regan Brian Regan is a rare in the world of stand-up comedy: a workhorse who spent 25 years touring and building his act, he’s become a huge success just for being a stand-up without

Question: What was the first road through Seneca County? _ _ _ Answer:  The first road to be cut through Seneca County was an army road, which was built by Gen. William Henry Harrison’s army. It extended from Upper Sandusky to Lower Sandusky (now part of Fremont), and eventually on to Franklinton (now Columbus). The army

Question: What Tiffin native has had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom, Parks and Recreation? – – – Answer: Andy Forrest who plays Kyle in Parks and Recreation. Though Andy has since moved on to an acting career of his own, many Tiffinites still enjoy seeing him in commercials and TV shows. Here’s what