Toledo's Melting Pot
The ethnic heritage of East Toledo originated with French-Canadian families like the Navarres early on and later a prominent French community settled in the East Broadway and Greenwood area. Many immigrants came from the Alsace-Lorraine area, the region between Germany and France bringing names like Gladiuex, Metzger, and Hollerbach.
In the 1890s the National Malleable Castings Company moved from Cleveland to Front Street near Consaul and grew rapidly.
Word went back to Eastern Europe and Hungarian families began to come over to work here. Once here, they sent money home to have more family members shipped over to work in the mills, furnaces, and foundries of East Toledo. The lure of good paying jobs and humble homes also brought Italian, Slovak, Czech, German, Polish, Bulgarian, Greek, Hispanic and African American families to the east side of the Maumee.
This truly was Toledo’s melting pot.