Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in The Blade on Sunday, March 16, 2014. One in an occasional series Manira Saide-Sallock, 74, remembers when her father, Mohammed Saide, and Shadid Ya’qub, the father of the late actor Danny Thomas, would sit in their backyard in Toledo’s Vistula neighborhood and
This is a survey of the Middle Eastern population in the Toledo area. Arabs, Middle Easterners, North Africans, and other ethnic groups from the region are not counted in their own racial or ethnic category on the decennial United States census. They are counted in the ‘white’ category, which
Manira Saide-Sallock, 74, discusses her late father Mohammed Saide singing the Aataba in north Toledo’s Little Syria neighborhood with Shadid Ya’qub, the father of late actor Danny Thomas. The Aataba is an improvised, melancholy ode sung in Arabic.
George C. Zilba Sr., 75, of Ottawa Lake, Mich., is a managing member of Parkway Catering LLC, which owns and operates the banquet halls of Parkway Place in Maumee and Cambridge Place in Toledo. Zilba’s family emigrated from Damascus, Syria and Batroun, Lebanon to northern Ohio in the late
Mustafa Sugheir, 90, came to the U.S. in 1954 from Jenin, Palestine. He settled first in Angola, Ind., and later in Toledo, after graduating from Trine University, formerly known as Tri-State University. In this audio clip, he recounts his first experience with Halloween in Toledo. RELATED LINK: Mideast in the