AN ORAL HISTORY: With Iraq in the news again, we bring you a story from the archives, of a local man looking back at the First Gulf War. Mustafa Sugheir shared his story with The Blade this past winter. The Palestinian American owned the Ohio Overseas corporation in Toledo,
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
Corrected version: Story text updated Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 at 3:27 p.m. to correct information regarding Mr. Sugheir’s university attendance. Mustafa Sugheir, 90, came to the U.S. in 1954 from Jenin, Palestine. He settled first in Angola, Ind., and later in Toledo, after attending Trine University, formerly known as Tri-State University. In
Toledo’s first mosque was more than a house of worship. To Habib Khan, 76, it was a “big home,” where the community gathered for dinners, games, and the dabke, a Middle Eastern line dance performed at haflehs, or parties. The mosque, founded in 1954, was at Bancroft and Cherry streets, close to