Toledo Blade on Dec. 31, 1974
Obituary - Michael Toth, 59, of 1109 Wheeling St. Oregon, owner of a former sand dredging firm
that also was the only local firm to operate cargo ships, died Monday, December 30, 1974 in St.
Mr. Toth operated the former Toth Transportation Co. in the 2000 block of Front St. for 20
years. He retired 4 years ago.
His shipping activity around Toledo began in 1937, when he acquired a bumboat to sell supplies
to sailors on Great Lakes vessels. In 1948, his firm entered the sand dredging business,
selling sand and gravel to commercial firms.
In its first venture into cargo carrying, the firm purchased two vessels to carry grain to
ports in New York state and through the New York barge canal. They became the first Toledo
based cargo-handling shipping firm since the days of old wooden canal boats.
In June 1958, one of the Toth vessels, the Julius H. Barnes, unloaded a 2,000 ton cargo of
sugar from Havana at Muskegon, MI, thus becoming one of the first American flag vessels to
bring cargo into the Great Lakes from an overseas port.
Mr. Toth was a member of the Propeller Club, Shipmasters Association, and Pyramid Lodge, F&AM.
Surviving are his sons, Michael A. Jr. and Mark J. sisters, Mrs. Helen Katona, Mrs. Mary
Krizsak, Mrs. Ann Galuzny, and Mrs. Irene Kornstadt and brothers Joseph and John.
Services Thursdays in Eggleston-Meinert Mortuary, Coy Rd. by Rev. Andrew Harto, Masonic
services 8pm Wednesday. Burial - Toledo Memorial Park.