Calvin Teal publishes book about U.S.20 2011.07.13

Written by David Green.

twin.curves.stateionOnce Calvin Teal began collecting material for a book about U.S. 20, the photographs started rolling in. And so did the contacts.

He would speak to one person who directed him to a relative who had photos who sent him on to someone else with material.

He ended up learning much more about the road than he thought existed—and that’s just from Assumption to Fayette.

Calvin was interested in just that small portion of the cross-country highway, and even from that limited stretch he ended up with more material than he had room for in his book that should end up with close to 70 pages.

Calvin sought information about restaurants, service stations and other businesses along the road that no longer exist. It took some searching.

“I knocked on a lot of doors,” he said, and knocking was just the beginning.

The challenge was getting to know people well enough—or rather allowing them to get to know him—so they would trust him to borrow important photographs and bring them back unharmed.

Calvin started his project four years ago—four long years ago.

“It seems like it was just taking forever,” he said.

He’s very disappointed that two people who offered a lot of help with the project—Bill Miller of Lyons and David Lauffer of Bryan—are no longer alive to view the book.

Calvin’s related book—a pictorial history of State Route 120 from Berkey to Munson—might happen and it might not. He’s not sure that he’s ready to dive in again so soon.

“We’ll see how this first one goes,” he said, “and then maybe I’ll get cracking on it.”

BOOK ORDERS—“U.S. Rt. 20 on the Run, Then and Now” is in the final proofreading stages and should be ready for purchase before September. He expects a book-signing session will be arranged at some date, but  area readers can place an early order for the book and save some money.

Pre-publication order forms are available at the Fayette library to request a copy for $12. After the book is published, the regular price will be $17.

Completed forms and payment should be sent to the Metamora Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 174, Metamora OH 43540.

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