• Paul Sargent and his daughter Melissa Sargent.

Paul Sargent grand marshal for the ‘Home for the Holidays’ parade this Sunday

PHS graduate, WWII veteran, businessman, past councilman

If anyone could be considered a living history book of Perrysburg, Paul Sargent is one such candidate. To honor Mr. Sargent’s many contributions to our community over the past 70 years or so, the former PHS graduate, WWII veteran, village businessman, local property developer, city councilman, Chamber of Commerce founder, and tireless member of various boards and civic groups too numerous to mention, will preside as grand marshal for Perrysburg’s 2018 Christmas parade.

Mr. Sargent was born in Dunbridge in 1923. His father was in the process of building a new automobile garage and dealership on the corner of Dowling Road and Route 25. Mr. Sargent’s family moved there shortly after he was born.

“In 1924 my father opened a Paige-Jewett automobile dealership,” Mr. Sargent said. “The Paige was the luxury model and the Jewett its cheaper counterpart. In 1927, Dad added Reos. They made a fourdoor sedan called the Flying Cloud. The dealership also doubled as a repair garage and gas station. There was also a lunchroom, which my mother ran. The business was called the Midway Garage, it being seven miles halfway between Maumee and Bowling Green.”

 

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