I'm 65 years old and have lived in the Akron-Tallmadge, Ohio area all of my life. For 10-years (1957-1967) I lived most summers at our home in Cook Forest, Pa. I'm a U.S. Army veteran (1971-1973). I collect many things such as: antique cars, antique firearms, movies, movie props, old newspapers and posters, Wyatt Earp items, Civil War items, John Wayne items, items from the old west including Native American items, just about anything historical. I've been married for 42-years. My wife and I have a son and a daughter and four granddaughters.
Walt Thompson, who owned the Sunoco station at the southern edge of the North Hill Viaduct bridge in Akron, rescued suicidal people in the 1930s and 1940s. The gas station stood at North Main and Furnace Streets on the edge of downtown. The gas station sign can be seen at the right side of this picture.
Have you ever thought about suicide?
If you are thinking about suicide, please call your national or local Suicide Hotline. Life can be wonderful if you give it a chance and get some help. No problem is too great if you have someone to help you work it out. Most problems are temporary. Death is forever. A good friend of mine killed himself over a foolish reason that he really thought was serious. That was in 1968, that was around 50-years ago. Dave was 18 at the time. What would his life have been like for the last 50-years? Job, wife, family, happiness? Suicide is NEVER the answer and if you REALLY take the time to think about it, you would know that. Think about this first...If you are going to buy a car, or a house, don't you stop and think it over first? Well, death is final, the end, absolutely no coming back. Shouldn't that warrant some serious thought?