Sure Toledo had Dugan's on Woodville road....but never Skinny Dugan's. While in Las Vegas last week I ran across this quaint little place. Not related as far as I know....just posted for fun. I'm sure Big Jim Dugan's family will get a kick out of it.

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Newly released 2nd edition...January special. Order your copy from HCPublishing and you'll receive a signed copy by the author !

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--Book Signing Event: MEET THE AUTHOR ! --
Your very first chance to get a copy of the newly released 2nd edition of Illegal Gambling Clubs of Toledo; the Chips, the Dice, the Places and Faces !!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Bedford Branch Library, 8575 Jackman Rd, Temperance, MI 48182

Tue 6:00 PM ESTBedford Branch Library, 8575 Jackman Rd, Temperance, MI 48182
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Thank you to everyone that came out to my Bedford Library presentation. It was a great turnout. Many thanks to the library staff and Judy for making me feel so welcome. I ate my fair share of the yummy cookies. We were fortunate to have some family members of prominent characters in the book attend and shared some stories.

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I will be doing a speaking engagement this coming Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Bedford Library in Temperance, MI from 7:00-8:30 pm.

May 9, 2017 - May 10, 2017Bedford LibraryTemperance, MI
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Announcement....I'm happy to share with everyone that after four printings, the first edition of the book "Illegal Gambling Clubs of Toledo; the Chips, the Dice, the Places and Faces" is now out of print! I'm also pleased to announce that the second edition planned publishing date is December 1, 2017. The new edition will be significantly expanded. I have been quite fortunate in being able to uncover many great new photographs and information. As of right now, it looks as though the book should be somewhere in the area of 130 pages LARGER than the last edition, assuming that I use the same size and format as the first edition. I'll be keeping everyone up to date on developments. Thank you to everyone that has helped make this book such a surprising success.

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Here is a vintage 1940 photograph of the Webster Inn which was located on Detroit Avenue in Toledo. The Webster was in operation from the late 1930's through 1951. In 1951, the Kefauver senate hearings on organized crime brought down many of the illegal gambling operations. The club was owned by Benny Aronoff and operated by Benny Aronoff, Joe Aronoff, Tony Paul, and brothers Joe and Ben Fretti.

Gambling games offered at the club included craps, black jack, roulette, chuck-a-luck, sports and horse race betting, and of course, an ample supply of slot machines.

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Toledo agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit filed criminal charges against a man and Toledo bars for illegal gambling

The Dixie Inn club in 1956 near the end of it's twenty plus year run. The Dixie Inn was located at 4800 North Detroit Avenue (aka Dixie Highway) and had been in operation since 1935. Benny Aronoff was the owner of this wide open illegal gambling club which featured 4 craps tables, 3 blackjack tables, 1 roulette table and even a restaurant. This particular photo was taken in January of 1956 following another of the numerous police raids. Following the resulting court ordered padlock injunction, the club circumvented the legal system by merely installing a new door and gave themselves a new address of 4802 N. Detroit to go along with the new name of the "New Dix Inn." 1957 brought a move a few doors down to 5100 N. Detroit. The ingenuity was futile, and the Dixie Inn closed it's doors for good in 1957.

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Today's post doesn't have anything to do with the illegal gambling clubs of Toledo, but I thought it was cool enough that everyone might enjoy it. This photo goes back to 1924....during prohibition. A very creative bootlegger wore these "Cow Shoes" to fool the police and federal liquor control agents. When the still was discovered, no footprints were seen....but all around the area were bovine hoof prints. The cow shoes are constructed from wire and wooden blocks shaped to look like hoofs.

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A great couple of vintage casino chips from the historic Buckeye Club, (also known as the Buckeye Social Club), which was in operation from 1927-1939. The Buckeye was owned and operated by Benjamin Aronoff in the back of his Buckeye Cigar store located on Superior Street in downtown Toledo. Originally, the Buckeye Club was simply a sports betting parlor, but in 1934 Aronoff added a full spectrum of table games including craps, black jack and poker.

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Speaking engagement invitation

Join us this Tuesday October 20, 2015 @7:00pm at the Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society for a lecture by Terry Shaffer.

Come see the illegal gambling clubs of Toledo traveling museum, featuring chips, dice and other memorabilia from the underworld clubs of long ago.


Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Time: 7pm
Location: 1133 Grasser St. Oregon, OH (Historic Bradford School & Museum)
Cost: Free

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A great turnout on Wednesday evening for my speaking engagement at the Waterville Historical Society!

A packed house, an enthusiastic crowd, great snacks, and an engaging question session made for a very enjoyable time.

A big thank you to great folks of the Waterville Historical Society for having me.

A pair of vintage dice from Club Devon located on Benore Road. The Devon was Toledo's largest and most extravagant full fledged illegal casino. The club boasted 20 craps tables, 25 black jack tables and 8 roulette and misc. table games for an impressive grand total of 53 gaming tables! As if that weren't enough, there were 20 private viewing stations for horse betting.

Club Devon was in operation from 1941 through 1944, and closed following the well publicized suicide of Detroit executive George Wilcox.

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Author Terry Shaffer will be speaking on the "Illegal Gambling Clubs of Toledo." Sponsored by the Waterville Historical Society, Wakeman Hall, 401 Farnsworth Rd, Waterville, OH, 43566
Open to the public and free.

Wed 7:00 PM EDTWakeman Hall, 401 Farnsworth Rd, Waterville, OH, 43566
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