Jim Nessle
Bill Evans

Palm Harbor, FL

#1 Aug 1, 2008
Does anyone remember anything about Jim Nessle who used to go to the schools back in the 40's and teach the kids about the great outdoors? He was a huge influence in my life and the lives of many others. I would love to know what became of him.
Life Scout

Warren, MI

#2 Oct 16, 2008
An annual Boy Scout hike was named after him. It is usually every October. It starts at Providence Metroparks near Grand Rapids, Ohio, and it ends at the Farnsworth Metroparks, just outside Waterville, Ohio. I believe he was an ornithologist, a person who studies birds, and I do believe he was an expert birdwatcher. He knew much about the birds of northwest Ohio.

York, ME

#3 Jan 10, 2009
I remember Mr. Nessle very well and have fond memories of the programs he gave at my elementary school in Perrysburg when I was a little girl, back in the '60s. We paid 10 to attend. He showed slides of the birds as he did amazing imitations of their calls. He reinforced my love of nature, and I always looked forward to his shows.

“"Who Dat"”

Since: Oct 08

Naples, Fl.

#4 Jan 12, 2009
I remember Jim Nessle. My cousin attended Waterville Elementary School. We were about 9 years old. At the time I was living in Sandusky Oh. During the summer I'd visit, and attend different outings with the Girl Scouts in Waterville. My cousin introduced me to the Nessle family.The children attended Waterville Elementary School at the time. Mrs. Nessle had an outing at their home for the Girl Scouts.Their home was awesome, and had the tendency to blend with all the nature abounding their property. Wow that sure is, "BRAIN PICKIN." I wonder as well what happen to Jim Nessle. My cousin told me of a fellow that would take a dip in the Maumee River on New Year's Day. He passed on. I believe his name was Herb. Well, I'd beg my father for a visit, to see this event with cuz. It turned out to be a family gathering and potluck.
Philip Nessle

United States

#5 Jan 14, 2009
Came across this while bored at work. Jim Nessle was my dad. He died Oct 20th 1972. His wife Isabel will be 97 this year and living close to us in Miamisburg OH. I remember many a long night working in our basement printing dad's fliers on an offset printing press. Dad did the nature presentations at schools and organizaton meeting for 27 years. Was a lifetime member of the Toledo naturalists association. also was on WSPD TV 13 for I think 10 years. I understand mom went into labor with me when dad was out collecting skunk cabbage for one of his shows. We've only managed to obtain 2 of his "Nature Trails" shows that were filmed. Otherwise it was live TV. My sister Paula now in retirement is sifting through over 60,000 slides of dad's. As far as I know the Erie counsel boy scouts are continuing to do the annual Jim Nessle hike that runs between Grand Rapids and Waterville and behind where the house once stood. Mom sold the river frontage to the Metroparks and I understand it may become a southern entrance to Bendview park. Wenever I can I tramp the property and remember things in my childhood.
Tom Pendleton

Genoa, OH

#6 Mar 16, 2009
I knew Jim Nessle as a 4th or 5th grader while attending Longfellow School on Jackman Road in West Toledo, Ohio. I had connections with Mr. Nessle in a three ways. He was the father of one of my classmates, a customer on my Toledo Blade paper route and he was also a customer of my father, Ed Pendleton who owned Ed's Friendly Service, a Mobil service station on the corner of Jackman and Berdan avenues.

Mr. Nessle was such a good customer of my dad's that whe he proposed to my dad that they should construct a folding tent camper, my dad took the challenge and they built it in evenings and off hours in the "lube room" of the service station. This took place around 1953 or 1954, the date of which I am not exactly sure. Upon reflection I firmly believe that this was a "first" of sorts as the base was a sort of box bed two wheeled trailer with each end hinged so as to be able to be erected with canvas being the roof portion which kept rain off the occupants. I don't recall ever hearing how it all worked out, but its building has left an indelible memory with me.
Jon Nessle

United States

#7 Mar 17, 2009
I remember that camper! I am Jim Nessle's eldest son. We took that camper to Florida in '53. I don't remember the trip, but afterward dad stored the camper in our barn. We moved away from NE Toledo 25 miles to the West in Waterville, OH on to a 56 acre farm. us kids used to play hide and seek in the barn and sometimes I chose the trailer for a hiding place. It was made of masonite and had tin foil on the inside. I'm not sure why tin foil was used, but it had this shimmery sound whenever you banged the side of the trailer.
pat lubomski

Taylor, MI

#8 Apr 5, 2009
Hey I know the Nessle Family
As far as I can tell they have somehow gotten more brains in that family than should be legal .Phil Being one of the finest automotive experts in the business and Jon being one of the finest researchers into biblical studies I have ever met ..

Keep Up The Good work
R Holton Kenosha WI

Oak Creek, WI

#9 Oct 9, 2009
I also remember attending visits from Jim Nessle at Glenwood School (the original building), in the '50's. He was great and made everyone feel as he was their Uncle. I've always wondered if Toledo gave him his just due. He was truely a Toledo Treasure.
Norman Witzler

Santa Clara, CA

#10 Nov 12, 2009
I grew up in Waterville and have great memories of Mr. Nessle. The best times were as a boyscout in troop 257.He was our scoutmaster and knew everything about plants, birds, and scouting. His middle son Jim and I were in the same class from elementary school through high school. Mr. Nessle did a great slideshow every year at our elementary school about birds. He would tell about how each bird lived and then would imitate their calls. My dad died just six months before he did. They were friends. Mr. Nessle was like an uncle to me.
Bill Evans

Palm Harbor, FL

#11 Jun 7, 2010
This is very belated, but I have been off line for a long time and didn't know anyone had responded to my question.
I am so proud to have known Mr. Nessle when I was a little first grader at Sherman School in Toledo back in the mid 40s. He made such an impact on my life and the way I raised my family to love nature.
Toledo should erect a monument to this man, and they should do it soon and do it up big, his memory demands it.

Toledo, OH

#12 May 21, 2012
Someone here mentioned "the Lord". I need to talk to Philip Nessle who was best friends with my younger brother at one time. Our parents (I heart ache over about the Lord), lived close by Philip's parents house. Our mom passed away almost 2 years ago, and dad is now going (you cannot count the tears), and I just found out that my brother who turned out to be the "Cain" spirit of the family, had something to do with Philip Nessle's religion (he confessed) and has lived to be a thorn in my side ever since (I've often wondered about Philip Nessle's religion (called a "cult"), I have been forever tortured by this "Cain" who includes me in his hate for "The Way" Philip (and brother) went! I am the firstborn of the Griffin family (first "born again"), with a perfect heart for my family's salvation since God called me at 3-1/2 years old. I came to my family at 18yrs old (out of the closet FINALLY...was shown how to give them what I had in me), only "in Jesus name" (no religion/cult following, but genuine) to deliver Jesus Christ's personal invitation (mom tore my Gideon Bible up in my face at 7years old, before I could read it to find out who this Jesus was that loved me. To bring back that hope in my heart, I made Him my invisible friend, saying "No one can take that away from me!" < didn't know it was Biblical O;-) When I read the Bible FINALLY, I found out not only why God had called me to minister...beyond the norm, but to unlock the seal of Daniel for the end times. No man had his hand in leading me to Jesus, no one knew Jesus around me growing up (but I secretly did on my own). Please contact me ASAP @ [email protected] I pray this be a witness to all that read this. I have witnessed MANY miracles since (asked for a healing in faith that He'd heal my back in excruciating pain and paralization setting in...and in 3 seconds, I had God's hands in me for 3 days and 3 nights and a pluperfect healing for 1 month, my back injured in a diving accident on Kelley's Island and suffered for 9 years has been healed Aug 22, 1996! I sincerely pity those who die without Christ...to spend eternity in flames and screaming. Watch the "Angelica's Testimony" (english version, female voice over) on Youtube < That will give you an idea where YOU personally stand with God at this moment. And if you are still alive and breathing, you have time to change.
Peace to all. I purposely hid my email addy in this for obvious reason
Mike Williams

Toledo, OH

#13 Dec 22, 2012
I have no idea how I found this but Wow! I was one of the lucky kids from Waterville, Ohio who grew up in the 1960's and was in Jim Nessle's Boy Scout troop 257 - along with his sons Jimmy and Phillip. Also Norm Witzler who posted earlier in this thread. Mr Nessle was one of the greats and Truly one of the biggest influences in my life - and the lives of hundreds of others. Jon was older than us but I remember him well. Jimmy and Phil and our buddies had such an incredible time in Nessle's troop! Great memories.

Toledo, OH

#14 Apr 10, 2016
Does anyone happen to know what became of that 1950's home built "pop-up" tent trailer built by Jim Nessle? I'm working on a book on the history of travel trailers, and this would be a great anecdote to include with photos.
J Nessle

Houston, TX

#15 Apr 11, 2016
That trailer was destroyed when the barn fell down. It was never used after that one trip...


Since: May 12


#16 Apr 24, 2016
Interesting thread, made me smile.

I'm not sure Nessle ever visited my school, Trilby, but I remember his TV bits. I also remember that little Mobil station at Jackman and Berdan, my cousin lived around the corner and we'd ride our bikes by there and get a soft drink once in a while. There was a little appliance store across Berdan, lol when was the last time anyone saw a little appliance store?

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