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Lucille Ball Memorabilia on Display at Wyandotte Library

The famed TV comedian was about 1 year old when her family moved to Wyandotte.

Fans from around the world have their own favorite memories of TV funny woman Lucille Ball.

But those living in Wyandotte, like Sandra Havlicsek, have a special connection as Lucy and her family once lived in Wyandotte.

"I just love her," Havlicsek said. "I feel like I'm related to her. She was such a comedian. Even when she was mean, she was so funny."

Lucy was about 1 year old when her family moved to Wyandotte. It's believed they relocated here so her father, an electrician, could take a job with the Bell Co. as a telephone lineman. The phone company was in a hiring boom for that position and paid $5 a day.

The Ball family lived at 126 Biddle. In 1928, however, the U.S. Postal Service changed the addresses on Biddle. The property address is now 3738 Biddle.

The family rented a back apartment at the house for $10 a month and lived there until Lucy’s father, Henry, died at the house in 1915 at the age of 27. The house was demolished in 1963.

Havlicsek has collected many Lucy mementos over the years and has now lent them to Bacon Memorial District Library for an "I Love Lucy" display case inside the library's main doors.

"I'm 65 now and I've been a fan since I was 15," Havlicsek said. "I know every word from every episode. I just love her. ... And she was a part of Wyandotte. That's a feather in our cap."

The display will be up through the end of February and includes some of Havlicsek's memorabilia, as well as books that can be checked out from the library.

Wallace Hayden, Wyandotte's historical librarian, said he's looking to showcase even more items next year.

"2014 will mark 100 years that Lucy moved to Wyandotte," Hayden said. "(It's) a year away yet, but I hope to do something in recognition then. ... In Lucy's own words, her first performances were in (Wyandotte) on the counter top of a grocery store. I am trying to get more background on that."

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Mary Washko January 29, 2013 at 01:23 PM
What a beautiful tribute! Lucy would have loved it and I'm sure she's smiling down at it all!!!
Nancy Lange January 29, 2013 at 02:00 PM
I remember the day that Lucille Ball came to visit in wyandotte. I lived on Orchard a block off of Biddle. the house they lived in on Biddle was a small house behind a beauty shop that was in business there at the time of her visit.I don't know what was there when Lucille lived there.. But I missed her visit...St.Joseph church was having our annual church trip to Bob-Lo..but my friend Shirley who lived across the street from me,got her autograph..remember looking at it in Shirley's autograph book.
Sue Czarnecki January 29, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Sandra, I have a Lucy collection myself that I am ready to part with. If interested, please contact me. Who doesn't love Lucy ????? Sue Czarnecki
Tammy Trudelle January 29, 2013 at 04:52 PM
This is an awesome collection and display.
Lea January 31, 2013 at 12:43 AM
And because of Lucy, we got Star Trek! http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1586118/pg1
Mark Havlicsek February 22, 2013 at 04:00 AM
Thank you Wally Hayden for making this all possible, and Thank You Patch for posting this on their page, my mom is so excited.

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