June 24th


     Those who are called to serve in law enforcement are among the most interesting storytellers of the community.  Their recollections span everything from the humorous to the tragic to the most dangerous situations a person could face.  When art is added to those recollections, the stories take on a unique quality that can only be described as an “illustrated” life.

     The Allen County Historical Society is pleased to present Mr. Larry Wren who will offer a program entitled, “My Illustrated Journey.”  Born and raised in Lima, Mr. Wren graduated from Lima Senior High School in 1956.  He worked briefly for Davidson Enamel and Superior Coach prior to joining the U.S. Army.  Larry was assigned to the 504th Military Police Battalion in 1958 and served in Germany with the 536th and 709th Military Police Companies. After an honorable discharge in 1961, Larry joined the Lima Police Department where he served as a patrolmen during a particularly difficult time in Lima’s history in the late 1960s.

     Mr. Wren joined the U.S. Customs Service in 1970 where he was assigned to the Mexican border.  In 1974, after attending school for advanced training at Hofstra University in New York, he was assigned to the Canadian Border.  In 1979 he transferred to Cleveland and then to Toledo where he served until his retirement in 1998.

     Mr. Wren attended the Ohio State University and Lake Superior State University at Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.  He also pursued advanced training with the FBI, the Spanish Lan- guage School at El Paso, TX and Customs related training in New York, Georgia, and Ohio.

     Larry’s passion for art led to his personal expressions of incidents throughout his career. He has also shown his art professionally and has a portfolio of more than 150 paintings, cartoons, and landscapes.  He also plays the mandolin with the local Harps and Strings band. If you remember the riots of the late sixties, the expansion of the illegal drug trade across our borders, and the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, you won’t want to miss this program, (free and open to the public).


My Illustrated Journey


Larry Wren

June Program

2 p.m.

“My Illustrated Journey”

       Mr. Larry Wren