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Memories at Monty’s Place

August 14, 2013 - Larry Claypool
The photo albums of thousands of hunters and fishermen from eastern Ohio are filled with pictures taken in front of Mont and Linda Dickson’s establishment in Mecca, Ohio. The familiar old Toledo scale with a rusty, worn tray on an antique metal table was the signature spot to have ‘trophy’ photos taken at Monty’s Mosquito Lake Carryout. The business has provided a backdrop for countless game and fish photos — and outdoor memories — for nearly three decades. That backdrop will likely be tucked away with history after the recent death of Linda Dickson, who died August 8 after a long battle with cancer. Dickson had been running Monty’s (named after her late husband) since he passed away in 2003. I’ve been told the doors are locked and the business has closed. The Dickson’s had owned and operated Monty’s for the last 33 years. In front of the establishment was Monty’s Restaurant (I liked the hamburger and fries) and in the rear was a carry-out and sporting goods/bait and tackle shop. It was long known as one of the busiest deer check stations in the state. And with the popular sporting lake Mosquito Reservoir right up the road, there always would be someone getting a photo taken in front of Monty’s place. Now, what’s going to happen to that old Toledo scale? Do you have a favorite photo taken in front of Monty’s? If so, please send it to us and we’ll share it.


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Justin Abbott was one of thousands of hunters over the years to check in a deer at Monty's Mosquito Lake Carry Out in Mecca, OH.