The story of King Wamba
After the death of the last King
of the old Spanish dynasty, so the tradition runs, the pretenders to the Throne could not agree upon a sovereign, and were
compelled to send to Rome to have the Pope decide for them. The Pope told the envoys that he who was to be King of Spain would
be found plowing his fields with a gray and white ox and his name would be Wamba.
The country was searched and Wamba found.
The envoys sent messengers on before to tell the Council of the Kingdom that the new King would return to Toledo with them.
The council went out to meet the King, who was accompanied by his wife Sancha and their children; the people followed and
the joy-bells were set ringing. As the Royal Party entered the city, all the people looked out of their balconies crying “Toledo
and Spain for Wamba. “And also for Queen Sancha
The Wamba parade going down Madison Ave. to 13th St. The King and Queen are seated on the throne
under the canopy.
The royal couple arrives.
The Royal barge going up the Maumee River.
The corination of King Wamba and Queen
Sancha in a ceramoney in Toledo, Ohio during the Wamba Carnival.
Thus they conducted the good King to the Palace and put on him a Royal robe; Queen Sancha was
arrayed in a robe of green velvet. Then they went forth to the Cathedral to be crowned. The ground was strewn with flowers
and the air was filled with benedletions. Wamba’s reign is spoken of the history
as “ the era of Wisdom and Justice,” and the reign of Wamba in the new Toledo will be one of gaiety, hilarity
and joy, excelling, if possible, the Mardi Gras of New Orleans and other like events that have added fame and splendor to
many of our thriving cities.
King Wamba was lumber company president
Robert Hixon and socialite Ethel Chesbrough was Queen Sancha. The Chesbrough’s were wealthy lumber dealers from East
Toledo. The Toledo paper said she was one of the most beautiful women in Toledo.