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Manchester High School
437 West Nimisila Road
Akron, OH 44319
(330) 882-3291

  Carl Lipford -- MHS Class of 1951
  Retired Canal Fulton & Cook Forest Canoe Livery entrepreneur


I married my high school sweetheart, Mary Louise (Frymier), and we’ve been married for 54 years! We have a daughter, Pam Burns, and two sons, Brent and Brian (all MHS grads), five grandchildren (one deceased), and a newborn great grandson.

Career highlights:

Following many years in the Engineering Dept. of Goodyear Aerospace, I decided to become an “entrepreneur” by opening River Run Canoe Livery in Canal Fulton. This proved to be a rather successful operation, so I expanded by starting Cook Forest Canoe Rental in Cook Forest State Park in Northwest Pennsylvania. After several years of managing both, I finally sold the business in Canal Fulton, and my wife and I moved to Cook Forest in 1981.

This move motivated me to get further involved in the recreation business by opening a go-cart track and miniature golf course, followed by a waterslide. By this time, our children had joined Mom and Dad in PA, and they all became involved in the businesses. As of now, our son, Brent, and his wife, Sherry, have taken over the canoe rental, which consists of two bases and rental of almost 200 canoes and kayaks. Our daughter, Pam, and her husband, Tom Burns, now own and operate the other facilities, known as Cook Forest Fun Park. Our son, Brian, opted to relocate to the sunny south.

For the last 20 years, my wife and I have enjoyed our home in SW Florida, near Ft. Myers Beach, where we spend 5-6 months each winter.

Hobbies / Activities:

We are active in tennis, biking and fishing, and enjoy the many friendships we have made over the years.


Our travel highlight was our trip to Hong Kong and China. Such an experience!

High School memories:

(Editor’s note: On Feb. 6, 1951, Carl scored 67 points in a varsity basketball game against Brewster, with Manchester winning 105-36. This is a school-record which has never been threatened.)
As for my HS career, I played football, baseball and basketball. Regarding the game in which I made 67 points, all I can say is that I just couldn’t miss that night!! How I wish there was a video of that game. I’m proud to still hold the record.

Favorite high school “hangouts”:

My years at MHS hold many fond memories. I enjoyed those years and treasure the memories of good times and good friends. Cox’s Bar (now Manchester Tavern) was a favorite hangout, where we were able to go behind the counter and cook our own hamburgers. I was proud to be one of the “Three Musketeers,” along with Bud McCormish and the late Ron Welty. What a time the three of us had together.

“My old friends from school would be surprised to know…

that I now weight 200 lbs., a long way from my 135 lbs. when I played basketball.”

Other notes of interest:

We still keep in touch with former MHS principal (1962-1976) Jere Edwards. We enjoyed his visit with us last year in Florida.

All in all, my years have been very good, and I am proud to be a Manchester High School alumnus.

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