Amsterdam – German Township
Location: 40.422321 -84.378130   

on Amsterdam Rd at the intersection of S Washington St (SR 66) along the Miami & Erie Canal
Remnants: none known
Description: Amsterdam was platted in 1837 by German immigrants with 65 lots & was abandoned after the Cholera epidemic in 1849. Over 100 residents perished from the disease & were buried in a mass grave across from Saint Paul’s Church in New Bremen on N Herman St. A public park was built over the graveyard in 1948 & the remaining headstones were laid flat & buried.

Bay – Moulton Township
Location: 40.557052 -84.277834   
on Bay Rd between Plant Pike (County Rd 33A) & Clear Creek
Remnants: Zion (Lutheran) Cemetery on private property east of the GPS coordinates
Description: The town proprietor was a W.E. Bay who owned the section of land on the west side of the road in the late 1800s to early 1900s

Bingville – Union Township
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Botkins Station – Pusheta Township, Auglaize County & Dinsmore Township, Shelby County
Location: 40.482336 -84.183987   
on SR 219 along the Auglaize & Shelby County border
Remnants: none known
Description: It had a train station on the Dayton & Michigan Railroad. Residences & businesses were in both Auglaize & Shelby County. It was named after Richard Botkin (1803 – 1858) who donated the land for the station & founded Botkins in Shelby County.

Layton – Union Township
Post Office: 1895 – 1904
Location: unknown
Description: This small town is listed in the 1901 Cram Atlas & was in the northwestern portion of the township. It was named after the Layton family in the area.

Mohramsville – German Township
Location: 40.443328 -84.375089   
on Lock 2 North Rd near the intersection of Klee Ave
Description: The town was founded in 1838 German immigrant H.H. Mohram. The area was annexed into New Bremen in 1876.

Ober Bremen – German Township
Location: 40.432178 -84.379501   
on S Washington St on the east side of New Bremen
Remnants: none known
Description: Ober Bremen was founded by German immigrants Gerhard Ellerman (1811 – 1888) & Anna (Uphaus) Ellerman (1814 – 1891). It was platted in 1853 & annexed into New Bremen in 1876. Gerhard & Anna were buried with relatives in German Protestant Cemetery on New Bremen – New Knoxville Rd (County Rd 65A).

Petersburg – Pusheta Township
Location: 40.497000 -84.162952   
on Santa Fe – New Knoxville Rd between Cemetery Rd & Rupert Rd
Remnants: historical markers on the roadside, Petersburg Cemetery past the markers in a field
Description: Petersburg was the site of the first Roman Catholic congregation in the township & had a church & school. John Rupert, who founded the town, platted 40 acres in 1852 but the lots never sold.

Post Office: 1886 – 1888
Location: unknown, was northwest of Waynesfield
Description: none found

Pusheta Town – Moulton Township
Location: 40.568104 -84.229671   
between Fox Ranch Rd & the Auglaize River
Remnants: none known
Description: Some residents were buried in Greenlawn Cemetery on SR 67.

Rinehart (Rineharts) – Union Township
Post Office: 1856 – 1872
Location: 40.600503 -84.032290   
on SR 67 at the intersection of Wrestle Creek Rd
Remnants: Rinehart House at the intersection, Mount Lookout (Rinehart) Cemetery on the south side of SR 67 about 3/10 of a mile east of the intersection
Description: The town was founded by Hugh Rinehart (1813 – 1891) & Juliana (Godfrey) Rinehart (1812 – 1881) who moved to Ohio from Virginia & were pioneers of the township. Hugh was a farmer & blacksmith. The town also had a school. The Rinehart house was built in 1861 & added to the National Register Of Historic Places in 1978. Hugh & Juliana were buried with some of their children in Mount Lookout (Rinehart) Cemetery.

Location: unknown
Description: none found

Vogelsangtown – German Township
Location: 40.432292 -84.385177   
on S Herman St on the southwest side of New Bremen
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded in 1856 by German immigrants Friedrich Voglesang (1831 – 1897) & Sophia (Kuenning) Voglesang (1836 – 1909) who had 13 children. Freidrich was a farmer, flour mill owner, & businessman. The town was annexed into New Bremen in 1876 & Freidrich had a seat in the village council. The Voglesangs were buried with relatives in German Protestant Cemetery on New Bremen – New Knoxville Rd (County Rd 65A).

Egypt, OH – (1830s – present farming town with no growth)

Classification: small town

Location: Jackson Township, Auglaize County – On Minster Egypt Pike close to the intersection of SR 364

An unsubstantiated claim by a former preacher of St. Josephs Catholic Church suggests that Egypt was named by German immigrants in the early-1830s after a settler described the swampy area back then as being “made by a dab of mud that fell from the wheelbarrow of God.” However, the town name is actually derived from the hometown of the mother of a couple of the earliest pioneers in the area. John Henry Osterloh immigrated from a town called Halter in Lower Saxony, Germany. He purchased a farm in what would later become Egypt in 1829 – 1830. His mother was from Aegypten in Lower Saxony, Germany. John Henry Osterloh unfortunately passed away from a typhus epidemic in 1833.

One of his brothers, John Albert Osterloh (1814 – 1901) arrived in 1834 at the age of 20, took over possession of John Henry’s farm, & continued purchasing more land surrounding it. The residents got tired of traveling nearly 4 miles to the town of Minster to get to church, so they petitioned to get one in Egypt in 1852 & St. Josephs Catholic Church was subsequently built. John Albert Osterloh donated land for the church & adjoining cemetery. The estimated cost was $800, all of the money the congregation had raised. Local resident Henry Rolfes proposed that he would build the church for just $300 & the remaining funds could be used to secure a full-time preacher.

A convent called “Marys Flight” was constructed across from the cemetery on the north side of Minster Egypt Pike in 1856 & was home to the “Sisters Of The Precious Blood”. While serving in their religious duties, the sisters also worked in farming. A parish house was built for the priest that same year & a school was constructed in 1860. A couple of businesses in town, which were pinpointed on the 1860 county map, include a general store on the Osterloh farm west of SR 364 on the south side of Minster Egypt Pike & a cider mill at the northern end of the Grieshop farm on the south side of Minster Fort Recovery Rd. 

In 1878, a new brick church replaced the old one at a cost of $5,000. It proudly stands on Minster Egypt Pike & was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The school was replaced in 1918 by Jackson Township School #2 down the road from the church & is used as a community hall today. The town’s convent closed in the 1940s & what was left of it was demolished around 2000. A new house was constructed on the property, but the original barn remains & is still in use. Egypt was never a large town & didn’t have a railroad or canal to help create a population boom, but maintains its historic existence while heading into the future.

Many thanks go to David Osterloh for providing much of the info on Egypt! He is a direct descendant of John Albert Osterloh & continues the family tradition of farming, now in the 4th generation & going into the 5th.

Glynwood, OH (Six Mile) – (1876 – present farming & railroad town with less residents than in the past)

Classification: small town

Location: Moulton Township, Auglaize County – On Glynwood – New Knoxville Rd at the intersection of Glynwood Rd

Six Mile was established in the mid 1800s. Its church congregation formed St. Thomas Parish & built a church & cemetery in 1857. When oil & natural gas were discovered in the area, the town quickly drew more residents. It was renamed after John Glynn (1827 – 1903) & Bridget Glynn (1829 – 1896), who were Irish immigrants & the first to settle there in 1857. Glynwood had a train station on the Lake Erie & Western Railroad & a post office from 1877 – 1903.

A new brick church was built in 1883 to accommodate the growing population. It was dedicated as St. Patrick’s Church, the patron saint of Ireland, but the cemetery kept it’s old name St. Thomas. In 1905 Glynwood was still a bustling community with a factory, saw mill, blacksmith, shoe shop, & a saloon. The town has been losing residents since the train station closed though & today there’s only a dozen or so houses in the community. In 1979 St. Patrick’s Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. John & Bridget Glynn were buried in St. Thomas Cemetery with some of their relatives.


Auglaize County Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources

1860 – Auglaize County Map

1880 – Auglaize County Atlas

1898 – Auglaize County Atlas

1917 – Auglaize County Atlas

1905 – History Of Western Ohio And Auglaize County

1923 – History Of Auglaize County Ohio – Vol. 1