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Bowsherville – Pitt Township Post Office: 1837 – 1865 Location: 40.738025, -83.293223 on SR 294 at the intersection of County Hwy 115 Remnants: Bowsherville Cemetery on private property on the east side of County Highway 115 south of SR 294 Description: “Major” Anthony Bowsher (1799 – 1886) and Catherine (Staley) Bowsher (1801 – 1864) were married in Pickaway County in 1819. Later that same year, they moved to Wyandot County along with some members of both families. After almost a decade of hard work, the Bowshers saved enough money to start up a town and built a hotel and a general store. Bowsherville was platted in 1828 with 34 lots and was the first settlement in the township. Anthony was a model frontiersman with a burly figure but distinguished look, and found an acceptable way of being a gentleman who happened to swear a lot. He never went to school and couldn’t read or write but had his own system of symbols for keeping records as a merchant. Much of it was simple drawings of what people bought on credit. Pictures of tiny pitchforks, wheels of cheese, and a wheel with a hole for grinding stones were kept in the logs. There was once a heated dispute over what one of the townspeople bought because Anthony forgot to put the hole in a wheel for a grinding stone and thought the guy bought a wheel of cheese, which the purchaser firmly denied. Laughter broke out from both parties though after the mistake was figured out. The hotel was an important stagecoach stop between Columbus and Toledo and the general store did very well selling everything imaginably needed back in the day. Local Wyandot Natives Americans were continuous friends of the Bowsher family and were welcome to use the store as a trading post. A tavern operated by the Bowshers added to the atmosphere and a post office in the general store ran from 1837 – 1865. Anthony’s father Peter owned the blacksmith shop. The town had a school, the first being in the Bowshers original log cabin, and a Methodist Episcopal Church was built in 1859 on land donated by the family. Anthony also built a horse race track which drew many visitors from surrounding counties. He spent a lot of time there in summer racing, hanging out, and was the leader of a singing school in winter. Making several business trips over the years to places like Columbus, Toledo, and Perrysburg, Anthony had some famous friends including Mordecai Bartley who was the governor of Ohio from 1844 – 1846. They frequently ate dinner together with senators and other prominent figures at the Old Neil House, a popular hotel in Columbus. The Bowshers had 8 children and the town grew to around 75 residents in the 1860s. Anthony and Catherine bought a house in Carey where they intended on living many years together, but she unfortunately passed away in 1864. Anthony worked up to the late 1860s with 40 years of operating the hotel, general store, and tavern. After retiring, he still led an active life and was well thought of by locals who loved listening to his stories of the olden days. Anthony “courted” several widows in his declining years while carrying around a cane with calico tassels hanging off the top representing every one of them. He passed away in Harpster while staying with the Harpster family. It’s unknown where Anthony and Catherine were buried, but we suspect they were probably laid to rest somewhere around Carey. Bowsherville’s last appearance on a map was in the 1868 Atlas of the State of Ohio. With the hotel and general store closed, and the railroads passing by in larger towns, the stagecoach era was over and Bowsherville went away with it. Residents were buried in Bowsherville Cemetery in a field on private property on the east side of County Hwy 115 between County Rd 71 and SR 294. Anthony’s horse race track amazingly still appears to be intact southeast of the cemetery in the same block on the north side of C-71. Its currently used for ATVs and is called the Ohio Flat Track Sport Center. In the abundant research we’ve done over the years, the adventures and tales of Anthony Bowsher have only been rivaled by a couple of other interesting characters. Aside from what’s in this listing, more can be read about him in the 1884 History of Wyandot County, Ohio and the 1913 Past and Present of Wyandot County, Ohio. No one knows exactly when the honorary title of “Major” was bestowed upon Anthony, but it’s no wonder why. Thanks to Gary Pack for providing the location info on Bowsherville!
Crane Town (Crane’s Town) – Crane Township Location: 40.863246, -83.254335 on Indian Mill Dr at Indian Mill Park along the Sandusky River Remnants: Tarhe Monument on T-37 north off of Tarhee Trail (SR 67) Description: This Native American Wyandotte village was founded by the Porcupine Tribe and was named after Chief Tarhe (1742 – 1818) whose nickname was the “Crane” for being well over six feet tall and having long arms. The Tarhe Monument was built by members of the tribe in 1915.
Douglass (Douglas) – Crane Township Location: 40.822556, -83.222418 on Township Highway 124-B between Upper Sandusky Nevada Rd and T-55 Remnants: Bethel Church and Rock Run Cemetery south of the railroad tracks on Township Hwy 124 B, Hass (Old Rock Run) Cemetery on the north side of Upper Sandusky Nevada Rd west of Township Hwy 124 B Description: Douglass was on the northwest branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad but didn’t have a train station. In the late 1800s it had a saw mill, school, and the church.
Germantown – Antrim Township (formerly Dallas Township, Crawford County) Location: unknown Description: It was founded by German immigrants Jacob, Adam, and John Coon, Valentine Mutchler, John Heckathorn, and Jacob Snyder. They arrived from Pickaway County in 1819. The attempt of making a permanent town didn’t work out and the founders all went separate ways from there, settling in other places in Wyandot and surrounding counties.
Halifax – Antrim Township (formerly Dallas Township, Crawford County) Location: unknown Description: It was listed as a recently platted town in the 1837 The Ohio Gazetteer and Traveler’s Guide and appeared in later revised editions. The town’s land was owned by the state when Wyandot County was formed in 1845.
McCullomville Location: unknown Description: It was west of Sycamore.
North Tymochtee – Tymochtee Township Location: unknown Description: The only reference to the town is the names of lot owners in the 1884 History Of Wyandot County, Ohio. They were William Smith, Joseph Terry, Charles Boalt, Daniel McCahan, George Frees, and the state owned one lot.
Peru – Tymochtee Township Location: unknown Description: The lot owners in 1884 were Ezekiel Ekleberry, Jesse Morgan, John Clinger, Daniel Turflinger, and the state owned one lot. Ezekiel Ekleberry was buried with relatives in Bibler Cemetery on the north side of County Hwy 16 east of the intersection with C-35.
Pleasant Dale – Jackson Township (formerly in Hardin County) Post Office: 1839 – 1856 Location: 40.803204, -83.433799 on SR 53 between SR 699 and T-87 (Township Hwy 87) Description: It was a small farming and postal town and had a school (Jackson Township No. 8) in the southeast corner of the intersection of SR 53 and T-87. D. H. Warner was the first postmaster. He was succeeded by Thomas Scott (1809 – 1852) who was buried with relatives in Jackson Center Cemetery at the intersection of SR 37 and T-86 (Township Hwy 86). It’s unknown who the last postmaster was.
Poplar – Eden Township Location: unknown Description: none found
Ridgeville – Ridge Township (formerly in Amanda Township, Hancock County) Location: 40.989792, -83.456251
on SR 568 between C-3 (Co Rd 3) and 89A (Township Hwy 89A)
Remnants: Hickory Grove Cemetery on the west side of Co Rd 264 Description: Ridgeville was originally platted in Hancock County with 24 lots in 1836 by Lemuel Roberts (1798 – 1863) and Elizabeth (Wilson) Roberts (1797 – 1861). Eli Ragon opened a general store but the lots in Ridgeville didn’t sell well and the idea of turning the place into a successful town was abandoned prior to 1850. Lemuel and Elizabeth were buried with relatives in Hickory Grove Cemetery about a mile north of the GPS coordinates on the west side of Co Rd 264 in Biglick Township, Hancock County.
Ruskin – Marseilles Township Post Office: 1900 – 1903 Location: unknown
Description: It was northeast of Marseilles.
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