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: Bowsherville was platted with 34 lots in 1828 by “Major” Anthony Bowsher (1799 – 1886) & Catherine (Staley) Bowsher (1801 – 1864) & was the first settlement in the township. The Bowshers had 8 children & built a general store, hotel, & a tavern. The town never attracted a railroad & disappeared in the late 1860s after Catherine passed away & Anthony retired.
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 & named after Chief Tarhe (1742 – 1818) whose nickname was the “Crane” for being well over six feet tall & 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 & T-55
Remnants: Bethel Church & 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, & the church.
Germantown – Antrim Township
Description: It was founded by German immigrants including Jacob, Adam, & John Coon, Valentine Mutchler, John Heckathorn, & Jacob Snyder who arrived from Pickaway County in 1819. The attempt of making a permanent town didn’t work out & they all went separate ways from there settling in other places in Wyandot & surrounding counties.
Halifax – Antrim Township (formerly Dallas Township, Crawford County)
Description: It was listed as a recently platted town in the 1837 Ohio Gazetteer & Traveler’s Guide & appeared in later revised editions
Location: unknown, was west of Sycamore
Description: none found
North Tymochtee – Tymochtee Township
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, & the state owned one lot.
Peru – Tymochtee Township
Description: The lot owners in 1884 were Ezekiel Ekleberry, Jesse Morgan, John Clinger, Daniel Turflinger, & 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
Description: It was a small farming & postal town.
Poplar – Eden Township
Description: none found
Ridgeville – Ridge Township
Description: Ridgeville was platted with 24 lots. The owners were Lemuel Roberts, Daniel Miller, Amos Moore, & John Ragon, & Jacob Plummer. Eli Ragon opened a general store but the lots didn’t sell well & the town was abandoned prior to 1850.
Ruskin – Marseilles Township
Post Office: 1900 – 1903
Location: unknown, was northeast of Marseilles
Bowsherville, OH (1828 – late 1890s stagecoach stop & farming town slowly abandoned in its later years due to a lack of businesses & economic opportunities)
Classification: ghost town
Location: Pitt Township, Wyandot County – At the intersection of SR 294 & County Hwy 115
“Major” Anthony Bowsher (1799 – 1886) & 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 & built a hotel & general store. Bowsherville was platted in 1828 with 34 lots & was the first settlement in the township.
Anthony was a model frontiersman with a burly figure but distinguished look, & found an acceptable way of being a gentleman who happened to swear a lot. He never went to school & 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, & 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 & 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 & Toledo & 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 & were welcome to use the store as a trading post. A tavern operated by the Bowshers added to the atmosphere & 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, & 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, & was the leader of a singing school in winter. Making several business trips over the years to places like Columbus, Toledo, & 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 & other prominent figures at the Old Neil House, a popular hotel in Columbus.
The Bowshers had 8 children & the town grew to around 75 residents in the 1860s. Anthony & 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, & tavern. After retiring, he still led an active life & 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 & Catherine were buried, but we suspect it’s probably somewhere around Carey. Bowsherville’s last appearance on a map was in the 1868 Atlas Of Ohio & The United States. With the hotel & general store closed & the railroads passing by in larger towns, the stagecoach era was over & 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 & SR 294. The pinpoint on the map below is just west of it, the square shaped wooded lot. 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 & is called the Ohio Flat Track Sport Center. In the abundant research we’ve done over the years, the adventures & 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 books 1884 History Of Wyandot County, Ohio & 1913 Past & Present History 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!