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(Source:  History of Seneca County, Ohio - Chicago - Warner, Beers & Co. - 1886)

CHAPTER XVII.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP & TIFFIN CITY

     Official History -  To describe the condition of the records of this old township would be a task similar to that of describing something struck by a cyclone, of which teh slightest traces alone remain.  There is nothing left of the old records; a few of the men who had them in charge reside here today, but their memories cannot take the place of those ordinary looking old books of the past, and thus the loss of a few modest, humble old volumes is irreparable.*  The township records, which came into possession of Mr. Dore, the present clerk, date back only to 1878, and from them the following list of township officers elected annually is taken:
1878 - Edward Swander, Henry L. Best and Jacob Young, trustees; William O. Dildine, clerk; Albert Beilharz, treasurer; Martin Woodside, assessor; Anthony h. Arnold and John Knott, constables; Daniel Dildine, Jesse H. Leidy, justices of the peace.
1879 - Henry L. Best, Jacob Young and Peter Miller, trustees; William O. Dildine, clerk; Albert Beilharz, treasurer; Martin Woodside, assessor; Virgil D. Lamberson, and John Knott, constables; Daniel Dildine, P. H. Jayne, justices of the peace.
1880 - William Kline, Peter Miller and Henry L. Best, trustees; William O. Dildine, clerk; Sylvester J. Kintz, treasurer; John c. Leidy, assessor; Virgil D. Lamberson and John Knott, constables; Daniel Dildine, P. H. Jayne, justices of the peace.
1881 - William Kline, Peter Miller and Henry L. Best, trustees; Hiram C. Keppel, clerk; Sylvester J. Kintz, treasurer; Ezra Bowser, assessor; Anthony H. Arnold and Virgil D. Lamberson, constables; Daniel Dildine and P. H. Jayne, justices of the peace.
1882 - William Kline, Peter Miller and Samuel Horn, trustees; H. C. Keppel, clerk; A. Beilharz, treasurer; James M. Bowser, assessor; Porter H. Jayne and Daniel Dildine, justices of the peace; A. H. Arnold and V. D. Lamberson, constables.
1883 - Jeremiah Rex, John C. Lydey and Peter Miller, trustees; Louis Waner, clerk; Albert Beilharz, treasurer; Jaems M. Brown, assessor; John Silvers and A. Brickford, constables; Porter H. Jayne and Daniel Dildine, justices of the peace.
184 - Jeremiah Rex, John C. Lydey and Peter Miller, trustees; William H. Dore, clerk; Albert Beilharz, treasurer; James Bowser, assessor; John Gaveldinger and John Silvers, constables; Porter H.Jayne and Daniel Dildine, justices of the peace.
     The elections of 1885 for township officers were carried out on party principles.  The highest number of votes polled inthe township was 162, and the highest number in the township and city was 1,077, so that the vote of the township is still as small as it was in pioneer days.

TRUSTEES.   CLERK  
Miller 1066 Dore 1070
Rex 986

Lott

656
Lydey 1077 JUSTICE  
Egbert 667 Jane 1038
Gray 678 Rex 951
Rickenaugh 671 Sohn 770
TREASURER   ASSESSOR  
Beilharz 1070 Letchert 1070
Harley 651 Norris 701

CONSTABLES
Silvers............1077
Graveldinger........892
Bickford................788

VILLAGES OF THE TOWNSHIP.

     Swander, or Morris Postoffice, five miles east of Tiffin, is a station on the Northwestern Ohio Railraod; B. J. Bright is railroad agent, grocer and postmaster; James Harshman, blacksmith, and C. C. Crosby, shoe-maker.  Mr. Bright was re-appointed to charge of the postoffice in September, 1885.  The present name of the village was given in honor of J. S. Morris, superintendent of the Northwestern Ohio Railroad and owner of the Shawhan House, Tiffin.  The only society organized there up to January, 1885, is the Literary and Debating Club, of which the following named are the officers:  President, M. V. Kaga; vice president, T. J. Collins; treasurer, H. R. Miley; secretary, B. W. Knepple.
     Viona, on the east half of the northeast quarter of Section 35, was surveyed for John H. Foulk in October, 1874.  It is the center of the rich agricultural district, and, like all such towns, is one of great expectations.  Here also a Literary and Debating Club has been organized, with the following named officers:  President, N. R. Heaton; vice president, W. F. Wenner; secretary, B. W. Knepple; treasurer, H. R. Miley; historian, N. W. Miller.
    
The old villages of Oakley, Fort Ball and Pan Yan are grouped in the history of Tiffin.

GENERAL STATISTICS.

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NOTES:
* In 1843 Jeptha Lamberson was justice of the peace, and David E. Owen, clerk.  Henry Ebbert succeeded Owen in 1844.
Democrats in Roman letters, Republican in Italics.

 

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