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Whartonsburg is a very early photograph of Wharton, probably 1866. Perportedly it is the 1st photograph of Wharton. The individuals in the photograph are standing on the north side of Sandusky street and facing west. The U.S. Gazetteer of 1854 lists the village as: Whartonsburg, Ohio, a post-village of Wyandot Co., Ohio, on the Mad River and Lake Erie railroad, about 60 miles S.W. from Sandusky.

The hardware store & postoffice at Wartonsburgh was robbed on March 13, 1878. A brickyard was in running order the same year. Also, the "denizens" of the town traded horses on the Sabbath day which was considered quite wicked.

In July, 1878 workmen erected a Town Hall at Whartonsburgh.


A.R. Cramer was the proprietor of the Wharton hardware. He carried general hardware, paints, implements and electrical supplies. On 13 Mar 1878 the hardware store was robbed, along with the postoffice.

John W. Dirst sold off a half interest in his news depot and barber shop to George Rhiner in May, 1878.

J. Shellhouse & Sons did an extensive business in Whartonsburgh in buying butter and eggs for their resale in Findlay.

Forest's Brigham Cane Mill was purchased by Spoon & Bristoll and moved to Wharton in 1890.

Johnson & Wentz disolved their druggist partnership in October, 1890. During the same time the school was closed due to diptheria and the grange building got a new basement. In the case of diptheria three children had died; Essie McClelland, Della Sterling, and Scott Kimmel.

The McClelland & Vogle Co. was the William McClelland blacksmith shop, formerly the old school house, which was moved across the street from its original location. The date of the photograph is unknown, but probably dates after 1890. McClelland admitted William K. Vogel into partnership in 1882 to form the McClelland & Vogel Company for blacksmithing and wagon making. Fred Weber, a tin smith, may have worked with them during that time. Fred Weber wasn't married.

McClelland & Vogel Co.

McClelland was married to Mary Catherine Bernheisel and had two children; Orrin Odel McClelland and Iva Pearl McClelland. Mary was the daughter of Henry Bernheisel and Susanna Snyder, both born in Ohio. William's father was, David McClelland, and his mother, Martha McClelland.

William Vogel was a widower with three children; Joseph Vogel, Jennete Vogel, and Mary Vogel. William K. Vogel married Elizabeth Vogel.

In the photograph, McClelland & Vogel Co. left to right are:  J. Homer Lutz, Elem Rummel (blacksmith), & Ross Fernbaugh. There was a John Rummel who was a blacksmith in 1880 at New Middleton, Mahoning Co., Ohio and who had a son, William H. Rummel. He was also a blacksmith and may be related to Elem Rummel.


William K. Vogel's old blacksmith shop in Wharton is seen in Vogel Blacksmith Shop. Left to right are Em Brown's horse, (Carlo) Wood's dog (at the extreme left in front of the horse), Austin V. Shuman, a wagon maker (b. 1866, OH), Em Brown (farmer), Elem Rummel (blacksmith), Jim Drider (laborer), W.K. Vogel (blacksmith & owner) holding his dog, "Fannie", then farmers; Ralph W. Boden, (b. 1857, OH) & Frank Williams.

Vogel Blacksmith Shop

Frank is standing in front of his horse and buggy in the Vogel Black Shop photograph.

On the second story porch, left to right, Paul Secrist and Jim Shumaw stand; both students. David Boden, Ralph's father, was the brother-in-law of Mary A. Spidel.

Southeast from the Elevator

The photograph Southeast from the Elevator was taken on July 11, 1910 from the top of the elevator. The church, visible at the center of the photograph, is believed to be a Methodist church. It may not be the same Methodist church present today. The other photograph South from the Elevator was taken while the photographer was facing south from the top of the elevator. The buildings in the background are also in another photograph found here.

The photograph Kear, Huston, & Kear hardware and farm implements was probably taken during the 1890s. The sign on the building reads, High Grade Buggies, Kear, Huston & Kear, Wharton, O. Loaded on the buggy is a stove; probably to be delivered. No additional information is known about the business or the individuals standing in front of it.

John Campbell sold his store in Wharton to Ketch & Curr in February, 1891. The presumption was that two stores would be under the names of Ketch & Curr and Ketch & Chase operating in Wharton.

Two stores in Wharton were burglarized the night of October 10, 1907. They were Kear, Huston & Kear and Erwin Wentling Clothing. Entrance to both places was be breaking front windows.

Dr. W.J. Crampton was a dentist from Forest who visited Wharton every Tuesday to help to preserve natural teeth. He charged 25¢s; for extractions and 50¢s; if patients requested ansesthetic.

Howard & Kachely were furniture dealers at Wharton in 1892 and offered bargains in many lines of goods including wallpapers. Henry Hemerly operated a sawmill on his farm two miles south of Wharton.

S.K. Burnett was a dry good proprietor in Wharton. On March 12, 1900 he sold a half interest in his store to Moses Kear. From that date they were known as Burnett & Kear. The Odd Fellows lodge attained 30 new members in March taking their membership to 115. It gave them the status of being able to call themselves a society. On the 23rd they had a dinner so they could eat to learn. Mr. Trumbler operated a tailor shop on his farm south of Wharton. He had been in Findlay but moved back to his farm in preference of his health.

B.B. Bristol

B.B. Bristol operated a hardwood lumber mill in Barney Woods near Wharton in 1902.

In February, 1903 the residents of Wharton decided that they could no longer live without a newsaper. They had originally had a one-sheet paper called the Rip-Saw and began missing it shortly after its demise. Arrangements with Forest were made to produce a newspaper for Wharton. On March 5, Mayme Holmes and Anna Dyens, two of the Forest Review's expert compositers treked to Wharton to "help out" Editor Theo. B. Lillard on the Times. Lillard, the ex-editor, was in an altercation with a farm boy in November and was beaten by his assailant, who, believing he was a victim of misplaced confidence, administered a summary punishment.

Wharton added a dray line to its many improvements in 1904.

Peter P. Welty purchased the elevator at Wharton in December, 1910. It had been owned and operated by E.L. Cosgrove.

The first annual Farmers' Institute was held at the Wharton Methodist Episcopal church in Wharton on December 12 and 13, 1910. Jas. W. Cook lectured on the subject of "corn."

J.C. Hochstettler & Sons

J.C. Hochstettler & Sons ran a grain, feed, seed, and fertilizer business in Wharton. They also carried coal and were A Good Place to Buy and Sell.

The Wharton Bank was a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation handling commercial and savings accounts which they solicited.

Two horses hitched to rigs at the Lutz store were frightened by a fall of snow from the slanting roof of the store in February, 1911. Both rigs came together allowing the horses to break free smashing the shafts and breaking the harnesses. One rig was owned by Jason Cole, the other operated by a traveling salesman who had rented it from Simpson's livery at Forest.

R.A. Passet and Glen F. Alvater raised a flock of Shropshire sheep. The flock was established in 1912. Passet & Alvater were located two miles southeast of the village of Wharton.

Village News

From March 1, 1912 The People's Tel. Co. subscribers had to pay for their subscriptions on a three-month basis and anyone owing $3 had to pay a regular toll of 10¢ to talk from Wharton to Mt. Blanchard. At the time Oscar Wise was the general manager.

By 1915 L.D. Kear and J.E. King had 20 years of practical experience in water well drilling in Wharton.


The Article appeared in the Forest Advertiser in 1919.

John F. Bolton had an attractive and systematically arranged general store in the bank building. He carried dry goods, dress goods, ginghams, precales, calicoes, and gents' and ladies' furnishings. He had fancy groceries, overalls, jackets, gloves, and garden & orchard produce. Along with all that he bought and sold hay. R.L. Peterman operated a popular restaurant and ice cream palor. L.T. Motter ran a general merchandise, grocery and produce store. He carried dry goods, hosiery, novelties, notions, men's work clothing, shoes and rubber goods. A.F. Baker was a local contractor dealing in lumber, cedar posts, and wire fencing. N.C. Kear operated a Ford sales and service along with Fordson tractors and Chevorlet cars. The Wharton Bank was operated by E.E.E. Kear, S.E. Huston, and M.H. Kear. They were a general commercial bank paying 3&percent; interest on certificates of deposit and savings accounts.

Wharton had a cigar factory in 1920 run by Orville Clark of Findlay.

Methodist Church

The Methodist Church was built in 1881. the photograph was taken in the 1920s. Though it can not be seen here, the elevator is within view of the church. The church is quite visible from the top of the elevator. You would expect that the elevator could be seen from the church.

Peter P. Welty purchased the elevator at Wharton, formerly owned and operated by E.L. Cosgrove and conducted business thereafter. Mr. Welty was an honest, energetic man who received a good patronage from all over the community. He ran the business on a strictly cash basis and anyone in need of flour, coal or grain, called on him.

George Kear had been a prominent druggist of Wharton when he passed away January 27, 1923. He had been bedfast only two days. He was the son of Moses O. and Lydia Kear and was born in Wyandot county on December 23, 1860. In 1884 he married Dora Catherine Rangler. She died in 1916. They had three children; Ella (Kear) Kimmil, Orvilee Kear, and Roy Kear. In 1921 he married Effie N. Shupp. He was intered in Wharton cemetery.

South from the Elevator.
The high school is centered in the background with Main street located in the foreground.
Traxler Bros.

The photograph Traxler Bros. shows the International Harvester dealers in Wharton with their new truck sometime in 1923 or 1924. The man on the left is unidentified, but may be Seth G. Kear, father of Russel H. Kear (b. 1901, OH) who is seated on the running board. To his left is Elmer Mickey. Standing next to Elmer is Ed Kirby. The boy on the rear of the truck is Gerald. His surname is unknown. The individuals in the background are Marshal Henry Liming, Grover W. Traxler (b. 25 Feb 1886, Nevada, OH) and Fredrick John Traxler (b. 16 Jun 1890, Nevada, OH). At one time, Fred was a teacher for the Nevada school board. Russel Kear eventually became a lawyer. His father was Seth G. Kear (b. 1883, OH) worked as a grain elevator laborer.

Wharton Grange

The Wharton Grange is seen with a Mohre & Bristol Dry Goods sign. L.R. Mohre and W.A. Bristol operated the store in Wharton where they sold groceries, boots, shoes, and other dry goods. W.A. lived with Michael Herwick and Elizabeth Herwick. Michael made shoes. L.R. lived with his wife, Elma Mohre, who was a milliner in the store. The photograph was probably taken in the 1880s. The building was destroyed by a fire in June, 1923.

Kear, Huston & Kear

The Wharton Farmers Grain Co. was destroyed by fire on September 18, 1925. Later that month the Wharton Gas and Oil Company incorporated for the purpose of drilling oil and gas wells and transporting gas or oil from wells to the public by sale. The incorporators were A.R. Cramer, T.J. Howard, and N.C. Kear.

Corbin sold and serviced Chevorlet cars and trucks, but We Repair All Makes of Cars. They had been in business for twelve years by 1937. They also sold and serviced Schult trailers and outboard motors.

In March of 1994 the Warton Village Council published the first issue of their newsletter, Village News, to help improve communication between the village council and the local residents of Wharton. It was to be published quarterly. No other such documents exist making the newsletter unique to Wharton.

Referenced in Village News are: Harold Baker, Christine Coe, Nancy Grubbs, Marilee Sloan, Herbert Baker, Jr., Ed Kauble, Faye Walters, Forret Bacon, Ralph Fields, John Park, Bily Rickle, Jr., Jerry Huston, Art Phelps, Mike Wheeler and Ron Metzger.

Main Street

In Main Street you are looking east along the street during the "Centennial" of August 9-11, 1946, Wharton, Ohio.

Lima News, Aug 1946
Main Street with Inset.

There are four individuals standing on the board walk in Main Street with Inset. The three individuals who might be identifiable are unknown.

Another early photograph of the same buildings, taken from the top the grain elevator, Main Street from the Tower. The elevator may not have existed at the time the right photograph was taken. In the elevator photograph the men would be standing in front of the building hidden by two tall trees.

Main Street from the Tower.

The Aerial View of Wharton is circa 2002. The list which follows the photograph represents Wharton's business community between 1940 and 1960. It is believed that lots 6-9 had businesses on them at the time though the has not been confirmed. If you have any information about anything on the list please email the Society.

Aerial View of Wharton


  1. Shoe shop (on right: barber shop & bank)
  2. Restaurant
  3. Community building
  4. Post Office (original location)
  5. Walter's plumbing
  6. unknown
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  10. Restaurant (earlier: saloon)
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  1. Secrest garage
  2. hardware store
  3. unknown
  4. Vogel Variety store
  5. Brown grocery store
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  17. depot (possibly)

Bert Tomkins took charge of the Gramer Barber Shop in February, 1891. He employed _ Lanning, of Dunkirk.


It is not understood if Frank Lansdown, D.L. Rummell, or the Mabbey Bros. in the Public item were barbers.

Army Cracker

Bert Kennedy received a number of new barber tools in October, 1891. Bert worked in Wharton, but where in Wharton or what the tools were is unknown.

Will Parlet also ran a barber shop in Wharton in 1891.

In 1902, James Cashen of Mt. Blanchard was employed in F.B. Corbin's Barber Shop.

Sanford Delong purchased the Harley Weltz Barber Shop in June, 1904. Hired to work in the Delong Barber Shop was John Long of Carey.

Aeber McKitrick sold the McKitrick Barber Shop in August, 1904 to Harley Weiz. McKitrick then moved to Kenton.

E.L. Mabbey of the Mabbey Barber Shop was contemplating engaging with the Big 4 to deliver baggage to morning trains. Whether or not this was done is unknown.

Delbert Rummel was the Wharton barber. He went missing November 17, 1916. Albert Bues was thought to have harmed him. He was arrested on an affidavit made by John Rummell, brother of Delbert. Buess was not bound over for trial. Rummel was never found.

Paul Suber

Harold Gibson died in 1952 at Bowling Green. He had at one time been a barber in Forest and Wharton.

Paul E. Suber purchased the Everett Harbison Barber Shop in Wharton in 1955. He had barbered in Marion, Upper Sandusky, and Findlay.