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Towns and Villages


Transcription contributed by Arne H Trelvik 28 May 2003


The History of Warren County Ohio
Part IV Township Histories
Harlan Township by J. A. Runyan
(Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992)

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Osceola was laid out by Lewis Fairchild and Benjamin Baldwin, on the lands of the latter principally, on June 11, 1838, on the G & W Turnpike. Forty one lots in all were laid out, situated on both sides of the pike, which constituted Main Street. Water and Powell Streets and Indian Alley were also named


and dedicated by the plat. The residence of Hon. Benjamin Baldwin was near this place.

Black Hawk was laid out in 1838, August 7, by George B. Whitacre and Elisha Barber, on the line of the G. & W. Turnpike. The lots, twenty-six in number, were vacated by order of court, 1879.

Middleborough is on the Goshen and Wilmington Pike, about five miles northeast of Butlerville. It was laid out by George Bowman in August, 1838. For many years Truman Holmes, now deceased, kept a general store at this place. There are now two stores here, of which A. C. Bowman and Henry Krekler are the respective proprietors.

Pleasant Plain was laid out by Samuel Craig, November 18, 1852, and was originally named by him New Columbia. The name was changed to Pleasant Plain by an act of the Legislature about 1860. An addition was made by him October 2, 1854. January 28, 1872, Thomas Hill laid out an addition of eleven lots on the east side of the village, and on December 5, 1873, Ira Dudley, Esq., added seven lots on the south.

This village is on the Marietta & Cincinnati R. R., and is the principal station on that road in the township. Pleasant Plain has two churches, a hotel, by J. M. Fox; a general store, by Peter C. Spurling, Esq., and a drug store and grain warehouse. This is the chief shipping point in the township. The only steam flouring mill in Harlan Township, erected by W. H. Greeley, Esq., about 1861, and now operated by Mr. Stewart, is located here.

Level is a station on the M. & C. R. R., and is about three miles east of Butlerville. It was not laid out as a town. It has a general store, grain warehouse, express and postoffice, etc.

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