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Waynedale History

LEWISBURG, BINGVILLE, MASON OR WAYNEDALE

Details Looking Back at Waynedale History written by Ed Noble

In the early 1870's the railroad spur at the Lower Huntington Road intersection ignited the adventuresome spirit of our early settlers who wanted to be country dwellers. Pioneer landowners such as the Masons, Bradburys, and Weavers were most willing to sell acreage lots. Lewis and Catherine Mason saw an opportunity and placed a north south road west of the railroad from the Lower Huntington Road south to the Indianapolis Road (McArthur Drive), it was called Lewisburg Road (now Ideal...

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LOOKING BACK ... WAYNEDALE HISTORY

Details Waynedale’s First Businesses written by Ed Noble

The first trading in this area was the French hunter befriending the Indians for the fur business. The region was abounding with deer, wild turkey, bobcat, wolf, rattlesnake, beaver, otter, pheasant, squirrel, and raccoon. Skins by the hundreds were shipped down the Maumee River to Detroit. As pioneers pushed westward these products were joined by the fish oil business. Muskellunge and other large fish were very plentiful in the St. Mary's River. They could be caught by hand when chased...

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THE ESMOND MILL

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In the last issue of The Waynedale News, while researching Ed Noble's history column, I speculated there might have been a grist mill where Rogers Formal Wear & Tubby's Ribs now sit at Broadway and Bluffton Roads.

Dave Trainer read our story in The Waynedale News. He copied some maps and some literature about where the grist mill was initially built. The written information provided is from The Water Powered Mills of Allen County, by Roy M. Bates, February 1942 and the map is from The 1880...

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