Community Descriptions

Deshler – “The Corn City”

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Generosity allowed the Village of Deshler to take off, and that generous spirit lives on today in the community. Way back in 1870, the founding father of the village, John Deshler, offered to donate the ground needed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to lay its tracks. The B&O favored the village of Belmore because it had higher ground. Deshler’s offer swayed the Railroad to come through Deshler and allowed his namesake town to grow. The rails still sing today in Deshler.

Deshler – “The Corn City” – is a bustling community, as active as the trains that roll through the village limits all day, every day. Crossroads Park welcomes train enthusiasts from all over the world. The convergence of rail lines is special and each day visitors take it all in. The streets are welcoming with great architecture and friendly people.

The Bavarian Haus on State Route 18 brings in nationally known Polka bands that draw crowds from all around the tri-state area. The facility also hosts a Schuetzenfest each year in June. The Deshler Schuetzenfest is a weekend highlighting the German heritage of the area. A shooting contest is held along with Polka bands throughout the weekend. Great German foods also tempt the appetites of those enjoying a great time.

Deshler is part of the Patrick Henry School District. The elementary students attend class in Deshler before moving on to middle and high school. Deshler lives and breathes for its children, working hard on community projects to give their youngsters facilities they can enjoy. Deshler values their future.

Find out how you can grow with “The Corn City” – Deshler, Ohio!

Hamler

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When most people outside of Henry County think of Hamler they think of one thing – The Hamler Summerfest. This great annual event is just part of what makes Hamler a great place to live and do business.

As was the case with most towns and villages in Southern Henry County, when the rails came through – the town went up. The B&O and the DT&I cemented the future success of Hamler, and the descendants of the original stout hearted settlers have built on their hard work.

The Hamler Summerfest brings this community together every year for fun and fellowship. People from all over the country travel back to Hamler each year to take in the great music, good food and fun! The last weekend of July floods Hamler with tens of thousands on the big wooden dance floor in front of the long bandstand. The volunteer effort from the residents of the area make everything run smoothly and put smiles on the faces of those who stop by.

Hamler’s kids are part of the Patrick Henry School District and attend elementary school in Hamler before moving on to middle and high school. The communities that make up the PH District have watched their District grow and their kids benefit from the outstanding curriculum and opportunities.

Opportunity is waiting for you in Hamler – for a day or a lifetime. Become a part of it!

Holgate

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Vital rail lines cut through Southern Henry County and the community of Holgate thrives on the line today. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad came through in 1874, and the town hasn’t looked back. Holgate thrived on their surroundings early on – cutting down the tall trees that engulfed them in the Black Swamp, and hauling them to Napoleon for shipbuilding. The railroads made this job easier…and a number of others easier, as well. Saw mills, stave mills and small shops have led to current businesses. Business people dedicated to serving their hometown and its residents work hard to take care of Holgate…just as they always have.

Vaudeville and early movie star Joe E. Brown was born in Holgate in 1892 and was a source of great pride for the residents for many years. That civic pride carries on to this day. Residents are proud of the work done to maintain village parks and the village swimming pool. The dollars raised are re-invested in the community to guarantee the quality of life so cherished by Holgate residents will carry over for generations to come.

Holgate’s schools are also a treasure to the community. From a one room school house at the turn of the 20th Century to a brand new K-12 school facility going up in the opening years of the 21st Century – Holgate schools are growing still. A OHSAA State Basketball championship in 2004 also served to send the Tiger faithful into a frenzy with school spirit.

Holgate’s leaders are also thinking of their business future. Forethought has made Industrial Park space available to businesses looking for a quality town to expand, grow or begin their entrepreneurial endeavors. State Route 108, State Route 18 and State Route 281 provide the critical links to all of the tri-state area. Another small Henry County town with Big Time opportunity!

Liberty Center

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If you are looking for a community with fierce passion for their local residents…look no further than Liberty Center, Ohio. Proud of their community and proud of their schools, Liberty Center also loves welcoming new residents and businesses to their fold. The Liberty Center area has seen outstanding growth in recent years. The pride shows here – in business, academics and sports.

LC (as it is affectionately known) was originally platted in 1863 – the second village in Henry County to be incorporated. It was the railroads that once again spurred growth, as the Wabash served to fuel the establishment of the community. Liberty Center also drew on the tradition of some of the earliest settlers of Henry County in the area South of town around the current Damascus Bridge.

Today, the community is very active in both the agriculture and industrial arenas. Mitchell Farm Equipment, the Gerald Grain Center branch and others continue to keep the farm community well-cared for. A active Downtown business district is flourishing with small and large companies serving not only local consumers, but those all around the Tri-state area.

The residents of Liberty Center are very proud of their history and their community. That pride is well-deserved!

Malinta

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Industry in the Malinta area has powered the population into the 2000’s.  The forward movement into a new century stands in solid contrast to the humble beginnings of the village.  Malinta was the middle name of the daughter of the founder of the village, John Bensing.

The hard work that cleared the land and re-routed Turkeyfoot Creek is alive and well today in Malinta.  The community’s children are a part of the Patrick Henry School District.  The Malinta Elementary teaches the students of the village until middle school.  The students receive a great education right in their home community.

Tri-County Rural Cooperative played a key role in the electrification of Henry County, which led to industrial and business success.  Tri-County’s offices reside in Malinta and the efforts of this cooperative, and others like it, ensured structured growth for Henry County’s rural residents and communities.

Visit Malinta and find out what they have for you!

McClure

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If you’ve traveled on Historic Route 6 in Henry County, you no doubt have happened upon “The Radish Capital of the World” – McClure, Ohio.  The interesting produce has spawned much renown for McClure.  George Weasel, Jr. and his company TemCole grew exponentially in the latter portion of the 20th Century.  Those efforts have firmly established McClure in the minds of those near and far as “The Radish Capital”.

Route 6 keeps McClure humming with transport travel.    McClure is also very proud of its’ McClure Community Library building – giving young and old a place to explore through reading and technology.

McClure has grown and thrived over the years and the quality of its residents will keep its vitality for years to come!

Napoleon

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The City of Napoleon is a vibrant, active community with a strong sense of history mixed with an eye on moving forward into an exciting future.  Agriculture and industry combine, and team up with, an incredibly strong small business community to provide opportunities for all.   A population of just under 10,000 keeps activity bustling while maintaining a firm grasp on a high quality of life.

Napoleon was originally platted in 1834 and was named county seat for Henry County in 1835.  The business spirit soared as the railroads and Miami and Erie Canal allowed entrepreneurs the access to markets throughout the Midwest.  Home-grown businesses blossomed and other businesses moved in after seeing the benefits provided by the Canal, the railroads, and eventually, the highway system that saw Napoleon become centrally located.  Napoleon features a public power system that even today allows consumers to reap the benefits of more affordable utilities.  The Maumee River serves as a living reminder of the active nature of the town.

Napoleon is the home to the largest food processing plant in the United States – Napoleon’s Campbell Soup Supply Company Plant.  Napoleon is the proud home to Campbell Kids of all ages!  The City also is the home to industries such as: Tenneco Automotive, Silgan Can, Automatic Feed, , Gerken Paving, B&B Molded Plastics and more.  The City’s centralized location has made it a hub for warehousing – boasting such companies as Cloverleaf Cold Storage, Interstate Cold Storage and MBM Food Service along with many others.  Agriculture is a driving economical force in Napoleon – and all of Henry County.  Ag producers, and the service providers needed to keep them thriving, abound in Napoleon and the surrounding area.

The City of Napoleon features an exciting business community and the people and resources that define “quality of life”.

Ridgeville Corners

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Ridgeville Corners sits in the Northwestern corner of Henry County and thrives on connections with the communities from each of the other three counties sharing a border with Henry. Ridgeville Corners was originally platted in 1867, but settlers in Ridgeville Township were among the earliest to organize in Henry County. The centrally located community has seen growth in organizations and businesses looking to have access to the major regional populations in Northwest Ohio.

Northwest State Community College is an exemplary post-secondary community college just outside of Ridgeville. Northwest State serves not only as an opportunity for local students of all ages, but also as an opportunity for local business – big and small. NWSCC handles training for companies all over the country. Their technology and innovation allows them to develop the workforce of the future. Northwest State has the ability to better yourself, personally and professionally.

In the corner of Henry County, but in the center of activity and prosperity, Ridgeville Corners continues to move forward.

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