Ostrander and Scioto Township History

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There obviously was no form of communication outside of "word of mouth" when the first settlers came into Scioto Township.  Neighbors kept each other informed and going to church on Sunday meant getting about as much news as you got religion.

The U.S. Post Office established a post office at the Scioto Bridge on June 6, 1837.  Prior to this, mail would have been directed to Delaware and it could be months before you received this mail as the Scioto River was impassable during the Winter thaws and Spring rains.
With the construction of the railroad came the telegraph.  People could now communicate with other communities.  
Frank Coe, in his history of Ostrander, states "Information as to telephone service in the community is very meager to date.  The Citizens Telephone Co. of Delaware extended service to this community probably between 1900 and 1903.  In 1906 the Ostrander Telephone Co. was organized and further construction took place.  Among those interested in this project were Dr. A.J. Pounds, E.B. Bean and J.A. Hays.  The first telephone office was on the second floor of what is now the bank building.  The office was later removed to what was then Dr. Pounds' office, second house west of the bank building which is now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Benton.  The office remained in that location until Feb. 13, 1942, when the dial system was installed by the North Ohio Telephone Co. who several years before had taken over the stock and properties of the Ostrander Telephone Company.  Among the "chief operators" who had charge of the office were Ada Mackan, Mrs. Wilbur Pennell, Dale Bovey Latimer, and Pearl Coe who has transferred to the Delaware office at the discontinuance of this office."
W.H. Baker, founder and publisher of the Ostrander Magnet, declared his intentions and the need for communication in his Editorial which appeared in the first, and only known edition, of the Ostrander Magnet.

Ostrander Magnet, May 1, 1896, Editorial
The Magnet has come to the town of Ostrander for the purpose of securing a permanent location.  The editor has come along with it; in fact brought it, in embryo, along with him.  We have longed for a permanent home somewhere near the banks of the "Old Scioto," to our county of educational and agricultural fame; and found no place more fitting,  nor more to our liking as a place "home like," than the beautiful town of Ostrander.  Surrounded by excellent farm land and some of the noblest of the sons of toil, and having as her citizens some of the noblest and truest of humanity; temperate and religious; Ostrander ought, with her many 1,000 inhabitants, to have a medium of communication through which her energetic merchants and tradesman can call the attention of the good people...."

Our copy is difficult to read, but we'll continue with the end of the Editorial where Mr. Baker tells us under what circumstances he would print additional editions.

"We have excellent facilities in the job line and a good job printer, consequently can do your work good and reasonable.  We put out a good supply of sample papers this issue, and if we receive proper encouragement in subscriptions and advertising contracts, we shall issue, each Friday, The Ostrander Magnet, at the subscription rate of one dollar per year, invariably in advance.  We are here to stay, providing the people wish it, and "money talks."  With the foregoing statement and pledges, we make our bow and ask you to come in and see us - and subscribe for the Magnet - which will give you the news from both Delaware and Union counties, as far as is possible to get items, and all other state and general news we can collect."

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W.H. Baker and wife, Founder and Publisher of Ostrander Magnet Top of 1st Edition of the Ostrander Magnet Newspaper Telegraph Machine MINIT-MESSAGE Sent to W.G. Mann at Ostrander Banking Company
October 17, 1966
Ostrander History, Frank Coe, 1956
U.S. Post Office
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Citizens Telephone Sold
September 1927
Phone Company Opens Exchange
Ostrander Telephone Co.
Feb. 1, 1906
Loads of Telephone Poles Delivered
Delaware Gazette
Apr. 16, 1903
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Dissolution of the Ostrander Banking Co. and absorption of its assets by Citizens Telephone Co.
Apr-May 1927
New Ostrander Switching Being Installed
Delaware Gazette
Jan 31, 1975