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It wasn't Jacob Ostrander.  For that matter, it wasn't Shelemiah Ostrander.  It was James Liggett, Solomon Carr, and I.C. Buck.

When most people think of the history of Ostrander, they look at the namesake.  For many years, historians recorded Jacob Ostrander when in fact it was later learned it was named for Shelemiah Ostrander of Springfield, Ohio, who was the chief survey for the Springfield & Mansfield Railroad.  But, even then it wasn't the village that was being named; it was the station.  Early maps clearly identify Ostrander as insignificant to Edinburgh by using a much larger font for Edinburgh as well as some maps which clearly identify it as Ostrander Station.  It seems likely the station was named in Shelemiah Ostrander's honor as he died the same year construction was completed on the Short Line Branch passing through the township.  White Sulphur Station has already been named so for the White Sulphur Springs at Rathbone.

That aside, how did Ostrander end up on the map?  Well, it turns out the survey for the railroad bed passed directly through James Liggett's farm which lie on the western bank of Blue's Creek.  The site was chosen for a railroad station to serve the people of western Scioto Township and Edinburgh, and on account of the available water at Blue's Creek.

In 1852, it appears James Liggett came into contact with I.C. Buck, of Delaware, Ohio, who surveyed the land surrounding the railroad station, most of which was on Mr. Liggett's land, while part of the survey fell North onto the property of his brother-in-law; Solomon Carr.  The boundary between the Liggett and Carr property is clearly defined even today.  It is North Street.  Ever wonder why it was called North Street?  It was James Liggett's northern boundary.  The survey identifies James Liggett as the Proprietor.

I.C. Buck appears to have had an interest in the village.  Early real estate records show transfers of lots from Liggett to Buck.  A lawsuit follows whereby lots are transferred back and forth between the parties.  Further information could be ascertained by researching the court records.

The Carr family also got in on the action although sale of lots in the Carr District were not as great as those surrounding Henry Street which in the early days was the business district of the village.  As the village grew, the Carr family expanded to the north by adding additional lots to the original 104 lot plat.

The first lot sold in the village was lot# 1 where William C. Winget would open the first store in 1853, one year after the village is platted and one year prior to the completion of the railroad.  Interestingly enough, the property was not purchased by Winget, but instead by Savage Morgan.  Why?  Was Morgan a builder that built the building and then sold it to Winget?  Savage Morgan can also be found as a mortgage holder on the Ostrander Flouring Mill which sat on the northwest corner of 2nd and High Street.  Regardless, Mr. Winget later comes to own the property.  He also owns the lot to the south where he built his home which still stands today.

Regardless, we owe Ostrander being placed on the map to the Liggetts and Carrs who developed their land and I.C. Buck who was instrumental in surveying and marketing the lots.  

Twenty-six years after platting the village, the people petitioned the Delaware County Commissioners to incorporate as the Village of Ostrander as it had become to be known due to the station.  The Commissioners accepted the village's petition and on May 18, 1875 Ostrander became a Village.

Written by David Cooper
July 9, 2007


People identify quickly to the Carr family home in downtown Ostrander. which may or may not have been the location of their first home which more likely was a cabin.  But, where was the home of James Liggett.  It would have had to have been south of North Street.

Edinburgh sat just north of this development on the Delaware Marysville Pike.  It has been platted into 27 lots much earlier and was flourishing in the late 1840s when there were discussions of building a Short Line Branch from Springfield to Mt. Vernon via Delaware.  Edinburgh lobbied for the railroad bed to pass through it.  Millville (Warrensburg) was at the time the largest village in the township and of great importance.  It lobbied as well for the railroad to pass at its location.  Instead, the railroad passed just south of Edinburg.  Imagine for a second how the people in Edinburgh felt as they watched the railroad bed being constructed and the Liggett and Carr families benefiting from the development of their land.






1849 Map
Identifies Liggett and Carr Properties
I.C. Buck 1852 Plat.  North Street is the Boundary between the Liggett and Carr properties. 1865 Map
Clearly shows primary development on Henry Street south of the railroad
Real Estate Transfer of Lot#1
William C. Winget Home in the distance
circa 1900
Reference to "Ostrander Station"  (43)