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SOLVING THE MYSTERY OF OSTRANDER'S NAMESAKE

For years historians, as well as the citizens of Ostrander, have believed the village was named after Jacob Ostrander.  So much so, they named the community center after him.  Even then the plot thickened as the village government decided to give Jacob a middle initial (C.) because it read better that way.  No one knows who was first to claim Jacob was Ostrander's namesake, but one can easily understand how the mistake was made.

The History of Delaware County, written in 1880, informs the reader that the village was named for Mr. Ostrander, a civil engineer for the railroad.  No first name is mentioned in the history book.  Now turn to the cemeteries surrounding Ostrander, Ohio and you will find but one tombstone in all the cemeteries with the name of Ostrander.  And that tombstone, is the tombstone of Jacob Ostrander, and his wife Mary E.

The correspondence to the right tell the story of how local historians working with historians with the Ostrander Family Association solved the mystery surrounding the namesake of Ostrander, Ohio.  Facts were uncovered that changed our history forever; Shelemiah R. Ostrander was a civil engineer working for the railroad built in Ostrander.  There is a newspaper ad announcing bids being taken for supplies and contract labor with Shelemiah Ostrander being the point of contact.  And, Shelemiah has a residence in Springfield, Ohio.  A Delaware Gazette article in _____ is already attempting to end rumors that Ostrander was named for Jacob.

On the contrary, Jacob never claims to be a civil engineer.  Instead, U.S. Federal Census record his occupation as stone mason or carpenter.

The fact that Jacob is not the namesake of Ostrander, Ohio does take from the other contributions he made to the community and to the nation.

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Margaret Bouic & Wendell Calhoun Discover New Angle on Ostrander History June, 1993
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Community Center named after Jacob Ostrander
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Shelemiah and Mary Ostrander
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July 25, 1991
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Letter from Margaret Bouic 
April 14, 1992
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Letter from Margaret Bouic 
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Letter from Ostrander Family Association
May 18, 1992
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Letter from Ostrander Family Association
March 13, 1993
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Letter from Ostrander Family Association
June 14, 1993
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Shelemiah Ostrander's Page in the Ostrander Family Genealogical Record
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Ostrander Family Association Brochure
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