History of Allen Township, Darke County
From: History of Darke County, Ohio
From its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time
By: Frazer E. Wilson
The Hibart Publishing Company
Milford, Ohio 1914
This township is one of the northern tier and lies just east of Mississinawa. It was taken from Brown township
in March, 1839, and containd all of townships 14 and 15 north, range 2 east, except one tier of sections from the
eastern part of each. It was reduced to its present size in 1848, when township 15 was thrown into Mercer county,
and now contains thirty sections of land. It is drained. mainly by the upper Wabash and the head of the north branch
of the Stillwater. The former enters the township near the extreme northwest corner and runs southeastward to the
southeast quarter of section 15, thence northeastward to the southeast quarter of section 11, where it crosses
the Wabash township line. The Stillwater rises in the southwest corner of section. 17, near school No. 4, flows
southeastward to southeast quarter of section 26, thence southward and crosses the Brown township line near the
center of the south line of section 35. The water shed between the Wabash and Miami liasins traverses this township,
and the surface is generally rolling with occasional hills along the streams. The uplands contain much clay, while
the bottoms are of a rich dark soil. There was much fine hard timber in this section which was cut off to a large
extent later than that in the sections further south.
Rossburg (formerly Rossvile.)
This village was laid out by John G. Ross in 1868, at the cornering of sections 26, 27, 34 and 35. A blacksmith shop, a store and a postoffice soon formed the nucleus of the new village and it made but little progress until the building of the "Mackinaw" railway about 1883; since that time it has made substantial progress and now contains a town hall, a council chamber, a bank, a hotel, a postoffice, a railway station and U. B. and M. E. churches, besides a lodge, elevator, mill and several stores. The population in 1910 was 261.
This is one of the new villages of the county and is located four miles north of Rossburg on the line between sections 3. and 10. Like Rossburg, its development was due largely to the construction of the Cincinnati Northern railway. It now contains a town hall, a postoffiite, telephone exchange, public school, U. B. church, elevator, depot, livery, lodge and stores. The population in 1910 was 258, just three less than Rossburg.
Burkettsville (Gilbert's Station.)
This village is located one mile north of New Weston at the intersection of the county line and the C. &
N. railway. It has grown up since the construction of the railway. It is built in a community largely Catholic,
like the southern part of Mercer County generally, and contains a Catholic church and school, a town hall, station,
elevator and Church of Christ on the Mercer county side, while on the Darke county side are located the postoffice,
public school, hotel, elevator, stores and the Catholic cemetery. The total population in 1910 was 236.