History of McLean Township, Shelby
From: History of Shelby County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
By: A. B C. Hitchcook, Sidney, Ohio
Published by Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill. 1913
McLean township, which lies on the west side of the county, where its boundary is Auglaize county; has Cynthian township as its nearest neighbor on the south, Van Buren and Turtle Creek townships on the east and Van Buren township and Auglaize county on the north. In answer to petition made to the county commissioners, the order for its organization was issued March 1, 1834, the legal description being as follows: "Beginning at the county line between Darke and Shelby counties, where the old Indian boundary line made at the Greenville Treaty Conference, in 1795, intersects said county line, and running thence with said Indian boundary line in an easterly direction to the southeast corner of section 8, In town 8 south, range 5 east; thence north with the section line to the county line between Shelby and Allen. (Auglaize) counties; thence west with the said line to northwest corner of Shelby county; thence south and west with the west boundary line of Shelby county to the place of beginning; and the board orders that said township be known and designated by the name of McLean."
SURFACE AND DRAINAGE
The surface of McLean township is generally level, the soil is easily worked and agriculture flourishes here. The Loramie reservoir, covering an area of about 6,000 acres, is located mainly in McLean township, about 1,000 acres being in Van Buren. This reservoir is formed by the damming of Loramie creek and constitutes a feeder for the Miami and Erie canal, which traverses the township from north to south. Loramie creek, flowing from Dinsmore township, waters a large section and Mill creek and Second run have afforded ample outlet for drainage.
McLean township was mainly settled by Germans. They brought with them to what was a primeval wilderness, their
home making qualities, their thrifty habits and plodding industry, and found their reward in the possession of
land that responded to their cultivation and an independence that they could never have secured in Germany. Not
all who have built up McLean township, however, came from that country, for there are many names that proclaim
other native lands, but at the present day they are all so thoroughly American that no difference is noted. Perhaps
politics have interested the residents here to a larger extent than in some other sections and a few early election
statistics may be of interest.
No section of the county has been more interested in them spread of education than has McLean and as early as
185o the trustees of the township divided it into six school districts, the board consisting of Henry Whermann
Joseph Sherman and Philip Hoffman, Henry Sherman being township clerk in 185o when this division was made. The
officers serving as members of the boards of education in the different special school districts in McLean township
in 1811-12 are:
Walkup Special School District: Charles Winner, president; Henry Sturwold, treasurer; Henry Borchers, clerk;
and Anton Hilgefort and Joseph Poeppelman, for 1911, the same president and treasurer serving in 1912, with John
Holthaus, clerk and Anton Hilgefort and Fred Broermann, members.
Students of history can easily recall the annals of the French and Indian war and of the military manoeuvres
which made this section, in 1756, a battle ground and many yet living can remember the tales of their grandfathers
of the building and occupancy of old Fort Loramie, which was situated less than one mile from the site of the present
village of the name formerly known as Berlin, and later as Loramie, for which the name Fort Loramié has
been recently substituted. This village was surveyed December 2, 1837, and all its lots are 4 by 8 rods except
fractional ones. Its principal streets are Main, Walnut, Water, Elm and High. It is situated on the Miami and Erie
canal. Not far away flows Loramie creek, the mouth of which is below Lockington, south, of the county line. Many
lines of business are successfully carried on here and the people in general are prosperous.
JUSTICES OF THE PEACE
On November 18, 1837, W. C. Ayres became a justice of the peace in McLean township and the record from then
until 1911 is as follows: