Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Ohio Moments

Founder of Hicksville gave name to Edgerton


On May 14, 1897, Alfred P. Edgerton, the founding father of Hicksville, Ohio, died there.

Edgerton moved to northwest Ohio from New York in 1837 to work as a land agent for the Hicks Land Co. The Hicks family of New York had purchased more than 100,000 acres in Williams County.

When Edgerton arrived, he found four cabins and some Potawatomi Indians roasting a porcupine. He moved into one of the cabins and set up shop, selling land. He built a Greek revival building to serve as the Land Office, which was the center of commerce in the town.

Edgerton was Hicksville's first postmaster. He also built the first mills and the first toll road. He became an Ohio senator and served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio. In 1854, a railroad town to the north - Edgerton - was named in his honor.

Rebecca Goodman

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