Tiffin is the county seat of Seneca County, Ohio, United States.
It is the home of Heidelberg University and Tiffin University. At one time it was noted as a glass and porcelain manufacturing center.
The history of Tiffin dates back to 1812. The familiar bronze statue of "The Indian Maiden" on Frost Parkway, near Miami Street, marks the site of Fort Ball, a military depot of the war of 1812. Fighting an engagement of that war, Eratus Bowe first sighted the location upon which Tiffin now stands. In 1817, he returned to the site and built his Pan Yan Tavern, which later became a stagecoach stop, on the north Sandusky river.
Early homesteaders followed soon after Bowe, and the settlement of Oakley sprang up around the Pan Yan. The main traveled road of the area followed the path of the stagecoaches through Oakley, which was called Fort Ball after 1824.
In 1821, Josiah Hedges purchased a piece of land on the south bank of the river opposite Oakley and founded another settlement. He named this village "Tiffin" in honor of Edward Tiffin, first governor of Ohio and later member of the United States Senate, and a man who had fought to finally win statehood for the Ohio Territory in 1803. Tiffin was incorporated by an act of the Ohio Legislature on March 7, 1835. These two communities, split by the Sandusky River, were rivals; however, in 1850, seeing that later their interests lay together, the villages merged to form Tiffin, with Fort Ball becoming a part of Tiffin in March of that year.
In 1824, with the establishment of Seneca County by the Ohio Legislature, Tiffin became a county seat. The county took its name from the Seneca Indians, who originally were native to the territory. The discovery of natural gas in the vicinity in 1888 gave new momentum to the city's industries; new enterprises located in Tiffin, making it a prosperous industrial city:Wikipedia
1869 - In Tiffin, Ohio, the other day a little boy placed his mouth over a teakettle of boiling water, tipped it up and filled his mouth with the hot water, a portion of which he swallowed. His death resulted in a few days after the occurrence.
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1872 - DISASTROUS CONFLAGRATION AT TIFFIN, OHIO. TIffin, Ohio, April 13th - A fire broke out in M. O'NEAL'S store, in the western part of the town this morning, and the building, which was a large two-story frame, was soon in flames. A heavy gale, blowing from the southwest gave rise to serious apprehensions for the safety of the entire city. The ...Read MORE...
1882 - The National Machinery Company moved from Cleveland to Tiffin in 1882.
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1887 - TERRIBLE SMASH-UP ON THE BALTIMORE & OHIO ROAD. TIFFIN, O., January 4. - The fast train on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, at an early hours this morning, collided with an East-bound freight near this city, wrecking both trains. Nineteen bodies have been taken from the wreck; more are injured. Three coaches are burned. Physicians have gone to the ...Read MORE...
1887 - Nothing Slow About This Girl. Celia Forbing, of Kenton, O., was walking through the new court-house at Tiffin with some young friends. Suddenly she stepped up to the marriage record and dared any young man present to take out the papers and make her his. The challenge was accepted by a young man of the party and the know twas...Read MORE...
1888 - In the Blanchard and Sandusky rivers at Findlay and Tiffin, O, high water had on the 27th driven many families from their homes.
St Joseph Herald Saint Joseph, Michigan March 31, 1888 Added: 4/27/2014 12:26:40 PM - 1 Updated: 6/21/2014 4:33:43 PM - 1
1888 - On the 27th John Virts was driving along the river road at Tiffin O., with his sister, when the horse jumped over a thirty-foot embankment, instantly killing them all.
St Joseph Herald Saint Joseph, Michigan September 1, 1888 Added: 4/27/2014 12:25:37 PM - 1 Updated: 6/21/2014 4:33:12 PM - 1
1889 - Tiffin Glass Works began in 1889.
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1906 - Webster Industries, Inc. moved from Chicago to Tiffin in 1906.
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1906 Tiffin, a city, the capital of Seneca co., Ohio, is situated on the Sandusky River, 40 miles SE. of Toledo, on the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis and other railroads. It is the seat of Heidelberg University (Re formed), which was organised in 1850, and of the College of Ursuline...Read MORE...
1913 - In the spring of 1913, the Upper Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys were ravaged by one of the most devastating floods in the region's history. Among those communities which suffered the consequences of that flood was Tiffin, located on the Sandusky River in northwest Ohio. During that three-day period, Tiffin sustained more than $1,000,000 in property loss, 46 houses and 2 factories swept away, 10 factories damaged, 69 places of business...Read MORE...
1913 - BIG FOUR TRAIN GOES INTO DITCH. SPREADING RAILS THE CAUSE OF AN ACCIDENT NEAR TIFFIN, OHIO. THIRTY HURT, THREE FATALLY - BIG ENGINE OF THE LATEST TYPE, PULLING A TRAIN OF TWO PASSENGER COACHES AND A COMBINATION CAR, SAID TO HAVE BEEN TOO MUCH FOR THE TRACK - NAMES OF THOSE SUSTAINING SERIOUS INJURIES.
Edna A Culp
(3 January 1893, Warren, Ohio, USA - 31 January 1940, Tiffin, Ohio, USA)
Julia Ann Mattoon
(11 September 1818, Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - 24 August 1903, Tiffin, Ohio, USA)
Ella C Smith
(10 November 1860, Ledyard, New York, USA - 16 December 1933, Tiffin, Ohio, USA)
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