Moorefield Township History page
 
Moorefield Township Ohio
 
 
 
 
Moorefield Township Old map
   
 
The township form of government was brought to America by the Pilgrims in 1620 and was established in the Ohio Territory even before Ohio became a state. Today, as in the early years, this remains the basic unit of local government and currently functions with those powers that are specifically granted and defined by state legislature.
 
The first known settlers arrived in what is now Moorefield Township in 1799 and were part of a colony of five men, plus wives and children that came from Kentucky and included Simon Kenton. They made their first homes along Urbana Pike which was at that time a cleared path through the forest. Other settlers followed in the early years of the nineteenth century and made their homes throughout the area that would become Moorefield Township, which was officially organized in June, 1818.
 
Moorefield Township Churck Gravestone   Moorefield Township Boone Grave stone
     
This commemorative stone is located in Mumper
Cemetery  on Morris Road, marking the location
of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
 
This marker is located at Pleasant Hill
Cemetery on Mechanicsburg Road.
 
 
Early businesses in the area were saw mills, grist mills and merchandising, in addition to the main pursuits of agriculture and trapping. In 1881 there were three churches and nine school districts within the township. In each district, classes were held in brick schoolhouses, which were built at a cost of $1600.00 each. During the nineteenth century and into the first half of the twentieth century, the township remained mostly rural in nature and agriculture was the chief support of local families. Historic Crabill Homestead, built in or before 1826, has been rehabilitated and stands on its original location at what is now the grounds of Clarence J. Brown Reservoir. Another historic home, known for many years as the Hunt Home, dating to the early nineteenth century, stands on the lands where Simon Kenton built his log home on Urbana Road.
   
       
 

This plaque marks the location of Simon Kenton’s first home along Urbana Road.

The brick home known as the “Hunt House” is located along Urbana Road on land that was first settled by Simon Kenton in 1799.

 

 

The Crabill Homestead was built in 1826 (possibly earlier) and is located near Clarence J. Brown Reservoir.

   
       
 
Two events occurred during the middle years of the twentieth century that helped set the course for Moorefield Township as we know it today. The first occurred in the early 1950’s when local developer Edwin Hoppes constructed the first home in the community that would become known as Northridge. Construction of homes occurred at a rapid pace in the 1960’s and continued at a steady rate through the 1970’s and 1980’s and into the 1990’s. Construction continues today as Northridge is now populated by more than 2500 homes and condominiums. The second event was the construction of the International Harvester truck assembly plant. The first truck rolled off the assembly line in 1966 and the facility remains a major presence in our community today. These two historic events have, over the ensuing years, been major factors in the continued growth of population and business pursuits in Moorefield Township. Figures compiled by the 2000 U.S. Census reflected a total population in Moorefield Township of 11,402 persons; that figure is now estimated to be in excess of 12,000. There are now many new homes throughout Moorefield Township as development has spread beyond the Northridge area.
   
       
 
   
       
 
Another major event occurred in 1974-75 with the construction of Clarence J. Brown Dam and Reservoir and the development of the adjacent Buck Creek State Park. Also during the 1970’s State Route 334 was completed, connecting State Route 4 to U.S. Route 68.
 
Bearing a commemorative stone dated 1872, the old Township Building served as the seat of township government until a new Township Office/Fire Station was construction in 2000. Moorefield Township Fire Department was founded in 1950. The Department was housed at the Township Building in New Moorefield, with additional equipment housed at a station built in Northridge in the early 1960’s. Moorefield Township Fire Department was consolidated in one location when the new station was opened on Moorefield Road in 2000.
   
 
   
 
   
       
 

The fire station on Ridgewood Road, East served Moorefield
Township from the mid-1960’s until 2000.

 

 

 
     
 
As Moorefield Township has grown through the years, many challenges have emerged to face local government. Township officials, past and present, have proved themselves equal to these challenges and with the cooperation of township residents have also stepped forward to shoulder the financial responsibility of funding for roads, fire and EMS services and other optional services that are enjoyed in Moorefield Township.
 
     
 
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Old Metro unit

First medic unit

 

 

Refurbished “Telesquirt” fire truck

 
     
 
Some residents who have served Moorefield Township as elected officials in the past are listed below.
 
     
 
1933 Trustee C. J. Spahr Trustee Harry Nicklin
  Trustee James W. Roberts Clerk James McClintock
     
1935 Trustee C. J. Spahr Trustee Harry Nicklin
  Trustee James W. Roberts Clerk James McClintock
     
1937 Trustee James W. Roberts Trustee C. J. Spahr
  Trustee Harry Nicklin Clerk James McClintock
     
1939 Trustee Roy Greiner Trustee C. J. Spahr
  Trustee Harry Nicklin Clerk Willard Phleger
     
1941 Trustee Roy Greiner Trustee C. J. Spahr
  Trustee Harry Nicklin Clerk Willard Phleger
     
1943 Trustee Roy Greiner Trustee C. J. Spahr
  Trustee Harry Nicklin Clerk Willard Phleger
     
1945 Trustee Roy Greiner Trustee C. J. Spahr
  Trustee Harry Nicklin Clerk Willard Phleger
     
1947 Trustee Roy Greiner Trustee C. J. Spahr
  Trustee Harry Nicklin Clerk Willard Phleger
     
1949 Trustee Roy Greiner Trustee Harry Ellsworth
  Trustee Harry Nicklin Clerk Willard Phleger
     
1951 Trustee Fred Weber Trustee Harry Ellsworth
  Trustee Harry Nicklin Clerk Russell Kile
     
1953 Trustee Fred Weber Trustee Harry Ellsworth
  Trustee Harry Nicklin Clerk Russell Kile
     
1955 Trustee Fred Weber Trustee Harry Ellsworth
  Trustee Harry Nicklin Clerk Phyllis Greene
     
1957 Trustee Fred Weber Trustee Carl Stoll
  Trustee J.R. McLendon Clerk Phyllis Greene
     
1959 Trustee Fred Weber Trustee Carl Stoll
  Trustee J.R. McLendon Clerk Charles Baldwin
     
1961 Trustee Fred Weber Trustee Carl Stoll
  Trustee Elder Loney Clerk Charles Baldwin
     
1963 Trustee Fred Weber Trustee Carl Stoll
  Trustee Elder Loney Clerk Charles Baldwin
     
1965 Trustee Fred Weber Trustee Carl Stoll
  Trustee Elder Loney Clerk Charles Baldwin
     
1967 Trustee Fred Weber Trustee Carl Stoll
  Trustee Elder Loney Clerk Charles Baldwin
     
1969 Trustee Fred Weber Trustee Carl Stoll
  Trustee Elder Loney Clerk Charles Baldwin
     
1971 Trustee Fred Weber Trustee Carl Stoll
  Trustee Elder Loney Clerk Charles Baldwin
     
1973 Trustee Fred Weber Trustee Carl Stoll
  Trustee Elder Loney Clerk Charles Baldwin
     
1975 Trustee Fred Weber Trustee Carl Stoll
  Trustee Elder Loney Clerk David Arthur
     
1977 Trustee Fred Weber Trustee Carl Stoll
  Trustee Steve Hopkins Clerk David Arthur
     
1979 Trustee Fred Weber Trustee Carl Stoll
  Trustee Steve Hopkins Clerk Gayle Arthur
     
1981 Trustee Fred Weber Trustee Carl Stoll
  Trustee Steve Hopkins Clerk Gayle Arthur
     
1983 Trustee Robert Mounts Trustee Carl Stoll
  Trustee Steve Hopkins Clerk Gayle Arthur
     
1985 Trustee Robert Mounts Trustee Carl Stoll
  Trustee Steve Hopkins Clerk Gayle Arthur
     
1987 Trustee Robert Mounts Trustee Carl Stoll
  Trustee Steve Hopkins Clerk Gayle Arthur
     
1989 Trustee Robert Mounts Trustee Jack McKee
  Trustee Steve Hopkins Clerk Gayle Arthur
     
1991 Trustee Robert Mounts Trustee Jack McKee
  Trustee Steve Hopkins Clerk Gayle Arthur
     
1993 Trustee Robert Mounts Trustee Jack McKee
  Trustee Steve Hopkins Clerk Gayle Arthur
     
1995 Trustee Robert Mounts Trustee Jack McKee
  Trustee Steve Hopkins Clerk Gayle Arthur
     
1997 Trustee Robert Mounts Trustee Jack McKee
  Trustee Steve Hopkins Clerk Gayle Kuhbander
     
1999 Trustee Robert Mounts Trustee Jack McKee
  Trustee Steve Hopkins Clerk Gayle Kuhbander
     
2001 Trustee Robert Mounts Trustee Jack McKee
  Trustee Joseph Mosier Clerk Gayle Kuhbander
     
2003 Trustee Robert Mounts Trustee Jack McKee
  Trustee Joseph Mosier Clerk Janet Dyer
     
2005 Trustee Robert Mounts Trustee Jack McKee
  Trustee Joseph Mosier Clerk Janet Dyer
     
2007 Trustee Robert Mounts Trustee Jack McKee
  Trustee Joseph Mosier Fiscal Officer Janet Dyer
     
2009 Trustee Robert Mounts Trustee Jack McKee
  Trustee Joseph Mosier Fiscal Officer Janet Dyer
     
2011 Trustee Robert Mounts Trustee Jack McKee
  Trustee Joseph Mosier Fiscal Officer Janet Dyer
     
2013 Trustee Robert Mounts Trustee Jack McKee
Trustee Joseph Mosier Fiscal Officer Janet Dyer
   
2015 Trustee Jack McKee Trustee Joe Mosier
Trustee Daren Cotter Fiscal Officer Janet Dyer
   
   
   
 
     
     
Moorefield Township Ohio
 

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