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Originally written and published in 1858, this lost literary treasure has been brought back to life to the delight of history lovers everywhere.   

Get the real scoop on the Ohio-Michigan war, early skirmishes around Northwest Ohio, and so much more! 

You think you know your local history?  Think again!

Written by author H. L. Hosmer, the editor of the Toledo Blade who was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln to head out west and become Montana's first Chief Justice.   Before Hosmer left Northwest Ohio for the frontier, he wrote and published this engaging and insightful book on local history,  "Early History of the Maumee Valley."

You only thought you knew your local history.  Step back in time with the Discover History collection published by Sylvania History Buffs, and read what was written then.  You'll find it's a completely different story...

Hosmer 2020 Edition Excerpt

Cover photo:  Beautiful Ten Mile Creek in Sylvania, Ohio; 1836 map, showing Sylvania in Michigan.

Excerpt below is a first-hand account from a participant in the Ohio-Michigan War, at a time when Sylvania was thought by most to be part of Michigan:

" The ten thousand troops were organized according to the orders of the Governor of Ohio, and held in readiness to march to the frontiers, to protect our boundary, at a moment's notice.

 

 I attended the session of Congress of 1834-5, to urge on the interests of Ohio, the Wabash & Erie Canal and the town of Toledo, so far as they might be effected by a settlement of the boundary question favorable to our State.  The Senate decided in favor of Ohio, by a vote of 30 to 10. 

 

In the House, it was referred to a select committee, of which Hon. John Quincy Adams was chairman.  No one had any knowledge of which side he was on.  When the report was made, it was ascertained that he was determinedly set in favor of Michigan.  He had been so silent, that he was agreed upon by both parties. There was but a bare majority on the committee in favor of Michigan.  He made a most violent speech. He said the claims of Michigan " were established as strong as the laws of God."

 

 At the close of the session of Congress, in March, 1835, I returned to Toledo.  

 

Not long after, I was on a visit of friendship at Monroe.  The authorities of Michigan thought it a favorable opportunity to make a display of their vengeance against me for taking the part of Ohio in the great contest, and with great display, they seized me and threw me into prison, on a criminal action founded on the law of Pains and Penalties—of which I have already given the history—and specifically, for acting as Judge of an election at Toledo, under the authority of Ohio.  

 

They demanded very heavy bail of me, for my appearance, which I at first refused to give, but after annoying them awhile, I procured bail, and came out."