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MIDDLETOWN
(Source: History of Madison Township, Franklin Co., Ohio - 1902)
Chapter XIII

     In 1817 Isaac D. Decker laid out a town on the northwest quarter of Section No. I (formerly in Ross county), and named it Middletown, perhaps from the fact that it is located about half way between Lancaster and Columbus.  What is now the Columbus & Lancaster pike was then the only road through this section of country and the travel following along its route invited Mr. Frederick Baugher to lay out a town in about 1815, some two miles further east, which he named Centerville, the name no doubt being adopted for the same reason that Mr. Decker's town was named Middleton, the object of each being to establish a halfway station or stopping place.  Some few years the name of Centerville was changed to Lithopolis.  It is supposed that Dr. W. W. Talbott, of Jefferson, who was a Greek scholar, suggested or coined the name, which literally translated is Stoney-city.  The name of Middletown is also changed in 1830 to Oregon.  About the same time guide boards were put up at different cross roads directing the travel toward it.  Whoever put them up seems to have had an idea that in order to indicate the direction of the town the name on the guide-board should spell towards it.  One of these boards on the west side of the Oregon road, at a point near where the Columbus and Winchester pike now intersects it, read Nogero; the supposition being that whoever read it would understand that in order to reach Oregon he must travel in the direction of the spelling.  The first postoffice in the township was established here in 1829, and Dr. ___ Hersey appointed postmaster.  In 1833 Dr. Hersey resigned and Isaac D. Decker was appointed.  The postoffice was discontinued about 1842.  Only two or three buildings remain on the site of the town, although the place is still known by its original name, MiddletownMr. Decker, who laid out the town, built a tavern on the lot now occupied by Geo. Williams.

NOTES:
SHARON WICK's NOTE for Researchers:  
Middletown, which is located halfway between Lancaster and Columbus was formerly in Ross County, Ohio
In 1815 the town was named Centerville (probably for same reason as above here)
Then it was named Lithopolis
Then Middletown ca. 1830
Then Oregon - as of 1902, some people still refer to it as Middletown.

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