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(Source: Green County 1803  - 1908. Edited by A Committee of the Home Coming Association - Xenia, Ohio - The Aldine Publishing House. 1908)
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

 Xenia Township
Pg. 134

    Xenia Township was organized in 1805 from portions of Beaver Creek, Caesar's Creek and Sugar Creek Townships.  It includes a larger area than any other township in the county and is one of the most famous for its fancy stock.  Being the township of the county seat, it contains a number of county institutions, such as the courthouse, jail, etc., mentioned in the historical sketch.  Situated about two miles west of Xenia are the County Infirmary and the Children's Home.  The former comprises a three-story brick building, erected about forty years ago, set in a farm of 105 acres and supplied with water from the city water works.  There are usually about seventy inmates in the Infirmary, while in the Home, an older building across the road, about thirty children are cared for.  In addition to the city of Xenia, the township contains the villages of OLDTOWN, GOES and WILBERFORCE.
     OLDTOWN, three miles north of Xenia, has a celebrated history which is related in the article of "The Original People of the County," Part II.  At present it is the home of about 50 people and has a M. E. church, a school house, a flour mill, a store, and the inevitable blacksmith shop.  It is no longer a station on the railroad.
     GOES owes its importance chiefly to the Miami Powder Company which has its plant there, employing about sixty men.  The town is a flag station on the Springfield and Xenia railroad and has a school house, store, and blacksmith shop.  The waters of a large spring above the town supply its 200 inhabitants with pure water at little cost.
     WILBERFORCE was formerly a health resort called Tawawa Springs, but since 1856 it has been the seat of Wilerforce University, which is described in a separate article.  Wilberforce has a population of 300, exclusive of the University students, and contains some attractive residences.  There are three restaurants and a store, and a flag station on the P. C. C. & St. L. Railroad three quarters of a mile away.

 

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