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The village of Harpster was founded by David Harpster and John Wood in 1876. When founded, it was initially known as Fowler City, which was named after C.R. Fowler. In 1904, the village was renamed after David Harpster because he donated land for the railroad to be built through the village instead of running through Little Sandusky. It also seemed like an appropriate choice to the villagers because the energy and imagination of David Harpster helped bring the village to a high point of achievement. Harpster has been an incorporated village ever since, and its business is conducted by an elected mayor and village council. The first mayor of Harpster was Charles H. Lewis. In the early 1920s, he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Ohio by the Republicans and served with Democratic Governor Victor Donohey. The present mayor of the village is James Robertson.
In 1883, David Harpster organized the Harpster Bank and named his friend J.L. Lewis the cashier and manager. The bank was eventually sold to another firm and the purchaser moved the bank to a new brick building on the intersection of CR 199 and SR 294. This is now the Harpster branch of the Commercial Savings Bank of Upper Sandusky, Ohio.
Harpster is home to the Hickory Grove Golf Club, an 18-hole public golf club that was established in 1963. Hickory rests on 240 picturesque acres next to the Killdeer Plains Wildlife Development area located in Wyandot County. The golf club also hosts the Annual Cricket Memorial golf scramble in memory of Nate Brewer. The proceeds are donated to the Pitt Township Fire Department for equipment. Harpster is also home to the Harpster United Methodist Church, which holds an annual soup and sandwich dinner and ice cream social dinner to help raise funds. This even is very well attended and supported by the village and surrounding communities. In addition to the bank and church, there is also the Backwoods store, Gavilon Grain, and the lovely Lewis Park. The park is full of fun equipment for children to play on, and is in the progress of bringing in more equipment for the area youth. In addition, the Harpster community holds an annual potluck picnic at the park every summer for current and past sidents to come together and visit and reminisce.
Harpster is nestled near US-23, which makes for easy access to larger cities such as Marion, Delaware, and Columbus. While access to larger places is easy, the life in Harpster is one of a small, tight-knit community. It is a community of tradition and support.
Officials of the Village of Harpster
- Mayor - Jim F. Robertson
- Clerk/Treasurer - Exie Scribner
- Jo Ann Larick
- Robert Michener
- Terry Scribner
- Sean Watterson
- Brigette Tharp