Near Ottawa in Putnam County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
John Crawfis, Fairfield County, Ohio native, and wife Sarah (Moorehead) bequeathed two grants of $25,000 and five acres for schools in Fairfield and Putnam counties in Ohio in 1880.
Constructed in 1889, Crawfis College, Putnam County, a two-story twelve room brick building with auditorium, science laboratory, grade and recitation rooms constructed for $11,000 and two frame dormitories at $2,087, provided for "common branches", high school and business training. Courses included German, mathematics, science, elocution, penmanship, shorthand, typing, telegraphy, violin, and piano.
Superintendents: L.L. Harmon, Job Hill, L.S. Lafferty, B.J. Beach, W.S. Wallen, John Hathorn, George R. Miller, F.P. Cummins, Dale Richard, Lyle Burkholder, C.L. Bard.
Building Committee: A.C.Hall, N. Conine, B.O. Robinson
Architect: E. Zoll
Contractor: A. Faeth
In 1831, John's brother, Otho Crawfis, was the first white settler in Blanchard Township, Putnam County. They were sons of Nicholas and Mary (McElroy) Crawfis.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
Location. 41° 1.413′ N, 83° 57.458′ W. Marker is near Ottawa, Ohio, in Putnam County. Marker is at the intersection of County Route 5, on the left when traveling north on County Route 5. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ottawa OH 45875, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Crawfis College (here, next to this marker); CVE Anchor (approx. 1.9 miles away); Blanchard Township Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away); Blanchard Township Revolutionary War & War of 1812 Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away); Blanchard Township Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away); Captain Sheldon O. Hall (approx. 1.9 miles away); Bridenbaugh District #3 School (approx. 3.3 miles away); Frances Rappaport Horwich (approx. 4.1 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker was missing for awhile somewhere after approximately 2010. It has been re-installed, further off the road on a sturdy wood fence, instead of the original pole next to the road on Rd 5. This marker has the look of a 1950's era marker, but some markers from the 30's look similar.
Regarding Crawfis College. The photo of a Crawfis College in Fairfield County is not related to this marker and should be removed.
No, the marker mentions both Putnam and Fairfield Counties as sites of Crawfis College, it's ok. jmb 4.19.22
Also see . . . McCulloughville once home to Crawfis College (Putnam County Sentinel, 2007)(Submitted on November 14, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 23, 2016, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. This page has been viewed 904 times since then and 91 times this year. Last updated on April 19, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 23, 2016, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. 4. submitted on March 24, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.