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The Henry County, Ohio, Historical Society
P.O. Box 443
Napoleon, OH 43545

Elery, Ohio

By Mr. Al Balow and Mrs. Hans Thrane

(This picture above was taken in the early 1900's of West Main Street, Elery, Ohio. Elery was actu­ally bigger then than it is now.)

Herrtown or Elery as it is usually called now, had more business places years ago.

There were 2 grocery stores, one near the Monroe Twp. House, operated once by a man named Vogel. It closed years ago — 60 yrs.? Probably more. The other one just east of the R.R. track closed seven yrs. ago. A Flea Mar­ket occupies the building now. This store was owned by quite a few different people through the years. Some were, Mr. Long, Rollo Foor, Clinton Rettig, Will Hoff, Harvey Hoffman, Walter Franz, Leonard Dachenhaus and Larry Myles, Herbert Meyers — owns the building now. (Continued below)

Upcoming Events - Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017

Bloomfield Home and Carriage House Museum
1:00 - 8:00 pm Victorian Christmas Open House
5:00 - 8:00 pm Candlelight tour of local churches (St. Paul United Methodist and Emanuel Lutheran)
Log House at Fairgrounds
1:00 - 8:00 pm American Civil War era Christmas
7:00 - 8:00 pm German Church Service

Elery had a post office years ago in part of this store building Henry Dett­mer was post master once. It was closed when rural routes started.

The saloon was owned by differ­ent people, some were Pete Sonni­chsen, Ferd Dettmer, Geo Bortz, Harold Blue, Paul Fletcher and now Leonard Sizemore. It carries some groceries these last years.

The tile mill was started by August Honeck I, and is still in the Honeck family, now making plastic tile instead of clay tile and known as the Advanced Drainage of Ohio, Inc. James Honeck has an interest.

The grain elevator was owned first by farmers; then it was sold to Okolona Grain Co. around 1940. A fire damaged it some and destroyed or spoiled 9,000 bu. grain year — 1969. Forrest Clady purchased it then 1969. It's now known as Clady's Trucking and Elevator....Read more


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The Henry County Historical Society was formed in 1970 to perpetuate the history of Henry County, Ohio, to learn about and preserve the artifacts of the county, and to generate interest in the past of the county. Our primary focus at this time is the completion of the restoration work on the beautiful Dr. John Bloomfield Victorian home, built circa 1879. This house is located at the corner of West Clinton and Webster streets in downtown Napoleon, across from the Napoleon Public Library. The house has been completely restored and is decorated with authentic period furnishings. Work is in progress on the carriage house and gardens. The home is open for special events, educational programs and private tours. We welcome new and old members alike to lend a hand and help us in our many programs and activities.

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Christmas 2015
Open House

Log Cabin Open House
Dec. 5, 2015

Garden Tour, 2015


Gazebo Moving, July 2014




Photo Gallery




This site is proudly sponsored by Spengler's Restaurant, Napoleon, Ohio.


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Visit our photo gallery for scenes from past events at held by the Henry County Historical Society.