When Joe Harris decided to put up a cabin on the banks of Portage River he became the first white man to be a permanent resident of what was to become Elmore, Ohio. Most people would have thought it was a poor choice for a home because is was in the middle of the Great Black Swamp and home to many wolves and thousands of mosquitoes. But the location was great for easily crossing the Portage River because of the sloping banks on both sides. Later the railroad came through and for a while, Elmore was the largest community in Ottawa County.
In 2011 Elmore had a population just south of 1,500 residents with many attractions. We still live with strong memories of our past with an active historical society and many antique stores. We also look forward to our growing relationship with Schedel Gardens, one of the most beautiful arboretums in Ohio. The swamp has since been drained and now feature productive farm lands. The Woodmore School System (which is a combination of both Elmore and Woodville residents) has been rated “excellent” by the State of Ohio.
Elmore has maintained its small town atmosphere while being able to take advantage of our proximity to Toledo to have easy access to big town opportunities for jobs and entertainment.
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