by Stuart J. Koblentz
Published 2007, Softbound, Illustrated,128 pp.
Located in north-central Ohio, Marion County is comprised of 15 townships that are situated across a variety of terrains ranging from gently rolling hills and streams to broad prairies in the northern portion of the county. As the county seat of government, the city of Marion matured into a bustling center of industry and commerce, and the outlying villages of Caledonia, Claridon, LaRue, Morral, Prospect, and Waldo provided nearby residents with services and interactions closer to their rural homes. LaRue holds the distinction of being the smallest community ever awarded a National Football League franchise – the Oorang Indians, captained by Olympian Jim Thorpe. An important rail center, the city of Marion also welcomed the world in 1920 when Warren G. Harding conducted his front porch campaign from his home on Mount Vernon Avenue
Stuart J. Koblentz, along with Marion County Historical Society director Gale Martin and society trustees Carol Robinson, Mike Perry, Randy Winland, Sam Norris, and Trella Romine, has assembled this book which depicts Marion County’s rich past in historic photographs detailed through narrations that bring to life its people, places, and customs. Kobletnz is a former president of the Marion County Historical Society. A graduate of Marion Harding High School, he and his family make their home in Baltimore, Maryland.