Liberty Township, Darke County, Ohio
|Liberty Township, Darke County, Ohio|
The Clemens Farmhouse, a historic site in the township
Municipalities and townships of Darke County.
|• Total||33.2 sq mi (86.0 km2)|
|• Land||33.2 sq mi (86.0 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,161 ft (354 m)|
|• Density||34.1/sq mi (13.2/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1086017|
Liberty Township is one of the twenty townships of Darke County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 1,132 people in the township, 962 of whom lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.
Located in the southwestern part of the county, it borders the following townships:
- Washington Township - north
- Greenville Township - northeast
- Neave Township - east
- Butler Township - southeast corner
- Harrison Township - south
- Franklin Township, Wayne County, Indiana - southwest
- Greensfork Township, Randolph County, Indiana - west
The village of Palestine is located in central Liberty Township.
Name and history
German Township was formed from parts of Harrison and Washington counties in 1820. The first settler within its bounds was James Cloyd, who arrived six years before the township's organization.:552 The first school in the township was established near Palestine in 1820, while the first church (a Lutheran congregation) was built in 1826.:553
One of German Township's most distinctive features was Tampico, an African-American settlement founded in 1822 and platted in 1850. Located in the northwestern part of the township, its earliest residents were freeborn African Americans from Rockingham County, Virginia who moved to Ohio after the county evicted all freeborn African Americans. In 1914, Tampico and the surrounding rural areas supported four schools and two churches.:554
The township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected township fiscal officer, who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election. Vacancies in the fiscal officership or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees. The current trustees are Larry Helmer, Cutis Hiatt, and Raymond Mendenhall, and the clerk is Mary Alice Brewer.
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