1-16-23 — Auglaize County will commemorate 175 years on February 14th. To celebrate, the Auglaize County 175th Anniversary Committee will hold a “First Baby” contest. The first child born on Feb. 14 on or after 12:01 a.m. will win a gift basket. Parents of the child must be current residents of Auglaize County. In order to apply, participants must submit their names, residence, birth date and time of baby, location, phone number and email. The information can be sent to auglaizecounty1848@gmail.com.

The committee is selling a commemorative silver coin. There are a limited number (175) available of the .925-ounce silver coins for purchase. The cost for each coin is $60 and can be paid by check or money orders to the Auglaize County Historical Society and can be sent to the 175th Anniversary Committee, c/o Esther Leffel, Auglaize County Commissioners’ Office, 209 S. Blackhoof St., Wapakoneta 45895. You must include a name, address, phone number, email, number of coins requested, and full payment.

For more information, contact committee member Don Harrod at 419-305-9528.

Did you know?

This is what happened 175 years ago in 1848—


January 24 – California Gold Rush: James W. Marshall finds gold at Sutter's Mill, in Coloma, California.
January 31 – The Washington Monument is established.
February 2 – Mexican–American War: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed, ending the war and ceding to the US virtually all of what becomes the southwestern United States.
March 18 – The Boston Public Library is founded by an act of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts.


April 3 – The Chicago Board of Trade is founded by 82 Chicago merchants and business leaders.
April 23 – The Illinois and Michigan Canal is completed.
May 19 – The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (February 2), ending the Mexican–American War, is ratified by the Mexican government.
May 29 – Wisconsin is admitted as the 30th U.S. state (see History of Wisconsin).
June 14–15 – The Liberty Party National Convention is held in Buffalo, New York. Presidential candidate Gerrit Smith establishes woman suffrage as a party plank.[1][2]


July 19 – Seneca Falls Convention: The first women's rights convention opens in Seneca Falls, New York.
July 26 – The University of Wisconsin–Madison is founded.
August 14 – Oregon Territory is established.
August 19 – California Gold Rush: The New York Herald breaks the news to the East Coast of the United States that there is a gold rush in California (although the rush started in January).
September 12 – One of the successes of the Revolutions of 1848, the Swiss Federal Constitution, patterned on the US Constitution, enters into force, creating a federal republic and one of the first modern democratic states in Europe.
September 13 – Vermont railroad worker Phineas Gage incredibly survives a 3-foot-plus iron rod being driven through his head.


November 1 – The first medical school for women, The Boston Female Medical School (which later merges with Boston University School of Medicine), opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
November 7 – U.S. presidential election, 1848: Whig Zachary Taylor of Louisiana defeats Democrat Lewis Cass of Michigan in the first US presidential election to be held in every state on the same day.