History of Knox County

Knox County History

Events of 1900 to 1925

With the new century came a steady increase in streetcar service and automobile ownership, accompanied by the growth of bridges, brick streets, and paved roads and highways. By the 1920’s the 3-C Highway was paved between Mount Vernon and Columbus. Dan Emmett died in 1904. Fredericktown, Centerburg, and Gambier had built their own water systems by 1910. Discoveries of oil and natural gas brought new industry to the county, particularly the five glassmaking plants operating here by 1911. The J. B. Foote Foundry was thriving in Fredericktown. In 1912, Albert B. Williams published his new Past and Present of Knox County, Ohio.

The Flood of 1913 caused great losses here and throughout Ohio, with many roads and bridges destroyed in the county. A new jail was built that same year. Soon after, Knox County boys would be serving in Battery E of the Ohio 37th Division in France during World War I.

The creation of the U.S. “Rural Free Delivery” service, or RFD, led to greatly improved mail service to rural homes, but also resulted in the closing of many small county post offices. While Knox County had 37 active post offices in the 1890’s, that number dropped to just 15 in the 1920’s.

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