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Originally the entire Western Reserve, including the Firelands, was part of Trumball County, as designated by the Territorial Government on December 6, 1800. Five years later the Firelands became part of Geauga County, and in 1807 part of the Firelands was included in Portage County. It wasn’t until February 10, 1809 when Huron County was established and Huron Township was included in its perimeter. As the area grew, residents thought their interests would be best served if a new county were created from the northern sections of Huron and Sandusky County.

A committee was appointed to consider Huron, Milan and Sandusky as the county seat. When the committee visited Huron, a northeaster flooded the town and temporarily prevented the committee members from reaching their hotel. Despite Huron officials' claim that Sandusky Bay was too shallow to accommodate the bigger Great Lakes ships, when the committee visited Sandusky they was a large ship safely moored in the bay in water that had been temporarily made deeper due to the storm’s wind. That coupled with a rare brand of an imported spirit conveniently presented to the committee Sandusky’s Mayor Camp, confirmed the men’s choice of Sandusky as the seat of Erie County.

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Erie County was created by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio on March 15, 1838. It was composed of 11 townships, including Berlin, Florence, Groton, Huron, Kelleys Island, Margaretta, Milan, Oxford, Perkins, Portland and Vermilion.
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The Aicher House was one of many businesses established in the mid to late 1800s. John Aicher, a German immigrant arriving in Huron in the mid 1800s, moved the small Tracey house on the lake shore to a lot on Main Street just north of the Lorain Savings and Loan. He added on the front section of the hotel and a sizable second story about 1865. The building was torn down in 1918. Mr. Aicher was
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The Aldine Hotel was built about 1890 at the intersection of Main Street and Van Rensselaer Street by John Krock. It was destroyed by fire from unknown causes in 1898.
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A map of how Huron looked in 1870. By 1910 the village had grown to a population of 1,756.

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