Fort Recovery
Mercer County, Ohio

FORT RECOVERY is on the south bank of the Wabash river, one and a half miles east of the Indiana State line, fifteen miles southwest of Celina, on the L. E. & W. R. R.
Newspapers: News, Independent, Charles L. Patchell, editor and publisher; Times, Democratic, A. Sutherland, editor and publisher.
Churches: one Catholic, one Methodist, one Congregational, one Christian, one Lutheran.
Bank: G. R. McDaniel.
School census, 1888, 347; D. W. K. Martin, school superintendent.
Fort Recovery is in the midst of a great gas field. On Wednesday, March 28, 1887, the first well was struck. It was well named "Mad Anthony." It came with a mighty roar at only a depth of five hundred and ten feet. "Hats went up, cheers rang out" and, writes one, "the glad light of happiness, enthusiasm and prosperity shone in the eyes of our people. The test shows two millions of cubic feet daily from this well alone."

Source: Historical Collections of Ohio, Vol. II, Copyright 1888 by Henry Howe, C. J. Krehbiel Company, Printers and Binders, Cincinnati, Ohio

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