Glandorf, Ohio

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Glandorf is a village in Putnam County, Ohio, United States. The population was 919 at the 2000 census.



Glandorf was founded by Johann Wilhelm Horstmann and six other men from Glandorf, Germany in 1834.[3]:3-6 They embarked on the ship Columbus on September 7, 1833 in Amsterdam, landed November 6, 1833 in New York, and purchased some land in Putnam County in December.[4] Members of this group were Johann F. Kahle, Wilhelm Gülker, Christian Strope, F. Wischmann, Friedrich Bredeick and Mathias and Friedrich Bockrath. Kahle bought land at Greensburg approximately 5 miles to the west of Glandorf and named it Maria Camp. Horstmann's land was named Glandorf. Their wives and ten other families from Glandorf followed in 1834. This was just the beginning of further emigration from Germany to Ohio and other states of the USA. After his death on February 21, 1843, Horstmann left his land to the community.

In 1834 Horstmann built a log house to serve as church, school, and rectory. The new parish was placed under the patronage of St. John the Baptist. In 1835 the log house was replaced by a wooden church with a steeple, a bell and a pulpit from hallowed-out sycamore log. A brick church followed between 1846 and 1848. In 1878 the Neo-Gothic church St. John the Baptist was erected and consecrated on December 15.[3]:15 In 1992 a fire started in the sacristy of the church and the sacristy and its contents were a complete loss. The entire interior has to be repainted. A convent of the German sisters' order of the Society of the Precious Blood was founded in 1849. They cultivated the land which was originally owned by Horstmann and served as teachers. The convent was abandoned in 1917.[5]

St. John the Baptist

St. John the Baptist church with monument of Johann Wilhelm Horstmann

Monument of Johann Wilhelm Horstmann

Sesquicentennial Memorial 1834 - 1984


Glandorf is located at 41°1′49″N 84°4′45″W / 41.03028°N 84.07917°W / 41.03028; -84.07917 (41.030355, -84.079109)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 919 people, 286 households, and 237 families residing in the village. The population density was 599.4 people per square mile (231.9/km²). There were 297 housing units at an average density of 193.7/sq mi (74.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.59% White, 0.11% Asian, 0.44% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.

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