The Mid-1900s and Beyond: 1941 – 2000

Memorial Day Parade

1947 Memorial Day Parade

1941-1945

Along with the rest of the nation, North Baltimore area factories convert to war production to support the U.S.’s entry into World War II. Twenty-two North Baltimore servicemen die in the war. In later years, one local serviceman dies in the Korean War and eight others lose their lives in the Vietnam War.

1943

Located at 101 North Main Street since 1900, The Weekly Beacon ceases publication after 59 years of operation.

1946

Located on West Broadway Street, C. W. Greene Products opens to manufacture rubber products. In 1950, the firm changes its name to the Norbalt Company and later to Johnson Rubber Company. The firm ceases operations in 2008.

1950

Bank of Wood County (formerly First National Bank and now Huntington Bank) moves into their new quarters at 214 North Main Street. This location is now vacant.

Aerial view of France Stone Company quarry

Aerial view of France Stone Company quarry on Mitchell Road, circa 1950

1958

The North Baltimore Public Library moves into new facilities at 230 North Main Street.

1961

Interstate 75, a new modern four-lane highway, opens at the east edge of North Baltimore and Henry Township.

1960-2005

North Baltimore’s Main Street loses many of its 19th-Century commercial buildings through a series of fires and demolitions.

1965

Briar Hill Country Club Golf Course opens at 14451 East Deshler Road at the southern edge of North Baltimore. The course is expanded from 9 to 18 holes in 1988. In 2006, the course is sold and renamed Birch Run Golf Course.

Main Street 1960

North Main Street on a late summer Sunday afternoon, circa 1960

1968

SMC Aluminum Foundry opens at 100 East State Street. In 1985, the operation moves to new facilities at 100 Peters Street, where it uses B.L. Peters’ gas well drilled in 1885.

1971

Mid American Bank, formerly Hardy Bank, moves into a new building at 141 North Main Street. Four commercial buildings are razed to make way for the bank.

1973

Duralastic, Inc. builds a plant at 100 Poe Road. It is later purchased by Thyssen Krupp Budd Co and, in 2006, is bought out by Continental Structural Plastics.

1973

Equity Meats, a division of Keystone Foods Corporation, opens a plant at 2208 Grant Road in Bloom Township to make McDonald’s hamburgers.

North Main Street, circa 1980

North Main Street, circa 1980

1974

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., a Fortune 500 Company, constructs new facilities at 2384 Grant Road in Bloom Township. The company, a major producer of industrial gases, closes in 2009.

1975

The First National Bank building located at the Northeast corner of North Main Street and East Broadway Street is razed.

1976

North Baltimore observes its 100th birthday with a yearlong celebration.

1977

Plast-O-Meric begins production at 733 East Water Street. In 2001, it merges with the PolyOne Formulators Group. The company makes liquid plastisol and PVC powder.

aerial view of North Baltimore High School

1991 aerial view of North Baltimore High School

1978

Automated Building Components opens an office at 129 North Main Street. In 1995, the firm moves its headquarters to a new office building at 2359 Grant Road in Bloom Township. It manufactures wood roof and floor trusses and wall panels.

1979

North Baltimore has its first extended nursing facility when Blakely Care Center opens at 600 Sterling Drive. Assisted living facilities are added in 1997. In July 2007, the facility is sold to Trilogy Health Services LLC and renamed Briar Hill Health Campus.

1986

Westhaven Apartments, a 44-unit complex for seniors, opens at 220 Sprigg Street.

Main Street 1991

1991 aerial view of Main Street in North Baltimore

1988

North Baltimore’s American Legion Post 539, formerly located at 139 South Main Street, builds a new post home at 539 South Street. In 2001, South Street is renamed American Legion Drive.

1988

Originally organized in 1890, North Baltimore Masonic Lodge No. 561 constructs a Masonic Temple at 165 West High Street. The new building replaces their previous lodge, located at 211 1/2 North Main Street, which had been destroyed by fire in February 1985.

1988

The North Baltimore Area Senior Center is built at 514 West Water Street and is attached to the Westhaven senior apartment complex.

Intersection

Intersection of Ohio Route 18 and Liberty High Road, location of ghost town of Denver in Henry Township

1998

The North Baltimore Area Historical Society is organized on May 15 in the Community Room of the North Baltimore Public Library.

1999

The North Baltimore Area Historical Center at 229 North Main Street is dedicated.

1999

Kettle Run Concrete’s mix and batch plant opens for business at 12769 Eagleville Road in Bloom Township. The plant closes in 2009.

2001

The Briar Hill Health Campus opens its medical and diagnostic facilities at 209 Briar Hill Road.

B. A. Lawrence barn

B. A. Lawrence barn prior to demolition on Mitchell Road in Henry Township, circa 2007

2005

Pull Tarps Manufacturers establishes its headquarters at 400 Elm Street, the former location of Abbott and Company.

2005

A new 500,000 gallon water tower on Grant Road in Bloom Township is dedicated.

2006

S & B Manufacturing, maker of steel floating docks, is founded and establishes its headquarters at 601 West Cherry Street.

North Main Street 2007

North Main Street in North Baltimore, summer 2007

2008

Hancock Wood Electric Cooperative moves into new headquarters at 1399 Business Park Drive South in Henry Township.

2009

CSX Railroad begins construction of the Northwest Ohio Intermodal Trans-Shipment Center, a facility for switching cargo containers from railcars to trucks, along Ohio Route 18 between North Baltimore and Hoytville.

berm construction

Construction of berm along Route 18 border of new CSX Intermodal Railyard in Henry Township. (Photo by Bonnie Knaggs)

New track to intermodal railyard

New track leading to CSX Intermodal Railyard west of North Baltimore. (Photo by Bonnie Knaggs)

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