|— Village —|
|• Total||1.47 sq mi (3.81 km2)|
|• Land||1.44 sq mi (3.73 km2)|
|• Water||0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)|
|Elevation||725 ft (221 m)|
|• Estimate (2011)||1,532|
|• Density||1,070.8/sq mi (413.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1042172|
An 1834 act of Ohio Legislature provided for the organization of Putnam County and the establishment of a county seat. The Governor appointed Wm. Cochran, Henry Morris and Silas McClish as Associate Judges to organize the county. Provision was also made for the appointment of County Commissioners, a Town Director and a Surveyor to select 160 acres in Union Township as a county seat. The associate Judges appointed Thomas Gray, Wm. Priddy, and Samuel Myers as County Commissioners, Abraham Sarber as Town Director and F. C. Fitch as Surveyor.
The Town Director, with the Commissioners and Surveyor, laid out and platted a town as required by the legislature and they named the town Kalida, meaning "beautiful", which became the seat of justice of Putnam County. This was the first town platted in Putnam County.
A frame court house was erected in 1834, but this was replaced by a brick building in 1839. Kalida remained the county seat until October 1866. At that time a county-wide vote selected Ottawa as the county seat.
A post office was established very soon after the organization of Kalida and according to the best tradition the first post road serving Kalida was The Defiance and Wapakoneta Road from Fort Recovery to Defiance.
In 1836 Guthrie & Sarber built a grist mill on Hog Creek at Kalida, the second and at that time the most important water mill in the county.
The Kalida area drained into the Ottawa River (Hog Creek). The land was originally covered with forests and was part of the Great Black Swamp. After the land was cleared to develop agriculture, ditches and clay tiles were needed to aide in drainage of the soil to make it suitable for farming. Many small tile mills were founded in the area to provide the needed tile. Today the landscape of Putnam County includes hundreds of highly productive farms.
The first Newspaper in the county was the Kalida Venture edited by Francis Gillette. From the time of the first issue, February 20, 1841, Putnam County has not been without at least one newspaper. The Kalida Sentinel was established at Kalida in 1865.
Schools were important in this new community, so on September 10, 1836, the trustees divided the township into two small school districts and proceeded to open free schools that year.
According to Judge Skinner's history, the first settlers of Union Township were Abraham Sarber and John Guffey in 1831, followed in 1832 by George Clevenger and Joseph Clevenger and in 1833 with an addition of seven families, viz, Adam Sarber, Jacob Clevenger, Samuel Clevenger, Jenkin Hughes, William Clevenger, Samuel Gander and Daniel Rimer.
The following other persons must have also settled in the township prior to 1834 or at any rate according to the records in the Land Office received grants for lands in this township, viz., Abel Hanson, Oct. 30, 1832; John Cook May 8, 1832; Nancy Henderson Sept. 17, 1832; Wesley Rush May 16, 1833; Ezekial Hoover June 14, 1833. Several of the above deeds will be found recorded at Bryan, Ohio, since Putnam County, before its organization in 1834, was administered by Williams County.
In 1834 the following families came: Dr. Moses Lee, Robert McCracken, Isaac McCracken, William Phillips, Sheldon Gutherie, Arthur E. Martin and Joseph Miller.
Some of the names of the various persons appearing in an early township record in addition to those mentioned are: John Guffey, Maurice Howard, Winchton Risley, Sheldon Guthrie, Richard Lee, James Taylor, Jabez Spencer, Hugh Crawford, Samuel Parker, Daniel Rimer, Robert McCracken, James M. Lee, John Juhns, James Vail, Joseph Miller, D. S. Gibbs, Lewis Stover, Joseph Nichols, Samuel Gander, P. H. Holden, F. C. Fitch, Wm. Monroe, Seth G. Gates, Washington Stark, Adam Ridinger, Thomas McClure and may others. Early Pioneers Samuel Myers and Margaret Hardin Myers He was also educated in Maryland. In 1829 he came to Putnam County from Maryland after a failed family business venture in Maryland. Samuel Myers, Sr. married Margaret (Harden/Hardin/Harding) on December 25, 1833; they were the first white people to be married in Putnam Co., Ohio. Two days later on the 27th Margaret went to keeping house on the Auglaize River, at the lower end of what was then known as the Kilcannon Rapids. Samuel built them a cabin, previous to the marriage, we moved into it, and out of a walnut log near by we split, hewed and planned stuff and made corner cupboard, a table, and a bookcase, and all of which was still in our family in 1877. The floor was made of puncheon, and the door was made of plank hewed out of split logs. For a copy of this info check out the Pioneer Reminiscences story on Margaret Myers. This is where they later built a saw and grist mill, patents were later given for the style of roof he used, and a patent was also given for the buckets for the mill which were scrolled out by a millwright named Graves, and in later years a patent was issued to a man by the name of Ross for similar wheel buckets. Kalida is a village in Putnam County, Ohio, United States. The population was 1,542 at the 2010 census.
Kalida is located at (40.984530, -84.197585).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.47 square miles (3.81 km2), of which, 1.44 square miles (3.73 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.
The Putnam County Historical Society Museum is housed in Kalida. 
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,542 people, 588 households, and 408 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,070.8 inhabitants per square mile (413.4 /km2). There were 612 housing units at an average density of 425.0 per square mile (164.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.7% White, 0.2% African American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.
There were 588 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.6% were non-families. 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.14.
The median age in the village was 39.6 years. 26.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 27.1% were from 45 to 64; and 17.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,031 people, 385 households, and 284 families residing in the village. The population density was 924.4 people per square mile (355.4/km²). There were 397 housing units at an average density of 356.0 per square mile (136.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.13% White, 0.19% Native American, 0.48% from other races, and 0.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.78% of the population.
There were 385 households out of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.9% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.2% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the village the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $52,411, and the median income for a family was $59,861. Males had a median income of $37,750 versus $27,065 for females. The per capita income for the village was $21,293. About 3.3% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.
Kalida High School (KHS) and Kalida Elementary School (KES) are both part of the Kalida Local School District.
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