Broken log building in Clay Township, Auglaize County



On my August 30 ride from Wapakoneta to Fort Loramie and Piqua, I first did a detour to the east. In Clay Township I came across a tumbledown log building. It didn’t appear to be an old building that went back to settlement days, but I wondered if there was any interesting history associated with it anyway. Today I looked on old plat maps and then tried to search for anything interesting about the landowners, but I haven’t found anything worth telling about.

I did find out that the original land buyer was a David W. Barber. He “entered” the land at the land office in 1837, and was issued a land patent in 1840. So at this time and place, it took roughly 3 years for the government to process the sale. It was always a struggle for the General Land Office to keep up with the paperwork, and sometimes Congress enacted laws that made the process extra slow and cumbersome. But I am under the impression that three years wasn’t considered too bad.

It’s fairly easy to find out when the land patents were issued, but not so easy to find out when people had gone to the land office to make their purchases. In this case, I learned about the year of purchase from “History of Western Ohio and Auglaize County,” by C.W. Williamson (1905). It’s available as a download via Google Books.


Here’s the location on a google map.

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  • Christopher Riley

    It *is* a settlement-era building.

    The 1977 Ohio Historic Inventory form includes a bit of information about its history:

    “This log house was lived in by its owner [George Rosterfer] when he was a young man. Now that he is 87, he takes pride in this house and protects it from being sold or torn down. He told us that less than ten years have passed (1967) since it was lived in by an old bachelor. Mr. Rosterfer has owned land in the immediate area and lived on an adjoining farm in recent years. He states that the log house was an old home when he was a boy.”

  • Spokesrider

    Thank you, Christopher. And thanks for posting the photo. Do you happen to know who built it?

  • Jason Rostorfer

    George Rostorfer was my Great Grandfather. The log house in now nothing more than a pile of logs. Where did you find this article? I have been looking for information on this log house. Thank you for any information.