c. 1999
Boroff Publication Services, Inc.
Tiffin, Ohio 44883

The location of the village of Attica at the crossing of Tiffin and Sandusky roads was selected in 1833 by William and Samuel Miller and surveyed for them by David Risdon. Four years prior to this time, Ezra Gilbert built a cabin in the center of what is now the village where he kept a tavern and established a post office, named after his old home, Attica, New York.

Nathan Merriman's store was also established here and within five years from the day of Gilbert's settlement, the place grew from one log cabin to be a village of twenty dwellings and of a population bordering on 100. In 1831, the first frame house in Venice Township was erected by Jacob Newkirk in the business center of the village.

Attica was platted April 7, 1833. The business circle in 1884-85 comprised the following:

    • Bemenderfer & Co, sash door and blind factory
    • Heabler Bros., flouring mills
    • Hall & Myers, iron founders
    • George Keller, brick and tile-makers
    • Libe & Burget, carriage-makers
    • Armatage & Wurts and J.R. Strandler hardware stores
    • David S. Jackson, saw mill
    • J. W. Walker, furniture and undertaker
    • J. M Teeples, milliner

Druggists, tailors, livery, cooper and baker businesses completed the business center.

Dr. H. G. Blaine and George Stoner were editors of the Attica Journal. The old buildings which occupied the site of the William Rininger building, were destroyed by fire in 1853. In 1856 another fire swept away the old William Miller Hotel, northwest corner of Main and Tiffin Streets. Subsequently the Chandler Block was erected on the spot.