McComb

You want to live in a town where the state championship sign is larger and more profound than the sign for the town itself.

You want to live in a town where the state championship sign is larger and more profound than the sign for the town itself.

Located in Pleasant Township.

A note about this sign when McComb (Ohio) High School Football won the state championship, for their division, in 1983.  This past year, in 2012, the McComb (Ohio) High School Football advanced to the final four (state).  It marked the first time a Blanchard Valley Conference school advanced out of the district into the final 4 since 1983, when McComb won the championship.

McComb, Ohio, population 1,648 as of the 2010 census.  Yep, you can read that if you want to, look McComb, Ohio up, if you doubt what you are reading.  It’s what the internet has done, made it a lot easier to look things up and read about them, checking independent sites on information you’ve either heard, read, received, etc., ALL the world’s information available on the internet, that’s what google wants to do … anyone got a couple thousand dollars I can invest in that company?

There was a story in the book referenced on this site, you can find it under the references tab, about the village of McComb in the mid 1850s.  Located in Pleasant Township, McComb was originally called Pleasantville (this is well known), and sometime in the 1850s, the people of Pleasantville anxiously awaited rail to come through the town (part of the Continental railroad) as the land had been graded for railroad track east and west of the town.   Some years passed, according to Beardsley, and there were no trains and there were no tracks so the businesses began to close up.  The residents of McComb took it upon themselves to build the McComb and Deshler line of the Dayton and Michigan Railroad (this was the first railroad to run North/South in the state of Ohio, it began operation in 1859).  The people of McComb, the name being changed in 1858 when the village was incorporated, seemingly had fortune smile up on them as The New York, Chicago, and St. Louis would eventually lay track, starting in Arcadia, running through McComb, and west to Fort Wayne, Indiana, so McComb, by 1882, was connected with the rest of the country.   I would like to find out more about the name change from Pleasantville to McComb, I do know the town was named after General Alexander Macomb, in his honor, as General Macomb died in 1841 and the town was renamed in 1858.

A view of downtown McComb with the Bennetts sign.  Thought of downtown without this sign is foreign.

A view of downtown McComb with the Bennetts sign. Thought of downtown without this sign is foreign.

It’s an interesting story at an interesting time for the town of McComb because the furniture store, a fixture in downtown since the late 1940s, has closed it doors and the buildings are for sale.

In July of 2014, I learned of a far more serious situation regarding our little village in Pleasant Township.  The story starts here.  In 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency passed some laws regulating the amount of chemical byproducts allowed in drinking water produced from the disinfection process requiring all systems to be compliant with the new regulations by July 2014.  Our little village has a problem with our water supply and time has run out.  This may be the proverbial straw that broke the camels back for little McComb, Ohio.  Maybe it’s time the residents of McComb learned from the residents of the 1850s and came together to once again save our town.

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