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The Village of Pioneer was founded in 1849 by P.W. Norris. Early business in the northwest Ohio village was spurred by the rivalry between Norris and G.R. Joy, who were married to sisters. Each actively sought to make his part of town more prosperous. Norris was named postmaster in 1850, but could not name the town after himself, so he named it Pioneer.
The Toledo and Western Railway came to Pioneer in 1903, which brought many new businesses to the village, including a wool market, pickle vats, stockyards, and flour, grist and hoop mills. The railway stopped service during the Depression until it was revived by local store owner Earl Snyder. His role as owner/operator of the railway got him featured in Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” column and museum as well as a television spot. The railroad continued until 1954 when Snyder moved into the trucking business.
Today the Village of Pioneer has a population of approximately 1,380 and some of the main employers are in the industrial and manufacturing sectors.
The Williams County Economic Development Corporation helps maintain a high quality of life in Williams County. It attracts and retains businesses as the premier reference and resource center for all businesses throughout the county. Pioneer is one of 10 communities located in Williams County and has three parks, five baseball diamonds, a library, one lake within the village and several lakes within 10 miles. Pioneer’s organizations include Ohio Child Conservation League, North Central Athletic Boosters, Pioneer Lions Club, Pioneer Chamber of Commerce and Sesqui Study Club.
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Established in 1912, the Pioneer Light Department serves more than 800 meters, with the majority being residential customers. The Light Department received a 2013 AMP Safety Award for transmission/distribution, and the Village of Pioneer received an AMP System Improvement Award in 2013 for its pole replacement project. The project enabled the village to provide better grounding and coordination in wire and transformer sizing for the available load. Overall efficiency was improved and customers are seeing cost savings from the system upgrades.
As a member of AMP, Pioneer participates in a number of AMP programs and projects that assist in providing reliable energy and other benefits to the community and its citizen-owners. These include:
For more information, please visit www.villageofpioneer.org.