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Small town pride in abundance at Liberty Center's 150th

LIBERTY CENTER, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Liberty Center turns 150 years old this weekend.

The sesquicentennial celebration is all about small town spirit and community pride.

The village was settled by German immigrants. It was primarily an agriculture community.

As many as eleven trains would pull up to the local elevator every day to load up on grain.

There was an occasional cultural clash.

"We had two saloons in town and that didn't go well with some of the Methodist folks," said Liberty Center historian John Swearinger.

Liberty Center did have one brush with fame.

Dwight Eisenhower once came through the village while on a campaign whistle stop tour. He never stopped though.

"He stopped in Defiance, but he did wave and all the children from the school waved right back," said Mr. Swearinger.

Today, the downtown area is vibrant and has no business vacancies.

Folks say Liberty Center represents what small town life is all about.

"Where you have concerned neighbors, pride in your town. Small towns are the root and backbone of the United States," said resident Roger Fisher.

So what exactly separates Liberty Center from other small towns?

There's only one answer you hear.

"We're just better," said Mr. Fisher.

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