Clipped From The Newark Advocate
The embassy has a query from j the mayor of the town of Toboso, I Spain. He wants to know how the town of Toboso, Lickfrig County, Ohio, U. S. A., got its name. We ' are going to make a guess, but first lets see what happened. j Searches Records j Mr. Reid, the cultural attache in ed Wed-Madrid, searched through reference books the embassy pos- sessed, without finding a satisfac- lory answer. So he wrote to the State Historical Society' in Cleve- land. But the state society s head quarters are in Columbus. The em- 0f bassy letter was delivered to the Wesiern Reserve Historical socie ty. The WRHS did some researcn and came up with some information, but without finding the an swer as to wny we wwn was named Toboso. It did learn this. The town was laid out in 1852 by William Stan-bery, one of Newark's distinguished citizens a century ago. He was a lawyer of repute, he served in the Ohio legislature as senator (1825). He served in the 20th. 21st, and 22nd Congresses, from 1827 to 1833. It was he who built Oakland Hall, in Madison township, famed as a social center about a century ago. He died in 1873. fronnpntlv mentioned in Licking County histories, but without a hint as to why he chose To boso as the name for the village h Mtahlished. With the comple tion of the Central Ohio Railroad (now the B. & O.,) he decided to law nut the town, through which th railroad Dassed. The neighbor hood, only a 'hoot and a holler frnm the famous Black Hand Rock, was locally called Black Hand, but the post office department changed the name to iodoso. Not Incorporated The village is not now incorporated and there is no record of it ever having heen formally chartered " " . . ,. . j L. Toboso, Spain, is usiea in me Century Encyclopedia of Names, (1894), as being a small town, 60 miles south, southeast of Toledo, notable as the home of Dulcinea in Don Quixote. Our guess is that Mr. Stanberry, r,iner a man of culture, was fa miliar with the romance, Don Quix ote, and nrobably was intrigued Dy the euphonious, name of the town where Dulcinea uvea, ana cnuse it for his Licking valley village. I.. H. Everts' atlas map of Lick ing County (1875), noting that the viiiano was laid out by Stanberry in 1852. added that 'on account of I its sickly location, has always languished.' Toboso folk probably will not think kindly ot Mr. Everts for saying that about their quaint little village. - If any Advocate reader has any more definite information on this ? century old town along the Licking, we shall be glad to transmit it to the Ohio Historical Society. All the correspondence and re search done on this inquiry has heen turned over to the state society. , ., Further investigation at the courthouse revealed practically conclusive proof that the name Toboso was drawn from the novel, Don Quixote. While Stanber-ry's description and dedication of the plat did . not mention the book, the clue was found in the strpet. names. In addition to or riinarv names, like Pataskala and Gratiot streets, one was named Quixote. Some years after the plat was recorded, a court ction permitted new owners to withdraw from the village some 25 or 30 lots, including that part of the village where Quixote St. was located. The petition for the withdrawal of these lots indicated that thev were all under cultiva tion as farm land. So, today, 1, Quixote bi. oi ine viudge ui , 1 : . U nnr n. rf IODOSO, may uc ui mc tcmci a wheat field.