When the post office was established in 1837, it was discovered Ohio already had a Lewisville, so the spelling was changed to Louisville. Immigrants first flocked to the area for its abundant timber, especially chestnut and poplar trees. The railroad changed everything in 1835 and drew many businesses to the area, according to township history.
Now a bedroom community with well-maintained homes and parks, the city has a population of more than 8,500 people. One of the main roads through Louisville is state Route 44, also known as Ravenna Avenue or Chapel Street. The other main road is state
Route 153, or Main Street. Many locally owned stores, taverns and other businesses can be found along this corridor.
New to Main Street is the St. Joseph Federal Credit Union’s first branch. The building, however, has much history.
It was built in 1898 as the Louisville Deposit Bank and was occupied until 1939. The unique office, with an original marble teller counter and walk-in vault, has been well-maintained by the building’s tenants throughout the years, making it look like a step back in time when you walk into the new bank today. Successful longtime businesses in Louisville include Biery Cheese, H-P Products (maker of VacuFlo), and The Medicine Shoppe.
“WHY I LOVE LOUISVILLE”
BY DAVID BISHOP, H-P PRODUCTS, INC.
Heritage, traditional values and hometown pride are just a few of the many thoughts that come to my mind when Louisville is mentioned. For all those fortunate enough to have experienced the “small-town” community atmosphere of of Louisville, you know there is no better feeling than faith and pride, along with “milk bottles on the back porch” memories.
Growing up, marrying the prettiest girl in town and raising our three lovely daughters in the midst of so many that we know, trust, and love, continues to provide me a wonderful feeling of belonging and well-being.
Louisville and Nimishillen Township have both always been proud of our traditions and the work ethic of our people — as exemplified by the sense of community you can see in our each of our neighborhoods, businesses and local organizations.
The friendly “hello” on the street or in our local Y seems such a simple gesture, yet telegraphs all that is important in our community.
It is always fun to visit other places, yet it is always best to come home to Louisville.
MEDIAN VALUE, OWNER-OCCUPIED HOUSING UNITS $136,285
MEDIAN AGE 40.2
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME $51,706
AVERAGE TRAVEL TIME TO WORK: 25 MINUTES
NUMBER OF COLLEGE GRADUATES (ASSOCIATE DEGREE OR HIGHER) 2,472
INSIDER SCOOP ON LOUISVILLE
CLAIM TO FAME: Louisville calls itself “Constitution Town” — and so does the rest of the country, thanks to resident Olga T.Weber. According to local historian Connie Holmes, the former executive director of the Juilliard Center, Weber petitioned municipal officials in 1952 to establish Constitution Day, in honor of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1789. Mayor Gerald A. Romary proclaimed Sept. 17, 1952, as Constitution Day in the city. The following April,Weber requested that the Ohio General Assembly proclaim Sept. 17 as statewide Constitution Day. Her request was signed into law by Gov. Frank J. Lausche. In August 1953, she took her case to the U.S. Senate, which passed a resolution designating Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week. The Senate and House approved her request, and it was signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW: Says Holmes, “Louisville has three war memorials, within a short distance of each other, all on the corners of South Mill and Gorgas Avenue.” They include a full-size statue of a World War I “Dough Boy,” a World War II memorial with names of Louisville and Nimishillen Township residents who died defending their country, and a Vietnam memorial, also with the names of those from the community who died there.
PARTY OF THE YEAR: The Constitution Week Celebration — slated for Sept. 11-18 this year — features a hot-air balloon liftoff, food, rides and live entertainment.
FAMOUS DAUGHTER: Susan Bixler (author and president and CEO of Bixler Consulting Group in Atlanta
LOUISVILLE AREA FAVORITES
MAGICAL RAINBOW PLAYGROUND AT METZGER PARK 1420 S. Nickel Plate Ave.
This beautiful 88-acre park features the community-built playground, along with baseball and soccer fields, picnic areas (including a pavilion with a fireplace and electricity) and more than three miles of biking, walking and running paths.
MOTTS GREENHOUSE & OLD MILL BULK FOOD 11555 Louisville St. NE Washington Township 330-875-2040
Here you will find items such as baking supplies, chocolate and candy-making items, spices, local honey, organic foods, and even milk in glass bottles, plus a nicely stocked greenhouse.
LOUISVILLE HIGH SCHOOL STADIUM 600 block of South Street
The new stadium was opened during the 2010 football season. It is a source of pride for the sports-loving Louisville community, which shelled out most of the money for the privately funded facility.
MIKE’S-MILANN’S 1909 W. Main St. 330-875-8020
A great hangout to meet friends and enjoy home-style food for breakfast and after the ballgames.
LOUISVILLE ROLLATORIUM 1330 S. Chapel St. 330-875-2934
Old-fashioned fun in the heart of Louisville.