We tip a cap to an ad hoc committee for unanimously picking 1822 as the year for Tiffin's birthday.
The group of local historians, members of the Tiffin Historic Trust, Seneca County Historical Society and the Seneca County Museum Foundation had considered events ranging from the War of 1812 in 1813 to the unification of Tiffin and Fort Ball in 1850 when contemplating the year for a bicentennial celebration.
A strong candidate was 1817, when Erastus Bowe erected an inn and tavern - the first civilian structure in what grew to become the village of Oakley. But Bowe's establishment served soldiers assigned to nearby Fort Ball as well as travelers - the location being about a day's travel from either Upper Sandusky or Fremont.
But the city really began as a community when Josiah Hedges bought land along the Sandusky River opposite Oakley, named it Tiffin and - in 1822 - built a dam, a mill and a home. And it has been home to residents of Tiffin ever since.