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Louis Baus Collection
Description: Taken by photographer Louis Baus, this photographic reproduction shows the Zoar Store, or general store, on Main Street in Zoar, Ohio, in Tuscarawas County in 1870. A group of men and three children stand on the store's porch. A handwritten note on the reverse of the photograph reads "Town Hall on Main St. built in 1887. Council Chamber on 2nd floor. Fire Dept. and Barber shop on ground floor. Photo. 1920." Led by Joseph Bimeler in 1817, a group of Lutheran separatists left the area of Germany known as Wurttemberg and eventually established the small community of Zoar in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. They would become known as the Society of Separatists of Zoar in 1819. After Bimeler's death in 1853, the unity of the village declined, and by 1898 the Zoarites disbanded the society. The remaining residents divided the property, and the community continued to prosper in Zoar. Louis Baus was a prominent photographer in Cleveland, Ohio, who began his career with studio work, but in 1911 became a staff writer for the "Cleveland Advocate, " a local newspaper that was later purchased by the "Cleveland Plain Dealer." View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: P223_B04_Series2Album1_19
Subjects: Zoar (Tuscarawas County, Ohio); Society of Separatists of Zoar; Zoar (Tuscarawas County, Ohio); Public buildings; Communal Societies; Small businesses
Places: Zoar (Ohio); Tuscarawas County (Ohio)