|The first settlers came to the Hamler area in the 1850s. At that time the land was
part of the Black Swamp. Settlers came here to harvest the forest for building
materials and clear the land for agricultural activities. The village got is name from
one of its first newcomers to the area, John Hamler.
During those early years the village began to boom. Numerous businesses, such as
saw mills, a stove factory , blacksmith shop and dry good stores began to pop-up in
the village. By 1896 there were two major railroad lines running through the
village - The B&O Railroad and DT&I Railroad.
Over time as technology changed, so too did the type of businesses that called
Hamler home. Today there are a wide variety of businesses that offer their
customers their goods and services.
A major change came to the village in 1970 when the village’s school system
consolidated with two surrounding communities to form the Patrick Henry Local
School District. Hamler went from being the home of the Bulldogs to the home of the
This small agricultural community has had its fair share of people who have gone
on to receive national recognition. This includes Chip Davis, founder of the musical
group Mannheim Steamroller and Kelly Creager who was named Miss Ohio in 1997
and competed in the Miss USA competition.
Of course, when people think of Hamler they usually think of its annual polka
festival. This event started in 1969 and has been going strong ever since, bringing
people from as far away as California to enjoy the three day event that celebrates
the community’s strong German heritage.
LABOR MARKET DATA
Labor Force - Village: 350
Labor Force - County: 14,301
Electric Power Supplier: Toledo
Natural Gas Supplier: Ohio Gas
Phone Service Provider:
Water Service Supplier:
Local Income Tax: 1%
Local School Tax: 1 3/4%
State income Tax: 6%
Sales & Use Tax: 7%
Major Airports: Toledo Express, 37 miles
Local Airport: Henry County Airport, 13
4,000 feet runway paved and lighted
Nearest Water Port: Port of Toledo, 49 miles
Hospital: Henry County Hospital, Napoleon,