orrow County was founded February 24, 1848. At that time Jeremiah Morrow was the ninth governor of Ohio. He also served in the U.S. Senate and
was a member of the House of Representatives at the time the county was formed. It was formed from parts of Delaware, Knox, Marion,
and Richland Counties.
Mount Gilead was platted in 1824 under the name of Whetsom, but changed to its present biblical name in 1832 and became the county seat.
The discovery of oil in this area brought active business to Mount Gilead, especially after the construction of Route 42,
which connects this section of the state with Lake Erie ports.
In the center of Mount Gilead is the Monument (The Victory Shaft), dedicated to
the citizens of Morrow County, by the U.S. Government for the highest sales per
capita in the state, of World War I War Bonds and stamps in 1919. The reported sales
were 727,070, or an average of 43:15 for every man, woman, and child in the County,
which totaled 16,800 at that time. The number 1848 in the flag depicts the founding
year of Morrow County. The Flag, chosen in a countywide contest, was first flown
at the 132nd Ohio State Fair in August of 1885.