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1662 Royal Charter of Connecticut grants colony territory from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean
1786 Connecticut relinquishes colonial land claims, but retains the Western Reserve
1795 Treaty of Greene Ville opens that portion of the Western Reserve east of the Cuyahoga River to settlement
1795 Connecticut sells the Western Reserve to the Connecticut Land Company for $1,200,000
1796 1st survey of the Western Reserve by the Connecticut Land Company, which includes "Grand River Township"
1796 Edward Paine, Junior, spends winter at Cleveland
1797 June 3 David Eldridge, of the 2nd surveying expedition, drowns while attempting to cross the mouth of the Grand River
1798 Dec. 26 Henry Champion acquires ownership of Tract 3, in Township 11, Range 8
1800 First settlers arrive, lead by General Edward Paine and John Walworth
1800 Western Reserve becomes Trumbull County and placed under the jurisdiction of the Northwest Territories
1800 Census of Trumbull County, population 1,303
1800 Trumbull County divided into eight political townships, which includes Painesville Township
1802 Painesville Township government organized
1802 June Census of the Ohio Territory, population of Painesville Township 83 Free Males over the age of 21
1803 Painesville Post Office begins operation with John Walworth as Postmaster
1805 General Henry Champion lays out the town plat of Champion
1810 Census of Painesville Township, population 670
1820 Census of Painesville Township, population 1,278
1822 July 16 Painesville Telegraph begins publication
1830 Census of Painesville Township, population 1,499
1832 Town of Painesville incorporated
1840 Census of Painesville Township, population 2,580
1840 Lake County erected and organized
1841 Aug. 28 General Edward Paine dies
1850 Census of Painesville Township 3,128
1852 Town of Painesville becomes Village of Painesville
1854 Storrs & Harrison Nursery established
1857 Fire destroys business block in Painesville
1860 Census of Painesville Township 4,388*; and Village of Painesville 2,676
1861 Fire destroys business block in Painesville
1861 Feb. 16 Abraham Lincoln, en route to his inauguration, makes speech from his train at the Painesville depot
1870 Census of Painesville Township 4,995*; and Village of Painesville 3,728
1880 Census of Painesville Township 5,516*; and Village of Painesville 3,841
1880 July 3 Lake County Civil War Monument dedicated by presidential candidate General James A. Garfield, of Mentor
1883 Nov. 30 Equal Rights Association, of Painesville, organized to advocate woman's suffrage
1890 Census of Painesville Township 7,558*; and Village of Painesville 4,755
1899 Oct. Morley Library opens
1900 Census of Painesville Township 9,282*; and Village of Painesville 5,024
1900 July 21 Dedication of monument erected in honor of General Edward Paine, in Charter Oak Park
1902 Oct. 21 Village of Painesville becomes City of Painesville
1909 June 25 Lake County Court House dedicated
1910 Census of Painesville Township 9,601*; and City of Painesville 5,501
1912 Lake County Fair held at the new fairgrounds on Mentor Avenue
1920 Census of Painesville Township 14,019*; and City of Painesville 7,272
1930 Census of Painesville Township 18,673*; and City of Painesville 10,944
1940 Census of Painesville Township 20,472*; and City of Painesville 12,235
1950 Census of Painesville Township; and City of Painesville
1960 Census of Painesville Township; and City of Painesville
1967 Sep. 25 Lakeland Community College opens with 1073 students and administrative offices and classrooms in Painesville
1969 July 4 Series of severe thunderstorms begin to sweep off Lake Erie at about 8:00 PM with 120 MPH winds 
1970 Census of Painesville Township; and City of Painesville
1976 Dec. 31 Diamond Shamrock Chemical Corp. closes down operations at the Painesville Township/Fairport Harbor facilities
1978 Jan. 26 Blizzard of '78, the "white hurricane," with winds 40-60 MPH and gusts as high as 102 MPH, and lowest recorded barometric pressure of 28.28 inches of mercury
1980 Census of Painesville Township; and City of Painesville
1986 Jan. 31 Earthquake, 5.0 on the Richter scale and lasting 15-30 seconds, shakes area at 11:47 AM
1988 June 25 Highest recorded temperature of 104 Degrees Fahrenheit at 4:37 PM
1989 Nov. 11 Lake County Jail dedicated
1990 Census of Painesville Township; and City of Painesville
1996 Nov. 6 Painesville Post Office dedicated
1997 Sep. 1 Rita C. McMahon becomes Painesville City Manager
2000 Painesville Township celebrates its Bicentennial


by Carl Thomas Engel, Reference Librarian and Local Historian.
page last updated 1 MAY 2002.