History from KSHS:
County, named for the Ottawa Indians, was
founded by William Stitt; George Darling;
and Seymour Ayers.
In 1866 voters selected
Ayersville as the county seat, but in 1867
the county seat moved to Lindsey for lack of
The county was created on February
27, 1860, but was not organized until
November 1866. It contains the cities of
Bennington, Culver, Minneapolis,
Tescott and Delphos.
notification from the state to
Ayersville. In 1870 voters moved the seat of
government to Minneapolis in a closely
vote. Two disastrous Indian raids in
1868 occurred, one resulting in two women
being captured and four men killed. One of
the women, Mrs. James Morgan, was
recaptured by George A. Custer. A
grasshopper invasion 1874 almost totally
the crops in the county.