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LaRue, Ohio
Village
LaRue's business district
LaRue's business district
Location of LaRue, Ohio
Location of LaRue, Ohio
Location of LaRue in Marion County
Location of LaRue in Marion County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Marion
Township Montgomery
Area
 • Total 0.48 sq mi (1.24 km2)
 • Land 0.48 sq mi (1.24 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
925 ft (282 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 747
 • Estimate 
(2019)
714
 • Density 1,493.72/sq mi (576.68/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
43332
Area code(s) 740
FIPS code 39-41902
GNIS feature ID 1058187

LaRue is a village in Marion County, Ohio, United States. The population was 747 at the 2010 census. The village is served by Elgin Local School District. LaRue has a public library, a branch of Marion Public Library.

Geography

LaRue is located at 40°34′38″N 83°22′57″W / 40.57722°N 83.38250°W / 40.57722; -83.38250 (40.577262, -83.382396).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.48 square miles (1.24 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 614
1890 948 54.4%
1900 997 5.2%
1910 772 −22.6%
1920 795 3.0%
1930 698 −12.2%
1940 714 2.3%
1950 793 11.1%
1960 842 6.2%
1970 867 3.0%
1980 861 −0.7%
1990 802 −6.9%
2000 775 −3.4%
2010 747 −3.6%
2019 (est.) 714 −4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 747 people, 291 households, and 202 families living in the village. The population density was 1,556.3 inhabitants per square mile (600.9/km2). There were 327 housing units at an average density of 681.3 per square mile (263.1/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 94.9% White, 0.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 2.5% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.7% of the population.

There were 291 households, of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.6% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the village was 39.8 years. 25.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.9% were from 25 to 44; 26.7% were from 45 to 64; and 17.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.

History

In the early 19th-century, prior to their removal in the 1830s, there was a Wyandot village at this location.

LaRue had its start in the early 1850s when the railroad was extended to that point. A post office has been in operation at LaRue since 1853.

LaRue hosted the National Football League Oorang Indians in 1922 and 1923. The team was largely a traveling team but consisted of Native American players and was led by Jim Thorpe. Of the 20 games they played over two seasons, only one was played at "home" in nearby Marion. LaRue remains the smallest town ever to have been the home of an NFL franchise, or probably any professional team in any league in the United States..

Events

A festival called the "Oorang Bang" in honor of the Oorang Indians, Thorpe, and Oorang Airedales was held on the second weekend of June, featuring a parade, food, rides, and live music, but no longer occurs. The festival was first organized by local resident Harry Roberts (1924–2003) to fund improvements to the then derelict municipal swimming pool and park, located one mile (1.6 km) north of the village.

The Marion County International Raceway is located in LaRue.

Notable people

  • Edgar Bain - metallurgist who developed techniques for alloying steel
  • Toby Harrah - baseball player, played high school baseball in LaRue
  • Walter Lingo – dog kennel owner and owner of the Oorang Indians football team
  • Gladys Milligan – painter
  • Grant E. Mouser – U.S. Representative from Ohio
  • Dr. Charles E. Sawyer – a homeopathic physician who is blamed for giving a false diagnosis of U.S. President Warren G. Harding that led to Harding's premature death, practiced medicine in LaRue.
  • Major General Richard Secord – figure in the Iran-Contra scandal
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