Desperadoes hit Sparta between 1840-1850

Several notorious desperadoes were in the township between 1840 and 1850. They were connected with a gang of counterfeiters who passed counterfeit $2.50 gold pieces upon the citizens until finally detected. A posse was formed and gave chase but it was mostly wilderness and they hunted them as far as the Bloomfield cemetery before they escaped.

Article taken from the Morrow County Sentinel dated March 4, 1976 and was written by Glorean Higgins