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Millville

Millville is in Hanover and Ross townships around the intersections of Ohio 129 and U. S. 27. Since its founding, it has been the hub of several mill and market roads in western Butler County. Millville owes its name to the establishment of a grist mill in 1805 by Joseph Van Horne, who laid out the village 10 years later and named it. A post office was created Feb. 17, 1817. Millville was the birthplace Nov. 20, 1866, of Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who was elected the first commissioner of professional baseball after the image of the sport was tarnished by a scandal involving the 1919 World Series between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox. Landis, who had been a federal judge in Chicago, was chosen commissioner in 1920 and served until his death Nov. 25, 1944. His firm control of the sport restored its prestige, won the respect of fans and earned Landis a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N. Y. (See Van Horne's Mill
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