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The former Home Guards of America temple on Main Street in the small town of Van Wert, Ohio. It is a large yellow brick building with a cast iron art nouveau awning over the entrance.


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The Home Guards Temple

The former Home Guards of America building on Main Street in the small town of Van Wert, Ohio.

The Home Guards of America was a Fraternal Benefits Society founded in Van Wert in 1899 by Dr. George Eblen. The organization later merged with a company called the American Insurance Union, which went bankrupt and folded in 1934, during the Great Depression.

The Home Guards Temple was built in 1905 at a cost of $75,000. After the organization closed down, the building was used for many years as a clothing factory. The Van Wert Overall Company made denim jeans, bib-overalls, and jackets there. The building has been vacant since the early 1980s and has deteriorated to the point that it is in danger of being demolished by the government of Van Wert.





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