Billiar Alley, Wooster, Ohio

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Billiar Street and Billiar Alley bear the name of a French emigrant, Jacob Billiar from Alsace-Lorraine. He met his wife, Anna Haftzger, in New York City and he brought her to Wooster where he built a home (703 Palmer Street). The couple raised seven children, one of whom, Frank Billiar, became chief miller at the Empire Milling Company plant at Soaptown, East of Wooster.

Billiar Alley extends from Apple Creek West and then North almost to Eastern Avenue. When the ways were officially dedicated, a descendant of Jacob agreed to add a final "d" to the name which seemed incomplete. But subsequently the change was abandoned, and the signs reverted to the original spelling. [1]


  1. "The Streets of Wooster" by Richard Peter. Wooster, Ohio, 1985. p.8-9.