The first election in Wright Township was held under a Burr Oak Tree, which stood on the south side of the road, three-fourths of a mile east of Lebanon Church, where Lattas Creek crosses the Lebanon-Lone Tree Road. No ballot box was used as only eight men voted. At this location, a small settlement was made, but it was not until 1884 when the post office was established the place was officially named Midland. It was named Midland either because it was halfway between Sullivan and Worthington or it was named after the Midland Coal Company that was located on edge of the community. With the coming of the railroads, the area began to boom and it is said that at one time, work whistles for 33 mines could be heard in Midland.
Provided by Mildred “Milly” (Coleman) Uland