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Profiles

  • William Allen Dills (1842 - 1900)
    William Allen Dills, a businessman and politician, founded the town of Dillsboro on a portion of his farm that overlooked the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County, North Carolina. In 1889 he represented ...
  • Thomas Elliott Orbison (1812 - 1891)
    Founder of Orbisonia 11/23/1855 Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy : May 16 2020, 0:35:38 UTC
  • Washington Houck (1799 - 1888)
    Washington Houck laid out the town of Bladensburg, Knox County, Ohio. He was too modest to name it after himself, and settled on the name Bladensburg after the Battle of Bladensburg, a battle in Maryla...
  • Joseph Maddock (c.1720 - 1794)
    Joseph Maddock, pioneer Quaker leader in colonial Orange County, N.C., and Columbia County, Ga., founder of Wrightsborough, Ga., miller, and horticulturist, was born in the Newcastle, Del., area, the...
  • Jacob Jay Ross (1825 - 1906)
    Jacob Ross lived south of Danville, Ohio. He had to ride his horse up a hill into Danville to get his mail. On rainy days, he didn't want to get his horse muddy, so rode on the gravel sidewalk causing ...

Objective

A project to honor the founders of our towns and cities worldwide. These men and women are our civil and religious leaders that built a community though their hard work, leadership, vision, and pioneer spirit. The profiles that are added should include a description of their role in the creation of the town. The photo on the right is a picture of Hershey, PA, which was founded and planned by Milton S. Hershey. http://www.mhskids.org/about/school-history/hershey-pa-history/

Example Profile

Schaefferstown was founded in June 1758 by German immigrant Alexander Mayer Schaeffer. He called his new village Heidelberg, but it was not long before people began referring to it simply as “Schaeffer’s Town.”

The town Schaeffer planned was very much like those he had known in Europe. Building lots for homes and businesses were arranged around a large central square, at the intersection of two main roads, one running east to west, from Harris’s Ferry (Harrisburg) and Hummelstown to Ephrata via the Cornwall Iron Furnace, and the other north and south, connecting Conrad Weiser’s settlement at Tulpehocken with Lancaster, passing by Elizabeth Furnace.

Because of its prominent location near larger settlements and iron sites there was much traffic through the town, and stores and taverns sprang up to cater to travelers and residents alike. In 1761 an advertiser in the Pennsylvania Gazette announced that a post rider would take mail each Monday between Lancaster and Lebanon, with the tavern kept by Paul Gemberling on the square in “Heidelberg Town” (now known as the Gemberling-Rex House) as one of the regular stops. By the end of the 18th century there was also an open-sided wooden market house on the north side of the square.

To provide water for the town, Schaeffer installed underground wooden pipes connecting a spring at the north end of Market Street to the square. In 1763, Schaeffer deeded the reservoir property (now known as Fountain Park) and the water system itself to residents of Market Street. Homeowners on that street today are automatically members of the Schaefferstown Water Company, whose responsibility it is to maintain the park, and the two “fountains.”

After laying out the town, Schaeffer began immediately to sell lots, but he reserved the right to collect an annual ground rent of a few shillings from the buyers. He kept one of the best lots on the square for himself, and there he built a large limestone building where he ran a general store and a tavern. This building, still operating as a tavern, was once called the King George. After the American Revolution it was given its present name, Franklin House.

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updated to 1st 8/25/2015

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  • David Denny and Arthur A. Denny, members of the Denny Party, who are generally collectively credited as the founders of Seattle,

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