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Kitzmiller gets a kiss, page 2

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The town named for Ebenezar Kitzmiller who married a daughter of Thomas Wilson, its oldest settler, has been set in an industrial mold since its inception over one hundred and fifty years ago. For its first hundred years its life centered in its water-powered mills. The village lies on the north side of the north branch of the Potomac. Here the water has a fast flow, and running parallel with the Potomac, through the village is another fast flowing little stream, now very attractive as it flows by the Botanical Gardens opposite the school. The Grist Mill was built by Thomas Wilson, the Founder of the Village, in 1802. His son-in-law Ebenezar Kitzmiller erected the woolen mill in 1853 and manufactured under the trade-name of "Poole", making blankets, shirts, and bolts of Cloth that became nationally known. Upon the coming of the West Virginia Central (now Western Maryland) Railroad in the 1880s the rich veins of coal were opened from which poured coal into hoppers, money into pockets, sulphur into the waters, more families into the town. Now that the vein has almost stopped flowing the community is confronted with a struggle for survival. This is the theme story of many a village along the Tableland Trails. Kitzmiller is very thankful to get a kiss. Let us hope she will also get a shot in the arm.


Editor: Felix G. Robinson


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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