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road which was then under construction. The railroad arrived in the Glades in 1851. Farm products were then in demand at good prices in order to supply the construction workers of the railroad. With a reliable cash market for his produce he was able to make payments on his farm according to schedule. In later years he bought the Swann Meadow Tract on which he settled his sons. The homestead now belongs to his grandchildren, the children of Rev. John G. Breuninger and his wife Mary.

"The village of Gortner now stands on a part of the Swan Meadow estate. Another part was later owned by General Benjamin F. Kelley after retiring from the Civil War. The Gortners built a steam grist mill and saw mill; also a school, a union church and postoffice. Peter Gortner II helped to establish a store and operated it along with the postoffice which took the name of Gortner. It was later sold to W. E. Spoerlein who moved it across the highway where it was dismantled in 1959 for the purpose of widening the highway. Forrest Gortner operated a store and service station near the earlier store. (James Adams now operates the store and rents it from Forrest Gortner.)

"Peter Gortner was a well educated man. From the time of his marriage he kept a Journal in the German language. Fortunately it has been translated into English. Among prized family heirlooms the Breuningers have some blue and white dishes brought by their grandparents from Prussia, and a cup and saucer wedding present to Peter and Barbara


Rev. J. C. Breuninger

The log cabin of Peter Gortner at Gortner. It was built by John Swann Jr. in 1810. This cabin was on the high ground southwest of the present service station. In December 1880, it was destroyed by fire. In the picture are shown Mrs. Peter Gortner and her son, Frederick. Mrs. Gortner is to be seen to the right making domestic soap. Courtesy Harper's Magazine, June 1880.


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Editor: Felix G. Robinson

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

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

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