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Kitzmiller on the Potomac, page 3

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For when it comes to settling up
The Company is good pay.
But our report will not
Do justice to each soul
Unless we mention L. C. Hamill
Who furnishes the coal.
He has grown bald in the service
(But perhaps we shouldn't tell)
'Tis not that he has served so long
But that he has served so well.
Now we have written of these men
And know that they'll not care,
For a better set of fellows
You'll not find anywhere;
To every cause that works for good
Each is a willing giver
And they love the little town
By the Potomac River.

By T. H. Markwood, better known as "Dick" written about 1889, when the local settlement was commonly known as Blaine.

Lumber! Coal! Water! Three of the richest natural resources endowed to mankind! All three were found in wealthy abundance in 1801 when Thomas Wilson came to this valley along the Potomac to make his home. The story of these three natural resources is the story of Kitzmillerville, as it was named by Ebeneezer Kitzmiller in 1877.

A quiet valley, the Potomac wending its way eastward, surrounded by hills of virgin forest provided an invitation to the Indians who roamed the area. But this scene rapidly changed when Thomas Wilson built a grist mill in 1802. People came from many miles to have their grain ground at Mr. Wilson's mill.

In 1801 Thomas Wilson married Susan Bowman and to them fifteen children were born. A daughter, Emily, married Ebeneezer Kitzmiller, for whom the town was named.

During the next four decades, farming and stock raising were the chief occupations of the families who moved into the area. Sturdy,


Ruth Hutson Ryan


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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