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Kitzmiller on the Potomac, page 4

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Scotch-Irish folk-the Brays, Davises, Hamills, Harveys, Junkinses, Paughs, Pews, Rafters, and the Taskers.

In 1853, Ebeneezer Kitzmiller built a woolen mill, the second industry for the little village. Operated by Billy Pool, the excellent products soon became nationally known, particularly to the lumbermen who enjoyed the warmth and other fine qualities of the Pool shirt, blanket, and cloth.

Power for both the giant mill and the woolen mill was developed from the Potomac River.

As the community grew and prospered, so did its needs—spiritual as well as educational. The first church in the area was a Methodist meeting house at Fairview, a short distance from town. During the week the meeting house was used for schooling. Older citizens of the town date the building of this meeting house as early as 1840.

In 1884, the first schoolhouse was built, and again, the building served the dual purpose of education and religion. It was not until 1887 that the first Methodist church was erected on ground donated by Mrs. Emily Kitzmiller. This frame structure was used until it could no longer accommodate the congregation. In 1911 a new Methodist church was erected and is still in use today.

At present, there are three other churches: the Kitzmiller Pres-


Ruth Hutson Ryan

A hunter walks out of one of the forests of Garrett County with a wild turkey. Due to reforestation turkeys are more frequently observed throughout the county. Picture through the courtesy of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.


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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