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Littlestown was layed out by
and named for Peter Klien (Little)
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The Littlestown I Remember (1900's)
Dr. J. Brian Eby, ( Geologist) Houston, Texas

(Taken from The Littlestown Bicentenial Book -1965 - Pages 266& 267)

I was born December 18, 1896, in the Old Eby homestead, by a grist mill on a branch of Alloways Creek three miles northwest of town. Grist milling was tough in those days and approaching extinction. My mother before marriage was jennie V. Shorb. My first recollections of the town of my birth come from summer vacations of 1906 through 1909. Grandma Eby (Mary Greenholt Eby) 120 Lumber Street, was my hostess. It was a modest little home. In front, by the curb, stood a pole supporting an oil burning lantern and the nightly visit of the lamp lighter was an intriguing ritual to watch. He would place his ladder, climb, fill the oil container, polish the globe, and light the wick. It was surprising how the widely spaced lanterns separated the sidewalks from the street in the dark of the night. On Saturday afternoons and Sunday I would usually dress up and visit my bachelor uncle, John Shorb, on West King Street, and he would take me for a horse (Harry) and Buggy ride out to his farm several miles northeast of of town, operated by "Louie" Weaver. His first automobile was not acquired until about 1914; it was an Allen Car. Another uncle Dr. Basil J. Shorb, died in 1894 in a street car accident in Baltimore.

Above: Old Eby Farm

Left: Samuel and Francis Eby in front of "Grandama's" former home, taken by J. Brian Eby, August 1947


The silk mill, the first major industry to come to Littlestown, was newly opened and its deep throated whistle would wake me up early in the morning, and in the evening would signal the arrival of supper time. One of my favorite pastimes in those days was shooting flies off the horses being shod in Bill Ebaugh's village blacksmith shop, under the watchful eye of my special friend, Charlie Zeigler, the assistant smith.

The first and last old fashion medicine show I ever saw was on the square with the typical one horse wagon, the official barker, the pretty girl and the comedian. The sales pitch was spirited, and the bottles of "cure-all" sold for just fifty cents. "Charlie" Zeigler and "Rip" Martin threaten to run them out of town. I did not wait to see.

Next door to Grandma was "Had" Keller's abattoir, and I would occasionally peep in when he was killing a steer for his butcher shop. Old "Grandma" Kump lived across the street and I visited her by the hour. Her backyard abutted the PRR and I would enjoy watching the morning and afternoon passenger trains pass by.

The biggest news to hit town was the proposal to build a trolley line from Hanover. The bright lights of Hanover over seven miles away seemed remote in the horse and buggy days. I watched the track inch its way up the main street to the square and rode one of the first trolleys to the big city. Zercher's Barber Shop gave shaves for ten cents and haircuts for fifteen cents. Below are the barbers, Harry, Charles and John Zercher and the men on the first two chairs Earl Long and Atville Hawk.

Memories of the Civil War were still remarkably fresh. Dr. E. K. Foreman, a Union Army Surgeon; Agust (Gloomy Gus) Harner and 'Billy' Hayden, an Irish fighter, are people I remember.

Fifty years later I revisited the town that I knew as a boy. The paved streets, the the electric lights, the automobiles, the new banks, hotel, progressive Rotary Club, accentuated the modern age - the Space age - modern as the Houston Domed Stadium.

So let us recall and honor the past, but I would say it's more important to work for the present and future. The Adams County Independent of Sept. 15, 1894, on its masthead of page one, has a good motto "Subscribe and live comfortable and happy." I am in favor of that.

A Few Pictures from the early 1900's:

ABOVE: Placing the pillars at the Littlestown
Savings Institution during erection of building.

TOP: the Hamilton Forrest family. 1stROW: Fletcher, Emma,Emory.
2nd ROW: Annie,
Frank, (child), Mr. Forrest, Louise Kitzmiller Forrest, Louise (child), Eddy.
3rd ROW: Rev. John, Granville and wife, Judson.
(may not be 100% correct).


North Queen Street, during 1917 - Snow
completely across the street.
(Courtesy Roy A. Stock.)

The John Buddy family. SEATED: Sarah (McSherry); John and Sarah Hemler Buddy;
Mary (sneeringer), STANDING: Ella (Orndorff); Rose (Stavely); Henry, George;
Emma (Weaver); Alice (Collins), Anna (Groft) was not home when picture was taken.





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