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From: "Joan Bretz" <>
Subject: Re: [PADAUPHI] Eby Fountain in Harrisburg
Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2003 08:59:44 -0500
One of Harrisburg's 19th century entrepreneurs was a Jacob Eby who was born
in Lancaster (a German Mennonite, I
believe) and bought a "thriving grocery and shipping business" which became
Harrisburg's largest wholesale and retail grocery and pork-packing business.
He was associated with Simon Cameron and other industrial leaders of the
city. As one of the movers and shakers, a fountain might have been named
for him, though I did not see any references. He apparently lived at Fifth
and Market (which is where the intersection where the railroad station is
now) near his business and then moved to a farm north of the city. Perhaps
he installed a fountain near his home/business. This information came from
a book titled "Harrisburg Industrializes: The Coming of Factories to an
American Community" by Gerald G Eggert (1993), that I found at some
genealogical conference a few years ago. It does not have detailed family
histories but snippets of Harrisburg's industrial development.
You might contact the Dauphin County Historical Society to see if they have
information in their files relating to the Eby family and/or the fountain.
Hope this helps.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2003 11:38 PM
Subject: [PADAUPHI] Eby Fountain in Harrisburg
> Ebay item number # 2162577887 is a picture postcard with a picture of
> Fountain" on it. Does anyone from Harrisburg know if this fountain still
> exists or know why it is called Eby Fountain?
> Wendell Eby
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