The town was a very busy town. Jacob
the first postmaster, and his son, Jacob Rhodes
Schaeffer owned and operated the towns first tannery.
In 1889 They sold the land to John G. Hoffmann and
Son's Co. of Wheeling, WV. They own and operated the
Biggest Tannery in the State.
Here are the names of the first settlers:
Jacob Schaeffer, Hugh McCauley, Job Sions, J. J.
Phillips, E. Stilly, Geo. Styler, Nicholas Lee,
Benjamin Harvey, J. W. Shillingburg and Jacob Aronhalt.
Here are some of the jobs in Gormania, WV.
F. O. Winter, cashier; M. Aronhalt, merchant; J. W. Gilbert, meat market;
Austin Schwartz Jr., barber; H. A. Flanagan, Virginia Hotel;
B. F. White, Gormania House; C. W. Elrick, general merchandise;
T. G. Hanlin, restaurant; W. G. Drinkwater, physician and surgeon;
A. F. Schwartz Sr., hotel; Oates & Company, general merchandise;
John Rinker, notions; Homer B. Lynch, postmaster; William Brothers, garage.
The town had 3 churches:
The Presbyterian, the Catholic and the Methodist Church
(1899-1999), which is still holding services on Sundays.
On March 19, 1927 the Methodist church was
hit by a tornado.
In the same year the church was rebuilt and was dedicated in Sept. 4, 1927.
There is a cemetery in this town with
(what looks to me) 30 people buried on top of a hill.
I was told that most of the markers was made out of wood.
There is only 15 markers are left standing and only a few of them have names..
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