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Elizabeth Arneth collection on Fischer's Park

1922-1998 [bulk 1922-1980], 0.8 linear feet

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Elizabeth Arneth collection on Fischer's Park

1854-1995, 0.75 linear feet

01

Elizabeth Arneth collection on Fischer's Park

1795-1945, 1 linear feet

01

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Welsh Valley Preservation Society. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Welsh Valley Preservation Society
Creator:
Arneth, Elizabeth
Title:
Elizabeth Arneth collection on Fischer's Park
Date [bulk]:
1922-1980
Date [inclusive]:
1922-1998
Call Number:
01
Extent:
0.8 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
3 binders, 2 boxes, 1 accordion file
Language:
English
Abstract:
Fischer's Park is a recreational facility in Towamencin, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, with a swimming pool, cabanas, and park land. It was first built in the 1920s by Hugo Fischer. Eric Arneth and his wife Elizabeth further developed the park from the 1930s to 1970s. The Elizabeth Arneth collection on Fischer's Park, 1922-1998, consists of photographs and newspaper clippings, promotional materials and ephemera, and some original records and correspondence relating to Fischer Park that were collected by Elizabeth Arneth.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Welsh Valley Preservation Society
Creator:
Historical Society of Towamencin.
Title:
Historical Society of Towamencin collection
Date [inclusive]:
1854-1995
Call Number:
03
Extent:
0.75 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
1 cardboard box
Language:
English
Abstract:
Towamencin Township is a suburb of Philadelphia located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. One of the township's gems is the Morgan Log House, a meticulously restored example of early domestic architecture on land first settled in 1708. The Historical Society of Towamencin collection, 1854-1995, includes photographs from class graduations at local schools and scattered school records, a photograph album, newspaper clippings, and a cemetery inventory.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Welsh Valley Preservation Society
Creator:
Welsh Valley Preservation Society.
Title:
Welsh Valley Preservation Society local history collection
Date [inclusive]:
1795-1945
Call Number:
02
Extent:
1 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
4 manilla envelopes, 1 box of framed items
Language:
English
Abstract:
Towamencin Township is a suburb of Philadelphia located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. One of the township's gems is the Morgan Log House, a meticulously restored example of early domestic architecture on land first settled in 1708. The Welsh Valley Preservation Society local history collection, 1795-1945, contains various documents and photographs found by the preservation society while restoring the Morgan Log House, as well as some donated items. There are several folders of deeds and properties in and around Towamencin Township, 1795-1929, as well as some school photographs, circa 1910-1945, and some photographs of the Morgan Log House.
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Biography/History

''The lands that are now Fischer's Park were settled in the 1800s and contained a grist mill known as Kooker's Mill. Mr. Fischer purchased the mill, adjacent buildings, and 14 acres in the early 1900s. As early as the 1920s, the spot became popular with motorists who would picnic on the property. In the late 1920s, Mr. Fischer began adding facilities to accommodate visitors including a candy and ice cream pavilion, a boardwalk over the dam, cabanas, and a swimming pool.

''Mr. Fisher was swept away during a flashflood in 1930 and his widow [Helen] invited her nephew from Germany, [Eric] Arneth, to continue to run the park. From the 1930s through the 1970s Mr. Arneth made several improvements to the property including the demolition of the mill, construction of the "upper club pool," filling of the mill raceway, and some additions to the houses.''

Bibliography:

Simone Collins Landscape Architecture. "Fischer's Park Master Plan Update," page 9. May 2010. Accessed November 21, 2011. http://www.towamencin.org/ParksandRec/fischersparkmasterplan/Master%20Plan%20Update/1-Introduction.pdf.

Biography/History

Towamencin Township is a suburb of Philadelphia located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The first European settlers, of German, Welsh, and Dutch descent, settled there around the turn of the 18th century, and were primarily engaged in farming. The township received its charter from William Penn's Commissioners in 1734. During the Revolutionary War, Towamencin played an important role in supporting the troops during and after the Battle of Germantown. General Washington established quarters and conducted military duties from the home of Frederick Wampole, and the Mennonite Meeting House was used a hospital and place of respite for soldiers retreating from the battle.

Bibliography:

Towamencin Township. "History." Accessed November 21, 2011. http://www.towamencin.org/history.htm.

Biography/History

Towamencin Township is a suburb of Philadelphia located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The first European settlers, of German, Welsh, and Dutch descent, settled there around the turn of the 18th century, and were primarily engaged in farming. The township received its charter from William Penn's Commissioners in 1734. During the Revolutionary War, Towamencin played an important role in supporting the troops during and after the Battle of Germantown. General Washington established quarters and conducted military duties from the home of Frederick Wampole, and the Mennonite Meeting House was used a hospital and place of respite for soldiers retreating from the battle.

The land upon which the Morgan Log House now stands was first purchased by Griffith Jones in 1702. Jones sold the land, including a house he had built upon it, to Edward Morgan in 1708. Edward Morgan, a Welsh Quaker, was among the first settlers of the area, and was the grandfather of Daniel Boone. Subsequent owners included Edward's son John Morgan, Evan David, Schwenkfelder John Yeakel, Mennonite Yellis Cassel, and Frederick Bower. The house remaining on the property was condemned in 1967, but its historic significance was recognized later that year. Towamencin Township purchased the land and restored the house between 1970 and 1976.

Bibliography:

Towamencin Township. "History." Accessed November 21, 2011. http://www.towamencin.org/history.htm.

Welsh Valley Preservation Society. "History of the Property and House." Accessed November 28, 2011. http://www.morganloghouse.org/history.php.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photographs and newspaper clippings, promotional materials and ephemera, and some original records and correspondence relating to Fischer Park that were collected by Elizabeth Arneth. There are several scrapbooks with newspaper clippings and photographs. Most of the photographs depict the park, although there are some family photographs as well. The collection includes many promotional mailings and ephemera, including some drafts and proofs of advertisements. There are a few land surveys of the park. Of special interest is Hugo Fischer's account book, circa 1922.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs from class graduations at local schools and several commencement invitations, 1884-1929; spelling workbooks, 1888; land deeds, 1854 and 1887; and a photograph album of the Griffiths-Snyder house, circa 1970s. There are also some newspaper clippings, "A Survey of the Kulpsville Methodist Cemetery" created in April 2007, and reproductions of some pages of an Elizabeth Arneth scrapbook on Fischer Park.

The strongest part of the collection is the class photographs, which complement other class photographs in the Welsh Valley Preservation Society local history collection. Many individuals in the class photographs in this collection are identified.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains various documents and photographs found by the Welsh Valley Preservation Society while restoring the Morgan Log House, as well as some donated items. Probably the highest-interest materials are several folders of deeds and property records, 1795-1929, for properties in and around Towamencin Township. There is also one deed in a folder of Schlosser family papers, 1845-1902, which also contains correspondence, a will, and a transcribed obituary of Adam Schlosser. Of interest to local genealogists will be 15 framed photographs of class graduations, many from the Specht School, circa 1910-1945. The collection also includes items relating directly to the Morgan Log House, including a marriage certificate for Morgan Morgan and Ann Roberts, 1774, and one folder of Morgan Log House photographs, most taken during the 1973 restoration, with some dated circa 1936.

The class photographs in this collection complement other class photographs in the Historical Society of Towamencin collection; many individuals in that collection's class photographs are identified.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Welsh Valley Preservation Society

Publication Information

Welsh Valley Preservation Society

Publication Information

Welsh Valley Preservation Society

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact Welsh Valley Preservation Society for information about accessing this collection.

Access Restrictions

Contact Welsh Valley Preservation Society for information about accessing this collection.

Access Restrictions

Contact Welsh Valley Preservation Society for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Arneth family, 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

When the Historical Society of Towamencin folded in 2010, their archival holdings were transferred to the Welsh Valley Preservation Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Materials found in the Morgan Log House.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials Note

Welsh Valley Preservation Society: Historical Society of Towamencin collection.

Related Archival Materials Note

Welsh Valley Preservation Society: Welsh Valley Historical Society local history collection.

Welsh Valley Preservation Society: Elizabeth Arneth collection on Fischer Park.

Related Archival Materials Note

Welsh Valley Preservation Society: Historical Society of Towamencin collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Towamencin (Pa. : Township)
Personal Name(s)
  • Arneth, Eric
  • Fischer, Helen
  • Fischer, Hugo
Subject(s)
  • Fischer Park
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Parks

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Towamencin (Pa. : Township)
Subject(s)
  • Local history
  • Schools

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Towamencin (Pa. : Township)
Personal Name(s)
  • Morgan, Morgan
  • Schlosser, Adam
Subject(s)
  • Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration
  • Historic preservation
  • Morgan Log House
  • Schools
  • Specht School

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Elizabeth Arneth collection on Fischer's Park

1922-1998 [bulk 1922-1980], 0.8 linear feet

01

Elizabeth Arneth collection on Fischer's Park

1854-1995, 0.75 linear feet

01

Elizabeth Arneth collection on Fischer's Park

1795-1945, 1 linear feet

01

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Welsh Valley Preservation Society. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Welsh Valley Preservation Society
Creator:
Arneth, Elizabeth
Title:
Elizabeth Arneth collection on Fischer's Park
Date [bulk]:
1922-1980
Date [inclusive]:
1922-1998
Call Number:
01
Extent:
0.8 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
3 binders, 2 boxes, 1 accordion file
Language:
English
Abstract:
Fischer's Park is a recreational facility in Towamencin, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, with a swimming pool, cabanas, and park land. It was first built in the 1920s by Hugo Fischer. Eric Arneth and his wife Elizabeth further developed the park from the 1930s to 1970s. The Elizabeth Arneth collection on Fischer's Park, 1922-1998, consists of photographs and newspaper clippings, promotional materials and ephemera, and some original records and correspondence relating to Fischer Park that were collected by Elizabeth Arneth.
PDF Version:

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Summary Information

Repository:
Welsh Valley Preservation Society
Creator:
Historical Society of Towamencin.
Title:
Historical Society of Towamencin collection
Date [inclusive]:
1854-1995
Call Number:
03
Extent:
0.75 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
1 cardboard box
Language:
English
Abstract:
Towamencin Township is a suburb of Philadelphia located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. One of the township's gems is the Morgan Log House, a meticulously restored example of early domestic architecture on land first settled in 1708. The Historical Society of Towamencin collection, 1854-1995, includes photographs from class graduations at local schools and scattered school records, a photograph album, newspaper clippings, and a cemetery inventory.
PDF Version:

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Summary Information

Repository:
Welsh Valley Preservation Society
Creator:
Welsh Valley Preservation Society.
Title:
Welsh Valley Preservation Society local history collection
Date [inclusive]:
1795-1945
Call Number:
02
Extent:
1 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
4 manilla envelopes, 1 box of framed items
Language:
English
Abstract:
Towamencin Township is a suburb of Philadelphia located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. One of the township's gems is the Morgan Log House, a meticulously restored example of early domestic architecture on land first settled in 1708. The Welsh Valley Preservation Society local history collection, 1795-1945, contains various documents and photographs found by the preservation society while restoring the Morgan Log House, as well as some donated items. There are several folders of deeds and properties in and around Towamencin Township, 1795-1929, as well as some school photographs, circa 1910-1945, and some photographs of the Morgan Log House.
PDF Version:

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Biography/History

''The lands that are now Fischer's Park were settled in the 1800s and contained a grist mill known as Kooker's Mill. Mr. Fischer purchased the mill, adjacent buildings, and 14 acres in the early 1900s. As early as the 1920s, the spot became popular with motorists who would picnic on the property. In the late 1920s, Mr. Fischer began adding facilities to accommodate visitors including a candy and ice cream pavilion, a boardwalk over the dam, cabanas, and a swimming pool.

''Mr. Fisher was swept away during a flashflood in 1930 and his widow [Helen] invited her nephew from Germany, [Eric] Arneth, to continue to run the park. From the 1930s through the 1970s Mr. Arneth made several improvements to the property including the demolition of the mill, construction of the "upper club pool," filling of the mill raceway, and some additions to the houses.''

Bibliography:

Simone Collins Landscape Architecture. "Fischer's Park Master Plan Update," page 9. May 2010. Accessed November 21, 2011. http://www.towamencin.org/ParksandRec/fischersparkmasterplan/Master%20Plan%20Update/1-Introduction.pdf.

Biography/History

Towamencin Township is a suburb of Philadelphia located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The first European settlers, of German, Welsh, and Dutch descent, settled there around the turn of the 18th century, and were primarily engaged in farming. The township received its charter from William Penn's Commissioners in 1734. During the Revolutionary War, Towamencin played an important role in supporting the troops during and after the Battle of Germantown. General Washington established quarters and conducted military duties from the home of Frederick Wampole, and the Mennonite Meeting House was used a hospital and place of respite for soldiers retreating from the battle.

Bibliography:

Towamencin Township. "History." Accessed November 21, 2011. http://www.towamencin.org/history.htm.

Biography/History

Towamencin Township is a suburb of Philadelphia located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The first European settlers, of German, Welsh, and Dutch descent, settled there around the turn of the 18th century, and were primarily engaged in farming. The township received its charter from William Penn's Commissioners in 1734. During the Revolutionary War, Towamencin played an important role in supporting the troops during and after the Battle of Germantown. General Washington established quarters and conducted military duties from the home of Frederick Wampole, and the Mennonite Meeting House was used a hospital and place of respite for soldiers retreating from the battle.

The land upon which the Morgan Log House now stands was first purchased by Griffith Jones in 1702. Jones sold the land, including a house he had built upon it, to Edward Morgan in 1708. Edward Morgan, a Welsh Quaker, was among the first settlers of the area, and was the grandfather of Daniel Boone. Subsequent owners included Edward's son John Morgan, Evan David, Schwenkfelder John Yeakel, Mennonite Yellis Cassel, and Frederick Bower. The house remaining on the property was condemned in 1967, but its historic significance was recognized later that year. Towamencin Township purchased the land and restored the house between 1970 and 1976.

Bibliography:

Towamencin Township. "History." Accessed November 21, 2011. http://www.towamencin.org/history.htm.

Welsh Valley Preservation Society. "History of the Property and House." Accessed November 28, 2011. http://www.morganloghouse.org/history.php.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photographs and newspaper clippings, promotional materials and ephemera, and some original records and correspondence relating to Fischer Park that were collected by Elizabeth Arneth. There are several scrapbooks with newspaper clippings and photographs. Most of the photographs depict the park, although there are some family photographs as well. The collection includes many promotional mailings and ephemera, including some drafts and proofs of advertisements. There are a few land surveys of the park. Of special interest is Hugo Fischer's account book, circa 1922.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs from class graduations at local schools and several commencement invitations, 1884-1929; spelling workbooks, 1888; land deeds, 1854 and 1887; and a photograph album of the Griffiths-Snyder house, circa 1970s. There are also some newspaper clippings, "A Survey of the Kulpsville Methodist Cemetery" created in April 2007, and reproductions of some pages of an Elizabeth Arneth scrapbook on Fischer Park.

The strongest part of the collection is the class photographs, which complement other class photographs in the Welsh Valley Preservation Society local history collection. Many individuals in the class photographs in this collection are identified.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains various documents and photographs found by the Welsh Valley Preservation Society while restoring the Morgan Log House, as well as some donated items. Probably the highest-interest materials are several folders of deeds and property records, 1795-1929, for properties in and around Towamencin Township. There is also one deed in a folder of Schlosser family papers, 1845-1902, which also contains correspondence, a will, and a transcribed obituary of Adam Schlosser. Of interest to local genealogists will be 15 framed photographs of class graduations, many from the Specht School, circa 1910-1945. The collection also includes items relating directly to the Morgan Log House, including a marriage certificate for Morgan Morgan and Ann Roberts, 1774, and one folder of Morgan Log House photographs, most taken during the 1973 restoration, with some dated circa 1936.

The class photographs in this collection complement other class photographs in the Historical Society of Towamencin collection; many individuals in that collection's class photographs are identified.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Welsh Valley Preservation Society

Publication Information

Welsh Valley Preservation Society

Publication Information

Welsh Valley Preservation Society

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact Welsh Valley Preservation Society for information about accessing this collection.

Access Restrictions

Contact Welsh Valley Preservation Society for information about accessing this collection.

Access Restrictions

Contact Welsh Valley Preservation Society for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Arneth family, 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

When the Historical Society of Towamencin folded in 2010, their archival holdings were transferred to the Welsh Valley Preservation Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Materials found in the Morgan Log House.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials Note

Welsh Valley Preservation Society: Historical Society of Towamencin collection.

Related Archival Materials Note

Welsh Valley Preservation Society: Welsh Valley Historical Society local history collection.

Welsh Valley Preservation Society: Elizabeth Arneth collection on Fischer Park.

Related Archival Materials Note

Welsh Valley Preservation Society: Historical Society of Towamencin collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Towamencin (Pa. : Township)
Personal Name(s)
  • Arneth, Eric
  • Fischer, Helen
  • Fischer, Hugo
Subject(s)
  • Fischer Park
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Parks

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Towamencin (Pa. : Township)
Subject(s)
  • Local history
  • Schools

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Towamencin (Pa. : Township)
Personal Name(s)
  • Morgan, Morgan
  • Schlosser, Adam
Subject(s)
  • Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration
  • Historic preservation
  • Morgan Log House
  • Schools
  • Specht School

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Elizabeth Arneth collection on Fischer's Park

1922-1998 [bulk 1922-1980], 0.8 linear feet

01

Elizabeth Arneth collection on Fischer's Park

1854-1995, 0.75 linear feet

01

Elizabeth Arneth collection on Fischer's Park

1795-1945, 1 linear feet

01

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Welsh Valley Preservation Society. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Welsh Valley Preservation Society
Creator:
Arneth, Elizabeth
Title:
Elizabeth Arneth collection on Fischer's Park
Date [bulk]:
1922-1980
Date [inclusive]:
1922-1998
Call Number:
01
Extent:
0.8 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
3 binders, 2 boxes, 1 accordion file
Language:
English
Abstract:
Fischer's Park is a recreational facility in Towamencin, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, with a swimming pool, cabanas, and park land. It was first built in the 1920s by Hugo Fischer. Eric Arneth and his wife Elizabeth further developed the park from the 1930s to 1970s. The Elizabeth Arneth collection on Fischer's Park, 1922-1998, consists of photographs and newspaper clippings, promotional materials and ephemera, and some original records and correspondence relating to Fischer Park that were collected by Elizabeth Arneth.
PDF Version:

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Summary Information

Repository:
Welsh Valley Preservation Society
Creator:
Historical Society of Towamencin.
Title:
Historical Society of Towamencin collection
Date [inclusive]:
1854-1995
Call Number:
03
Extent:
0.75 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
1 cardboard box
Language:
English
Abstract:
Towamencin Township is a suburb of Philadelphia located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. One of the township's gems is the Morgan Log House, a meticulously restored example of early domestic architecture on land first settled in 1708. The Historical Society of Towamencin collection, 1854-1995, includes photographs from class graduations at local schools and scattered school records, a photograph album, newspaper clippings, and a cemetery inventory.
PDF Version:

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Summary Information

Repository:
Welsh Valley Preservation Society
Creator:
Welsh Valley Preservation Society.
Title:
Welsh Valley Preservation Society local history collection
Date [inclusive]:
1795-1945
Call Number:
02
Extent:
1 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
4 manilla envelopes, 1 box of framed items
Language:
English
Abstract:
Towamencin Township is a suburb of Philadelphia located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. One of the township's gems is the Morgan Log House, a meticulously restored example of early domestic architecture on land first settled in 1708. The Welsh Valley Preservation Society local history collection, 1795-1945, contains various documents and photographs found by the preservation society while restoring the Morgan Log House, as well as some donated items. There are several folders of deeds and properties in and around Towamencin Township, 1795-1929, as well as some school photographs, circa 1910-1945, and some photographs of the Morgan Log House.
PDF Version:

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Biography/History

''The lands that are now Fischer's Park were settled in the 1800s and contained a grist mill known as Kooker's Mill. Mr. Fischer purchased the mill, adjacent buildings, and 14 acres in the early 1900s. As early as the 1920s, the spot became popular with motorists who would picnic on the property. In the late 1920s, Mr. Fischer began adding facilities to accommodate visitors including a candy and ice cream pavilion, a boardwalk over the dam, cabanas, and a swimming pool.

''Mr. Fisher was swept away during a flashflood in 1930 and his widow [Helen] invited her nephew from Germany, [Eric] Arneth, to continue to run the park. From the 1930s through the 1970s Mr. Arneth made several improvements to the property including the demolition of the mill, construction of the "upper club pool," filling of the mill raceway, and some additions to the houses.''

Bibliography:

Simone Collins Landscape Architecture. "Fischer's Park Master Plan Update," page 9. May 2010. Accessed November 21, 2011. http://www.towamencin.org/ParksandRec/fischersparkmasterplan/Master%20Plan%20Update/1-Introduction.pdf.

Biography/History

Towamencin Township is a suburb of Philadelphia located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The first European settlers, of German, Welsh, and Dutch descent, settled there around the turn of the 18th century, and were primarily engaged in farming. The township received its charter from William Penn's Commissioners in 1734. During the Revolutionary War, Towamencin played an important role in supporting the troops during and after the Battle of Germantown. General Washington established quarters and conducted military duties from the home of Frederick Wampole, and the Mennonite Meeting House was used a hospital and place of respite for soldiers retreating from the battle.

Bibliography:

Towamencin Township. "History." Accessed November 21, 2011. http://www.towamencin.org/history.htm.

Biography/History

Towamencin Township is a suburb of Philadelphia located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The first European settlers, of German, Welsh, and Dutch descent, settled there around the turn of the 18th century, and were primarily engaged in farming. The township received its charter from William Penn's Commissioners in 1734. During the Revolutionary War, Towamencin played an important role in supporting the troops during and after the Battle of Germantown. General Washington established quarters and conducted military duties from the home of Frederick Wampole, and the Mennonite Meeting House was used a hospital and place of respite for soldiers retreating from the battle.

The land upon which the Morgan Log House now stands was first purchased by Griffith Jones in 1702. Jones sold the land, including a house he had built upon it, to Edward Morgan in 1708. Edward Morgan, a Welsh Quaker, was among the first settlers of the area, and was the grandfather of Daniel Boone. Subsequent owners included Edward's son John Morgan, Evan David, Schwenkfelder John Yeakel, Mennonite Yellis Cassel, and Frederick Bower. The house remaining on the property was condemned in 1967, but its historic significance was recognized later that year. Towamencin Township purchased the land and restored the house between 1970 and 1976.

Bibliography:

Towamencin Township. "History." Accessed November 21, 2011. http://www.towamencin.org/history.htm.

Welsh Valley Preservation Society. "History of the Property and House." Accessed November 28, 2011. http://www.morganloghouse.org/history.php.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photographs and newspaper clippings, promotional materials and ephemera, and some original records and correspondence relating to Fischer Park that were collected by Elizabeth Arneth. There are several scrapbooks with newspaper clippings and photographs. Most of the photographs depict the park, although there are some family photographs as well. The collection includes many promotional mailings and ephemera, including some drafts and proofs of advertisements. There are a few land surveys of the park. Of special interest is Hugo Fischer's account book, circa 1922.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs from class graduations at local schools and several commencement invitations, 1884-1929; spelling workbooks, 1888; land deeds, 1854 and 1887; and a photograph album of the Griffiths-Snyder house, circa 1970s. There are also some newspaper clippings, "A Survey of the Kulpsville Methodist Cemetery" created in April 2007, and reproductions of some pages of an Elizabeth Arneth scrapbook on Fischer Park.

The strongest part of the collection is the class photographs, which complement other class photographs in the Welsh Valley Preservation Society local history collection. Many individuals in the class photographs in this collection are identified.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains various documents and photographs found by the Welsh Valley Preservation Society while restoring the Morgan Log House, as well as some donated items. Probably the highest-interest materials are several folders of deeds and property records, 1795-1929, for properties in and around Towamencin Township. There is also one deed in a folder of Schlosser family papers, 1845-1902, which also contains correspondence, a will, and a transcribed obituary of Adam Schlosser. Of interest to local genealogists will be 15 framed photographs of class graduations, many from the Specht School, circa 1910-1945. The collection also includes items relating directly to the Morgan Log House, including a marriage certificate for Morgan Morgan and Ann Roberts, 1774, and one folder of Morgan Log House photographs, most taken during the 1973 restoration, with some dated circa 1936.

The class photographs in this collection complement other class photographs in the Historical Society of Towamencin collection; many individuals in that collection's class photographs are identified.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Welsh Valley Preservation Society

Publication Information

Welsh Valley Preservation Society

Publication Information

Welsh Valley Preservation Society

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact Welsh Valley Preservation Society for information about accessing this collection.

Access Restrictions

Contact Welsh Valley Preservation Society for information about accessing this collection.

Access Restrictions

Contact Welsh Valley Preservation Society for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Arneth family, 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

When the Historical Society of Towamencin folded in 2010, their archival holdings were transferred to the Welsh Valley Preservation Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Materials found in the Morgan Log House.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials Note

Welsh Valley Preservation Society: Historical Society of Towamencin collection.

Related Archival Materials Note

Welsh Valley Preservation Society: Welsh Valley Historical Society local history collection.

Welsh Valley Preservation Society: Elizabeth Arneth collection on Fischer Park.

Related Archival Materials Note

Welsh Valley Preservation Society: Historical Society of Towamencin collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Towamencin (Pa. : Township)
Personal Name(s)
  • Arneth, Eric
  • Fischer, Helen
  • Fischer, Hugo
Subject(s)
  • Fischer Park
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Parks

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Towamencin (Pa. : Township)
Subject(s)
  • Local history
  • Schools

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Towamencin (Pa. : Township)
Personal Name(s)
  • Morgan, Morgan
  • Schlosser, Adam
Subject(s)
  • Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration
  • Historic preservation
  • Morgan Log House
  • Schools
  • Specht School

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