Chronology

* from Historic York survey

1747 Pardise Township surveyed by Joseph Pidgeon, a surveyor for the Penns.
1749 York County established.
1752 Israel Acrelius, Swedish historian, discovered iron ore in the area.
1755 Quaker Peter Dicks opened charcoal furnace and bloomery along the banks of the Codorus Creek – the first iron industry west of the Susquehanna River.
1770 Dicks replaced the bloomery with a forge, called Spring Forge
1775 The opening shots of the Revolutionary War were fired at Lexington on April 18. That same year, Daniel Shireman bought Spring Forge.
1776 The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4. Spring Forge made cannonballs for the Revolutionary War.
1778 The Continental Congress sat at Yorktown.
1800 John Brien, a Philadelphia lawyer, became the forge’s third owner.
1807 David Eaton of Philadelphia purchased the forge.
1815 Robert Coleman, owner of Cornwall Iron Mines and Furnaces near Lebanon, purchased Spring Forge. Two years later his son, Thomas Burd Coleman, became the owner of the forge property.
1829 Community’s first postal service was established. The Pigeon Hill Post Office was located at the present corner of Rt. 116 and Hanover Road.
1831 Name was changed to Spring Forge Post Office.
1848 Ownership of the forge was passed to the Coleman brothers who built the first school in the present limits of the Borough.
1851 Coleman brothers sold schoolhouse to Paradise Township for $1.00.
1852 The forge was purchased by Jacob Hauer who converted it to a paper mill. Henry Schwartz purchased 138 acres, 115 perches of land, dwelling house and outbuildings from the Colemans.
1853 Jacob Hauer died and the mill was managed by relatives.
1857 Spring Forge became part of the newly formed Jackson Township.
1861 Civil War began April 12.
1863 Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1 to 3; Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address November 19

Early photo of Glatfelter Papermill, Spring Grove, Pa

1864 P. H. Glatfelter I began production at paper mill he purchased December 23 of previous year.
1876 Hanover and York Railroad commenced operation in Spring Forge.
1880 First brick schoolhouse erected in Spring Forge, replacing former Coleman log school.
1881 Village of Spring Grove surveyed by W. H. Brodbeck, Jefferson.
1882 Spring Grove incorporated as a borough.
1885 Spring Grove’s fire company, Friendship Hose Co. No. 1, organized.
1893 Western Marylad Railroad line into Spring Grove was completed.
1896 Hanover Telephone Co. established telephone communication in the borough.
1897 Spring Grove Public School built; the Spring Grove Ripplet, a weekly newspaper was first published by Charles Sprenkel.
1908 First trolley on the York-Hanover line came to Spring Grove.
1909 Borough council established the first automobile speed limit, 12 mph.
1911 Spring Grove Post Office name changed to Spring Grove.
1915 First house numbering system started in the borough.
1917 United States entered World War I.
1939 The last trolley ran through Spring Grove.
1941 United States became engaged in World War II after Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7.
1947 Spring Grove held bicentennial celebration.
1972 Hurricane Agnes caused flood damage to the P. H. Glatfelter Co. and the community.
1984 Spring Grove Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic places.
1987 Spring Grove Area Historical Preservation Society was incorporated March 31.

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