Drake's Mills Postoffice is a hamlet of several dwelling-houses,
a grocery, saw, grist and planing-mill and a blacksmith-shop.
The German Lutheran Church here was erected in 1851, a
congregation having been formed a short time previous. Among
its earliest members were: Henry Racob, Frederick Arnaman,
Ernst Hornaman and Henry Steinhoff. Rev. Nonamacher was
pastor when the edifice was reared. Revs. A. Beardaman, P.
Doerr, Goumer and E. Cressman have succeeded him. The
membership is about 100.
The first bridge at Cambridge was built by John St.Clair in 1815
by means raised through private subscriptions. Doctor & Sherred
now own a cheese factory opposite the village of Venango, and Y.
Rhodes operates a saw-mill on Little Conneaut.
Early schools were rare. Occasionally a subscription paper would
be circulated, and if a sufficient number of names were obtained a
term would be held in some deserted cabin. Cornelius Campbell is
said to have taught the first school in 1808 on the bank of French
Creek. The second was taught by Owen David, who was succeeded
by David Terrell.
Modified Date: December 30, 2002
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