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Salisbury, Pennsylvania

Ord Street, Elk Lick (now Salisbury), Pennsylvania

Salisbury was founded April 15, 1795 by Joseph Markley. The tract of land, "John's Fancy", was given to Joseph by his father John Markley. John, his wife Eva, and oldest son Jacob came from Wurtemberg, Germany in August 1749. The town had a few different names prior to becoming Salisbury. These names included: Brushtown and Salsburrich. The Dutch settlers decided on the name Salsburrich because of the salt deposits in the area. When the first post office was established the name was officially changed to Salisbury. In 1862 the borough was incorporated under the name "Elk-Lick". When these settlers first came into the Salisbury area it was inhabited by Cornplanter Indians

Salisbury Post Office founded on April 14, 1812
First postmaster: Peter Welfley

The First National Bank of Salisbury 1902
(photo date approximately 1920's)

CASHIER: Robert H. Johnson BOOKKEEPER: Mrs. Ada G. Lichty PRESIDENT: John L. Barchus

In 1871 Silas C. Keim and Jacob D. Livengood opened and operated a private bank on Ord Street. The bank closed in 1879 because of the hard times after the "panic of 1873". Valley Bank was established in 1889 by John L. Barchus and Jacob D. Livengood on Grant Street. In 1902 a charter was obtained and a permanent bank was established. In 1898 Albert Reitz became a clerk in the Valley bank and later became cashier of the new First National Bank.

Salisbury street scene; date unknown.

D.I. Hay Store

Merchants' account books of earlier days revealed the buying habits of the townspeople of Salisbury. They purchased school books, Bibles, and Hymn books. Men often bought the supplies needed for home repair and farming. Women purchased materials used to make the clothing for their family and vanity items for their hair. Household goods such as knives, coffee mills and dishes were available. Spices and herbs were also commonly purchased. It was often a one stop shopping experience.

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