Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Because I find this fascinating

  • I'm a sucker for fountains. But even more so - for the stories behind them
On 9th near Spruce
  • This particular fountain was in remembrance for Edward Wetherill who was born in Pennsylvania in February 1821 and who died October 2, 1908
  • Even more interesting is that a census reports his occupation as Abolitionist
  • He and his family were Quakers and lived at one point at 1413 Spruce street
The city really takes care of its fountains
  •  He came from a long line of Philadelphia Quakers mentioned as far back as 1783
  • Get confused but read this short but fascinating excerpt from the New York Times December 26, 1905 edition about another Edward Wetherill
  • Know anything about paint manufacturing? George Wetherill owner of George D Wetherill & Co  - was the first to manufacture white lead in 1804 - which later became Dutch Boy Paint


  1. Yet another entertaining and informative entry - looking forward to the next one!

  2. Thank you! I have one planned...I just need some photos!

  3. I've been passing this fountain for years and was always curious about it until I decided to look up the name on Google. Thankfully you did all the legwork for me!

  4. Thanks Matt! I'm glad that I'm not the only one who wonders about these small almost forgotten fountains!