In 1832 John East of Pickaway County came to Allen County with his wife, Elizabeth Huffer, and family Mary, Isaac, Abraham, Elizabeth, and Samuel. He built an ox tread or "tramp mill" on this site to grind flour and meal, and saw lumber.
In 1844 the tread mill was replaced by a steam grist mill which also operated a carding machine, the first in Allen County.
The hamlet containing the mill became known as "East Town". East Town included a saw mill, tile works, East Town school, and the East Cemetery, also known as the "Old Dessenberg Cemetery".
In 1996 the American Township trustees supervised an archaeological type of excavation where 37 grave sites and remains were located. Those remains now reside at Greenlawn Cemetery in American Township.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 40° 46.317′ N, 84° 9.923′ W. Marker is in Lima, Ohio, in Allen
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. West Market Street Boulevard Historic District (approx. 2.8 miles away); Founders and Patriots of Allen County, Ohio (approx. 3˝ miles away); Allen County’s First Settlement (approx. 3˝ miles away); Ohio's First Electric Street Car Line (approx. 3.7 miles away); Allen County Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Old Bell (approx. 3.7 miles away); Allen County, Ohio (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Henry Boose Site (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lima.
Regarding East Cemetery. I worked in the business, Allan Nott Honda Mazda Toyota, that was displaced by the Lowes construction project that also called for the removal of the cemetery. The excavation took place out of public view under a large tent that covered the site. it was done with skid loaders removing a few inches of soil at a time. Many of the burials were, not surprisingly, of children and infants.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 12, 2017, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. This page has been viewed 357 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 12, 2017, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.