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Elizabethtown in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Jacob Gottwals Francis (1870-1958)

 
 
Jacob Gottwals Francis (1870-1958) Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. Jacob Gottwals Francis (1870-1958) Marker
Inscription.  In 1898, J.G. Francis of Oaks, Pennsylvania, then in his late twenties, a free minister of the Green Tree Church of the Brethren, traveled on bicycle throughout eastern Pennsylvania and the eastern shore of Maryland photographing Brethren meetinghouses while promoting sentiment for a Brethren school of higher education.

Following his bicycle tour, he spent postal notices on November 17, 1898, inviting elders of the churches in eastern Pennsylvania to attend a meeting in Reading to discuss the establishment of a Brethren school that eventually culminated in the founding of Elizabethtown College.

Jay Francis strongly believed in higher education. He graduated from Ursinus College in 1891 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, attaining a level of education that most Brethren shunned. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Divinity Degree at the Ursinus School of Theology in 1898. He also studied at Mount Morris College and Union Theological Seminary.

AS J.G. Francis acted on his idea and Elizabethtown College was founded, you may act on your idea and make a contribution in your time as well.
 
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicChurches & ReligionEducation. A significant historical date for this entry is November 17, 1898.
 
Location. 40° 8.973′ N, 76° 35.591′ W. Marker is in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker can be reached from Alpha Drive south of Chestnut Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown PA 17022, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Brethren (here, next to this marker); Mary Zug Francis (1870-1958) (here, next to this marker); Elizabeth Area Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); In Memoriam (approx. 0.4 miles away); Millstone Plaza History (approx. 0.6 miles away); Grist Mill Process (approx. 0.6 miles away); Elizabethtown (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Shoe Industry in Elizabethtown (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elizabethtown.
 
Jacob Gottwals Francis (1870-1958) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), July 12, 2019
2. Jacob Gottwals Francis (1870-1958) Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 151 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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