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Maineville, in Warren County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Gershom Moore Peters, LLD / Peters Cartridge Company

 
 
Gershom Moore Peters, LLD Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 5, 2018
1. Gershom Moore Peters, LLD Marker
Inscription.
Gershom Moore Peters, LLD
Gershom Moore Peters was born in 1843 near Circleville, Ohio. At 18, he joined the Union Army, contracted tuberculosis, and was discharged. He graduated from Denison University in 1867 and the Rochester Theological Seminary in 1871. In 1873, he married Mary Elizabeth King of Xenia while serving as a Baptist minister in upstate New York, where their two daughters were born. In 1881, he joined the King Powder Company as vice president and in 1885 invented a cartridge-loading machine that made possible the sale of automatic machine-loaded shells. After establishing the Peters Cartridge Company in 1887, he worked to improve the company-owned town of Kings Mills. An author and inventor with nearly three dozen patents, Peters made a great impact in the world of firearms and ammunition. He died in 1919 and is buried in Xenia, Ohio.

Peters Cartridge Company
The Peters Cartridge Company was once a major employer in the region, providing munitions for Allied forces during World Wars I and II. Organized in 1887, it was the first ammunition company to produce machine-loaded shotgun shells. After an explosion in 1890 that killed 12, the factory was rebuilt at this site. By 1916, brick and reinforced concrete buildings had replaced wood structures and a taller shot tower had been erected. Sister

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By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 5, 2018
2. Peters Cartridge Company Marker
company to the King Powder Company across the Little Miami River, 3,000 men and women at Peters produced 1,500,000 cartridges per day in 1917 to supply munitions during WWI. In 1934, Remington Arms bought the company, enlarged it, and then sold it in 1944. The shot tower and smoke stack stand as a reminder that Peters was once the leader in ammunition production.
 
Erected 2017 by Friends of the 20 Mile House, The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 19-83.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 21.059′ N, 84° 14.629′ W. Marker is in Maineville,, Ohio, in Warren County. Marker is on Little Miami Scenic Trail (County Route 150), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is on the Little Miami Scenic Trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1415 Grandin Road, Maineville OH 45039, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The King Mansion / Ahimaaz King (1839-1909) (approx. half a mile away); Deerfield- South Lebanon (approx. 1.7 miles away); Union Township Town Hall (approx. 2.1 miles away); Jeremiah Morrow's Barn
Gershom Moore Peters, LLD Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 5, 2018
3. Gershom Moore Peters, LLD Marker
full view of marker
(approx. 3.1 miles away); Interurban Railway and Terminal Company: Rapid Railway (approx. 3.4 miles away); Butterworth Station / Butterworth Family Contributions (approx. 3.4 miles away); Mounts Station (approx. 3.7 miles away); Blaw-Knox Antenna (approx. 4 miles away).
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, World I
 
Gershom Moore Peters, LLD Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 5, 2018
4. Gershom Moore Peters, LLD Marker
marker can be seen at a distance, looking south along the Trail
Gershom Moore Peters, LLD Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 5, 2018
5. Gershom Moore Peters, LLD Marker
the factory, from the Little Miami Scenic Trail parking lot
Gershom Moore Peters, LLD Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 5, 2018
6. Gershom Moore Peters, LLD Marker
detail of picture on the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 6, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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