From Alsace, France to White Mills...
...The Dorﬂinger Families Left an Important Legacy
—The White Mills Community Trail —
Eugene Jr. became an amateur photographer and built a small photography studio near the house. Many of his original glass negatives still survive and document much of life in White Mills at the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century. In 1915 Eugene became head of the Dorflinger factory’s etching department. The Eugene A. Dorflinger property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
(Inscription under the photo in the lower left)
The porch is no longer on the Eugene A. Dorflinger Sr. home on Charles Street. White Mills, where Eugene and his wife, Clotilde King, raised ten children. Two of their sons, John Christian Dorflinger and Eugene Jr. assumed responsible positions at the factory. Eugene Sr. worked at Dorflinger’s Greenpoint factory in Brooklyn New York, before moving to White Mills, where he operated a general store, commanded the Dorflinger Guard, and served as
(Inscription beside the photo in the upper center)
The Eugene A. Dorflinger General Store in White Mills, about 1895. The storefront was rebuilt in 1894 after being torn off by a cyclone. Eugene is seated in the first wagon with an unidentified child. Clotilde King Dorflinger, Eugene’s wife, stands on the porch at the far right, with an unidentified woman. The young man in the second wagon is probably John C. Dorflinger
(Inscription beside the photo in the middle center)
Built in 1869, the general store was originally known as Hankins and Dorflinger. Although this was the company store, workers had their choice of several general stores in White Mills and were not obliged to shop at the general store owned by Eugene Dorflinger, which sold dry goods, some groceries, and cut glass.
(Inscription beside the photo in the lower center)
Interior view of John C. Dorflinger’s museum shop in the former general store operated by his father, Eugene, at the foot of Charles Street, White Mills, about 1953. John at the age of seventy-three, is on the far left. John worked in the factory for twenty-seven years. Without his efforts, the entire Dorflinger story, as well as many of its priceless products, would have been permanently lost.
(Inscription beside the photo in the upper right)
Christian Dorflinger established the St.
Erected by Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary, Lackawanna Heritage Valley, DCNR, Lackawanna Wonderful, and National Park Service.
Location. 41° 31.564′ N, 75° 12.173′ W. Marker is in White Mills, Pennsylvania, in Wayne County. Marker is on Main Street (US 6-Texas Palmyra Hwy). Touch for map. The marker is up a path besides the 1911 White Mills Firehouse. Marker is in this post office area: White Mills PA 18473, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Canal and the Rails Spark the Growth of White Mills... (a few steps from this marker); Watching Over Their Livelihood and Their Homes (a few steps from this marker); Dorflinger: America's Finest Glass... (within shouting distance of this marker); Dorflinger Glass Works (within shouting distance of this marker); As the Company Prospered, So Did the Community. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); When Christian Dorflinger Melded His Art with History... (about 400 feet away); Skills Passed Down through Generations... (about 400 feet away); There Was More to White Mills than Glass (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in White Mills.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 9, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.