Vintage Photographs from Allegany County
From the private collection of Tom Hynson
descendent of Frederick Mertens, who
settled in Cumberland in the early 1850's.
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Frederick's path to Cumberland began in Hamburg, Germany and continued through South America, New York and Holidaysburg, PA. After visiting Cumberland in 1851, he settled there in May 1852, and established his boat building business on Baltimore Street. In addition to constructing boats for the C&O Canal, he engaged in coal and lumber businesses. The train used to haul lumber from his Green Ridge holdings is pictured above. In his various business endeavors, Frederick amassed a considerable fortune. He built his home at the intersection of Baltimore Street and Baltimore Avenue, where the second YMCA building was built in the 1920's. (See) Frederick worshipped at the German Lutheran Church on Bedford Street. He served on the City Council and was a director of the Third National Bank. He and his wife, Mary (1835-1904) had five sons and a daughter; John, Henry, Edward, Frederick, William and Emma. Frederick is buried in Rose Hill and Mary in St Peter and Paul's.
Source: Gone But Not Forgotten, Vol.1, Al Feldstein, Commercial Press Printing Co, Cumberland MD, 1988, page 80.
MERTENS 10 Feb 1886 Mr Frederick Mertens Sr. died at his residence at the head of Baltimore Street today from congestion of the lungs, in his 62nd year of age. He leaves a widow and 6 children: Frederick, William, John, Henry, Edward, and Emma, all unmarried and live at home. He was born in Hamburg, Germany on 13 Jun 1824. He followed the ship building trade and came to Cumberland in 1851. His ship building business in South Cumberland is large and employs a great number of men. The funeral is Sunday with services at the German Lutheran Church.
MERTENS 27 Dec 1886 Edward G C Mertens, youngest son of the late Frederick Mertens, died at the residence of his mother at the head of Baltimore Street. He was born 13 Feb 1869 and was in his 18th year of age. Fatal rheumatism was the cause of his death.