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Carrie Driscoll

East Wakefield, United States

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This quaint office was home not only to the business office of Mascot Roller Mills, but also home to the local US Post Office of the time period.

Mascot Roller Mills, I soon learned upon my arrival, was the social hub of the area in its hayday. The Ressler Family was very neighborly, and opened their home to anyone who seemed to need it — and with the Post Office (where mail was delivered four times a day in those days) everyone in the area was constantly stopping in.

Here is an excerpt from the Mascot Roller Mills website:

Mills were among the chief economic and social centers for early farmers, placing each miller and his family at the very heart of his community.

At the Mascot Roller Mills, farmers sold wheat, purchased flour, exchanged wheat for flour, brought roasted corn for grinding into cornmeal, and had grain ground into feed for farm animals.

Neighbors tell the foundation that it was not uncommon for Jacob Ressler (1854-1938), William Ressler’s son and successor, to act as an informal bank. Jacob, it is said, often loaned his customers money on account until they received their tobacco or milk checks. It is hardly surprising that Jacob later went into banking in addition to milling, and became a director and president of the First National Bank of Intercourse. William K. Ressler (1883-1973), eldest son of Jacob Ressler, also chose a banking career.

Shortly after Jacob Ressler took over the mill from his father in 1882, he petitioned John Wannamaker, the United States Postmaster General, to have a post office at the mill. An ambitious man newly wed to Annie Groff Ressler (1862-1947), Jacob correctly anticipated his neighbors would enjoy the convenience of picking up and posting mail at the mill. In a town meeting at the mill, the local residents adopted Annie’s suggestion to name their village Mascot, after a little dog she and Jacob saw in a Broadway stage show on their honeymoon. The post office also enhanced the mill’s role as the community center, and from that time on, both the mill and the village were known as Mascot.

Taken June 2011 — Upper Leacock Township, Pennsylvania.

Taken with Sony Cybershot DSC-H9.

Featured in “Welcome Pennsylvania” Group, July 17, 2011.
Featured in “Appalachian Life and Artists” Group, July 23, 2011.
Featured in “Country Bumpkin” Group, July 8, 2012.

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