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Peter Rouzer was one of the leading citizens of the village of Pikesville, later called Rouzerville. He was the son of Martin and Rosanna (Gernand) Rouzer. He was born June 19, 1837, raised on his parents farm in Frederick County, Md. and attended common schools in Thurmont. In the year 1859 he took for his young bride Mary J. Hawk. In 1860 when the nation status was young and husky, Peter Rouzer and his young bride started out in a covered wagon along with, at the time, two of six children (Charles, Emma, Clara, Kate, Rosa and Carrie). He came upon the land 1 mile of the Mason Dixon Line and settled there with the beauty of the nearby hills and the house or two which made up the crossroads at Pikesville.
He obtained the land in 1868 that was named after him and farmed. He would gather up the produce once a week and travel to the Baltimore markets as a food buyer and retailer. He was ahead of his time in realizing the profit to be realized in supplying the demands of consumers. At the time the name was changed to Rouzerville, the population was a few hundred.
Peter Rouzer was happy in his choice of a location in which to live out most of his years. Gradually the area became more populated. A school was constructed and homes sprang up. Besides the farming he embarked in a lumber and sawmill operation. Today, third, fourth, and fifth generations of the Rouzer family are now living in and near the community thanks to the insight of Peter Rouzer who recognized a good place to live when he saw it.
Submitted by Terri Speelman
My great grandmother was the youngest of his six children. Today I still visit the area that my great great grandfather founded and recognized as a good place to live. I have kept up the history of the area and town for my own children.
This page is for perpetual written accounts of historical events that have occurred in the city. Anyone who feels they have pertinent information may submit it. This includes all people in or out of Rouzerville and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest. Items may be submitted for publication on this page where they will remain as part of a historical archive for the city. Items of interest may include noteworthy events, special events of historical importance, information about area growth that pertains to the history of the city, and other pertinent notes. We hope to establish a large data base of information about the history of each city. Historical Societies are encouraged to open their own page on Key to the City for more extensive historical information.
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