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Updated: 10/12/2013 08:00:01AM

Fred Gottfried: ‘Poison gas through the keyhole’

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Fred Gottfried is the little boy on the right. The 1919 photo was taken in Englewood at the Gottfried home, which would have been behind where Merchants Crossing Shopping Center is now located.

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Ferdinand and Otto Gottfried were true Englewood pioneers. Ferd arrived in Grove City in 1893 and found employment for a short time helping build the early wooden hotel in Grove City, the Tarpon Inn.

He learned about two railroad surveys that had been made and decided to buy 30 acres of property near where the proposed railroad was to come through. The property bordered Deer Creek, which was eventually renamed Gottfried Creek due to the fact the Gottfried family established their homestead and farm on it. The location today would be best described as the area behind Merchants Crossing Shopping Center.

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