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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