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To the Editor of The Evening Star:
I have been much interested in the roadside sketches running through the Saturday STARS, and being an old resident of the District am familiar with most of the localities spoken of. Your correspondent has been misinformed as to the first house built in Uniontown. My father (Thomas Perkins) built the first house in 1854, the frame owned by Mr. Geo F. Pyles. The old brick houses adjoining were built by Robt. Martin about 1865. The old brick house occupied by Weigel’s bakery was the fourth house. It was built by a German baker from Baltimore, who peddled bread and cakes all through the county.
The town was originally named Uniontown. Myself, Robt. Martin and Lawyer J. R. McConnell caused the town to be called Anacostia in 1868 by petition to the Postmaster General (Hon. Horatio King) for the change of the name of the post office to Anacostia post office, Uniontown, D.C. and gradually the Uniontown went out of use. This petition was made because many letters came to the office, which should have been sent to Uniontown, Md., or Uniontown, Ala. Anacostia was suggested to us by the name of the Eastern Branch, which was named after the tribe of Indians who lived in this vicinity. Again, John Fox lived on the heights, one-quarter of a mile east of the Douglass mansion, he is not dead, but living on Fayette Street, Baltimore, engaged in the real estate business. I had a letter from him some time ago (he was guardian to my sisters). My father worked Uniontown as a garden long before Messrs. Fox & Vanhook bought it from Mr. Tucker. I lived there and in the immediate vicinity long before the war and until recently.
Very truly yours,
GEORGE W. PERKINS
December 7, 1891. 709 A street northeast.
Evening Star, 7 December, 1891, p. 10