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Enos Sharpless


Enos Sharpless

(A biographical sketch taken from One Hundred Years, The Delaware County National Bank Chester, PA 1814-1914)

Years in parentheses are years of service as a Director of The Bank of Delaware County and/or The Delaware County National Bank

Enos Sharpless (1814, 1822, 35-40), son of Daniel and Hannah (Thomas) Sharpless, was born at what is now Waterville, Nether Providence, March 1, 1781. He was possessed of much inventive ability. In 1815, when he erected a saw and grist mill at Waterville, in order to determine the amount of water consumed by him and that used by Isaac Sharpless, in the nearby fulling and woolen factory, he constructed a water gauge, or meter, which is still in existence, the dial today registering as accurately as that of any modern device. After the P., W. & B. Railroad was built, Enos Sharpless constructed a hand-car, which he frequently used to convey freight. From his contrivance, the present hand-car in use on railways is fashioned. In 1818, he was a Director of the Poor, and, in 1826, County Auditor. He died at the old Sharpless Homestead, May 9, 1866, aged 85 years.

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