Courtesy of Beaver County Bicentennial Atlas
The Service United Presbyterian Church, one of the earliest churches in Beaver County , was founded in Raccoon township. Originally a log building erected sometime before 1792, the church today is a brick structure (built in 1928) on the shore of the Service Creek Reservoir. The first pastor of Service Church , Rev. John Anderson, D.D., soon established another institution, the Service Theological Seminary, or "Eudolpha Hall," the first seminary in the United States west of the Alleghenies. The Presbyterian Church trained young men for the ministry in this two- story log cabin in the early 1800's in an attempt to reduce the Church's dependence on Scotland for its supply of ministers. Among other churches in Raccoon Township is the Mt. Pleasant United Presbyterian, founded in 1876.
Post offices established at the township's villages led to somewhat permanent place names: Holt, Green Garden , Mc Cleary; these names are found on recent maps, but they are no longer village centers. Service post office was at Mechanicsburg, still an important crossroads in the southwest corner of the township.
Raccoon's river frontage was lost to Shippingport Borough (incorporated 1910) and Potter Township (erected 1912).
Today, a newly installed water system serving six hundred residents
In 1918 the township had a budget of $3,760 and the property tax was set at 5 1/2 mills. In 2005 the budget was $780,257 and the property tax was 10 mills.
The first municipal building, also the polling place was located on Green Garden Road near the intersection of Green Garden & Route 18.
In 1915, township employees made 22 cents an hour. The laborers who plowed the roads made 56 cents an hour and the road master made 25 cents.
In 1925 the township spent $15,000 paving Green Garden Road. The paving project stretched from the Hopewell Township line to Clearview Road.
The Township Police Department was located in the home of the Chief of Police until 1975 when it was moved to the old municipal building, that currently houses the Public Works Department.