Getzville received its name from Joseph Goetz, who was a postmaster and owner of a copper shop and mill. The settlement grew to have a predominantly German population. By the mid 1860s many of the large farms around town were owned by German immigrants, as well as several of the shops in town. In these early days most of the residents were farmers, so the few shops in town catered to agricultural needs. In town, there was a stave factory and a cooperage, important because barrels were needed to store most foodstuffs and beverages such as cider and beer. There was also a creamery, a cider mill, a surgeon, and lumber shop.
The hamlet consisted of one main road running north-south and a center area bounded by a cross street on the north and the railroad on the south. The businesses were clustered in the center of town, with farms surrounding. New Home Road became what is today Campbell Boulevard, and Lintz Street is now Dodge Road