Phil Lookingbill, who just turned 100, ran the L&H 5 and 10 in York for decades. (Submitted photo)
All of my physical mail sent to me for this column goes to the Daily Record’s offices in West Manchester Township for safekeeping and I pick it up when I can – not always easy since I work in Hershey during the week! Last week I met up with some YDR friends and picked up a bunch that had been stockpiled.
One of my favorite things to do when looking through my mail is check out the various kinds of notepaper – everything from personalized stationery to the backs of scrap paper to, my favorite, MANY that match my own family’s collection of paper pads received in the mail from various charities. “Oh, we have that St. Jude’s paper too!” or “That was the Cancer Society, right?” That’s what I’m saying as I’m reading. As someone who likes to see things used and not wasted, it makes me happy. So please keep your letters – on all forms of paper – coming!
1. Remembering Beck’s Dairy, Fishel’s Bakery
2. More about L&H five-and-10 stores
Around this time last year, a reader named Cutty asked if anyone remembered a sub shop on Roosevelt Avenue in downtown York.
I’ve since shared several reader memories of that place, which some recall as Jay’s Subs but more recent letters describe instead as J’s. Today I have a few more notes to share about this city eatery. I hope you’ll enjoy them!
Today’s photo has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the column. It’s just one of my favorite Yorkisms – to say that something “needs (whatever)” instead of needs to be. I maintain this is a great economy of language, and it’s nice to see proof of it in my cat-food order.
A couple of years ago, I shared a great, long letter from Eugene Bowman of Windsor Township about his memories of being a market basket-carrier.
I have another letter to share from Eugene today, which delves into many memories around York. I hope you’ll enjoy hearing all Eugene can recall!
This image of W.T. Grant’s Department Store came from a pamphlet provided by reader Nancy Stong, compiled upon the death of Mr. William T. Grant. The caption provided on this photo notes, “Mr. Grant invested his life savings of $1000 to open this, his first store. The year: 1906. The city: Lynn, Massachusetts.” York County would later be home to several Grant’s department stores.
It has been just about two and a half years since I last wrote in detail about the former W.T. Grant department store chain. In the intervening time, I have received MANY letters with memories on that topic, and today I’m excited to share them with you.
Today I’d just like to share a variety of notes I received a while ago. I have already received more than a column’s worth of letters about last week’s questions, and while I promise to share those as soon as I can, I wanted to switch gears a little this week and talk about some of the mom-and-pop businesses well-known in the area.
1. Memories of downtown shops
2. Recalling meat market
3. Looking for info on dairy, bakery