That was fast: Following up on Jacks department store

Jacks clothing store was on the bottom floor of The National House building at Beaver and Market streets in York, where the Holy Hound is now.

Last week, a reader asked for whom the Jacks department stores were named.

Well, I didn’t have to wait long to get many answers on that topic, as well as many memories of Jacks, so I thought it would be timely and fun to share those in this week’s column!

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Ask Joan: Hickey’s drive-in and some name questions

Jacks clothing store was on the bottom floor of The National House building at Beaver and Market streets in York, where the Holy Hound is now. One of this week’s questions features Jacks.

With the arrival of better weather (recent rains notwithstanding), it seems like my inbox has also “sprung” with more information. Today, I’d like to follow up on the name of a drive-in restaurant, and then share a couple of new questions that could use your help!

What’s inside
1. Name of East Market Street drive-in
2. Who was owner of Jack’s store?
3. And who was H.H. Haugh?

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Ask Joan: Following up on Mount Zion School and more

Bonnie (Sipe) White shared this photo of the former Mount Zion School on Memory Lane Extended, which served first through eighth grades for many years.

Bonnie (Sipe) White shared this photo of the former Mount Zion School on Memory Lane Extended, which served first through eighth grades for many years.

Some of the oldest emails in my Ask Joan mailbox are about Mount Zion School, so today I want to take the time to follow up on that topic. And while I’m at it, I’m going to clear out some other older messages about various topics. I hope you’ll enjoy!

What’s inside
1. Mount Zion School memories
2. Green Hedge Service Station photos?
3. Mom-and-pop grocery store memories

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Ask Joan: Following up on Dick’s Dam and more

Joan (Posey) Edsell shared this photo of her mother and her mother’s friends in bathing suits at Dick’s Dam in Adams County.

This week, I’m digging into the mailbag for some follow-ups on previous Ask Joan columns, plus throwing a few new questions out there. I hope you’ll enjoy!

What’s inside
1. More memories of Dick’s Dam
2. Following up on trucking company
3. Why was it called “Devil Hole”?
4. What grocery store was in East York?

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Memories of The Bon-Ton from a longtime reader

Bon-Ton downtown postcard

This postcard is of The Bon-Ton’s former location in downtown York. It’s a “Commercialchrome” card published by Fair & Square Bargain House of York, PA. It was mailed by Lucy Snyder of East King Street, York, to Freda Hatt of Annville, Ohio, with a postmark date of Oct. 18, 1917. Postage cost? One cent.

I have to admit, I was disappointed to hear the recent news that The Bon-Ton is liquidating and closing. I have several friends who’ve worked there – one for more than 30 years – who are losing their jobs, and I have received many, many memories about the store throughout my decade writing this column.

Today, I want to share a wonderful letter from longtime reader and commenter Tom Keasey of York Township, who I think sums up the feelings of many about this news.

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