A central Pennsylvania way to store your recipes


Longtime reader and source of neat York County information Jo Ott shared something with me several years ago that I just found in my files today and wanted to publish. It’s about the cabinets above, which were seen and photographed by Jo in a home outside Gettysburg.

When she originally shared her photos with me, Jo mentioned this 2012 York Town Square post by Jim McClure, which talked about members of the West Manchester Township and Greater Dover Area historical societies visiting the 1860 Yingling farmhouse near Gettysburg, which was under restoration. Workers during the restoration found several interesting items; some are seen in Jim’s blog post, and others can be found in this June 2012 article.

“There is, however, one other item not mentioned in either story,” Jo wrote.

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Do you remember the Red Lion bean strike?


School’s out! But I do have a fun school-related post to share today, which I’ve held onto for some time. It was shared with me by Trudy Wise on behalf of Treva Grim Grove.

Treva had noted that in October 2012, the Red Lion High School Class of 1962 celebrated its 50th high school reunion with a weekend of events and memory-sharing.

Treva noted, “One of the highlights of our senior year was in February of 1962. Our class initiated a ‘strike’ against the cafeteria. We were being served government surplus navy beans numerous days in a row,” she said, noting that you could soak and soak those beans “and they just wouldn’t get soft.”

Treva continued, “At the time of this strike the school had 800 pounds of this variety of beans in storage. The boycott lasted for three days. This news made headlines as far away as California, and as close as the local newspapers reporting on a daily basis.” (And you can see an example of that in the image at the top of today’s post!)

Then, Treva added, “This ‘bean strike’ was featured at our 50th class reunion and was once again ‘as in the spirit of good clean fun’ as our then supervising principal, Mr. Frederick P. Sample, stated 50 years ago.”

She added, “Each attendee at (the) Sept. 8, 2012, event at Kerry’s Green, the former Red Lion Country Club, received a laminated place mat with numerous newspaper articles featured. This was a nice memento of our 50th celebration which brought back many memories and many laughs. The table centerpieces were fresh flowers with a bean can serving as the vase.”

Finally, Treva concluded, “There are several members of this class residing in York County that have first hand knowledge of how this ‘strike’ came to be. Maybe some of them have more to share on this event.”

I would certainly love to hear more too – like how we came to have hundreds of pounds of surplus beans! I love a good clearance at the grocery store as much as anyone, but…

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Ask Joan: Fun follow-ups edition

Today I want to follow up on a couple of previous Ask Joan questions, one recent and the other from a while ago.

What’s inside
1. York T&T manhole cover details
2. Following up on Grantley restaurant

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Ask Joan: GRE edition

Just a random sampling of questions to share today. I’m preparing to take the GRE (Graduate Readiness Exam) this weekend, so my brain is FRIED and I can’t write a proper introduction. Hopefully you’ll forgive me!

What’s inside
1. What were those chocolate squares?
2. Seeking Grantley Road restaurant name
3. President Lincoln in Hydra-stone
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Remembering Ahrens and other York County butcher shops of the past

It’s been about two years since we last talked about York County butcher shops of the past. You can read previous posts on this topic here, here and here.

In the intervening time, I’ve received several other notes about butcher shops from the York County area, and I wanted to share those today.

Reader Emma Witmer wrote, “I recall, as Jim Fahringer recalled, the Ahrens Butcher Shop. As a kid growing up in York, there was an Ahren’s Butcher Shop on South Queen Street, which was a block down from where I lived. I also recall the Ahren brothers’ snow white hair. Does anyone recall the Herb’s Brewery located on the corner of South Queen and King Street in York?”

Ahrens hot dogs

I received this photo from William Greenawalt in relation to the Ahrens hot dogs. “Here you can get one on a bun for 5 cents,” he said of this photo, which he said shows the inside of the concession facility at Springwood Park in the early 1940s.

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Receipts from York, PA, businesses of the past


Some time ago, Lorie Redding, a friend from a church my family used to attend, shared some images with me of receipts from former York County businesses.

“My mom, Rosella Linebaugh, still has some of the receipts from the furniture her and my dad, Glenn Linebaugh, purchased when they were just married,” Lorie wrote. “We thought you might find them interesting.”

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Sending memories from Las Vegas to York, PA

Today, I have a fun letter to share that is also thematically appropriate!

It’s from Greg and Dottie Woolridge of Las Vegas, Nevada, and it’s fun for me because I just got back from a short vacation to Las Vegas in the past couple of weeks!

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Remembering C.J. Helfrich Delicatessen



Reader Robert Keller shared the images above with me and wrote, “My wife’s relative had a deli on S. George Street and it seems a blog would help with information from other members of the public about the store. A friend said her grandmother lived over a deli on S. George Street.”

Robert asked if I’d add this deli to our “York County’s stores and restaurants of the past” directory, which I have. “We collect info from the public familiar with the store,” he added, and I’d love to be able to collect any memories of Helfrich’s for him as well!

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Ask Joan: Fitbit edition

Since January, I’ve been using a Fitbit to track my steps. In the past week, I’ve joined some challenges with former coworkers and fellow homeschoolers and high school classmates scattered around the country, and my competitive side is really causing me to freak out when I’m not in the lead in each of them.

But on the positive side, I’ve had the chance to explore wonderful parts of York County this spring, like the newly opened section of the Heritage Rail Trail County Park, where we were treated to the sight of two bald eagles. If you haven’t been there already, I encourage you to check it out, as well as checking out the new Ask Joan questions I’m sharing today.

What’s inside
1. Details on White Roses players
2. Do you remember Legion shows?
3. Seeking Girl Scout cabin photo
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Memories from the York Haven area

Larry R. Good shared this image of an Elm Beach Park photo card

Larry R. Good shared this image of an Elm Beach Park photo card.

In February of this year, I had shared a letter from reader Lynda Shaffer Pendergraft about growing up in the York Haven area, and seeking others’ memories of that part of the county.

I often hear memories of growing up in the city of York, but I really love getting to share stories of other parts of town too, so I was excited when I heard from other readers about the more northern part of the county in response.

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