Ask Joan: Lingering questions edition

Today’s edition of Ask Joan features a variety of lingering questions from my email inbox, ranging from Pennsylvania dutch story-telling to rodeos!

What’s inside
1. Looking for Aunt Min’s stories
2. What became of Academy of Arts?
3. Details on Cohen Bros. Sporting Goods
4. Seeking information on Rosemount Days

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Memories of Hanover, the York White Roses, Schmuck’s Dry Cleaners and more

This aerial view of Hanover’s Center Square from the 1950s is courtesy of the Hanover Area Historical Society.

This is the first I’ve sat down to write since taking a two-week vacation, and to help keep my vacation mood going, I just picked a few random emails to share. There’s no particular theme or location to tie them together this week, other than some great memories of York County, starting in the Hanover area!

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Mail call: Recipe edition

Jo Ott, a longtime reader, shared this photo of one of several recipes written on the inside of kitchen cabinet doors in an old northern York County farmhouse. You might consider using this basic recipe as a crust for Montgomery pie!

Today’s attempts to sort through some of the mailed letters I’ve received turned up several that include some tasty-sounding recipes. Since writing this column is allowing me to postpone cooking dinner, I figured that was appropriate! I hope you’ll enjoy these ideas about apple pan dowdy, Montgomery pie and another kind of pie memory.

I last talked about both apple pan dowdy and Montgomery pie in August of last year. Recipes had been requested by readers for each of them, and we shared a few. Now I have even more!

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Mail call: Sports memories, a Bon-Ton poem and Springettsbury memories

Aerial view of York County Shopping Center

This photo, courtesy of Gene Schenck, shows the York County Shopping Center in 1955, center, which served families that spilled out from the city to the suburbs of Springettsbury Township and beyond. The Haines Acres neighborhood grew up in the fields, upper right, and beyond.

Next up: More letters from readers that were mailed to me over the past year or more. 2017 will be the year of cleaning out the mailbag, I promise! (Of course, I say this every year…)

Today’s letters offer thoughts on Springettsbury Township’s business history, a poem about The Bon-Ton and some sports questions asked and answered. I hope you’ll enjoy them!

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Mail call: Memories of Mailman’s, Food Fair and trolleys

Trolley tracks entered and exited York’s Continental Square in the heyday of York County’s far-flung street railways in the first third of the 20th century. The tracks led to York’s northwest area – the Avenues, long one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods.

Last week, I shared some of the many responses to my 17 Ask Joan questions for 2017; this week, I want to switch gears a little bit and empty out some of the many mailed letters I’ve had filed for some time. As I hope to always make clear, the fact that it sometimes takes me a while to share a particular note from a reader is in no way a reflection of my interest in their thoughts, but simply a reflection of the volume of physical mail and email I get.

Today’s letters run the gamut of topics – including an article sent for my perusal by someone who knew me when I was 7 or 8 years old! I hope you’ll enjoy them.

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