Memories of Vacation Bible School and York’s airmail service

Reader Jean Fix shared this photo, taken by Shadle Studio, of a daily Bible school from June 1944 with 100 people pictured.

It’s the end of July – and that means many of the churches in the area have already had their VBS programs, and others will be taking place in the next week or two! To celebrate, I have a photo from a 1944 Daily Vacation Bible School shared with me a couple years ago by reader Jean Fix, as well as some great details on the program and the people pictured.

I also have a great letter with some questions about York’s airmail service and more. I hope you’ll enjoy both!

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Readers recall West York area and locate bologna

Reader Steve Kohler shared this photo in early 2016, trying to find out more information. He believed it to be taken during the mid-1940s. ‘It could be a New Year’s Eve party or celebrating the end of World War II,’ he noted. ‘The photos are taken in a bar/night club somewhere in York.’

I want to begin today’s column by sharing a long-overdue follow-up on a column from March of last year, when reader Steve Kohler submitted several photos from a York County venue that he was looking to find out more about.

You can see one of those here today, and I have a letter from Mike Klinedinst that sheds some light. Mike writes, “It was taken on Jan. 1, 1945, at the Pine Tree Inn on West Market Street in West Manchester Township. The four people sitting at the end of the table are my parents, Bob and Bertie Klinedinst, and my aunt and uncle, Mary and Nolan ‘Red’ Fillmore… also sitting at the table are Eva and Ralph Ranker and Eva’s sister Freda Fahs Kraut.”

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More readers recall downtown York’s past

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.

This week’s column comes to you as I finish up a weeklong “staycation,” marked by a lot of yardwork at our family’s new home, some fun day trips around the state, and, most fun of all, very little working (except a break to write this column)! In the spirit of relaxing and going with the flow, I just picked a few of letters at random from my letter file to share today, and they happen to be about varied memories of downtown York’s past businesses. I hope you’ll find it as relaxing to read them as I did!

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Ask Joan: Follow-ups from January edition

The very first Ask Joan column of 2017 featured 17 reader questions to kick off the year. I’ve been trying to share answers to some of those 17 here and there since that time, and now, here we are more than halfway through 2017 and I’m still finding replies in the mailbag.

So today, I’m going to dive in and try to share some more answers so that we can, hopefully, go into Part II of 2017 with more information than we did Part I! I hope you’ll enjoy.

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Ask Joan: Follow-ups and mailed questions edition

The Dinky train is seen as it appeared in a York Sunday News article on Jan. 3, 1954, the day before the train’s last trip to Lancaster and back to York, in this photo courtesy of the York County History Center. It’s the subject of one of the Ask Joan questions from a reader that I’m sharing today.

Today’s Ask Joan is an attempt to clear out the mailed-in letters folder slightly before I go this week to pick up my next batch of mail at the YDR’s offices. I’m sure I won’t make a lot of headway, but I found some really great notes I wanted to be sure to share, and I hope you’ll enjoy them!

What’s inside
1. Even more Franklin School memories
2. Following up on Zech’s Bakery
3. Seeking photos of the “Dinky”
4. Leave a penny in a bowl?
5. Correcting apple pan dowdy recipe

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