A blast from the past: An interesting book treasure

One of Hubby’s recent book-buying expeditions turned up a copy of a book from, I’m guessing, about 1915 or so, titled “Great Revival Hymns No. 2.”

This particular copy also has, on the cover, “St. Matthew’s Lutheran Sunday School, York, PA.”


Even better – the book was inscribed with its owner’s name.


It belonged to Vervarda Gruver of South West Street in York. When I saw that, I thought of the Lutheran church that I know is also on West Street, but that, I found, is Trinity Lutheran – the “little green church!”

There is a St. Matthew Lutheran on West Market Street; I wonder if that’s the right one?
It’s just awesome when my loves of book-collecting and all things York County come together.

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2 Responses to A blast from the past: An interesting book treasure

  1. DianneB says:

    Great find, hubby. Does the book have “shaped notes”, a method of teaching solfeggio/sight reading by using a movable do?
    St. Matthew’s Lutheran history:

  2. Jo says:

    I share the love of finding an old York treasure in print. My greatest find perhaps was about eight years ago in one of the auction houses out in the county–I forget where. Rummaging thru stacks & piles of soaked books I came across an old Dover JP (constable?) ledger from the early 1900s. Inside were all the indescretions committed by residents and the fines they paid. Browsing as well as one could in a book soaking wet I didn’t see any names that would connect with today’s Dover residents,but then I looked at only several pages. I sometimes wish I had hung around long enough to see if the ledger came up for bid, but it was so damaged by water one can only imagine how it would have smelled even if it could have been dried.

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