Mail call: Memories of the West York area from a ‘boomer’

Today’s reader letter comes from Rose Dayhoff of West Manchester Township, who shared a lot of fun memories from the West York area.

She writes, “I remember W. Market St., starting at Richland Ave., heading west. First, Earl Ness’s Gas Station filled with vending machines and all kinds of snacks on racks. Ice cream bar too! Next a block down was Franklin Discount store, with its creaky wooden floors. It was 2 stories of shopping fun.” (You might remember that we talked about Franklin Discount in some length before, back in May, in January, and last December.)

Rose continues, “Across the street, before the railroad tracks, was Jim & Nena’s first pizza shop in the York area, where Hess’s Gas Station is now. Down next to the York Fairgrounds was the West Side Hospital. Across from the hospital was Robert Hall’s clothing store. Next to Robert Hall’s was a hamburger joint. I forgot the name, maybe someone else will know.” Any ideas?

She adds, “At the West York Reliance Fire Hall, every Friday night it was sock hop night. Fun! At the corner of Highland was and still is York Fish and Oyster wholesale seafood! The West York Hardware Store was on the next corner. I remember Babe Keller’s Bar and Restaurant. Also Lazzara’s Furniture Store beside Babe’s and Sharp’s dry cleaning where you took 2 steps down to enter. On Friday nights, all the kids from West York High went to Latucca’s Sub Bar for food and fun. Don’t forget their grocery store on the premises too!”

“Ernie Heffner’s Funeral Parlor was on the next corner. Also Sara Ellen’s Ceramic Shop. I took classes there! Burger King was across the street, which is now an auto parts place. Let’s not forget Dunkin Donuts 2 doors down. Dairy Queen was in there someplace. Also A&P grocery store was where Super Shoes is now. Friendly’s was near and the Pfaltzgraff store, which was on top of the hill before you got to Route 30 bypass,” she said.

And Rose concludes, “I’m sure lots of people remember the White Swan, Lincoln Drive-In and U.S. 30 Race-o-way. I know I missed a lot of other places. So come on, ‘WY Boomers,’ bring on those memories!”

Please do! I’d love to hear more.

About Joan

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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5 Responses to Mail call: Memories of the West York area from a ‘boomer’

  1. Mike says:

    The hamburger shop near Robert Hall was called Jim’s Hamburgers for awhile in the 60s.

    • Terry Zellers says:

      The hamburger joint was also called Jim and Pat’s. I grew up
      on W.Poplar st. down from Moser’s rest. and use to cross the tracks
      behind Moser’s for a bag of burgers for a dollar. Franklin Discount
      was our WalMart. Also remember Kister’s grocery on the corner
      of Overbrook and King st., right across from Pudd’s, now the Overbrook
      Cafe. late 50′s early 60′s there were numerous corner grocery stores.

  2. Scott C. says:

    Dairy Queen became a Mack’s Ice Cream but is now vacant and for sale. I think that the Astoria Diner next door was once a Dunkin Donuts. Friendly’s recently reopened as Azteca Mexican Grill, which will soon open another location near York College in a former Rutter’s store. It is similar to Moe’s and Chipotle. I remember a small restaurant in West York (corner of Market and Clinton) called Chicken Little. It has changed names several times over the years, most recently operating as Latte Da. Also, the nearby vacant York Federal Bank will soon reopen as a Subway.

  3. John Loeper says:

    as a west york boomer I remember , starting at Richland ave, there was a Food Fair supermarket nearby (by the way the super shoes location was originaly a Safeway super market)..in the 1400 block of W market there was Knox Drug store, also the Reliance Cafe….which was next to the old original reliance fire hall (remember that “god awful” horn they used to blow when there was a fire and also every night at 7pm?) There was Lehr’s Atlantic station down near Robert Halls. also, there was a bar, resturant and I think a hotel on the south west corner of Market and highland ave…anyone remember the name? .. I remember the funeral home mentioned by Rose as “Anstines” instead of Heffners,. Rose also mentioned the friday night dances at the “new” Reliance fire hall. The DJ was always Doc Daughterty…one of the nicest persons ever to live in York. as for Latucca’s pizza, anyone remember when there pizza oven exploded in the early 1960s? I too would love to hear some memorys of west york in the 50s and 60s…how about all that cement dust falling from the skys just about every day? Does that still happen?

  4. Tom Clark says:

    I believe the hamburger place could have been Legores?

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