Ask Joan: It can’t be Thanksgiving week already edition

I’m decidedly not ready for it to be Thanksgiving yet. So, we’ll wait a couple weeks. Oh, wait, that doesn’t work? Darn it. Because I know you’re busy, today’s Ask Joan is going to be very visual and very short. I hope you’ll have fun with it!

What’s inside
1. Architecture of the sesquicentennial arches
2. Information on Peace Child York?
3. Do you remember Hickey’s restaurant?

1. Commenting on this previous post showcasing pictures from York during the county’s sesquicentennial celebration, my husband, Chris Otto, was enthralled by this photo.

York centennial arches

He commented, “Those arches are AMAZING. And HUGE. What were they made of? How long did they remain standing? Where are the materials now?”

To answer, I turned to – who else – Jim McClure of York Town Square! Jim replied that they were made of a type of papier-mache over a frame, designed to be temporary. Interested? Read more here.

2. Today’s second question is also photo-based. It comes from Kim Whiteley of Manchester Township, and it’s about this.

Peace Child York camp flyer

Kim had saved that part of a piece of blue paper, maybe from a newsletter, for a Peace Camp at York College in the mid-1970s, run for a couple summers. There was a mention of a UN Chorus, which might have gone to New York to sing. The name on it is Karen E. King, president, Peace Child York. Oct. 24 is the anniversary of the founding of the UN, so it was on that day that Kim called to talk to me.

She was mostly just curious if the group was still in existence; she tried calling the number, but it was no longer valid. Does anyone remember this group and know if there might be any “reunions” that take place for it?

3. Does anyone remember Hickey’s restaurant in east York? It was across from the fire hall on E. Market St.
- Susan Beaven

This was one for which I don’t have an archive photo, a previous blog mention either here or on Jim’s York Town Square blog, nothing. So if you can shed some light on this for Susan, I’d be most appreciative, and I know she would too!

Got any questions? Ask Joan using the form at right. I’ll attempt to answer them in a future “Ask Joan” column on this blog. I get a large volume, so it might take me a while, but I hope to be able to answer as many as possible!

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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2 Responses to Ask Joan: It can’t be Thanksgiving week already edition

  1. Bill Landes says:

    Hickey’s was in fact on East Market Street, past the Shopping Center. They were a branch of the Hickey restaurant which was successful in Lancaster. They too had a radio service to call into the restaurant and a tray that affixed to your car—I’m not sure we ever ate in or whether you could. Their feature was the Hickeyburger!

  2. Donald Hartman says:

    ANSWER TO QUESTION ON LIL’S HANGOUT: Lil’s was a small lunch counter located in the third building west of Sherman St on the North Side of Market St. In 1953 I began working at Reynolds and Whitcomb an auto parts store located just around the corner at 18 N. Sherman St. and used the lunch counter for morning coffee breaks and sometimes lunch numerous times over the next twenty-five years. It consisted of just one room with a lunch counter with fixed stools and I think two or three booths. The original owner/operator was “LiL’, who’s last name I no longer remember if I ever did know it. By the 1960s the business had been purchased by Robert Noel who later opened his own hearing aid business. Helen worked for Robert Noel and took over the business after Robert left. I did know her last name but don’t remember it. I know she was still operating the business in 1973-74 but can’t say when it closed.

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