Mail call: Memories of Dauber’s Florist and more

Today’s letter comes from Jane (Dauber) Duke, who describes herself: “I am also a life-long York countian and my family has roots in York back to the 1700’s.”

Jane writes, “I was reading thru this and have some things to add – most notably Dauber’s Florist on North George St. (corner of Route 30 & N. George St) and Dauber’s Nursery out in Manchester. (now the home of Dauberton Estates or whatever they are calling it) Dauber’s was on that corner from 1918 till it closed in 1983. We owned everything from North George st to Interstate 83 way back when – at least 5 houses from the greenhouses up to my parents home at the top of the hill were owned by aunts & uncles. My grandparents lived on the other side of Route 30.”

She also adds, “How about Avalong Dairy out on Mt. Zion road where Rutter’s is now – best and I mean BEST broasted chicken I ever ate.”

And about Franklin Discount – there WAS a Franklin Discount on Pine Street near York Catholic – and Ollie’s pales in comparison. I know this for a fact because when I was walking to one of my girlfriend’s houses after school we would stop there to root around and you had to root around in that place. What a hoot!

And Beefsteak Charlie’s on East Market St – near the corner of Market St & Mt Zion Road – it burnt down in the mid-80’s. Really dark, great steaks, and better frozen daiquiri’s were hard to find.

There were also two really cool restaurants on East Market st – one was where the Red Lobster is now – but it faced East Market st. if I remember correctly it was kinda of below street level.

And further out near Wal-mart there was a really cool bar & restaurant where Thirsty’s Quick Stop is – something like the Blue Moose or something with Moose in the name – anybody remember that place?”

Jane, was it maybe the Woozy Moose? I had another reader who talked to me about the Woozy Moose, and that is definitely a subject for another day!

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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3 Responses to Mail call: Memories of Dauber’s Florist and more

  1. Harry "Chip" Smith says:

    Joan:

    I’m trying to remember what the Woozy Moose on E. Market St. became afterwards. It was another restaurant for awhile until the owners became entangled in some sort of weird sex scandal. Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks
    Chip

  2. Darlene Prowell says:

    Yes, I really remember Dauber’s Nursery in Manchester, as I grew up living next to it. I used to watch the nice looking guys use the mules to plow between the small shrubs and trees at the time. I would love to see if anyone has a picture of the big white sign that used to be at the entrance along main st in Manchester. It was a large white sign with the name Dauber’s Nurseries on it printed in dark green. I do oil paintings of historic areas and would love to paint the old water tower with the nursery sign and shrubs in the foreground as it used to be. When I married in 1961 all of our wedding flowers also came from Dauber’s in North York, that was the place to go. Enjoy reading your comments.

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