Mail call: Remembering Besser’s, Bury’s and an outdoor theater

A newer correspondent wrote to me recently with memories of several places we’ve talked about; I am excited to be able to share!

The letter comes from Pat (Patterson) Sanderson and her husband of 64 years, Ed.

Pat writes, “Yes I remember Besser’s. I lived on a farm directly across the highway from Besser’s with my parents James & Kathryn Patterson. They bought eggs for the restaurant.”

Pat mentioned that she also is a Floridian, as was previous commenter on Besser’s Gene Rank, who happens to be a family friend of mine. Pat says, “I don’t know if Gene Rank worked there during that period or not. (1938 to 45) Or whether he knew my father or not. Mr Rank now lives in Fla. as do my husband & I, in Bradenton for the last 28 yrs.” Small world!

And Pat continues, “Do you remember the very popular Joe Bury’s Hamburgers? There were 2 or 3 restaurants. The most popular next to the old Valencia ballroom on N George St. If only we had that recipe for the sauce. The best ever.” (Well, Pat, you’re in luck – at least maybe. There’s heated debate, but this might just be that recipe!

Finally, Pat concludes, “And don’t forget the old trail outdoor theatre next to Besser’s. I could go on, but enough reminiscing. You reminded us of so many pleasant memories.”

Pat, so did you! Thanks for that information and those memories!

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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One Response to Mail call: Remembering Besser’s, Bury’s and an outdoor theater

  1. Scott says:

    I was born in York and haved lived in Florida the past 45+ years. I remember Bessers, Burys and the outdoor theatre. Does any one remember a restaurant on the west side of the Susquahanna Trail located near Bessers and the outdoor theatre. If I recall correctly the restaraunt was in a single family residence, had two concrete candles located on the front of the property near the road and was called the Candlelight Inn. This would have been in the 1950’s.

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