Ask Joan: Don’t eat the dip edition

My mom and I were the unfortunate sufferers of what seems to be food poisoning this past weekend. I’m doing a lot better… just a little tired, but she’s still really under the weather. Send good thoughts her way! (And stay away from the potato-chip dip. You can bet we will be!) And take a good look at Question 3 today… which I’m sharing in honor of my weekend of misery!

What’s inside
1. Where to get authentic fastnachts
2. Two questions about horseback riding
3. Seeking name of Hanover drugstore

1. This one time I don’t have an answer and hoping maybe you can help. A woman at church was asked by a relative where he could get genuine, authentic fastnachts, not the ones like are made in the bakery, but those made by churches. I thought you might have access from stories that come into your office. Thanks for any direction you can give.
– Bill Schmeer

Bill is an amazing resource, offering comments on many topics on Only in York County, and I LOVE that we’ll be able to help him out.

One place to try, Bill, is the York County Heritage Trust, whose “freebies” on Fastnacht Day (Fat Tuesday; Feb. 21 this year) are well-known.

Some other places I know from previous years are Pleasureville United Methodist Church and the Stewartstown Senior Center. Haven’t had anything else come across my desk YET – but I hope these few ideas will be a place to start!

2. Our second question today is actually two questions that might be related. First, from Donna, I received: “Can’t figure out exactly where Heindle’s horseback riding was off Mt. Zion near the jail.” Then, in another letter, Penny Bupp asked, “Does anyone remember Hielder’s farm where you could rent a horse and go riding? Not sure if the spelling is right but I used to love that when I was a kid.”

I’m just guessing, but my thought is that both ladies are remembering the same place. Does anyone else have any details to share that might provide clarity on that, or memories of the same? We’d all appreciate it!

3. When we were kids, my Grandfather would go to a drugstore in Hanover & buy “Mountain Oil”. If you had an upset stomach, they would mix a small amount of it with water and you drank it. It definitely made things better. Mountain Oil had a distinct peppermint taste, was clear and a bit on the oily side. My Dad went to the same drugstore and tried to purchase it and was told they didn’t know what it was. (He was wearing a suit jacket & tie. Grandpa didn’t.) Would like to know what this was. It worked better than a lot of today’s meds. Unfortunately both my Father & Grandfather are deceased, so no one knows the drugstore name.
– Connie Pickard

Connie’s story made me think there might have been a little moonshine in the mountain oil! 😉 Just kidding, mostly, but I’d be very interested to know more about this remedy and about the drugstore name as well. Any ideas that anyone can share with Connie?

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, but I will feature three each week and 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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3 Responses to Ask Joan: Don’t eat the dip edition

  1. Jo Ott says:

    Was the dip homemade or store bought?

  2. Ron Simmons says:

    Joan this is in response to Heindels horse farm. When I was 13 I worked at the farm on the weekends and during the summer months till I was 15 years old. The farm was owned by Regenold and Averta Heindel. The only two building left standing is the farm house and the main barn which were remodeled and converted into commercial office spaces. If you go East on Concord Rd off Mt Zion Rd. the farm house and the barn are on the left. All the commercial buildings on the left side off Concord Rd up to Pleasant Acres Rd. are built on Heindel farm land. Route 30 also took some their property when it was constructed. Back then to get to the farm you would turn onto the hard road off Mt. Zion Rd. in the area where the Tourist info center is now located and drive to the gravel road where you had to turn right or left. Turning right on the gravel road which took you to the farm ended at Pleasant Acres road. The Heindel’s also had a large dairy herd in addition to the horses they boarded and rented out for riding. I would help with the normal farm chores but mainly helped Maw Heindel with the horses. Her grandson Dale and I would lead riders to the trails located in the woods whats now know as Sentry Woods and Springetts Oaks. We would go through the woods and come out onto Ridgewood road which was also gravel and head back to the farm. This took about one hour. I could go on and on about the times I spent on the Heindel farm as a kid but for now I hope I gave you a clear picture where the farm was located.

  3. Bob Rudisill says:

    I dont know the name of the Hanover Drugstore.
    As for the Mountainoil,
    when I was young ( 75 years ago) my parents would ta a Bottle it was about
    2″ wide and held about 1/2 gallon to Evan’s Drug Store in 1400 block w.
    Market St in W.York they filled it with Peppermint water and put cork back in
    it did settle an upset stomach but did not have oil in it.
    My only thought is the oil was used to clean out what was causing the problem or have the person so busy going to the out house they forgot the bellyache.
    Bob Rudisill

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