Ask Joan: After the York Fair edition

The 2012 York Fair has come and gone – and the customary extra weight around my midsection as a result is here for a visit. In good news, I won a second-place and third-place ribbon respectively on two photos from around York County that I entered, and my daughter, Sarah, won a first-place ribbon for her homemade soaps!

Also, my husband enjoyed feeding the goats.

What’s inside
1. Wondering where The Pickets was
2. Signing up for home delivery
3. Mountain oil from Boyd family

1. My question is this, see if you can find out where The Pickets was located. I have been asked by at least 4 people where it was at? It may have been in the Dover area. I had an aunt and uncle who lived there for awhile yrs. ago. My mother and father visited them, but I was too small to know any of the roads how we got there. Perhaps some of your readers will know?
- Billie Houseman

Any ideas for Bill? He’s a longtime reader and I know he’d appreciate the help.

2. Does the Daily Record home deliver in the Lewisberry area?
- Ken

This is a common question for us – can I get home delivery at (name your location)? Our circulation manager, George Sepic, told me that in Ken’s case, the answer is yes – and said that anyone with questions about delivery can always call 717-767-HOME, or email Bob Trazkovich at rtrazkovich@ync.com for more info!

3. Following up on previous columns about mountain oil, I received a letter from Barclay Boyd, age 78, whose grandfather was its creator, with even more info!

He writes, “My Grandfather was a painter, and contracted lead poisoning years ago, and became a self made pharmacist. One of the things that he did was design a ‘fix all’ medicine, which he called mountain oil. I have to assume that at his time and age, this was a legal practice, but I don’t know. The ingredients are alcohol, food coloring, and wintergreen flavoring. I have to assume that the people bought the product for the alcohol. but I don’t know. Was this the era of Prohibition? I don’t have a clue. I was a young lad and helped in the bottling. He mixed it all together in five-gallon bottles, one of which I still own. My job was to screw the caps on each bottle and screw them on tightly with a pliers. My Mother pasted the labels with glue made from flour and water, and my Grandfather poured the liquid into each 2 ounce bottle. It was a time consuming job for all, but it was accomplished. He passed away and my father continued to produce the necessary items to make the oil and sell it. The best buyer of the oil was People’s Drug throughout the York area. I do not know anything about the alcohol, except that it bought in large barrels, and the federal tax was about $55.00 per barrel, but don’t quote me on that. All I remember is that he always complained about the tax! He NEVER lived in Dallastown, but lived in a rowhouse (now known as townhouses), which was located on York Street in York. My Father lived in Dallastown when he took over the business in Dallastown. My Grandfather was a very religious man who only did this so he could provide for his family. He read the Bible daily, and never missed a Sunday in church. The church is a large brick church located out on East Market Street, close to the Strine Funeral home. I assume there is still there and you have seen it. I knew him until he passed, and even though I was very young, I cannot even dream that he would do anything that would be dishonest or illegal, such as use illegal ingredients in this product. By the way, his hobbies was cultivating roses in his back yard, and he had some real beauties! So now you have the rest of the story…”

I appreciated Barclay’s memories so much – and the information on his father’s residence vs. his grandfather’s, about which there was some confusion in earlier memories shared!

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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5 Responses to Ask Joan: After the York Fair edition

  1. MelanieP says:

    I remember selling that oil back in the 70s at Peoples Drug down here in Virginia. It was called wintergreen oil and not mountain oil, though. Not sure if they got it from Barclay Boyd’s grandfather, but it would be pretty neat if they did. I always love finding a local connection down here in Virginia Beach to York County PA! (in fact, the eggs I buy at the commissary here come from Spring Grove if you can believe that! O_O )

  2. LJR says:

    The Picketts is the Detters Mill area of Dover(rt74 and Conewago Rd) and could possibly also include the area where Bermudian creek and Conewago creek join. This is because the mountain there is called Picket Hill

  3. ljr says:

    meant Harmony Grove road and Conewago Road

  4. Jason Gross says:

    There is a Pickett Road that intersects Davidsburg Rd just west of Harlackers Bridge. It dead ends into Shot Gun Lane just before Bermudian and Conewago Creeks meet. I understand that everything in that general area was called The Picketts. We fished years ago in the Conewago where Davidsburg Run meets it.

  5. Cheryl says:

    I have an article that states the following: “A local outcome of the Civil War was the name of the area known as “The Picketts” in Washington Township, York County, for General Pickett and his men stopped there along the Conewago Creek to rest and water their horses and have them shod”.

    Pickett Road is located off Davidsburg Road, Dover, PA. Pickett Road has many wooded areas and the Conewago Creek is located just over the banks. Many historians state that General Pickett and his men hid themselves and their horses in the woods close to the creek — thus “The Picketts”.

    Hope this information helps clarify exactly where “The Picketts” are located in Washington Township, Dover, PA.

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