Ask Joan: Shoe House vacation, Happy Johnny’s Gang and more

Sheila Myers shared this clipping of a 1990 article about her great-aunt and uncle, John and Liza Baum, who were the first couple gifted with a one-week stay at the Haines Shoe House back in 1948. Mahlon Haines went on to gift such stays regularly for milestone anniversaries and other occasions.

I’m diving back into some older emails again this week and have a wide variety of topics on which to share questions, answers and memories – eight, about which I have short pieces of info to share that I hope and assume will lead to longer future columns.

What’s inside
1. Couple gets Shoe House vacation
2. Memories of Happy Johnny’s Gang
3. Queensgate store, restaurant draw memories
4. Recalling Tales From the Tomb
5. More thoughts on West York businesses
6. Pinpointing location of Rustic Cabins
7. Willow Beach Park in Hanover
8. More details on Chantiles Parking Lot

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Memories of Valley View Park and the Finchers continue

Audrey Lerew shared this photo she found at the York County History Center, with names she added of some of the people pictured, all of whom were known for their work at Valley View Park in Hellam TOwnship. The man at right could possibly be Clyde Fogel, who played with the Finchers and Novins, or one of many other musicians who worked with the group.

Audrey Lerew shared this photo she found at the York County History Center, with names she added of some of the people pictured, all of whom were known for their work at Valley View Park in Hellam Township. The man at right could possibly be Clyde Fogel, who played with the Finchers and Novins, or one of many other musicians who worked with the group.

I’ve shared many memories in the past of Valley View Park in Hellam Township, run by a couple known as Sallie and Shorty Fincher and featuring many country music acts.

Since that time, I’ve not only received many notes tied to the history of the park and the musical acts, but also, longtime reader and genealogy researcher Audrey Lerew did a bunch of research to find out more about the Finchers and singers “Slim and Ginger,” in particular tracking down the legal names of all those people, and I’m excited to be able to share her research today along with many other comments on this topic!

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Ask Joan: Farquhar Park, Gingerich’s Menswear and more

Mary Baum shared this clipping of a Sunday News item from 1981, showing a 1905 or 1906 photo taken in Farquhar Park. The man at left in the photo is Henry Kuhlman, longtime gardener of the park and the father of someone very important to Mary's family.

Mary Baum shared this clipping of a Sunday News item from 1981, showing a 1905 or 1906 photo taken in Farquhar Park. The man at left in the photo is Henry Kuhlman, longtime gardener of the park and the father of someone very important to Mary’s family.

This week, I’m dipping into some older emails to try to share memories and get answers to some lingering questions (in some cases, they’re more than a year old). Maybe my goal should be to answer all questions before they’re 5 or 6 years old and old enough to read the column on their own?

In all seriousness, it’s a good time to remind everyone that I do try to answer all questions eventually. I don’t, however, go strictly oldest-first. I do try to prioritize topics that either I have more information to provide, or more importantly, more reader questions about, but I like to mix it up and make sure we are addressing as many different topics as possible, too.

And I’m so grateful to everyone for writing with questions and memories. Having more than I can keep up with is a very good problem to have!

Joan Q&A

What’s inside
1. Clipping brings back Farquhar memories
2. When did Gingerich’s Menswear close?
3. Sharing memories from years in York

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Memories of Vacation Bible School and York’s airmail service

Reader Jean Fix shared this photo, taken by Shadle Studio, of a daily Bible school from June 1944 with 100 people pictured.

It’s the end of July – and that means many of the churches in the area have already had their VBS programs, and others will be taking place in the next week or two! To celebrate, I have a photo from a 1944 Daily Vacation Bible School shared with me a couple years ago by reader Jean Fix, as well as some great details on the program and the people pictured.

I also have a great letter with some questions about York’s airmail service and more. I hope you’ll enjoy both!

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Readers recall West York area and locate bologna

Reader Steve Kohler shared this photo in early 2016, trying to find out more information. He believed it to be taken during the mid-1940s. ‘It could be a New Year’s Eve party or celebrating the end of World War II,’ he noted. ‘The photos are taken in a bar/night club somewhere in York.’

I want to begin today’s column by sharing a long-overdue follow-up on a column from March of last year, when reader Steve Kohler submitted several photos from a York County venue that he was looking to find out more about.

You can see one of those here today, and I have a letter from Mike Klinedinst that sheds some light. Mike writes, “It was taken on Jan. 1, 1945, at the Pine Tree Inn on West Market Street in West Manchester Township. The four people sitting at the end of the table are my parents, Bob and Bertie Klinedinst, and my aunt and uncle, Mary and Nolan ‘Red’ Fillmore… also sitting at the table are Eva and Ralph Ranker and Eva’s sister Freda Fahs Kraut.”

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