A photo from York Hoover Body and Casket

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Just a fun photo and note to share today.

Harry S. Wildasin Jr. came by our office in the past couple of months and shared this picture, which was taken Oct. 20, 1941, of a presentation of the VNA official Hoover Transport, depicting employees of York Hoover Body at the bottom and York Hoover Casket at the top.

Wildasin, who was 7 when this photo was taken, later worked at the casket company from the 1950s until 1997, and when the company was going to get rid of the original image, which is framed and a few feet wide, he said he’d like to have it, and received it.

I’m wondering if anyone remembers this event, or working at York Hoover (either Body or Casket). Would love to hear your stories!

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The Washington House in Wrightsville: Not just a restaurant, also a Greyhound bus stop

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I received a note this week from Samuel Kocher of Wrightsville in response to recent memories about The Washington House, a former Wrightsville landmark.

Sam had another story to share; he wrote, “Apart from being a bar and restaurant, this was also a Greyhound bus stop before 1972 when Route 30 moved north of town.”

He continued, “I remember the Greyhound bus part clearly because this is where I got dropped off when I came home from Vietnam 1968. All my worldly possessions were in a 70 lb. seabag that I carried 5 blocks home.”

He shared the postcard you see with today’s post, and concluded, “I’m sure there is a lot more interesting history of this place than I am aware of!”

Sam, thanks for your service – and for making me aware of another point about the history of this location!

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Memories of York County’s Tom Thumb weddings

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The photo above comes courtesy of Dale Schaffer of York Township, who brought it into the YDR office on Jan. 20 and shared a bit of his story with one of our reporters, the awesome Brandie Kessler.

Dale is pictured in the photo, standing fifth from the right in the second row from the front. The little girl standing to his right (our left when you look at the photo), who is wearing a covering on her head, is Anna Walton, the girl to whom he was “married” in a Tom Thumb wedding ceremony in the 1930s.

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Another sampling of York County memories: W.T. Grant, 1500 Club and more

Gary E. Heiland shared the above photo of Mount Zion School, taken in 1905, from his collection of old photos from the area. "The name of the photographer, Wilson, 227 W. Market St., York, Pa., is embossed on the bottom of the heavy board frame," he wrote. Pictured are, front row from left, (?) Sipe, Murray Hoke, Wilbert Reever, Esther Moul, Florence Dayhoff, Florence Baily and Dora Sipe; second row, Charles Bailey, Harry Ferree, Chester Miller, Clarence Kohr, Mamie Shaffer, Naomi Beaverson, Bessie Gingerich and Sadie Kohr; and back row, Walter Spangler, Walter Hoke, Earl Beaverson, David Spangler, teacher Christopher Gingerich, Gary's uncle Walter Heiland, Gary's father John M. Heiland and Bessie Beaverson.

Gary E. Heiland shared the above photo of Mount Zion School, taken in 1905, from his collection of old photos from the area. “The name of the photographer, Wilson, 227 W. Market St., York, Pa., is embossed on the bottom of the heavy board frame,” he wrote. Pictured are, front row from left, (?) Sipe, Murray Hoke, Wilbert Reever, Esther Moul, Florence Dayhoff, Florence Baily and Dora Sipe; second row, Charles Bailey, Harry Ferree, Chester Miller, Clarence Kohr, Mamie Shaffer, Naomi Beaverson, Bessie Gingerich and Sadie Kohr; and back row, Walter Spangler, Walter Hoke, Earl Beaverson, David Spangler, teacher Christopher Gingerich, Gary’s uncle Walter Heiland, Gary’s father John M. Heiland and Bessie Beaverson.

Today, I’d like to share another sampling of some York County memories from my mailbox, as well as the awesome photo above that I’ve been holding on to for a while. As always, don’t forget to check out the York County stores and restaurants of the past directory for more!

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Kicking of 2015 with a smattering of York County memories

I’ve been busy thanks to the holidays and some changes here at the YDR – hiring several new employees and so on – but I just couldn’t get too far into 2015 without at least taking the time to say thank you for reading all last year, belated holidays and best wishes for a good year ahead!

Today, I’d just like to share some odds and ends of memories of some stores, restaurants and hangouts of the past around York County I’ve received from readers, which hopefully will spark your memories as well!

Don’t forget you can always check out our York County stores and restaurants of the past directory to read more about a variety of these places!

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Ask Joan: Belated birthday edition

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Last weekend, I celebrated my 32nd birthday. In our family, we have a tradition: I don’t like cake, but I love pie crust.

So my mom makes me a birthday pie crust; we put a candle in it; and I eat the whole thing. I love my mom. And her pie crust. And now it’s all gone.

What’s inside
1. Recipe from a 1966 cookbook
2. History of City View Lofts
3. Remembering Pudd’s saltine crab cakes
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Ask Joan: Memories of Sears, and a Gitt family update

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I am grateful to be able to share memories of York with you.

What’s inside
1. A brief Gitt family update
2. Memories of Sears, shopping center
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Ask Joan: Mailed notes and photos edition

In today’s Ask Joan, I want to share some notes mailed to me over the past many months. In addition to some follow-ups on previous questions, I have some photos I’m particularly excited to share.

What’s inside
1. Remembering Washington House oyster pie
2. Who is woman in picture?
3. Another lemon sponge pie recipe
4. Photos from the Poist Studio
5. Another note about Peace Child
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Ask Joan: It’s snowing? edition

Not a fan of snow. Nope nope nope nope nope nope nope.

But that’s what it’s doing right now in West Manchester Township, so I’m a little grouchy.

What’s inside
1. Where to find older pictures
2. St. Francis Academy in Spring Grove
3. Seeking former YESCO building’s history
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Ask Joan: Orange cats edition

I’m sad to say that this week marks the last one for my (until now) boss, April Trotter, at the York Daily Record. April has been amazing to work with, and I’m excited to step into her shoes as the editor in charge of community news here at the YDR!

April is moving to Virginia, and she is excited because her new apartment permits her to have a cat. She’s eyeing up fat orange cats. So in her honor, today, please accept this gratuitous fat orange cat image. I’m told he looks somewhat like a loaf of bread, which isn’t entirely wrong.

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What’s inside
1. Memories of 1500 Club sought
2. Seeking Dillsburg-area school information
3. Two follow-ups on past questions
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