Tale of Slaymaker’s Ghost told at Unraveling York County History

Early photo of the Margaretta Furnace complex

It was good to see many of you at the York Daily Record’s Unraveling York County History event last week. For those of you who didn’t make it, the theme this year was “Weird York.” The YDR bloggers each did two stories.

My first tale was “The Ghost of Margaretta Furnace,” which I will recap here. My main source was a piece written by historian/covered wagon expert Howard C. Frey for The Pennsylvania Dutchman (later Pennsylvania Folklife) in 1953.

The Slaymaker family’s Margaretta Furnace, just west of East Prospect in Lower Windsor Township, started producing iron in the late 1820s. Besides the furnace and foundry, a village of workers houses, a store, a mill and even a church, were quickly established there. The large ironmaster’s house and two huge stone barns are about the only remnants today.

Many years later, after the Slaymakers were gone, a character by the name of Spoonie Gohn lived in the neighborhood. Spoonie liked to drink with his friends a bit and sometimes, on his way home, took a little nap by the bridge that crossed Ore Washer Run just to the west of the barns. That is where he encountered Slaymaker’s ghost, who was said to often have been seen traveling from a cave under one barn to another cave under the other. The ghost carried a big lantern with a foot-wide flame.

One night, Spoonie was startled by the ghost while he napped; he ran home leaving a large cheese he purchased at the local store behind. The next time Spoonie was ready, and when the ghost attacked him he slashed and slashed at it with his penknife. The next morning his brothers came along back to the spot, attesting that in the mud you could see marks made by Spoonie’s corduroy trousers as he struggled with Slaymaker’s ghost, as well as slash marks in the ground, surely evidence of the encounter.

Frey related that even much later, into the early 20th century, every now and then when a horse and buggy or a rider on a horse came to that little bridge, the horse refused to cross, resulting in long detours. So anyone passing by those barns, especially around dusk, should keep their eyes open for a big ball of fire—possibly Slaymaker’s ghost with his lantern with the foot-wide flame?

This link will take you to the YDR website for a video of me telling the story.

Watch for my new York Sunday News column for more on Margaretta Furnace.

The bridge over Ore Washer Run is in the far right center of the photo

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What is your UFO story?

Hanover Evening Sun July 8, 1947

The first reported sighting of a flying saucer was in the state of Washington in late June 1947. In less than two weeks reports were pouring in, including from our area. I looked at a sampling of local newspapers on microfilm and at newspapers.com, both accessible at the York County History Center Library/Archives. By the 1970s flying saucers, now called UFOs, were part of the popular culture, appearing in motion pictures and being used to sell things from sandwiches to automobiles.

York Gazette and Daily July 10, 1947

You don’t see much press coverage of sightings these days, but that doesn’t mean they still aren’t reported. Just a few weeks ago, while I was researching this column, Fox News cited a report on the 25 top United States cities for sightings from 2001-2015. Philadelphia was 17th on the list with 338. It makes you wonder that, if there are so many urban sightings with their light pollution, how many unexplained flying objects might be visible in more rural areas.

York Daily Record February 23, 1973

A surprising number of the few people I have discussed this with so far have related their own experience, or that of a friend or relative, with seeing something unexplainable in the sky. Do you have a story? If so, please share by emailing me at ycpa89@msn.com. No names will be used. I’ll share my own (second-hand) story too. Here is the column:

Flying saucers, anyone?

Seventy years ago, on June 24, 1947, Idaho pilot Kenneth Arnold, flying near Mount Rainier, Washington, reportedly saw a formation of nine “circular-type” objects, each about 50 feet wide, flying at what he estimated was 1,700 miles per hour. The Air Force scorned Arnold’s story in several reports. Up until his death in 1984 Arnold never wavered in what he saw.

News of the sighting quickly spread; in less than two weeks sightings were reported in 41 states. One of the first locally was described in the July 8 Hanover Sun. G. W. Nicholson told the paper that about 7:30 two evenings before, he was seated on his porch at Irishtown, near Hanover. He saw “a luminous object speeding across the sky.” He called his wife, three sons and aunt to witness the phenomena. He stood by his story, even though he was already being kidded.

Divergent opinions were coming in as fast as sightings. An Army public relations officer explained at length that an object found at Roswell, New Mexico was an Air Force weather balloon. At the same time other Army weather experts did not think that the “scores of reports of flying discs” could all be attributed to balloons.

Later that week a couple reported seeing a group of “enormous” saucers flying about 18 feet above the ground near Day’s Mill. They quickly left when “three dropped nearby.” Two Stewartstown men saw eight objects flying in formation near Conowingo dam, standing still or disappearing high into the clouds. One summer night two York men saw two objects 15 feet in diameter. Many described spinning oblong or round objects with lights switching on and off.

Accounts continued strongly, along with mixed messages from officials. An aide to President Truman ridiculed flying saucers as secret U.S. weapons. He said if they were secret weapons, the president would know, and he didn’t. This was probably prompted by a U.S. News and World Report article saying evidence showed flying saucers might stem from experimental U.S. aircraft developed a decade before, with a photo showing a 1/3 model in a wind tunnel at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics at Langley, Virginia.

Even My Weekly Reader, read by elementary children in every state, took a stand with an article saying the government had proved some flying saucers were imaginary, but now admitted some are real, belonging to the Air Force. Eleanor Johnson, founder and former Yorker, said the story was included to reassure children that flying saucers were not from other planets or enemy weapons.

Air Force denials continued. The Evening Sun carried an AP wire photo of Major General John A. Samford, director of Air Force intelligence, pointing his finger for emphasis as he declared that a six-year study showed no pattern that the sightings meant “anything remotely consistent with any menace to the United States.” The story, however, mentions just that past weekend unidentified objects were spotted on radar screens at Washington National airport.

By the mid-fifties, flying saucers were part of everyday life. York auto dealer Ammon R. Smith’s ad included several men looking at a spacecraft, declaring that another dealer offered $400 trade-in for a flying saucer, but Smith gave better service. Civic clubs heard talks by a local banker and a college swimming coach on flying saucers. Clearview Pizza Villa in Hanover included a “Flying Saucer” on their menu, with Italian ham, Italian cheese, onions and sauce roasted on a [presumably round] roll. The Gazette and Daily printed a cutout flying saucer on the Junior Editor page, with instructions on how to make it fly by tossing it in the air. Movies, such as Earth vs. Flying Saucers, were popular.

Reports continued in the 1960s and 1970s. Now they were called UFOs. As in the past, most of the witnesses were so sure they had seen something so extraordinary that they readily allowed publication of their names.

An elongated dark red object, described as three times the size of a full moon at the horizon was seen near Muddy Creek Forks. A Mt. Wolf woman watched a UFO for over an hour out her kitchen window. In October 1973 a Locust Grove (Windsor Township) woman became “a true believer” after she and a score of neighbors watched a hovering object flash alternating red and green lights for over three hours. Local police checked out this and another sighting, but declined to comment. A boy from Delroy, a few miles down the East Prospect road from Locust Grove, had called the York Daily Record earlier to report that he and his friends saw five UFOs in the area.

Programs continued to be offered. Bob Barry, Director of the 20th Century UFO Bureau of Collingswood, New Jersey, founded by conservative preacher Carl McIntire, showed his films and slides at York County venues, such as Calvary Bible Church at East Prospect and a Windsor Manor PTA meeting.

In April 1974, the York Daily Record carried controversial prize-winning journalist Jack Anderson’s column claiming he had obtained a CIA report that came out of “secret high-level meetings on potential dangers from flying saucers as far back as 1953.” It said that many thought the earth might be visited by extra-terrestrials, but there was “no evidence of a direct threat of national security from flying saucers.” Anderson related that the CIA discussed using radio and television star Arthur Godfrey, as well as Walt Disney’s cartoons, to calm the public’s UFO fears.

In July 1977, Ammon R. Smith’s automobile ads once again featured a flying saucer. This time it invited the public to stop by for a free mini Frisbee and take a look at larger vehicles while they were there.

I only researched UFOs in local papers until 1977, but internet searches show reports from Pennsylvania are still coming in strong today. What is your UFO story?

Gazette and Daily July 8, 1947





York Daily Record October 15, 1973

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Join the Bonhams for a Victorian Christmas

Victorian Christmas card with padding and fringe

You can enjoy a Victorian Christmas at the Bonham House, 152 East Market Street, York from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 2. The free family event, presented by the York County History Center as part of Light Up York, offers costumed house tours, crafts, games, live music, refreshments and more. Living historian Myra Reichart will explore Victorian Christmas holiday traditions from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for details on the festivities.

The family of artist Horace Bonham did enjoy Christmas. A letter from “Santa” in the YCHC files to Eleanor, the youngest daughter, gives you an idea of what almost eight-year-old little girls were hoping for on Christmas morning. The note is datelined “All around the world, Xmas eve—Dec. 24, 1889.” It continues:

My dear Eleanor,

By the time I got here I found I had no more copies of the Blue Fairy Book, I am sorry to say—But I hope your Mamma will give it for your birthday gift, for I find by looking at my book that you were born just about eight years ago—I give you some money for a trycicle. I hope it will be enough—My friend Mr. Wanamaker keeps very good ones. I hope you will be a good little girl and remember your old friend Santa Claus for this may be my last visit, as you will be nearly nine years old next Xmas.

Believe me truly your dear friend who will often think of you,

Santa Claus.

The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang had just come out it 1889. It was the first in a still-popular series of books of fairy tales for children. Eleanor’s birthday was coming up on December 31, so it sounds like she was pretty certain to get the book then.

Another find in the York County History Center Library/Archives reveals that a grown up Eleanor still had Christmas in her heart. Eleanor Bonham McCoy wrote the poem below, in 1931, when she was nearly 50. It was subsequently published in Pennsylvania Dutchman/Pennsylvania Folklife, for many years a premier periodical on all things Pennsylvania German. Even though some of her ancestors, like the Bonhams and Lewises, were of English origin, she also had Pennsylvania German ancestors in her background. York countians can enjoy the “Dutchy” twist to her poem:

Christmas Greetings (1931) by Eleanor Bonham McCoy

Here is a little paper tut

But please don’t think it’s empty still

Because inside of it, I put

My Christmas wishes and good will.


I want you should get lots of stuff

And have a Happy Christmas, too,

And New Year’s Day—and what’s enough

Better, good victuals all year through.


Now for the Christmas Dinner, mind

I hope your table groans and sways

With all the things you mostly find

At funerals and wedding days.


Turkey and trimmings, pork, gravy,

Pickles, a mess of schnitz and gnepp,

Cake, pie—(It wouldn’t wonder me

When dinner’s over if you slep!)


If you must ride, I want the sun

Or, if it makes snow, you can rutch;

And after supper, lots of fun,

Hard cider, kissing games and such.


I wish my tut was full to bust

With presents for you, big and small;

Instead of Christmas wishes, just,

But then—my bank account is all.

Hope you can join us at the Bonham House next Saturday.

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Tickets going fast to Unravel York County History event

Are you going to help us unravel York County history this year? The York Daily Record/York Sunday News team of history bloggers is setting out once again to entertain you with snippets of our fascinating past.

The theme of our third annual event is “Weird York.” I will join other local historians: Jeri Jones, Jim McClure, Scott Mingus and Stephen H. Smith, as we each explore a couple of strange tales originating at various sites across the county.

The popular “Stump the Historian” segment will return, an opportunity for the bloggers, as well as the public, to perhaps learn some new aspect of our varied history.

There is a change of venue this year. The program will be held on Wednesday, December 6 at DreamWrights Center for Community Arts on Carlisle Avenue, just off West Market Street in York. It will run from 7 p.m. to approximately 8:30 p.m. There is plenty of parking available. There is a reasonable admission fee this year. Click here to purchase tickets. Food and drink will also be available for purchase.

As of this afternoon (Friday), 130 of the 170 available tickets have been sold, so don’t hesitate if you would like to join us for an entertaining and informative evening.

The two photos accompanying this post? They have to do with my two stories, which are replete with local weirdness. Come and see what they are.

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Colonial Courthouse Time Capsule information sought

General location of the 1977 time capsule

In the 1970s the York County Bicentennial Commission painstakingly researched the dimensions of the first York County courthouse, which stood in the center of York’s square from 1754 to 1841. This was the building that housed the Continental Congress from September 1777 to June 1778, when the British occupied the former capital, Philadelphia. While meeting in York the Articles of Confederation, the first United States frame of government, was adopted, and news arrived of a needed victory at Saratoga and of the approval of essential alliances and assistance from France. Because of the importance of what went on in the courthouse at that crucial time, a replica of the building was erected in 1976, just two blocks from where the original stood. Click here for more on the original courthouse on the square.

Children placing items on the capsule under direction of Dr. Frederick Holliday, York City Schools superintendent. (York Dispatch microfilm, YCHC)

In November 1977, the two hundredth anniversary of the Articles of Confederation adoption, a time capsule, burial vault size, was buried on the grounds of the courthouse replica, now known as the Colonial Courthouse and open for tours as part of the York County History Center Colonial complex. Nearly 50 local children were involved in the burial of the capsule, with the hope that many of those children would participate in its opening 50 years later, in November 2027. Click here for more on the capsule.

Capsule prior to November 16, 1977 burial. Shown are Attorney Kenneth J. Sparler, Bi-centennial Commission chairman; Landon Charles Reisinger, commission coordinator; and Michael Hoover, vice-president of the Hoover-Wilbert Burial Vault Company, donor of the vault. (York Daily Record scan, Newspapers.com, YCHC)

The exact location of the capsule was not marked, so organizers are trying to determine that spot, so that it will be readily accessible in 10 years; probes so far have not been successful. The newspaper photos included here give a pretty good idea of the general location. Anyone present at the time capsule burial, or who has more information is asked to contact YCHC Vice President of Interpretation Daniel Roe at droe@yorkhistorycenter.org or 717-848-1587 x302.

Contact information for the children involved is also being sought so that they can kept informed of opening plans in the next decade. They are: Kathy Abernethy, Kim Anderson, Dana S. Anstine, Mary Beth Anstine, Shawn Baile, Kara Baker, Joe Baxter, Mark Bostic, Leslie Bricker, Mike Brown, Qui Brown, Shawn Calhoun, Judd Collier, Rachel Doering, Vincent Freeland, Mike Gardner, Jeffry S. Heindel, John S. Heindel, Brack Hivley, Michael Paul Hoover II, Shana Hopkins, Jon Hunt, Matthew Jimerson, Amy Kessler, Angela Linebaugh, Brian Linebaugh, David Lynch, Charlie Miller, Jody Neal, Bobbi Jo Oberlander, William Reichard, Christine Ridgeley, Colette Ritter, Doug Rothrock, Nathan Rothrock, Michael Shaffer, Matt Shue, Shawn Sidesinger, Erin Marie Sparler, Jenna Streett, Angie Sunday, Chris Tanner, Andrea Vandermark, Mike Wise, Tim Wolf, John “Andy” Woodring and Rachel S. Woodring.

Present view of Colonial Courthouse from northwest

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Another look at York’s square

When I was growing up in Chanceford and Windsor townships, we did our much of our weekly shopping for groceries in Red Lion, but we traveled to York for serious shopping. I was quite familiar with Bear’s, Bon Ton and Wiest’s department stores, as well as the more specialized shoe and clothing stores, especially as a teenager. As a child I made the rounds of each 5 & 10, and I can probably still tell you the location of each one.

I have looked at many photos of York’s Center/Continental Square in the photo collection at the York County History Center Library/Archives, but I don’t remember seeing these particular four photos before, when it was the still bustling center of the county. They were taken by commercial photographer J. David Allen on February 24, 1956. This abundance of downtown stores would slide downhill from here; the York County Shopping Center had already opened four months before, heralding the shift from downtown to suburban centers and malls. I am heartened by the recent rejuvenation of downtown York, with the restaurants and varied shops, but the department stores that dominated are now in a decline themselves as our shopping habits change.

Since we like to be reminded of the downtown stores that used to be, I’ll take you on a quick trip around the heart of downtown with these photos, starting with the southwest quadrant, shown in the photo above:

The photo catches part of the Colonial Hotel with People’s Drug on the first floor. Next is the Schmidt Building, housing the Chamber of Commerce and Eugene Jacobs Men’s Wear. I can’t make out the next store’s name, but McCrory’s and Weist’s continue on down the first block of East Market Street.

Next, Bear’s sits solidly on the northwest section, with an entrance to Bear’s Cafeteria in the corner, next is Lovetts.

The third photo moves to the right, showing Ritters beside Lovetts, with Whelan Drugs on the corner of the square and North George Street. Though not readable, the Strand and Capitol theater marquees can be seen in the distance. The imposing First National Bank brings us over to the northeast quadrant. Note that the kiosk, probably used as a bus dispatching station at this point, is in its pointed roof incarnation. This link will take you to a previous post with photos of the kiosk over the years.

The final photo in this series of four looks down East Market Street, with G.C. Murphy’s clock showing that it is 1:15. Some store names are readable continuing around the corner, such as Charles Department Store, Thompson’s and Criders, and the First Presbyterian Church spire is visible. Crossing the street, you can see the towering sign above the Hotel Yorktowne and front dome of the then court house, now county administrative center.

Newswanger’s shoe store is topped with a double-decker billboard with a large thermometer. The temperature is about 35 degrees on this February day over 61 years ago. Both billboards advertise Plitt’s beverages. I remember Plitt’s Ginger Ale, but not the Nehi Chocolate Drink, which says it can be served hot or cold. Credit Finance Inc., is on the second floor above Newswanger’s, offering loans up to $600. The entrances to the underground comfort stations can be seen behind the parked cars.

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You might have an “Hessian” ancestor too

Our area has a high concentration of descendants of so called “Hessians.” This general term was applied to those soldiers from German-speaking regions whose rulers hired out their regiments to fight on the side of the British during the Revolutionary War. (Germany did not become a confederated nation until 1871, so the area we now know as Germany consisted of many smaller principalities during the time of the American Revolution.) British King George III hired about 37,000 soldiers to fight on Britain’s side. They were called “Hessians,” because a good proportion came Hessen-Kassel, but Braunschweig(Brunswick)-Wolfenbüttel, Hessen-Hanau, Waldeck, Ansbach-Bayreuth and Anhalt-Zerbst, were well represented.

Since the “Hessians” were not fighting for a country or cause in which they believed, they were susceptible to desertion. Many a time a deserter would be welcomed in joining the American troops. The regiments of “Hessians” were raised in Europe by voluntary enlistment and by draft. Some enlistees were said to have done so because of the prospect of a free trip to America, to which they wanted to emigrate anyway.

Many of the Hessians who ended up settling in our area were among those troops surrendered at the Battle of Saratoga in late 1777. After being held in Massachusetts for a year, they were marched right through here on their way to prisoner-of-war camps in Maryland in Virginia the next winter. I recently discovered that is how one of my ancestors ended up here, marrying a local girl and putting down roots. The author of a new book worked with many civil and church records, and, in most cases includes information on their wives, many of whom were local women, and on their subsequent children. Here is the story from my recent York Sunday News column: Continue reading

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Broadway star guests with York Little Theatre

I try to get to at least a few performances at the Belmont Theatre (formerly York Little Theatre) each year. They always do a great job. Click this link for my York Sunday News column on the history of the theater, which dates back to 1933.

Besides the talented local participants, some of the guest performers have been fairly well-known stars of stage and screen. A June 1941 York Gazette and Daily article tells that “Broadway star Lenore Ulric is ‘looking forward’ to her appearance with the York Little Theatre on Monday evening in ‘The Bridge of San Luis Rey.’” It was being directed by Kenneth L. Haynes, who had adapted the 1927 Pulitzer prize winning novel by Thornton Wilder into a play. Ulric, the protégé of well-known Broadway produces, David Belasco, appeared in many plays and films during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.

Ulric was enthusiastic about appearing in the play here, noting that she enjoys working with local theater groups. The production with Ulrich would be staged at the William Penn school auditorium at 8:30 on a Monday night, with theater officials hoping for a sellout. Thornton Wilder was invited to the York production, but instead sent best wishes to the Little Theatre, Miss Ulric and Mr. Haynes.

The Bridge of San Luis Rey has been made into a motion picture three times, in 1929 (silent), 1944, and 2005. I could only find references to it being performed as a play in two other instances, with none in New York, so I am assuming it still hasn’t hit Broadway.

Click this link for a look at Ulric and her impressive New York townhouse. She sounds like quite the diva, despite her Minnesota roots. I wonder what she thought of York—and what York thought of her.

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Family history research can lead to interesting relatives

The Reno Gang
Photo courtesy of Genealogy Trails History Group

I am on a History Channel list that emails me a “This Day in History” tidbit every day. Today’s commemorates the first robbery of a moving train.  The robbery was committed on October 6, 1866 by the Reno gang. Click here for the story.

It caught my eye because my husband’s great-grandfather, Ovid Reno, was a distant relative of the Reno brothers. How Ovid got to York County and became the ancestor of many present day York countians, the majority of which are not named Reno today, is an interesting story in itself.

The Renos (Reynaud) were French Hugenots. Immigrants Lewis Reynaud/Reno came to Virginia about 1697. Lewis’s son John moved to Washington County, Pennsylvania, and Lewis’s son, the Reverend Francis Reno, was one of the first settlers of Rochester, now in Beaver County.

Francis’s grandson, Ovid, became a boatman on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and, along with some other northern boatmen, was in New Orleans when the Civil War broke out and was drafted into the Confederate Navy. Captured by Union forces, these young men explained their situation and promised to return home if they were released. Instead of going back to western Pennsylvania, Ovid Reno came along back here with one of the other men, Benjamin Lidy/Leighty. He enlisted in the Union Army from here and then returned to York County to raise a sizable family. (Thanks to Richard Konkel and Olga Shaull Eveler for all their extensive genealogy research on the Renos.)

There are several other historically noted Renos who also descend from the early Reno generations. One is General Jesse Reno who was mortally wounded at the Battle of South Mountain, near Boonesboro, Maryland in 1862. Reno, Nevada is named for him.

Another member of the clan is Major Marcus Reno, accused of cowardice at the Battle of Little Big Horn, but later exonerated.

You just never know who might pop up in your family tree.

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From York to Washington for the Garfield inauguration

Some time ago I wrote a York Sunday News column on Dr. William Bigler’s 1890 trip to Florida to visit his son. In those days of railroads snaking all over the county, it might have been easier to travel from here to many other parts of the United States than it is today. Dr. Bigler lived and practiced in the very small community of Springvale in Windsor Township, just outside of Red Lion. Springvale was a stop on the Peach Bottom Railway (later part of the Maryland and Pennsylvania), so the doctor could catch a train from there. With a few connections, he arrived in Orlando, where his son was living, in a couple of days. Click on this link to read that column.

I was reminded of Dr. Bigler’s trip by a notice in the February 16, 1881 York Daily. It reads: Continue reading

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