Monthly Archives: December 2007

Civil War Confederate Sword Plowed Up in Hanover

The incident described below is possibly depicted in the background of this Lewis Miller drawing of “Old Mr. Rudyseal” offering his assistance to General Kilpatrick near Hanover. One hundred twenty-five years ago, in 1882, the Gazette reported, under Hanover news, … Continue reading

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York Woman, Cow, and Horses Saved from Fire

We often hear of terrible fires that could have had even worse consequences if it were not for extraordinary ordinary people, and well as brave firefighters, risking themselves to save other humans as well as animals. The same held true … Continue reading

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Christmas Jail Break from York County Prison

York County Prison, built 1853 The December 29, 1857 Gazette reported a Christmas night prison excape at the York County jail, which had been built only four years before. The escapees of 150 years ago used a method similar to … Continue reading

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Mexican War Grabs Their Attention

Smart marketing isn’t a recent innovation. Merchants were just as eager to get the customer’s attention 160 years ago as today. The top news story of that day was the Mexican War (1846-1848). Local African American businessman William Goodridge used … Continue reading

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Traffic Accidents in York County Long Before Automobiles

Lewis Miller drawing showing himself, George Kuntz, and Dr. George Shaffner in a sleigh accident in 1831. Miller is retreiving Dr. Shaffner’s wig. There were no automobiles 130 years ago, but people still managed to accidentally harm themselves by other … Continue reading

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Why is Lady Liberty Hanging Out with Two York County Natives?

The image of Liberty is very familiar to present-day U.S. Mint sculptor and engraver Don Everhart, whose Statue of Liberty design graces the back of the mint’s presidential dollar coins. We also recently learned that Everhart, a York County native, … Continue reading

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York Moravian Christmases

Lewis Miller Drawing of a York County Pennsylvania German Christmas Tree In December 1867, the Gazette reported: “FESTIVAL– The Moravians are now holding a festival at Washington Hall for the benefit of their new church. They have the largest and … Continue reading

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Local Capitalists Wanted to Invest in York and Adams Counties and Maryland Real Estate

Prosperity seems to have come to the York County of 140 years ago, if the ads in the December 31, 1867 issue of the York Gazette are any indication. Entrepreneurs and agents from New York, Philadelphia, Maryland, and Adams County … Continue reading

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Many, Many Mills in York County, Pennsylvania

The Lewis Miller drawing above shows a busy King’s Mill in 1799. In a previous post I mentioned that, now and in the past, we are impressed by the biggest and the best. Sometimes, though, we must stop and wonder … Continue reading

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The Biggest & the Best of York County

I guess it is human nature to want to have the biggest and the best. We are always impressed by the tallest buildings and the most gigantic pumpkins. Our forebears were no different, as we can see by the Lewis … Continue reading

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