Monthly Archives: January 2008

York Basket Makers in Bull Frog Alley

You may have heard of Bull Frog Alley and wondered where it was. The following 1878 York Gazette article tells about the basket makers living there.

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York Detective Arrests Juvenile Jewel Thief

York Chief of Detectives Charles S. White celebrated Lincoln’s Birthday a hundred years ago by jailing a jewel thief named Harry St. Clair. White went to Baltimore to pick up the 16-year-old criminal, who had been arrested there. The Gazette … Continue reading

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Wrong Bullets in Gun Saves Yorkers

An Earlier View of Market and Beaver Streets by William Wagner with National House on Left. I recently wrote about a rowdy York citizen swinging a Civil War cavalry sword around a local cigar store in 1877. Click here to … Continue reading

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Huge Snakes in Hanover Area

A while ago I wrote about how we like to impress others with what we have–the biggest and best. Click here to read about giant pumpkins and corn. The Hanover newspapers reported on the really big black snakes seen in … Continue reading

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Drunk Terrorizes York Cigar Store with Cavalry Sword

I recently wrote about a Confederate sword that a farmer plowed up near Hanover in 1882, nearly 20 years after it had fallen in a skirmish there. Click here to read about sword on Forney farm. There were probably a … Continue reading

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Gazette newspaper hopes York County Commissioners will “…guard against extravagance” in new courthouse.

Lewis Miller drawing of the new courthouse, 1839. I recently wrote about a thief stealing the copper spouting off the York County courthouse in 1874. That was the York County’s second courthouse, completed in 1840. Click here to read about … Continue reading

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York Area Smell “…so nauseous that horses will not pass the place.”

1876 Pomeroy, Whitman map of York Township showing the paper mill/shinnerhannes site. It seems like I’ve been writing a lot about ailing or dead large animals in York County. When you think about it, there were a whole lot of … Continue reading

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York Methodists Break Jugs

Duke Street Methodist Church Shortly after Completion 1876 Map Showing Duke Street M.E. Opposite York Collegiate Institute Anyone associated with a non-profit institution knows that fundraising is a continuing necessity. It was the same in the past. York County churches … Continue reading

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York Doctors, Lawyers Fell for Scam

We often hear about new schemes the unscrupulous come up with to part the unwary from their cash. The York Daily newspaper reported an elaborate one of 100 years ago. The January 31, 1908 article reads: “CHIEF WHITE ARRESTS FAKE … Continue reading

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Any Old Union Pacific Railroad Bonds Around?

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that, judging by the ads from real estate agents in other areas trying to entice York County buyers, this area must have been quite prosperous in the late 1860s. Merchants and other entrepreneurs … Continue reading

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