Monthly Archives: February 2008

York Workman–a Rat Whisperer?

Nineteen hundred and eight was a very strange year in York County. Click here to read about Rex Fire Company’s building out in the middle of Duke Street. My last post was about Judge Wanner ruling in favor of a … Continue reading

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York County Judge Rules in Favor of Mule

In a previous post I pointed out that traffic accidents made the news long before automobiles were invented. Click here to read about some pre-auto mishaps. The advent of the motor car caused just added to the mix, as shown … Continue reading

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New Invention in Lower Windsor Township

George Anstine’s Patented Threshing Machine, 1843. I recently wrote about the blossoming of York County inventors in the mid- nineteenth century. Click here to read previous post on inventions. Read the 1843 ad below to find out just how George … Continue reading

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Yorkers Invited to Move to Virginia

Did you know people from this area were actively recruited to move to Virginia? I knew that as the families of Pennsylvania German and Scots-Irish of South Central Pennsylvania grew, parts of those families migrated down through Western Maryland and … Continue reading

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York County Commissioners Paid $324 a Year

1830 William Wagner watercolor of the York County Almshouse. Most of you probably cringe along with me when you see some of the figures we spend as a county today. I’m sure the reaction was the same in 1838 when … Continue reading

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York Fire Truck Building Built in Street

Rex and Laurel Fire Companies You think traffic gets obstructed today by double parking and delivery vehicles? At least no one, as far as I know, has constructed a building smack dab on the street since 1908. How did the … Continue reading

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York County People Well Read in Fashion and Science

York Countians have always been readers. At any give time in the nineteen century several newspapers flourished simultaneously in York and Hanover. Just about every small town in the county also had their own weekly paper. Bookstores, such as Jas. … Continue reading

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Tragic Good Friday Train Wreck at Glen Rock

The above images from the 1985 York Daily Record story were supplied to the newspaper by Gary L. Klinedinst. A few older folks might still remember the spectacular train wreck at Centerville, just outside of Glen Rock that Friday afternoon … Continue reading

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Fire at York County Jail Alarms Inmates

1908 York County Prison The former York County Jail has stood empty for many years. Every now and then someone suggests a new use for the striking five story brick building, but nothing seems to come of it. The original … Continue reading

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York Principals Think Parents and Teachers Should Cooperate

What kind of relationship do you have with your children’s teachers? How about your own school days? What did your parents and your teachers expect of each other, and of you? Do you expect too much or not enough from … Continue reading

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