Monthly Archives: March 2008

“LONELY WAR VETERAN WANTS HANOVER WIFE”

That was the headline above the Hanover news section of the York Gazette on April 30, 1908. Why did Civil War veteran George M. Prince write to Hanover, Pennsylvania Postmaster Hostetter asking for names of widows?

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Victor Herbert Praises York’s Weaver Pianos

Weaver Factory on Broad Street Renowned composer and orchestra leader Victor Herbert was in the prime of his career when he came to York in May of 1908.

Posted in 1900s, celebrities, entertainment, manufacturing, music, pianos, Universal York, York | 4 Comments

Crooks Chased from Red Lion to York by Police and Farmers in a Trolley Car

“ARREST MAN AFTER TEN MILE CHASE–FIND HATCHET AND SEARCHLIGHT.” So screamed front page headlines in the April 20, 1908 York Gazette. What was the crime?

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What is York County, Pennsylvania’s Connection with Galion, Ohio?

You know my theory that all roads lead back to York? Here is another example. The small city of Galion, with about 11,500 people, sits in the northern part of Ohio, about half way across the state. They are on … Continue reading

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English Read by Minority in York County

Every now and then some people get all bent out of shape because they think there should be no accommodation for anyone that doesn’t speak or read English. Perhaps they should stop and think that their own ancestors might have … Continue reading

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Lots of Weapons Taken off York Streets

One of the subjects that I have been know to rant about is the “Good Old Days.” I say that in most cases, comparatively speaking, they weren’t that great. Not that I want to spread gloom and doom. I’m an … Continue reading

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Why York County Congressman Thomas Hartley Advocated Wright’s Ferry for the Capital of the United States.

My recent York Sunday News column outlined York’s enthusiastic proposal to become the permanent capital of the United States. Motions, debates, and votes for one location or another flew in 1789 during the first Congress under the United States Constitution. … Continue reading

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Shop in York Town for Your Bandanoes, Ozenbrigs, and Bohea Tea

I am presently working with the issues of the Pennsylvania Gazette printed in York in 1777-1778. In 1934 Henry Young, who at the time was most of the staff of the Historical Society of York County, gathered photostatic copies of … Continue reading

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York Man Invents Flying Machine

That’s what a headline proclaimed in the March 17, 1908 Gazette. It seems that 24-year-old Phares Frey, a cigar maker from York had gone to Boston to raise money for his revolutionary project. How did he plan to raise those … Continue reading

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From York County to the Wider World

York County is part of what is known as a “cultural hearth,” an area from which ideas and culture spread throughout much of the country as settlers moved on. In a recent post, I showed how the Great Wagon road, … Continue reading

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