Monthly Archives: April 2008

Baseball & York County–Like Mom & Apple Pie

Photo from 1928 York Gazette & Daily microfilm at York County Heritage Trust. O.K., so maybe a lot of moms don’t bake apple pie anymore, but baseball is still big in York County, PA. Glen Rock native Cliff Heathcote, who … Continue reading

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York’s Variety Iron Works Produced Real Variety

Variety Iron Works from 1868-69 city directory at York County Heritage Trust I am glad to see that some of the remaining buildings of the Smyser-Royer Variety Iron Works complex are part of York City’s Northwest Triangle redevelopment project. One … Continue reading

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York County, PA in 1828–What’s a Fulling Mill?

We know York County had a lot of different mills. Click here to read about the many mills of York County. Sawmills sawed trees into boards, and grist mills ground grain. What purpose did a fulling mill serve? In a … Continue reading

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York Native Expert Witness on Sinkings of Both the Titanic and U.S.S. Maine

Richard M. Watt, second from left, and the U.S.S. Maine This week’s Sunday News carried a story about a new book titled What Really Sank the Titanic. The authors came to a different conclusion that that offered by Rear Admiral … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Man Leaves Wife and Children, Runs Off with Another Woman

We tend to think of our ancestors and their contemporaries as very strait-laced. Sometimes nothing can be farther from the truth. That’s what is so fascinating about using original documents as historical sources. Those letters, diaries, and newspapers they left … Continue reading

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York County Deserter Sought

It was April 1777. The Revolutionary War was not going well. Desertion was rampant. General Washington had said as much in a letter he wrote to his brother John on February 24. Click here to read that letter at the … Continue reading

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York, PA Pullmans–Classy Automobiles of 100 Years Ago

After recently posting the article on the 20 horse power York-made Pullman’s win in a 1908 hill climb, I was curious to see what the car looked like. Click here to read about the hill climb. The newspaper article didn’t … Continue reading

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Huge Bones Displayed in York, PA

What do you think they were? I just ran across an advertisement for an exhibition of really, really big bones in York in 1828. One bone was said to be 20 feet long. See below for the whole ad, quoted … Continue reading

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York, PA-Made Pullman Beats Out Other 20 Horsepower Cars

Automobile manufacturing was booming in York a hundred years ago. One of the most successful was the Pullman automobile, made by the York Motor Car Company. Manufacturers entered the cars in all kinds of races and competition to capture the … Continue reading

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Rise in Flour Prices a Good Thing for York County in 1828

You have probably noticed your bread costs more lately. The rise in the price of flour has been blamed on several factors.

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