Monthly Archives: May 2008

York County Court Stenographer and His Friend, Thomas Edison

A recent newspaper article said there is a shortage of court stenographers. It reminded me of Henry Clay Demming, official York County court stenographer for nearly 45 years. Demming was born in Geneva, NY, but came to Harrisburg to learn … Continue reading

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1908 Hanover Trolley Line Comes Back to Life in 2008

York Railways #234 at Martin’s Substation on the Hanover Line in 1927 Sometimes history repeats itself in some really nifty ways. In February 1908 local newspapers were announcing that the York Railways Company‚Äôs new Hanover Interurban line was open through … Continue reading

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York a Good Market for Lotteries

Lotteries have always been alluring–wager a little for the chance to win a lot. Continental Congress attempted to raise funds to finance the Revolutionary War through a lottery, with a one of the drawings held in York in May 1778. … Continue reading

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Jim Hubley Told York County Stories So Well

I returned home to York a few days ago from a two-week vacation to find that someone I admired very much had passed away.

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Melodramatic Menagerie Comes To York, PA

Yorkers did not lack for entertainment. Traveling performers and theater groups of all kinds made regular stops in York. The draw of the menagerie was usually the assortment of exotic animals, but the one the came to town in May … Continue reading

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Forest Fires Hit York County in the Past

Doing a Google search on forest fires is eye opening. As I write this, fires are raging in the mountains of New Mexico; tigers and elephants are threatened by the fires in two national parks in India; and 45 forest … Continue reading

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Historical Mitigation Comes to York, PA

What is historical mitigation? A simplified example is that when a structure that might have some historical value is demolished, something is done to compensate for that loss. When the Sovereign Bank Stadium in York, bounded by George, North, Queen, … Continue reading

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