Monthly Archives: July 2008

McGuffey of Reader Fame Has York County Ties

William Holmes McGuffey (1800-1873) was a professor of languages at Miami University in Ohio when he developed a series of enduring readers for children. Truman and Smith, a small Cincinnati publishing firm, brought out the First Reader in 1836, followed … Continue reading

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Dover, Pennsylvania Doctor Cures All

In the past I have written about some of the outrageous claims for cures made by York County manufacturers of tonics and by animal doctors. Click here to read about Caldwell’s cure-all tonic. And click here to read about Heffner’s … Continue reading

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York Water First Flowed Through Log Pipes

Lewis Miller drawing of the first York water pipes. (See below for Miller’s detailed caption.) Downtown York traffic was recently disrupted by a broken water pipe. Like anything else, pipes do eventually suffer from wear, whether they are made of … Continue reading

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How Many Revolutionary War Prisoners Were at York’s Camp Security?

Order to register prisoners paroled to Yorkers I gave a brief overview in my recent York Sunday News column of Camp Security, the 1781-1783 Revolutionary War prisoner of war camp just east of York. The whole column is at the … Continue reading

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Bells Go Awry in Dillsburg and York

York County, Pennsylvania people were having bell trouble, according to the November 20, 1877 issue of the York Gazette. Dillsburg’s St. Paul’s Lutheran Church had a cracked bell, and Mary Mayer of York broke her arm trying to ring a … Continue reading

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York, PA Had Its Own Wall Street

Wall Street, 1903 A colleague recently asked me where Wall Street used to be in York. It doesn’t appear on present-day maps. A search through old maps with a magnifying glass located a tiny little Wall Street in the 1903 … Continue reading

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York Cabinet Maker Invents Bedbug-Proof Bedstead

An ad in a 1823 York Recorder reminds us again why the good-old-days weren’t so great. Cabinetmaker George Dowdel guaranteed that his improved bedstead was better than any heretofore made.

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Front Window Escape from York Jail

Lewis Miller drawing of York jail on George Street York County has had four prisons in its nearly 260 year history. The present one certainly seems to be the most secure. But reading the newspaper accounts of past jailbreaks, you … Continue reading

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Panic of Hanover–What Happened to Captain Jenifer?

I recently recounted the story of the rumors that swept Hanover, PA of a Confederate invasion on April 22, 1861, when the Civil War was barely a week old. Click here to read about the Hanover incident told by eyewitness … Continue reading

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More on the Princes of York

The Prince family, that is. A few days ago I wrote and that I thought there were two contemporary David Princes in York. I based that assumption on that two different women married David Prince, and that one David Prince … Continue reading

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